Hip 96, by Distorted Humor, sold for $1.2 million from Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock agent John Ferguson.

Hip 96, by Distorted Humor, sold for $1.2 million from Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock agent John Ferguson.

Joe DiOrio

Distorted Humor Colt Brings $1.2 Million

Consigned by Lynne Boutte, agent, he was bought by John Ferguson.

A chestnut colt by Distorted Humor  commanded $1.2 million from Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock agent John Ferguson to lead the Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-year-old sale at Palm Meadows Training Center March 26.

Consigned as Hip No. 96 by Lynne Boutte, agent, the colt was bred in Pennsylvania by Brushwood Stable. After the sale catalog was published, the colt was named Price is Truth.

The $1.2 million juvenile worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 during the auction’s under tack show.

“He had tremendous action, I thought, when he breezed, and Sheikh Mohammed watched the video and thought the same,” said David Loder, who signed the sale ticket on behalf of Ferguson. “He had real proper action and he also seemed to have a real good mind on him.”

The high-priced colt is out of the unraced Storm Cat mare Secret Thyme, who is a half sister grade I winner Forest Secrets (by Forest Wildcat) and grade III victor Rumor Has It (by Awesome Again).

The flashy chestnut is from the family of two-time champion Silverbulletday, winner of five grade I races including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Kentucky Oaks; plus Horse of the Year Arts and Letters. He is a full brother to the winner Mountain Rose and a half brother to a yearling Tiznow  colt.

The Distorted Humor colt initially fetched $180,000 out of Book One of the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale. Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent, he was purchased by Barry Schwartz.

Price is Truth was the second high-priced horse bought by Ferguson March 26. During the early portion of the sale, Ferguson paid $875,000 for a Bernardini  colt.

Consigned by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds, agent, as Hip No. 40, the colt was produced from Jolie Boutique, a Northern Jove mare who has also produced stakes winner Millennium Storm.