Melnyk mares fuel Kentucky Sale

A supplementary catalogue of 28 lots offered by Eugene Melnyk assured a big finish to the Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky Winter Sale at Lexington on Monday.

The Melnyk offerings included four of the highest prices with Group 1 winner Pool Land leading the way at $900,000.  The 11-year-old Silver Deputy mare, in foal to Smart Strike, was purchased by Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Plantation.

Pool Play won the G1 Ruffian Handicap at Belmont Park in 2006.  She has a two year-old colt and yearling filly by Speightstown.  “There are not many Silver Deputys out there,” agent Jim Wells said.  “They’re expensive and this mare was no exception.  She fits our program really well.”

The next three top prices were for G2 winner Roxy Gap (Indian Charlie) at $850,000, G2winner Indian Vale (A.P. Indy) at $725,000 and G3 winner Gemswick Park(Speightstown), in foal to Tiznow, for $675,000.

Those prices helped fuel a 200% increase in total sales to $13.78 million.  The average rocketed 230% and median improved 150%.  The clearance rate was 87% of the 245 horses offered.

The highest-priced horse in the original catalogue was Golden Mystery (Awesome Again) who was purchased by Regis Farms for $625,000.  A day before the sale, Golden Mystery won the G3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

“She was already a classy mare before yesterday,” vendor Sergio de Sousa said.  “But certainly she showed herself as one of the best filly-mare sprinters in the country right now.”