Horse sells for $10 Million at closeout 2011. This happened at the Fasig-Tipton November sale in 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky, where Havre de Grace, a prominent 5-year-old bay mare and the 2011 Horse of the Year, was sold for a historic $10 million. This sale marked her as the first reigning Horse of the Year to be auctioned publicly since Lady’s Secret in 1987, capturing the attention of the horse racing community.
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Havre de Grace’s illustrious racing career included five wins out of seven races in 2011, with three Grade 1 race victories, and she earned a total of $2,586,175. Her achievements led to an extensive marketing campaign before the sale, contributing to the heightened anticipation at the auction.
Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm acquired Havre de Grace, setting a record for a broodmare prospect at a U.S. auction. Despite the financial risks, Pope’s passion for horse racing and breeding motivated this significant investment.