The opening session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale showed there is still enthusiasm for buying a very good prospect as the 95 yearlings offered were sold for an average price of $87,295, an increase of 9.3 percent from the 2011 opener, when the average was $79,856 for 111 horses. The median price—the point where half the yearlings sold for more and half for less—was $72,000, a 10.8 percent increase over last year's $65,000 median.
A Muscle Hill colt from the fabulous producer Emilie Cas El topped the opening session when he was sold to trainer Jimmy Takter's client Brixton Medical Ab for $360,000. Hunterton Sales Agency consigned the colt named Monarch Kemp for breeders John Bootsman, Kemppi Stable and Steve Stewart, who also operates Hunterton Sales Agency. Emilie Cas El, who is a full sister to Andover Hall, Angus Hall and Conway Hall, is the dam of several sub-1:55 trotters including Highscore Kemp 3, 1:51.4.
The Muscle Hill-Emilie Cas El colt sold as hip 91, and just 10 horses earlier Hunterton enjoyed another big bonanza when it sold a yearling by Muscle Hill out of Pizza Dolce for $320,000. Named Deepdish, Robert Lindstrom of Sweden bought the filly on behalf of a client he declined to name.Lindstrom said the filly would remain in the U.S. to be trained. The underbidder on the filly was Marvin Katz.
Just before Deepdish walked into the ring, the auctioneer hammered down a Cantab Hall filly for $280,000. Consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing for Lindy Farms, the first foal of Lunar Dream OM, a half sister to Hambletonian champion Victory Dream, was bought by horseman Mark Harder, who was acting as agent for Emilio Rosati of Australia. Earlier in the session Harder bought the Rocknroll Hanover colt out of Stienam's Place--the dam of Put On A Show and this year's 2-year-old stakes winner Good Day Mate--for Rosati with a final bid of $300,000. In 2009 Rosati was in Lexington and bought a Rocknroll Hanover-Must See filly (a sister to Well Said) for $300,000.