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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | Birdstone

Hip #126 - $140,000 to Chalk Racing, LLC


Hip #607 - 375,000 to Michael Dilger
A colt by Birdstone topped the third day of the OBS Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in training, bringing a winning bid of $375,000 from Michael Dilger, agent. The final hammer price is the fourth-highest thus far at the central Florida auction, which runs April 22-25.

"He's a grand horse," said Ciaran Dunne of Wavertree Stables who consigned Hip No. 607. "We had him entered in the March Sale but he bucked shins. We feel more than rewarded here. He continued to improve for us and he sold well."

Birdstone has been a hit among buyers at 2-year-old auctions early this year, with a colt bringing $475,000 at the OBS Florida sale in March, while another colt by the Gainesway stallion brought $140,000 during the first day of the current auction. The chestnut Kentucky bred who breezed :10.2 seconds at the under tack show is out of Literary Light, who placed in the Grade 3 Floral Park H. The family includes Grade 1 winner Pioneerof the Nile and Grade 2 winner Forefathers. Literary Light is also a full sister to record-setting stakes winner Junior College and goes back to Castle Eight, the dam of Grade 2 winner Powis Castle. Hip 607 originally sold at Fasig-Tipton's October yearling sale last year for $70,000 and was consigned by Wood Edge Farm.

Birdstone, a 12-length winner in his 2-year-old debut at Saratoga in 2003 and winner of the Champagne S. (G1) later that year, would go on to take the Belmont S. (G1) and Travers S. (G1) the following season. His stud career got off to an equally remarkable start when he sired both the 3-year-old champion colt (Belmont S. winner Summer Bird) and Kentucky Derby winner (Mine That Bird) as part of his first crop.

Birdstone's success in the auction ring this year has carried over from 2012, when he had yearlings bring $385,000, $275,000, and $150,000, all proving his value at stud for $10,000 LFS&N.