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More Mischief for Japanese buyers in Saratoga

Another $1 million-plus yearling by Into Mischief was snapped up by a Japanese buyer on the final day of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale.

For the second successive day at Saratoga, a yearling by Into Mischief secured a seven-figure pricetag from a Japanese buyer with Kohki Maeda signing for the filly, Hip 150 for US$1.2 million.

Maeda, the son of renowned Japanese breeder and owner Koji Maeda, of North Hills Farm fame, won the battle for the Gainesway-consigned daughter of G1 Test Stakes winner Paola Queen.

Paola Queen is out of stakes winner Kadira and her Medaglia D’Oro colt Pass And Stow was a recent Monmouth Park winner.

Maeda’s best horse in his ownership in Japan has been the G3 Hakodate Sprint Stakes winner Bien Fate, who is trained by Kazuya Nakatake, while he has also owned Group winners Ablaze and Breaking Dawn. The Maeda family have wide-ranging global racing interests. Koji Maeda has campaigned horses in top races in Dubai, the United States and Europe.

The Into Mischief filly was the highest price yearling for her champion sire at the Saratoga Sale and the third most expensive filly overall.

A day prior, globe-trotting trainer Hideyuki Mori paid an even US$1 million for Hip 74, a colt by Into Mischief.

The Saratoga Sale, which traditionally sets the standard for the remainder of the American sales season, provided record trade with nearly US$67 million changing hands for 143 yearlings, a jump of US$5 million on the previous record. The average price of US$468,212 also smashed the previous high-water mark.

A colt by Gun Runner, Hip 202, brought the auction’s top price when selling for US$2.3 million to the partnership of Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier and Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm. There were 14 yearlings sold for US$1 million or more across the two days.

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