Klimt yearling tops TTA 2020 Summer Sale

Klimt's TTA sale topper, hip No. 2018 - Denis Blake/Texas Thoroughbred Association

Grade 1 winner Klimt, whose first foals are yearlings of 2020, had the sales topper at the Aug. 24 Texas Thoroughbred Assoc. 2020 Summer Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale when hip No. 218 brought a top bid of $120,000, 12 times his advertised stud fee.

Consigned by Eaton Sales, the colt was bred in Louisiana by Keith and Ginger Myers’s Coteau Grove Farms LLC and is out of the unraced Ghostzapper mare Ms. Character, who is a half-sister to Coteau Grove’s seven-time stakes winner Little Ms Protocol.

Al Pike was the winning bidder for the bay colt, who also comes from the family of current leading Kentucky Derby (G1) contender Art Collector.

Klimt, winner of the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and Best Pal S. (G2) at two, was one of the most popular new sires of 2019, breeding 187 mares. He stood the 2020 season for $10,000 live foal, stands and nurses.