$320,000 trotting colt tops second session
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The second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continued its strong pace with the 174 yearlings sold generating a session average of $75,103. The average price dropped 10.3 percent from last year’s second session average of $83,748. That put the sale’s average through two sessions at $107,103, still an increase over 2018 figures.
Trotting colts continued to be the strongest part of the market as 50 were sold for an average price of $82,440. The 47 pacing colts sold in the second session generated an average of $69,617. Trotting fillies averaged $79,673 (49 sold) while pacing fillies averaged $63,214 (28 sold).
Hip 155, a Muscle Hill half brother to Yonkers Trot winner Dewycolorintheline, topped the session at $320,000. Ake Svanstedt had the final bid on the colt bred and raised by Jeff and Paula Gural’s Allerage Farm. Named Red Redemption, the dam of the colt is Magenta Hall, a stakes-winning filly who was campaigned by Jeff Gural.
Lennart Agren’s SRF Stable continued to purchase yearlings on Wednesday night, bringing its total acquisitions to five. With a final bid of $270,000, trainer Paul Kelley purchased Hip 137, a colt by Chapter Seven out of Iluvmyjimmychoos, for SRF. Kelley also had the final bid of $250,000 for Hip 306, a Muscle Hill filly out of Highland Glider, the dam of several filly stakes winners and a sister to world champion Godiva Hall.
Two offspring by Betting Line led the pacing sector of the market. Bill Donovan had the final bid of $230,000 for Southwind Xena, a half sister to Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi. Donovan also signed for five other yearlings in the second session for sales totaling $717,000, bringing his two-day purchase total to $967,000.
A colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of a sister to Indiana star Rockie Got Framed brought a final bid of $210,000. Named Beach Chief, the striking colt will be going to the barn of Tom Cancelliere at Magical Acres.
Two pacing colts brought $200,000 each: Hip 193, a Captaintreacherous colt out of a half sister to world champions Warrawee Ubeaut and Warrawee Needy (signed for by Myron Bell for Captain’s Court), and Hip 230, a Betting Line colt who is the first foal of the stakes-winning Triplet Hanover, with Tom Dillon having the final bid.