Hard Spun filly tops Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale

Darley shuttler Hard Spun was in the spotlight at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky (Autumn) yearling sale this week when his three-quarter sister to 1999 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner War Chant brought $310,000.

After the three-day sale finished on Wednesday, Fasig-Tipton reported turnover from 690 lots increased 19% to $9.39 million.  An extra 124 lots changed hands this year.  The final session dragged the sale’s average down 2.4% to $13,616.

The Hard Spun colt is from champion filly Hollywood Wildcat (Kris S.) and was offered as part of the Irving Cowan dispersal.  Besides War Chant, the colt is also a half-brother to the stakes performers Ivan Denisovich (Danehill), Double Cat (Storm Cat), Ministers Wild Cat (Deputy Minister) and Shintoh (Giant’s Causeway).

Hollywood Wildcat was a G1 winner of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Hollywood Oaks and Gamely Hcp.

A Tapit colt from stakes winner Classic Woman (Storm Bird) was also popular at $280,000.  He had initially changed hands for $70,000 at a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Sale in July.  Agent Mark Casse purchased him from the consignment of Dapple Stud.  The Tapit colt also has a Darley connection through Ad Valorem (Danzig) who was a G1 winner of the Middle Park Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes.

Darley sire Street Sense has been in demand with his first crop yearlings this year and that popularity continued when Ciaran Dunne paid $100,000 for the colt from Argentinean G3 winner Good Student (Louis Quatorze).  The dam also won the Listed Tuzla Hcp at Santa Anita after arriving in California.

Street Sense (Street Cry) completed the 2006-07 BC Juvenile – Kentucky Derby double and his yearlings have sold up to $250,000 this year.  His first Kentucky book in 2008 consisted of 131 mares at a $55,000 service fee.