Girvin filly tops day at Fasig-Tipton 2yo sale

Young sire Girvin made a splash Monday afternoon at the Timonium Fairgrounds, as a filly he sired fetched a winning bid of $725,000 to set the bar for the first day of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic two-year-olds in training sale.

The first day saw 172 horses change hands, fetching a grand total of $15,755,700. The average for the first day was $91,603, with the median at $50,000. Fifty-nine horses did not sell.

The gross and average were down a tick from the first day last year, while the median was slightly up, as was the buyback rate.

The 2021 sale’s two-day total reached $33,692,000 after a day one total of about $15.8 million.

Girvin’s first crop are two-year-olds this year. A Grade 1-winning millionaire on the track, Girvin already has a winner, from two starters, in his first crop. The bay filly sold today is out of the Smart Strike mare Sweet Pistol. The filly breezed an eighth in 10 1/5 seconds.

Sold as Hip 88, the filly’s second dam is the graded stakes winner and producer Pomeroys Pistol. She was consigned by Paul Sharp as agent and purchased by Donato Lanni as agent for Michael Lund Petersen. Three years ago, Petersen went to $1.8 million at this same sale to purchase Gamine, who went on to be a multiple Grade 1 winner and champion.

The top horse bred in the Mid-Atlantic to sell was Hip 287, who went for $525,000. A Pennsylvania-bred Gun Runner colt, he likewise worked an eighth in 10 1/5 seconds. He is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Coppermine and a half to two other winners.

Gun Runner, the 2017 Horse of the Year, is also turning into a dominant sire. His three-year-old son Early Voting won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, joining Taiba and Cyberknife to become the third Gun Runner colt to win a three-year-old Grade 1 race this year. His daughter Echo Zulu was the champion two-year-old filly of last year.

Speedway Stable signed the ticket on Hip 287, who was consigned by De Meric Sales as agent.

The second and final day of the sale is Tuesday, starting at 11:00 a.m. It will begin with Hip 321.