04/17/2003 11:00PM

Tattersalls hits record prices


The Tattersalls April 2-year-old sale in Newmarket, England, set two European price records and cruised to healthy gains across the board at its close Thursday evening.

The two-day auction produced a record 2-year-old colt when Americans Stuart and Anita Subotnick paid 260,000 guineas, or $428,610, for a son of Danehill and Silver Bubble. It also yielded a record filly when Fusao Sekiguchi offered 150,000 guineas, or $247,275, for a daughter of Sadler's Wells and Mountain Holly.

Bansha House Stables of Ireland sold the record colt, and Con Marnane consigned the top filly.

The two sessions sold 129 lots for sale-record gross revenue of $6,784,732. The median price of $41,213 was also a record for the auction. The average of $52,594 did not reach record heights, but still represented a gain from last year's figure.

* Hip No. 467, a Larrupin' filly out of Irish and Foxy, posted the fastest quarter-mile time of 21 seconds at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s second under-tack preview Thursday in Ocala, Fla. Five juveniles breezed the fastest eighth-mile time of 10.40 seconds. Hip No. 403, a Double Honor-Hard to Manage colt, breezed the fastest three-eighths in 34.40. The auction is from April 22-25.