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Mr Sidney Keeneland - 2009

Mr Sidney: a half-brother to the Grade 1 winner topped Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale when selling to Stonestreet Stables for $2.3 million

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Median jumps by
a third at Calder

Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale comparative figures ($)
 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2010  237  145  91  63  23,430,000  257,473  200,000
 2009  271  172  111  64.5  26,151,000  235,595  150,00

FEWER horses offered contributed to a decline in total receipts at Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Calder Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Florida, but the sale bucked other recent trends by returning healthy gains in average and median.

The median showed an impressive increase of a third to $200,000 while the average rose nine per cent to $257,473. With 18 per cent fewer horses sold than in 2009, it was no surprise to see the aggregate fall ten per cent to $23,430,000.

However, as at the OBS February Select Sale two weeks ago, the sale was hit by a number of withdrawals. Nearly 40 per cent of the catalogue failed to make it to the ring; of that figure, 37 individuals were withdrawn following Friday's under tack show.

Although only one two-year-old broke the million dollar barrier compared to three a year ago, the top price rose from $1.6 million to $2.3 million, which was paid by Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables for a Distorted Humor half-brother to Grade 1 winner Mr. Sidney.

John Ferguson made two purchases for a combined $1.125 million but his participation was significantly reduced from last year, when he signed for $5.195 million worth of horses including the three million dollar lots.

Dubai-based owner Jim Hay, sitting with Paul Cole, tried hard to get the sale-topping colt, who is out of Tomisue's Delight, a dual Grade 1-winning sister to Mineshaft. He cried enough at $2.1 million however, leaving agent John Moynihan on behalf of Stonestreet Stables to fight off Kaleem Shah.

The result was a particularly sweet one for the colt's consignor Stacy Yagoda and Jill Julian of the fledgling pinhooking partnership Two Beaches. Despite the colt's illustrious pedigree, the pair were able to pick him up for $200,000 out of the Lane's End Farm consignment at last year's Keeneland September Sale.

Demi O'Byrne struck for two lots worth $1.025 million led by the second dearest colt, a $825,000 son of Smart Strike. John Ferguson was the immediate underbidder on the colt, who had been retained for $190,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Sale.

Ferguson's most expensive purchase was a son of resident Darley stallion Medaglia d'Oro at $750,000.

Although losing out on the sale-topper, trainer Paul Cole was able to return with fillies by Dixie Union and Yes It's True for whom he paid $400,000 apiece. 

Brian Meehan and Hugo Merry were also active, paying a total of $560,000 for two-year-olds by Awesome Again, Birdstone, El Prado, Rahy, Songandaprayer and Tale Of The Cat. Merry also went to $360,000 for a son of Malibu Moon.

As at the American breeding stock sales, Japanese buyers took advantage ofa favourable exchange rate to purchase approximately $2.5 million worth of stock. They included Katsumi Yoshida, who paid nearly $2 million for two lots including a Bernardini half-sister to Tapit.




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