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Henrythenavigator (Johnny Murtagh) winning the St James's Palace Stakes at Ascot in 2008. Also pictured is Raven's Pass (right)

Henrythenavigator (left) and Raven's Pass: the pair are represented in the Fasig-Tipton Florida Two-year-olds in Training Sale

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Pass juveniles among
167 Fasig Florida entries

TWO juveniles from the first crop of Kildangan Stud resident Raven's Pass are among the 167 entries for the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale of Selected Two-year-olds in Training at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Florida, on March 26.

The catalogue is 31 per cent smaller than last year, which was topped by a daughter of Empire Maker who was sold to John Ferguson for $1.35 million. Although the median remained on a par with 2010 at $200,000, the aggregate dropped 15 per cent to $19,832,000 while the average fell five per cent to $244,840. The clearance rate slumped from 63 per cent to 57 per cent.


"This will be our second year at Palm Meadows and there is no question that our sellers and buyers appreciate and enjoy the training and sales facilities there," said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning.

"For more than thirty years, Fasig-Tipton has had the privilege of offering the finest of the in-training sales crop in South Florida. The quality of this year's Palm Meadow offerings, in terms of both our pedigree and physical evaluations is outstanding."

Browning added: "This sale has earned the distinction of being an outstanding source of top class runners and this tradition continues. Florida Sale Grade 1-winning graduates in 2011 include Breeders Cup Mile winner Court Vision, Travers S. winner Stay Thirsty and Shadwell Mile winner Gio Ponti.

"In addition, the co-high weight two-year-old of 2011 and winner of the Grade 1 ChampagneStakes, Union Rags, sold at our sale last year and is sure to generate a lot of momentum and interest for this year's sale."

Stand-out lots on paper this year include a Tapit brother to Grade 1 Starlet Stakes heroine Laragh, a Street Cry half-brother to champion Invasor, a Henrythenavigator half-brother to Grade 1 winner Here Comes Ben and the first foal out of champion Wait A While, by Distorted Humor.

Juveniles from the first crops of Classic winners Big Brown and Curlin are also catalogued.

The under-tack show will be held on Friday, March 23, beginning at 10 am.

Hard copies of the catalogue will be available from February 20.




King's Theatre £948,417
Presenting £889,316
Oscar £772,014
Beneficial £757,104
Milan £711,606
Westerner £562,432
Flemensfirth £516,588
Kayf Tara £470,195
Stowaway £400,859
Midnight Legend £396,669