A full brother to the trotter Modern Family 4, 1:51 topped the second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Wednesday night at $175,000. Swedish horseman Bjorn Noren signed the sales slip for the colt named Holy Ground, acting as agent for Courant AB and Knutsson Trotting.
While the top price of the second session of the sale did not exceed $200,000, as was the case last year, the 156 yearlings sold generated an average price of $52,949, an increase of 7.4 percent over last year's second session.
The combined totals for the first and second sessions show agross of $17.1 million (up 9 percent), an average of $66,980 (up 4.8 percent) and a median price—the point where half the horses sell for more and half for less—of $50,000, which is even with the 2012 at this point.
Holy Ground was consigned by Kentuckiana Farms and sold as hip number 240. The Cantab Hall colt is the fourth foal of the Yankee Glide mare Domestic Diva. Buyers Courant AB and Knutsson Trotting, both of Sweden, have bought American racehorses in the past. In addition, Courant AB owns Breeders Crown Mare Trot champion Tamla Celeber S. Knutsson Trotting owns the European free-for-aller Sebastian K.
The second highest price in Wednesday night's session was the$170,000 bid by Tony Alagna for Gifted Way (hip 191), a Cantab Hall colt out of Rare Gift, a daughter of the top producer Intercontinental. Intercontinental produced several stakes winners, with her most famous the filly champion Continentalvictory,who beat the boys in the Hambletonian. Bred by Brittany Farms, Gifted Way is Rare Gift's first foal by Cantab Hall.
Swedish horseman Jimmy Takter settled in along the countercircling the back walking ring on Wednesday night and bought another 10 yearlings for a total of 19 thus far at this year's sale, spending $1.86 million.
Takter's purchases ranged from $160,000 for a Cantab Hall filly out of Dream Angel named Flyangelfly De Vie (hip 140), which PreferredEquine Marketing sold on behalf of breeder Joie de Vie Farms, to $27,000 for a Rock N Roll Hanover half sister to Always A Virgin (hip 247), consigned by Kentuckiana Farms, agent.
In addition to Takter and the Swedes who purchased the sale topper in the Wednesday session, other Swedes bought yearlings as well. Among them was racing journalist Lars G. Palm, who purchased two yearlings (hips 192 and 170) on behalf of Bengt Agerup's Brixton Medical. Agerup/Brixton shared ownership of Hambletonian champion Muscle Massive and has a large stable in Sweden in addition to racing horses in the U.S.