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Big Brown: his son topped the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale when selling to Coolmore's Demi O'Byrne for $1.3 million

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O'Byrne lands Big Brown colt for $1.3million

A SON from the first crop of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes hero Big Brown topped the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale in Palm Meadows yesterday when selling to Coolmore's Demi O'Byrne for $1.3 million. He was one of three juveniles that brought $1 million or more apiece.

Consigned by Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables, the colt is out of Cool Ghoul, who is a half-sister to the Grade 2 winner Comeonmom. Cool Ghoul has produced two New York-bred stakes horses: Dagnabit and Bad Boy Rising.

IEAH Stables, who incidentally campaigned Big Brown, made a healthy profit. They purchased this colt for $220,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale.

David Loder, a member of Sheikh Mohammed's buying team, signed for the session's second highest lot - a son of Distorted Humor. Consigned by Lynne Boutte, the chestnut colt covered a furlong in 10.1 seconds at the under-tack show. He is out of an unraced three-part sister to the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes scorer Forest Secrets andfrom the immediate family of multiple Grade 1 winner Silverbulletday.

The colt was bought by Barry Schwartz for $180,000 at last year's Keeneland September Sale.

A son of Gainesway Stud resident Tapit also proved popular when selling to Nick Sallusto, acting on behalf of Black Rock Thoroughbreds, for $1 million.

Tapit is a sire in demand at present, thanks partly to the exploits of his Triple Crown-chasing and Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Hansen.

Unsold for $70,000 as a yearling at Keeneland last year, the colt is out of the Kingmambo mare Liberty Flag, who won a 1m maiden on the Flat for John Gosden before being exported to the US in 2005. She has produced one otherwinner, Marvelous Monkey, who scored at three.

John Ferguson, who signed for $2.6 million worth of two-year-olds at this sale last year, made his presence felt when parting with $875,000 for a son of Darley's Preakness Stakes winner Bernardini.

The colt, consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, was one of the standouts on pedigree. Out of the unraced Northern Jove mare Jolie Boutique, the colt is a half-brother to six winners, including the American Listed scorer Millenium Storm.

Ferguson later went to $870,000 for a son of another Darley sire, Hard Spun. Out of Lucky Lavendar Girl, a stakes-placed sister to the dam of Barbaro, the colt topped last year's Fasig-Tipton Eastern Fall Yearling Sale when selling to pinhooker Pete Bradley for $200,000. He was consigned to Monday's sale by Eddie Woods.

The sale was undoubtedly affected by a large number of withdrawals - 83 lots were scratched, accounting for nearly 50 per cent of the catalogue.

The sale concluded with a gross of $19,215,000 for the 60 juveniles that were sold, down three per cent on 2011. The average was up 30 per cent at $320,250, and the median rose by 14 per cent to $227,500.





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