Favorite Trick Filly Tops Goffs France Breeze-Up Sale

A 2-year-old daughter of the Kentucky-based stallion Favorite Trick was the most expensive horse sold Saturday at the Goffs France breeze-up sale, attracting a bid of 44,000 euros (approximately $47,234) from Elevage de Courteilles. She was consigned by Mocklershill Stables.

The filly's dam is the 13-year-old Antheus mare Oxava, winner of the 1993 Prix de Flore (Fr-II). In North America, she finished third in the Countess Fager (gr. IIIT), Yerba Buena (gr. IIIT), and Honey Fox Handicaps. Oxava's other foals include Sunday Rain (by Summer Squall), who finished second in the 2000 Stanley Racing Wensleydale Juvenile Novices Hurdle in England.

In all, 60 horses were sold for a gross of 1,091,500 euros ($1,171,725) and an average of 18,191 euros ($19,528). Compared to a year ago, the gross and average were down by 36.4% and 26.9% respectively. In 2002, the 69 horses sold grossed 1,716,800 euros and averaged 24,881 euros.

The buyback rate increased from 39.5% last year to 40.6% this year.