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Major gains at Fasig-Tipton New York Sale

BUOYED by the anticipation of increased prize-money and breeders' awards filtering into the New York racing programme due to the promise of a video-lottery-terminal at Aqueduct later this year, the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Preferred Yearling Sale in Saratoga, New York, closed on Sunday with major increases.

The aggregate soared 83 per cent to $6,725,500 for 124 yearlings sold. The average increased 39 per cent to $54,238 while the median grew 17 per cent to $35,000. In addition, the clearance rate increased marginally to 68 per cent.

Sunday's final session saw 65 yearlings sell for a total of $3,658,000 and average of $56,277. The median was $45,000.

A colt from the first Kentucky crop of prominent Argentinean sire Indygo Shiner topped the second session, selling to John Fort, owner of Kentucky Oaks heroine Plum Pretty, for $185,000. Darby Dan Farm consigned the colt who was bred by Dixie Farm out of Free As Tristan, a winning daughter of Crafty Friend and Argentinean Group 1 winner Miss Carlotita.

In all, 21 yearlings sold for $100,000 or more in the ring compared to four in 2010. They were led by Saturday's session-topper, a son of Dixie Union who sold for $250,000 to Cheyenne Stables.





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