Medaglia d’Oro millionaire at Saratoga Sale

A filly by Medaglia d’Oro lit up the second and final session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale on Tuesday evening.

The Darley shuttler’s grey filly from G1 winner Wait a While (Maria’s Mon) brought a winning bid of $1,575,000 from Todd Pletcher.  The Hall of Fame trainer purchased the sale topper from the consignment of Three Chimneys Sales acting as agent for Arindel Farm.

Pletcher conditioned Wait a While to champion three-year-old filly honours in 2006 with victories in the G1 Yellow Ribbon and G1 American Oaks.

Sheikh Mohammed had topped the opening session with $1.20 million for a Street Cry colt on Monday evening.

Australian buyer Paul Fudge of Waratah Thoroughbreds paid $900,000 for a Dynaformer filly from Smart Strike mare Super Freaky.  The dam was a G3 winner of the 2007 Providencia Stakes and is related to 1997 Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm.

Another Medaglia d’Oro filly was next on the leader-board selling to Live Oak Plantation for $725,000.  The Kentucky-bred filly is the first foal of stakes winning Gone West mare West Coast.

A $700,000 Bernardini colt from Unbridled’s Song mare Dawn Chorus sold to Tom McGreevy as agent for Fox Hill Farm.  He is related to 1997 Champion 2YO Filly Countess Diana (Deerhound) and two-time Horse of the Year Curlin (Smart Strike).

While Tuesday’s session produced increases from 2011, it was not enough to lift the two-day auction out of the red following Monday’s significant drop in business.  This year 107 yearlings averaged $299,065 which was down 6% while the median of $225,000 was down 11%.

For full results of the auction, visit fasigtipton.com