Freshmen Circular Quay, Cowtown Cat make marks at 2yo sales
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Hip 260, a $90,000 West Point buy, spearheads
a $45,857 avg. for Circular Quay colts

Numbers from the 2012 two-year-old sales are in, and Journeyman Stud freshman sires Circular Quay and Cowtown Cat both enjoyed very good results from each of their respective first crops to sell at OBS. 

Circular Quay's colts brought an average of $45,857, over seven times his 2012 stud fee. At the OBS April Sale, West Point Thoroughbreds and agent Buzz Chace paid $90,000 for hip No. 260, a dark bay colt out of the Grade 3-winning mare Chispiski. Just a few offerings later, Klaravich Stables went to $85,000 for hip No. 270, a chestnut colt who hails from the same family as Grade 2 winner and dual track record-holder Forty One Carats. 

Circular Quay was a top-class two-year-old in his own right, as winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful S. and Grade 3 Bashford Manor S. who ranked third among his generation on the Experimental Handicap. He also finished second in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) and Breeders' Futurity (G1). Bred to be precocious, Circular Quay is by Thunder Gulch, a Grade 1 performer and winner of the Remsen (G2) at two, and is out of the good racemare Circle of Life, who took the Grade 1 Spinaway S. as a juvenile.  

Hip 980, a colt by Cowtown Cat, sold to
Ken & Sarah Ramsey for $105,000
Cowtown Cat's numbers were just as impressive, including three six-figure colts. Leading the way was hip No. 529, who went for $120,000 to Bloom Racing LLC. The chestnut colt is a half-brother to millionaire Crafty Shaw.  

A pair of chestnut colts brought $105,000: Hip No. 912 to  Bear Stables; and hip No. 980 to Ken and Sarah Ramsey. The latter, consigned by Journeyman Bloodstock, is a half-brother to a pair of stakes winners. 

Cowtown Cat's juveniles averaged $51,464, nearly 13 times his 2012 stud fee. Cowtown Cat, a $1.5 million sales topper himself by leading sire Distorted Humor, broke his maiden at two and went on to win the Grade 2 Illinois Derby and Grade 3 Gotham S. the following year.

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