Prospective buyers browse among the offerings at Fasig-Tipton mixed sale.

Prospective buyers browse among the offerings at Fasig-Tipton mixed sale.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Indy Charmer Leads Opening Session of Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale

Indy Charmer brought $150,000 to lead the opening session of the two-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter mixed sale Feb. 12 at the sale company's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington.

The sales company reported 207 yearlings, broodmares, and broodmare prospects sold for $2,336,500, an average of $11,288. The median was $4,500. The sales company reported 103 horses failed to find new homes.

Last year the sale sold 194 hips for $2,326,000, for an average of $11,990. The median was $5,000, with 49 hips failing to sell.

Bruno Deberdt, as agent, purchased Indy Charmer in foal to Trippi on a May 23 cover from the consignment of Hidden Brook, agent. Trippi stands at Ocala Stud Farm near Ocala, Fla. His 2006 fee is $7,500.

A 5-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy, Indy Charmer was bred in Kentucky by Kilroy Thoroughbred Partnership and was produced from the stakes winning Alleged mare Dancing Mirage. She is from the family of stakes winners Flaming Leaves and Light of Morn.

The second-highest price of the day was Gone West Princess (by Gone West), in foal to Hennessy on a Feb. 27 cover. Charles Miller purchased the mare for $125,000 from the consignment of Darby Dan Farm, agent. Hennessy stands at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. His 2006 fee is $60,000.

Miller, a newcomer to the business, purchased the 120-acre Winchester Farm near Paris, Ky. in May and renamed the property Rosecraft Farm. A resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, Miller formerly operated a Quarter Horse ranch in Kansas.

"To be honest, this is the first Thoroughbred mare I have ever bought," said Miller. "I just wanted to get into the Thoroughbred business. We're looking to get into the commercial breeding side of the business."

Miller said Rosecraft currently has 20 mares on the property with five boarders.

Hickory Tree Farm bred Gone West Princess in Virginia. Produced from the winning Alydar mare Mrs. Highness, Gone West Princess has a 3-year-old Honour and Glory colt, Looks and Daggers, and a yearling full brother to that colt.

The top-priced yearling of the day was an $80,000 son of Gilded Time, purchased by Pennston Farm from the consignment of Highclere Sales, agent. Gilded Time stands at Vinery near Lexington. His 2006 fee is $12,500.

Bred in Virginia by South Gate, the colt was produced from the Mr. Greeley mare Ecstatic Girls and is from the family of stakes winners Highway Man and Dead Heat.

The sale continues Feb. 13, beginning at 10 a.m.