A Kris S. filly from the family of champion Dancethruthedawn topped the first session of the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling sale. The filly, purchased by Stewart Bainum's Dinwiddie Farm near Middleburg, Va., brought a top price of $300,000.
Fasig-Tipton catalogued 388 hips for the opening session, with 347 passing through the ring. Of the 347, 267 sold for a gross of $3,530,400 and an average of $13,222. The median price was $6,200.
Craig Bandoroff consigned the filly in the name of his Denali Stud. She was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm and had not been sold at auction previously.
The filly is out of an unraced full sister to champion Dance Smartly, who produced champion Dancethruthedawn (by Mr. Prospector). Grade I winner Dancethruthedawn was recently retired after suffering an injury. She raced for her breeder, Sam-Son Farms.
The second highest-price of the night was hip 341, an Acceptable colt out of the Mr. Prospector mare Midnight Polka. Louisville resident Tom Conway signed the $280,000 ticket.
The colt, which had not previously been sold at public auction, was bred in Kentucky by Robert Spiegel and Catherine Parke. He was consigned by Parke's Valkyre Stud, agent.
The colt, which is a half-brother to stakes winner Four Pennies (by Gulch) and stakes-placed Universe, will be sent to Eddie Woods in Ocala, Fla., and trained by Bernie Flint.
"He was my pick of the sale," Flint said of his purchase. "You've got to remember the market is a little off right now, but I think he was well worth the price and then some."
The Fall Yearling sale continues through Tuesday, beginning at 10 a.m.