Fasig-Tipton 2yo sale topped by $1.25 million filly

Powered by a $1.25 million Bolt d’Oro filly, the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of two-year-olds in training concluded Tuesday with gross sales of more than $32.9 million, an increase in the average, and a steady median price.

The sale, one of the nation’s biggest two-year-old sales, saw 345 horses find new homes.

The Bolt d’Oro filly, hip 401, was purchased by Winchell Thoroughbreds and consigned by Wavertree Stables Inc. (Ciaran Dunne) as agent. She is out of the winning Arch mare Werewolf and is a half to two stakes winners, including Laurel Futurity winner Air Recruit. She worked an eighth of a mile in 10 seconds flat prior to the sale.

Overall, the gross sales of $32.9 million were 5.4% behind the 2023, primarily because the 345 horses to sell were 30 fewer than sold at last year’s May sale. The buyback rate also ticked up, from 14.2% a year ago to 16.7% this year.

On the plus side, the average increased almost three percent to $95,424. The median, $50,000, was equal to last year’s.

Two horses that sold Tuesday topped any horse sold Monday. In addition to the sale topper, that included hip 379, a Maclean’s Music colt out of the Malibu Moon mare Two Faced Moon. The winning bid on the colt, from Najd Stud, was $650,000; he was consigned by Eddie Woods as agent.

The colt worked an eighth in 10 1/5 seconds and is a half to two stakes winners. He is also from the female family of the great sprinter Yes It’s True.

The two fastest workers at the sale were hips 285 and 314, both of whom worked a furlong in 9 4/5 seconds. They brought winning bids of $350,000 and $150,000, respectively.

The former, purchased by Flurry Racing Stables from Wavertree Stables Inc., is out of the Wildcat Heir mare Scion Power and is a half to one winner. The latter was consigned by Longoria Training and Sales as agent and purchased by NR Club LLC. He is out of the winning Sky Mesa mare Snow Mesa.

Only 32 Midlantic-breds sold, with none bred in New Jersey or Delaware. While Maryland led the Mid-Atlantic with 21 horses sold and over $1 million in gross sales, a Pennsylvania-bred was the most expensive horse bred in the region.

That Pennsylvania-bred, hip 345, is a filly by More Than Ready out of the unplaced Bernardini mare Sweet Promises. The filly is a half to three winners and more importantly from the female family of Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Life Is Sweet, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Sweet Catomine, and numerous other black type runners.

She was consigned by Crane Thoroughbred Services as agent and fetched a winning bid of $180,000 from Burger Racing.

The top sellers from Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia were:

  • Hip 425 (Maryland), a colt by Good Magic out of the Bernardini mare Adorina, who brought a top bid of $120,000 from HRH Prince Saud Bin Salman and was consigned by Grassroots Training and Sales as agent. He is from a female family with copious black type and worked a furlong in 10 3/5 seconds.
  • Hip 387 (West Virginia), a Unified filly out of the unraced Windsor Castle mare Uptown Tuffy. Uptown Tuffy is a half-sister to millionaire Lucy’s Bob Boy. The filly worked an eighth in 10 1/5 seconds and brought a top bid of $95,000. She was consigned by James Layden as agent, and Ben Gowans/Gracie Bloodstock as agent signed the ticket.
  • Hip 97 (Virginia), a Tom’s D’Etat colt out of the Untuttable mare Into Reality, a stakes winner and the dam of six winners, including stakes winner Meadowood. After working an eighth in 11 seconds flat, she received a winning bid of $30,000 from S.R.O.A. (K.O.I.D.). She was consigned by Julie Davies LLC as agent.

A second Midlantic two-year-old sale will take place June 26 in Timonium, with breezes to be June 24. The sale is the final two-year-old sale of the year.