Colt by Distorted Humor brings $600,000 at auction.

Colt by Distorted Humor brings $600,000 at auction.

Suzie Picou-Oldham

Jess Jackson Goes to $600,000 for Distorted Humor Colt

California vintner Jess Jackson, through his Stonestreet Stables, purchased a colt by Distorted Humor  for $600,000 during Tuesday's second session of the three-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling Sale at Newtown Paddocks in Lexington.

The bay colt, Hip No. 417, was bred in Kentucky by William A. Carl and consigned to the auction by James B. Keogh/Grovendale, agent. Carl purchased his dam, the unplaced Lear Fan mare Happy Nation, for $170,000 at the 2003 Keeneland November from the consignment of Wimbledon Farm, agent.

The March 14 yearling is the second foal for Happy Nation, whose first, the Silver Deputy filly Noshameinmygame, is a winner this year in one start in Canada at two.

Happy Nation produced a Victory Gallop filly this year.

Tuesday's session saw five other yearlings – three colts and two fillies – bring purchase prices of $100,000 or more.

Elisabeth H. Alexander paid $165,000 for a Twin Hopes Farm filly named Restless Angel, by Fusaichi Pegasus  from the French Deputy mare Latour, a grade II winner.

There were 286 yearlings offered for the second day of the sale, extended to three days this year from two previously, with 211 sold. The gross was $4,455,400 with an average price of $21,116 and a median of $9,000. Comparative statistics will be shown at the conclusion of the sale, due to the additional day.

Last year's sale topper, a colt by Richter Scale out of the winning Saratoga Six mare Be Six, came in the final hour of the first day. The colt was consigned by Ricky Higgs, agent for breeders Delmar and Wilma Daubs, and secured a $230,000 bid form trainer Laura de Seroux on behalf of Narvick International.

The sale resumes Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m.