Updated on 09/15/2011 2:32PM

Bargains at Timonium


The two-day Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed sale, set to get under way in Timonium, Md., on Sunday is like a department store at Christmas - lots of quality choices, many at bargain prices.

In recent years there have been a number of storied sales. In 1992, $800 was all it took to buy a weanling filly by Raja's Revenge, later named Incredible Revenge. The speedy Incredible Revenge went on to win 16 stakes and earn $638,578 during her six-year career.

How many buyers would expect to shell out a mere $1,900 for a future Grade 1 producer? Our Dani, a winning daughter of Homebuilder, sold as a broodmare prospect for that amount in 1997. When bred to You and I the following spring, she produced You, one of this year's top juvenile fillies.

Though smaller than last year's mammoth three-day sale, this year's sale has nearly 700 horses cataloged over the two days, with the first horse through the ring at 10 a.m. On Sunday, 330 broodmares and broodmare prospects and four stallions are offered. More than 250 weanlings and numerous yearlings and horses of racing age are catalogued for Monday.

Among the highlights of this year's sale are the horses from the estate of noted Maryland breeder Nancy Bayard, with Russell and Richard Jones's Walnut Green as agent.

Bayard, who died in July, and her late husband, James, had owned and bred horses since the 1940's at their Bohemia Manor farm in Chesapeake City. Over the years, they campaigned numerous stakes winners, including Rex Imperator and Aspro.

The Bayards also raced Rolling Mill, winner of six stakes and $147,548, and multiple stakes-placed Rajputana, both of whom figure prominently in the pedigrees of the 10 Bayard horses to be sold - broodmares Calipha, Mill Song, and Buckles and Kinks (each in foal to Concern), those mares' yearlings and weanlings, and broodmare prospect Bay of Bengal.

The star of Nancy Bayard's racing stable in the 1990's was Calipha. A daughter of Two Punch and Rajputana, Calipha won the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan and Reeve Schley Jr. Stakes on her way to champion Maryland-bred 3-year-old filly honors in 1994, and retired with earnings of $378,739. Calipha's first foal, a 1997 colt by Concern named Rajya Sabha, has earned $139,620; her second foal is 3-year-old Bay of Bengal (by Rakeen). Calipha's yearling and weanling colts are both by Concern.

Buckles and Kinks (by Waquoit) and Mill Song (by The Minstrel) are two of five stakes horses produced by Rolling Mill. Now 13, Mill Song is the dam of two winners from four foals of racing age and sells along with her Polish Numbers yearling filly and Two Punch weanling colt.

The biggest newsmaker of the trio this year is 7-year-old Buckles and Kinks. Her first foal, a 2-year-old Two Punch filly named Bronze Abe owned by Bayard's son Samuel, won the Heavenly Cause Stakes on Nov. 17 at Laurel Park. Buckles and Kinks's two youngest foals are both colts by Partner's Hero.

The majority of the broodmares in this year's sale are young and unproven, in foal to such stallions as leading Maryland sires Allen's Prospect and Two Punch, last year's top freshman sire Honour and Glory, and champion Victory Gallop. One such mare is from the consignment of Bill Reightler, agent, for Foxharbor Farm. Polar Capp, a 4-year-old by Carnivalay, is out of top producer Turn Capp and in foal to Two Punch. Her half-sister, Queen's Crown, is the granddam of Two Punch's champion son, Smoke Glacken.

Two Punch is the sire of five weanlings in the sale, including a filly from the consignment of Litz Bloodstock Services, agent. Out of the mare Texas Cinema, the filly is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Cinemine and 2-year-old filly Flick, winner of the Pontalba Stakes at Fair Grounds on Nov. 25.

More than 130 stallions are represented by weanlings in the sale, with Allen's Prospect, Cryptoclearance, and Larrupin's accounting for a sales high 10 each. Also making a presence are first-year sires Artax, Comic Strip, Diamond, Malibu Moon, and Stormin Fever, and leading freshman sires Open Forum and Siphon (Brz).