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Midnight Lute

Midnight Lute (far left): progeny of Hill 'n' Dale Farm's first-crop stallion were in demand at the OBS August Yearling Sale in Florida

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Medianleaps 30 per cent at OBS August Sale

A FIRST-CROP daughter of Bob Baffert's dual Breeders' Cup Sprint hero Midnight Lute was the star turn of the select session of the OBS August Yearling Sale in Ocala, Florida, on Tuesday, selling for $110,000 to SGV Thoroughbreds.

Consigned by Woodford Thoroughbred on behalf of Cloverleaf Farms II, the filly is a half-sister millionaire Graded stakes winner Desert Code and out of the stakes-placed Wasted Wisdom.

Although the aggregate for 110 yearlings sold fell 13.5 per cent to $4,181,000, there was encouragement to be gained by the average, which jumped six per cent to $38,009. Even more impressive was the median, which rose 30 per cent to $34,000.

Pinhooker Nick de Meric went to $105,000 to secure the second dearest yearling, a Yes It's True filly out of the stakes-placed  Wildcard Cat consigned by Blue River Bloodstock.

Sons of Flatter and Midnight Lute were the most expensive colts sold, selling for $87,000 apiece.




King's Theatre £966,447
Presenting £915,592
Oscar £772,014
Beneficial £760,303
Milan £717,591
Westerner £562,617
Flemensfirth £517,208
Kayf Tara £484,372
Stowaway £410,997
Midnight Legend £396,669