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$1.575 million Medaglia filly tops Saratoga

MEMORIES of a sticky start to the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale in New York on Monday night were left behind on Tuesday as the auction rebounded strongly during its final session to produce overall figures not far adrift of last year.

More importantly, the night yielded the $1.575 million sale-topper, a Medaglia d'Oro daughter of champion Wait A While who was sold to Todd Pletcher on behalf of an undisclosed client.

Todd Pletcher

Todd Pletcher: signed for top lot

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Pletcher trained Wait A While to win 12 races, including two renewals of the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes, and over $2 million for Alan and Karen Cohen's Arindel Farm. The daughter of Maria's Mon was the champion American three-year-old filly of 2006 and the Medaglia d'Oro filly, who was sold by Three Chimneys Farm on behalf of Arindel Farm, is her second foal.

Tuesday's solid trade saw increases recorded across-the-board, including rises of eight and 11 per cent in average and median to $334,727 and $250,000.

However, overall it wasn't enough to override the declines recorded on the first day. Although the number of yearlings offered rose by 23 per cent to 162, the overall gross dropped by three per cent to $32,000,000 for 102 sold. The average fell six per cent to $299,065 while the median declined ten per cent to $225,000. Most disappointing was the clearance rate, which fell from 78 per cent to 66 per cent.

A Dynaformer daughter of the Grade 1-placed Super Freaky will race for Australian Paul Fudge after selling to his Waratah Thoroughbreds for $900,000. Consigned by Paramount Sales, the filly is the second foal out of her dam, who is closely related to Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm.

The dearest colt of the day was a son of Bernardini from the family of champion Countess Diana who was sold by Four Star Sales for $700,000 to Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm.

Neither Sheikh Mohammed or his bloodstock advisor John Ferguson attended the second session but Ferguson maintained his position as leading buyer, signing for eight yearlings worth $3.325 million including Monday's $1.2 million topping son of Street Cry. However, his level of expenditure was far removed from 2011 when he spent $8,530,000 on 13 yearlings.

Shadwell spent $1.5 million on three yearlings, including $675,000 on a Medaglia d'Oro filly out of Grade 2 winner Bsharpsonata.

Demi O'Byrne signed for one yearling, a $650,000 son of War Front.

As on the first night, Newmarket-based agency Blandford Bloodstock was active, going to $450,000 and $110,000 for colts by Tiznow and Arch.

Taylor Made Sales Agency ended the sale as leading consignor with 17 sold for a total of $4,475,000 while Darley's Medaglia d'Oro was the leading sire with five sold for an average of $738,000.

Both yearlings by Galileo offered were keenly sought after, with a daughter of the Group 3-placed Nell Gywn selling to the Maryland-based Merriefield Farm for $450,000 and a filly out of Breeders' Cup Distaff heroine Adoration selling to Robert and Lawana Low for $560,000.




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