Number one: who let Sheikh Mo get away with buying all the sale-toppers? Where are my local filthy rich people!? Two 1.2 million dollar yearlings for the Sheikh: half-brothers to Super Saver and Havre de Grace by the hottest sires around.

Number two: having watched the sale, one of the most exciting horses I saw go through the ring was the Indian Charlie colt out of Kokadrie. He sold to Mark Casse (agent) for $550,000 and I will be watching him like a stalker. Another one in this category was the Sky Mesa half-sister to Funny Moon, who sold for $300,000.

Number three: Curlin’s most expensive offering, the colt out of Private Status, looked like fresh meat for pinhookers who might take advantage of his late birthday and slightly less developed frame to turn a huge profit at the two-year-old sales, but it looks like buyer Centennial Farms is going to send him straight to trainer Jimmy Jerkens and try their luck with him themselves. All the best to them; he looked great.

Number four: My hunch pick, the Hard Spun colt out of Campionessa, brought $290,000, which is more than I thought he would bring but less than I think he’s worth. This is a very charismatic animal with a great head on his plentiful shoulders, as evidenced by how little equipment he wears on his head even in such stressful environments as the auction ring. Another stalkable. Unfortunately, the buyer was a bloodstock agent based in the UK. If they export him, I will be sad face.

Number five: One of the huge steals of the sale was hip 158. Third-last in the ring, the son of Midnight Lute from the family of Too Much Bling sold for only $100,000. Another bargain: Bobby Flay got a beautiful (if jittery) daughter of Tapit and the Irish mare Jig for $110,000.

Number six: Horses who didn’t bring nearly enough money (and consequently did not sell–one is tempted to say, “DUH”) include a Dixie Union half sister to Plum Pretty ($95,000–I mean, really), a Speightstown colt out of Inny River ($215,000), a son of Hard Spun out of the full sister to Barbaro’s dam, La Ville Rouge ($220,000), a glorious full sister to Careless Jewel ($345,000) and…

Number seven: Curlin’s masterpiece, hip 98, who RNA’d at $380,000. I was shocked at the lack of interest, and I congratulate the owner on the high reserve because, if they want to eventually sell her, she could easily be a million-dollar two-year-old. And if they don’t, I have no doubt that she’ll make a runner.

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