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Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Day-2: $1.25M War Front Filly
At the end of the two-day Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale in New York, 114 horses were sold for gross receipts of US$33,284,000. That figure was up 4 percent compared with 2013, when 108 horses sold for US$31,870,000. "Overall, I think we just saw a very successful two nights of selling," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning Jr. "It was a very healthy market, very realistic, very balanced. I think there's a level of understanding and expertise amongst our buyers and our sellers. The sellers are realistic and the buyers are willing to bid what they believe are realistic amounts on horses." Three horses brought seven figures during this year's sale, one more than in 2013. A total of 17 yearlings brought US$500,000 or more, improving over 13 last year. The sale-topper went through the ring near the end of Tuesday's session. The daughter of boom US sire War Front filly is out of the winning Seeking the Gold mare Charming and was purchased trainer D Wayne Lukas on behalf of Willis Horton for US$1.25 million. Charming is out of 2013 Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady, making her a half-sister to champion Will Take Charge and G1 winner Take Charge Indy. Charming is the dam of two winners from as many foals to race, including recent Gr3 Schuylerville Stakes runner-up Take Charge Brandi, by Giant's Causeway. War Front stands at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky and commands the joint highest service fee in the US at $150,000 alongside Tapit, sire of the other two fillies to make US$1 million at this sale.