John Ferguson, representing Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, out dueled John Magnier of Coolmore Stud to purchase Storm ‘N Indian for $2.05 million, topping the Tuesday session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale.
The colt, from the last full crop of leading sire Storm Cat, is the first foal of the champion mare Fleet Indian. He was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, as agent for breeders Frank and Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm. The Lyons purchased Fleet Indian, carrying this foal, privately from owner Paul Saylor after the mare failed to meet her reserve at Keeneland’s 2007 November Breeding Stock Sale.
“Fleet Indian was a champion and a star of a mare. He (the colt) is very athletic with a great pedigree,” Ferguson commented.
Duncan Taylor, President of Taylor Made, agreed with Ferguson’s assessment. “He’s a big, strong, sound colt; very correct and very athletic. Frank and Jane Lyon are good horse people who raise quality stock.”
One more example that the horse has no idea what his/her monetary "value" is. I love when the cheap ones trump the big bucks (although I do feel badly for the horses who disappoint their monied connections). The TB market is crazy, askew at best.
Truthfully this has always been my favorite thing about horse racing and is the main reason I switched from hunters to racing almost 20 years ago. My budget is little but my horsemanship skills are pretty big. That works on the track to a point. Doesn't work at all in the hunter ring.