Fasig-Tipton: How the Midlantic-breds did
Sixty-four horses bred in the Mid-Atlantic sold at the recently completed Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds in training sale, fetching a total of $5.3 million, good for an average just shy of $83,000.
For the sale as a whole, 391 horses to sell grossed more than $37.2 million, averaging over $95,000. Kentucky-breds were the most prominent in the sale, with 216 selling, followed by 90 New York-breds, including the sale-topping Bernardini colt, who went for $3.55 million.
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Among states in the region, 34 of the sellers were PA-breds, with 24 bred in Maryland. Smaller numbers were bred in New Jersey (3), Virginia (2), and West Virginia (1).
The top seller among horses bred in the region was Hip 287, a Gun Runner colt out of the unraced Unbridled’s Song mare Coppermine. Speedway Stable signed the ticket on the $525,000 purchase consigned by De Meric Sales as agent.
The top Maryland-bred went for $450,000 to Oracle Bloodstock as agent. Hip 414 is a Nyquist filly out of the Not for Love mare How My Heart Works. The filly is a half-sister to Maryland Million Classic winner Monday Morning Qb (by Imagining) and has plenty of black type on the page. She worked an eighth in 10 ⅖ seconds and was consigned by Cary Frommer LLC.
Among the others bred in the Mid-Atlantic:
- Hip 49, a Virginia-bred Street Sense filly, brought a top bid of $110,000 from A. Ferris Allen, III as agent for Walter Doggett after working an eighth in 10 ⅖ seconds. She is a half to the graded stakes winner Greyvitos and was consigned by Crane Thoroughbred Services LLC.
- Hip 377, a New Jersey-bred by Daredevil, sold for $60,000 to Imaginary Stables and M3 Racing Stable. Out of the Aptitude mare Gifted Gab, the filly is from the family of such regional stalwarts as Action Andy, Phlash Phelps, and Baltimore Bob. She worked a quarter in 21 ⅘ seconds and was consigned by Golden Rock Thoroughbreds as agent.
- The only West Virginia-bred in the sale, Hip 192 went for $30,000 post-sale. A filly by Unified, she is out of the Smart Strike mare Any Day Now and worked an eighth in 10 ⅖ seconds. She was consigned by Crystal Pickett as agent and purchased by Jay Reese.
There was a strong correlation between breeze times and sales price. Particularly for the horses that worked an eighth – the vast majority of those sold – each additional tenth of a second correlated to a decline in price.
Of course, the sale topper was also the only horse to breeze in less than 10 seconds. Beyond him, the 17 horses that breezed in 10 seconds flat fetched an average price of over $277,000, while the 65 that went in 10 ⅕ seconds averaged about $100,000 less at a bit over $177,000. That continued right down the line; the two horses that breezed in 11 ⅗ pulled in a total of just $11,700.
While Bernardini sired the sale topper, a newcomer made a pretty big splash on the sire front. Bolt d’Oro, whose oldest are two-year-olds this year, led all sires other than Bernardini with nearly $2.5 million in sales. The eight Bolt d’Oro’s to sell averaged over $309,000.
The next sale in Timoniium is the Fasig-Tipton’s fall yearling sale, which takes place October 3-4.
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