Harlan's Holiday, who had the $310,000 sale topper at the July 12 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, was the auction’s leading sire by average (minimum of three sold). The son of Harlan had three yearlings sell for an average of $131,000. In all 191 yearlings were reported as sold for an average of $69,890.
The 12-year-old Harlan’s Holiday stands at Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky. With more than $3.1 million in 2011 progeny earnings, he currently ranks among the top 20 leading sires and has eight stakes winners so far this year. His fee for 2011 was $25,000.
Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet and George Bolton combined forces to buy the sale topper, a colt out of Acrosstheborder. He was consigned by Crossroads Sales Agency, agent.
At Fasig-Tipton, Harlan's Holiday was also represented by a $225,000 colt that was purchased by Patrice Miller of EQB Inc., agent. Out of Shiny Band, the colt was consigned by Gainesway, agent.
First-crop sire Big Brown was the sale’s second leading sire, with an average of $130,000 for four yearlings sold. Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, Preakness Stakes, and Florida Derby (all gr. I) and champion 3-year-old male of 2008, stands at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. His 2011 fee was $40,000.
Big Brown had three of four of sale yearlings sold bring six figures, with a filly out of Irish Smoke being purchased by Cory Wagner/Donver Stables for $220,000 from the consignment of Select Sales, agent.
Flashy Bull, a son of Holy Bull currently No. 3 on the leading freshman sire list, was ranked third with three sales yearlings averaging $116,667. Flashy Bull, who stands at Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky., is the sire of recent Debutante Stakes (gr. III) winner Flashy Lassie.
Sire – No. Sold (min of 3) – Avg.
Harlan's Holiday – 5 - $131,000
Big Brown – 4 - $130,000
Flashy Bull – 3 - $116,667
Exchange Rate – 5 - $92,800
Hard Spun – 3 - $88,333
Latent Heat – 3 $88,333
Majestic Warrior – 5 - $86,400
Lawyer Ron – 3 - $83,000
Congrats – 3 - $79,000
Into Mischief – 3 - $78,333