TOBA Yearling Sale 2019 churns record $173 millio

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TOBA Yearling Sale 2019 churns record $173 millio

Observer Staff Reporter

Friday, November 15, 2019

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The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association promoted 2019 Yearling Sale registered a total amount of $173 million in sales. That amount represents a significant increase over last year when the total amount was $144,100,000, a difference of plus $28,900,000.

A total of 148 lots were offered in the the sale catalogue, of which 11 lots were withdrawn and a further two lots were unsold, leaving 135 lots available for bidders.

Lot 44, a bay filly by Northern GiantBuyabook, was the top seller on the day at $4.5 million. The buyer was trainer Anthony Nunes for owner Chevan Maharaj.

“We bought the filly earlier in the year from YS (1955) Limited and obviously because of the incentives on horses going through the sale being eligible for three races with good purses, we thought we'd put her through the sale and if somebody gave us a price that we couldn't refuse we would sell, but if not, we would bring her back to the stables,” Nunes informed.

Nunes also bought the second-highest priced yearling, Lot 43 a chestnut colt by Strong MandateMoonlight Brew who sold for $3.7 million.

Lot 136, a bred in utero chestnut colt by Drill Kenzie's Charm was sold to trainer Wayne DaCosta for $3.6 million.

“Well, he's beautifully bred, he has good body, he has good side, and good length. This colt has everything in the right places, so we decided to take a chance,” said DaCosta.

Other noticeable lots purchased were:
Lot 26 (b f Perfect Curlin – Sarah Barracuda) - $3.5m
Lot 54 (b c Tapizar – Blues In The Grass) - $3.5m
Lot 8 (ch c Blue Pepsi Lodge – Rumble) - $3.1m
Lot 36 (ch c Traditional – Princess Geeta) - $3.1m
Lost 97 (b c Storm Craft – Fallabakami) - $3.1m
Lot 15 (gr f Fearless Vision – The Vibes Lady) - $3.1m
Lot 84 (b f Liquidity – Come Dance With Me) - $3.0m
Lot 92 (ch c Western Classic – Angel of Light) - $3.0m
Lot 97 (ch c Market Rally – Miss Chestnut) - $3.0m
Lot 107 (b f Strikeitwhileitshot – Primetime) - $3.0m
Lot 11 (b f Natural Selection – My Friend Lucy) - $2.9m
Lot 139 (ch c Soul Warrior – Wap) - $2.6m
Lot 22 (gr c – American Dance – Palace Gold) - $2.5m
Lot 111 (b c Natural Selection – Sweetyourock) - $2.5m
Lot 130 (b f American Dance – Brilliant Ace) - $2.5m
A chestnut filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge – Rumble was last year’s
top seller at $5.1 million.

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