Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
With the pavilion almost empty and the crowd’s attention waning, grade 1 winner Fatale Bere reignited the energy of the auction Jan. 7, bringing $700,000 from Shadai Farm and closing out the first session of the sale on a high note.
Consigned to the supplemental catalog as Hip 397K, the daughter of Pedro the Great was campaigned by owners Benowitz Family Trust, Head of Plains Partners, Mark Mathiesen, and Mathilde Powell and trainer Leonard Powell.
Bred in France by SNC Regnier and San Gabriel Inv. out of the Saumarez (GB) mare Mofa Bere, the now 4-year-old filly broke her maiden on debut in France at 2 where she started twice more before shipping to the United States.
Fatale Bere won three of her eight starts on North American soil, all on the West Coast. Her victories include wins in the Surfer Girls Stakes and Providencia Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park, and Del Mar Oaks Presented by the Jockey Club (G1T) at Del Mar.
“We found out two weeks ago that they were thinking about selling her with us and only 10 days ago that she would be a supplement,” said Bradley Weisbord of ELiTE Sales, who consigned the filly as agent.
“I do think you need to market extra to make sure everybody doesn’t miss it. You have to market an extra touch to make sure that everybody knows she is here. Now, when you have a grade 1 winner, usually that takes care of itself, but we still tried to show how brilliant her Del Mar Oaks was. Thankfully the sellers were rewarded tonight by getting her sold.”
Fatale Bere was purchased on behalf of Shadai Farm. Naohiro Hosoda, working as agent for Shadai Farm on behalf of owner Teruya Yoshida, was present to sign the ticket for Shadai. Hosoda said the plan is to ship the filly to Japan immediately where she will likely be bred to one of the operation’s many stallions.
“I came to inspect her and she was acting well,” Hosoda said. “(She is) definitely suitable for Japanese racing. I’m happy to get her. We will maybe send her to Deep Impact (JPN) or Heart’s Cry (JPN). There are many options.”