Coming off the success of a year ago, the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale held Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at the sales pavilion in Timonium surpassed last year’s figures by average, median and gross, the only negative an increased buyback rate. And Maryland-breds figured prominently among the top prices, accounting for seven of the 15 six-figure yearlings sold.
A total of 312 yearlings brought $7,855,100, for an average of $25,177, compared to 268 sold in 2016 for $6,436,600 and a $24,017 average. Median this year rose to $14,000, a 40 percent increase over the 2016 figure of $10,000. This year’s sale had 440 yearlings go through the ring, compared to 323 last year – but those not sold rose to 29.1 percent, compared to only 17 percent in 2016.
Top price of the sale was the Kentucky-bred colt by Cairo Prince out of Current Event, by Curlin, consigned by Maryland-based Becky Davis Inc. Agent. Bred by Sinatra Thoroughbred Racing & Breeding LLC, the colt brought a final bid of $300,000 from Eisaman Equine.
The most expensive filly, and second highest price of the sale, was $175,000 for the Maryland-bred daughter of Lookin At Lucky out of Slow and Steady, by Malibu Moon, bred by ZWP Stable and Non Stop Stable. Purchased by Springhouse Farm on the first day, the filly was sold by her breeders through the CandyLand consignment. She is a full sister to stakes-placed Lucky in Malibu and a half-sister to stakes winners Steady Warrior and Steady N Love and stakes-placed Hanky Doodle.
Of the 153 Maryland-breds offered, 121 sold for $2,927,900, resulting in an average of $24,399 and median of $15,000. There were fewer Maryland-breds bought back than that for the overall sale, 21 percent, and the RNAs included a Union Rags filly at $120,000.
The six-figure Maryland-breds sold (with breeder, consignor and buyer) were:
$175,000. B.f. Lookin At Lucky—Slow and Steady, by Malibu Moon; ZWP Stable and Non Stop Stable; CandyLand agent XX; Springhouse Farm.
$170,000. Dk.b./br.f. Flatter—Apple Cider, by More Than Ready; Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds LLC; Northview Stallion Station (David Wade) agent; Alan Burkhard, John Hall agent.
$135,000. Dk.b./br.c. Shanghai Bobby—Lucette, by Dayjur; Marathon Farms Inc.; Marshall W. Silverman agent; Charles J. Zacney.
$125,000. B.c. Bodemeister—Plum, by Pure Prize; Dark Hollow Farm; Dark Hollow Farm agent X; Cary Frommer.
$125,000. Dk.b./br.c. Malibu Moon—Best Present Ever, by Unusual Heat; CandyLand Farm; CandyLand agent XII; Frank Demarco.
$120,000. B.f. Tizway—Piano Bar, by Carson City; Robert T. Manfuso; Chanceland Farm agent; Hillwood Stable LLC.
$100,000. B.f. Quality Road—Modest Madame, by King Cugat; Larry F. Curtis; Chanceland Farm agent; Eisaman Equine.
First-year Maryland sires were well represented – the top three by average were:
Country Life Farm’s Super Ninety Nine, 10 sold for an average of $24,300 and median of $22,500, with the top price a $47,000 filly out of Teruko (by Coronado’s Quest) sold by Marshall W. Silverman for Bayne and Christina Welker and purchased by Dean Purdom.
Northview Stallion Station’s Bandbox, sire of nine sold; average $22,556; median $20,000; top price $60,000 for the colt out of McCoughtry (by Purim), sold by Dark Hollow Farm Agent XIII and purchased by Hillwood Stable LLC.
Heritage Stallions’ late Tritap, 11 sell, average $12,318, median $11,000; top price $25,000 for the filly out of Perverse (by Distorted Humor), sold by Becky Davis Inc. Agent and purchased by Eisaman Equine.
The top price for a Maryland-sired yearling was $70,000 for a Maryland-bred son of Friesan Fire out of Lotosblume, by Mr. Sekiguchi. Sold by Chanceland Farm Agent, the chestnut was purchased by EQB Inc. Agent for Zayat Stable.