Florida-bred 2-year-old colt Mensa sold for $740,000 on April 29 in the one-horse Mensa Flash Sale, setting a record for the Fasig-Tipton Digital platform. Offered by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for D.J. Stables LLC Graduate, Mensa was the subject of a nine-minute protracted bidding war, with John Stewart’s Resolute Bloodstock eventually emerging as the winner.

An easy gate-to-wire winner of his debut on April 12 at Gulfstream Park for trainer Mark Casse, Mensa subsequently finished sixth in this Thursday’s Kentucky Juvenile at Churchill Downs for the new connections. 

“We are always looking to add talented runners to our stable and we’re thrilled to have such an exciting 2-year-old colt in Mensa,” buyer John Stewart of Resolute Racing said.

Mensa is from the first crop of Complexity, winner of the Grade 1 Champagne as a 2-year-old, and is out of Lady Halite, by Medaglia d’Oro. Mensa is a half-brother to Florida-bred multiple stakes-winner Recruiter and stakes-place Florida-bred Miss Sayely. Mensa was bred in Florida by Beth Bayer.

“[Wednesday’s] digital sale results, for our horse Mensa, is a testament to the combined efforts of Taylor Made Sales, our trainer Mark Casse, and of course Fasig-Tipton,” seller Jon Green of D.J. Stables said. “Having purchased and now sold the highest priced horses in digital sale history, it’s obvious that we are true believers of that platform. We would like to thank Resolute Racing and sincerely wish them the best of luck with this worthy colt.”

Mensa is the most expensive offering on Fasig-Tipton Digital to date, eclipsing the previous record set earlier this month when broodmare Eileen’s Dream sold for $660,000 with her Curlin foal at foot and bred back to Charlatan.

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