Overall, FT officials were pleased with the session results. "Any time we are up 8% in average and 9% in median, it is a solid horse sale," Browning said. "Based on the comments we are getting from consignors, indications are that tomorrow night might look a little stronger across the board."The second and final day of the sale is Monday.Results, Fasig-Tipton
A filly by Straight Man was purchased by trainer Linda Rice, as agent, for $180,000 to top Sunday's first session of the Fasig-Tipton sale of New York-bred yearlings at the Humphrey S. Finney pavilion in Saratoga Springs.Consigned by Harry L. Landry Bloodstock, as agent, the filly was produced from the stakes-placed Seattle Dancer mare Seattle Moon and is a half-sister to stakes winner Vous. Rice said her client was likely purchasing the filly on behalf of a racing partnership and that she had placed a pre-sale value of $150,000-$175,000 on the filly.Fasig-Tipton reported 53 horses were sold for gross receipts of $2,462,000, compared with the $2,577,500 aggregate for the 60 head sold during last year's first session. The session average price of $46,453 represented an 8.1% gain over the $42,958 figure for the corresponding session in 2003 and the median price of $38,000 was up over the $35,000 session median last year.The 40 horses that did not meet their consignors' reserves represented 43% of the total through the ring, a rate that sales company officials said is not out of line with such a sale."It is a man or woman's right to set a reserve, no matter what it is and it is not always indicative of the where the market is," Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton COO said of the RNAs.Terence R. P. Collier, Fasig-Tipton's marketing director and auction announcer, said the incentive program that enhances purses for New York-breds and New York foals, seen as a lure to potential buyers, is also attractive to the sale's consignors."A lot of these people know that they have the opportunity to race in the New York-bred program," Collier said. "They are local breeders and they want them to stay in New York."