An Empire Maker colt got the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training off to a fast start March 2, selling for $800,000 in the first hour of the auction at Calder Casino and Race Course in South Florida. Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales signed the sale ticket for one of his longtime clients, Betty Moran’s Brushwood Stables.
"I just thought he was the best mover on the track,” said McDonald of the bay juvenile, who worked an eighth of a mile in :10 3/5. “He was very smooth and very fluid; he did it easily, and he galloped out easily. He’s a lovely horse. We’re partial to his sire; Betty, as you know, owns Mushka (a daughter of Empire Maker who captured the 2009 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes, gr. I).”
The colt is the first foal out of 9-year-old Wild Rush mare Bank Audit, winner of the Genuine Risk (gr. II) and Distaff Breeders’ Cup (gr. II) Handicaps in 2005. Murray Smith, who consigned him to the auction, purchased the colt for $150,000 (in the name of Divine Assetts) from Will Farish’s Lane’s End, agent, at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling auction.
“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Smith said. “This colt has gotten better and better every day; he’s just a splendid colt. He’s done everything perfectly.”