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Kentucky 2YOs: US$725,000 Five Star Day Colt
Meanwhile in Kentucky early this morning (Australian time), Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Darley Stable paid US$725,000 "for the Five Star Day colt that worked the fastest quarter-mile at the under-tack show" leading into the Keeneland Selected 2YOs-In-Training Sale in Lexington, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. The 20.6sec work had been "even more eye-catching because the exercise rider lost his right iron at the head of the stretch". The colt (consigned by Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables as agent) is out of stakes-winning Relaunch mare Authorized Staff (a sister to Bill Back, dam of Gr1 winner House Party). Darley bloodstock advisor Jimmy Bell (who signed the ticket) commented: "I'm not sure if the stirrup made a difference or not, but he sure looked good at all points of his workout & he galloped out very well. He's the kind of colt we're looking for: a big, strong, scopy looking 2YO. He looks like he could be any kind." Bell confirmed the colt will ship to Scanlon Training Center in Florida "to recuperate from the sales experience before racing plans are made". Murray Smith originally bought the colt at the 2005 Ocala Breeders' Sales' Co winter mixed sale for just US$50,000 & later sold him privately for US$130,000 after he failed to meet his reserve at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale of selected yearlings.