A 2.5 percent ownership interest in undefeated Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Flightline sold at the Keeneland November Sale for $4.6 million to Brookdale Farm’s Fred Seitz, who signed the ticket on behalf of an undisclosed farm client. The fractional interest, offered by West Point Thoroughbreds, sold during a special auction prior to the start of the Book 1 session.
“(The buyer) just called and said, ‘I really want to make a big splash and get involved a little more in the business,’” Seitz said. “I did not expect (the price) to go that high. It was pretty exciting. When you’re dealing with top quality, you’ve got to pay.
“With a special horse like (Flightline) all you can do is get involved and then just hope for the best,” Seitz continued. “There has never been a horse that has done what he has done for however many years, back to Secretariat. You just have to pay up and get involved, and this is kind of what he’s thinking. “
Flightline is unbeaten and untested in two seasons of racing, with four of his six lifetime wins coming in Grade 1 company—the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), the Pacific Classic (G1), the Metropolitan H. (G1), and the Malibu S. (G1). He has amassed career earnings of more than $4.5 million, and the 4-year-old son of Tapit has been retired from racing and will stand the 2023 breeding season at Lane’s End Farm.