The Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale got off to a rocky start Aug. 15 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The gross revenue dropped 41.7% from a year ago while the average and median prices both plunged 47.1%. The buy-back rate was 54.3% compared to 52.5% in 2008.

A Roman Rulerfilly was the highest-priced horse sold, bringing $115,000 from Anthony Tufaro. The bay yearling is the second foal produced from the 9-year-old winning Boston Harbor mare Sovereignoftheseas, who is a half-sister to Prioress Stakes (gr. I) winner Carson Hollow (by Carson City).

Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield operation consigned the filly as agent.

Two other yearlings sold for six-figure prices. A Johannesburg – Christina’s Melody filly brought $107,000 from Three Colleens Stable. Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency consigned the gray or roan yearling as agent. An El Corredor– Dancing Prism colt went to New Jersey bloodstock agent Buzz Chace for $100,000. Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud consigned the dark bay or brown yearling as agent.

The second and final session of the New York-bred auction is scheduled for Aug. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. (EDT). 
 

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