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Maria's Mon colt fetches $390,000 at Keeneland

A MARIA'S MON yearling colt out of the unraced mare La Cucina (Last Tycoon) brought a final bid of $390,000 to easily top the third session of the Keeneland January Sale on Wednesday.

The chestnut is a half-brother to the Grade 2 winner Sir Cherokee (Cherokee Run). Consigned by Bluewater Sales for breeder Domino Stud of Lexington, the colt was purchased by Florida pinhooker Jimmy Gladwell for Ferguson Valley Ranch. He will reconsign the colt later this year.

The next best price of the day was $115,000 which was given for a colt by Pomeroy out of the stakes winner Two Punch Lil. Legacy Bloodstock consigned the colt who was bought by Foxtale Farm.

The mare Smokem Then Frolic was the third horse to make a six-figure sum. Jay Goodwin and Cloyce C. Clark went to $100,000 to secure the mare who is in foal to Macho Uno. She was sold by Bluewater Sales and is a sister to the stakes winner Frolic's Dream.

The session performed a little better than day two with the aggregate falling by43 per cent from $7,772,400 to $4,443,800 (day two aggregate dropped by over 65 per cent), with the average price down by 42 per cent to $19,321. The median price of $10,000 was down 50 per cent from 2008.

Overall, the sale's aggregate so far is down 55 per cent on 2008 and the average reduced by 53per cent.

“I’ve seen some depth in the market today,” said Keeneland senior auctioneer Ryan Mahan. “There has been fair action, but it hasn’t been anything crazy. The trade has been good for what’s been offered.”





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