Colonel John Filly Brings $200,000 at F-T

She was the first yearling to go through the sale ring in the July select auction.

The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale opened with a bang when the first horse in the sale ring, a Colonel John filly, commanded $200,000 July 10 in Lexington. Florida horseman David Scanlon signed the sale ticket, saying he purchased the attractive bay yearling for his Gotham Boys pinhooking syndicate. The plan is to offer her at a sale of 2-year-olds in training next year.

A member of her sire’s first crop, the filly is the third foal out of the Elusive Quality mare Racing Quality, who finished second once and third twice in her seven career races. Other family members include grade III winner Caminadora and South African group III winner Aristis.

“She is just what we’re looking for, a nice filly,” Scanlon said. “She is really racy-looking; she just looks like she is going to be a runner. I think with this market, you’ve got to be a little strong and go after the ones you want. We’re ready to go.”

Bluewater Sales, agent, consigned the filly. Doug Branham bred her in Kentucky

“She was kind of one of our favorite picks of the sale, so we thought we had to step it up,” Scanlon said. “We were really high on her. We think she's a runner, so time will tell”