Four hundred forty-three yearlings are set to be offered at next month’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale at Timonium, a 15 percent rise from the 386 hipped a year ago.
The sale, one of the final yearling sales of the season, has a distinctly mid-Atlantic flavor. Nearly 300 of the hips in the catalog were bred in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, or West Virginia. That, too, was up, from 254 year ago.
Maryland, whose breeders have been trumpeting a renaissance in the state, aims to provide some solid evidence of that. One hundred twenty-six hips were bred in Maryland; that’s more than 28 percent of the total sale and a significant rise from just 87 a year ago.
Pennsylvania also saw an increase in its numbers. The Keystone State has provided 132 of the horses slated to be on offer, an increase from 108 in 2013.
New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia all saw declines.
Some of the most well-represented sires at the sale are based in the mid-Atlantic region. Those include Jump Start, who stands at Northview Pennsylvania; he has 20 offspring here. Maryland’s Country Life Farm’s Friesan Fire, whose first crop are yearlings this year, has 16; and another Maryland stallion, Northview’s longtime stalwart Not for Love, is represented by 15.
Some mares who made a splash racing locally have offspring here, too. They include millionaire Silmaril (Hip 373); Mrs. Vanderbilt, a winner whose offspring include two stakes winners (Hip 273); speedy sprinter Kosmo’s Buddy (Hip 210); stake winner Scheing E Jet (Hip 357); and graded winner Timely Broad, whose offspring include a pair of stake winners (Hip 431).
Among consignors, Bill Reightler has the largest group, with 57 horses in his consignment. Among those are the first phase of the dispersal of the late Brice Ridgely‘s Spring Meadow Farm stock, a pair of Friesan Fire fillies, a Friesan Fire colt, and an E Dubai colt.