Buyers look at horses offered at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale.

Buyers look at horses offered at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Mare in Foal to Johannesburg Tops Fasig-Tipton Opening Session

An Irish-bred mare in foal to Johannesburg topped the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale Feb. 13 at the sales company's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington. Robert Lail went to $160,000 to acquire grade III winner Dancal from the consignment of Four Star Sales, agent.

The sales company reported 194 yearlings and broodmares were sold for $2,326,000, averaging $11,990. The median was $5,000 with 49 head failing to find new homes. Last year, 159 horses were sold for $2,320,100, averaging $14,592. The median was $5,500.

A daughter of Mujadil, Dancal was produced from the Indian King mare Majesty's Nurse, and was a grade III winner in the United States and a group III winner in South Africa. She is from the family of stakes winners Darcy's Thatcher and Rasa Penang.

Greathouse Bloodstock purchased Dancal for $150,000 from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, at the 2004 Keeneland January mixed sale.

Dancal, who won 11 of 22 career starts, was last mated to Johannesburg June 1. Johannesburg, champion 2-year-old male of 2001, stands at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. His 2005 fee is $30,000. The first foals sired by Johannesburg are yearlings of 2005.

Topping the yearling portion of the sale was an $87,000 son of Officer purchased by Matty Murtagh Bloodstock. Mill Ridge Sales, agent, consigned the colt to the sale.

Bred in Florida by Pennston Farm, the bay colt was produced from the Latin American mare Prim Flower, a full sister to stakes-placed Jekyll and Hyde, and a half-sister to grade II stakes winners Yearly Tour and Victor Avenue.

Officer, whose first foals are yearlings of 2005, stands at Gainesway Farm near Lexington. His 2005 fee is $15,000.

The sale continues through Feb. 14, with the final session beginning at 10 a.m.

Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale: Session One