Fasig-Tipton reported that 90 horses were sold, in all, for a gross of $1,201,500, an average price of $13,350, and a median price of $7,750. Compared to last year, the number sold and gross declined 16.7% and 25.4%, respectively. The average and median fell 10.5% and 3.1%, respectively.The buy-back rate was 23.7%, with 28 of the 118 horses offered failing to find new homes. Last year's comparable figure was 27.5%.
A 2-year-old filly from the first crop of Exploit sold for $75,000 Tuesday to top the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic July sale of 2-year-olds in training and older horses of racing age at Timonium in Maryland. Bradley Thoroughbred Brokerage purchased her from Danzel Brendemuehl's Classic Bloodstock, agent.Produced from the 14-year-old State Dinner mare Debonairness, the filly is a half-sister to Quite Rightly (by Miswaki), who finished second in the 2001 Draft Card Stakes at Delaware Park. Her family also produced grade I winner Sky Mesa and champion Outstandingly.Bred in Kentucky by Robert Berger, the filly was purchased by Oceanic Bloodstock for $52,000 at the 2002 Keeneland September yearling sale, where her consignor was Warrendale Sales, agent. She was scratched from this year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale of 2-year-olds in training, where her consignor was Nick de Meric, agent. Prior to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic July sale, the filly worked a quarter in :23.