222 yearlings sell for $3.5 million

September 30, 1997|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

During the first day of perhaps the largest fall sale of yearlings ever in Maryland, 222 horses changed hands for $3.5 million -- an average of $15,968 apiece.

"A pretty decent sale," said Mason Grasty, executive vice president of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic, after the sale ended last night. "We're happy. We're looking forward to selling 318 more tomorrow."

The sale concludes today at the Maryland state fairgrounds in Timonium. An extra 100 stalls were installed under tents in the infield for overflow horses.

Yesterday's most expensive horse was a Virginia-bred colt by Fly So Free. Buzz Chace bought him for $120,000, the only bid more than $100,000. Three yearlings sold for $75,000 or more, eight for $50,000 or more, and 50 for $25,000 or more.

NOTE: John "Jack" Salter, 63, a Maryland horse trainer for 40 years, died Saturday of complications from diabetes.

Viewing will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Fleck Funeral Home in Laurel. A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Resurrection Catholic Church in Laurel.

Pub Date: 9/30/97

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