The Saratoga Sale spanned two sessions – one on Monday and one on Tuesday. By the conclusion of the sale, 107 yearlings sold for an average price of $299,065. Of my top 15 selections, 9 sold, 6 did not reach their reserves, and none were declared out of the auction. Of my 10 honorable mentions, 7 were purchased, 1 did not attain its reserve, and 2 were declared out of the sale. My top 15 selections sold for a total of $4,495,000 - with an average of about $499,444 - while my honorable mentions were purchased for a total of $2,975,000 - with an average of $425,000. Altogether, my top 25 selections (with 16 total purchased) from this high quality sale sold for a grand total of $7,470,000 with an average of $466,875.
Listed below are the horses featured in Part One, with descriptions of the results of the auction:
Hip #5: This Distorted Humor colt was sold for $500,000 to John Ferguson, bloodstock agent for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rasheed al Maktoum and was the third highest-priced yearling of session one.
Hip #11: Very similarly bred to Rachel Alexandra, this colt drove the hammer to $475,000 but did not reach his reserve.
Hip #26: This filly was purchased by Blandford Bloodstock Ltd. For $160,000.
Hip #46: This colt reached a final bid of $370,000 but did not reach his reserve.
Hip #48: A grandson of Personal Ensign, hip forty-eight was sold for $150,000 to Michael Riggioro.
Hip #52: This Giant’s Causeway colt was purchased for $135,000 by Sam Herzberg.
Hip #58: A half-brother to Horse of the Year Invasor, this colt drove the hammer to $110,000, but did not attain his reserve.
Hip #80: This colt was the session-topper of the first session, selling for $1,200,000 to John Ferguson.
Hip #91: A full brother to the grade one-winning Mushka, this colt was the second highest price of the first session, going for $1,100,000 to Stonestreet and George Bolton.
Hip #96: A son of Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI)-winning Spain, this colt was sold to Whitehorse Stable for $650,000.
Hip #130: This Tapit colt was purchased by Shadwell Estate Co. Ltd. For $400,000.
Hip #134: Despite driving the hammer to $395,000, this Distorted Humor did not reach her reserve.
Hip #157: This Street Cry filly reached a final bid of $285,000 but did not reach her reserve.
Hip #170: This Street Cry filly was sold for $200,000 to Brooklyn Boyz – J J Crupi, agent.
Hip #178: This Empire Maker filly drove the hammer to $340,000, did not reach her reserve.
Hip #10: This Exchange Rate colt only drove the hammer to $65,000, thus not reaching his reserve.
Hip #16: This filly was declared out of the sale.
Hip #21: This Elusive Quality filly was purchased by $350,000 by Robert E and Lawana Low.
Hip #62: This colt was declared out of the sale.
Hip #68: This Malibu Moon colt went to Clark O. Brewster for $100,000.
Hip #95: This Malibu Moon filly went for $200,000 to Angel Equine.
Hip #117: This daughter of champion Wait a While was the sale topper at $1,575,00, with Todd Pletcher, agent, signing the ticket.
Hip #120: This Unbridled’s Song colt was purchased by Nick de Meric, agent, for $250,000.
Hip #121: This filly was declared out of the sale.
Hip #183: This Bernardini colt was sold for $150,000 to Kenneth McPeek, agent.
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