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$800k Empire Maker tops early Calder trading

A SON of Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker heads the early proceedings at the Fasig-Tipton Calder Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Florida today, selling to Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable for $800,000.

Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales signed the ticket on behalf of Moran, who is best known in Europe as the owner of Grand National winner Papillon.

The colt, who is the only lot  by his sire in the sale, was picked up by Divine Assetts - a pinhooking group headed by his consignor Murray Smith - for $150,000 at last year's Keeneland September Sale. He galloped a furlong in :10.3 seconds during Friday's under tack show.

His sale is by far the brightest spot of a quiet opening hour at Calder, in which only ten of the first 21 offered have changed hands. A total of 14 of the first 35 lots catalogued have been withdrawn, seven of those occurring after the under tack show. The average is $220,000.

Demi O'Byrne has signed for a $200,000 son of Indian Charlie while Brian Meehan and Hugo Merry were in action early, paying $95,000 for lot seven, a son of Awesome Again.




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