American Sailor
Hip 211. Photo Thorostride.

The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic two-year-olds in training sale enjoyed a strong opening day, with 170 hips finding new homes and generating more than $15.8 million in gross sales.

Last year’s event, which took place at the end of June rather than its normal mid-May spot because of the Covid-19 pandemic, generated a two-day total of more than $23.5 million in sales, $12.6 million of which took place on the first day.

  • FTC urged to reject HISA rules
    Ten members of Congress — five Senators and five Representatives – have urged the FTC to reject HISA’s proposed drug rules

This year’s event will enter its second and final day, which kicks off at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, with a lead of some $3.2 million on last year.

The 170 hips to sell thus far have generated an average of $93,097 versus last year’s two-day average of $77,797. Forty horses went through the ring today but did not sell, a buyback rate of 19% that is virtually identical to last year’s.

The day’s topper was Hip 211, a dark bay or brown Quality Road colt out of the unraced Storm Cat mare Stormy Welcome. His second dam is the graded stakes winner Welcome Surprise, and his third is the top mare Weekend Surprise, who was the dam of two-time leading sire A. P. Indy, as well as Preakness winner Summer Squall, stakes winner and sire Eavesdropper (who was the sire of regional star Page McKenney), and others.

Hip 211 was one of the 11 horses on offer to breeze an eighth in 10 seconds flat. He went to West Point Thoroughbreds, L.E.B. as agent and was consigned by Eddie Woods as agent.

Hip 211 was one of three horses that fetched top bids of more than $500,000 on the day.

Among horses bred in the region, Pennsylvania-breds led the way, with a half-dozen bringing more than $100,000. That list was topped by Hip 260, a Munnings colt out of the Medaglia d’Oro mare Tweet. The colt is a half to three winners.

Hip 260 also worked an eighth in 10 seconds flat. He was consigned by Wavertree Stables as agent, and the winning bid belonged to Kerri Radcliffe as agent for Lady Sheila Stable.

All of the top eight horses to sell on the day had worked an eighth of a mile in either 10 flat or 10 1/5 seconds.

Also going through the ring today was Hip 166, a More Than Ready filly who breezed a quarter-mile in 21 2/5 seconds to tie for the fastest at that distance. Consigned by Kirkwood Stables as agent, she brought a winning bid of $200,000 from Mike McCarty.