Setting records in gross and average, the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale held Monday and Tuesday, May 20 and 21, in Timonium saw a record number of six-figure horses. Seven of them were Maryland-breds, led by a $300,000 chestnut colt by classic winner Tonalist purchased by Repole Stables, West Bloodstock agent.
Bred by Country Life Farm and Miss Pauline LLC, the colt was consigned by agent Tom McCrocklin. Initially sold as a weanling at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s November sale for $65,000, the colt was a $90,000 RNA at the following year’s October yearling sale in Kentucky. At the under tack show, he worked a quarter mile in :22. His dam, the Cat Thief mare Miss Pauline, is a half-sister to Belmont Stakes-G1 winner and top sire Union Rags and to the dam of European champion Declaration of War.
A total of 24 Maryland-breds sold at this year’s sale, five more than in 2018, and nearly doubled last year’s gross to $2,015,000, with the average rising 57 percent to $83,958.
The second-highest price was a colt by the sale’s leading sire, Into Mischief, out of Maryland-bred champion Maddalena, bringing $290,000 on a bid by Timothy Hills, agent, for Seagull Capital LLC. Consigned by Scanlon Training & Sales agent, he is a half-brother to graded stakes winner Bern Identity and two other stakes performers, out of graded stakes winner Maddalena from the family of Foxie G. Named Sagamore Mischief, the bay was bred by Ned Williams and Mike Mattese and first sold as a yearling at the OBS October yearling sale for $90,000.
Also selling for six figures (with breeder, consignor and buyer):
$175,000. Ch.c. Golden Lad—Corinnaise, by Corinthian. Classic Thoroughbred XII; Grassroots Training & Sales LLC; Michael Dubb, Gary C. Young agent.
$130,000. B.c. Palace Malice—Lexington Girl, by Storm Cat. Marathon Farms Inc.; Tom McCrocklin agent; Kathleen Willier.
$120,000. Ch.c. Golden Lad—Silver Ashlee, by Red Bullet. Dark Hollow Farm; Cary Frommer LLC agent; Joe Sutton, Barry Berkelhammer agent.
$120,000. B.c. Bandbox—Dear Rachel, by Not For Love. Mr. and Mrs. John Dale Thomas; Classic Bloodstock Agent III; Shining Star Stable.
$110,000. Dk.b./br.c. Bayern—She’s Funomenal, by Fusaichi Pegasus. Bluegrass Farm Partners Inc.; Q Bar J Thoroughbreds LLC (Jenn and Quincy Adams) agent; John and Louis Cella.
Maryland sires were led by Northview Stallion Station’s Golden Lad, whose first crop included six sold for an average of $74,667, led by Maryland-bred colts for $175,000 and $120,000, and Bandbox, with his only offering selling for $120,000.
Other first-year Maryland sires represented were Anchor and Hope Farm’s Bourbon Courage (three offered, three sold, average $49,000. Top price $92,000 New York-bred colt out of Shaikha, by Midnight Lute) and Imagining (three offered, three sold, average $43,333. Top price $50,000 Maryland-bred filly out of Shekeepsherbootson, by Not For Love).