Stallion Tale of the Cat.

Stallion Tale of the Cat.


Tale of the Cat Colt Brings $1.4 Million at Fasig-Tipton Sale

A juvenile son of Tale of the Cat produced from Satin Sunrise was purchased by Irish bloodstock agent Demi O'Byrne for $1.4 million during Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Racecourse. The colt is a half-brother to grade III winner French Satin.

"I was beginning to feel stretched out," O'Byrne said of the bidding effort required to acquire the colt. "He breezed well and I very much liked the stallion (Tale of the Cat). He looks very much like him. I hope he is as fast as he (Tale of the Cat) was."

O'Byrne said the colt will remain in the U.S. but was unsure whether he will race only for Michael Tabor or by Tabor in partnership with John Magnier.

Robert Scanlon, who consigned the colt, said: "I thought he would bring a million but not a million-and-four. "

The transaction represents a pinhooking coup for Scanlon and Carl Lizza's Flying Zee Stable, which owned the colt as part of a syndicate that includes a third unnamed partner. Flying Zee had purchased the colt for $100,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic yearling sale.

Earlier in the session, Fusao Sekiguchi, who raced 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, went to $850,000 to buy a Kris S.--Key to My Heart colt from the consignment of M. W. Miller III.

Trainer Neil Drysdale, who trained Fusaichi Pegasus and accompanied Sekiguchi at the FT sale, said the colt will be sent to Japan and will not race until he is a 3-year-old.