Cary Frommer, a Georgia-based pinhooker who is moving to South Carolina soon, was the leading consignor at the recent Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Maryland. She sold 19 of the 22 horses she offered for $1,850,500. They included a Tapit colt named Tashop, who was part of the Hobeau Farm dispersal and set a record for a horse sold at public auction in Maryland of $850,000, and a Yonaguska half-brother to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Mine That Bird that brought $485,000.
“The Hobeau legacy is well-known; they bred such wonderful horses over the years,” Frommer said. “He (Tashop) had the pedigree, and the talent, and the athleticism, and the conformation. He breezed fast (an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5), and he vetted clean, but the most important thing was he had a good mind. He never got frazzled by anything. He handled everything you threw at him, and we knew he was going to sell well. I kind of think of it like when you throw a jigsaw puzzle up in the air and when it comes down, all the pieces are in the right place. He did everything right.”
Mine That Bird’s half-brother was owned by Paul Saylor, who had purchased him earlier this year from Frommer’s consignment at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training for $100,000.
“He was extra fun because my client, Paul Saylor, sold him to Dogwood Farm’s Cot Campbell, who was my old boss,” Frommer said. “He (the Yonaguska colt) is balanced, correct, and really tenacious, which is the word I used to describe him every step of the way. He handled the intensity of the two separate (juvenile) sales beautifully; a lot of horses couldn’t have done that. He kind of reminds me of a warrior. He’ll have a chance to be brought to the top of his abilities with the Dogwood program.”
Frommer had purchased Mine That Bird’s half-brother for $72,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling auction.
“I got a second chance to sell him after Mine That Bird won (the Derby), and that was exciting,” Frommer said. “Paul was great to deal with, and it turned out wonderful.”