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Girvin filly leads way in Maryland

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Five lots sell for over US$500,000 during Midlantic 2YOs In Training Sale

Monday's session topper. Picture: Fasig-Tipton.
Monday's session topper. Picture: Fasig-Tipton.

The first session of the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale was held in Timonium, Maryland on Monday, with strong trade and enthusiastic support for first-crop sires when five lots sold for over US$500,000.

Five of the top ten sold during the opening session were from their sire's first crop of two-year-olds. The gross and average were comparable to last year's first session, while the median rose more than 11 per cent over the same period.

Donato Lanni, agent for Michael Lund Petersen, went to US$725,000 to secure the session topper, a filly from the first crop of Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Stakes (9f) winner Girvin (Tale Of Ekati). Consigned as Lot 88 by Paul Sharp, agent, the bay filly worked an eighth of a mile in 10.1 seconds during the Tuesday breeze up session.

Bet Racing purchased the filly for US$90,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton July Sale, where she was consigned by her breeder as Airdrie Stud.

Popular first-crop sire Bolt d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) was responsible for the session's top colt, which sold for US$675,000 to Spendthrift Farm and Frank Fletcher Racing. Offered as Lot 30 by Pike Racing, agent, the bay colt breezed in a time of 10.0 during Tuesday's under tack session.

Lot 30 is out of the stakes placed Aldebaran (Mr Prospector) mare Shine Softly, making him a half-brother to six winners from as many to race, including stakes winner The Grass Is Blue (Broken Vow). Second dam is Breeders' Cup Champion and multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Soaring Softly (Kris S).

During the opening session, 172 juveniles sold for US$15,755,700. The average was US$91,603. The session median rose 11 per cent to US$50,000 from US$45,000 in 2021.The session RNA rate was 25.5%.


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