Once more, Timonium auction sets marks

$1.7M gross, $9,130 average far surpass 1999 figures

February 08, 2000|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Horses sold at the Timonium fairgrounds set another record Sunday when buyers paid $1,725,500 for 189 head at the annual Fasig-Tipton Midlantic winter mixed sale. This was the fourth straight horse auction at Timonium setting standards for gross sales and average price a horse.

The gross was 97 percent higher than last February's winter mixed total of $876,900. The average of $9,130 was 55 percent higher than the $5,885 average last year, when 149 horses changed hands.

Asked to explain the rise in sales, Mason Grasty, executive vice president of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic, said: "Quality of the catalog; just better horses. It seems to me that there's obviously still a strong demand for the top breeding stock and still a strong demand for a horse that can win at the racetrack practically regardless of the level."

Nine horses of the late Alfred G. Vanderbilt led the sale, including the sales topper, How Dry I Am. The 3-year-old filly was sold for $80,000 to Barry K. Schwartz, a prominent New York owner. The next-highest price was paid for another Vanderbilt horse, Ewer All Wet, a 5-year-old gelding whom Rodney Jenkins, a trainer at Laurel Park, bought for $70,000.

Vanderbilt, who died in November at 87, often gave his horses clever names. How Dry I Am and Ewer All Wet are sister and brother.

NOTE: Millions, the former Leon Blusiewicz trainee, will make his first start for trainer Nick Zito in a seven-furlong allowance race tomorrow at Gulfstream Park. Blusiewicz trained Millions, a one-time Kentucky Derby contender, at Pimlico before Zito bought the colt, now 4, at auction in New York last fall for $250,000.

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