But the biggest fireworks may come on Wednesday night, when the offerings will include two sons of Storm Cat that have generated a lot of favorable buzz. Hip No. 88 is out of the winning Gone West mare Gone to Venus and is full brother to graded winner Saudi Poetry. He is consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Hip No. 135 is the second foal produced from the graded stakes-winning mare Miss Caerleona (by Caerleon). He is consigned by Lane's End, agent for Stonerside Stable.Based on comments heard around the sale grounds, the only yearling in the auction from Mr. Prospector's final crop also has received favorable reviews from buyers. Slated to be offered on Thursday night, Hip No. 215 is a colt out of the winning Storm Bird mare Stone Flower, who is a half-sister to grade I winner Danger's Hour and a full sister to English group III winner Stonehatch. The second foal for his dam, he is consigned by Eaton Sales, agent."The biggest concern that we've got as a sales company is with the top end horses because the market is still thin in terms of buyers at that level," said Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "There are few key folks who have made the top end of the market strong. You hope that they continue to be active and have the same opinion that you do about what are perceived to be the top horses. You provide the best product you can, but ultimately the buyers have to decide what they like and how far they are willing to go."
A sale record for average price was established at last year's Saratoga auction, and the median price equaled the sale mark.Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, bloodhorse.com will post live interactive sales results, showing buyer and sale price (RNA price if not sold) throughout the entire sale.(More, Fasig-Tipton)