Numbers, prices drop at annual yearling sale

Attacks seen to blame for softening of market

Horse Racing

October 02, 2001|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

The terrorist attacks in New York and the Washington area apparently adversely affected the sale of thoroughbred yearlings yesterday in Timonium.

The numbers fell from a year ago at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearlings sale at the state fairgrounds; down were the average price per horse and the number of horses sold.

Mason Grasty, executive vice president of the sales company, said he knew of at least four top buyers from out of state who did not attend the auction, apparently out of a fear of flying. Like the sale of cars and food in restaurants, Grasty said, the sale of horses is off, too.

"The selling market is a little soft, given the recent events of Sept. 11," he said.

Yesterday, 183 yearlings sold for $2,920,100, an average of $15,957 per horse. Last year, 197 yearlings sold for $4,295,300, an average of $21,804 per horse.

Five sold yesterday for $100,000 or more. Buzz Chase, the well-known buyer, purchased two of them. Maryland trainer Jimmy Murphy paid $150,000 for the sales-topper, a Maryland-bred son of Not For Love and Chattin.

The three-day sale will continue today and conclude tomorrow. Sessions begin at 10 a.m.

NOTE: Tomorrow is the deadline for pre-entering horses in the 16th annual Maryland Million, Oct. 13 at Pimlico. About 140 horses sired by Maryland stallions are expected to be pre-entered.

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