A daughter of Exchange Rate named Wicked Exchange, purchased for $375,000 by Zayat Stables, is the top-priced offering to pass through the sale ring on day two of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale.
The $375,000 price tag established a new high price for the sale. The previous top price was $330,000 for a son of first-crop sire Unforgettable Max, purchased by Hidden Brook Farm, agent for Paul Pompa Jr.
“I thought she was going to go as high as a filly could go in this sale,” said Sobhy Sonbol, racing manager for Zayat Stables, of the sale topper. “She was a really nice filly. I like the stallion (Exchange Rate); we have had good luck with him (Zayat Stables races stakes winner Zee Zee by the stallion). I like way she was shaped, looked to be very quick on her feet, and was the type of horse that we look for.”
Wicked Exchange will now go to the McKathan Brothers Farm near Citra, Fla., where she will be broken. Sonbol said it was too early to decide on a trainer.
Consigned by Kitty Taylor’s Warrendale Sales, agent, the filly was purchased as a weanling for $100,000 at the 2007 Keeneland November mixed sale by David Hanley’s White Church Farm, located on 52 acres near Lexington.
“We loved the filly from the first moment that we saw her,” Hanley said. “She’s done well since the day we got her. She has always been a beautiful and classy filly, loads of quality and a great head.”
Bred in Florida by Y-Lo Racing Stables, the filly was produced from the Tactical Cat mare Wickedly Wise and is from the family of stakes winners Cayman Sunset and Sailors Sunset.
Another purchase of note was a $320,000 son of first-crop sire Eurosilver purchased by Jack Wolf’s Starlight Stable. The bay colt was consigned by Elm Tree Farm, agent, Mr. and Mrs. Jody Huckabay.
Michael Rainier and Lynn Rainier bred the colt in Kentucky from the Dayjur mare Informative Style.