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Medaglia D'Oro to the fore again at Saratoga

A SON of red-hot US sire Medaglia D'Oro sold for $275,000 to top last night's second and final session of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale at Saratoga.

The Thorndale Farm-consigned colt, who was the only yearling by Medaglia D'Oro in the catalogue, is out of Argentinean Grade 2 winner Miss Mary, a sister to Argentinean champion three-year-old filly Miss Linda. He was purchased by agent Seth Benzel on behalf of ownership syndicate Whitehall Stable.

The top-priced filly was a Peacock Ridge-consigned Sky Mesa half-sister to Grade 3 winner The Judge Sez Who, who was purchased by Todd Quast, acting on behalf of Goldmark.

Though yesterday's receipts were down on the corresponding day last year, they were not as disastrous as in the opening session on Saturday, when the average and median plummeted by in excess of 43 per cent.

Fifty-five yearlings from 93 offered were sold yesterday, for turnover of $2,561,000 – a slight increase on the $2,479,000 aggregate recorded in the second session last year, when two fewer yearlings were sold.

Consequently, the average took only a glancing blow, falling just 0.4 per cent from $46,774 to $46,564. The median dropped 14.2 per cent from $35,000 in 2008 to $30,000.

Poor results in the opening session left a scar on the overall figures for both days of the sale, though. All told, the gross dropped by 20 per cent from $5,439,000 to $4,353,500, the average fell by 25 per cent from $54,390 to $40,687, and the median nosedived by 40 per cent from $45,000 to $27,000.





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