A Quality Road colt consigned by CandyLand, agent, was purchased by Bortolazzo Stables for $250,000 to top the Sept. 30 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale in Timonium, Md.
The sale-topper, bred in Kentucky by Classic Thoroughbreds and listed as "Delaware Certified" on the catalog page, was produced from the winning French Deputy mare Chalonnaise. The colt is a half brother to grade III-placed Nathan's H Q and descends from the female family of grade II winners Concord Point and A Penny is a Penny.
Fasig-Tipton reported 289 head sold for $7,469,900, compared with the 2012 gross of $6,166,341 for 276 sold. This year's average price of $25,847 represented a 15.7% gain from the $22,341 average a year ago. The median price soared 41.7% from $12,000 in 2012 to $17,000 this year. The RNA rate for 46 not sold was 13.7%.
The sale's second-highest price of $175,000 was paid by agent Cary Frommer for a Tiz Wonderful colt who is a half brother to stakes winner Mystic Love. Bred in Maryland by Dark Hollow Farm and consigned by Dark Hollow, the colt's fourth dam is grade II winner Discorama, a daughter of Northern Dancer who is a half sister to champion Go For Wand.
Top price for a filly and third-highest of the auction was the $150,000 bid of Matthew Schera for a daughter of Stormy Atlantic whose second dam is grade I winner and millionaire Shine Again. Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, the chestnut filly was bred in Pennsylvania by Mr. and Mrs. Rusell B. Jones and had been purchased for $50,000 by Future Bloodstock as a new yearling at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.