Robert SangsterRobert Sangster (getty)It seems only fitting that the late Robert Sangster, who paid a then world-record price of $13.1 million for a yearling at the 1985 Keeneland July sale, would have a hand in establishing a Keeneland November and world record for a broodmare. John Ferguson, representing Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, outlasted John Magnier and representatives of Coolmore—a stud Sangster helped develop into one of the world ’ s preeminent farms—to land English champion Playful Act (Ire) (Sadler ’ s Wells) yesterday. When the dust had settled, the Keeneland toteboard read $10.5 million, demolishing the previous record of $9.4 million for a broodmare achieved by Magical Romance at the 2006 Tattersalls December sale. The North American record was set by broodmare prospect Ashado, who sold for $9 million at this sale in 2005. “ I was delighted and surprised, I must say, but when those two get into battle, you never know what might happen, ” said Sangster ’ s son Ben, who now manages the family’s Swettenham Stud with his brothers Guy and Adam.


Hip       Name                         Covering Stallion       Price ($)

231       Playful Act (Ire)      not in foal                    10,500,000
Purchased by John Ferguson

294       Spun Sugar              A.P. Indy                        4,500,000
Purchased by Shadwell Farm LLC

174       Kamarinskaya         Kingmambo                   3,200,000
Purchased by Kern Lillingston Association, agent

125       Evil                            Bernardini                      2,700,000
Purchased by John Ferguson

204       Melhor Ainda         Marias Mon                   2,300,000
Purchased by John Ferguson

257       Rosa Parks (GB)     Kingmambo                   2,300,000
Purchased by John Ferguson Bloodstock

263       Sand Springs          Kingmambo                   2,300,000
Purchased by RBTS, agent

037       Amorama (Fr)       Ghostzapper                   2,100,000
Purchased by Cecil Seaman, agent

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News 06.11.07