02/11/2013 1:03PM

Fasig-Tipton February: Yadira sells for $170K, Arch yearling fetches $140K


Yadira, selling with her first foal by her side, drew a high bid of $170,000 from Margaux Farm, agent, at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale Monday afternoon in Lexington, Ky.

The 6-year-old Pulpit mare, a winner of two of four career starts, produced a Kitten's Joy filly last month. She was consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent, which also scored a few hips later with a yearling colt by Arch, who went to John and Martha Jane Mullholland for $140,000.

Yadira is out of Tabasco Cat mare Heavenly Cat, the dam of five winners from six to race, including Grade 3 winners Heavenly Ransom and Dilemma; Grade 2-placed multiple stakes winner and sire Capitano; and stakes-placed winner Heavenly Chorus. It is the family of Grade 1 winner and key producer Sabin and Grade 1 winner Love Theway Youare.

“She sold well,” said Guinness McFadden of Three Chimneys Sales. “It surprised us a little bit. We knew she was popular, but it was a great sale. It was just a function of being in the right place at the right time.”

This was the fourth time Yadira was offered at public auction. After failing to meet her reserve with a high bid of $250,000 at the 2007 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, she sold to Vision Sales for $260,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale. The following March, Padua Stables, which campaigned her on the track, purchased her for $575,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training.

The yearling Arch colt is out of the Langfuhr mare Amazing Speed, a Grade 3-placed multiple stakes winner who earned $271,634. Out of the unraced Forty Niner mare Miss Speed, Amazing Speed is a half sister to five other winners, including stakes winner Wild Speed. It is the family of classic winner and champion Prairie Bayou, as well as Grade 1 winners Hasty Reply and My Big Boy.

The colt became the most expensive of three foals to sell out of Amazing Speed. Irish Winnie, her unraced 3-year-old, brought $72,000 at the 2012 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. horses of racing age sale, while Speeding Comet brought $80,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale.

To view live video of the sale as it continues, click here.