Lexington KY — The coronavirus could not even halt the progress of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale as it concluded on Friday (Oct. 9) with the second largest gross revenue ($41,552,000) in the event’s history. Only the gross in 2019 ($46,480,000) was higher.
First crop sire Downbytheseaside contributed to those results as the world champion’s first offspring took center stage Friday at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion.
Five of his foals fetched six figures on Friday with the sales topper being Hip No. 836 Sea Lioness. Consigned by Spring Haven Farm and purchased by Greg Luther for $200,000, the filly is a half-sister to Roaring To Go (Art Major, $431,999) and Queen Of The Pride (McArdle, $774,231).
Luther also signed the check for $100,000 to purchase Hip No. 721 Noa Blu, another daughter of Downbytheseaside. Consigned by Crawford Farms, Noa Blu is the second foal out of Catharsis, a Well Said half-sister to Mach It So, who collected nearly $2.9 million and excelled on half-mile ovals.
Trotting colts took center stage overall in the sale with 234 purchased for $13,784,000. Filly trotters followed with 213 bringing $10,624,000. A total of 185 pacing colts sold for $8,760,000 and 184 pacing fillies sold for $8,384,000.
Captaintreaherous led the sire list for pacers with 29 yearlings sold for $2,853,000 and Always B Miki followed his lead with 52 yearlings sold for $2,565,000. Muscle Hill led the trotters with 49 sold for $6,493,000.
Preferred Equine led all consignors as 144 horses were purchased for $8,153,000.
Nancy Takter had the most new additions to her barn as she bought 14 yearlings for $1,628,000. Ake Svanstedt is second with $1,482,000 spent on 12 yearlings and Andy Miller Stable Inc. purchased five yearlings for $1,315,000.
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