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In a response to my earlier post about the OBS March sale, Cynthia McGinnes asked about the Dixie Union filly (Hip 387) out of the Horatius mare Big City Dream.

The gist of her query was why would the prices between the Flatter colt and the Dixie Union filly be so large when they worked in the same time for the same distance.

It’s an excellent question, and in a great degree it boils down to the mundane fact that there were two bidders willing to pay $900,000 for the colt. That’s not a knock on the filly, but colts tend to sell for more than fillies. Presumably because fillies cannot be syndicated for umpteen million if they win a championship or a classic and go to stud.

Other factors played into the equation also (although I was not involved in the purchase of either individual. These are inferences drawn from observation and participation in other purchases). For one thing the Dixie Union filly was a bit small for some buyers’ inclination. I would not accuse her of possessing any other “faults,” however.

Standing about 15.2 hands, the filly is quite lovely. She has a beautiful and feminine look about her, is a very good mover, is nicely balanced, and has a very powerfully developed hindquarter.

In her work, Hip 387 sped a quarter in :20 3/5 with a stride length only slightly shorter than average. She was, however, very smooth and was ticking on nicely through the work and the gallop out to score a very good BreezeFig.

All in all, I thought she was a star and pick her and the Bernardini filly as my two favorite juveniles in the auction.

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