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Kentucky Yearlings Day-2: US$310k Hard Spun Filly
In the US, Lewis Lakin of Lakland Farm (sitting with Florida horsewoman Becky Thomas) paid top price of US$310,000 for a filly (already named Favorite Gal) from the 1st-crop of Gr1-winning Darley shuttler & 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun (out of 20-year-old US champion Kris S mare Hollywood Wildcat) during the middle session of the 3-day Fasig-Tipton Fall Yearling Sale at Newtown Paddocks in Lexington in Kentucky. The filly was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency as part of breeder Irving Cowan's dispersal & Lakin (who confirmed he will send Favorite Gal to Thomas to be prepared for racing) told bloodhorse.com: "She looks just like the kind I like. She has a great family. I don't think you can replace it for that kind of money anywhere. You don't often get a chance to do something like this in a situation like this, so I just couldn't turn it down. I'm in the business to breed & you look for broodmares like this (Hollywood Wildcat). It's almost impossible to get this kind. I'm planning to keep her; I didn't buy her to resell her." Favorite Gal is a half-sister to 4 stakes-winners (including US Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile winner War Chant & UK Gr2-winning & Gr1-placed former Coolmore shuttler Ivan Denisovich); their dam Hollywood Wildcat was 1993 US Champion 3YO filly & her major victories (among 12 wins from 21 starts) include the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Distaff, Gr1 Hollywood Oaks & Gr1 Gamely Handicap. Taylor Made's Mark Taylor noted: "It was a little less than I thought it would be. I think the filly's residual value is north of US$200,000 if you never raced her & you just turned her out. Mr Cowan was a little disappointed in what she brought, but he's getting out, so you've got to take what the market will give you. We missed the deadline for the earlier sales & we had to really try to do a marketing blitz to make sure people knew that a pedigree like that was available."