Colt brings top price

The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale of Standardbreds opened Wednesday night with a bang.

On the first night of the five-session sale, 98 yearlings sold for a cumulative $8,805,000, an average price of $89,847.

The top seller was a colt named Capo Dolce, by Muscles Yankee out of the Conway Hall mare Pizza Dolce; the trotter sold for $415,000 to David McDuffee of Nashua, N.H., from the consignment of Hunterton Sales Agency of Paris. Sales manager Randy Manges said the colt beat last year's $350,000 sale-topper.

"That is the highest-priced horse we've sold in a number of years," Manges said of Capo Dolce.

He said that although the night's total was down from last year's $10 million for 118 horses, the average was up from $87,000 last year.

"I had no idea what to expect, with what is happening in the national economy," Manges said.

But strong participation by European and Canadian buyers helped, he said, as did increased interest in Kentucky-bred yearlings because of the state's incentive funds.

The sale at Fasig-Tipton on Newtown Pike continues through Sunday.