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Darley world-record buyer at Fasig-Tipton

3/1/2005

By DAVID GRENING
MIAMI - Another year, another world record.

Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud spent $5.2 million on a son of Tale of the Cat at Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton selected 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder Race Course. The price was a world record for a 2-year-old in training sale, eclipsing the $4.5 million a son of Fusaichi Pegasus brought at this same sale last year.

Later in the sale, Sheikh Mohammed spent $2.9 million for a son of Grand Slam. As of 6:30 p.m., that was the third-highest-priced 2-year-old at this sale. Darley also purchased a Cat Thief filly for $700,000 and a Seeking the Gold colt for $650,000.

Sheikh Mohammed, who was represented at the sale by Jim Bell and John Ferguson, outbid Coolmore Stud for the Tale of the Cat colt and Satish Sanan for the Grand Slam colt. Aaron and Marie Jones were also in the running for the Tale of the Cat colt, but dropped out around the $3 million mark.

Bell, president of Darley Stud in America, signed the tickets for both of the Darley colts. Ferguson, the bloodstock manager for Sheikh Mohammed, did the bidding while on the phone with Sheikh Mohammed.

"Obviously, the previous colt and this one were very, very high on everyone's list," Bell said after the hammer fell on the Grand Slam colt. "The horses certainly stepped up and showed their athleticism. Both horses have good temperaments, the things you're looking for."

Bell said the Tale of the Cat colt would be shipped to Scanlon's farm in Ocala, Fla., until Sheikh Mohammed decides whether he will stay in America or ship to Europe.

Trainer Eoin Harty made two large purchases for an unnamed client. He spent $975,000 on a High Yield colt and $650,000 on a Mr. Greely colt.

Of the High Yield colt, Harty said, "He's just a fantastic-looking horse; he's just an athlete, everything you look for in a racehorse."

Harty said both colts would join his stable in Southern California.

Harty also acted as the agent in a transaction involving a $1-million Tiznow colt.




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