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Poor start to Saratoga New York-bred sale

FIVE days after the euphoria of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale – where a 46 per cent increase in total receipts was recorded – it was a very different story for the same company's two-day New York-bred Preferred yearling sale, which got off to a poor start yesterday.

With Sheikh Mohammed's buying team, whose purchases at Saratoga last week amounted to 23 per cent of the total sale aggregate, turning their attention to the yearling auction in Deauville, the aggregate at yesterday's sale was $1,724,500 – 41.7 per cent lass than the opening day's turnover last year.

The average plummeted by 43 per cent, from £62,979 in 2008 to $35,927, while the average dropped by 47 per cent, from $52,000 last year to $27,500. Three lots made six-figure prices, compared to seven last year.

The top lot was a bay daughter of freshman sire Roman Ruler, who has been represented by two winners from three runners in Britain and Ireland this year. The Summerfield-consigned filly, who hails from the family of Grade 1 winner Carson Hollow, was snapped up by Anthony Tufaro of Two-Tone Farm for $115,000.

The other six-figure yearlings were a grey Johannesburg filly from the family of this season's Prix Jean-Prat runner-up Oiseau De Feu, who was knocked down to Three Colleens Stable for $107,000, and an El Corredor colt from the family of Grade 1 performer Eye Dazzler, who sold to agent Buzz Chace for $100,000.






Galileo £11,597,622
Dark Angel £3,704,206
Dubawi £3,194,696
Frankel £2,708,934
Kodiac £2,231,181
Acclamation £2,090,548
Iffraaj £2,067,853
Sea The Stars £1,923,734
Nathaniel £1,880,694
Invincible Spirit £1,699,882