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Texas 2YOs: Dubai Trainer Selvaratnam Buys 15 Lots
Dubai-based trainer Aditiyan Selvaratnam (in his 1st trip to the US) "will be taking over a half-million dollars of horseflesh back with him to the United Arab Emirates as the auction's biggest spender," noted bloodhorse.com. Selvaratnam (who previously trained for the royal family in Kuwait) commented: "An agent for Fasig-Tipton suggested I come because of the good value. The horses look good & have good prices." The 15 horses he purchased for US$701,000 were scheduled to spend 1 day in quarantine at Lone Star, then ship to Kentucky for 1 month before going to Dubai, where they will begin competing this (northern hemisphere) autumn. Included in his buys was the auction's highest-priced filly: a Kentucky-bred daughter of Indian Charlie (the 1st foal out of unraced 7YO War Chant mare Enchant, who is a half-sister to stakes-winners Snipewalk & Sophie My Love) that sold for US$80,000 & clocked 10.4sec for 1 furlong in the pre-sale breeze-ups.