Posted: October 6, 2020 12:49 AM ET
The first session of the 2020 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale took place on Monday evening at the Fasig Tipton Auction House in Lexington, KY, and among the stars of the show was the opening sale’s top hat, Kadena, which got a final offer of $ 725,000.
Hip # 89 Kadena, a daughter of Walner, is just the second product of the world champion, Mission Brief (1: 50.2 – $ 1.5 million). Agent Marcus Melander signed the sales slip for Courant Inc. of New Egypt, NJ. She sold as part of the Hunterton Farm shipment.
The price set a record for any one-year-old filly sold at auction, exceeding $ 625,000 for the Laugh A Day pacer in 1983 and $ 600,000 for the Ineffable trotter in 2019.
“It was exciting,” Melander told USTA’s Ken Weingartner. “We knew it was going to be expensive. She is a pretty filly with a great pedigree. She has a great body, a great conformation, she holds herself correct, which is very important. She has everything a good horse should have. I am very happy to train her. For Anders, that’s good too. He’s already thinking about raising her to Greenshoe when she’s finished the race. Now I just have to do a good job in between.
Hip # 64 Bonanza was a $ 600,000 purchase by Agent Nancy Takter from Allentown, NJ. Muscle Hill’s brother Greenshoe (1: 49.4 – $ 1.3 million) is from 100% producer mare, Designed To Be. The foal was shipped by Kentuckiana Farms.
“He’s a really nice individual, a great pedigree,” Takter said. “I know he was brought up. It’s like a home run with (the breeders and the shipper). ”
Hip # 62 Monkey Queen was a $ 450,000 purchase by Lindy Farms and M&M Racing from Enfield, CT. The Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows maiden, which was brought in by Concord Stud Farm, is full sister to Gimpanzee (1:50 – $ 2.3 million) and Iteration (1:55 – $ 268,634).
Hip # 37 Knights Guard was a purchase of $ 400,000 by Andy Miller Stable Inc of Millstone Twp, NJ. Muscle Hill-Stubborn Belle foal sold as part of the Kentuckiana Farms shipment. The colt is the full brother of Mrs. Savannah Belle (1: 51.4 – $ 239,618).
The Andy Miller Stable Inc also signed the sales slip on Hip # 40 Trunk Bay. Muscle Hill’s son, who sold as part of the Kentuckiana Farms shipment, is the first foal to stake-winning mare, Sunshine Delight (1: 53.1 – $ 350,000).
“By the time I got the catalog, these horses jumped on me because of how much I loved their pedigrees,” trainer Julie Miller told USTA. “Then when we went to Kentuckiana they both stood out. I’m just lucky it worked in my favor and I’m taking them home.
“I think the best horses went for the prizes they always would’ve brought (even during COVID-19),” Miller continued. “I think it was a very good night for buyers and sellers. Fortunately, things have started to pick up. New Jersey has received their ownership, New York is back on line, and Pennsylvania is strong. The Ontario program is phenomenal. So we can buy horses because they have places to go.
Total sales for the first session of the auction were $ 15,237,000 for an average of $ 129,127. Last year, the 118 yearlings that went through the auction brought total sales to $ 18,206,000 for an average price of $ 154,288.
“I thought it was a really good sale overall and that should set the tone for the rest of the week,” said co-sales manager Randy Manges. “Everyone who brought horses here for sale was thrilled, as were the buyers.
“Although a lot of people who are normally here weren’t, which can certainly be understood, there was a good crowd and we had a lot of online auctions. We haven’t sold a lot of horses online but there have been a lot of offers. We should have the numbers for that (Tuesday) and I can’t wait to see them. ”
• Selling list (sortable sales list / full PDF yearling sales catalog)
• List of outings (click here)
• Results of the sale (click here)
• Online auction, via Proxibid (click here)
• Video streaming sale (click here – will be active during the sale, and will also appear below)