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Average remains static at Fasig-Tipton Texas

FASIG-Tipton officials had cause for relief on Monday when the average remained static and clearance rate increased at the company's Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Lone Star Park.

However, in line with other juvenile auctions held this year, the sale experienced drops in aggregate and median.

The company reported that 144 two-year-olds were sold for a total of $2,477,000, down 14 per cent, and average of $17,201.

The median fell by 36 per cent to $9,650. However, bolstered by the newly implemented publication of private sales, theclearance rate increased by four per cent to 65 per cent.

A son of Yankee Gentleman headed proceedings when selling to Steve Asmussen, acting for Ragin Cajun Stable, for $170,000. It was the second consecutive year that Asmussen HorseCenter, which is owned by Asmussen's parents Keith and Marilyn, had topped the sale with a Louisana-bred.

Out of the stakes-placed Carr De Naskra mare Carrena Rose, the colt had been a $67,000 pinhook by James Schenck at the KeenelandSeptember Sale.

The leading buyer was Dubai-based trainer Aditiyan Selvaratnam, who was not only making his visit to Lone Star Park but to also the US. Selvaratnam bought 15 horses worth $701,000 including the second highest-priced horse, a son of Chapel Royal who was knocked down for $100,000.

"An agent for Fasig-Tipton suggested I come because of the good value," Selvaratnam told the Blood-Horse. "The horses look good and have good prices."

Selvaratnam also purchased the highest-priced filly, a daughter of Indian Charlie for $80,000.

Each of Selvaratnam's purchases will spend one month in quarantine in Kentucky before shipping to Dubai where they will begin racing this autumn.




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