The fourth session of the 2012 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Friday night brought out a nice crowd who enjoyed the warm weather in the Bluegrass. Still, the 145 yearlings sold brought an average price of $16,931, which was a 5.8 percent decrease from last year's average price.
The top price of the fourth session was for Hip 464, a Yankee Glide colt out of the American winner mare Little Ms. Queenie, who has produced Littlemscantbwrong 3, 1:55.2, who finished second and third in heats of the Kentucky Filly Futurity. Consigned by Kentuckiana Farms, the colt named Home Front was purchased by Bjorn "Bernie" Noren as agent for Courant Ab, a major owner in Sweden.
Hip 426, a Glidemaster filly out of the Malabar Man mare Dream Angel named Serena De Vie, was sold for $65,000 to W. J. Donovan out of the Preferred Equine Marketing consignment for Briarcliff Manor. Dream Angel finished second in the Goldsmith Maid final as a 2 year old and second in the Del Miller Memorial final at age 3. Serena De Vie is a half sister to Oasis Dream, who is scheduled to start in Sunday's Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile.
Also, Swedish horseman Stefan Melander bought an Explosive Matter half sister to his Hambletonian champion, Scarlet Knight, for $45,000. Named Ruby Trap, the filly was consigned by Perretti Farms.
Through four sessions, 545 yearlings have been sold for an average price of $40,800, up two percent from 2011. Gross sales thus far total $22.2 million, excluding the RNA's (reserve not attained).