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Volatile’s yearlings well received at Saratoga.

Volatile’s yearlings well received at Saratoga.

Volatile’s first crop continues to be well received after a good showing at the Saratoga sale this week.

The lightning-fast G1 Vanderbilt winner saw two of his offspring go through the ring at the prestigious auction with a near $900,000 return. His most expensive produce to date led the way: a $600,000 colt out of Line Of The Nile, a close relation of American Pharoah’s sire Pioneerof The Nile consigned by Denali Stud. Completing the pair of offerings was a half-sister to recent G3 Adirondack Stakes winner Brightwork with the gavel falling at $285,000.

Volatile’s most expensive yearling to date made $600,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga Sale.

Added to a strong showing at Fasig-Tipton’s July Sale, where the son of Violence had several yearlings sell for over $100,000 with a high of $285,000 and with a just as impressive return at the Keeneland November Sale, which saw his weanlings hit a high of $325,000, the son of Hill ‘N’ Dales Violence has now broken through the $5million barrier in terms of overall sales.

While it’s easy to focus on the headline prices, paying attention to the details behind the marque purchases is essential. Breaking down the numbers further, the progeny of the stallion, who raced in the colours of Three Chimneys and Phoenix Thoroughbreds, has brought in an average of just over $99,000, almost eight times his covering fee.

With his terrific pedigree and a race record of just one defeat in his six career starts, it was no surprise to see Voltatile popular with breeders from the beginning. You can only see his popularity rising further now that he is proving himself at the sales.

*Published 8th August 2023 – stats taken from Bloodhorse.com