A record setting sale of a Curlin colt for $1.5 million topped a Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale May 22-23 in Timonium, Md., that recorded sales of over $25 million, over a nine percent increase over the previous year’s sale.
Ten Pa-breds were sold for a total of $375,000, an average of $37,500, with a colt by Super Saver being the top Pa-bred at $70,000.
The dark bay or brown colt by Super Saver out of Parallelogram, by Orientate, hip number 17, bred by Blackstone Farm LLC and consigned by Kirkwood Stables, Agent VI, was bought by Tom Foley, agent for $70,000.
The colt is a registered Pa-bred and is Breeder’s Cup nominated.
Maryland had 17 2-year-olds sell for a total of $675,000, for an average of $39,705, while Virginia had two sold for an average of $43,500.
The top Midlantic sold was Hip 521, a Maryland-bred.
The Maclean’s Music colt, out of the winning Yes It’s True mare Martini, consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds as agent, brought a winning bid of $120,000 from Tom O’Grady.
Of the 43 Midlantic-breds to go through the ring, 33 were sold, but the prices put them in the middle of the market at a time when only those 2-year-olds that have top breeding and conformation bring top dollar.
THE SALES toper was a chestnut colt by Curlin, hip 388, who sold for $1,500,000 during the second and final session of the sale on Tuesday.
The price was both a record for this sale and for a thoroughbred sold at public auction in the state of Maryland.
This increasingly popular sale produced a seven-figure sale-topper for the third consecutive year.
The sale-topper, whose physical was strongly reminiscent of his sire, was purchased by Breeze Easy & John C. Oxley from the consignment of Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent.
The seller purchased the colt from the 2016 Fasig-Tipton July Sale, which he sold for a sale-topping $475,000 when offered by St George Sales.
Several other colts proved popular on the day, including an $850,000 Distorted Humor half-brother to G1 winner Lochte, hip 490, purchased by Simon Callaghan, agent from the consignment of Eddie Woods, agent; an $800,000 Ghostzapper colt out of a full sister to graded stakes winners Kauai Katie and Winding Way, hip 516, purchased by Baoma Corp from the consignment of Cary Frommer, agent); and a $710,000 colt from the first crop of Orb, hip 373, purchased by Dennis O'Neill from the consignment of Crupi's New Castle Farm.
The sale's top-selling filly was the first session's top-priced offering, a Smart Strike filly, hip 79, offered by Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent, which fetched $525,000 from Xavier International Bloodstock, agent.
All told, 78 2-year-olds sold for six figures or more, compared to 69 in 2016.
In total, 330 horses changed hands for a total of $25,237,000, good for a 9.1 percent increase over last year's gross of $23,136,400 for 337 sold.
The average was $76,476, an 11.4 percent increase over $68,654 in 2016, while the median was $35,000 up 9.4 percent from $32,000 last year.
The RNA rate was 19.9 percent, compared to 25.9 percent in 2016.
TWO COLTS were the second highest Pa-breds, bringing $50,000 each.
Hip no. 109, Hi Old Silver, a gray or roan colt by Old Fashioned out of Silver Lined, by Stormy Atlantic, foaled at Hope Hill Farm and consigned by Crane Thoroughbreds, Agent was bought by Koid for $50,000.
Hip no 182, Any Given Town, a chestnut colt by Any Given Saturday out of Town Talk, by Thunder Gulch, bred by Robert A Szeyller and consigned by Crane Thoroughbreds, Agent, was bought by Horseco Bloodstock/JPM Agent, also for $50,000.
Two fillies brought $35,000.
Hip no. 171, a bay filly by Munnings out of Thicket, by Successful Appeal, bred by Crane Thoroughbred Services LLC and consigned by Bobby Dodd, Agent, was bought by KOID after the sale for $35,000.
Hip 171 is Breeders’ Cup nominated.
Hip no. 552, a chestnut filly by Awesome Again out ofMony’slittlegracie, by Alphabet Soup, bred by Blackstone Farm LLC and consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC, Agent, was bought by Michael Mellen, also for $35,000.
This filly is also Breeders’ Cup nominated.
Hip no. 413, a bay filly by Mad Flatter out of Graemy, by Grame Hall, bred by Glenn E. Brok LLC an consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC, was bought by Thomas Nash for $30,000.
Hip no. 320, a chestnut filly by Discreet Cat out of Conquistadordelite, by Conquistador Cielo, bred by Thomas G McClay and consigned by Rod McVey, was bought by Ed Price for $22,000.
Hip no. 103, Corinthian Sho Grl, a bay filly by Corinthian out of Sho Grl Partner, by Partner’s Hero, bred by Robert A Szeyller and consigned by Crane Thoroughbreds, Agent, was bought by Harry Weisleder for $18,000.
Hip no. 534, a dark bay or brown colt by Talent Search out of Miss Foreesta, by Grand Slam, bred by Glenn E Brok LLC; and consigned by Rod McVey, was bought by Scott Lake, Agent for Richard Malouf for $15,000.
Hip no. 122, Mo Haute, a bay filly by Uncle Mo out of Soft Shoe Dancer, by Commendable, bred by Blue Rose Farm LLC and consigned by Crane Thoroughbreds, Agent, was not sold.