The online-only dispersal of stock from owner/breeder Sam F. “Sonny” Henderson features a diverse slate of offerings for those interested in racing or breeding around the country.

Henderson is a Texas rancher and oilman who has been involved in horse racing since the early 1960s, garnering success in both the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred realms. In 2016, he campaigned Suddenbreakingnews to a win in the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes and a fifth place effort in the Kentucky Derby. Suddenbreakingnews retired with career earnings of $767,089.

The sale will be hosted by ThoroughbredAuctions.com, with bidding open from Wednesday, July 13 to Monday, July 18. To find out more information about the sale, click here.

Shannan Henderson Petropoulos, daughter of “Sonny” Henderson, shares some of the most notable offerings in the dispersal:

Cleopatra’s Charge
B. f., 2019 Will Take Charge x Cleopatra’s Finest, by Smart Strike
Bred in Kentucky by Sam Henderson
Race Record: 8-2-0-1; $203,376

Best known for her heroic turn of foot in this year’s Sunland Park Oaks, where she came from near-last at the quarter pole to win by three-quarters of a length. Trained by Gary Cross, the 3-year-old filly most recently finished third in the Toni Samora Memorial Stakes at Sunray Park on May 21.

Since her latest start, Cleopatra’s Charge has been training at the Downs at Albuquerque, where she posted a four-furlong workout in :48.80 on July 3.

Cleopatra’s Charge hails from the family of 2000 Canadian Horse of the Year Quiet Resolve, Canadian champion Eye of the Sphynx, and Canadian filly classic winner Quiet Cleo.

Shannan Henderson Petropoulos: “She won the Sunland Park Oaks. She’s run a couple times since, but it was at a bullring at Sunray Park, where it’s 6 1/2 furlongs, and she doesn’t like the bullrings. She’s sound, and I expect her to run out more money. I think she’ll be best going a mile and above.”


Zanadu
Ch. m., 2017, Mineshaft x Twizzler, by Twirling Candy
Bred in Kentucky by George Bolton & Charles Bolton
Race Record: 8-3-1-0; $114,357

A two-time winner in Kentucky who was also second in the Wilma Mankiller Stakes at Will Rogers Downs. She was retired early in 2022, and bred for the first time to Kantharos.

Zanadu’s second dam is the Grade 1 winner Twist Afleet, who is the pivot point for graded-placed runners A New Twist and Awesome Twist.

Shannan Henderson Petropoulos: “She’s a really good-looking mare. Her half-sister by Good Samaritan brought $310,000 at the Keeneland September sale.”


Minestorm
Dk. b. or br. m., 2013, Mineshaft x In the Storm, by Storm Cat)
Bred in Kentucky by Royal Pegasus
Race Record: 4-0-0-0; $1,660

A half-sister to Grade 3 winner and sire Noonmark, from the family of Grade 1 winner Formal Gold. She is offered in-foal to Maclean’s Music, and she comes with a Munnings filly at her side.

Minestorm’s 2022 filly by Munnings, offered with her dam.

Shannan Henderson Petropoulos: “We bought her as a maiden mare, and we didn’t get her in foal the first two years. We got her in foal to Munnings, and the foal (filly Olympic Artist) sold at the Keeneland January sale as a short yearling for $100,000. They pinhooked her last July, and she sold for $200,000. We’ve got a full-sister on her side.”


Mo Afleet
B. c., 2019, Outwork x Afleet Lover, by Northern Afleet
Bred in Kentucky by Wynnstay LLC & H. Allen Poindexter
Race Record: Unraced

This half-brother to Grade 2-placed Afleet Destiny has been working toward his debut start at Lone Star Park, where he most recently covered five furlongs in 1:04.55 on July 6. He turned in three bullet works at Lone Star during the month of June, going three and four furlongs.

Mo Afleet is out of the stakes-placed Afleet Lover, and his second dam is a stakes winner.

Shannan Henderson Petropoulos: “He had a chip as a 2-year-old, and we laid him off a long time. He’s back in training at Lone Star Park, and he’s had a few brilliant works as of late.”


Malmo
Dk. b. or br. c., 2020, Nyquist x Tortoiseshell, by Afleet Alex
Bred in Kentucky by Sam Henderson
Race Record: Unraced

By the hot 2-year-old sire Nyquist, Malmo is working toward his debut in Albuquerque, where he most recently clocked four furlongs in :49-flat on July 4. He hails from a Juddmonte Farms-rooted family that features French Group 1 winner Full Mast and Saudi Arabian Group 2 winner Side Hill.

Shannan Henderson Petropoulos: “Tortoiseshell had a Mineshaft with Bobby Dodd in Florida who got hurt, but he thought that might have been the fastest thing he had down there. I’ve got high hopes for him on account of that. It looks like the mare’s a producer.”


Ch. c. 2021, Liam’s Map x Minestorm, by Mineshaft
Bred in Kentucky by Sam Henderson
Race Record: Unraced

The second foal out of Minestorm, from the family of Grade 1 winner Formal Gold and Grade 3 winner Noonmark.

Shannan Henderson Petropoulos: “Minestorm has a half-brother by Unbridled’s Song that made $400,000 (Noonmark), and I thought that same bloodline would get a runner (Liam’s Map is by Unbridled’s Song.”


Dorrance
Ch. h., 2016, Distorted Humor x Apologize, by Lemon Drop Kid
Bred in Kentucky by Mt. Brilliant Farm
Race Record: 4-2-1-0; $92,798

A first-out winner at two who went on to win at the allowance optional claiming level at Oaklawn Park before his career was ended due to injury. The stallion’s first foals are yearlings of 2022.

His extended family includes Grade 1 winner Aldiza, Grade 2 winner Atelier, and Grade 3 winner Aurelia’s Belle.

Dorrance has a pair of yearlings cataloged in the dispersal, along with seven in-foal mares and three foals at side.

Shannan Henderson Petropoulos: “We bought him as a yearling, gave $230,000 for him, and he sure looked to be a runner, but he got hurt. I saw him run at Remington, and I was wowed. He’s good looking, and he’s got some really good looking foals. He’s a big, Quarter Horse type, very muscular.”

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