02/06/2017 7:54PM

Fasig-Tipton February: Super Majesty leads opening-session gains

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The opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale produced a solid day of trade, with gains in comparable figures led by the $475,000 broodmare prospect Super Majesty.

Monday’s session saw 164 horses sold for revenues of $4,702,300, up 43 percent from last year’s opening day gross of $3,294,500 from 184 sold. The average sale price rose 60 percent to $28,673 from $17,905, while the median increased 22 percent to $9,750 from $8,000.

“I thought there was plenty of activity today,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning. “The market was generally as expected. It goes to show you there’s certainly a vibrant market, even in February. If somebody has a nice broodmare prospect or a nice mare in foal, they can bring her here with complete confidence and there’s going to be plenty of buyers willing to compete for her, or for a short yearling, any horse of quality.”

While the financial measurables compared favorably from year-to-year, the returns did come at the expense of a higher buyback rate. Monday’s session finished with 31 percent of the horses offered hammering under their reserves compared with 26 percent last year.

At the top of the market, five horses changed hands for $200,000 or more, eclipsing the one to hit that mark during last year’s first session. The 12 horses to bring six figures rose from five last year, while horses sold for $50,000 or more rose to 18 from 15.

“There was significant bidding activity and great competition on the upper-end offerings, and unfortunately, there’s very little market on some of the less expensive horses,” Browning said. “I don’t think there’s going to be any change in that tomorrow, or throughout 2017.”

Susan Chu’s Baoma Corp. purchased session-topper Super Majesty for $475,000, eclipsing last year’s sale-topping price of $395,000.

Super Majesty, a 5-year-old Super Saver mare, retired with three wins in nine starts for earnings of $166,760. Racing for owner LNJ Foxwoods, Super Majesty won the Grade 3 Dogwood Stakes and finished second in the listed Iowa Distaff Stakes.

"The good ones always bring more, but you're expecting to pay that much money,” said bloodstock agent Donato Lanni, who signed the ticket for Chu. “I thought she stood out here.”

Lanni said the mare would be sent to reside at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Lexington, Ky., and would be bred to 2015 Horse of the Year American Pharoah for her first mating. The mare will be part of the Triple Crown winner’s second book of mares.

"Susan, like everybody else, is a fan of American Pharoah,” Lanni said. “She wanted a mare to breed to American Pharoah, so this was our last stop.”

Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, Super Majesty is out of the Grade 3-winning Go for Gin mare Gins Majesty, who is the dam of four winners from six runners. She is from the family of 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Dancing in Silks and Grade 2 winner Rocky Marriage.

Darby Dan Farm consigned Super Majesty, as agent.

"She was probably out 85-90 times, so she was a very popular filly, and we'd heard lots of people say she was one of the best mares in the sale,” said Darby Dan’s Carl McEntee. “It's nice when they look like that and they perform at the racetrack and go on to do well in the sales ring.”

McEntee said the February sale’s spot on the calendar played a big part in her placement in the catalog, and her appeal once she was on the grounds.

"This is a fantastic marketplace for a mare coming off the track, a stakes horse, they just do very well,” he said. “We're a week away from the breeding season, everyone has one mare that they want or they've got no other chances to grab one. We knew we were going to come here all along. We nominated her for the [Fasig-Tipton] November sale, but I think this was a better marketplace for her."

Blue Sky Stables secured the session’s most expensive short yearling, going to $135,000 for a colt by The Factor.

The gray or roan colt is out of the winning Cat Thief mare Tanzarine, whose two foals to race are both winners, including stakes-placed Moms Choice.

Bred in Kentucky by Highclere, the colt is from the family of Grade 2 winner Hero’s Tribute, Japanese Group 2 winner Little Gerda, and Panamanian Group 2 winner Bird Express.

Brian Graves, who signed the ticket, said the colt would be targeted to pinhook at a yearling sale later this year.

“I just thought he was the best yearling in the sale, and physically, you just won’t find a better-looking horse,” he said. “He’s a really athletic mover, with a great walk. This is just an exceptional yearling, and we’ll hope for the best.”

Stuart Morris consigned the colt, as agent.