Giant's Causeway Son Tops FT Ky Sale

Numbers fell again after the second session of Fasig-Tipton's Ky. fall yearling sale.

A $310,000 son of Giant's Causeway topped the second session of the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale at the sale company’s Newtown Paddocks near Lexington.

Despite a total of six horses bringing six figures, the sale's key statistics continued to lag behind last year’s results. Fasig-Tipton reported 205 horses sold for a gross of $3,147,200. The average was $15,352 and the median $6,000 for the second session. The number of horses not sold totaled 90.

Compared to last year’s second session the number of horses sold decreased 23.8% while the gross fell 40.7%. The average tumbled 22.2% and the median dropped 40%.

Last year’s second session saw 269 horses sell to gross $5,308,900. They averaged $19,736 and the median was $10,000.

For the first two days, 387 horses have sold to gross $5,320,300. The average is $13,748 and the median $6,000.

Compared to the first two sessions of the 2007 sale, the number of horses sold dropped 31.6% and the gross fell 49.8%. The average slipped 26.6% and the median fell 40%.

The session topper was purchased by Marion Montanari from the consignment of Summerfield, Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck, agent.

Bred in Kentucky by Montanari and Coolmore, the chestnut colt was produced from the Carson City mare City College. He is a full brother to Irish stakes-placed Trinity College and is from the family of Irish group winner Ancient Times.

The second-highest priced offering of the day was a $260,000 son of Dixie Unionpurchased by Elwaleed Mousa from the consignment of Middlebrook Farm, agent. Bred in Kentucky by Alexander-Groves Thoroughbreds, the dark bay or brown colt was produced from the Kris S. mare Acanthus and is from the family of champion and grade I winner Althea.