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Medaglia D Oro - Saratoga 2003

Medaglia d'Oro: sire of the $475,000 session-topper

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Fasig records increases in average and median

Day one Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale figures ($)
 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  247  217  136  63  9,238,500  68,592  45,000
 2010  203 170  107  63  8,155,500  76,220  50,000

A SON of Medaglia d'Oro was the standout during a relatively encouraging opening day of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Select Yearling Sale on Tuesday, at which the average and median recorded increases from 2009.

John Ferguson purchased $1,555,000 worth of horses at this sale last year and Sheikh Mohammed's advisor was active once again alongside Dick O'Gorman and Joe Osborne, securing for three lots including the $450,000 session-topper.

With travel commitments preventing Ferguson from bidding on the Medaglia d'Oro colt himself, it was left to O'Gorman to sign the ticket on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed. Consigned by Mike and Meg Levy's Bluewater Sales, the grey colt was bred by Mike Moreno's Southern Equine Stables out of the Gray Slewpy mare Beright. He a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Principle Secret.

A decision where the colt is trained will be made later this year.

"John had to catch a plane, but he really liked the Medaglia d'Oro colt; he thought he was one of the best-looking yearlings in the sale," said Osborne. "He is correct and has a good attitude, and he showed very well. John saw him a couple of times before and just liked him all the way through." 

The Darley team also secured two colts by the operation's first season sire, Hard Spun, for $190,000 and $180,000.

The sale opened in ominous fashion when only four of the first 14 yearlings offered changed hands. However, trade steadily picked up throughout the day to produce 26 six-figure horses. With 47 fewer horses offered than in 2009, the aggregate unsurprisingly slipped 13 per cent to $8,155,500, but there was some encouragement with the average and median each rising 11 per cent to $76,220 and $50,000.

Later in the session, Jay EmEss Stable went to $300,000 to secure a colt by leading US sire Tiznow. Consigned by Gainesway on behalf of Graves et al, the colt is out of minor stakes winner Bruanna.

As in previous years, the opening hours were devoted to progeny by first season sires. Darley stepped up their investment in the US market significantly for the 2008 season, acquiring Grade 1 winners Any Given Saturday, Hard Spun and Street Sense and retiring their Cigar Mile Handicap winner Discreet Cat, and that quartet duly proved to be all the rage by accounting for ten six-figure lots.

They were led by a son of Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby hero Street Sense, who was knocked down to $250,000 to Whisper Hill Farm.





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