Classy New Additions to Virginia Broodmare Bands

Both Audley Farm and Lochlow Farm purchased beauties to add to their broodmare bands during Keeneland’s second session Wednesday.

Audley Farm purchased Arena Elvira (click for profile), a Grade II winner of $497,396, for 1.5 million dollars. The daughter of Ghostzapper is in foal to super-stallion Tapit.

“We are extremely happy to add Arena Elvira to our broodmare band,” said Audley Horse Manager Jamie McDiarmid. “She is very pretty, her dam was a super race filly and Arena Elvira won a Grade II. She is in foal to Tapit which is a great cross and we are hoping to get a foal which will be very attractive in today’s marketplace and has the opportunity to turn into a successful runner.”

McDiarmid pointed to a competitive marketplace at the Keeneland sales grounds.

“It has been extremely hard to buy a mare of quality the last few days,” McDiarmid said. “There are only a handful of real quality mares to chose from and we are having to compete with folks from all over the world that want them also.”

Louisa Lenehan went to $400,000 to acquire Canadian-bred Hello Maggie May (click for pedigree). The Lemon Drop Kid mare is a stakes winner of $290,356 and is in foal to Uncle Mo on a late April cover.

“She was the first mare I fell in love with after looking since Saturday,” Lenehan said. “She has a Malibu Moon with Mark Casse so I am hoping for a nice update in the future.”