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Bloodstock desk: Fasig-Tipt on July Sale leading w ay in absence of Keeneland.


THE FIRST yearling sale of the season gets under way in Lexington on Monday with the opening session of the two-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Yearlings Sale.

Once seen as the poor relation of the exclusive Keeneland July Select Sale, Fasig-Tipton's has grown in both stature and turnover since the demise of Keeneland's two-day auction, once the premier yearling sale in North America.

For the third year running, Keeneland will not hold its sale, and although many of the top pedigrees will have been absorbed into the catalogue for the company's September yearling marathon, Fasig-Tipton has undeniably benefited from its new position as the first yearling sale of the year.

Leaving aside 2003's renewal, which was still suffering the after-shocks of a drop in foal numbers following the mare reproductive loss syndrome suffered in Kentucky, the figures for Fasig-Tipton have increased year on year. Last year's sale saw 388 yearlings sold through the ring for an aggregate of $38,620,000, with the average breaking $100,000 for the first time at $114,260. The buyback rate of 69 per cent was also the highest in recent years.

A record 679 youngsters are catalogued this year, and as ever there are plenty of first-season stallions with representatives.

Leading the way numerically, with 25 of his progeny on offer, is Vinery's Yonaguska, a son of Cherokee Run who stands for $10,000 (pounds 5,700). Among the yearlings of the former top-class juvenile is a filly out of the multiple stakes-winning mare Suspect Key. Yonaguska is followed by Include, who has 19 of his first crop on offer, conceived for a fee of $12,500. Notable among these is a colt out of an unraced sister to dual Grade 1 winner Honor Glide.

Other young sires with plenty of entries in the sale are Buddha (18), Forest Camp (16), Johannesburg (15), Officer (13) and Songandaprayer (13).

Also well represented is Yes It's True, with 17 catalogued, conceived when he stood at Satish Sanan's P adua Stable, Florida, for $10,000. Moved to Three Chimneys for 2005, his fee is now $25,000 (pounds 14,251).

An eyecatching lot from the first crop of Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Orientate is a half-brother to Smarty Jones, winner of the Kentucky Derby and P reakness last year. Of interest to the European market, as well as the US, is a Malabar Gold filly out of Derby winner Motivator's half-sister Warsaw Girl.

Other notable lots include a half-brother to 2004 champion Canadian three-year-old colt A Bit O'Gold, by freshman sire Snow Ridge, and a colt by E Dubai out of a winning sister to Grade 1 Pacific Classic winner Candy Ride.

Street Cry, winner of the 2002 Dubai World Cup, is represented by his first yearlings and his entries here include a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Flat Fleet Feet. Another filly whose pedigree catches the eye is a daughter of Dynaformer out of a winning half-sister to Cherokee Run, winner of the 1994 Breeders' Cup Sprint.

At the upper end of the stallion market, several leading sires have a single representative. Most pricey among these sires is A.P. Indy ($300,000), who has a colt out of a winning daughter of multiple Grade 1 winner Dispute.

Ashford Stud duo Giant's Causeway and Fusaichi P egasus both have a sole yearling catalogued, including a filly by the latter out of a half-sister to champion three-year-old Rodrigo de Triano and Modigliani.

n CATALOGUES for the Ascot July Sale on Tuesday, July 19, have been delayed due to a complication with the Royal Mail.

The full catalogue is available online at A rerun is being produced and will be available on the day of the sale. For more information call 01568 619777.


An Orientate half-brother to Kentucky Derby hero Smarty Jones (above) is catalogued
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2005
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