The numbers from Monday’s Fasig-Tipton Mixed Sale at Timonium were — let’s say — less than optimal.
By every major metric, the sale took a beating. The gross sales volume declined by 37 percent, from over $1.5 million to $954,800. The percentage of horses entering the ring that were not sold rose from about 28 percent to 33 percent — fully one-third. The number of hips sold declined from 133 to 110, and the average value of those hips dipped from $11,404 to $8,680.
Here’s a closer look at the data:
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- Sale topper: Hip 20, Delaneys Star. The four-year-old winning daughter of Latent Heat-Vee Vee Star, by Norquestor, is a half-sister to champion Declan’s Moon and in foal to Majestic Warrior. She was consigned by Bill Reightler as agent for the estate of Brice Ridgely and purchased by Wolver Hill Farm.
- Top consignor: Bill Reightler, acting as the agent for numerous clients, sold 44 horses for a total of $334,300 (average: $7,598). Both the number sold and their value were the highest at the sale.
- Top purchaser: Joseph Besecker led all buyers with six horses purchased — one more than Jerry Hackett. His paid a combined total of $34,700 for the six. In dollar value, the leader was Wolver Hill Farm, whose lone purchase, of the sale topper, made them the leader in that regard.
- In demand: Weanlings were the stars of the show, with 52 selling (more than any other type of horse) for a combined total of $497,500 (average: $9,567). Forty broodmares sold, with a combined value of $335,000.
- By state: More Maryland-breds sold than horses bred in any other state, with 47 of them fetching a total of $382,700 (average: $8,143). The other states with double-digit horses sold were Pennsylvania (24), Kentucky (20), and New York (11).
- Most popular damsires: Norquestor, Polish Numbers, Unbridled, Not for Love, Yarrow Brae; all were the damsire of three hips sold, with Norquestor leading in dollar value, with $94,500.
- Hips sold: Friesan Fire, with seven, one more than Cal Nation.
- Gross sales: Friesan Fire with $69,700, just more than Afleet Alex (four for $69,000).
- Average sale: Latent Heat, one for $60,000.
- Covering sire: Freedom Child with six sold; Majestic Warrior with $80,000 gross (two sold); Majestic Warrior and Sky Mesa with $40,000 average.
- Top sellers:
- Broodmare – Hip 20, $60,000
- Weanling – Hip 151, $48,000, colt by Shackleford out of Pier Sixty Six, by Cozzene; half-brother to Paco Smart, consigned by Takaro Farm and purchased by Machmer Hall.
- Broodmare prospect or racing/broodmare prospect – Hip 191, Waves on the Sea, by Stroll out of Lonesome Sound, by Dancing Count. Consigned by Old Chapel Farm as agent for the estate of Kenneth Y. Tomlinson and purchased by Craig Nicholson.
- Yearling – Hip 182, $15,000, colt by Kiss the Kid out of Baybrooke, by Montbrook. Consigned by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services LLC as agent and purchased by KOID (Keum-Ak Farm).
- Horse of racing age – Hip 192, $8,500, Absolute Twist, 2yo colt by Lemon Drop Kid out of Memorette, by Memo. Consigned by Sally Thomas, agent and purchased by Trin Brook Stable.