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Harbinger Filly Sold at Elite Japan Sale


     A stout chestnut filly from the first crop by Harbinger, the world’s best racehorse of 2010, and out of our mare Hunter’s Mark brought a final bid of ¥18 million ($222,223) at the Japan Racing Horse Association Select Sale at the Northern Horse Park on July 10.
     The sale to Kineo Okada, chief executive officer of the Japan Food Business Co. Ltd. who acquires horses under his company’s banner, represents a continuation of outstanding performance in the sale ring by the produce of Hunter’s Mark, who is a half sister to Japan’s two-time leading sire King Kamehameha and Grade 1 winner The Deputy.Hunter's Mark and her Harbinger filly, who sold as Hip 500, at the JRHA Select Sale (Michele MacDonald photo)
     Since 2005, Runnymede and our partner, Peter Callahan, have sold four foals and two yearlings out of Hunter’s Mark in Japan for a total of ¥167 million, or $1,614,650 according to the JRHA’s yen to dollar conversions. Her offspring have averaged $269,108.
     “It was a fair price for a nice filly, especially knowing that fillies usually don’t bring a premium at this sale, and we’re glad she’s going to a good owner,” said Runnymede General Manager Martin O’Dowd of the Harbinger filly.
     O’Dowd attended the sale to observe the filly’s preparation by Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm.
      Among Hunter’s Mark’s best runners is the now four-year-old colt Target Machine, by sensational Japanese sire and Triple Crown winner Deep Impact, who has become the world’s leading sire by progeny earnings this year. Target Machine has won three races and earned more than $466,000.
      Hunter’s Mark has a two-year-old by former Japanese leading sire Agnes Tachyon named Chagall Barows who has not yet started.

      The now 12-year-old Hunter’s Mark was bred back to record-setting Epsom Derby (G1) and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) winner Workforce, who just completed his first season at stud, and is in foal.