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Kentucky Yearlings Day-2: US$375k Exchange Rate Filly
Meanwhile in the US, Zayat Stables racing manager Sobhy Sonbol paid top price of US$375,000 for a filly by Exchange Rate (the 2nd foal out of Tactical Cat mare Wickedly Wise) during the closing session of the 2-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Yearling Sale (Day-1 featured a New Sire Showcase of 1st & 2nd-crop offerings from young stallions & Day-2 offered proven sires) at Newtown Paddocks in Lexington in Kentucky. The Florida-bred filly (whose dam Wickedly Wise is a half-sister to stakes-winner Cayman Sunset) is already named Wicked Exchange & Sonbol told thoroughbredtimes.com: "She's a hell of a filly: very beautiful & racey looking & she looks like she'll be an early runner. I thought she'd be as high as any filly in the sale, so the price broke about right. She's exactly the kind of horse we look for." David Hanley's White Church Farm previously purchased the filly for US$100,000 as a weanling at the 2007 Keeneland November breeding stock sale & resold her through Kitty Taylor's Warrendale Sales agency. Taylor commented: "We were hopeful. We had a lot of interest at the barn & a lot of vetting, but just like you come into any sale, you're nervous." And Hanley added: "We loved the filly when we first saw her. She's done well every day since we got her & she's just a classy filly."