Foreverness, a 3-year-old winning son of Island Whirl, brought the top price of $102,000 Tuesday during the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic July sale of 2-year-olds in training and older horses of racing age. Consigned by Eisaman Equine, as agent for Harbor View Farm, the colt was purchased by John J. Brunetti.
Foreverness was produced from the 16-year-old winning Affirmed mare Dearness and is from the family of champions Jaipur and What a Treat. On June 30, Foreverness broke his maiden in his third career start, scoring by three lengths in a mile race on turf at Belmont Park.
The most expensive 2-year-old sold was Golden Arch, a colt from the first crop of the Kris S. stallion Arch. Trainer Anthony Dutrow purchased Golden Arch for $70,000 from Solitary Oak, agent for North Country Thoroughbreds. Golden Arch was produced from the 10-year-old stakes-placed Manila mare Manila Gold. He worked a quarter-mile in 22 3/5 seconds prior to the auction.
As a weanling, Golden Arch was scratched from the 2000 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The following year, he was consigned by Darby Dan Farm, agent, to the inaugural Keeneland October yearling auction. North Country Thoroughbreds purchased him for $10,000.
Fasig-Tipton reported that 108 horses were sold for a gross of $1,610,000, an average price of $14,913, and a median price of 8,000. Compared to a year ago, the number sold was up by 18.7%. But the gross, average, and median declined by 5.3%, 20.2%, and 20,0%, respectively. The buy-back rate increased from 18.0% last year to 27.5% this year.
The sale was conducted in Timonium, Md.