Chiquita and Jeff Reddoch of Stonehaven Steadings enjoyed a banner year at last fall's Keeneland September Sale when the breeders sold four yearlings for over $500,000, including the Justify colt now named Nuclear for US$1.55 million, from their family-run consignment.
When Chiquita saw racing powerhouses Terry Finley, Mike Talla, and Bill Farish bidding on her homebred Quality Road colt September 12 at this year's sale, she could hardly contain her excitement.
The bidding was fast and furious for the handsome bay.
Cool and composed under the ring lights as his price climbed with every breath, Hip 97 fetched a final bid of $2.5 million when the dust settled.
The colt, whose official buyers were the combined partnership of Talla Racing, West Point Thoroughbreds, and Woodford Racing through bloodstock agent David Ingordo, was the highest-priced individual ever bred and sold by Stonehaven Steadings.