Fasig-Tipton 2yo sale has big catalog, high hopes

Demand for quality Thoroughbreds spurs breeding industry growth, and that’s combined to benefit consignors, agents and buyers who will attend the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds in training sale Monday and Tuesday.

The annual event has catalogued 636 horses for sale May 23 and May 24 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, and boasts its strongest book yet, according to Fasig-Tipton sales director Paget Bennett.

“It is a sale that has grown in popularity and it’s a sale where there’s literally something for everyone,” Bennett said. “It’s a great spot and location with so many racing venues close by.”

Local buyers can choose from many horses bred and/or sired in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic, and there’s also a plethora of regally bred sorts from around the nation.

“The catalogue is full of horses with a ‘who’s-who’ in pedigrees. There are a lot of lovely horses here and so many first-year sires of two-year olds,” Bennett said.

Horses sired by the two most recent Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify, are represented in the catalogue, in addition to progeny by leading 2022 sires Quality Road, Tonalist, Curlin, Uncle Mo, Munnings, Constitution and Gun Runner.

Bennett noted hip 599, a Tapwrit colt named Tap Collector, out of the Blame mare, Quaver, is a half to multiple Grade 2 winner Kathleen O. and should attract attention from buyers. He’s being consigned by Classic Bloodstock as agent.

Among consignors, GrassRoots Sales and Training (38) and De Meric Sales Agent (29), both Ocala, Florida-based, have brought the most horses to the sale.

“All of the consignors have their strong points and everyone has a level of success here, to their credit,” Bennett said.

Last year, Eddie Woods of Ocala consigned the sales topper, a Quality Road colt, out of the Storm Cat mare, Stormy Welcome, to Terry Finley’s West Point Thoroughbreds for $1.5 million.  

The horse, now a 3-year-old named Vinco, is in trainer Dallas Stewart’s barn racing for the partnership of West Point Thoroughbreds and Gervais Racing, LLC.

“The Fasig-Tipton Timonium sale offers the opportunity to look for horses that perhaps need a little more time to develop, compared to the March and April sales,” said Jason Blewitt of West Point Thoroughbreds. “We can also focus on areas within the stable where partner demand has been strong or needed – filling out our ranks in a state-bred program.

“The bonus is attending a 2 year-old-in-training sale, where the horses are breezing and training over a traditional dirt track,” Blewitt added.

Blewitt noted that West Point is in a racing partnership with Joseph Besecker, who paid $425,000 for a Kentucky-bred Gormley colt, out of the Super Saver mare, Mott N Hester, at last year’s Timonium sale. Bluewater Sales was the consignor.

The horse, named B Dawk, is trained by Doug O’Neill. After breaking his maiden April 24 at Keeneland, he finished second to the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Ethereal Road in the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico on the May 21 Preakness undercard.

Bennett said it’s difficult to make any projections on sales, since buyers await the horses breezing under tack. “There are so many hoops to go through in these two-year-old sales,” she said.

In 2021, the Midlantic sale saw 359 juveniles sold for a total of $33,962,000 with the average sales price at $94,375 and the median at $50,000.

The under tack show took place May 17 through 19 at Timonium Racetrack. The quickest eighth during the breezes belonged to Hip 385, a Bernardini colt out of the Medaglia d’Oro mare G Note. The colt, named Berning Remarks, zipped a furlong in 9 ⅘ seconds.

A pair of horses breezed a quarter in 21 ⅕: Hip 202, a Collected filly, and Hip 470, a filly by Violence.

Among the sale’s notable recent graduates are five-time Grade 1 victor and 2020 Eclipse Award-winner Gamine, who annexed those victories in 2021 and 2020 and Bodexpress, victor of the Grade 1 Clark Stakes in 2020.

Other notable Grade 1 winning graduates include Got Stormy (2020 Fourstardave), Mucho Gusto (2020 Pegasus World Cup Invitational) and Switzerland (2022 Dubai Golden Shaheen.)

  • Inspection time at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old sale. Photo by The Racing Biz.