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Gains recorded at strong F-T New York sale

PINHOOKERS made their presence felt during the opening night of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Yearling Sale at Saratoga on Saturday, going home with the top three lots.

Nick de Meric snapped up the night's top lot, a $220,000 son of young Coolmore sire Majestic Warrior. Consigned by Thorndale Farm as the property of Seth Gregory, the colt is a half-brother to Listed winner La Concerto and the stakes-placed Game Token. He is the fifth foal out of Remington Park Oaks winner Road To Mandalay, a daughter of the Storm Cat stallion Sea Of Secrets.

Although the clearance rate declined from 64 per cent to 57 per cent, the night saw major gains registered in other areas as buyers sought to take advantage of the lucrative New York-bred programme (new slot machines installed at Aqueduct racecourse in New York have resulted in a significant boost to state prize-money).

A total of 64 yearlings were sold for an aggregate of $3,657,000, up from 19 per cent from the corresponding day last year. The average rose ten per cent to $57,141 while the median soared 52 per cent to $50,000.

Majestic Warrior's Ashford stud-mate Tale of the Cat was responsible for the session's other yearling to hit $200,000, a colt sold by Paramount Sales to Gotham Boys, a pinhooking group led by David Scanlon. The colt is out of the Rahy mare Grace's Valentine, a daughter of Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Invitational winner Plenty of Grace.

Also likely to reoffered at next year's juvenile auctions is a son of First Samurai who was sold to pinhooker Jim Crupi of Crupi's New Castle Farm for $170,000.

The sale concludes on Sunday.




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