Indian Charlie Colt Tops FT Texas Sale

Conducting its first sale since the outbreak of war in Iraq, Fasig-Tipton saw decreases in almost every category at its Texas Two-Year-Olds In-Training Sale on Tuesday at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. But sales officials pointed out they were much more concerned about the safety of those involved in the conflict around Baghdad than they were about their sales average.
"The war has a psychological impact that makes a horse sale lose significance, and rightfully so," Fasig-Tipton executive vice president and chief operating officer Boyd Browning said. "It's hard to get overly concerned about a slight downturn in your market when your country's at war."
The one-day sale saw 152 horses reported as sold for an average of $16,299. That average is decreased 23 percent from last year's $21,269 after 175 horses were sold. The median this year was $10,000 compared to $15,000 a year ago.
The buy-back rate of 42 percent is lower than the figures from each of the past two years.
A colt by Indian Charlie who worked a co-fastest time during an under-tack show was the $240,000 sale-topper. The colt, who was a $14,000 yearling purchase from Keeneland September, was bought by Bill Heiligbrodt of Houston with Ted Keefer as agent.
Heiligbrodt also owns the serious Kentucky Oaks contender Lady Tak, easy winner of the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks earlier this month. Steve Asmussen, who trains Lady Tak, will handle the Indian Charlie colt. He indicated the colt will get two workouts at Lone Star before his immediate racing future is decided. The first option right now, Asmussen said, is to start his racing career in Kentucky.
Named Bwana Charlie, the colt worked earlier this week, covering a quarter of a mile in 21.2 seconds. He's out of the Halo mare named Shahalo, who has produced one foal that's raced but yet to score a win. The colt was consigned by Safari Bloodstock.

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