Fort Determined for Exhi Filly

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Fort Determined for Exhi Filly

Through two sessions of the OBS April sale, there have been notable successes for lesser known stallions, and longtime owner John Fort got into the action when going to $195,000 for a daughter of western Canadian-based Exhi (Maria’s Mon). The chestnut filly, consigned by Hidden Brook and bred by Bonne Chance Farm, is a half-sister to GI Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Wavell Avenue (Harlington).

“It’s written right there on the pedigree,” Fort said of the filly’s appeal. “She’s a half to one of the fastest fillies we’ve had in a while. She ran first in the Breeders’ Cup and she was second in the same race the next year.”

Of the juvenile’s appeal, Fort added, “She’s a beautiful filly. She had a wonderful aura about her. We put a lot of confidence in that–kind of seeing the aura around the horse.”

Exhi, who won the 2010 GII Lexington S., stands at Highfield in Alberta, Canada for C$3,000.

“I’ve always gravitated to individuals,” Fort explained. “I bought two horses today by stallions who are either very unpopular or unknown. I bought a colt earlier today by Big Brown [hip 330 for $37,000]. And then this one. I could walk around here and pick a victim and bet $100 you’ve never heard of a horse named Exhi and they would say, ‘No, I never have.’”

Fort admitted he was unsure going in how much he would have to pay for the Exhi filly.

“I thought it was either going to be $200,000 or $50,000,” he said. “I wasn’t sure which way it was going to go.”

During Tuesday’s first session of the sale, a colt by blue-collar stallion Big Drama sold for $475,000. — @JessMartiniTDN

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