The two-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale posted increases in gross, average, and median during its opening session Feb. 11 at the sale company’s Newtown Paddocks near Lexington.
"It was a very solid sale with solid trade," said Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton executive vice-president and chief operating officer. "There were multiple bidders on most horses, and that was a good sign."
The sales company reported 195 head sold for a gross of $2,689,300 and an average of $13,791. The median was $6,000. Sixty-three head failed to meet their reserves.
Compared to one year ago, the gross increased 15.1% from $2,336,700 in 2006. The average jumped 22.2% from $11,288 last year, while the median grew 33.3% from $4,500 last year. The number sold decreased 5.8% after 207 were sold in 2006.
Topping the session was 11-year-old mare Her Secret who was purchased in foal to Successful Appeal for $295,000 by Canadian Gordon Stollery, who signed the ticket as AGS Thoroughbreds. James M. Herbener Jr., agent, cosigned the mare.
Bred in Kentucky by Gan Eden Racing, Her Secret was produced from the Groovy mare Rare Review, who is the second dam of grade III winner and stallion Closing Argument.
Rare Review is the dam of grade II winner Carmandia (by Wild Rush), winner of the 2006 First Flight Handicap (gr. II). The mare also has a yearling Victory Gallop filly and a 2-year-old Cryptoclearance filly.
The sale continues through Feb. 12, with the session beginning at 10 a.m.