Harlan's Holiday Colt Sells for $225,000
Photo: Joseph DiOrio
Hip #103, colt, Harlan's Holiday - Shiny Band by Dixieland Band brought $225,000 during the July 12 Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale in Lexington.

A Harlan's Holiday colt out of the Dixieland Band mare Shiny Band was purchased by Patrice Miller of EQB for $225,000 during the July 12 Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale in Lexington.

The price for the colt, consigned by Gainesway as agent, was the highest so far at the one-day sale. Miller declined to say who the colt was purchased on behalf of. Agent John Moynihan was the underbidder.

Bred in Louisiana by Barney Core and Regina Bourgeois-Core, the colt had been purchased at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton November sale for $35,000 by Bethel Ridge Stable. His dam, Shiny Band, won the grade III Shuvee Handicap at Belmont Park and is a half-sister to millionaire grade I winner Shine Again.

Just prior to the Harlan’s Holiday colt, which was Hip No. 103, a colt by Tapit   was purchased by Arc Bloodstock, agent for Earle I. Mack for $200,000. The only Tapit colt in the sale, the yearling was consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.

He is from the immediate female family of grade I winner Sky Mesa   and European group II winner Della Francesca.

Aaron Cohen, who signed the ticket, said Mack and his advisers targeted the colt for purchase. “He is a gorgeous looking colt. He looks a lot like Storm Cat. He ticked all the boxes,” said Cohen, borrowing from the oft-used term by buyers at public auctions.

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