05/20/2007 11:00PM

Monarchos filly leads at sale


Classic-winning connections added some punch to the selling Monday afternoon at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's preferred juvenile sale in Timonium, Md.

Monday's session, the first of two days' selling, featured 18 six-figure horses by 5:30 p.m., including purchases by recent classic winners like owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson and trainer Tim Ritchey.

The early leader was a $320,000 filly by 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos out of Palangana that Patrice Miller, agent, bought from Church Street Equine (Off the Hook Partners, agent). Other high prices included $215,000 for a Vindication-Lucette filly signed for by Ritchey, who saddled 2005 Preakness and Belmont winner Afleet Alex. Marshall Silverman, agent, consigned the dark bay or brown filly. Ritchey also purchased a $100,000 Not For Love-Instant Shopper colt from selling agent James Layden.

The Jacksons, breeders and owners of the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro, were on the buyers' list with a $130,000 Fusaichi Pegasus-Livealifeoflove filly from the Niall Brennan agency.

Jackson Knowlton, part of a group that owned the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Funny Cide, signed the ticket for a $110,000 Hook and Ladder-Lucky Baroness filly sold by Wavertree Stables, agent.

Pat Chapman, who bred and raced the 2004 Derby and Preakness winner, Smarty Jones, with her late husband, Roy, picked up a $105,000 Five Star Day-Just Be Lucky colt that trainer John Servis signed for. Servis trained Smarty Jones.

The auction was to continue through Tuesday with the second session beginning at 11 a.m.