The highlight of Thursday's opening hours has been a $400,000 Into Mischief colt who sold to Mike Ryan, as agent.
The bay colt is out of the unraced Dixie Union mare Im Cruising Dixie, whose two foals to race are both winners, including stakes-placed Mezzano. Further down the page is Grade 2 winner Star Gallant and Grade 3 winner Toocleverforwords.
Bred in Kentucky by KY Thoroughbred Racing Stable, the colt sold as a short yearling for $270,000 at this year's Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. He was then offered at the Keeneland September yearling sale, but finished under his reserve with a final bid of $335,000. Dromoland consigned the colt, as agent.
Thursday's hammer price made the colt the most expensive foal out of Im Cruising Dixie to sell at public auction, surpassing the Mizzen Mast colt Mezzano, who sold for $350,000 at the 2011 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March selected sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Here is what Mike Ryan had to say after signing the ticket...
"This horse was the real deal. I loved him in September, I loved him when I saw him on the farm. We're almost 60 days from September and he's done fantastic since then. He's very like Practical Joke, just a little bit taller and longer, but a very similar horse - great frame, great substance, beautiful head on him. I think he could get a mile and an eighth and he could get further. I think he was the best Into Mischief colt that I saw this year.
"He was a very mature foal. I saw him as a foal and he was an expensive foal. He's done well. I saw him in late August at Dromoland, and I saw him at the sale, and he's continued to do well. He's an impressive physical. It's no stroke of genius to figure him out. He looks like a horse that can run at Saratoga, but I think he's a horse that can at least get a mile and an eighth."
Gerry Dilger of Dromoland Farm added these thoughts...
"It just didn't work out at Keeneland, but I always believed in this colt. I always believed in this colt. He was an expensive foal, but every weekend now, this sire is coming up with runners. Mike Ryan bought Practical Joke, and I think he really loved this colt, and hopefully he's as lucky with him as he was with Practical Joke.
"I believed in the colt from day one. When I bought him, I wasn't alone there. There were lots of people that thought just as much of him as I did that day.
"He has done well. I just thought that in September, I was in a tight place showing him, and we were a little bit short of space. He just never really let down to show himself as good as the way he was showing himself at home. He's a high-energy horse that just needed more time to settle. Today's result was super."