Maryland-breds carry the day at Fasig-Tipton yearling sale

Maryland-breds accounted for just over half the horses sold at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale, which concluded Tuesday, and they were nearly 48% of the event’s dollar value.

In all, 147 Maryland-breds fetched a combined total of more than $3.3 million in an event in which 290 hips sold for a combined $7.08 million. The Maryland-breds averaged $22,914. The sale took place amid a backdrop of uncertainty as to what the future of Maryland racing will be.

“When there’s uncertainty, it will create a cautious environment rather than a bullish environment,” Fasig-Tipton president and CEO Boyd Browning said afterwards.

For all that, the top three sellers at the event all were Maryland-breds, with a Nyquist colt topping the event at $205,000.

The Nyquist colt, a Maryland-bred consigned by Becky Davis, Inc. as agent, brought a winning bid of $205,000 from Thorostock LLC and Seth Morris Thoroughbreds. Sold as Hip 160, he is out of the winning Not for Love mare How My Heart Works and is a half-brother to the multiple stakes winner and Grade 3-placed Monday Morning Qb, winner of the 2021 Maryland Million Classic.

Thirty-six Pennsylvania-breds sold at the two-day event, the third most of any state, with New York in second with 48. The Pennsylvania-breds sold for a total of more than $1 million, averaging $28,666.

The top seller among PA-breds was the highest-selling non-Maryland-bred in the event. A Good Magic colt consigned by Gracie Bloodstock as agent, the colt named Tap That Magic brought a top bid of $155,000 from Ynot Stables. His dam, the Tapit mare Tap the Magic, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and millionaire Ring Weekend.

Gracie also consigned the sale’s top New Jersey-bred, a Classic Empire colt out of the Ghostzapper mare Adorabella. Also Virginia certified, the colt is a half to two stakes winners, including recent Smoke Glacken Stakes winner Book’em Danno. LC Racing LLC went to $135,000 to obtain him.

A total of six New Jersey-breds sold, averaging $35,583.

Sixteen Virginia-breds sold, with the top pair both bringing $100,000. One, consigned by Morgan’s Ford Farm, is a War of Will filly out of the stakes-winning Blame mare River Gal; Hillwood Stables signed the ticket.

The other, consigned by Gracie, was purchased by Grassroots Training and Sales for Audley Farm Equine. She is a Munnings filly out of the Uncle Mo mare Securely and is a half to a stakes winner.

Six West Virginia-breds sold, bringing an average of $18,653.

The top five sires by number of horses sold all are Maryland sires, with Holy Boss leading the way with 12. He was followed by Hoppertunity, Golden Lad, Great Notion, and Divining Rod. Great Notion’s ten to sell averaged $32,700, the most of that group.

Grassroots Training and Sales was the leading buyer by number purchased, grabbing 11, while Thorostock LLC and Seth Morris Thoroughbreds spent $520,000 at the sale, the most of any buyer. Among consignors, Becky Davis Inc. sold 25 for a sale-topping total of just over $1 million.