LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A dark bay colt from the same sire as 2006
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro fetched the high price of $2.9
million Monday afternoon during the first day of Keeneland's
Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai,
paid the winning price for the yearling by Dynaformer out of
Seller Dell Hancock, whose family owns Claiborne Farm in Paris,
Ky., was pleasantly surprised by the amount. With Dynaformer
getting older, Barbaro's success must have had a significant role,
"Any time you've got a sire that's old like that and they get a
good horse in the last couple years, it makes you think, well he
can still do it," Hancock said.
Barbaro was undefeated when he won the Derby before breaking his
leg early in the Preakness. He was euthanized Jan. 29 after a long
fight to survive.
John Ferguson, the sheik's buyer, said he'd been watching the
colt for some time. The bloodlines were part of the allure, as was