Woods sells $1.25M Record-Priced 2YO
RSS Feeds Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Eddie Woods sold the highest-priced two-year-old in the history of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May Sale, when a filly by Champion Sire Smart Strike sold for $1,250,000 at the opening session on Monday, May 18th.

The price shattered the previous sale record by $400,000, the amount it cost to purchase Graded stakes winner Trappe Shot back in 2009 ($850,000). Woods also sold the second highest-priced filly on Day One, an $800,000 daughter of Champion Freshman Sire Quality Road, and was far and away the leading consignor, with gross sales in excess of $3,000,000.

Both top-priced fillies were bred by Mike Moreno's Southern Equine Stables. The record-setter was Hip 43, a bay miss out of the stakes winning/stakes-producing A.P. Indy mare Crystal Current. The filly's dam is out of Grade 1 winner and millionaire Dream Supreme, and is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Majestic Warrior. Bloodstock agent Ben McElroy, standing with trainer Simon Callaghan, signed the ticket for an unnamed partnership.

The second-high-priced filly was Hip 58, a June foal out of Grade 1 winner Diplomat Lady and from a deep blacktype family. She was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khlaifa Al Maktoum, with advisor Tim Stakemire doing the bidding via phone.

Southern Equine advisor Michael Levy told the media afterwards that they expected the horses to sell well. "It is unusual to find these pedigrees at a juvenile sale, especially fillies who have never gone through a yearling sale and were raised to be racehorses," Levy said. "We knew they would be received well, but they brought in excess of our expectations and we're thrilled for the people who bought them and wish them all the luck in the world." 

Woods led all consignors through Day One, selling 14 two-year-olds for $3,186,000, a spectacular average of $227,571. Even without the Sale Topper Woods would have been the leading consignor, as his gross was $2,046,000 higher than the runner-up. Woods has 11 more juveniles catalogued for May 19th, the second day.