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Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale Posts Record Average, Gross; Fusaichi Pegasus Colt Sets World Record

Prices soared to world record heights Tuesday during Fasig-Tipton Florida's sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course. A handsome colt from the first crop of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus set a new standard for a juvenile sold at public auction by commanding $4.5 million. In addition, a colt from the first crop of Stephen Got Even also blew past the previous mark of $2.7 million, bringing $3.1 million earlier in the auction.

Second World Record in One Day at Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale

For the second time Tuesday, a world-record price for a juvenile sold at public auction was set during the Fasig-Tipton selected 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder Race Course. The new world record price of $4.5 million was paid by Japanese owner Fusao Sekiguchi for a colt from the first crop sired by Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, who was raced by Sekiguchi.

Boosted by Thoroughbred Corporation Horses, Keeneland Numbers Soar

When Johar finished in a dead-heat with High Chaparral for first in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) on Oct. 25, it was one of the closest and most exciting races in the 20-year history of the Breeders' Cup and left racing fans buzzing for days. The excitement from that race extended into the sales ring during Tuesday's second session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock in Lexington, Ky. as Windsharp, Johar's dam, brought a top bid of $6.1 million.

Yearling Market Price Correction Continues at Keeneland's Second Session

Price correction within the yearling marketplace continued Tuesday as the gross and average prices fell during the second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The sales company reported 182 horses were sold for a gross of $50,145,000. The average price of $275,521 represented a 28.6% decline from the $385,721 average in 2001 when 197 yearlings grossed $75,987,000.

Fight Your Corner Running in Epsom Derby

Fight Your Corner, winner of the Chester Vase, will run in the Vodafone Epsom Derby. Sheikh Mohammed, who bought the colt to race in the colors of his son, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum, made the decision to pay a £90,000 supplementary fee after consulting with Sheikh Hamdan and trainer Mark Johnston.

Keeneland Selected Sessions End on Positive Note

Wednesday began with a lot of questions for the Keeneland Association, mostly surrounding what effect the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. on Tuesday would have on resumption of the September Yearling Sale. By the end of the day, the sales company in Lexington, Ky. had gotten affirmation that the right decision had been made. There was competitive bidding between buyers from North America, Europe, and Middle Eastern countries during the session, which was highlighted by a Storm Cat colt sold for $6.4 million.

Dubai Millennium's Condition Stable

Sheikh Mohammed's Dubai Millennium, who has been diagnosed with an acute case of equine grass sickness, remains in stable condition at a Newmarket clinic. The 5-year-old stallion was sent there Monday, April 21, from Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall Stud near Newmarket and underwent surgery that day and the following day because of complications.

Keeneland Sets Record For Single Session Gross Receipts

Jewel Princess, a champion daughter of Key to the Mint, was purchased by Coolmore Stud's John Magnier for $4.9 million to top Monday's second session of Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale. Monday's gross receipts represented a record for any single session in Keeneland sale history as 24 horses brought final bids in excess of seven figures.

Keeneland Sale Soars; Fillies Bring Record Prices

Boosted by competitive bidding between Sheikh Mohammed, Coolmore Stud interests, and clients of trainer D. Wayne Lukas, the second session of Keeneland's fall yearling sale soared to record levels Tuesday, primarily on the strength of horses consigned by William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm. Among the highlights were the sale of a Storm Cat colt for $6.8 million--the highest price paid for a yearling sold at auction in North America since 1985--and two apparent world record prices for yearling fillies.
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