Yearling sale at Timonium proves one for books

October 01, 1997|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Records tumbled like autumn leaves at the two-day fall sale of yearlings that concluded last night at the Maryland state fairgrounds in Timonium.

More yearlings than ever changed hands. One yearling drew a record bid. Buyers spent more. And the average price per yearling was higher than ever.

"It was certainly the strongest yearling sale there's ever been in Maryland," said Mason Grasty, executive vice president of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic, which conducted the auction.

During the two-day sale, 456 horses were sold for $7,702,800 -- an average of $16,892. All those figures are records. The average was 22 percent higher than last year; the total was 51 percent higher.

A Pennsylvania-bred colt by Waquoit drew a record bid of $220,000 from Dr. Mikel C. Harrington, a trainer from California. The previous mark was $210,000 for a Citidancer yearling two years ago, a colt that is now the multiple-stakes-winning Latin Dancer.

Ernie Paragallo of Unbridled's Song fame bought the second-most expensive yearling yesterday, a Two Punch colt for $170,000.

The highest-priced filly was also by Two Punch -- sold by Robert T. Manfuso and Katharine Voss' Chanceland Farm for $150,000 to Jan, Mace and Samantha Siegel. The Siegels also bought and campaigned Latin Dancer.

Eighty-eight more yearlings changed hands this year than last.

Pub Date: 10/01/97

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