Princess of Sylmar prior to this year’s Grade 1 Delaware Handicap, in which she ran second. Photo by The Racing Biz.

Four of the seven Midlantic-bred horses to go through the ring at yesterday’s Fasig-Tipton November sale left with new owners, headed by sale-topper Princess of Sylmar, who fetched a winning bid of $3.1 million.

On the whole, despite some high-profile home runs, the sale demonstrated the industry’s continuing struggles.  Though the average rose slightly from 2013, to $589,611, the median fell 20 percent, to $200,000, and the total for the sale fell nearly 14 percent.  In addition, the buyback rate grew from last year’s 20 percent to just shy of 29 percent.

Of the four to sell, two were bred in Maryland, with one each bred in Pennsylvania and Virginia.  Three horses bred in the region did not meet their reserve prices; all three were bred in Pennsylvania.  Two other horses, one bred in Pennsylvania and one in Virginia, were scratched from the sale.

That represented a different state composition from last year’s group.  Of the six Midlantic-breds to enter the ring last year, three were bred in Virginia, with Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania adding one each.

The highest-profile Midlantic-bred that failed to meet its reserve was Hip 158, Waterway Run.  The Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Arch, who won this year’s Grade 3 Beaugay Stakes over the Belmont turf, received a high bid of $525,000.


The four region-breds that did sell:

  • Princess of Sylmar (Majestic Warrior-Storm Dixie, by Catienus) — $3.1 million.
    • Pennsylvania-bred was a four-time Grade 1 winner who earned over $2 million.
    • Bred by Ed Stanco and owned by his King of Prussia Stable.
    • Sold as a broodmare prospect and consigned by Taylor Made Sales as agent.
    • Purchased by Shadai Farm.
  • Purely Hot (Purse Prize-Wood Not, by Kissin Kris) — $250,000
    • Maryland-bred won this year’s Grade 3 Whimsical Stakes at Woodbine and earned nearly $427,000.
    • Bred by Dr. & Mrs. A. Leonard Pineau and owned by Unlimited Equine LLC.
    • Sold as a broodmare and believed to be in foal to Bodemeister; consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.
    • Purchased by Winstar Farm LLC.
  • Love this Kitty (Not for Love-More Hennessy, by Hennessy) — $150,000
    • Virginia-bred winner is a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile turf winner Hootenanny.
    • Bred by the Estate of Edward P. Evans and owned by Magalen O. Bryant.
    • Sold as a broodmare prospect and consigned by Bluewater Sales LLC as agent.
    • Purchased by Three Chimneys Farm LLC.
  • Super Buddy (Super Saver-Kosmo’s Buddy, by Outflanker) — $62,000
    • Maryland-bred is out of a stakes-winning mare who earned nearly $300,000.
    • Sold as a weanling and consigned by Bill Reightler.
    • Purchased by River Ranch Thoroughbreds.