High Commissioner, a 4-year-old stakes-placed son of Deputy Minister, sold for $100,000 to top the Fasig-Tipton New York horses of racing age sale Tuesday at Belmont Park. William L. Clifton Jr. purchased the colt from trainer James Bond, agent. Prior to High Commissioner being consigned to the auction, Clifton raced the colt in partnership with Rudlein Stable. Winner of two of 12 career races, High Commissioner finished second in the Marine Stakes (Can-II) and third in the Victoria Park Stakes at Woodbine last year.
Fasig-Tipton reported that 76 horses were sold in all for a gross of $767,700, an average of $10,101, and a median of $6,700. Compared to last year, the number sold and gross were down by 20.0% and 26.1%, respectively. The average and median were down by 7.6% and 16.3%, respectively. The figures for 2001 were 95 horses sold gross of $1,038,400, an average of $10,931, and a median of $8,000.