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Shackleford failed to find a buyer after bidding reached $275,000

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Preakness result a sign of difficult sales conditions

IT MAY well have been a case of vendors setting high reserves at a time of major production costs, or a fall in significant buyers in the US market, but the first three home in the Preakness Stakeshave a notable  sales link - they were all led out of the ring unsold as yearlings.

Big race winner Shackleford, who races for his breeders MichaelLauffer and Bill Cubbedge, was consigned by Belvedere Farm at the 2009 Keeneland September Yearling Sales. He failed to find a buyer despite reaching the $275,000 mark - $150,000 more than his sire Forestry stood at in 2007.

Runner-upAnimal Kingdom, the Kentucky Derby winner, was unsold at at $100,000 at the same sale, a sum $75,000 higher than the 2007 fee of his sire Leroidesanimaux.

And third home Astrology was another Keeneland September no-sale, led out at $285,000; his sire AP Indy was advertised at $300,000 the year he was conceived.

Shackleford is the second Grade 1 winner bred by his dam, the Unbridled mare Oatsee, the other being Alabama Stakes winner Lady Joanne, who was bought as a four-year-old by Adena Springs for $1.25 million in 2004 and re-sold to Japan for $1.6 million a year later.

This was a first US Classic success for Taylor Made stallion Forestry, who is also sire of top Godolphin US miler Discreet Cat.




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