The bar went up in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale's yearling market, when bloodstock agent Nick de Meric bid by phone to win an Into Mischief colt on behalf of client Klaravich Stables for $220,000.
In addition to becoming the auction's most expensive yearling so far, the colt also tied two other older offerings as the second-most expensive offering of the sale.
The bay colt is out of the winning Orientate mare Princess Kate, who has one runner. Further down the page is champion Cozzene, Grade/Group 1 winner Free Drop Billy, Serape, and Hawkbill, and Tiz Miz Sue, and Grade 3 winner Batique.
Stuart Morris consigned the Kentucky-bred colt for the breeding partnership of David Meche, Tonya Jergens, Mark Toothaker, and Perry Judice.
The colt that sold on Tuesday was the first six-figure auction graduate out of Princess Kate. The mare's previous leader was Ny Beth Getsitdone, also by Into Mischief, who sold for $52,000 at the 2017 OBS March sale.
Here is what Morris said about the colt after the fall of the hammer...
"Nick called me yesterday morning and we spoke for about a half an hour on the colt. He's a lovely horse. I really appreciate Mark Toothaker and his partners giving me the opportunity to sell him for them. I've been watching the horse since mid-November and he's really evolved and progressed very well physically. He handled everything out here fantastically.
"He's got a 2-year-old half-brother by Goldencents that's training very forwardly in Florida right now, and the mare's got a bright future for those guys. I feel very fortunate to be able to sell a colt that nice, and to be trusted to have him for those folks. I'm very happy for the result."