In a historic renewal of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings sale, where new all-time sale records were set for the average and median, 16 yearlings sold for six-figures, 11 of which were Maryland-breds, on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 4-5, at the sales pavilion in Timonium, Md.
A Union Rags colt out of the Flatter mare Safe Journey, Hip 113 purchased by Mac Robertson, agent for Novogratz Racing Stables for $220,000, was the sale’s third-highest price overall. Bred and consigned by Dark Hollow Farm, the bay colt is a half-brother to multiple stakes winners Joy (Pure Prize) and O Dionysus (Bodemeister), along with stakes-placed Combat Diver (Line of David).
A third-generation homebred who won his class at the 87th annual Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s Yearling Show this August, the colt is from the family of champion sprinter Safely Kept, who was inducted into the National Racing Hall of Fame in 2011.
Two Maryland-bred fillies shared the top spot as the sale’s most expensive filly at $200,000.
Chanceland Farm’s daughter of Street Sense and the Unbridled mare Belterra went to top regional stable Cash Is King. One of the last foals bred by Robert Manfuso, Hip 295 is the final foal for her stakes-winning dam, who has produced stakes winner Taketheodds and stakes-placed Mine Not Mine, and is the granddam of Kentucky Oaks-G1 winner and millionaire Cathryn Sophia, who was raced by Cash Is King. In August, the filly was named champion at the MHBA Yearling Show over 86 other yearlings.
Hip 441, a daughter of Nyquist out of the Not For Love mare How My Heart Works, sold to Cary Frommer. Bred by Bowman & Higgins Stable and consigned by Becky Davis, the filly is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Monday Morning Qb. Her dam How My Heart Works is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner and Maryland-bred champion Awesome Flower and graded stakes-placed First Mondays, and a full sister to stakes-placed If Not For Her, from the family of Dubai World Cup-G1 winner Well Armed.
This year’s sale saw 456 horses go through the ring, with 381 selling for $11,269,400, which was the sale’s fifth highest gross all-time and its best since 2007, and a record average $29,578. The gross rose 23.6 percent over last year’s $9,120,700, while the average increased by 22.9 percent over last year’s $24,065. Maryland-breds accounted for nearly half of the horses sold, with 180 yearlings selling for $5,665,300 and an average of $31,474.
The top Maryland sire by gross was Northview Stallion Station’s Great Notion, with 19 yearlings selling for $577,000 ($30,368 average). Country Life Farm’s Divining Rod ranked second, with all 10 yearlings offered being sold for $235,700 and averaging $23,570.
Other stallions with Maryland-sired crops, with total sales in the six-figures, were first-year sires Irish War Cry (Northview Stallion Station – 12 yearlings, $193,000), and Long River (Anchor and Hope Farm – eight for $188,000); plus Northview’s Golden Lad (12 sold, $172,200). Hoppertunity and Uncle Lino, who moved to Northview for the 2021 season, had nearly identical averages, as Hoppertunity had 12 sell for $308,000 (average $25,667) and Uncle Lino’s six sold for $153,500 averaged $25,583.
Maryland-breds sold for $75,000 or more (with breeder, consignor and buyer):
$220,000. Bay Colt by Union Rags—Safe Journey, by Flatter; Dark Hollow Farm; Dark Hollow, agent; Mac Robertson, agent for Novogratz Racing Stables.
$200,000. Dark Bay or Brown Filly by Street Sense—Belterra, by Unbridled; Robert T. Manfuso; Chanceland Farm, Agent; Cash Is King.
$200,000. Bay Filly by Nyquist—How My Heart Works, by Not For Love; Bowman & Higgins Stable; Becky Davis Inc. Agent; Cary Frommer.
$160,000. Chestnut Filly by Mendelssohn—Split It, by Curlin; Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds LLC; Northview Stallion Station (David Wade) agent; Donato Lanni, agent for Caroline and Greg Bentley.
$150,000. Bay Filly by Tiznow—Pinkprint, by Not For Love; GreenMount Farm and Tiznow Syndicate; GreenMount Farm, agent; SBM.
$145,000. Bay Filly by Cloud Computing—Martini, by Yes It’s True; Barak Farm; Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services LLC, agent I; Newtown Anner Stud.
$120,000. Gray or Roan Filly by Cross Traffic—Slow and Steady, by Malibu Moon; ZWP Stable and Non Stop Stable; Dreamtime Stables, agent VII; Bill Reightler, agent for Greg Tatum.
$115,000. Bay Colt by Divining Rod—Written Request, by Arch; Gainesway Thoroughbreds LTD; Sally Thomas, agent; Lael Stables.
$115,000. Bay Colt by Twirling Candy—Plum, by Pure Prize; Dark Hollow Farm; Dark Hollow, agent; Cary Frommer.
$110,000. Bay Filly by Tonalist—Quant, by War Front; R.S. Evans; Indian Creek, agent; Cash Is King.
$100,000. Bay Colt by Union Rags—Joy, by Pure Prize; Dark Hollow Farm; Dark Hollow, agent; Cary Frommer.
$95,000. Gray or Roan Colt by Dialed In—Basedonatruestory, by Broken Vow; Country Life Farm and Basedonatruestory LLC; Bill Reightler, agent for Country Life Farm and Partners; Grassroots Training and Sales LLC.
$95,000. Chestnut Filly by Malibu Moon—Spin the Bottle, by Hard Spun; Classic Thoroughbred XII; Dreamtime Stables, agent XII; Mac Robertson, agent for Novogratz Racing Stables.
$90,000. Bay Filly by Good Magic—Anydayismyday, by Afleet Alex; Glenangus Farm LLC; Becky Davis Inc. agent for Glenangus Farm LLC; De Meric Sales.
$85,000. Gray or Roan Colt by Frosted—Vielsalm, by Fairbanks; Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Dr. Brooke Bowman and Milton P. Higgins III; Becky Davis Inc. agent; Cary Frommer.
$80,000. Dark Bay or Brown Colt by Mor Spirit—Corinnaise, by Corinthian; Country Life Farm; Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services, agent I; Cary Frommer.
$77,000. Dark Bay or Brown Colt by West Coast—Dr. Diamonds Prize, by Pure Prize; Dark Hollow Farm, D. Brown, Davidov & Schwaber; Dark Hollow Farm, agent VI; Mopo Racing.