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Filly out of Mission Brief tops Lex sale at $725,000

October 06, 2020

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Covid-19 kept many people at home instead of at the annual Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in Lexington, Ky., but as Northwood Bloodstock’s Bob Boni said in advance of the sale, people made sure their money was there. Six-figure prices dominated the opening session at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and a trotting filly was sold for $725,000.
At last year’s sale, two yearlings brought prices of $1 million or more. No one expected that to happen this year. The truth is, no one knew exactly what to expect despite the opening night session being loaded with blue-blooded pedigree. The only major Swedish buyer/seller to travel from Europe to Lexington was Stefan Balazsi, who was selling yearlings in the Concord Stud consignment. Swedes who have been annually making the trip to Lexington and bidding on notable horses and paying big prices were Anders Strom (Courant Ab), Lennart Agren (SRF Stable) and Robert Lindstrom.
It turned out that Strom had deputized his trainer, Marcus Melander, to go after Hip 89, a filly by Walner out of world champion Mission Brief. Melander got in a bidding war with Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm, but Courant got the horse with a final bid of $725,000.
The striking filly named Kadena—the name of a US Air Force base in Japan-- is from the first crop of world champion Walner. Hunterton Sales Agency consigned the filly and Hunterton’s Steve Stewart said the filly is “about the same size” as Mission Brief.
Hip 64, a Muscle Hill brother to Greenshoe and last year’s million-dollar yearling Maverick, set a brief standard for 2020 when trainer Nancy Takter had the last bid at $600,000. The colt named Bonanza is only the third foal of Designed To Be 3, 1:51.3f.
Long before Bonanza and Kadena stepped in the sales ring, in fact from the very beginning with Hip 1, the sport’s fanciest bloodstock had a strong audience of shoppers. While people were not packed elbow-to-elbow as is usually the case on opening night, bidding commenced and six-figure prices became the norm.
With online, real-time bidding—no lag in the price in the ring in Lexington posting to the online feed—the auctioneer team picked up online bids from the online bidspotters sitting at laptop computer monitors at the back of the indoor arena. Online bids often came in above $100,000 and some sales went to the online bidder.
A total of 118 yearlings were sold in the opening session for an average price of $129,127. That’s down 16.3 percent from last year’s opening average of $154,288, but up from the 2018 opening average of $126,471.
Trotting bloodstock generated the highest averages. The highest price for a pacing-bred yearling came when the very last horse in the session—Hip 124--was sold. Canadian horseman Dave Menary, acting as agent, had to bid $375,000 to get Lightnier. The filly by Captaintreacherous out of Myth is a half sister to million-dollar winner Medusa and Canada’s 2019 Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year Alicorn.
Click here for complete Lexington Selected results.
Gait & Sex           Number Sold      Average Price
Pacing Colts       28                           $85,393
 Pacing Fillies     22                           117,136
Trotting Colts      42                           143,095
Trotting Fillies     26                           163,808
Sire Averages
Sire--Number Sold/Average Price
Muscle Hill--25/$192,400
Chapter Seven--14/$121,357
Father Patrick--6/$104,167
Pacing Sires
Sire--Number Sold/Average Price
American Ideal-- 4/$133,750
Sweet Lou--6/$88,333
Bettor’s Delight--3/$77,333
Always B Miki--13/$73,385  
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