Mr. Greeley Filly Tops During FTK Final Session

A chestnut daughter of Mr. Greeley who was one of the last horses through the ring during Thursday's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale in Lexington, Ky. ended up bringing the session's top price of $500,000.

The filly, consigned by Mulholland Springs, was purchased by Jaime Carrion, with Kentucky horseman Robert E. Courtney signing the ticket.

"When I saw her I knew I was going to buy her," Carrion said. "She really fills your eye."

Produced from the stakes-winning Topsider mare Good for Her, the Mr. Greeley filly will be trained by Eddie Plesa.

The Mr. Greeley filly highlighted a session in which 151 yearlings sold for $14,124,000 and an average price of $93,536. There were 56 horses which did not attain their reserves and the session median price was $75,000. For the two-day sale, FTK reported 303 yearlings grossed $28,202,000, for an average price of $93,076 and $67,000 median. There were 122 RNAs for the sale. In 2002, 325 yearlings were sold for a gross of $31,790,000, an average of $97,815 and a median of $70,000. There were 211 horses which did not meet their reserves last year.

Thursday's second-highest price of $400,000 was paid by Mark Reid for a Thunder Gulch colt.

Reid declined to disclose who will own the colt consigned by Gainesway Farm. Reid said he was bidding on behalf of a new client who is experienced in the horse business. He said the colt will be sent to Florida to be prepared for racing and a decision will be made later on a trainer.

"He is an athletic horse with some presence to him," Reid said. "This person (client) sent me a list of horses who could get the Derby distance."

Reid noted that he liked the fact the colt was sired by a Kentucky Derby winner. The colt was produced from the unraced Kissin Kris mare Satin and Lace, a half-sister to the dam of $3.5-million earner Spain.

The colt had previously been purchased by Blue Sky Stable for $140,000 at the 2002 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

The session's third highest price of $350,000 was shared by two colts.

That price was attained early in the day when a Seattle Slew colt produced from the Fit to Fight mare Love Quarrel was purchased by pinhooker Maurice Miller. Consigned by Marshall Silverman as agent for Stoney Lane Farm, the colt was the least expensive Seattle Slew weanling sold at public auction last year when purchased for $100,000 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

"I probably have had more Seattle Slews than anyone else in 2-year-old sales over the years and he looks to be more forward (physically) than the typical Seattle Slew at this point," Miller said.

Also selling for $350,000 was a Lord Carson colt produced from the Seattle Slew mare Actinella. Consigned by Always Tomorrow, agent, the colt was bought by Cabin Creek Farm. A half-brother to grade III winner French Riviera, the colt was bought by Fairpoint Thoroughbreds as a weanling for $82,000 from the Keeneland November sale.

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