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Emma’s Encore became a G1 winner with her victory in the Prioress Stakes at Saratoga, even though the vet culling systematically used at sales left her to walk through the ring at the 2010 Keeneland September sale for only $2,000.

Ulrich Racing bought the bay filly, who raced for Brenda Mercer until Peter Berglar bought a half-interest.

The newly minted G1 winner became the latest low-priced sales yearling who has defied conventional interpretations of vet reports and raced successfully. She is the second black-type racer from her dam, the once-raced Wild Again mare French Opera, who was bred in Kentucky by Stud TNT.

French Opera is a full sister to Brazilian G3 winner Wild Emotions, whom the international bloodstock consultant Renato Gameiro purchased as agent through his Albatroz Bloodstock Agency. Gameiro picked out Wild Emotions at the 1991 Fasig-Tipton July select yearling sale and acquired the filly from Green Willow Farms for $35,000.

Apparently, Stud TNT acquired the dam of Wild Emotions, the Akureyri mare Sentimental Saga, privately and bred several foals from her, including French Opera. When Equest Thoroughbreds purchased French Opera, the mare had slipped her cover for 2001, but French Opera looked sufficiently attractive that the blocky mare brought $17,000.

Her first foal for Equest was the stakes-placed Bertha Jo. Emma’s Encore was the mare’s fifth foal for Equest, and French Opera produced a sixth foal in Florida before her death last year from complications of colic.

The mare’s produce record is below:

1st Dam: French Opera, dkbbr, 1996. Bred by Stud TNT (KY). Raced 1 yr in NA, 1 sts, 0 wins, $0.($55,000, 1999, KEENOV, brdmr; $17,000, 2000, KEENOV, brdmr)

2000: Candeille, dk b f, by Rahy. Raced 2 yrs in NA, 7 sts, 1 wins, $3,532 (ssi = 0.18).
2001: Slipped.
2002: Bertha Jo, dk b f, by Banker’s Gold. Raced 6 yrs in NA, 37 sts, 6 wins, $112,555 (ssi = 2.19). 3rd Barretts Debutante S. (R).
2003: Slipped.
2004: Two Point Tony, dk b g, by Stephen Got Even. Raced 6 yrs in NA, 30 sts, 5 wins, $35,433.
2005: Meet Me At The Met, dk b c, by Outofthebox. Raced 1 yr in NA, 4 sts, 0 wins, $1,510. Died 2007.
2006: Camp Again, b c, by Forest Camp. Raced 2 yrs in NA, 7 sts, 1 wins, $13,660.
2007: Dead Foal.
2008: Slipped.
At 3: Won Prioress S. (G1), Victory Ride S. (G3).
2010: D Prairie Cat, dk b f, by D’wildcat. Raced 1 yr in NA, 1 sts, 1 wins, $7,950.

Broodmare sire: WILD AGAIN, dkbbr, 1980-2008. Sire of 398 dams of 1977 foals, 1434 rnrs (73%), 955 wnrs (48%), 257 2yo wnrs (13%), 90 sw (5%).

2nd Dam: Sentimental Saga, b, 1983. Bred by Anderson Fowler (MD). Raced 2 yrs in NA, 14 sts, 1 wins, $6,590 (ssi = 0.44). Dam of WILD EMOTIONS (f, Wild Again. Won Gp Dia Da Justica (BRZ. 3), Pr Jockey Club De São Paulo, Pr Jockey Club Do Paraná (Gavea)). Granddam of NEXT GIRL (URU).