Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old sale by the numbers

by | May 21, 2018 | Breaking, Breeding, Business, Regionwide, Top Stories

Fasig-Tipton sale

Hip 195 fetched a winning bid of $175,000 in the 2016 sale. Photo by The Racing Biz.

by Frank Vespe

The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of two-year-olds in training takes place Monday and Tuesday in Timonium at the unusual time of 2:00 p.m. — a fact necessitated by the dismal weather this past week, which forced the company to move one day’s worth of breezes to Sunday.

Still, there were 600 hips in the catalog, meaning there will be every kind of horse from Ain’t No Man to Xanthique, with plenty to pick from in between.

Some facts and figs:


No surprise, given the national nature of this sale, Kentucky and New York are the dominant states in which offered horses were bred. Of the 597 on offer (prior to outs), 333 were bred in Kentucky, while 135 were bred in New York.

Among Mid-Atlantic states:

  • Maryland – 36
  • Pennsylvania – 34
  • Virginia – 7
  • New Jersey – 2
  • West Virginia – 2

Oh, and one horse here was bred in each of the following places: Arkansas, Indiana, Ireland, and Kansas. Yup, Kansas.


It’s a bit of an unusual year for horse colors in Timonium.

While all the browns are amply represented — brown, dark bay, chestnut — there are two black horses and, rarer still, one white horse.

The hips by color:

  • Brown – 242
  • Dark bay – 169
  • Chestnut – 130
  • Gray/roan – 53
  • Black  -2
  • White  – 1


To a not insignificant extent, the sale will rise (or fall) on its sire power, and sires with major national profiles are amply represented.

Three sires — Bodemeister, Cairo Prince, and Into Mischief — are each represented by 18 hips, the most of any sire. There are also 14 Uncle Mo offspring, a dozen by Violence, nine by Honorble Dillon (who’s the sire of the white colt here), and four by top sire Tapit.

Closer to home, the young sire Super Ninety Nine has eight hips in the sale, most of any sire standing in the region, followed by the deceased Tritap, with five.


Speaking of Tapit, there are 12 hips on offer out of mares he sired. That makes him the second most-represented damsire in the sale, training only Giant’s Causeway, with 15.

A bevy of top sires aren’t far behind, with 8. Those include Medaglia d’Oro, Distorted Humor, Mineshaft, Tale of the Cat, A. P. Indy, Harlan’s Holiday, and Unbridled’s Song.


Colts have a slight advantage in this sale: there are 306 of them.

There are also 287 fillies. Oh, and if you’re in the market for a gelding, well, there are four of those.


A total of 536 horses breezed during the three days of breezing at the sale. Of them:

  • 421 breezed one furlong;
  • 114 breezed two furlongs; and
  • breezed three furlongs.