Friday, December 17, 2021

Grade 1 winner Volatile’s first in-foal mares offered at auction yielded excellent results at the 2021 Keeneland November sale, with a pair of lots hitting the $300,000 mark. His overall sales average was more than five times his stud fee, which is higher than other notable first-year sires such as Tiz the Law, McKinzie and War of Will.

Gal Factor, who was cataloged as hip No. 455 and consigned by St. George Sales, agent for South Point Sales, was purchased by Headley Bell’s Nicoma Bloodstock for $310,000. Six-year-old Gal Factor, who has a 2021 weanling by Sharp Azteca, is a half-sister to Arkansas Derby (G1) winner Super Stock and the Grade 1-placed filly Boujie Girl.

“(Volatile) was a brilliant horse…and I believe that is always a key factor in top stallions,” said Bell when asked about Volatile stallion potential. “He has a very good pedigree and physically a very good-looking horse.”

Volatile’s second-highest price of the auction was hip No. 1502, the mare Super Simple, who consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent, and bought by Woodford Thoroughbreds for $300,000. Super Simple, a 5-year-old daughter of Super Saver, is a half-sister to Simple Surprise, who is the dam Gun Runner’s 2021 Hopeful S. (G1) winner Gunite.

Volatile was one of the most popular new stallions of 2021, covering a reported 181 mares. Volatile was undefeated in stakes company, winning the Alfred G. Vanderbilt S. (G1) over champion Whitmore and the Aristides S. by eight lengths in a blazing 1:07.57. Volatile’s 2022 fee was recently announced at $15,000 S&N.