07/15/2013 12:24PM

Fasig-Tipton July sale: Regis Farm goes to $460,000 for Desert Party filly


A filly from the first crop of Desert Party set the new standard at the Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale, selling for $460,000 to Canadian businessman Nat Rea’s Regis Farms to take over the sale lead through noon Monday at the Newtown Paddocks in Lexington.

“It was more than we wanted to pay, but you’ve got to reach for the good ones,” said Richard Hogan, who signed the ticket for Regis Farms. “The plan is just to buy nice horses and have some luck.”

The filly, consigned by Allied Bloodstock, as agent, is out of the Kris S mare Lil Cozette, who has produced six winners from eight starters. Her runners include stakes winner and multiple Grade 3 placed Cosmic Kris, as well as stakes placed Foret.

Lil Cozette, out of the stakes winning Java Gold mare Lily La Belle, is a half sister to Grade 3 winner and Grade 1-placed Final Fling, and to stakes placed Doc Wild.

“The way she’s bred looks like she could be a route horse, but I think she could have some speed, as well,” said Clark Shepherd of Allied Bloodstock. “She just never turned a hair the whole time.”

Bred in Kentucky by Connie Brown and Phyllis Adair, the filly sold as a weanling for $85,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Her price tag on Monday nearly doubled the amount for the next most expensive foal out of dam Lil Cozette, Foret, who sold for $240,000 at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale.

The filly’s price surpassed the most expensive horse of last year’s Fasig-Tipton July sale, a $375,000 Malibu Moon colt, who sold to trainer Ken McPeek, as agent for Magic City Thoroughbreds.

Shepherd, quite bluntly, did not expect the filly would bring as much as she did.

“You want to come over here, and you want to set reasonable reserves,” he said. “It’s good for the buyers, because if they’re working against a high reserve, they know it, so we set a reasonable reserve, and we knew the buyers, and more specifically the filly herself, would do the work. We feel very blessed.”

Desert Party, who is represented by his first yearlings this year, stands for Darley at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y., after beginning his stud career at the operation’s Jonabell Farm near Lexington. The son of Street Cry was a Grade 2 winner as a juvenile and a Group 3 winner in Dubai each of the following two seasons.

“One of the questions he had for everybody was how did she stack up to the other Desert Partys,” Shepherd said, “and they said, ‘She’s the best we’ve seen, and she may be the best filly, or horse for that matter, that we’ve seen on the grounds,’ “