The announcer trumpeted the first of the Smarties into the sales ring at the Fasig-Tipton Calder Selected Two-Year Olds in Training Sale, but the audience was less than impressed. Two Smarty Jones’ offspring entered the ring and two went home again having not met their reserve.
The star of the first year stallions was Speightstown with 4 horses selling for an average of $751,250. The top-selling Speightstown was hip #254, a colt out of the Holy Bull mare La Comete. He brought a final bid of $1.7 million. (Hip #176, the Speightstown colt who is a half-brother to Lost in the Fog was withdrawn from the sale.)
Other notable results from first-year sires include three Medaglia d’Oro offspring who sold for an average of $425,000 and three Lion Hearts who averaged $395,000. The top-selling Medaglia d’Oro was hip #240, half-sister to Spun Sugar and Daaher. This filly was bought by Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stable.
Xtra Heat's filly (by Elusive Quality), hip #129 was sold for $750,000. We'll have to keep an eye out for that one.
In other first-year sire news, we received the first notification of an official workout by a Medaglia d’Oro 2-year old. Gabby’s Golden Gal (Medaglia d’Oro – Gabriellina Giof (GB) by Ashkalani (IRE)) worked 2 furlongs on the Cushion Track at Santa Anita recording a time of :25.80.