Attracting a final bid of $450,000, a chestnut Maryland-bred colt by Curlin out of Formalities Aside, bred by Tom and Chris Bowman and Milton P. Higgins III, topped the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale in Timonium on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
The price ranks second all-time in the sales’ history, behind the record of $500,000 held by another Maryland-bred, the Silver Deputy colt Their He Goes sold in 2004.
Entering the ring late in the sale, Hip 323 from the consignment of agent Becky Davis was purchased by Charles J. Zacney, who two years earlier bought the Maryland-bred filly Cathryn Sophia at the same sale for $30,000. In nine starts, Grade 1 winner Cathryn Sophia, the Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old filly of 2015, has earned $1,229,720.
The Curlin colt is a half-brother to 2014 Maryland-bred champion older mare Awesome Flower, a six-time stakes winner of $556,593. Another half-sister is stakes-placed $123,590-earner If Not For Her. Their dam, Formalities Aside (by Awesome Again) is herself a half-sister to Dubai World Cup-G1 winner Well Armed, who amassed $5.1 million during his career, and graded winner Witty. The family includes 2016 graded stakes winner American Patriot.