The dynamic young UI Horse Farm stallion Duneside Perch caught the attention of yearling buyers in 2011 with his first crop of yearlings. Trainers and owners were impressed with the balance, athleticism and size of his offspring, and they bid an average of $10,080 on 34 head sold at both the Land of Lincoln and Illini Classic Yearling Sales. The University of Illinois consignments to both sales bettered the overall figures for the Duneside Perch babies with an average of $13,540 for 7 yearlings sold at both sales.
The UI Horse Farm consigned the overall top-selling yearling from the first crop of Duneside Perch, Notorious Card Shark, who fetched a final bid of $35,000 from Mystical Marker Farm at the Land Of Lincoln Yearling Sale. Notorious Card Shark was the first stud colt from the UI-owned mare Shady RN, who had previously produced some respectable fillies and is from the outstanding maternal family of Romola Hanover. Notorious Card Shark impressed most trainers with his size, balance and correctness, and his long powerful strides when in the turnout pen. The UI Horse Farm Consignment to the Land Of Lincoln Sale also included the colts Beachside Bungalow (Duneside Perch – Pleasure Beach) selling for $20,000 to the Cheap Speed Stable, Inc. and Dakota Gray (Duneside Perch – Armbro Wahine) selling to Mark Winship for $18,000.
The UI Horse Farm wishes everyone that purchased a Duneside Perch yearling in 2011 the best of racing luck in 2012.