07/12/2011 11:32AM

Neo Universe colt tops session at Japanese sale


A day after snapping up a sale-record yearling filly, Global Equine Management’s Nobutaka Tada returned to the Japan Racing Horse Association’s select sale Tuesday to pick up the foal session’s top-priced horse.

Tada paid about $3.05 million for a Neo Universe–Wind in Her Hair colt who is a three-quarter-brother to a two-time Japanese Horse of the Year, Deep Impact. Northern Farm consigned the bay colt, who also is a half-brother to American Grade 3 winner Veil of Avalon and a three-quarter-brother to Japanese graded winner Black Tide. Wind in Her Hair, an Alzao mare, was a Group 1 winner before beginning the illustrious breeding career that produced Deep Impact, a Sunday Silence son.

After selling more horses this year, the foal session’s gross rose 33 percent, and the average and median proces were up significantly. The session sold 161 foals for about $54,234,147, resulting in an average price of about $336,858 and a $243,903 median. Compared year-to-year in the auction’s currency, yen, the average and median prices swelled by 17 percent and 18 percent, respectively. The 2011 buy-back rate was 27 percent, down from 32 percent.

Northern Farm also sold Monday’s sale-record $4.39 million yearling filly to Tada. The filly is a daughter of Deep Impact, Japan’s Horse of the Year in 2005 and 2006, and out of Japan’s 1997 Horse of the Year, Air Groove. Tada said he bought both horses for the same partnership.