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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Canadians pay $750K for Solvig

Calgarians Dave and Adrian Munro continue to build their Highfield Stock Farm...
this is an excerpt from Daily Racing Form's Glenye Cain Oakford's news release on day 2 of the Keeneland January sale:

(F. Eugene) Dixon's death brought Solvig back to Keeneland's auction ring again on Tuesday, and, once again, she was one of the top choices at the January all-ages sale. Offered in foal to the 2005 champion 3-year-old Afleet Alex, Solvig was Tuesday's session-topper at $750,000.
Solvig now will join the small but select broodmare band owned by Canadians Dave and Adrian Munro.
In addition to Solvig, other six-figure horses from the Dixon dispersal included $350,000 I'm a Caution, in foal to Johannesburg, and $275,000 Stylish Beauty, in foal to Grand Slam. The Dixon horses sold through the agencies of Claiborne Farm and Mr. and Mrs. Rick Abbott's Charlton operation.
Final figures for the Tuesday session were not available as of 6:30 p.m.
Solvig was an obvious standout at the second session, and it now seems likely that the Afleet Alex foal she's carrying will also show up in the auction ring as a yearling of 2008.
"There's been some debate about that, but our intent right now is to sell the foal," said Adrian Munro, who was seated next to bloodstock advisor Steve Johnson of Margaux Farm.
Adrian and his father, Dave, have been increasingly interested in commercial breeding and are trying to build a sales-quality mare band in Kentucky, in addition to the mares they have at home in Calgary. Their Highfield Stock Farm operation owns about 65 horses, most of which are mares, Adrian said, and also stands Captain Bodgit. They also campaign runners through the Team Valor partnerships, most recently as investors in United States allowance winner Fairbanks and South African stakes-winner Stratos.
"They're trying to buy one big mare a year," said Johnson, who oversees the Highfield mares in Kentucky at Margaux. Including Solvig, the Kentucky band now numbers five.
"She was in foal to the right horse, in foal at the right time, and she has a great race record," Johnson said of Solvig. "She had it all. I thought she'd bring more."
Solvig was not the Munros' first splashy Keeneland January purchase. Last year, they bought Argentine-bred Crazy Ensign, who was a Grade 1 winner in her homeland before becoming a graded-placed stakes winner in California. Highfield Stock Farm paid $925,000 for the mare. They also own Canadian stakes winner Marisa Go.
The Munros have flown just under the radar in the United States market, but Dave Munro has been involved in the Thoroughbred business for years. Dave Munro's interest in developing a commercial band in Kentucky has grown, his son said, after he sold "a couple of his businesses." Munro is the chief executive officer of Gienow Window and Door, based in Calgary. The family's varied business interests also include oil and gas.

Breeders' Cup Buzz: Just as THOROUGHBLOG'S readers have noted below, reaction is mixed on the addition of 3 races and a 2nd day of Cup action. Watered down or more excitement? One can see it both ways although much like some of the racing meetings today - Calder is one example - too much can be too boring.


  • At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Voodoo said…

    Solvig is a nice mare. In foal to Afleet Alex is neat but we'll have to wait for his babes to see what he's passing out. Hopefully his heart passes on!

    I love watching these horses sell. I have my little spreadsheet going to town! Did you see Hip #583---Real flashy little Came Home filly for $20k. I say it again...ahh to shop at Keeneland! haha

    And as far as the Breeders Cup goes, sure it may seem like too much but there's always room for another group to show off in my opinion. Also, it gives a little more fuel to Eclipse Award voting. How often is a dominate grass 2 year old up for Juvie of the year?? That'd be never because it's not in the spotlight enough.

    Jen - Love yer blog! I'd like to link to it on mine if that's okay.


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