First-crop weanling colt by Country House commands $250,000 at KEE NOV

A first-crop weanling colt by Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Country House fetched $250,000 during Sunday’s final session of Book Four at the Keeneland November Sale. 

Bred in Kentucky by E.J.M. McFadden Jr. and Mrs. Joseph V. Shields, the chestnut colt sold to Bellarmine Racing out of the Gainesway consignment. The colt is produced from the winning Ghostzapper mare Georgia Clay, a half-sister to stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Maedean. This is also the female family of multiple Grade 1 winner Act One, and stakes winners Summer Breezing and Adirondack Summer.

Country House, a son of two-time champion Lookin at Lucky, was a Classic winner of more than $2.1 million. In addition to his Kentucky Derby (G1) triumph, Country House was a fast-closing runner-up in the Risen Star S. (G2) at Fair Grounds and was a determined third behind Omaha Beach and Champion Improbable in the Arkansas Derby (G1). A half-brother to graded stakes winner Mitchell Road, Country House will be represented by first yearlings in 2023 and he will stand the upcoming breeding season for $7,500 S&N.