FASIG-TIPTON: 2021 YEARLING SALE BY THE NUMBERS

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At the 2019 yearling sale. Photo by The Racing Biz.

The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale kicks off October 4, with the sale of Hips 1-200. The following day, the remaining hips will go through the ring.

Last year’s sale — taking place amid pandemic conditions immediately after the rescheduled Preakness — was a bit of an odd bird, so it should be interesting to see how the market responds this time around. Certainly, the folks at Keeneland were happy with what they experienced during their September yearling sale.

We’ve crunched some of the numbers to give you a (statistical) sense of what’s happening in the sale. If you’re looking for a more narrative take, check out: Fasig-Tipton sale hoping for happy median.

WHERE YA FROM?

While the two-year-old sale is typically rife with Kentucky-breds, the Midlantic yearling sale stays a little closer to home. Maryland-breds are most prominent, with horses bred in New York and Pennsylvania also outnumbering the Bluegrass State. The list:

STATE HIPS OFFERED
INDIANA1
KENTUCKY59
MARYLAND213
MASSACHUSETTS1
NEW JERSEY6
NEW YORK101
OHIO1
ONTARIO1
PENNSYLVANIA77
VIRGINIA10
WEST VIRGINIA12
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SIRE POWER

To a significant extent, new sires and sires standing in the Mid-Atlantic will tell the tale. If the market likes ’em, the sale will thrive. If not, well, then not.

Eight of the 11 stallions to sire at least nine horses entered in the sale stand in Maryland, so perceptions of those stallions will have an outsized impact. That Maryland group includes newcomers Hoppertunity, Irish War Cry, and Long River, all of whose eldest are yearlings, as well as Divining Rod and Madefromlucky, who are first and third, respectively, among the region’s first-crop sires. Holy Boss, who is second regionally among first-crop sires, has three entered.

SIRE HIPS OFFERED
GREAT NOTION22
HOPPERTUNITY16
GOLDEN LAD14
IRISH WAR CRY13
CROSS TRAFFIC12
DIVINING ROD11
REDESDALE10
IMAGINING10
CENTRAL BANKER10
MADEFROMLUCKY9
LONG RIVER9

WHO’S YOUR MOMMY’S DADDY?

Five years after his death, top regional sire Not for Love continues to dominate this sale as a damsire. More than 20 of the 482 horses to be offered are out of mares he sired; no other stallion has even 10.

The damsire list does include a number of prominent national times, among them the late Malibu Moon, Lemon Drop Kid, Awesome Again, and Hard Spun.

SIRE OF DAM HIPS OFFERED
NOT FOR LOVE22
MALIBU MOON9
LEMON DROP KID7
FREUD7
AWESOME AGAIN7
HARD SPUN6
BROKEN VOW6
TIZNOW5
GIANT’S CAUSEWAY5
FLATTER5
FIRST SAMURAI5
ELUSIVE QUALITY5
BIG BROWN5

COLOR ME BAY

Bay is the most popular color at the sale, while grey/roan is by far the least. No surprise there.

COLOR HIPS OFFERED
B205
CH92
DKB137
GRR48

HIPS BY MONTH BORN

MONTH HIPS OFFERED
January26
February96
March146
April141
May72
June1

HIPS BY SEX

SEXHIPS OFFERED
Colt249
Filly230
Gelding3

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