A Bellamy Road yearling was one of the stars at the Fasig-Tipton July Sale on Monday at the central Kentucky auction house, bringing a winning bid of $420,000, which wound up being the top price paid for a colt, and the second highest overall, at the sale.
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Hip No. 191 was consigned by Gainesway Farm, agent and went to Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm. The chestnut colt is out of the stakes-winning Affirmed mare Affirmed Dancer, who has produced five starters, all winners, including Grade 3 winner La Gran Bailadora, as well as the stakes-placed duo Fun in D' Sun and Affirmed Cat.
"He is just an extreme athlete," Pope said. "Everything about him and his frame; he was always poised and did everything the same every time. When he would walk up and down (the shedrow) he had such forward movement. He has a long stride, and virtually that makes a (Kentucky) Derby horse."
Overall, Bellamy Road had three yearling sell during the one-day auction, with an average price of $191,667, a number nearly 10x his 2013 stud fee of $20,000.