Bid of $230,000 for colt tops yearling sale

Son of Not For Love is one of 10 sold for more than $100,000 in 2-day auction

Horse Racing

October 01, 2003|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

A Maryland-bred son of Not For Love attracted the high bid of $230,000 yesterday as the two-day Fasig Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearlings sale concluded at the Timonium fairgrounds.

Buzz Chace, a prominent New Jersey buyer, purchased the dark bay colt whose sire, Not For Love, stands at Northview Stallion Station in Cecil County. Not For Love has sired 16 stakes winners. The colt's dam, Gala Goldie's Best, has produced two foals who have raced. They've combined for eight wins.

The colt was one of 10 yearlings who sold for $100,000 or more at the auction, compared to six at last year's auction. And fewer yearlings sold at this year's sale, which was two days, compared to last year's sale, which was three. This year's average increased by 9 percent.

Yesterday and Monday, 456 yearlings sold for $8,325,500, an average of $18,258. Last year, 530 yearlings sold for $8,840,400, an average of $16,680. The median both years was $9,500.

"The sale continues to show a strong regional, middle market," said Mason Grasty, executive vice president of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic, the sales company. "We've had buyers at every level."

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