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Vinery’s thoroughly promising second-crop sire Limehouse (by Grand Slam) topped the sale at the OBS April sale on Thursday with a daughter who sold as Hip 949 in session 4 of the four-day auction. The chestnut filly out of the French Deputy mare Deputy’s Delight brought $500,000 from Mark Casse, agent.

The filly was part of the Hobeau Farm dispersal (selling with Craig Wheeler as agent), and she is a half-sister to Ohio Derby winner Delightful Kiss (by Kissin Kris), a winner of slightly more than $1 million.

This is an historic Hobeau Farm family, with stakes winner Bishop’s Delight as the second dam, and the third dam is a Dr Fager half-sister to major winners Handsome Boy and Blessing Angelica.

This filly, already named Delightful Mary, stands 15.3 and has the substance one expects from French Deputy. She is wide across the hips, which are quite powerful, and she has the scope of a fast miler. Naturally for a horse with her pedigree, she has an attractive head and a good eye.

The filly is still rather narrow in front but tracks well and showed outstanding speed in working at quarter at OBS (:20.4). That and her way of going earned her a good BreezeFig of 66. She had a 24.2 foot stride during her work, more than a foot longer than the average stride for the distance. The filly was cruising at slightly more than 44 miles per hour when clocked and measured by DataTrack International stride guru Jay Kilgore.

He said, “This is a really nice filly with a smooth, low stride and some appealing internal numbers. She has a lot of potential, and clearly, in her case, she made believers of the buyer corps with the way she worked on the track.”

The caramel-colored chestnut will doubtless get her chance to shine among the juveniles at Woodbine, Belmont, or Saratoga in races coming up this summer.

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