A. P. Indy filly, sold for $1.5 million at Saratoga sale.

A. P. Indy filly, sold for $1.5 million at Saratoga sale.

Barbara D. Livingston

A.P. Indy Filly Tops Fasig-Tipton's First Session

By Ron Mitchell and
Deirdre Biles

A daughter of 2003 leading sire A.P. Indy was purchased by William S. Farish for $1.5 million to top Tuesday's first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Bred in Pennsylvania by George Strawbridge, the filly was consigned by Derry Meeting Farm. The filly was produced from the multiple graded stakes winner Seebe (by Danzig), a full-sister to three stakes winners and half-sister to top European runner and sire Selkirk. A.P. Indy stands at Farish's Lane's End Farm.

"She's the kind of filly who doesn't come up very often," Farish said. "I thought she had one of the best pedigrees in the sale."

"I'm thrilled," Strawbridge said. "I feel like I didn't lose her because I sold her to a friend."

The session's second-highest price of $900,000 was paid by Narvick International, on behalf of Japanese owner Masuo Hosokawa, for a Kingmambo filly produced from grade II winner Sweet and Ready (by El Prado). The filly was consigned by Gainesway Farm, agent for Eldon Farm Equine.

Hosokawa, who owns the Machikane breeding farm on the island of Hokkaido, was represented at the sale by Richard Cross of Narvick. Hosokawa's daughter, Yukiko Hosokawa, was also at the sale and was in telephone contact with her father as the horse was being purchased.

"He was quite interested in her because she is by Kingmambo," said Yukiko Hosokawa, noting that she and her father were among the bidders on the session's top-priced offering.

Fasig-Tipton reported 50 horses were sold for a gross of $14,225,000, which was down 14% from the $16,547,000 gross paid for 54 horses during last year's first session. This year's session average price of $284,500 was down 7.2% from the $306,426 average. The session median price was $240,000, down from the $250,000 median for the first session. There were 15 horses which did not sell Tuesday, compared with 11 for the same session one year ago.

"It was a good horse sale," said Fasig-Tipton president Walt Robertson. "It was a good market. When a good horse walked in, good things happened. There were a few horses we would like to have seen sell better. You never know how a particular night is going to fall. I know that in the total sale we have several good horses and by week's end we'll be fine."

Tuesday's third-highest price of $700,000 was paid by Irish agent Demi O'Byrne, for a Giant's Causeway colt consigned by Four Star Sales. The colt, produced from the multiple grade III winner and stakes producer Overturned (by Wavering Monarch), was bred in Kentucky by Glencrest Farm and Ashford Stud.

The sale continues nightly through Thursday.