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Lexington Selected finishes with average of $50,922

October 10, 2020
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The last of five sessions of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale concluded on Friday night and with an emphasis on Ohio-sired yearlings, most notably from the first crop of pacing sire Downbytheseaside, prices climbed. The sale concluded with a total of 816 yearlings sold for an average price of $50,922, down 16.5 percent from the record-setting 2019 sale. The average was down 10 percent from the 2018 sale.
 
This year's sale had been heading toward a 20 percent decline in average price, but the final session brought the average up when it exceeded last year's figures. This year 168 yearlings were sold in the last of the five sessions, generating an average of $29,423. That's up 28 percent from last year's fifth-session average of $23,016.
 
A total of six yearlings were sold for $100,000 or more each in the final session. That included session-topper Hip 836, a filly by Downbytheseaside bought for $200,000 by Ohio owner Greg Luther. Consigned by Spring Haven Farm, agent, the filly is a half sister to Ohio champion Queen Of The Pride.
 
Luther, who races his horses under the banner of Black Magic Racing, also bought Hip 721, a colt by Downbytheseaside  out of a sister to world champion Mach It So, for $100,000, and Hip 798, another colt by Downbytheseaside, for $50,000. Luther purchased seven yearings at the Lexington Selected Sale, spending $583,000.
 
A total of 26 yearlings by Downbytheseaside were sold in Session 5 for an average price of $61,192. Brian Brown, who trained Downbytheseaside, purchased four of the sire's offspring at the sale.
 
For complete Lexington Selected Sale results, including Sire Averages and Consignor Averages, click here.
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