TIMONIUM,Md,--Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic Fall Yearlings sale, Oct, 3,4, was down from previous years, with the average dropping from $29,578 to $26,597, and the median dropping from $20,000 to $15,000, while 79 of the 386 yearlings not sold this year as opposed to 75 of 381 not sold last year.
The sale certainly suffered from the rain from hurricane Ian that reached Maryland and Pennsylvania on Friday and hung on for five days.
"The weather didn't help us any," said Marshall Silverman, who sold a large number of yearlings as agent.
Rain began the Friday before the sale,and it poured Saturday and Sunday, while also being unseasonably cold, meaning it was very difficult for people to assess the yearlings before the sale.
It also poured on both days of the sale, meaning a lot of people didn't go to the sale.
"There were a lot of people who are usually at these sales who weren't here," said Silverman. "Plus, with the hurricane in Florida, people couldn't get flights."
"The good horses by Kentucky sires sold well," said Silverman. "The horses by a good sire out of a young mare with some pedigree sold well."
"WE SOLD better the second day," said Silverman. "We had a Bolt d'Oro that sold for $100,000, and a Not This Time and a Central Banker that each sold for $100,000."
"The yearlings by Kentucky stallions like Munnings and Bernardini brought a lot of money," said Silverman."You could sell a local stallion's yearling if the mare had a good pedigree, but people around here don't spend a fortune for a horse."
"Plus, just because all the sales this year had broken records didn't mean this sale would," said Silverman. "The weather didn't help."
A filly by Uncle Mo (Hip 158) topped the Monday session when sold for $320,000 to Legion Bloodstock from the consignment of Scott Mallory, agent for Determined Stud.
The filly is out of G2 placed Andina (Ire), a stakes winner daughter of Singspiel, dam of five winners from as many foals to race.
Andina is already the dam of two graded/group stakes winning fillies in Australia Mia (Street Sense), a multiple Group 2 winner in Chile, and Andina Del Sur, by Giant’s Causeway, winner of the Florida Oaks (G3) and earner of more than $500,000.
Hip 158 was bred in Maryland by Determined Stud.
Country Life Farm, agent, went to $155,000 to secure the day’s second-highest priced offering, a filly (Hip 157) from the second crop of top-10 first-crop sire Mendelssohn.
The bay filly was consigned by Northview Stallion Station, agent.
Out of Amie’s Legend, stakes winning daughter of Maryland stalwart Not For Love, Hip 157 is half-sister to five winners from starts, including stakes winner Ghoul’s Night Out, by Ghostzapper.
She was bred in Maryland by Two Legends Farm & Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds.
On the second, Tuesday, session of the sale, Legion Bloodstock, agent, went to $200,000 to secure a daughter of the late More Than Ready (Hip 287) consigned by Scott Mallory, agent, on behalf of breeder Determined Stud.
The dark bay or brown filly is the first foal out of Fluffhead, by Animal Kingdom, a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Champion Shared Account, dam of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Sharing and stakes winner Riley’s Choice.
Fluffhead is also a half-sister to graded stakes winner Colonial Flag, stakes winner Sparkle Blue, and Secret Jewel, dam of graded stakes winner Twenty Carat.
Hip 287 was bred in Maryland.
A colt by Munnings (Hip 294) equaled the $200,000 session-topping price tag when sold to Summer Street from the consignment of Becky Davis, agent.
The chestnut colt is out of the winning Medaglia d’Oro mare Frost Fire, making him a half-brother to stakes winner Streetwithnoname, by Street Sense, and multiple winner Gunfyre Gal, by Gun Runner.
The immediate family includes French Horse of the Year Allez France, champion Born Wild, and G1 winners La Gueriere and Al Mamoon.
Hip 294 was bred in Pennsylvania by Jon Marshall.