Fasig-Tipton 2yo sale: Day one shows gains

Five horses fetched winning bids of $500,000 or more, topped by a Mendelssohn filly who brought a winning bid of $800,000, on the first of two days of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic two-year-olds in training sale in Timonium.

Day one saw nearly $17 million in gross sales, with the 161 horses to sell averaging $105,435. The buyback rate was 25%, with 54 horses failing to find new homes. The median was $60,000.

The day one average and median both were higher than either day of last year’s record-setting sale. The sale reached a total of nearly $37.3 million in 2022.

The sale-topper to date is a daughter of Mendelssohn out of the stakes-placed Hansen mare Lady Hansen. Her only sibling, a half-sister by Practical Joke, is a two-time winner in Japan. This filly breezed an eighth in 10 1/5 seconds.

Paul Sharp, as agent, was the consignor, and Speedway Stables was the purchaser.


The fastest eighth recorded during last week’s breezes was 10 seconds flat, a number reached by six horses. Three of them sold Monday, all for $240,000 or more. Among those was Hip 91, an Awesome Slew colt consigned by Tom McCrocklin as agent and purchased by Maverick Racing, Siena Farm, and CMNWLTH for $700,000.

Two other notable horses from the top of the sale:

  • Hip 186, a bay filly by Uncle Mo, brought a winning bid of $625,000 from Solis/Litt. Consigned by Pick View LLC as agent, she is out of the winning Blame mare Gabriellestoblame. Gabriellestoblame is a half-sister to champion, Kentucky Derby winner, and now sire Nyquist.
  • Hip 250, a colt by Tapit, went for $600,000 to Steve Young as agent. He was consigned by Julie Davis as agent. The colt is a half-brother to champion Jaywalk and to Danzatrice, a multiple stakes winner who is the dam of Grade 1 winner Tapit Trice.

The sale resumes Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.