Welker-Bred filly Brings $370,000 At Fasig-Tipton July 2009
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The Medaglia d'Oro juggernaut showed no signs of slowing down late in yesterday's session as hip 471, a filly by the Darley stallion, realized a $370,000 final bid from Steve Davison's Twin Creek Farm. Consigned by Warrendale Sales on behalf of the filly's breeder Bert Welker, the dark bay is out of the unraced Peridot (Gilded Time). The 10-year-old mare, who is a full-sister to GSW Elaborate, is a great-grand daughter of champion and Grade I winner Smart Angle (Quadrangle).

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Twin Creek racing manager Randy Gullatt signed the ticket on behalf of Louisiana-based Davison. Formerly a strictly private racing entity, Twin Creek now operates as a racing partnership--Twin Creek Racing--and currently has 16 horses split between trainers Todd Pletcher and Mike Maker. "She was just a standout Medaglia d'Oro," Gullatt said of hip 471. "The best physical in the sale. She had so much class, great size, a great body and great stretch. She had everything we were looking for."

According to Gullatt, the Jan. 11 foal will be taken to Florida to be broken in the fall, and a decision as to where the filly may race will be decided at a later date. "It all depends on where we need her to go," he said. Echoing the general theme of many buyers over the course of the two-day sale, Gullatt was pleased with the price. "I really thought she would bring more," admitted Gullatt. "She was just a standout."

Warrendale sold five of nine horses during Monday's opening session, but proved more successful yesterday, finding buyers for all but one of their yearlings. Among those successfully sold Tuesday were hip 442, a chestnut colt by Tapit who brought $180,000."It's been a really tough sale," said Warrendale's Kitty Taylor. "People are gravitating toward the proven sires and the horses that jump through all the hoops and perform physically and vet-wise. We did well, so we're pleased with our results."

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