Encore Saritta
The broodmare Encore Saritta is part of the GreenMount Farm consignment. Photo by Sabrina Moore.

Buyers looking for in-foal mares, broodmare prospects, weanlings, yearlings and horses of racing age will find a plethora of options at Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic December Mixed sale, scheduled for Tuesday, December 8.

The auction begins at 11 a.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

A total of 204 entries were taken for the main catalogue, while there are 83 supplemental entries, comprised primarily of horses of racing age.

“As the last mixed sale of the calendar year, Midlantic December annually provides quality buying opportunities for both regional and national breeding and racing operations,” said Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Director of Sales Paget Bennett.

There are large consignments from Marshall Silverman, Bill Reightler, Vinery Sales, Dark Hollow Farm, and Northview Stallion Station (David Wade). Northview is again handling the sale of racing and breeding stock of owner/breeder Joseph Besecker. Last year, Besecker had what was billed as a “dispersal,” while this year he is having a stock “reduction.” Also during the year, Besecker has claimed dozens of horses, according to Equibase.

Weanlings and yearlings bred in the region are well represented. Prior to outs, there were 54 foaled in New York, 46 foaled in Maryland, 18 in Pennsylvania, three in Virginia and three in West Virginia.

Goldencents, last year’s top second crop sire and this year’s current top third-crop sire, is represented among the youngsters by Hip 107, a weanling filly foaled in New York. From the consignment of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, agent, the filly is out of My Fancy, by Stephen Got Even and out of Broodmare of the Year and graded stakes winner Radiant Ring, by Halo. My Fancy is also a half-sister to champion Catch the Ring and stakes winners Seeking the Ring and Diamond Fever.

Other weanlings of note include Hip 105, a Maryland-foaled colt by Munnings out of the winning Uncle Mo mare Mo Light, consigned by Sabrina Moore’s GreenMount Farm. Munnings is the sixth-leading sire in North America with nearly $9 million in progeny earnings; this colt’s third dam is Kentucky Oaks winner Lite Light, the dam of three stakes winners.

“Buyers will like this colt – he’s super correct and has a big walk,” said Moore, who bred recent Maryland-bred Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (Gr. 1) victor Knicks Go, an earner of $1,348,995, with her mother, Angie.

Another weanling in the GreenMount consignment is Hip 207, a filly by The Big Beast foaled in Pennsylvania. The filly hails from the family of multiple graded stakes winner and sire Hesabull.

“She’s a nice, big, robust filly,” said Moore.

Moore said that she’s noticed that weanling pinhookers at the December sale often bring them back at the 2-year-old auctions.

“You definitely can find a diamond in the rough at this sale,” she said. “I’ve personally done really well pinhooking here.”

Moore is also offering two in-foal broodmares and a racing/broodmare prospect in her small but quality-laden consignment. Hip 72 is the stakes-placed Consolidator mare Encore Saritta, the dam of five foals to race and five winners, including Pennsylvania Nursery winner Downhill Racer. The mare sells in foal to champion Will Take Charge.

Hip 49 is the young winning Stay Thirsty mare Words of a Feather, who is carrying her first foal, having been bred to Mshawish. Words of a Feather is out of multiple stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Way With Words ($578,400).

“I’ve foaled out some of her sisters, and the family is very pretty, with some really attractive big-bodied horses,” said Moore.

Also, Hip 245 from Moore’s consignment is Street Nonsense, a 3-year-old Street Sense filly who is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Isotherm ($524,731) as well as Gr. 1-placed Gio Game ($292,190). She is offered as a racing/broodmare prospect.

Other broodmares of note include Bouquet of Gold (Hip 60), a five-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro offered by Walnut Green, LLC, agent for Smart Angle. She is out of graded stakes winner Bouquet Booth ($527,279), and is a half-sister to Tapsolute ($214,508). Third dam Toll Fee is a half-sister to Gr. 1 winners Plugged Nickle and Christiecat, and among her progeny are the dams of Horse of the Year Havre de Grace and multiple Grade 1 winner Tonalist.

Bouquet of Gold sells in foal to Speightster. She produced foals by Mastery in 2019 and Frosted in 2020.

The horses of racing age supplement features a number of talented runners from the consignment of Northview Stallion Station (David Wade, agent) for Joseph Besecker.

Hip 280 is Fly On Angel, a 3-year-old daughter of Palace Malice who captured the Gr. 3 Charles Town Oaks in August and placed in the Parx Juvenile Fillies Stakes as a 2-year-old. She’s won four of 10 starts, and earned $226,660.

Northview is also consigning Hip 227 for Besecker, the 7-year-old stakes winner Moon Gate Warrior, who has earned $375,351. In all, Besecker is selling 29 horses.

Marshall Silverman, agent, has entered Hip 251, the 3-year-old New York-bred gelding Turbo Drive. The son of Teuflesberg was second in the New York Stallion Series at Saratoga this summer, and has earned $193,670.

Another Silverman entrant who may attract good interest is Hip 262, Blue Gator, a 2-year-old son of Liam’s Map. The New York-bred colt broke his maiden at Belmont Park, then captured the $218,000 New York Breeders Futurity at Finger Lakes in October, and was second in the Notebook Stakes at Aqueduct in November, earning $179,445.

Also, the stakes-placed 2-year-old Kewpie Doll, a daughter of Street Boss, sells as Hip 283 for Silverman. The filly was third in the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park in her debut August 2.