After a day’s delay, the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale kicked off Feb. 8, with trading ending on a high note, nearly doubling gross receipts from this day a year ago. The opening session saw 198 horses of the 236 offered sold at Newtown Paddocks near Lexington.
“The numbers are great, don’t get me wrong, but that’s the level of interest and activity,” noted Fasig-Tipton President and CEO Boyd Browning Jr.. “That’s the feeling when you walk around and see the reaction of shippers blowing up reserves – seeing a legitimate market for all types of horses.Today was a very encouraging market for little yearlings, with strong demand for broodmares broodmares and broodmares. prospects. An extremely healthy market today.”
The day ended with increases across the board, with gross receipts of $6,598,800 for the first day of sales. A positive rise in the average price to $33,327 was achieved and a median of $14,500. There were 38 horses that failed to sell to represent an RNA rate of 16.1%. A year ago, at this time, gross receipts for the day were $3,956,300 for 207 sold. The mean was $19,113 and the median was $8,000. The 57 unsold horses represented an RNA rate of 21.6%.
“The RNA level is low, and we will continue to sell them in the sales office tonight and tomorrow to reduce it even more. The market is healthy at the moment, there is momentum. What is most encouraging, this is the activity for horses at It might not change your life, not like when you get $500,000, but that extra $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 goes a long way to help reinvest, to do the payroll, to pay your bill in the bank or to feed the bill. some stability and a base for the industry, which is the most encouraging thing.”
The best prizes of the day went to bodhicitta (Hip 177). The daughter of Highlight sold for $450,000 to Japanese farm KI. St George Sales, agent, consigned the mare who recently finished second in the Robert J. Frankel Stakes (G3T) on January 1 and fourth in the Meghertz Stakes (G3T) on January 29. KI Farm was the main gross buyer of the day with its only purchase.
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“The market looks pretty strong, I’ve been tracking a few and they seem to be selling well,” shipper Archie St George noted. “If you have the right horse, you get rewarded. The yearlings I’ve seen have sold well. It’s the same old story: if you have the right commodity, you’ll do well.”
Taylor Made Sales Agency has recorded the two best yearlings of the day, led by a colt from Lane’s End Farm’s City of Light who sold for $260,000 to Cherry Knoll Farm agent Peter Pugh. Registered as Hip 42, the New York-born colt is out of an unreleased Broken Vow mare, Spoken Not Broken, the dam of the La Verdad Stakes runner-up. eloquent speaker (Flatter ), which is offered as Hip 536 in Wednesday’s second session by Taylor Made Sales.
“The yearlings were stronger this year than last year, for a reason: we had better yearlings,” Browning said. “People observed the strength of the sale and saw a viable market in November and January. We are grateful to them for allowing us to sell high quality short yearlings, and they have been well received in the market and these people were rewarded.”
A few hips earlier, a Gun Runner filly consigned as Hip 38 sold for breeder Christian Black. The filly was purchased as a pinhook prospect by Joe Pickerell, as Stock Thoroughbreds, for $225,000. The Pennsylvania-born filly is out of Sororitysweetheart (quietly to me ) a full sister of the 3rd year winner chic class and classified in 2nd year Full house .
“We’re always looking; we’re always looking for good horses,” Pickerell said. “It’s just a matter of finding them at the price we like.”
Later in Tuesday’s session, cocktail parties (Hip 218) sold under the James B. Keogh (Grovendale) banner for $240,000 to be the third highest priced and most expensive inbred mare. It was sold full at Liam’s card on a March cover. the mizzen mast the mare is out of the Premiership mare Partyship, a multiple stake winner producer Barrier Reef and bet arctic party and kissing party . Dash Goff purchased the mare to add to his burgeoning brood mare group. She will stay in Kentucky with Bayne and Christina Welker at Spring Ridge Farm.
“The fiscal situation is good, and I had money to invest…I think we’ve gotten a lot more money into the industry, and those horses will go up even more,” Goff said. “They’re high now, they’re really high, but I think they’ll hold their value or be more. I just like that if you have a good foal with a nice mare, they’ll sell.”
Agent Brookdale Sales has consigned the most expensive mare of the day listed only as a potential broodmare in After the Party (Hip 129). Initially cataloged as a racetrack or broodmare, the 4-year-old filly of in mischief sold for $110,000 at Clarkland Farm. After the Party came out winning stakes Bandini Mare defy gravity which also produced the stakes winner green destiny . Defy Gravity is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Callback and further down the page through the third dam Compressor , is the 2010 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Winner Brands (G1) super saver .
The first day of sales concluded with Taylor Made Sales Agency, the session’s top shipper, after 23 of their 26 heads were sold for a gross of $1,807,500.
Representatives of the Kentucky State Legislature received two checks, each for $100,000, to Marshall and Fulton County from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association-Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders. These funds were raised to help relieve the tornadoes that ripped through western Kentucky on December 10.
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“It was nice to have the state reps here for the KTA presentation, to walk with them in the back ring today, where it was packed, and the outside walking ring was packed. “Browning said. “They were filled with people in our industry who aren’t billionaires but hard-working like their constituents. It was healthy for lawmakers to see that we live in a political world, and that’s our flagship industry here in Kentucky. .”
The sale ends Wednesday with Hips 301-608 going on sale, starting at 10 a.m. ET.
“We’ll also have fireworks tomorrow. Fireworks are great, but that’s the business of 90 percent of the horses going through,” Browning said. “The fireworks will take care of themselves. It’s about being able to get those horses moved for a fair price, where the sellers can pick up some or all of it and maybe make a little profit. C is the backbone of the industry, being able to support the men and women who are in the trenches.”