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Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser John Ferguson

John Ferguson: paid $1.35 million for a daughter of Empire Maker at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale on Thursday

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F-T Florida: $1.35m Empire filly to Ferguson

End of sale statistics:

Catalogued: 235

Withdrawn: 92 (54 following Monday's breeze)

Offered: 143

Sold: 81

Clearance rate: 57%

Aggregate: $19,832,000 (-15.4%)

Average: $257,473 (-5%)

Median: $200,000 (unchanged)

Successful pinhooks (yearling price + approximate expenses): 46 out of 87

No. of $1 million + lots: 1 (2010: 1)

No. of $500,000+ lots: 8 (2010: 11)

Top five prices ($)
 Lot no.  Breeding  Buyer  Price
 182  f Empire Maker - Half A P  J. Ferguson  1.35m
 64  f Tapit - Tempting Note  J. Ferguson  750,000
 186  c Empire Maker - Henderson Band  R. & L. Low  750,000
 136  c Macho Uno - Champagne Cocktail  B. Chace  700,000
 67  c Hard Spun - Princess Patricia  Brushwood Stable  575,000

Lot 194 - this son of Tiznow becomes the eighth horse to sell for $500,000 or more when knocked down to Lael Stable, best known as the owner of Barbaro.

He is a product of the Overbrook family that produced US champions Flanders and Surfside and was a relatively inexpensive $75,000 yearling purchase by consignor Ricky Leppala.


Lots 182 and 186 - a pair of two-year-olds by Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, who was recently sold by Juddmonte to stand in Japan, light up proceedings when selling for $1.35 million and $750,000 within minutes of each other.

Murray Smith's decision to spend $435,000 on lot 182, a filly out of a half-sister to champion Halfbridled, at Saratoga last August paid off in style when John Ferguson secured her with a winning bid of $1.35 million. B. Wayne Hughes, owner of Spendthrift Farm, was the underbidder.

The filly worked a furlong in ten seconds flat on Monday. She is the first horse of the sale to break the seven-figure barrier and brings Ferguson's expenditure for the day to $2.6 million for three bought.

Meanwhile, an Empire Maker half-brother to Grade 1 winner Cash Included will carry Robert and Lawana Low's colours after selling to the pair for $750,000.

The colt, who galloped a furlong in 10.2 seconds, was a pricey $575,000 Keeneland September pinhook by Paul Pompa Jr.

Low has purchased three horses at this sale so far for a total of $1.175 million.


Lot 136 - a major touch comes the way of Crupi's New Castle Farm when their Macho Uno colt, who was secured for just $50,000 at Keeneland last September, sells for $700,000 to agent Buzz Chace on behalf of West Point Thoroughbreds.

A registered Canadian-bred and therefore eligible to compete in that country's prestigious and lucrative races, the colt is out of a half-sister to Listed winner Indy Wind.

West Point are familiar with the progeny of Breeders' Cup Juvenile hero Macho Uno having campaigned his best runner, Stephen Foster Handicap winner Macho Again. As with today's purchase, Macho Again was sourced by Chace as a two-year-old, in his case for $150,000 at the 2007 OBS February Select Sale.

One lot earlier, a Bernardini colt out of 2003 Epsom Oaks heroine was led out unsold at $775,000.


Lot 128 - sells to John Ferguson for $500,000 after breezing a furlong on the turf in 9.4 seconds on Monday. By Darley's leading young sire Medaglia d'Oro, he is a half-brother to Grade 3 winner J'Ray and out of the winning Darshaan mare Bubbling Heights.

He was a pricey buyback as a yearling, failing to sell for $335,000 at Keeneland last September. Niall Brennan consigned him this time around.


Following a strong hour of trading, the average has risen to $237,233. However, that is still $20,000 short of last year's entire figure while the clearance rate rests at just 51 per cent.


Lot 78 - Demi O'Byrne, who spent $1,025,000 on two horses on behalf of the Coolmore outfit at this sale last year, lands this colt for $500,000. By leading stallion Malibu Moon, a son of A P Indy who started his stud career for just $3,000 in Maryland, he is out of an unraced half-sister to Listed winner Medford.

The colt was unsold for $105,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. He represents the second major result of the day for SGV Thoroughbeds and Florida-based vendor W D North following the $300,000 sale of lot 12, a Dixie Union colt.


Lot 67 - Another fast time leads to another successful pinhook. A colt from the first crop of King's Bishop Stakes winner Hard Spun who ran a furlong in 9.4 seconds on Monday falls to Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable for $575,000.

Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables consigned the colt, who was a $160,000 Keeneland September purchase by Dapple Bloodstock.

Heis the second foal out of the Listed-placed Princess Patricia, a half-sister to the top-class American turf runner Forever Together.


Lot 64 - SHEIKH Mohammed's bloodstock advisor, John Ferguson, makes his first strike, paying $750,000 for a daughter of leading young sire Tapit.

Gainesway Farm's son of Pulpit is the sire of five Grade 1 winners in the US, all of whom are fillies.

Ferguson had to fight off Gainesway owner Antony Beck and Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes for the filly. Remarkably, she was knocked down to her vendor, Vision Racing and Sales, for just $67,000 at the Keeneland September Sale.

A sister to the Grade 2-placed Tempted To Tapit, she was one of four juveniles to run a furlong under ten seconds on Monday, turning in a time of 9.4 seconds.


Lot 26 - A COLT from the first crop of Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense is setting the pace at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale at Palm Meadows, selling for $400,000 to New York-based owner Eric Fein.

However, the sale would have been a bitter sweet one for his vendors since he was bought back as a yearling for $650,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Sale last August.

The June 2 foal worked a furlong in 10.1 seconds during Monday's breeze show for consignor Niall Brennan. Out of the minor stakes scorer Richbabe, he is a half-brother to Grade 3 winner Richwoman.

He was the second two-year-old by Street Sense, who stands at Darley's Jonabell base in Kentucky, to hit six-figures following lot 25, who provided a serious pinhooking touch for his vendors when selling for $200,000 to Dogwood Stable.

The colt was snapped up by consignor Breaking Point Farm for just $9,000 at last year's Keeneland September Sale. He is one of eight two-year-olds to sell for a profit (yearling price plus approximate expenses) during the first hours of trading.

However, only half of the 24 horses offered have so far found new homes. The average is running at $206,667, 20 per cent behind last year's overall figure, while the median is $200,000.


Lot 12 - Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton, both of whom were part owners in US champion Curlin, go to $300,000 for a son of Dixie Union from W D North Thoroughbreds.

The Florida-bred, a half-brother to the Grade 1-placed Graeme Six, provided a notable result for North having cost $160,000 at the Keeneland September Sale. He turned in a furlong work of 10.1 seconds during Monday's breeze.

 

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