Filly brings $450,000 at Timonium auction

May 20, 2004|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

More than $13 million changed hands and several records fell at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's two-day auction of 2-year-old thoroughbreds Monday and Tuesday at the Timonium fairgrounds.

Records were set for gross sales, average price and highest-priced horse. A Kentucky-bred bay filly by Silver Deputy out of Livia B brought $450,000, a record for the 2-year-old sale and probably a record for any sale at Timonium, said Mason Grasty, executive vice president of the Elkton sales company.

Grasty said it was the highest price in the 14 years he's been involved at Timonium.

Buzz Chace, bloodstock agent, bought the filly for New Jersey horse owners Marianne and Charles Hesse. They plan to turn her over to trainer Todd Pletcher in New York, Chace said.

At the two-day auction, 354 horses sold for $13,227,800, a record as well as a 35 percent increase over last year's sale. The average price of $37,367 was also a record - and 23 percent higher than last year's average. Twenty-three 2-year-olds sold for $100,000 or more.

"It was gangbusters," Grasty said. "We ran out of horses for people to buy before we ran out of money."

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