Broodmarathon: Broodmare of the Year Nominees Represented at Keeneland November

In my introduction yesterday (Thoroughbred Breeding Stock Sales Approaching), I mentioned that I would profile several sale mares in the lead-up to the bloodstock auctions. I thought it appropriate to start out by looking to the 2010 MarketWatch Broodmare of the Year candidates (download it free at the MarketWatch blog!) -- after all, these mares should be amongst the best currently producing.

In that report, we profiled eight mares and provided progeny records for another dozen or so top producers. Not surprisingly, none of the mares themselves will walk through the ring at Keeneland November--who culls their top producers?!? But four of them have daughters being auctioned. Here's a rundown of the first three mares represented:

  • Aletta Maria, winner of this year's MarketWatch title, has a 1996 Gone West daughter entered as hip 929. Somerset West is a winning mare and a graded stakes producer, and she sells in foal to supersire Dynaformer. The resulting foal will be bred similarly to Somerset West's half sister, the grade I-winning Dynaforce.
  • Aletta Maria is also represented by her 2006 foal, the Empire Maker filly Diza, a lightly-raced and thrice-placed broodmare prospect. Diza will sell in Book 2 as hip 1107. In addition to Dynaforce and Somerset West, Cetewayo and Bowman Mill are also half-siblings to Diza.
  • Aurora, dam of Arch and Acoma and Festival of Light and Alisios, has the A.P. Indy mare Aztec Pearl cataloged as hip 98.
  • Sweet Life, dam of grade I-winning fillies Sweet Catomine and Life is Sweet by Storm Cat, has an unraced full sister to those top distaffers selling as hip 89 at the Keeneland sale. Ain't She Sweet is a 3-year-old being offered as a racing or broodmare prospect.

Today, however, I wanted to talk about Love At Noon. The 1998 Afternoon Deelites mare is out of Lemhi Love, a nine-time stakes-winning mare who was on the board in 36 of her iron-horse 56 starts. Lemhi Love produced 14 foals, of which 13 are winners and two are stakes winners, including grade I winner Dancing In Silks.

Love At Noon was grade I stakes-placed (in fact, she placed in grade I, II, and III contests as a 3-year-old) and she earned $132,675 in a 7-2-2-1 racing career.

Love At Noon has been offered at auction several times previously:

  • 1999 Keeneland September (yearling): sold for $70,000
  • 2003 Keeneland November (broodmare): sold for $750,000 in foal to Deputy Minister
  • 2006 Keeneland November (broodmare): sold for $475,000 in foal to Distorted Humor

From five foals of racing age, Love At Noon has three winners (including her 2008 Bluegrass Cat juvenile colt). Four of her offspring are currently in training.

Love At Noon sells in foal to Colonel John, who stood his first year at WinStar in 2010. Colonel John took the Santa Anita Derby and Travers Stakes (both gr. I) in his sophomore campaign and just missed the CashCall Futurity (also gr. I) as a 2-year-old. He's a son of Tiznow and has generated a good bit of buzz.

Now, for a quick analysis:

  • Positives: I'm shocked that Love At Noon will sell so late: she's hip 2445, which falls in Book 4. Sure, she's now a 12-year-old, but she was a Book 1 hip in her two previous trips to Keeneland November. The pedigree is solid, the covering sire is a big plus and I believe is well-suited to her.
  • Negatives: Five foals to race and none of them have reached $50,000 in career earnings--that's got to hurt, epecially since they were by the likes of Deputy Minister and Gone West and Speightstown and Distorted Humor and Bluegrass Cat. As well, while I can't find much fault with the class (grade I-placed ain't shabby), I do worry about the seven-race career, including a 6.5-month layoff as a 3-year-old.
  • Estimated final bid: Based on covering sire fee, mare age, downturned economy, and a bunch of other factors that depress her value, I'd guess a new owner would have to bid to $125,000 to bring her home. (For reference, last year's seventh session averaged $23,230, and the session topper was $95,000.)

Any rival predictions out there? Any interested bidders?



  • 07 November 2010: Devil May Care (Fasig-Tipton hip #159) is an OUT.

  • 08 November 2010: Ain't She Sweet (Keeneland hip #89) is an OUT.

  • 08 November 2010: I went to see Aztec Pear (Keeneland hip #98).

  • 08 November 2010: Aztec Pearl(Keeneland hip #98) sold for $250,000 to Royal Oak Farm (Agent).

  • 10 November 2010: I went to see Somerset West (Keeneland hip #929).

  • 10 November 2010: I went to see Diza (Keeneland hip #1107).

  • 11 November 2010: Somerset West (Keeneland hip #929) sold for $150,000 to RBTS (Agent).

  • 11 November 2010: Diza (Keeneland hip #1107) was a $70,000 RNA. (She's available for post-sale bidding, though.)


Leave a Comment:

Pedigree Shelly

      Hello Scot , I had just ordered my catalogues for the Keeneland Nov. sales , I've been very busy lately :( I'll have to look the mares over , to give you a more in depth answer but, the mare you brought up , Hip 98 looks promising ! Aztec Pearl has a solid female family and being by AP Indy is a definate plus !

06 Oct 2010 9:04 PM
Tom Short

Great article with a wealth of information.I will speculate that she goes for less. I'll say 85k largely due to the lack of production of a quality foal and the markets recent reaction to foals of freshmen sires.

06 Oct 2010 9:44 PM


I think we discussed (on your blog) Love At Noon before. Told you then that I saw her at the sales and thought her a knockout, physically. I'm also very high on her dam-one of her foals, "Theatrefest", was meant to be a really good one-and I almost bought Lemhi Gold (while carrying the Breeders' Cup winner).


So, Scot, why don't you try for her. I very much doubt that she'll bring anything near your appraisal, unless WinStar buys her back (she was withdrawn last year/or January). My guess is that she goes for something near 50.

06 Oct 2010 11:28 PM
Ian Tapp

Love At Noon was the first horse I ever bet on, Kentucky Derby Day, 2001. She (and almost every other dirt winner that day) set a track record.

I'll predict $105,000

07 Oct 2010 12:18 PM

Might want to edit your blog post.  Second bullet point has Dynaformer being a half sibling to Somerset West.  Did make me grin because that would make his dam in foal to him this year.

  • Scot's reply:  Good catch--I've corrected to "Dynaforce."
07 Oct 2010 2:50 PM

I think this mare will go for far less than people think.  The negatives are big....lousy production when bred to top horses, unfortunately in foal to a freshman sire.  The market for mares will be extremely picky. I can't see commercial breeders buying her. Race buyers wouldnt want her, she cant produce a runner.  Tough sell here.

09 Oct 2010 1:03 PM
Pedigree Shelly

        Scot , I'm sorry this might be off the subject but , seeing the name Dynaformer brought up an intersting question in my mind ! This also pertains to great broodmares as well ! Why do the owners of the mare  La Ville Rouge, Mr and Mrs . Jackson ,keep breeding her to Dynaformer ?? I loved Barbaro but , he was one of a kind and cannot be duplicated !La Ville Rouge is a wonderful broodmare and I think she deserves another option besides Dynaformer ! Barbaro's full siblings have done well but , it's time to switch gears ! I think La Ville Rouge would do quite well with Medaglia D'Oro and even the brilliant and top ten first crop sire Bernardini , would be an interesting match as well ! What I'm trying to say is , supposed Shenanigans was bred every year to Reviewer ? There still would never be another Ruffian :)

10 Oct 2010 8:58 PM
The Five-Cross Files

Another mare whose value is her family, SHARE A MOMENT is offered at Fasig-Tipton's select breeding stock sale carrying a close relative to defending champion Gio Ponti.

14 Oct 2010 9:51 AM
The Five-Cross Files

Here's a quick, easy way to fold the catalog page so that you can find the pages you want quickly and easily. No origami required, I promise.

10 Nov 2010 6:13 PM

Recent Posts


  • Pedigree Newsletter:
    The Five-Cross Files will be featured in a new Pedigree Analysis newsletter from To sign up for this free weekly email -- or any other newsletters from The Blood-Horse -- just click here.

Recommended Reading

More Blogs