The Yonaguska half-brother to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird, which brought $485,000 from Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell at the recent Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training, will be raced in partnership by Dogwood and Paul Saylor.
Dogwood will have “a strong majority interest” in the colt, according to Campbell. Saylor said he would own a “substantial interest,” and that the dark bay or brown juvenile would be campaigned in Dogwood’s colors. Todd Pletcher will be the colt’s trainer.
Saylor purchased Mine That Bird’s half-brother for $100,000 at this year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March sale of 2-year-olds in training from Cary Frommer. After Mine That Bird captured the May 2 Derby, Saylor decided to try to resell the colt in Maryland through Frommer. Prior to the Midlantic auction, Saylor said he would be interested in retaining ownership of a portion of the colt.
“I got the best of both worlds,” Saylor said. “I got to take some money off the table, and I still own part of the horse. I would have been glad to have kept all of him, but in this game, if you can take some money off the table, you should probably try to do that. I’ve known Cot for a while, and I’m real pleased with how things turned out.”
Said Campbell: “Paul is an old friend and a respected horseman. It’s less money for us, but we still get the same horse.”