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Dubawi Heights with Joel Rosario up wins the Gamely Stakes at Hollywood Park May 30, 2011

Dubawi Heights: big payday for owners after $1.6 million sale

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$2.3m Funny Moon tops buoyant Fasig November

A BUOYANT renewal of the boutique Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Kentucky on Sunday saw increases across the board and 13 horses sell for seven figures, four more than last year.

The catalogue for this year's auction of top broodmare prospects, foals, horses in training and stallion shares numbered 155, some 32 fewer lots than last year.

Turnover reached $32,745,000, a 17 per cent increase on the 2010 total. The average was $414,494, up 32 per cent, and the median was $200,000, up 54 per cent.

Agent Lincoln Collins secured the $2.3 million top lot, Grade 1 American Oaks winner Funny Moon in foal to Indian Charlie, for My Meadowview Farm - the breeding operation of Leonard Riggio, chairman of goliath booksellers Barnes & Noble.

The price matched that paid for the most expensive lot at last year's renewal, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Awesome Feather.

The ownership team behind Dubawi Heights, the British-bred filly who followed her trainer Simon Callaghan to America where she won the Grade 1 Gamely and Yellow Ribbon Stakes, enjoyed a huge payday when she sold to Japan's Shadai Farm for $1.6 million.

The syndicate is made up of Clodagh McStay, MV Magnier, Annabel Wyatt and Callaghan's former trainer father Neville, who bought the daughter of Dubawi for 72,000gns as a yearling.

For the second year running, Japanese buyers were prominent, with Katsumi Yoshida signingfor Grade 1 winners Hilda's Passion at $1,225,000 and Ultra Blend at $700,000.

Europeans also made their presence felt in the top echelon of trade. Goldikova's owner-breeders the Wertheimer brothers bought Grade 1 Acorn Stakes winner Zaftig, a Gone West half-sister to the dam of last month's Racing Post Trophy runner-up Zip Top in foal to Candy Ride, for $1.4 million.

The Niarchos family's Flaxman Holdings paid $1.2 million for Pachattack, trained by Gerard Butler to finish a gallant third in Friday's Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic. She will be kept in training and sent to Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom's trainer Graham Motion.

Newmarket-based agency Blandford Bloodstock bought last year's Grade 1 Frizette Stakes winner A Z Warrior for $1.25 million and Miarixa, the dam of this season's 1,000 Guineas heroine Blue Bunting, for $1.2 million.

Miarixa was not in foal but was offered by vendors Lane's End Farm with a free season to Blue Bunting's sire Dynaformer next year.

Other seven-figure mares sold were:

Grade 1 Humana Distaff winner Mona De Momma, offered in foal to Malibu Moon, bought by Alpha/Delta Stables for $1,550,000.

Grade 1 Test Stakes runner-up Bonnie Blue Flag, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Diamondrella in foal to Medaglia D'Oro, bought by Aaron and Marie Jones, breeders of Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic winner Drosselmeyer, for $1.5 million.

Cat Dancer, the dam of this season's Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity winner Drill in foal to Tiznow, bought by the late Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings for $1.4 million.

Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks winner Crisp, in foal to Bernardini, bought by Frank Stronach's Adena Springs for $1.2 million.

Grade 1 Prioress Stakes winner Her Smile, also bought by Adena Springs, for $1 million.

Grade 1 Just A Game Stakes winner C S Silk bought by Town & Country Farms for $1 million.





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