When trainer Linda Rice went to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic winter mixed sale, it was with the intention of trying to bring the multiple stakes-placed Carradine back to her New York barn.
At the end of the Dec. 5 auction at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., Rice accomplished her goal when she took home the 3-year-old son of Grasshopper for $105,000, topping the one-day auction that saw positive returns from the previous edition of the winter mixed sale conducted in January of this year.
Fasig-Tipton reported 221 head sold for total of $2,448,200, an average price of $11,078 and a $5,000 median. From 309 cataloged, there were 59 horses that did not meet their reserves, for an RNA rate of 21%.
Those numbers were well above the $906,400 gross for 141 horses sold during the last renewal of the sale, when it was held in January of this year and produced an average of $6,428 with a median price of $3,500.
In addition to returning the sale to its traditional spot on the calendar, Fasig-Tipton added a horses of racing age segment, which proved popular with buyers.
"People were here to buy horses, and there were horses here that that people wanted to buy," said Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sales director Paget Bennett. "It was nice to see an upswing in the sale, and I think we will be building on that in the future. We had a lot of people here looking to buy racehorses that are already talking about next year. I can't see a reason not to focus on the horses of racing age. There were clearly people here to buy horses ready to run."
Cataloged as Hip 256, Carradine was one of 34 horses consigned to the sale by Crane Thoroughbreds, as agent for the dispersal of the late Harry Weisleder and DASL Stable. Weisleder, a horseman who was a friend and partner with Clovis Crane in the horse business, died suddenly of a heart attack the morning of Nov. 6. Weisleder, 72, was a dentist in Harrisburg, Pa., and is survived by his wife, Cammy, and four children.
Produced from the unraced Maria's Mon mare Summer Moon, New York-bred Carradine was trained by Rice on behalf of Weisleder and DASL Stable to win or place in six of eight starts, including placings in the restricted Damon Runyon and Gander stakes. His earnings stand at $156,100. The colt is from the extended family of grade 3 winners Street Babe and Richwoman, grade 1 winner Videogenic, and grade 2 winner Ziggy's Boy.
"This is a horse I had trained for the doc and I came to Maryland with intention of buying the horse," said Rice, who declined to say on whose behalf she bought the colt. "I thought he would fall somewhere between $75,000-$125,000."
Crane said Carradine held a special place in the heart of his late business partner and friend.
"That was doc's pride and joy and I know it was important for Linda to get him," the horseman said. "I'm really happy Linda got him and hope he carries on doc's legacy."
Crane said the Weisleder dispersal slightly exceeded his expectations, with all 34 horses offered sold for gross receipts of $649,500, an average price of $19,103, and a $13,500 median.
"Some prices were a little soft, but others were above what I expected," he said.
Although the sale-topper was the only horse bought by Rice, the trainer said she thought the horses of racing age segment had merit.
"Maybe it's a good thing to have an auction with affordable horses in training at this time of the year," she said.