The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training turned in a strong performance, enjoying a business boost from an improving Thoroughbred market overall and slots-rich tracks nearby. During its two-day run, May 21-22 in Maryland, the auction posted increases from a year ago of 4.1% in gross, 14% in average price, and 12% in median price.
“We had a good crowd both days and we feel great,” said Paget Bennett, the sales director for Fasig-Tipton Midlantic. “There was a lot of buzz going on about this sale. We hoped the buzz that was out there played true and we were fortunate it did. People believe in this sale, they brought us some nice horses, and they were rewarded, as were we.”
The 313 juveniles that were sold grossed $16,871,000 and averaged $53,901. Their median was $28,000. The number sold was down 8.7% from 2011.
The buyback rate, meanwhile, rose to 24.4% from 18.1% last year.
“This sale has had a lot of strong name-brand horses that have come out of it,” Bennett said. “People who don’t normally shop here are like ‘Hey, if this guy goes there and buys good horses, maybe I need to shop that sale, too.’ I think more people are jumping on the plane to Maryland in May.”
In addition, Bennett said, “there is so much hype going on with the New York program (after the opening of a video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct) that you would have to say it had a big impact. The New York-breds here were a plus.”
A Scat Daddy – Magical Mist colt topped the auction, commanding $575,000 during May 21’s first session.
During the final session, a strapping Tiznow colt was the most expensive horse, bringing $470,000 from Ahmed Zayat’s Zayat Stables and Mike Moreno. The immediate underbidder was bloodstock agent Bob Feld, representing Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Farm in Maryland.
“He had a pedigree to die for; he’s royally bred,” said Zayat of the colt in a telephone interview. “He looks like a classic horse and we love buying classic horses. He has a huge stride on him. His breeze wasn’t flashy, but he did it the way we wanted him to do it.”
Zayat and Moreno, along with Moreno’s wife, Tiffany, race grade I winner Bodemeister , who finished second in this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Consigned by Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo’s Florida-based Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent, the $470,000 colt worked an eighth of a mile in :11 during the under tack show for the auction. He is a half brother to Awesome Humor (by Distorted Humor ), who captured the 2002 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I), and Dignified Donovan (by Regal Classic), who won the 2006 New Mexico State Fair Handicap. Their dam, Horns Gray (by Pass the Tab), triumphed in seven added-money events in the 1990s.
Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds bought the dark bay or brown colt for $175,000 from VanMeter Sales, agent, at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling auction. Hartley\De Renzo entered him this year in the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training and the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, but scratched him from both auctions.
“He’s a super nice colt and I’ll tell you what, they got a great buy,” Hartley said. “He missed some training because he cut his leg, but he’s a million-dollar 2-year-old, in my opinion. He’s going to a great place and I hope he wins grade Is for them and they’ll come back and buy some more horses off of us. They’re going to love him when they train him. He’s just awesome. He’s one of those horses that gives you chill bumps when you watch him go. I thought he was the best yearling that we bought last year.”
The colt hurt his right hind leg while in an automatic walking/exercise machine.
“It was about February, I guess,” Hartley said. “He kicked through the fence (around the machine) and just tore his leg down instead of up, so it was harder to heal. But we gave him plenty of time and it healed great.”
A Teuflesberg filly that is a full sister to grade III winner Trinniberg brought the second-highest price of $450,000 during the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale’s second session and was the auction’s most expensive filly. Abdullah Saeed Almaddah purchased the Teuflesberg filly from McKathan Bros., agent. Trainer Chad Brown signed the sale ticket for the dark bay or brown juvenile.
The filly worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 during the auction’s under tack show. She had been consigned to the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training earlier this year by McKathan Bros., but was scratched.
“We liked this filly quite a bit at Keeneland,” Brown said. “She breezed well (on Polytrack), but she had a minor little problem and was scratched, so we followed her over here and she breezed just as well on the dirt. She was just a very consistent filly in both breezes and we really like a good-looking horse. She's showed a lot of potential."
The filly is out of the winning Goldminers Gold mare Bella Dorato, who finished third in the 2005 Finger Lakes Juvenile Fillies Stakes. Trinniberg, who is Bella Dorato's second foal, scored in this year’s Bay Shore (gr. III) and Swale (gr. III) stakes. He finished 17th in the Kentucky Derby.
Fred Hertrich purchased Teuflesberg’s full sister for $80,000 from Beau Lane Bloodstock, agent, at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. Hertrich owned her in partnership with brothers J.B. and Kevin McKathan of Florida-based McKathan Bros. Hertrich said she was scratched from the Keeneland April sale because of a "very slight ulcer" in her throat.
The results for the final session included a gross of $9,528,500 for the 157 juveniles that were sold. The average was $60,691 and the median was $30,000. The buy-back rate was 23%.