LEXINGTON, Ky. – This year’s Maryland Horse Breeders Association Yearling Show champion, a Bernardini filly out of the Not For Love mare Mystic Love, sold for $100,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Selected Yearlings Showcase, held Sept. 9-10 in Lexington, Ky.
The second foal for her multiple stakes-winning dam, the bay filly was consigned by Bill Reightler for GreenMount Farm. Hip 267 was purchased for $100,000 by Frank Brothers, agent for StarLadies and Mathis.
GreenMount Farm’s Bernardini filly outshined the competition as judge Michael Matz selected her as Grand Champion of the 86th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s Yearling Show, held Sunday, July 19 at the Timonium Fairgrounds horse show ring in Timonium, Md.
Bred by GreenMount Farm in partnership with Godolphin, the champion filly was the winner of Class IV (for fillies foaled in Maryland, by out-of-state sires). She was shown at the MHBA show by Sabrina Moore, manager and co-owner of GreenMount.
“I had a good feeling about her, I mean I think she’s really nice, but until you get there and see how nice all the other horses are [you don’t know],” said Moore. “It’s surreal, but I count my blessings, I know it doesn’t happen all the time. Knowing the people that are genuinely happy for you, that’s probably the best part of it.
“I love the show because they get out and you kind of get a feel for them, what they’re going to be like as soon as you get them off the farm and they [get to] school a little bit. I just think the yearling show is really key for them and I was glad to get her there.”
A total of 67 yearlings in four classes were judged in Timonium by two-time classic-winning trainer and Hall of Fame Show Jumping rider Matz, who lives in Pennsylvania and trains out of Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md.
“I thought the last [class], that the [champion] filly won, was the strongest group,” Matz said. “She was a nice mover. She just had an overall look. I thought she was well-made and pretty well balanced.”
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Edited Press Release
Photo: Grand Champion, GreenMount Farm’s filly by Bernardini at the MHBA Yearling Show
Credit: Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association