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Scat Daddy colt tops day one at Fasig-Tipton

A SON of Scat Daddy led the opening day of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Timonium, Maryland after selling for $575,000 to Ernest Moody's Mercedes Stables.

Bloodstock agent Donato Lanni, acting on behalf of Moody, signed for the colt who will be trained by Bob Baffert. The imposing chestnut is the first foal out of the unraced Congaree mare Magical twist, who is a half-sister to the Grade 1 winner J P's Gusto.

It marked a healthy return for the colt's breeders John and Susan Sykes, who bred the juvenile in Kentucky, under the name of CloverLeaf Farms II. The couple bought the mare Magical Mist, when carrying the colt, for $14,000 at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky February mixed sale.

The colt had been withdrawn from two previous sales: the 2011 Keeneland September yearling auction and the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale earlier this year.

Woodford Thoroughbreds have previously encountered success using the services of Scat Daddy, having bred Daddy Long Legs - winner of the Royal Lodge last season and this year's UAE Derby at Meydan for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

A colt by Exchange Rate was the session's second highest-priced horse, selling to Ahmed Zayat's Zayat Stables and Mike Moreno for $210,000. The duo, are responsible for racing Bodemmister, who finished second in this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Out of the stakes-winning mare Maliziosa, the two-year-old is a half-brother to the stakes-placed winner Tutti Buona Gente.

Day one's most expensive filly was also the opening session's third most expensive horse. The daughter of Harlan's Holiday was bought by Charles Cella for $200,000. Out of the Grade 2-winning filly Ruby Surprise, the filly is a half-sister to the winner Free Flying Soul.

The opening session saw a four per cent rise in average from a year ago to $47,067 and the median also rose by eight per cent to $27,000.

The 156 two-year-olds sold grossed $7,342,500, down just over eight per cent on 2011. Compared to 2011, the number of horses sold declined 11.4 per cent; the clearance rate was 74.3 per cent, compared to 80 per cent last year.

 

 

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