Sheikh Mohammed targets Bernardini yearlings at Saratoga

A Bernardini half-brother to G1 Apple Blossom Hcp winner Havre de Grace made top price of $1.20 million during the final session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale on Tuesday night.

The Bernardini – Easter Bunnette colt from Mill Ridge Sales equalled the first session high for a Medaglia d’Oro half-brother to Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver.  Both colts were purchased by Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock agent John Ferguson.

The Dubai ruler stands Bernardini (A P Indy) at Darley’s Kentucky base and he pursued the stallion’s yearlings from outside breeders this week.

Sheikh Mohammed purchased a $750,000 Bernardini colt and a $600,000 Bernardini filly from Gerry Dilger’s Dromoland Farm draft on Monday evening.

Apart from Tuesday’s session-topping colt, he also weighed in with $750,000 for a Bernardini – Cologny (Go for Gin) colt and $725,000 for a Bernardini – Habiboo (Unbridled’s Song) colt.

Habiboo is a half-sister to G1 winning Australian shuttler Street Boss (Street Cry).

Kentucky trainer Dale Romans bought an Unbridled’s Song filly from G1 winner Dream Supreme (Seeking the Gold) for $775,000.  He is a half-brother to G1 Hopeful Stakes winner Majestic Warrior (A.P. Indy).

A Street Cry colt out of the Danzig mare Dance Swiftly sold for $625,000.  His dam is an unraced sister to Canadian Horse of the Year Dance Smartly.

Despite the smaller catalogue, business was up across the board over the two-day auction.  Turnover for the 103 head that changed hands was $32.89 million.  That was a $470,000 increase despite 15 less sales.  The overall average rose 16% to $319,340.