As if you need yet another angle to analyze regarding this year’s Kentucky Derby contenders, here’s the low-down on which ones sold (or didn’t) at auction and which are racing as homebreds.
If you like the homebred angle, then Papa Clem, Chocolate Candy and Summer Bird are the horses for you. Also, at least a portion of ownership is still retained by the breeders of I Want Revenge and Friesan Fire when both sold privately. Join in the Dance was also privately purchased earlier this year.
Thirteen of the entries went through Keeneland’s September 2007 yearling sale, with two failing to meet the reserve. They are, from most to least expensive:
Friesan Fire—$725k (RNA)
Hold Me Back—$400k
Pioneerof the Nile—$290k
Mr. Hot Stuff—$200k
Join in the Dance—$130k (RNA)
West Side Bernie—$50k
Three came out of Fasig-Tipton sales, including both Darley horses that were purchased out of the Calder Selected 2-year-olds sale: Regal Ransom ($675k) and Desert Party ($2.1m). Mine That Bird ($9.5k) was purchased out of the Kentucky Fall Yearlings sale in October 2007.
Only one, Advice ($170k) was sold through the Ocala 2008 February Selected 2-year-old sale.
So, what does this all mean? Probably not one damn thing, except we'll see after Saturday afternoon if money can buy victory.