Giant's Causeway Colt Sets Off Fireworks at Fasig-Tipton With $650,000 Price
by Deirdre B. Biles
Date Posted: 7/19/2005 12:57:51 PM
Last Updated: 8/2/2005 2:17:10 PM

Giant's Causeway colt, sold for $650,000 Tuesday.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
A colt by one of the world's hottest sires, Giant's Causeway  , sold for $650,000 around lunchtime Tuesday at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling auction. Irish agent Demi O'Byrne, a member of the Coolmore Stud team, purchased the muscular chestnut colt with the flashy white blaze. Giant's Causeway stands at Ireland-based Coolmore's Kentucky division, Ashford Stud.

"He's a very good-looking horse and he compares well (with other Giant's Causeway offspring)," O'Byrne said. "He has scope; he has quality; and he's a good mover. And he has a nice pedigree."

O'Byrne was acting on behalf of Coolmore managing partner John Magnier, as well as Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.

"I thought he might have made a bit more, but not much more," O'Byrne said. "The dam hasn't produced a stakes horse, so I thought it was about right. I thought around $650,000 or $750,000."

The colt, he added, probably will be sent to Europe to race.

The only yearling by his sire in the sale, the colt is out of the grade II-placed mare College City, an 11-year-old daughter of Carson City. College City won three times during her racing career. Other members of the family include French group I winner Imperial Beauty (who was highweighted on the European Free Handicap) along with European group III winners Midnight Air and her offspring Midnight Line. The $650,000 colt is a half-brother to two winners.

David Hager's Idle Hour Farm consigned the colt for his breeder, Marion G. Montanari of Florida.

"I'm very happy," Hager said. "When you get a horse with that kind of quality, you don't know high how it's going to go. The sales can be kind of a struggle, with all the worry, and then you get a special one like that, and you just want to sit back and enjoy it. It's so much fun to have one like that."

Said Montanari: "He's such a special horse. I wasn't quite sure where he would be (in price), but this is nice."

In other action, Kentucky-based pinhooker Maurice Miller bought a Buddha – Danzig Darling colt for $500,000 in partnership with Tom VanMeter of Eaton Sales. They plan to resell their purchase at public auction as a 2-year-old. The colt is a half-brother to two stakes winners. The colt was consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.

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