By Ron Mitchell
Delightful Joy, an attractive chestnut daughter of leading sire Tapit , was purchased for $700,000 to become the second-highest-priced horse sold during the Jan. 9 first session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. International Equities Holding signed the ticket.
Offered as Hip 309 by Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud, the 5-year-old mare won the Monmouth Oaks (G3) and is out of grade 3 winner Graeme Six, who also produced grade 3 winner Cali Star. Delightful Joy had not been bred and was offered as a broodmare prospect.
“She’s just a really, really nice filly,” said Frances Relihan, who signed on behalf of International Equities Holding. “Great range, great scope, good race filly, she’s from a really strong family. Mr. Oussama Aboughazale purchased her for his International Equities Holdings, and he just purchased a farm in Bourbon County for Sumaya U.S. Stable. And we’ve got an exciting mating on the horizon for her—we’re hoping to breed her to War Front.”
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