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Healthy rises recorded
at Fasig-Tipton July

THE FASIG-Tipton Kentucky July Sale, America's first major yearling auction of the year, offered positive indicators for the rest of the American sales season, returning gains in aggregate and average.

The one-day sale saw 189 horses sell for a total of $15,364,000, up 15 per cent from 2011, and average of $81,291, which represented a rise of 16 per cent. The median was unchanged at $60,000.

One disappointing aspect of the day was the clearance rate, which dropped from 73 per cent to 67 per cent.

Trade was dominated by a handsome Malibu Moon colt, who was bought for a sale-topping $375,000 by trainer Kenny McPeek.

"I trained the mother, and I thought he was a better version of her," McPeek said. "He is typical of the type I like anyway. He ought to be a nice, two-turn type of horse. The mare was very unlucky. We thought she was going to be a good horse, but she was just unlucky. Hopefully he is luckier than she was."

Consigned by Candy Land, agent, the colt is out of the stakes-placed Wild Again mare Uncontrollable.

McPeek bought the colt on behalf of Magic City Thoroughbreds, a partnership from Montana that includes Carter Stewart and Ken Schlenker. The group is relatively new to racing, and this is o nly the sixth horse they have purchased. The first horse they bought, Golden Ticket, finished second in this year's Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby.

"They are obviously going to play hard," said McPeek, who added the price was higher than they were looking to pay. "A good one is hard to buy, and average horses are easy to buy. Hopefully a year from now we will be getting him geared up for a nice campaign."

Colts accounted for four of the top five lots including the second dearest yearling of the day, a son of War Front who was knocked down for $300,000 to IEAH Sales Corp.

Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, the colt is the second foal out of the placed Seeking The Gold mare With Golden Wings, herself a daughter of Canadian Group 3 winner Sky Alliance.

The day's most expensive filly, a daughter of Sky Mesa out of Listed winner Our Fantene, fell to trainer Mark Casse for $300,000. Casse ended the day with seven bought for a total of $1.215 million.




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