The sale ends Tuesday, with the final session beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT).
The middle market was strong Monday during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training, with the median price increasing 10.0% over last year's comparable figure. The number sold and gross revenue rose 14.3% and 10.2%, respectively, while the average price suffered a minor setback of 3.6%."The sale was fine, and tomorrow promises to be good. Will it be better? I hope so. I'm hearing that we have a lot of live horses," said Fasig-Tipton president Walt Robertson.Fasig-Tipton reported that 160 juveniles were sold for a gross of $4,905,200, an average of $30,658, and a median of $22,000. Last year, according to the sale company, 140 horses were sold for a gross of $4,451,100, an average of $31,794, and a median of $20,000. The buy-back rate fell from 30.7% last year to 29.8% this year.An Unbridled's Song filly brought the top price of $260,000, selling to New York-based trainer Rick Dutrow. New York bloodstock agent Brian Morgan was the immediate underbidder."I like the way that she moves; she's so smooth and effortless," Dutrow said.A sturdy gray, the filly was produced from the 11-year-old stakes-placed Dixieland Band mare Rockaroller. She was consigned to the auction by Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo, who purchased her for $65,000 at last year's Keeneland September yearling sale. Their partner in the deal was Orlando, Fla., cardiologist Enrique Calle. The filly was a $145,000 buy-back when Hartley and De Renzo consigned her to the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Calder sale of 2-year-olds in training this past February. Entered in the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic auction, she turned in one of the fastest quarter-mile works, covering the distance in :21 4/5."I'll split her up between some people," said Dutrow when asked who would race the filly. "I'll have her sold by the end of the day tomorrow."