10/25/2004 11:00PM

Tattersalls session up a bit


A half-brother to Pleasantly Perfect, the 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic winner and 2004 Classic contender, topped day two of the Tattersalls autumn horses-in-training sale in Newmarket, England, on Tuesday and appears headed to the United States.

Patrick Cooper, acting as agent for undisclosed American interests, paid about $425,040 for the 3-year-old Swagger Stick, a Cozzene-Regal State colt sold by Castle Stables. Cooper said the colt, already a winner, would race in the U.S. on the flat before becoming a steeplechaser.

The session sold 227 lots for about $11,452,316, an average of about $50,450, and a median of about $30,912. Considered in the auction currency of guineas, gross receipts and average price rose 3 percent, while the median was level.