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Monday, August 10, 2009

Bernardini and Medaglia d'Oro Sell Well at F-T Saratoga: Thank God for Sheikh Mo

Tuning in online to the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings sale Monday evening, I was surprised to see Hip #1 was a Pulpit foal I’ve wondered quite a bit about, as I love her dam Sabellina, a G3-winning turf mare that successfully raced while in foal. Unfortunately, the bay filly failed to sell (RNA) at $100k, and she wasn't alone. All told, of the 118 cataloged for Monday's session, 11 were outs and 30 did not sell.

Teeming—a half-sister to Rags to Riches, Jazil and Casino Drive—saw her Bernardini daughter (Hip #39) failed to sell at $1.6 million, a price which would have beat the $1.2 million Sheikh Mohammed paid for another Bernardini, a colt (Hip #34) out of Miss Preakness S. winner Storm Beauty and a half-brother to G2-placed filly Stormy West. However, the night’s highest price offering was a Medaglia d’Oro filly (Hip #88) whose dam Cat Dancer is a full-sister to G2 Monmouth BC Oaks’ winner and G1-placed Magic Storm; she was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed for $1.5 million. The two other $1 million+ purchases on Monday were both Bernardini colts. Hip #79 whose dam Bird Town is a half-sister to Birdstone, hot-young sire of G1 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and G1 Belmont victor Summer Bird, sold for $1.3 million, while Hip #107 went for $1 million; his dam Crystal Music was a G1 winner in Europe.

Other foals of note:

The first foal of multiple-G1 victress Splendid Blended, an A.P. Indy colt (Hip #28) sold for $900k.

A half-sister to gutsy G1 winner Honey Ryder by Bernardini (Hip #108) brought $300k.

A Giant’s Causeway filly (Hip #110) whose unraced dam Dancethruthestorm is out of the Canada Triple Crown winning mare Dance Smartly sold for $250k to Canada’s Sam-Son Farm.

A Ghostzapper filly (Hip #112) whose G3-placed dam Delta Music is a half-sister to Mineshaft, Tomisue’s Delight and Monashee Mountain—all three G1 winners—sold for $150k.

A full-brother to G1 King’s Bishop winner Visionaire (Hip #9) brought $170k.

A Smart Strike filly (Hip #99) out of Code Book, half-sister to G1-placed Dunkirk out of multiple-G1 victress Secret Status, sold to Sheikh Mohammed for $875k.

A Speightstown colt (Hip #46) out of Treysta, a half-sister to Hard Spun, brought $700k.

A Bernardini colt (Hip #22) who is a half-brother to G1 Haskell winner Roman Ruler, G1 Cigar Mile victor El Corredor and G1-placed Maimonides, brought $700k.

A Distorted Humor filly (Hip #98) who is a sister to the legendary Lost In The Fog, sold for $550k.

A Bluegrass Cat filly (Hip #36) brought $550k; she’s a half-sister to G1 victress Sky Diva, and her dam Swift Girl is a half-sister to Pure Clan and Greater Good.

A full-brother to G3 Colonial Turf Cup winner Summer Doldrums (Hip #109) sold for $400k.

The auction's second and final session begins at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday evening.