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.
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.