10/02/2014 12:35AM

Harness: Second night a success at Lexington Selected Yearling Sale

Derick Giwner
Sunset Glider topped the second night of the sale. She was purchased for $180,000 by Jimmy Takter.

With the common theme from buyers being the lack of negative factors in the industry right now, the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale at the Fasig-Tipton pavilion saw continued gains on the second night (Wednesday, October 1). The average yearling sold for $56,261, up 6.7% from the $52,734 day two total from 2013.

Topping the sale was HIP 128 Sunset Glider, a Cantab Hall filly out of the mare Highland Glider. Jimmy Takter purchased the Kentuckiana Farms product for $180,000.

“I really like this horse. She has confirmation and breeding, the entire package,” said Takter, who originally thought the filly would cost him at least $200,000.

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While there were no crazy bidding wars producing sky-high prices, several other horses reached the $150,000 plateau during night two. Trainer Tony Alagna signed for HIP 131 Warrawee Ruthless for $170,000. The son of Sportswriter-Great Memories is a half-brother to the co-fastest horse in history, Warrawee Needy (1:46 4/5).

Derick Giwner      Warrawee Ruthless went for $170K.

“I saw him up in Canada at Michael Wilson’s farm when I was up in Canada racing this summer, and he is just a really nice colt,” said Alagna, who bought eight horses for a night’s high $517,000. “I’m going to wait until I get home and get through Harrisburg (Sale), and some of these I’m going to put together for the pin-hooking (selling 2-year-olds) group.”

A pair of trotters went for $160,000. HIP 106 OK Kemp, a daughter of Muscle Hill out of Distaff, sold to Let It Ride Stables. Swedish native Robert Bergh grabbed HIP 201 Curious De Vie, a Credit Winner-sired colt from first-time broodmare So You De Vie.

Checking in at $150,000 were HIP 156 Nicholas Beach, HIP 202 Hollywood Hanover, and HIP 238 Charlie Hill. By Somebeachsomewhere, Nicholas Beach is the second foal from Michelle My Gal and a full sister to $251K earner Beach Gal. She was purchased by Joe Holloway. Hollywood Hanover, a Cantab Hall-Hotentrot Hanover colt, was purchased by Richard Gutnick. Charlie Hill is the first foal from Andover The Top by Kadabra. The colt was bought by Victor Hayter.

In total, 23 yearlings sold for at least $100,000 with Muscle Hill checking in on top with four of the 23. Sportswriter led all horses in average sales price at $93,000 for his quartet of yearlings.

Over the first two nights, pacing sire Somebeachsomewhere tops the money leaderboard with his 26 colts and fillies bringing in $2,574,000. Credit Winner leads all trotting sires at $1,929,000 for 16 yearlings. Of the buyers, Jimmy Takter has spent the most money, purchasing 13 horses for $1,159,000.

A grand total of $19,014,000 was spent on 254 horses through the first two days of the sale.

The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each night at 7 p.m. through Saturday, October 4.

[Click for day one results story]


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