from the Maryland Horse Breeders Association
Attracting a final bid of $450,000, a chestnut Maryland-bred colt by Curlin out of Formalities Aside, bred by Tom and Chris Bowman and Milton P. Higgins III, topped the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale in Timonium on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The price ranks second all-time in the sales’ history, behind the record of $500,000 held by another Maryland-bred, the Silver Deputy colt Their He Goes sold in 2004.
Entering the ring late in the sale, Hip 323 from the consignment of agent Becky Davis was purchased by Charles J. Zacney, who two years earlier bought the Maryland-bred filly Cathryn Sophia at the same sale for $30,000. In nine starts, Grade 1 winner Cathryn Sophia, the Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old filly of 2015, has earned $1,229,720.
The Curlin colt is a half-brother to 2014 Maryland-bred champion older mare Awesome Flower, a six-time stakes winner of $556,593. Another half-sister is stakes-placed $123,590-earner If Not For Her. Their dam, Formalities Aside (by Awesome Again) is herself a half-sister to Dubai World Cup-G1 winner Well Armed, who amassed $5.1 million during his career, and graded winner Witty. The family includes 2016 graded stakes winner American Patriot.
Five of the 11 yearlings to sell for six-figures were Maryland-breds. Bob Manfuso and Katy Voss bred and sold the second Curlin in the sale for $150,000. The chestnut colt out of Tanca (by Polish Numbers), from the Chanceland Farm consignment, is half-brother to 2015 Maryland Million Nursery winnr Corvus. He was purchased by Ellen Charles’ Hillwood Stable LLC.
Richard Golden’s Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds bred a Flatter filly out of stakes winner American Victory (by Victory Gallop), offered by Northview Stallion Station (David Wade), agent. Germania Farms Inc. spent $150,000 for the filly, whose dam is a half-sister to 2016 multiple stakes winner Giant Run.
Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds also bred and sold a Scat Daddy filly for $145,000. She is the first foal out of American Victory’s half-sister Apple Cider (by More Than Ready). Patrick Hoppel, agent, signed the ticket.
The first yearling to hit six-figures in the sale was a Not For Love colt sold to Hillwood Stables for $100,000. Consigned by Chanceland Farm, agent, for breeder Cordelia Stables, the colt named Titanium Love is from the final crop of longtime leading Maryland sire Not For Love. He is out of the Eddington mare Poultney, a half-sister to multiple graded winner Aud; the colt’s second dam is graded winner Gail’s Brush.
All three yearlings by Not For Love offered sold, for an average of $59,333, more than double the sale’s average.
A total of 114 Maryland-breds were sold (42.5 percent of the sale’s total) for a gross of $2,618,400, surpassing the totals of 2015 (104 sold for $2,373,200). The average was also up slightly over a year ago ($22,968 compared to $22,819 in 2015).
UMD-bred Colt Sells for $85,000
Also fairing well at this year’s sale was the University of Maryland’s Campus Farm program. The UMD-bred colt Blazing Terp, by Buffum and out of Daylight Lassie, by Seeking Daylight sold for $85,000. He was consigned by Blake-Albina Thoroughbreds of Kentucky and sold to Jay Em Ess Stables of California. Blazing Terp was born March 31, 2015 at UMD’s College Park farm.