A big bay colt by A.P. Indy sold for $1.2 million and began the second session of the Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale Aug. 3 in upstate New York with a bang.
Trainer Todd Pletcher signed the sale ticket for Ben Leon's Besilu Stables of Florida. Pletcher trained stakes winner With Flying Colors for Leon.
"I thought he was the complete package," Pletcher said. "Conformationally, he was beautifully formed, and he handled himself well. He was a good-sized first foal with an excellent walk. He checked off all the boxes for what we were looking for. The price was pretty close to what we anticipated."
The yearling is the first foal out of Maryfield (by Elusive Quality ), 2007's champion female sprinter. Mike Moreno's Southern Equine Stabbles bred the colt in Kentucky. Meg Levy's Bluewater Sales consigned him to the auction.
"I think you're always concerned," said Levy of the yearling's leadoff position. "But all the stars aligned and he brought what the full value is for a horse of his stature. I don't think anybody could be unhappy with that."