10/06/2016 11:12PM

Harness: Another night of gains at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale


It was another strong session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Thursday night at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavillion as the average of $41,834 was a 26.9% increase year-over-year.  The sale is now up 21.9% over the 2015 edition through three nights, with two nights left to go.

The night's highest-priced seller was HIP 315 Magic Carpet Glide, who was purchased for $175,000 by agent Robert Lindstrom for SRF Stable (Lennart Agren).  This was the second straight night SRF Stable acquired the top seller after purchasing Go To Hill for $350,000 on Wednesday night.  Magic Carpet Glide, part of the Preferred Equine, Inc. consignment, is a daughter of Kadabra and is the first foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Cha Cha Glide.  Cha Cha Glide is a half-sister to the Peter Haughton Memorial winner from this year, What The Hill, and Cha Cha Glide's dam K T Cha Cha (Angus Hall) is a full sister to Majestic Son.

The sale has been led so far by Muscle Hill, with his 51 yearlings selling for a total of almost $5.9 million.  Somebeachsomewhere is second with 39 head selling for $4.8 million, followed by Cantab Hall (47 yearlings for $3.3 million), Credit Winner (33 yearlings for $2.1 million), and Bettor's Delight (23 yearlings for $1.4 million).  Somebeachsomewhere has the highest average yearling price with $123,615, while Muscle Hill ($115,255) is third behind Rock N Roll Heaven, whose two yearlings have fetched an average of $117,500.  Western Ideal had one sell for $100,000, and New York-based stallion So Surreal is fifth with a $90,000 average for a pair of yearlings.

As for the buyers, Jimmy Takter leads the way with just over $2 million spent for 11 yearlings.  SRF Stable is next ($1.08 million for seven), followed by Burke Racing Stable LLC. ($922,000, 13 yearlings), Martinez Equine ($800,000 for sale topper Tactical Landing), and Ake Svanstedt ($797,000, 10 yearlings).

The fourth session of the sale goes Friday night starting at 7 p.m.  HIPS 393-512 will be offered.