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Bellavais in the ring at the 2018 Keeneland January sale
Darby Dan homebred tops day 1 at Keeneland January sale
RSS Feeds Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Bellavais was the star of the opening session of the January 8-11 Keeneland Horses of All Ages sale, with agent Steve Young going to $485,000 for the 4-year-old filly.

Bred and raced to this point by Phillips Racing Partnership, Bellavais is a daughter of leading sire Tapit out of La Cloche, a graded stakes winner of nearly $300,000. La Cloche is out of Darby Dan's multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Memories of Silver and a half-sister to Winter Memoires, another Grade 1 millionaire, as well as stakes winners British Blue and War Trace.

“She's from a family that you have to have a world of respect for with the Darby Dan mares,” Young said. “She is a stakes winner. She has to have a base value out there. There is a safety net that she will never be worth less than, so I thought she was a good gamble to race as a 4-year-old. A lot of that family gets a little better as they get older. She is a multi-surface stakes horse and I think she was an obvious pick.”

“It was a very practical business decision,” Phillips said of the choice to sell Bellavais. “She is from a very good family that we rarely sell out of, but we have to make the fact of the matter is, we have to make some business decisions from time to time. She just fell in that category of paying stud fees and other obligations to make the whole thing work. I always feel like we can sell a little bit of gold as long as we don't sell the gold mine. Fortunately, we have quite a number of mares in that family and hope to continue it. We wish the buyers a lot of luck with the filly and think they will do well.”

Bellavais has an overall record of 3-2-2, with wins in the Ginger Brew S. and Drum Top S., and has earned $199,210.