Yearlings from the first North American crop of the A.P. Indy stallion Indygo Shiner were popular last year, averaging over $36,000 on a $7,500 fee. They included a trio of individuals who brought north of $150,000.Last night at Barretts, a handsome chestnut by the Hill ‘n’ Dale stallion kept the momentum going eliciting a bid of $330,000 from Narvick International, acting on behalf of a Japanese client. Hip 60, a son of the winning 8-year-old mare Coatue (Mr.Greeley), was consigned by Eddie Woods on behalf of a venture led by Bradley Thoroughbred Brokerage’s Pete Bradley. The Lexington-based Bradley acquired the colt for just $37,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale, and looked to be sitting pretty after hip 60 gassed an eighth in :10 1/5 at the under-tack show. He always galloped very nicely, and he put in a very smooth work at :10.1 and did it the right way, said Bradley. We thought we had a nice horse. We thought he’d bring $200,000. When you have a nice horse and all the right people are on him, then sky is the limit.
Bradley said the colt always had quality, but said he’s improved since the July Sale. He was a nice colt in the summer, and he had the frame, Bradley said. He probably wasn’t the best walker at the sale, because as you know, which everybody at the sales loves one with a big walk. He just matured and his hind end developed. His first appeal that he was a very nice horse.Bradley added, however, that he wasn’t afraid to take a shot on the colts sire. Indygo Shiner is well regarded in the Southern Hemisphere, and this is his first crop of 2-year-olds in the Northern Hemisphere, he said. He is an extremely well-bred horse, and had a very good race career under Elliott Walden, and he’s getting the right kind of progeny. They are all very athletic individuals.