05/19/2008 12:00AM

E Dubai colt leads Maryland sale

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wo days after the Preakness at nearby Pimlico, Fasig-Tipton Midlantic opened its May preferred 2-year-old sale at Timonium, Md.

The two-day auction began Monday with four horses bringing bids of $200,000 or more by 5:30 p.m., though buy-backs also were running above 30 percent at that hour.

The most expensive juvenile by that time was Hip No. 286, a $230,000 E Dubai colt out of Twice Forbidden. Donald Brooks bought the bay colt, a half-brother to stakes winners Don Corleone and Tin Cup Chalice, from agent Nick de Meric.

The second highest-priced juvenile at that point was Hip No. 85, a $220,000 Not for Love filly out of Polish Nana that Walnut Green purchased from Eisaman Equine, agent. Others selling for $200,000 or above were Hip No. 88, a $215,000 Spanish Steps colt out of Poqito Polly that agent de Meric sold to Ken McPeek, agent, and two other fillies: Hip No. 6, a $210,000 daughter of Unbridled's Song and Makin a Statement that John Patitucci bought from agent Randy Miles, and Hip No. 224, a $200,000 Malibu Moon daughter of Starr's Star that The Stallion Co., agent, bought from the Leprechaun Racing agency.

The auction was to continue Tuesday.