At Darby Dan, we are truly “dedicated to our clients” and relish the opportunity to provide personal attention from every member of our sales team.
Since the inception of Darby Dan, buyers from all corners of the nation and the globe have returned to our consignment year after year. With a history of presenting Thoroughbreds destined for distinction at all financial levels, buyers continue to return with confidence at all sales with the aspiration of creating their own history.
In 2014, Darby Dan Sales added a banner year to its long and storied history. At the prestigious Fasig-Tipton November sale, Darby Dan Sales was represented by the highest-priced racing prospect when the brilliant 3-year-old filly Taris sold for $2,350,000. Earlier in the sale, that price was topped by one of Darby Dan’s broodmares from one of the farm’s leading foundation families. La Cloche, a young Graded stakes-winning daughter of Memories of Silver, sold for $2,400,000 in foal to leading sire Tapit. It was the fourth-highest mare in-foal among the best collection of breeding stock offered at a single sale in 2014.
In 2015, G3 winner Lady Pimpernel (GB) sold to Ballylinch Stud in Ireland for $425,000 at Keeneland November and a yearling half-brother to sire Square Eddie by Super Saver for $425,000 at Keeneland September. In 2016, Darby Dan Farm sold a Medaglia d’Oro colt out of the stakes-winning and Graded stakes-placed mare Ellie’s Moment—making this colt a half-brother to G1 winner Time and Motion—to Kempton/Berkelhammer, agent for Albaugh Family Stable for $500,000 at Keeneland September.
In the auction ring in 2018, Darby Dan sold multiple stakes winner Bellavais for $485,000 to top day one of the Keeneland January sale. Steve Young, agent, signed the ticket for the 4-year-old filly who 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 Memories, another Grade 1 millionaire.
Highlights in 2019 included the sale of multiple Graded stakes winner Vertical Oak for $700,000 at Fasig-Tipton November’s Night of Stars. Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings purchased the 5-year-old daughter of Into Mischief out of the stakes-winning Pollard’s Vision mare Vertical Vision.
Darby Dan also sold Retro, a stakes-placed Giant’s Causeway mare, to Candy Meadows Farm for $500,000 in Book One at the Keeneland November sale. Retro is produced from the Graded stakes-placed Grace Anatomy, by Aldebaran, and descends from the female family of Darby Dan’s Grade 1-winning mare Plenty of Grace.
At Darby Dan our commitment to our clients commences long before each horse is offered at public auction. We truly enjoy the process of being involved from the earliest stages, and have the ability to provide both insight and assistance in producing the highest quality individual so that each horse maximizes its potential. We are pleased to provide clients with continuous reports on their bloodstock holdings throughout the year as a result of farm inspections. From those inspections we are able to give current valuations, along with advice on which sale will best suit each individual—including securing the appropriate book placement to allow your horse to reach its desired market.
At all phases—both pre-sale and post-sale—Darby Dan has flourished for over the past half-century due to the success of our clients. When we say “Devoted to the horse. Dedicated to our clients” it is our way of life. Your success is paralleled to ours, and we look forward to serving your needs.