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Kentucky Day-1: US$725,000 Buzzards Bay
Not included in the Day-1 figures at the Fasig-Tipoton Kentucky yearling sale was the seperate auction (at the end of the day) of Gr1 Santa Anita Derby winner Buzzards Bay. Gary Broad paid US$725,000 for the Florida-bred 3YO son of Marco Bay (& 1st foal to race out of unraced Seneca Jones mare Lifes Lass) & will transfer him to trainer Ron Ellis, who told thoroughbredtimes.com: "Honestly we didn't expect to buy him, but we thought he was undervalued at that price. Looking at 2YOs & yearlings selling for the prices they do, really it seems kinda crazy because this is a proven horse & he's good & sound." Buzzards Bay was in the sale because Fog City Stable racing partners David Shimmon & Bill Bianco are going their separate ways: they have "split up their 2YOs & will sell 5 mares in the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale". (Shimmon will continue to race under the Fog City name, while Bianco will convert to the name Sunset Stables.) Buzzards Bay has won 3 of his 10 starts (also including the Golden Gate Derby, plus 5th in the Gr1 Kentucky Derby) & earned US$625,746. Ellis said the $750,000 Gr3 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Race Track on August 14 is a likely next start, noting: "There's some big 3YO races the rest of the year: a half million here & a half million there. There's plenty of ways to make some money with this horse."