Steep drop at Swedish sale; Varenne colt tops
October 03, 2010
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During the Swedish Kriterium racing weekend, the traditional yearling sale got underway Thursday night (Sept. 30) and concluded Sunday. A total of 623 yearlings were supposed to be sold, but never have so many breeders returned disappointed.
The average price at the sale was just $10,000, which means a 30 percent decrease from last year. The Swedish Breeder¹s Association immediately ordered that a central survey be conducted so steps can be taken to save the situation for the breeders.
The highest price was paid for Venkatesh, a son of Varenne out of Honey Face, by Viking Kronos, who trainer Stefan Hultman bought for $90.000. The Credit Winner offspring sold well as he had the second-highest priced yearling in Cherif Boko (out of Ottey Boko, by Sugarcane Hanover), which went for $86.000.--By Lars G. Palm