by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager
Lexington, KY — For the second consecutive year, session No. 2 of the Lexington Selected Sale produced a new No. 1.
And this year it did it twice.
Chestnut Hill, a trotting colt by Muscle Hill out of Dan Patch Award-winner Poof She’s Gone, sold for $410,000 on Wednesday night (Oct. 3) at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion to Richard “Nifty” Norman as agent. The price established Chestnut Hill as the event’s top seller, surpassing the $400,000 for trotting filly Bellareina Dolce earlier in the second session.
Bellareina Dolce, by Muscle Hill out of stakes-winner Bella Dolce, had supplanted the $360,000 paid during Tuesday’s opening session for pacing colt Treasure Trove. Lina Alm signed for Bellareina Dolce as agent for owner Lennart Agren’s SRF Stable.
Last year, filly trotter Beautiful Sin sold for $480,000 during the second session to become the event’s top seller.
Wednesday’s second session, which ended at midnight, continued the 2018 sale’s strong start. The second session saw 163 yearlings sell for a total of $13.65 million, a record for single-day gross. The average of $83,748 was a record for a second session and an 8.9-percent increase from last year’s previous-record average of $76,873.
Through two days, the five-day sale grossed $26.55 million for 265 horses. The average of $100,192 was a 10.4-percent increase from last year’s average of $90,757. A total of 110 horses sold for at least $100,000 in the two sessions, already breaking the record of 103 for the entire 2017 sale.
Chestnut Hill is the fourth foal out of Poof She’s Gone. Norman trained Poof She’s Gone during her racing career and also trained two of her previous foals, He’s Gone and Poof Of Credit. Chestnut Hill was bred by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee and consigned by Peninsula Farm as agent.
McDuffee also bred Bellareina Dolce, who is from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Pizza Dolce. McDuffee was among the breeders of Bella Dolce, by Kadabra, and raced the filly during her career. He also co-owned Pizza Dolce during her racing career.
Marcus Melander will train Bellareina Dolce for Agren.
“I bought Deepdish (a winner in Europe by Muscle Hill out of Pizza Dolce) six years ago and I love the filly and the family — now with Kadabra in the maternal line,” Agren said.
Of the remaining seven yearlings to sell for at least $200,000 on Wednesday, four were purchased by Ken Jacobs.
Jacobs bought Seven Links, a trotting filly by Chapter Seven out of Lindys Head Nurse, for $285,000; American Lindy, a pacing colt by American Ideal out of Think Pink, for $245,000; Realdeal Blue Chip, a trotting colt by Chapter Seven out of Southwind Catlin, for $205,000; and trotting filly Seventh Wonder, by Chapter Seven out of L Dees Maggie, for $200,000.
“I wanted to get the ones I really liked, and unfortunately they were high,” Jacobs said. “But everybody liked the same ones, so you’re going to pay more money for them. I’m very happy. Those were the four I was going to try to get and I got them. I had to pay more than I hoped, but that’s part of the game.”
Linda Toscano will train American Lindy, whose family includes Dan Patch Award-winner Big Jim, and Seven Links. George Ducharme will train Realdeal Blue Chip, who is a half-brother to millionaire Spider Blue Chip, and Seventh Wonder.
Seven Links was the third-highest seller Wednesday and American Lindy was fifth. Sandwiched between them was trotting colt Father Jonathon, by Father Patrick out of Sleep Tight My Luv, who sold for $275,000 with agent Jim Glass signing for the purchase. Father Jonathon’s family includes Dan Patch Award-winner Pampered Princess and O’Brien Award-winner Was It A Dream.
Among sires with multiple yearlings sold during the two sessions, trotter Muscle Hill led with an average of $132,310 for 42 horses. Pacer Bettor’s Delight was second with an average of $116,333 for nine horses followed by pacer Somebeachsomewhere with $111,500 for 24 and trotter Father Patrick with $110,063 for 32. Trotter Chapter Seven averaged $104,313 for 16 and pacer Captaintreacherous averaged $102,690 for 42.
The yearling sale continues through Saturday, with each session beginning at 7 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. For complete results, click here.
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