LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A chestnut colt by standout sire Mr.
Prospector out of Nuryette, brought $3.6 million in a bidding war
between at least four prospective buyers Tuesday at Keeneland's
July Selected Yearling Sale.
The colt was one of a handful remaining from the final foal crop
of the late stallion, who produced nearly 200 stakes winners before
his death in 1999.
"It's a lovely colt with an outstanding pedigree," said
bloodstock agent John Ferguson, who signed the sales ticket for
Sheik Mohammed al Maktoum's Godolphin Racing. "He's a great
athlete -- a real Mr. P. It's the type of horse that could go either
way -- stay here or go to Europe."
Less than 15 minutes later, Oregon timber magnate Aaron Jones
paid $1.9 million for a roan colt by Unbridled's Song out of
Another son of Mr. Prospector, a bay colt out of Windy Mindy,
brought another $1.9 million from Ferguson for Godolphin.
"Obviously, he's been a fantastic stallion and is one of the
greats," said Ferguson, who spent $16.3 million on nine yearlings
Tuesday night. "Mr. Prospector is still going strong long after
A bay filly named Scene Seeker by Seeking the Gold out of Escena
brought the top price of the night, a $3.7 million bid from Richard
Santulli's Jayeff B. Stables.
Santulli is former CEO of New Jersey-based Executive Jet Inc.
In all, 45 horses sold Tuesday for $37,365,000, down 2.5 percent
from the Tuesday session last year. The average, however, soared to
$830,333 from the $587,432 average Monday night for 44 horses.
Eleven sold for $1 million or more, six more than reached that
price during the first session Monday. Three brought more than $3
million and three others brought more than $2 million.
Last year, 45 thoroughbreds were sold during the Tuesday evening
session, bringing $38,495,000 -- an average of $855,444.
In all, 16 horses sold for $1 million or more during the sale this year, eight fewer than the 2000 sale. But the high-powered
bidding Tuesday made up for the lack of quantity.
A Saint Ballado colt out of Charm a Gendarme brought the sale's highest price -- $4 million paid by Demi O'Byrne for Irish-based
Coolmore Stud during the session Monday night. That matched the $4 million paid for 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus in