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Japan Foals Day-1: $7.006m King Kamehameha Filly
A filly from the 1st crop of 5YO Kingmambo stallion & 2004 Gr1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) winner King Kamehameha "smashed the world record for a foal or weanling sold at public auction" when Nobutaka Tada of Globe Equine Management "fought off strong challenges from Dr Riki Takahashi (of Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Japan) & Fusao Sekiguchi (who raced Gr1 Kentucky Derby-winning Coolmore shuttler Fusaichi Pegasus)" & paid ¥600 million (A$7.006m) during yesterday's opening foal session of the 3-day (1 session of yearlings, followed by 2 sessions of foals) Japan Racing Horse Association's annual July Select Sale at Northern Horse Park on Hokkaido, reported bloodhorse.com. The filly (just 5 months old) is the 2nd foal out of 10-year-old Sunday Silence mare To The Victory (2001 Champion Older Mare in Japan with 6 wins including the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup & runner-up in the 2001 Gr1 Dubai World Cup); other members of the family include 1989 US Gr1 Monmouth Oaks winner Dream Deal (whose off-spring include multiple Gr1 winner Clear Mandate). The previous record was ¥490 million (A$5.718m) for a Dance In The Dark-Air Groove colt purchased by Sekiguchi at this auction 2 years ago. Tokyo-based bloodstock agent Tada said the King Kamehameha filly (consigned by Northern Farm) will have multiple Japanese owners, "denying the rumor swirling around the sale grounds that Coolmore Stud was involved". Tade declined to name his clients, but noted "the goal of the filly's new owners is to one day win the Gr1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) with their purchase". Tada added he wasn't surprised by the price because "if you see her, you fall in love. Many people wanted her. She is beautiful. I liked everything: her pedigree, conformation, eyes, face. I can't express how beautiful she is. There were a couple of other groups that we were bidding against, people who are professionals. I wasn't excited, but I was hoping that we would get her. I am completely in love with her. It is like when you are young. There's a pretty girl looking at you & you're thinking maybe." And vendor Shunsuke Yoshida (whose father Katsumi owns Northern Farm) declared: "It's amazing! My heart was beating so fast. She's gorgeous, but it was surprising, of course."