From the Maryland Horse Breeders Association
Hurray for Maryland! Seven of the top 10 prices at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings sale, held Monday, Sept. 29 at the sales pavilion in Timonium, were Maryland-breds. Six sold for six-figures, including the two most expensive of the sale.
Ellen Charles’ Hillwood Stable spent $260,000 for the sales topper, a colt by Flatter bred by Richard Golden’s Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds. The colt is the second foal out of Golden’s homebred stakes winner American Victory (by Victory Gallop); second dam is multiple graded winner Who Did It and Run (by Polish Numbers). At the Keeneland sale less than three weeks earlier, a Giant’s Causeway colt out of Who Did It and Run bred by Golden sold for $200,000.
Hillwood Stable was also the top bidder for the second-highest price, and top-priced filly, when securing a daughter of Pure Prize out of Maryland-bred champion He Loves Me (by Not For Love) for $200,000. From the consignment of breeder Dark Hollow Farm, the filly is the granddaughter of graded stakes winner Palliser Bay. Her dam He Loves Me is a graded stakes winner
of $355,698 and a full sister to stakes winner For Kisses.
Other Maryland-breds selling for $100,000 or more are:
- $195,000. Glad All Over, ch.f., Trappe Shot—Argentesque, by Silver Deputy. Bred and sold by Thornmar Farm; purchased by Marette Farrell, agent.
- $120,000. B.f., Include—Touchnow, by Pleasant Tap. Bred by Dark Hollow Farm, Dorsey Brown and Arnold Davidov; sold by Dark Hollow Farm Agent I; purchased by Matthew Schera.
- $100,000. Dk.b./br.c., Quality Road—Magger Bags, by Indian Charlie. Bred by Legacy Farm; sold by Paramount Sales Agent XVI; purchased by 40 West Stables.
- $100,000. Ch.f., Congrats—Striking Kathy, by Smart Strike. Bred by Timothy J. Rooney; sold by Bill Reightler, agent; purchased by Nick De Meric, agent.
The overall sales average was $21,905, as 275 yearlings brought $6,023,900. A total of 89 Maryland-breds (32 percent of the sale total) sold for $2,622,600, 44 percent of the gross sales, for an average of $29,467.
Leading Maryland sires
Friesan Fire, a son of A.P. Indy standing at Country Life Farm in Bel Air, was the top first-year sire by gross sales and the second-leading sire overall. Fourteen of his 15 yearlings sold for a combined $327,000 (average $23,357). He was the only regional sire with a six-figure sales horse, when his Pennsylvania-bred son out of the Citidancer mare Mrs. Vanderbilt was sold by breeder Cut N Run Farm out of the Bill Reightler consignment for $130,000. Steven W. Young, agent, made the purchase.
Not For Love was the sale’s third-leading sire with nine yearlings sold for $325,000 (average $36,111).