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Thursday, October 13, 2011 |
A colt by Afleet Alex brought the top price of $100,000 of the two-day Barretts October yearling sale, which ran Oct. 12-13 at the California auction house.

California-based trainer Mike Pender purchased the bay colt, hip No. 47, a Kentucky-bred out of the stakes-winning Candy Stripes mare Desiraes My Candy. The juvenile was bred by Mikhail Yanakov and consigned by Adrian Gonzalez’s Checkmate Thoroughbreds.

“He was the most athletic horses in the sale, a dandy,” said Pender.

Champion Afleet Alex currently ranks sixth on the third-crop sire list, with $3.1 million in progeny earnings. His top two earners of 2011 are both multiple stakes winners: Harissa (Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie H. and Langhorne S.) and La Grand Bailadora (Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Distaff S. and Likely Exchange S.).