TIMONIUM, Md.--The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Timonium on May 20, 21, records were set, including a new sale record of $1.8 million.
Twelve Pa-breds sold for an average of $37,500, and Patti Miller for EQB bought the two highest priced Pa-breds.
"I bought a couple of very nice Pa-breds," said Miller.
Hip number 118, Our Dixie Blue, a bay filly by Wiegelia out of Dixiewood, by Dixie Union consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC, was bought by Miller for $120,000.
"My client is partial to Dixie Unions," said Miller. "She is a very, very nice horse. Wiegelia is not the most fashionable sire, but I liked this one. The trainer in New York though she was a lovely filly."
Miller bought hip number 536, a bay filly by Shakleford out of Thicket, by Successful Appeal, consigned by Q Bar J Thoroughbreds LLC, agent, for $55,000.
"Successful Appeal was the first horse I bought when I first started as an agent," said Miller. "I've always though he was very underrated. This filly is a little flat in the knees. She's going to a partnership of guys, and she's going to be trained by Steve Klesaris at Parx."
"SHE WAS a very good price," said Miller."She is an exceptional individual, and she vetted perfectly."
"With the Pa-bred program, it's hard to go wrong with a Pa-bred," said Miller. "Owners like to invest in Pa-breds, and they're even starting to breed them"
Twenty Md-breds sold for an average of $76,000.
Led by a sale record-setting Into Mischief filly, this year’s renewal posted across the board gains over the 2018 edition, with historic highs in several key metrics.
It was the fifth consecutive year that a seven-figure juvenile topped the late May sale.
A filly by Into Mischief (Hip 360) was hammered down for a new sale record $1,800,000.
That exceptional filly, who worked a smooth eighth in 10.0 during the under tack show, was purchased by Donato Lanni, agent for Michael Lund Petersen from the consignment of Bobby Dodd, agent.
The price eclipsed the previous sale record set in 2017, when a Curlin colt sold for $1,500,000.
“Everybody’s very positive about what they bring,” said Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sales Director Paget Bennett. “Everybody knew she was a lovely horse. Hopefully, Mr. Petersen is going to have another cover horse next year.”
Petersen made a splash at this sale last year when he purchased a pair of colts for $1,550,000.
One of those colts is featured on the cover of this year’s catalogue: Mucho Gusto, winner of last year’s Bob Hope S. (G3) and runner up in the Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (G1).
That horse opened his sophomore account this year with a win in the Robert B. Lewis S. (G3) in February, then toyed with rivals in last weekend’s Lazaro Barrera S. (G3), pulling away to win by more than three lengths.
“Mucho Gusto has been a lot of fun,” Petersen told The Blood-Horse. “I guess that’s why we’re here. I’m a little excited.”
The top colt and second-highest price of the sale was a Colonel John colt (Hip 528) which sold for $850,000 (video) who was purchased by Larry Best’s OXO Equine from the consignment of Randy Miles, agent, that colt worked an eight in 10.1 (video).
“You always hope to improve,” continued Bennett. “This sale exceeded expectations. It’s great for this marketplace for the consignors to have the confidence to bring that type of horse to Maryland, and for everybody to see that we can get the big bucks in Maryland in May.”
In total, 326 juveniles changed hands for $29,374,000, a record gross for this sale and an 18.1 percent increase over $24,868,500 gross for 333 horses last year.
The average, also a sale record, rose 20.7 percent to $90,104 from $74,680 last year.
The median rose 13.2% to $43,000 from $38,000 last year, second historically only to 2015, which posted a median of $45,000.
The RNA rate was 23.3 percent.
The number of horses which sold for $250,000 or more doubled from 13 last year to 26 this year.