Win Crafty Lady, topped Fasig-Tipton sale.

Win Crafty Lady, topped Fasig-Tipton sale.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Win Crafty Lady Tops Solid Fasig-Tipton Sale

Win Crafty Lady, the dam of grade I winner Harmony Lodge and grade II winner Graeme Hall who is in foal to Giant's Causeway, brought a final bid of $900,000 to top the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected fall mixed sale Sunday night.

David Plummer's Classic Star bought the 15-year-old daughter of Crafty Prospector out of the Al Hattab mare Honeytab. Classic Star is considering three stallions, including Vindication, for Win Crafty Lady next year. But Classic Star vice president Nick Plummer said she may not be bred because she is in foal on a June cover.

Win Crafty Lady was a multiple stakes winner and earned over $300,000 on the racetrack before continuing her success in the breeding shed with Harmony Lodge, Graeme Hall, and stakes winner Win's Fair Lady.

"We were hoping she would be a little cheaper, but she was the best mare in the sale," said Plummer, who added Win Crafty Lady's Giant's Causeway foal will be sold as a yearling or as a 2-year-old.

Fasig-Tipton reported 59 horses sold for a total of $5,160,000, an increase of 47.4% from last year when 36 horses sold for $3,499,500. Buy-backs dropped substantially from last year to 28%. Average was down 10% to $87,458 and the median fell 25% $45,000.

"The most important thing is the not-sold's were quite a bit down," said Walt Robertson, president of Fasig-Tipton. "Yeah, I would like the average to be up, but we're dealing with a pretty small sample.

Santa Catalina, dam of grade I winner Golden Missile, brought the second-highest price with a final bid of $600,000. The 15-year-old daughter of Cure the Blues was consigned by the Stollery family's Angus Glen Farm to dissolve the partnership between Gordon Strollery and his sister. Stollery signed the ticket and will retain a half-interest in Santa Catalina with Gainesway Farm.

The top-priced weanling was a colt by Elusive Quality purchased by Peter O'Callaghan Bloodstock Services for $175,000. The bay colt is out of the unraced Danzig mare Dazzling Bright and was consigned by Nardelli Sales.

"We like everything about him, but we paid a lot more than we thought we would," O'Callaghan said. "It's hard to find nice horses so when you do you have to pay a premium."

The colt will be entered in a yearling sale next year, O'Callaghan said.

Two weanlings brought a final price of $150,000: a colt by El Prado out of the Silver Hawk mare Laser Hawk purchased by Blandford Bloodstock and a colt by leading freshman sire Stravinsky out of the Waquoit mare Parish Manor bought by John McCormack Bloodstock.