Frosted Filly Hammers for Half a Million at Keeneland
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Trainer Kenny McPeek livened up Book 3 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale when he purchased a Frosted filly on behalf of Walking L Thoroughbreds.

Keeping one eye on the bid spotter and one eye on his phone—where McPeek waited for his next runner to enter the Churchill Downs starting gate—the filly, consigned as Hip 1578 by Runnymede Farm, fell the way of McPeek on a final bid of $500,000.

"She was the best filly of the day in my opinion," said McPeek, who purchased five yearlings for clients during the Sept. 15 session for gross receipts of $1,315,000. "There were a couple of really good ones. This one, we're really thrilled to take her home."

Bred in Kentucky by Runnymede Farm, Peter Callahan, Manlius Stable, and Bill Oppenheim, the filly is the first foal out of the Scat Daddy mare Dream to Dream, a full sister to UAE Derby Sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) winner and sire Daddy Long Legs.

"She was a very well-balanced individual with a great walk and a great mind," said Runnymede Farm manager Romain Malhouitre. "She came here and never put a step wrong along the way. It was unbelievable. The market picked up steam and she was very busy in the barn. Did we expect that? No. But we liked her all the way. She's out of a young mare but we believed, and a Scat Daddy mare always helps. Especially when she's a full sister to a very good horse who is making his mark as a stallion. We are very pleased."

Dream to Dream was purchased at the 2016 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale for $60,000 by Magna Carta Bloodstock from the consignment of Paramount Sales. While Malhouitre said the initial interest in the mare was due to her relationship to Daddy Long Legs, he was impressed with her overall physical and breeding potential.

"Our partner, Bill Oppenheim, just brought her to us when she was at the sale," said Malhouitre. "We went to see her and we liked her. She was a compact, well-made Scat Daddy and it was great."

Sent back through the ring in foal to Frosted with Hip 1578 at the 2017 Keeneland November Sale, the mare was an RNA on a final bid of $120,000.

"At the beginning we didn't know what we wanted to do and we knew then that Frosted was popular so we tried to see if we could flip her and make money but the market wasn't having it," explained Malhouitre. "We were very pleased to just keep her.

"We have to balance everything. With young mares we do different things. We go unproven, proven, unproven, proven. We would like to breed everything on the top but value wise it's not possible for all our mares. We try to have a good balance between proven sires, the ones on the bubble, and freshmen. We have the land and the team at Runnymede who help us develop some very good horses. It works."

Runnymede scored again several hips later, when a Liam's Map filly consigned as Hip 1619 was purchased for $300,000 by Team Casse, agent. Bred by Dixiana Farms in Kentucky, the filly out of the Regal Classic mare Half Heaven is a half sister to stakes placed Highestmaintenance.

"It's another one with a great walk and a great mind," Malhouitre said. "Those two fillies have been unbelievable over the last few days at the sale. We had high expectations for both."


Runnymede scored again several hips later, wh