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2 million-dollar yearlings sold in Lexington

October 02, 2019

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You couldn’t be sure if the hot Lexington temperatures drove more people into the Fasig-Tipton Sale Pavilion, or if the trotting colt Maverick—and scores of other blue-blooded bloodstock—drew them in to watch the bid board explode. Whatever the reason, there was standing room only when Maverick, a full brother to Greenshoe, walked into the ring as Hip 44 on Tuesday night during the opening session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.
Maverick, the bid spotters, and a few expensive nods of the head of Brad Grant provided quite a show, with the bid board finally stopping at $1,10,000, and Grant having the winning bid for the colt.
The price was a record, eclipsing the previous benchmark of $825,000 for the trotting colt Detour Hanover at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale.
The sale was one for the record books with the 118 yearlings sold generating an average price of $154,288, up 21.9 percent from last year’s figure of $126,471. The 27 trotting colts sold in this year’s opening session brought a whopping average of $217,667.
A son of Father Patrick out of Designed To Be, Maverick was bred by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz and consigned by Kentuckiana Farms. The colt will be trained by Tony Alagna, who was sitting next to Grant during the bidding.
“You look at the breeding, and you look at what Greenshoe has done; this colt was perfect,” said Grant, who has owned a number of stakes winners, including world champion Atlanta. “He was as nice looking an athlete as you would want to see, and I think he’s worth every cent.”
Although Alagna declined to reveal the ownership group, Daniel Plouffe confirmed that he will be among the owners. Immediately after the colt sold, Libfeld said he would like to be in the ownership group, but had not yet discussed if an opportunity existed.
Jimmy Takter, bidding in the back ring for a group, was an underbidder.
While many believed Hip 105, a full brother to internationally-accomplished $3 million winner Propulsion, would be a very expensive colt as well, no one expected another $1 million yearling in the session. But a bidding duel between Swedes Bengt Agerup (Brixton Medical and Stall Zet) and Lennart Agren (SRF Stable) took the price for the colt by Muscle Hill-Danae to that mark.
The colt named Damien was consigned by Cane Run Farm and bred by Cane Run’s Rikki Caldwell and Bluestone Farms. Daniel Reden, who trains the Stall Zet horses in Sweden, handled the bidding for Agerup.
“We had a plan, and it was to bring him to Sweden if we got him,” Reden said. “We did, but the price was very high, so now we need to think a little bit. But I hope he will come to my farm because I have (Propulsion)."
Reden said the yearling colt Damien is "a very good copy" of Propulsion.
Brixton also purchased a pacing colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of $1.6 million winner Economy Terror (Hip 114), for $800,000. He was consigned by Vieux Carre Farms and bred by Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor, and Ed Gold. Nancy Johansson handled the bidding and will also train the colt.
Brixton also is part of the partnership which purchased Hip 65, a Muscle Hill full brother to Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Ms Savannah Belle, for $700,000. Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, and breeder Al Libfeld complete the ownership group of the colt named Really Fast, with Johansson set to train this youngster as well.
Slightly overshadowed later in the evening, Hip 7 started the fireworks show at Fasig Tipton when the filly by Cantab Hall out of Jolene Jolene—dam of Crucial—commanded a price of $600,000. That set a new record for a yearling filly trotter. The previous record of $500,000 was shared by Courtney Hall (2003), Future Secured (2015), and Fifty Cent Piece (2018).
Agren’s SRF Stable purchased the filly, and Agren said he paid about double what he expected for the three-quarter sister to this year’s stakes-winning filly Crucial. The filly was bred by Steve Stewart of Hunterton Farm, Maumee River Stables, Black Creek Farm and Martin Schmucker.
The record prices for trotters resulted in huge averages for Muscle Hill ($218,421) and Father Patrick ($211,800).
With the abovementioned colt by Somebeachsomewhere selling for $800,000, the late pacing sire topped all pacing sire in average with his 18 offspring generating a figure of $173,278. First crop sires Always B Miki was represented by 18 offspring in the opening session, selling for an average of $111,667, while three offspring by Betting Lne generated an average of $100,000.
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For the complete sales results of the opening session, click on this link.
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