A record price for a broodmare offered during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale was established Feb. 14 at the sale company's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington, Ky. when North Hills Management went to $370,000 to acquire grade II winner Sweet Win. North Hills Management is operated by Japanese breeder-owner Koji Maeda.
In addition to establishing a record price for the February sale, the sales company posted across the board gains during the two-day auction.
Fasig-Tipton reported 377 head were sold for a gross of $6,966,700, an increase of 48% over the comparable figure from last year. The average increased 54% to $18,479, while the median was $6,200, an increase of 24% over last year. Last year the sale grossed $4,713,100, with an average of $11,962. The median was $5,000, with 81 head failing to find new homes.
The sale's second session, which featured broodmares, broodmare and racing prospects, horses of racing age and stallion prospects, saw 183 head sell for $4,640,700, to average $25,359. The median was $8,500, with 47 hips failing to find new homes. Last year's second session saw 235 hips sell for a gross of $2,393,000, with 44 head failing to meet their reserve prices. The average was $10,183 and the median $4,000.
"Overall it was just a good, solid sale," said Walt Robertson, president of Fasig-Tipton. "The buyers love the big mares and the young mares."
Sweet Win, a 4-year-old daughter of King of Kings, was consigned by Craig Bandoroff's Denali Stud, agent for Gayle Fogelson, whose father, E.E. "Buddy" Fogelson raced 1971 Horse of the Year Ack Ack.
Sweet Win, who won the San Clemente Handicap (gr. II) last year, finished her career with three wins from eight starts. She earned $162,980. She was produced from the St. Jovite mare Win for Juno, who is a half-sister to group III winner Triteamtri.
The second highest price of the afternoon was set by Venturi when Anthony Stroud went to $300,000 to acquire her from the consignment of Mill Ridge Sales, agent for Edmund Gann.
The 4-year-old daughter of Danehill Dancer was a group III winner in Ireland and was produced from the Old Vic mare Zagreb Flyer. She is from the family of group winners Flying Girl and Mary Kies.