$2.05 Million Dollar Baby
Darley’s Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum has been active at the Keeneland yearling sale in Kentucky buying the first foal out of champion mare Fleet Indian for $US2.05 million ($A2.38 million).
His purchase helped to boost what had been a sluggish thoroughbred market and was the highest price paid at the auction on Tuesday.
Sheik Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, purchased the colt Storm ‘N Indian from Summer Wind Farm.
The colt was from the last full crop of now-retired superstar stallion Storm Cat.
Sheik Mohammed also paid the day’s second highest price of $US1 million ($A1.16 million) for a filly by Unbridled’s Song out of Strawberry Reason.
Demi O’Byrne, representing Coolmore, also signed a $1 million ticket for a colt by top stallion A.P. Indy out of champion mare Madcap Escapade.
Although prices remained lower than usual on Tuesday, there was some improvement from Monday’s opening session, the first in 13 years in which no million dollar horse was sold.
At least one million dollar horse has been sold at Keeneland every September since 1995.
The 1996 sale was the last time before Monday that there was no seven-figure horse sold in the opening session.
The sale grossed just $25 million on Monday, less than half of last year’s total.