The Oct. 24 second session of the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale produced a breakout horse with a Violence colt selling to John C. Oxley for $500,000, the highest price for the auction since 2013.
The price paid by Oxley for the colt sired by the Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm stallion, who currently ranks second on the freshman sire list. Grade 1 winner Violence is one of the many top runners purchased by bloodstock agents Nick Sallusto and Hanzly Albina.
Oxley is no stranger to Violence yearlings having purchased the $275,000 topper at the OBS October Yearling Sale two weeks prior. His longtime advisor and trainer selected both colts.
“He is beautiful. He’s a picture to look at,” Casse said after signing the ticket. “That was a lot of money for him–I didn’t think he’d bring quite that much. But he did and luckily Mr. Oxley was game.”
Taylor Made consigned the chetnut colt and Mark Taylor concurred: “He was just gorgeous. He was a really, really good-looking horse.”
“He is just a big, powerful colt with a great neck and shoulder, good walk. He’s kind of everything you look for. Now he just has to run very fast,” Casse concluded.
With his first foals to race, Violence is already the sire of stakes winner and graded-stakes placed “TDN Rising Star” Barry Lee and stakes winners Encumbered and Buy Sell Hold. “I have bought three or four yearlings by Violence,” Casse, who has trained 2017 Grade I winners Classic Empire, La Coronel and Dream Dancing for Oxley, said. “So I hope he keeps doing well.”
-edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews and www.bloodhorse.com