Omaha Beach on top among freshman sires in Book 1 at KEESEP
September 14, 2022
The highly-anticipated first crop of three-time Grade 1 winner Omaha Beach was on full display during the renowned Book 1 sessions at the annual Keeneland September sale in Lexington.
With eight clearing the sales ring, Omaha Beach not only had far and away the most sales among freshman sires in Book 1, he also dominated with a $454,375 average and gross sales of $3.635 million. His great representation was highlighted by Hip 336, a $900,000 colt purchased on day 2 by West Bloodstock on behalf of Repole Stable and St. Elias Stables. The grand-looking bay hails from the stakes-winning Lookin At Lucky mare Maybellene and was bred and sold by Clarkland Farm.
“He just looked amazing,” Repole said of the colt.
On day 1, Omaha Beach got off to a fast start with Hip 123 hammering for $775,000 to Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm. Bred by Loren Nichols, the athletic-looking bay colt was sold by Gainesway Farm. He is a half-brother to current three-time Grade 1-winning millionaire Casa Creed.
Omaha Beach’s 2022 crop of first yearlings were from an introductory stud fee of $45,000, marking a Book 1 sales average of more than 10 times the bred-on fee.