'Spectacular' Mucho Macho Man 2YO Commands $625,000 at FT Midlantic Sale

05.21.2018 -

A speedy colt from the first crop of Mucho Macho Man was purchased by Michael Lund Petersen for $625,000 during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale.

Consigned as Hip 278 by Kirkwood Stables, the colt breezed the fastest quarter mile of :21 1/5 during the under tack workouts leading up to the sale. The next fastest quarter was :23 3/5. The colt had been a $55,000 buy-back at the Ocala Breeders' Sales March juvenile sale and was previously acquired for $95,000 from Select Sales at the 2017 Keeneland September yearling sale.

"He matured a little bit," Kirkwood's Kip Elser said of the difference between the OBS sale at which the colt was bought back and the result Monday. Elser said the colt had worked well both over the synthetic surface at OBS and on dirt at the Maryland State Fairgrounds where the Fasig-Tipton sale takes place. "He was good on the poly (an eighth in :10 flat) and he was spectacular on the dirt," the South Carolina-based trainer said. "He was brilliant here and he stood out and sold."

Watch Hip #278's bullet breeze

Produced from the winning Giant's Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway, the colt is from the extended female family of Canadian Horse of the Year and sire Peaks and Valleys and multiple grade 2 winner Alternation. He was bred in Kentucky by Teneri Farm and Bernardo Alvarez Calderon.

On the second day of the sale, a Mucho Mucho Man filly sold for $150,000 to California trainer Bob Hess. Half of the first 12 Mucho Macho Man juveniles sold have now commanded six figure bids and have averaged $172,917. The other big sellers include a $560,000 colt at the OBS March sale and the $260,000 Hargus, who became his sire's first winner by blitzing a Maiden Special field at Keeneland on April 26.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com/photo by Tibor Szlavik

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