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Maryland Yearlings Day-1: US$200k Hard Spun Colt
In the US auction ring, Kentucky bloodstock agent Peter Bradley (buying in the name of Bradley Thoroughbreds) paid top price of US$200,000 for a colt by Gr1-winning shuttler & US 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun (out of multiple stakes-winning Carson City mare Lucky Lavender Gal) during the opening session at the 2-day Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling Sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The colt (consigned by Paramount Sales as agent) previously sold for US$150,000 as a weanling at the 2010 Keeneland November, but was then passed-in for US$220,000 at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga August Sale. Bradley confirmed he plans to resell the colt next year & told bloodhorse.com: “He has a combination of pedigree & conformation that should make him a headliner at any of the 2YO sales in March. I bought him for a pin-hooking venture that I’ve had in some manner or another for the last 28 years & Eddie Woods will be consigning him. There are about a dozen people involved in the venture. We’ve had a core of participants now for 20-some-odd years & we have a few new people in it this year. We’ve done a pretty good job of making money over the years & having fun along the way, too.” Bradley also enthused: “He’s well-balanced & has a powerful hip on him. But he has enough length & scope to make you think he has the potential to be a 2-turn horse. While speed is important at a 2YO sale, the length & reach of the horse & the fact that potential buyers think you may have a 2-turn horse are what really make a horse sell well at those sales anymore. He’s that kind of package.” The colt is a half-brother to stakes-winner Lavender Lass & Gr3-placed winner Lavender’s Lad. Their dam Lucky Lavender Gal is a half-sister to Gr3-winner Green Alligator & a full-sister to Gr3-placed winner La Ville Rouge (dam of 2006 Gr1 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro & stakes-winner Holy Ground).