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Florida 2YOs Day-1: US$550k Pure Prize Colt
Darley USA president Jimmy Bell (acting for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Matkoum) paid US$550,000 for a colt by Pure Prize (out of 14-year-old winning Time For A Change mare Time For A Crown) consigned by Mike & Britt Mulligan's Leprechaun Racing. The colt is a half-brother to this year's Darley OBS Sprint Stakes winner Banga Ridge & clocked 10.0sec for 1 furlong during the pre-sale breeze-up session. Bell told thoroughbredtimes.com: "This is a colt we liked from his 1st breeze: every eighth (of a mile) he went, he seemed better than the one before. After John (Ferguson, Darley bloodstock advisor) talked to Sheikh Mohammed, we wanted him. These horses that can perform well obviously have a great deal of athleticism about them & he showed that on the track & on the shank." Leprechaun Racing previously purchased the colt for just US$30,000 at the 2007 OBSC August yearling sale & Mike Mulligan commented: "Everybody was trying to buy him in the US$300,000-$400,000 range & we were hoping that this would happen & people would hook up (during bidding)."