A new millionaire – and her $450k sister

October 07, 2021

Blue Diamond Eyes, bred raised and sold as a yearling by Brittany Farms, has become the 43rd millionaire bred by Brittany, or Brittany & Partners. And two days after she joined the exclusive list, her yearling full sister Seashell became the top-selling pacing yearling at the Lexington Selected Sale, fetching a final bid of $450,000 on opening night.
It all made it quite a week for the Brittany Farms broodmare Aria Hanover, the dam of both of these fillies who are sired by perennial pacing leader Captaintreacherous.
Blue Diamond Eyes p,2,1:51f; 3,1:47.2 ($1,001,914), the year’s fastest 3-year-old pacer (colt or filly), made enough in purse earnings to join the farm’s Millionaires Row even after her defeat by division leader Test Of Faith in the Bluegrass Stakes at the Red Mile on Oct. 3. In that race, she set all the fractions over a track rated sloppy before relinquishing the lead late in a 1:50.2 mile.
The seven-figure earner, owned by Tom and Scott Dillon and trained by Ron Burke, is a dual-eligible racehorse, which means she can race in both the Pennsylvania and Kentucky Sire Stakes programs.
She’s made the most of that opportunity. She won both the PASS and KYSS 2YO Filly Pace Finals last year, and the 3YO KYSS Final again this year, while losing this season’s PASS final by only a half length. She added open stakes wins in the Three Diamonds at 2 and the Adioo Volo at 3 to deposit even more into her growing account.
She gets another big test this Sunday at the Red Mile, as she’ll face off against Test Of Faith, Grace Hill and Fire Start Hanover in the $207,000 Garnsey Memorial.
Her golden credentials, coupled with “sire power,” dual eligibility and flawless conformation, created an onslaught of lookers and a big selling price for her sister Seashell, who ended up being purchased by trainer Tony Alagna early on opening night for $450,000.
Brittany wishes success to the connections of both of these fillies as they continue to progress in their careers.

Seashell, selling for $450,000 (Bill Straus Photo)