Average price rises to $33,023 at Timonium 2-year-olds sale

Horse Racing

May 22, 2002|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

The price of horses rose at the two-day Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale that concluded yesterday at the sales pavilion at Timonium.

Yesterday and Monday, 282 thoroughbreds sold for $9,312,600. The average price of $33,023 was 4 percent higher than last year's $31,826, and the median of $22,500 was 7 percent higher than last year's $21,000.

The gross of $9.3 million was 9 percent higher than last year's $8,529,400. Only 99 horses were not sold, compared to last year's 120. Usually, when the buybacks decrease, so does the average.

"That's really pretty healthy stuff," said Mason Grasty, executive vice president of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic in Elkton.

The sales topper was a Maryland-bred son of End Sweep and the mare Line's Busy, a daughter of Phone Trick, which attracted a bid of $280,000. Roger A. Dreyer, a California horseman, bought the colt from Valley View Farm.

A Kentucky-bred son of Grand Slam and the mare Tipsy Girl, a daughter of Raise a Cup, sold for $210,000, and a Kentucky-bred son of Storm Cat and the Akarad mare Shannkara sold for $200,000.

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