Good horses available cheap (sometimes)

May 07, 2011|By Kevin Van Valkenburg

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ever dreamed of owning a Kentucky Derby horse? Plenty of people have, but the buy-in price typically scares them off.

Still, if you catch a horse at auction at the right time, and if you have the right eye to identify talent, you can do it without completely emptying your checkbook.

Bloodhorse,com, a website that covers the horse racing industry as well as any publication out there, published a list this week showing all the prices the qualifiers for the Kentucky Derby field fetched at auction (at least those that were ever offered for public auction) and while many of them were out of most people's price range, if you wanted Comma to the Top, you could have snagged him for $5,000 as a yearling, or $22,000 as a 2-year-old.

By comparison, Stay Thirsty was purchased for $160,000 as a yearling, and then resold for $500,000 as a 2-year-old.

Both horses are long shots to win the Derby, with Stay Thirsty at 20-1 and Comma to the Top at 30-1.

Here is a list of the rest of the horses, and what their sale price was, according to Bloodhorse.com. As they say in horse racing, if you've got a foal, you've got a shot at a dream.

Animal Kingdom -- Purchased by Team Valor International for $100,000.

Archarcharch -- Purchased by Robert Yagos for $60,000.

Comma to the Top – Purchased by Clyde Rice for $5,000 as a yearling. Peter Miller for $22,000 from Indian Prairie Ranch, agent, at the 2010 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Decisive Moment – Bought back for $70,000 when offered by Derby Dreams, agent, at the 2010 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Derby Kitten – Never offered at public auction.

Dialed In – Purchased for $475,000 by Whitehorse Stable from Lane’s End, agent, at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga August select yearling sale

Master of Hounds – Never offered at public auction.

Midnight Interlude – Never offered at public auction.

Mucho Macho Man – Never offered at public auction.

Nehro – Purchased by Zayat Stables for $170,000 from Mt. Brilliant Farm, agent, at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Pants On Fire – Never offered at public auction.

Santiva – Scratched by Blandford Stud, agent, from the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Shackleford – Bought back for $275,000 when offered by Belvedere Farm, agent, at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Soldat – Purchased by Steve Shahinian, agent for Harvey Clarke, for $180,000 from Elm Tree Farm, agent, at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale. Scratched by Mountain View Racing Stables, agent, from the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Stay Thirsty – Purchased by Whitehorse Stables for $160,000 from Glennwood Farm, agent, at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale. Purchased by Todd Pletcher, agent, for $500,000 from Scanlon Training Center, agent, at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Florida March sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Sway Away – Purchased by Classic Oaks Farm for $170,000 from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, at the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Scratched by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, from the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale. Purchased by Sierra Sunset for $75,000 from Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent, at the 2010 Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Twice the Appeal – Scratched by Four Star Sales, agent, from the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Bought back for $4,000 when offered by Four Star Sales, agent, at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale. Purchased by Sierra Sunset for $35,000 from Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent, at the 2010 Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Twinspired – Purchased by Eisaman Equine for $55,000 from Good Win Farm, agent, at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale. Purchased by Mike Maker for $140,000 from Eisaman Equine, agent, at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Uncle Mo – Purchased for $160,000 by Moon Bloodstock from Denali Stud, agent, at the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Purchased for $220,000 by Repole Stables from Four Star Sales, agent, at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Watch Me Go – Never offered at public auction.

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