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Kentucky Yearlings Day-1: US$330k Unforgettable Max Colt
Meanwhile in the US early this morning (Australian time), bloodstock agent Jack Brothers from Hidden Brook (bidding for Paul Pompa, part owner of this year's dual classic winner Big Brown) paid US$330,000 for a Kentucky-bred Unforgettable Max colt (out of unraced 13-year-old Slewpy mare Wife's Objection) during initial action at the opening session of the 2-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Yearling Sale (the Day-1 New Sire Showcase features 1st & 2nd-crop offerings from young stallions, followed by the Day-2 proven sires) at Newtown Paddocks in Lexington. Brothers told thoroughbredtimes.com: "We were looking for the best athlete, something that would work for Paul's stable. Paul likes to put his toe in the pin-hooking waters & if they don't pin-hook, they go in his racing stable. So we want to buy horses that he likes & could live with if he keeps them & they go to the track." Brothers added the price was "strong," but he was not surprised: "He had everything we look for in a racehorse, from top to bottom. He had all the physical qualities we look for. Unforgettable Max is a young sire, a full-brother to a classic winner & he was a fast horse. Sometimes you have to take a shot on a nice horse, especially when he's as good a physical as the one we bought." Gainesway consigned the colt, as agent for a Gainesway pin-hooking partnership that bought him for US$42,000 at the 2007 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Gainesway's Brian Graves commented: "We found him in the back ring in November, about Book 5. It was his walk that attracted us to him & when we got him home, he just turned into a standout." Unforgettable Max (Northern Afleet-Maggy Hawk, by Hawkster) is a stakes-winning full-brother to champion Afleet Alex; both horses' 1st crops are yearlings in 2008.