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A son of Bernardini (above) and Casual Looks is a Fasig-Tipton highlight

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Good vibes to start of breeze-ups in Florida

THE presence of major European buyers such as Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock manager John Ferguson; Coolmore's Demi O’Byrne; and bloodstock agent Hugo Merry has increased asense of optimism ahead of the curtain raiser to the breeze-up season at Florida on Thursday.

The Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale features a tight selection of hand-picked juveniles, among them a $425,000 son of Bernardini and Oaks winner Casual Look and a $330,000 son of Gulch.

That they are being re-offered after attracting such sizeable sums as yearlings has added to the belief that the American bloodstock industry is facing a pick-up after some torrid years.

"So far we are very pleased,” said Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton’s president. “We had a great breeze show (on Monday), and we have had a lot of pre-sale inspections and activity on the grounds. All indications are positive, 48 hours before the sale begins. In terms of Europeans, there is a significant participation here.”

Consignor Nick de Meric told the Blood Horse. "I think there is an air of optimism around; there is a lot less doom and gloom. The American economy is better and people feel like the world is not going to fall into a hole. In addition, there are encouraging developments in racing with New York hopefully preparing to undergo a bit of a renaissance and South Florida seeming to have hammered out an agreement on racing dates. There are number of reasons why this sale could be good and we’re going to do everything we can to make it be that way.”




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