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Japan Yearlings: US$2.29m Agnes Tachyon Colt
Riichi Kondo paid top price ¥245 million (US$2.29m) for a yearling colt by current leading Japanese sire Agnes Tachyon (out of US 5-time-winning 18-year-old Classic Go Go mare Blue Avenue) during yesterday's opening session at the 3-day Japan Racing Horse Association July select Sale (1 day of yearlings followed by 2 days of foals) at the Northern Horse Park on the island of Hokkaido. The colt (consigned by Northern Farm) is a half-brother to both Japanese champion Kurofune & US Gr2-winner Bella Bellucci. Northern Farm owner Katsumi Yoshida told bloodhorse.com: "I wasn't expecting so much. I think he is the best yearling here." And Kondo (who also bought last year's top colt) said he was "impressed with the athletic son of Agnes Tachyon when he examined him at Northern Farm 3 weeks ago" & when he returned last week for another look "I decided I must get the horse. I thought the price would be up to ¥300 million, so I'm happy with this price." Kondo added that, of the 15 trainers he employs, the one whose horses earn the most money for him between now & the 2009 Japanese Derby would be "given the colt to train as a reward".