07/13/2016 3:03PM

Violence makes strong debut with first-crop yearlings

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A colt from the first crop of Violence sold for $335,000 on Tuesday at the Fasig-Tipton July sale.

Grade 1 winner Violence made a strong debut with his first-crop yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton July selected yearling sale as he had two of the top 10 prices.

Violence, a son of Medaglia d'Oro, stands at Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Lexington, Ky. The young stallion had six of his eight yearlings through the ring sell for an average price of $119,833. The group was led by the third-highest price of the sale overall, a colt sold for $335,000 to the partnership of Robert LaPenta, Bridlewood Farm, and Three Chimneys.

Consigned by Hill 'n' Dale, as agent, the colt is a half-brother to the juvenile Bode's Dream, winner of the Astoria Stakes last month at Belmont Park.

Violence also was represented by a $235,000 filly sold to Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. The filly, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, is out of an unraced Pioneerof the Nile mare.

Oxbow, one of three American classic winners in this group of first-year sires, also recorded strong results at Fasig-Tipton. He had five yearlings sold, four for six figures, for an average price of $137,000. He was led by a $220,000 colt sold to Lane's End Bloodstock.

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Oxbow won the 2013 Preakness Stakes and finished second in the Belmont Stakes. The son of Awesome Again stands at Calumet Farm.

“I think there’s always interest and excitement for the first-crop stallions,” Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning said. This year “is not a group where it’s [dominated by a single standout]. It’s a solid, representative group with some very interesting and intriguing stallion prospects.”

Two Kentucky Derby winners were represented by six-figure offerings from their first crops as Orb's lone offering was a $190,000 colt and Animal Kingdom had a $145,000 filly from his first Northern Hemisphere crop. Both were purchased by Eclipse Thoroughbreds.

Orb was foaled and raised at Claiborne Farm; the son of Malibu Moon returned there for stud duty after a racing career in which he won the 2013 Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby and finished third in the Belmont Stakes.

Animal Kingdom won the 2011 Kentucky Derby and 2013 Dubai World Cup; the champion son of Leroidesanimaux also placed in multiple Grade 1 stakes on turf and won a Grade 3 race on Polytrack. The Darley stallion began his career on Southern Hemisphere time in Australia before standing in Kentucky for the first time in 2014.

Three other first-year sires recorded prices in excess of $150,000 on Tuesday: Graydar ($200,000 colt), Paynter ($185,000 filly), and champion Shanghai Bobby ($170,000 filly).