The third session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale posted a strong average price of $34,237, climbing a whopping 31.1 percent from the same session in 2012, with three more horses sold in the session this year.The median price of $30,000—the price point where half the horses sell for more and half for less—jumped by 50 percent.
The average price at last year's third session was just $26,111. Overall, last year's sale finished with an average price of $35,296 with 677 horses sold. Through three sessions, this year's sale was posting an average of $52,014, an increase of 5.6 percent over the first three sessions in 2012. The gross for the first three sessions this year is $22.5 million, a 14.1 percent increase versus 2012.
There was enough horsepower on the page and in the physical appearance of quite a few yearlings to drive them to either high five-figure or six-figure prices on the sale's third night.
Hip 368, a colt named Helios Lindy (American Ideal-Sunshine Sister), was bought by trainer Jeff Gillis, acting as agent for Mac Nichol,with a bid of $105,000. The colt is a half sister to Sunshine Lindy p,2, 1:55.1and hails from the family of Doubleshotascotch and Pacific Fella and Pacific Renegade. Preferred Equine Marketing consigned the colt on behalf of Lindy Farms.
Sweden's Courant AB bought more horses, including a couplefor $100,000 each. Bjorn Noren acted as agent on the purchase of hip 316,Southwind Wildfire (Muscle Hill-WAFS, by Kadabra), a colt from the family of Malabar Maple, and Nancy Johansson signed as agent for hip 362, the colt Think Again (Art Major-Remember When). The ($917,523 winner Remember When is the dam of this year's stakes winning filly Lucy's Pearl, who is trained by Hall ofFamer Ron Gurfein. The second dam produced Little Brown Jug winner Mr.Feelgood.
On Tuesday night Courant AB bought Holy Ground, a colt by Cantab Hall out of Domestic Diva, for $175,000 in partnership with Knutsson Trotting.
With just 18 horses left to sell, a Bettor's Delight-MamboWoman colt was sold for $100,000 to KJ Stables LLC. John Fodera and Ray Remmen also took home horses with bids of $100,000. Fodera, acting as agent, signed for Artspeak (Western Ideal-The Art Museum), a full brother to this year's 3-year-old filly Acquavella, who has been trained by Tony Alagna. Remmen bought Lush Art, an Art Major colt out of Lush Limbaugh, the dam of Word Power, who Remmen has trained this year for Brad Grant.