Most expensive yearlings bought by out-of-staters Average sale price up 12 percent from last year

October 07, 1998|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Out-of-state buyers dominated the top end of the market at the two-day Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Yearlings sale that concluded yesterday at Timonium.

The highest 11 sellers were all purchased by non-Maryland interests, including yesterday's leading horse, a dark bay/brown colt by Maryland-based sire Not For Love. He went for $220,000 to Cam Allard of Edmonton, Alberta.

The sale topper remained an unnamed filly by Dehere, who was purchased for a state-record $400,000 Monday by Padua Stables of Ocala, Fla. The price beat the state record of $325,000 for a Jolie's Halo filly at the Midlantic sale in May.

Overall, the average price increased 12 percent from 1997 (to $18,848), and the sale gross was up 4 percent (to $8,010,200).

Eleven horses sold for $100,000 or more and 95 for $25,000 or more. On the lower end, 99 brought less than $5,000.

"This reflects the national trend," said Fasig-Tipton executive vice president Mason Grasty. "The top gets stronger and the bottom continues to weaken. I've never seen the top 10 here all be $100,000 or higher."

Second at the final session was Graze, a Citidancer colt bought by Jan and Samantha Siegel for $110,000. The Siegels are based in California.

Race schedule

Schedule at area race tracks through conclusion of Colonial Downs' meet Sunday:

Colonial Downs: Live racing 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information: 888-482-8722.

Laurel Park: Opens for live racing next Wednesday. Pimlico, Laurel Park and Maryland off-track betting facilities: Simulcasts daily, except dark Tuesday. Pimlico and Laurel Park information: 301-725-0400. Simulcast results, scratches: 410-792-7464.

Rosecroft Raceway: Live harness racing 7: 20 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Simulcasts daily, except dark Tuesday. Information: 301-567-4000.

Ocean Downs: Simulcasts daily, except dark Monday and

Tuesday. Information: 410-641-0600.

Delaware Park: Live racing 12: 45 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday. Simulcasts daily. Information: 302-994-2521.

Charles Town: Live racing 7: 15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday. Simulcasts daily. Information: 800-795-7001.

Pub Date: 10/07/98

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