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US$3.9m Passed-In Fleet Indian Sold Privately To Summer Wind

Friday, 9th November 2007

Meanwhile multiple Gr1-winning 6YO mare & US 2006 champion older female Fleet Indian (Indian Charlie-Hustleeta, by Afleet) who was offered in-foal to Storm Cat but failed to meet her reserve on a final bid of US$3.9 million earlier this week on Day-1 at Keeneland, has been sold privately in a deal between owner Paul Saylor & Frank & Jane Lyon's Kentucky-based Summer Wind Farm, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Saylor "declined to comment on the purchase price, but said it was just under her reserve". Fleet Indian had been consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency & Saylor revealed: "I slunked out of town (after Monday's pass-in) & said to the Taylor Made guys that my ride back to Atlanta is going to be miserable, so please have the private deal done before I get there. So about Chattanooga, they called. The bottom line is: I'm very happy where she's going, I'll have visitation rights & that's good news. I didn't get the price I wanted, that's not good news. Neither Coolmore nor Darley were on the horse & without those guys going against each other, you're just not going to hit the stratosphere." Dapple Bloodstock bought Fleet Indian on Saylor's behalf for US$290,000 in the 2006 Keeneland January Horses-Of-All-Ages sale (as a Listed stakes-winner at the time); she subsequently reeled off 6 consecutive wins in 2006 (including the Gr1 Personal Ensign Stakes & Gr1 Beldame Stakes, before sustaining a career-ending injury in the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Distaff). Saylor summed up: "I was riding back & talking to her trainer & a couple other people & they reminded me:" "When you bought her you didn't have any expectations like this. You didn't get the price you anticipated for selling her, but it's still a big win." Which of course it is! "This game is so crazy. It's more emotional than the stock market. When trends turn, they turn on a dime. A year ago, when I was getting advice from a lot of very knowledgeable people, the conclusion was to breed her to Storm Cat because that keeps all the major players in the market for her. That since has changed."

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