Maryland-breds accounted for six of the top 10 prices, including the top two of the sale, at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings sale held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1 and 2, at the sales pavilion in Timonium, Md.
The sale topper, a filly by Into Mischief out of Spin the Bottle sold late on the second day, was purchased for $210,000 by Three Diamonds Farm from the consignment of CandyLand, agent (video ).
The bay filly is the first foal out of the unraced Hard Spun mare Spin the Bottle, a half-sister to four winners, including graded stakes-placed Nathan’s H Q. She hails from the immediate family of Grade 1 winner Off the Tracks, Grade 2 winner and successful sire Concord Point and multiple graded winner Tasha’s Miracle. She was bred in Maryland by Classic Thoroughbred XII and foaled at Country Life Farm in Bel Air.
The first-day session topper was the sale’s highest-priced colt, sold during the first hour of the sale. A son of Uncle Mo from the Northview Stallion Station consignment sold for $200,000 to J.J. Crupi, agent for Albert Frassetto (video ).
The bay colt, bred by Richard Golden’s Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds LLC, is out of the graded stakes-placed Cozzene mare Who’s Cozy, who has already produced four winners, including multiple stakes winner Who’s in Town (Speightstown) and stakes-placed winner Campaign Vows, as well as stakes producer Who’s in Love. Who’s Cozy is out of Grade 2 winner and multiple graded stakes winner Who Did It and Run, also dam of multiple stakes winner and Maryland-bred champion Giant Run and stakes winner American Victory, herself a stakes producer. This is the immediate family of graded stakes winners Hangover Kid, Surely Royal, and Truly a Judge.
A total of 135 Maryland-bred yearlings sold at the sale, for a combined $3,617,400, resulting in a $26,796 average, well above the sale average of $21,653 for 338 yearlings sold. The sale’s overall RNA rate was 21.8 percent; the median was $15,000 (Maryland-bred median was $17,000).
Maryland-based sires Great Notion and Golden Lad were each represented by a six-figure yearling, both purchased by Hillwood Stable LLC for $120,000. The Great Notion colt, a Pennsylvania-bred out of What Am I Gonna Do, by Partner’s Hero, is a full brother to multiple stakes winner Great Soul. His dam is a half-sister to stakes winners Heaven Knows What and Doing Great, the latter also by Great Notion.
The Golden Lad filly is a half-sister to four black-type performers, led by stakes winners Steady Warrior and Steady N Love, out of the Malibu Moon mare Slow and Steady. She was bred in Maryland by ZWP Stable and Non Stop Stable.
First-year sire Golden Lad led the sale’s sires by gross, with 19 sold for $514,500, for an average of $27,079. Golden Lad, a graded stakes winner by Medaglia d’Oro, stands at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City.
Anchor and Hope’s first-year sire Imagining was second by gross, with 11 sold for $246,500 (average $22,409). The Grade 1 winning son of Giant’s Causeway stands at the farm in Port Deposit. Leading the list was a $95,000 colt out of Formalities Aside, by Awesome Again. Purchased by D. Hatman Thoroughbreds LLC, the colt is a half-brother to Maryland-bred champion and six-time stakes winner Awesome Flower, 2018 graded stakes-placed 3-year-old First Mondays, and stakes-placed It Not For Her.
Other first-year Maryland sires with yearlings sold were Bourbon Courage (eight sold, $157,000, average $19,625) and Hangover Kid (one sold, $55,000). Bourbon Courage stands at Anchor and Hope; Hangover Kid at Murmur Farm in Darlington.
Maryland-breds sold for $75,000 or more (with breeder, consignor and buyer):
$210,000. B.f. Into Mischief—Spin the Bottle, by Hard Spun. Classic Thoroughbred XII; CandyLand Agent II; Three Diamonds Farm.
$200,000. B.c. Uncle Mo—Who’s Cozy, by Cozzene. Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds LLC; Northview Stallion Station (David Wade) Agent; Albert Frassetto/JJ Crupi Agent.
$150,000. B.f. Ghostzapper—Naive Enough, by Street Sense. Sagamore Farm; Sagamore Farm; Thomas Fackler Agent.
$145,000. B.c. Shackleford—Teruko, by Coronado’s Quest. Bayne and Christina Welker; Marshall W. Silverman Agent for Bayne and Christina Welker; Pleasant Valley Farm.
$120,000. Ch.f. Golden Lad—Slow and, by Malibu Moon. ZWP Stable and Non Stop Stable; CandyLand Agent XI; Hillwood Stable LLC.
$110,000. Ch.c. Munnings—Playful Humor, by Distorted Humor. R.S. Evans; Bill Reightler Agent for R.S. Evans; Big Lick Farm.
$95,000. Ch.c. Imagining—Formalities Aside, by Awesome Again. Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman and Milton P. Higgins III; Becky Davis Inc. Agent; D. Hatman Thoroughbreds LLC.