05/18/2009 12:00AM

Dogwood buys half-brother to Mine That Bird


Two days after Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird finished second, a length behind Rachel Alexandra, in the 2009 Preakness, the public partnership group Dogwood Stable has purchased his half-brother by Yonaguska.

Dogwood paid $485,000 for the Yonaguska colt Monday afternoon at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's May 2-year-old sale in Timonium, Md. Agent Cary Frommer consigned the colt on behalf of Paul Saylor. Saylor paid $100,000 for the colt at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March 2-year-old sale earlier this year and entered him late for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic auction after Mine That Bird's Derby win. The Yonaguska colt sold as Hip No. 107, taking the place of a horse that had scratched from the catalog. He galloped at the under-tack show last week.

That was the second notable sale of the day for consignor Frommer, who also consigned a sale-record $850,000 Tapit colt early in the Monday session.

Tashop, a Tapit half-brother to Grade 1 winner Miss Shop, brought that bid from agent Steven W. Young. The late Jack Dreyfus's Hobeau Farm sold the chestnut colt as part of its dispersal.

The previous sale record was the $625,000 that Jeff Singer paid for Zounds in 2006.

Tashop's dam, the Private Account mare Shopping, produced millionaire Miss Shop in 2003. A Deputy Minister filly, Miss Shop won the 2007 Personal Ensign and five other stakes. Shopping also is the dam of stakes-winners Bought in Dixie and Shop Again, as well as Grade 2-placed Bulling.

Tashop sold as Hip No. 24. he was one of the sale's fastest workers at the under-tack previews last week, when he worked an eighth of a mile in 10.20 seconds.

The auction was to continue through Tuesday.