Beginning when Hip 2 was sold for $260,000, the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale showed there was plenty of life in the Standardbred yearling market. The 100 yearlings sold on Tuesday night, the opening session, generated an average price of $89,010, an increase of 1.96 percent from the 2012 opening session. The sale had plenty of fireworks as bidding was spirited on horses that several buyers wanted. Trainer Jimmy Takter got the full brother to his champion trotters Pastor Stephen and Father Patrick for $475,000 while John Cancelliere bought the Lucky Chucky-Graceful Touch colt for $450,000
Takter was pushed to $475,000 by Karl-Erik Bender of Sweden, who was the underbidder on the full brother to Pastor Stephen and Father Patrick, a son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream consigned by Brittany Farms. Takter said the colt's owners will be the same partnership group as Father Patrick.
In addition to the pedigree, Takter liked what he saw."The way he moved; I wanted him," he said. "I was afraid I would have to go higher with the Europeans here."
Takter signed the sales slips for nine yearlings, with total purchases of $1,242,000.
Brothers John and Tom Cancelliere wanted the Lucky Chucky colt out of the prolific mare Graceful Touch and won a bidding battle, buying the colt for $450,000. Hunterton Sales Agency consigned the colt as agent for French owner Jean-Pierre Barjon, who bought Graceful Touch from the Perretti Farms dispersal, paying $560,000 for the mare when she went through the sale carrying this colt, named Mr. Lucky Luke. Graceful Touch is the dam of Hambletonian champion Muscle Massive, Merrie Annabelle winner Thatsnotmyname, and world champion 2 year old and sire Muscle Mass.
"We looked at him three times and we really liked the horse," said John Cancelliere, who bought four yearlings for $630,000 in the opening session of the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. "We actually did set a price, but we went a little bit over it."
Myron Bell was the underbidder on the Lucky Chucky-Graceful Touch colt at $425,000 while Jerry Silva and Richard Gutnick teamed up and dropped out after bidding $275,000.
John Cancelliere also bought a Rock N Roll Heaven sister to his stakes winner South Pacific p,2, 1:52.3f for $75,000 from breeder Diamond Creek Farm.
Another active buyer at the sale was Robert Lindstrom of Sweden, who purchased six yearlings for $942,000.
Lindstrom was ready for Hip 2, a Muscle Hill filly out of the Angus Hall mare Caught My Eye 4, 1:55.1 ($518,283), and bought her with a bid of $260,000. Lindstrom was acting as agent on behalf of Reklamfinans, the stable of Lennart Agren, who owns the top Swedish performer Magic Tonight. Hunterton Sales Agency consigned the filly named Bright Eyes as agent for Diamond Ridge Farm of Indiana.
Lindstrom also bought Madrid (hip 64) for $260,000. The colt by Credit Winner is out of Starcelona 2, 1:55.1, and is the mare's first foal. Hunterton also consigned this yearling and Hunterton's Steve Stewart bred it in partnership with Black Creek Farm and Maumee River Stables.
Other opening session sale highlights:
--The total gross for the sale was $9,064,000, but 5 yearlings offered by Walnut Hall Ltd. failed to bring their reserve prices and accounted for $163,000, which brought the gross for horses sold down to $8,901,000.
--The median price climbed 4 percent in the opening session, increasing from $72,000 to $75,000. The median was up 15.4 percent from the median posted in the first session of the 2011 sale.
--Richard Young bought the full sister to his top filly Put On A Show for $180,000 from Kentuckiana Farms
--A chestnut-colored Somebeachsomewhere colt named Pardon The Red was sold for $135,000