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Creature Of Habit tops Lex Mixed Sale at $350,000

October 10, 2020

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The 2020 Lexington sale scene concluded on Saturday night when the Lexington Selected Sale Company held a mixed auction at the Fasig-Tipton facility in Lexington. Although the crowd was light, as was the case with the yearling sale, buyers paid good money for a horse they wanted.
The sale topper was Creature Of Habit, a 3-year-old filly by Donato Hanover with a mark of 1:54.2f and earnings of $94,810. Creature Of Habit is from the successful broodmare Habit’s Best, the dam of $1.2 million winner Habitat and this year’s William Wellwood Memorial winner On A Streak. Fredericka Caldwell of Cane Run Farm owns Habit’s Best, now 14 years old, and teamed up with Bluestone Farms to purchase Creature Of Habit for $350,000.
Creature Of Habit was consigned by Diamond Creek Farm, which owned the filly with Mel Hartman and Dave McDuffee.
It appeared that Marseille, winner of the 2019 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot, would top the sale when he walked out of the ring with the bid board at $397,000, but the reserve price on the 4-year-old trotter was not met.
The 3-year-old Ohio-sired It’s Academic, a winner of $245,732 this year, and $374,734 in career earnings, for a Burke Racing partnership, was sold for $220,000 to Equine Management of Boca Raton, Fla.
Stallion shares to leading sires were popular and Indiana breeder Ola Yoder, best known for last year buying Winndevie and earlier this summer buying Phaetosive—both trotting fillies—branched out by purchasing two shares in pacing stallion Captaintreacherous. The shares cost him $110,000 and $125,000.
A Muscle Hill share topped the trotting offerings at $80,000, with Winbak Farm grabbing the opportunity to pick up breedings to trotting’s leading sire.
Other broodmare-buying opportunities were at the sale including Hip 924, a half sister to Donato Hanover carrying a foal by Muscle Hill. Hip 924 was Doris Deo, was purchased for $50,000 by Mario Zuanetti’s Atlantic Trot as agent for Italian owner Antonio Somma.
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