10/09/2014 8:58AM

Marks: Final look at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale

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Derick Giwner
Bene Bene was the co-sales topper at $400,000.

The recently completed Lexington Selected Sale was a resounding success with an average sale price of $44,080 and a slew of happy consignors.  How this bodes for the upcoming Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg (Nov. 3-8) is anybody’s guess, though generally speaking if the Kentucky sale is good the Pennsylvania sale tends to follow suit.  We’ll cite some of the intriguing Harrisburg sale candidates in our next column, but for now let’s review how our predictions fared in Lexington.

One co-sales topper in Lexington turned out to be HIP #5 PRINCE DE VIE (Cantab Hall-Dream Angel) at $400,000. I never got a chance to see him prior to sales time, but he had an absolute to die for video and a pedigree to match.  He’s a son of Cantab Hall, sire of Father Patrick from Dream Angel, she a sister to the well remembered race horse and sire Dream Vacation from Dream On Victory, a full sister to Victory Dream, sire of Self Possessed. I can’t confirm it, but this may be the first time an overall sales topper sold so early in the sale.

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Sharing the spotlight at $400,000 was HIP # 75 Bene Bene (Kadabra-Pizza Dolce), a full sister to the noted pair of Miss Paris and Bella Dolce, those two with over $1.5 million earned between them. The successful bidder Mel Hartman had proclaimed Bene Bene as “the best looking Kadabra ever” and was prepared to go higher than $400,000 if necessary to obtain her. The dam Pizza Dolce is a well remembered member of Conway Hall’s first crop and was 2-year-old filly of the year during her freshman season.    

As for our selections, HIP # 69, THE PERFECT LINDY (Credit Winner-Highscore Kemp) proved to be a showcase individual and his final bid was $320,000.

HIP # 80, EARN YOUR WINGS (Credit Winner-Southwind Serene) lived up to her advance billing bringing $260,000.  Actually she might have brought more had she sold the evening after sister Mission Brief obliterated the existing world record for 2-year-old trotting fillies winning by umpteen lengths in 1:50 3/5 at the Red Mile.

HIP 61 PICK UP THE TAB (Cantab Hall-Victory Treasure), billed as a potential sales topper via his Cantab Hall-Enjoy Lavec cross, responsible for Father Patrick and this colt’s brother Uncle Peter, brought $220,000. Obviously the heavyweight buyers preferred Prince De Vie over Pick Up The Tab amongst the Cantab Hall produce and it will be interesting to see which one turns out to be the better colt in the long run..

We mentioned the blue-blooded pacing filly prospects HIP # 42 IVY LEAGUE  (Somebeachsomewhere-See You At Peelers) and HIP # 35 ENDLESS SUMMER (Somebeachsomewhere-Artistic Vision).

The See You At Peelers first foal was a very nice individual and larger than her mother at her young age. She went appropriately to Jimmy Takter for $150,000.

The Artistic Vision sister to Rocknroll Heaven was okay, but not yet a showcase individual and as a result her price was a more modest $85,000.

The three I did see prior to sale at Deo Volente farms were HIP# 56 Charlies man (Art Major-World Of Her Own), HIP # 68 MIKHAIL DEO (Kadabra-Yalta Hanover) and HIP # 71 TIMBER (Art Major-B J’s Canouan.

Of those, Charlies Man sold for $130,000, Mikhail Deo brought $50,000, and the filly Timber brought $150,000. Timber, from a record full sister to Rocknroll Hanover, was the subject of some spirited bidding. Mikhail Deo might have brought more but he had the misfortune of selling directly after another Kadabra mention HIP # 67 PRIMERO SOPRANO (Kadabra-Windsong Soprano). This probably took one prospective bidder out of the equation seeing as how he was already signing the sales ticket on a Kadabra colt prospect.

It’s common knowledge among the auction sale ”savvy” the role that positioning can play in the ultimate price, especially when successful bidders sometimes are no longer eligible to bid on that next number.

As expected, the Muscle Hill prospects did very well averaging $70,193. Of the two I cited, the grey HIP # 65 UFO HANOVER (Muscle Hill-Up Front Laura) was indeed a “looker” and he brought a final bid of $100,000. The well bred HIP # 24 MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY (Muscle Hill-Maritas Victory) was a bit on the smaller side perhaps owing to his 3x2 Valley Victory inbreeding, but he brought a respectable $85,000.

The above mentioned were all opening night selections. The following were chancy second nighters.

HIP # 124 MISS WELLS (Bettors Delight-Emily Car) certainly had the breeding credentials being the first foal from a daughter of Cabrini Hanover, but she could have been perhaps a larger and more robust individual. As a result she brought $65,000, and being a member of Bettor’s Delight’s initial Ontario-eligible crop, will probably spend most of her time north of the border next year.

HIP # 131 WARRAWEE RUTHLESS (Sportswriter-Great Memories) did indeed get the attention I thought he might.  The good looking brother to Warrawee Needy attracted a final bid of $170,000 and he was indeed a good-sized handsome colt. The thus far brilliant showing of Sportswriter’s first crop in Canadian circles this year certainly whetted appetites among the buyers.

HIP # 158 FERNANDO HANOVER (Dragon Again-Fashion Ecstacy), mentioned as perhaps the choicest Dragon Again product in the sale, was hammered down by team Burke for $100,000. Whether or not he becomes another Foiled Again for Dragon Again remains to be seen, but something tells me he’ll make his mark in Pennsylvania-sired circles next year.

As expected by his late sale placement, HIP # 647 DR GREEN (Jailhouse Jessie-Vulcanize), was not quite the best “individual” in the sale, but given his pedigree brought a respectable $25,000. Whether he could have brought more had he sold on a better night is open to debate, though the sales savvy buyers tend to perceive they won’t like what they see when a well bred horse is slotted late in the sale.

In all it was terrific, and as Jay Bergman and Derick Giwiner have been reporting, the racing was excellent as well.

Next up . . . Harrisburg.