A Nyquist half-brother to 2021 Maryland Million Classic champion Monday Morning Qb was the sales topper at the 2023 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale, conducted at the sales pavilion in Timonium, Md., Oct. 2-3.

The colt, hip 160, was bred by Bowman & Higgins Stable and sold to Thorostock LLC and Seth Morris Thoroughbreds for $205,000 from the consignment of Becky Davis Inc. He’s out of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman and the late Milton P. Higgins’ homebred mare How My Heart Works (Not For Love). A half-sister to Maryland-bred champion Awesome Flower, the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner and multimillionare Cyberknife, How My Heart Works has not only produced Monday Morning Qb (her first foal), but group stakes-placed Asawer from two foals to race. A full-sister to Hip 160, Asawer equalled the highest price for a filly sold at the 2021 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale, bringing $200,000. She sold the following spring in May for $450,000 and has raced exclusively in Dubai. How My Heart Works also has an unraced 2-year-old named Papa Lapa (Arrogate), who sold for $180,000 to Cash is King and LC Racing LLC at last year’s fall sale. Her most recent foal, by City of Light, was foaled on May 6. 

The top three prices of the sale were Maryland-breds. Next was Hip 376, a Street Sense colt bred by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds LLC, purchased by Thorostock LLC and Seth Morris Thoroughbreds for $175,000. A $90,000 RNA at the Saratoga select sale, the colt was consigned by Northview Stallion Station, with David Wade as agent, and is out of Victory Rally (Jump Start), winner of the 2018 Geisha Stakes and an earner of $224,967. This is her second foal; her first, the 2-year-old Big Producer (Union Rags), sold for $75,000 at last year’s Midlantic October sale. The first three dams on the catalog page are stakes winners – the colt’s second dam is American Victory and third dam graded winner Who Did It and Run, the latter also the dam of two-time Maryland-bred champion Giant Run.

Hip 368, a half-sister by Vekoma to Maryland-bred champion Whereshetoldmetogo, went for $170,000 to Golden Lion Racing. She was bred by David Wade and consigned by Northview Stallion Station, with Wade as agent. From the family of additional Maryland-bred champions Celestial Legend and Miss Charm City, she is out of Undisputed Legend (Domestic Dispute), who has produced seven winners from eight starters, topped by $967,795-earner and 13-time stakes winner Whereshetoldmetogo. Last year, Undisputed Legend’s Mendelssohn colt sold for $145,000 at this sale. The 17-year-old mare produced a filly by Mendelssohn on March 3 of this year and was bred to Maxfield for 2024.

A total of 147 Maryland-breds grossed $3,368,500 at the sale, for an average of $22,915. Overall sales figures saw 290 of the 368 offered sell for $7,082,000.

Northview’s perennial leading sire Great Notion led all Maryland sires by highest overall gross and average, with 10 yearlings going for $327,000. Country Life Farm’s Friesan Fire was second among Maryland sires by average (three or more sold) at $20,500. 

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