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Kentucky 2YOs: US$525k Maria's Mon Colt
Trainer John Ward (acting for John Oxley) paid US$525,000 for a Maria's Mon colt (out of unraced Last Tycoon mare La Cucina) during initial action early this morning (Australian time) at the 1-day Keeneland April 2YOs-In-Training Sale in Lexington in Kentucky. Ward & Oxley have enjoyed great success with Maria's Mon's sons Monarchos (who won the 2001 Gr1 Kentucky Derby) & Gr2-winner Strong Contender & Ward told bloodhorse.com: "We want to buy horses that are Derby-type animals & that's him. We think this horse is a really, really nice horse. His price was a little on the strong side, but he's probably one of the best 10 horses I've seen for the sale season so I'm happy. He's a beautiful mover with no wasted motion." The colt (consigned by Eddie Woods as agent) clocked 10.2sec for 1 furlong during the pre-sale breeze-up session. The colt (previously purchased by IEAH for US$500,000 at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale) is a half-brother to Gr2-winners Miss Isella & Sir Cherokee, while his dam La Cucina is a half-sister to English stakes-winner Ocean Air.