Five sell for $120,000 or more on last day at Timonium

Horse Racing

October 04, 2001|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

The three-day sale of thoroughbred yearlings in Timonium ended on a high note yesterday as five horses sold for $120,000 or more and the average price per horse rose appreciably from the first two days.

"Today was a little better," said Mason Grasty, executive vice president of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic, which conducted the auction.

After Tuesday's session, he said that the sale lacked sizzle and dueling bidders. Yesterday, he said, some of the sizzle that drove the sale the past decade returned.

"I'd rather end with sizzle than start with sizzle and then fizzle," Grasty said.

Still, this fall auction of yearlings broke a streak of 11 straight fall yearling sales in which the average per horse increased every year.

During the three days at the state fairgrounds, 541 yearlings sold for $9,153,000, an average of $16,919 per horse. At last year's auction, 566 yearlings sold for $11,289,300, an average of $19,946 per horse.

The Siegel family of California, frequent buyers of horses in Maryland, paid $180,000 for the sales topper, a Florida-bred daughter of End Sweep and She's My Choice. The Siegels also bought a Virginia-bred daughter of Silver Deputy and Starry Val for $150,000.

B. Wayne Hughes, another California buyer, paid $150,000 for a Maryland-bred daughter of Touch Gold and Round It Off.

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