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Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continued with its second session on Wednesday (Oct. 2), posting healthy increases of 10 percent in total sales and 7.6 percent in average prices over the comparable session a year ago. Through two sessions, the average sale price is running four percent ahead of the value in 2012. Cantab Hall continued his tremendous showing as his yearlings claimed the top three spots for the session. Leading the way at $175,000 was the colt Higher Ground, out of $146,000 winning mare Domestic Diva. That makes him a full brother to Modern Family, a winner in 1:51 this year and more than $265,000 lifetime. Bjorn Noren signed as agent for this colt coming from the Kentuckiana Farms consignment. Following closely behind in price at $170,000 was Gifted Way, out of Rare Gift, a three-quarter sister to 1996 Horse of the Year Continentalvictory. Tony Alagna cast the winning bid for this colt from Brittany Farms. The Cantab Hall filly Flyangelfly De Vie moved into the third spot when she sold for $160,000. The always-active Jimmy Takter made this one of his 10 purchases on the night, to accompany the nine he acquired in the previous evening’s sale session. The filly is a daughter of Dream Angel, who is both a winner of more than $229,000 and a half-sister to Dream Vacation. Preferred Equine Marketing, Inc. consigned the filly as agent for breeder Joie De Vie Farm. Takter was the most active buyer for the night, but just barely, as Ake Svanstedt signed for eight elite yearlings on Wednesday. Svanstedt, Sweden’s leading trainer, is making the move to the U.S. this year and will be looking to compete with Takter on the track as well as the sales ring. First crop pacing sire Rock N Roll Heaven continues to impress, and contributed the highest-priced pacer for the session, the filly Kisses From Heaven, selling for $150,000. Her dam, Kissing Bandit, a stakes winner of more than $230,000, is a half sister to millionaire Pacific Fella and the $764,000 winning Pacific Renegade. Alan Katz bought the filly out of the Preferred Equine marketing consignment. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. Here are the summary statistics by gait and sex, from both the second session and overall, plus the leading horses by price from the second session: Session 2       Group -  No. Sold - Total Price - Average Price - Top Price - Median - $100,000+ Pacing Colts     -33  -$1,915,000 -$58,030-$120,000-$50,000-4 Pacing Fillies    -43  -$2,135,000 -$49,651-$150,000-$42,000-4 Trotting Colts     -37 -$2,296,000  -$61,514-$175,000-$50,000-6 Trotting Fillies    -45 -$1,986,000  -$44,067-$160,000-$40,000-2 Total-158-$8,332,000-$52,734 -$175,000-$50,000-16 Sale through two sessions       Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts   -61-$4,377,000-$71,754-$150,000-$75,000-17 Pacing Fillies  -65-$3,740,000-$57,538-$180,000-$50,000-10 Trotting Colts  -68-$5,527,000-$81,279-$475,000-$60,000-17 Trotting Fillies -69-$3,752,000-$54,377-$260,000-$45,000-8 Total-263-$17,396,000-$66,144-$475,000-$50,000-52 Yearling-Sire-Dam-Sex-Gait-Price-Buyer Holy Ground-Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva-C-T-$175,000-Bjorn Noren, Agent Giifted Way-Cantab Hall-Rare Gift-C-T-$170,000-Tony Alagna Flyangelfly De Vie-Cantab Hall-Dream Angel-F-T-$160,000-Jimmy Takter, Agent Kisses From Heaven-Rock N Roll Heaven-Kissing Bandit-F-P-$150,000-Alan Katz Jake Blue Chip-Art Major-Sprig Hanover-C-P-$120,000-Dan W. Smith Give Me The Credit-Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-F-T-$120,000-Lars Palm, Agent Billy Flynn-Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones-C-T-$120,000-Staffan Lind by David Carr for USTA

If you decide to drop a claim slip in with the judges, it's fair to say that you've done all your homework first. You've looked at pedigree; studied past performances; watched how the horse makes it around the oval for several weeks and generally have the feel that you can get him to be competitive in a higher class in rapid fashion.

There's no denying David Reid and the late Geoff Stein created one of the most successful horse agent businesses world-wide in harness racing. But now some 13 months after the death of Stein, how is Preferred Equine progressing?

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