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Ice Box wining the Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park 2010

Ice Box: dam of the Florida Derby winner, Spice Island, is lot 153

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Auction season opens with Keeneland January

THE 2012 auction season opens today in Kentucky with the Keeneland January Sale, a mixed bloodstock auction which starts at 10am (3pm GMT).

At 1,594 lots, the sale is 13 per cent smaller than last year's renewal and has been reduced by a day to four sessions. It has been split into just two books, compared to three in 2011.

Last year's auction saw 998 of 1,373 horses offered sell for a total of $24,877,350 and average of $24,957. Grade 1 winner Ave topped proceedings when selling out of the Three Chimneys Sales consignment for $1.4 million to Shadai Farm.

The 2012 January Sale follows an upbeat renewal of the Keeneland November Sale, where dispersals belonging to the estate of the late Edward Evans and Prince Saud bin Khaled contributed to a final average of $81,641, up 62 per cent from 2010.

However, there are no such dispersals in this week's catalogue while several stand-out lots such as Prix Vermeille heroine Mrs Lindsay and her dam, Vole Vole Monamour, have been withdrawn. Even so, there are still high-class prospects on offer, including:

124) Satans Quick Chick; this daughter of Sky Mesa won the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes. Was bought back for $600,000 at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton November Sale

153) Spice Island; dam of last year's Kentucky Derby runner-up Ice Box, in foal to Tapit

198) Topliner; ten-year-old dam of Grade 1 winner Star Billing, in foal to Medaglia d'Oro

367) Hollywood Story; dual Grade 1 winner is in foal to Malibu Moo

385) Jessica Is Back; Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap winner is in foal to Smart Strike

486) Rajeem; the 2006 Falmouth Stakes winner, in foal to Medaglia d'Oro

539) St Trinians; a Grade 2-winning British-bred daughter of Piccolo who came within half a length of Zenyatta when second in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap




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