The stakes-producing mare Buckles and Kinks sold for $90,000 on Sunday to top the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale in Timonium, Md. Edward F. Schuler purchased the 7-year-old daughter of Waquoit from Walnut Green, agent for the estate of Nancy L. Bayard.
Buckles and Kinks, who sold in foal to Concern, won two of her 19 career races and earned $106,883. She finished second in the 1996 Maryland Million Lassie Stakes and the 1997 Maryland Million Oaks. Produced from the multiple stakes winner Rolling Mill (by Hagley), Buckles and Kinks is the dam of Bronze Abe (by Two Punch), who captured this year's Heavenly Cause Stakes at Laurel. Bronze Abe also finished second in the Maryland Million Lassie Stakes at Pimlico and third in the Everget Stakes at Delaware Park.
Fasig-Tipton reported that 192 horses were sold for a gross of $1,339,000, an average of $6,974, and a median of $2,700. Except for the number sold, all the figures represented increases from last year's opening session. The buy-back rate was 32.2%, with 91 of the 283 horses offered failing to find new homes. In 2001, the 192 horses sold grossed $1,283,000 and averaged $6,682. The median was $2,600.
The final session of the auction was scheduled for Monday.