2020: A Year to Remember

As wild as 2020 has been, it’s been another record setting year for Elite Sales.


With 78 horses offered, Elite sold 73 of those offerings for a sum of $31,390,000 and an average of $430,000, all of which are considerably higher than the corresponding 2019 numbers that saw 61 horses sold for a gross of $17,713,000 and an average of $290,377.


The undoubted highlight of the year was the sale of two time Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner and likely two time Eclipse Award winner MONOMOY GIRL who sold for $9,500,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Night of the Stars, a world record for a racing/broodmare prospect. Campaigned by Monomoy Stables, Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables,  Monomoy Girl came back in 2020 having been off for a year and a half and went a perfect four for four, including victories in the G1 La Troienne in addition to her win in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Bloom Racing, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s MIDNIGHT BISOU sold for $5,000,000 at Fasig-Tipton November after a stellar career which saw her earn five G1 victories, culminating with her earning the Eclipse Award as Champion Older Dirt Female. This year, Midnight Bisou ran a good 2nd in the $20,000,000 Saudi Cup before recording her final win in the G2 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs. Midnight Bisou closed her career out as the highest earning dirt filly or mare in racing history.

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Midnight Bisou

Fellow Eclipse Award winner UNI (GB) sold for $4,100,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Night of the Stars for owners Michael Dubb, Head of Plains Partners, Robert LaPenta and Bethlehem Stables. Uni captured the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile in 2019 on her way to earning the Eclipse Award as Champion Female Turf Horse. A four time G1 winner and earner of $2,650,880, Uni won 11 of her 22 lifetime starts and was only off the board 4 times in her career.

Klaravich Stables’ G1 winner COMPETITIONOFIDEAS sold for $1.3 million at Fasig-Tipton November, joining the parade of seven figure horses. A winner of the G1 American Oaks, Competitionofideas competed against some of the best female turf horses America had to offer throughout her career and she was only off the board once in 12 lifetime starts.

Hip 259, 2020 Fasig-Tipton November Sale

Little Red Feather Racing’s G1W MIRTH sold for $1,050,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Night of the Stars while in-foal to Constitution. Mirth’s final clocking of 1:58/47 in her gate to wire win in the G1 Rodeo Drive was the fastest final time in the race in over 30 years.

Hip 186, 2020 Fasig-Tipton November Sale

Across town at Keeneland, WinStar Farm’s Lindy Farms and Madaket Stables’ G3W/G1P COMICAL led the way, selling for $925,000.

Also selling at Keeneland was the SW/G2P EMPRESSOF THE NILE who sold for $875,000 in-foal to Quality Road. Campaigned by Madaket Stables, Rob Masiello and Manganaro Bloodstock, Empressof the Nile was a winner of the Zagora Stakes in New York after having finished 2nd in the G2 Glens Falls in Saratoga.

G2W/G1P Secret Message sold for $625,000 for owners Scott Heider, Madaket Stables, ERJ Racing, Elayne Stables, Bouchey, Rebhan and Carroll. Secret Message came into the sale off a 3rd place finish in the G1 E. P. Taylor after starting her year with a score in the G3 Mint Julep at Churchill Downs over a field that included 11 stakes winners.