07/15/2013 9:15PM

Fasig-Tipton July racing age sale: Million-dollar Starship Truffles tops inaugural auction

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Grade 1 winner Starship Truffles sold for $1 million to lead the inaugural Fasig-Tipton summer horses of racing age sale

More closely resembling an entry in the yearling sale that preceded it, the Fasig-Tipton summer selected horses of racing age sale in Lexington, Ky., entered Monday with plenty of potential, but no back class.

When the last horse left the ring at Newtown Paddocks that evening, the sale had proven to be a successful debut by all accounts.

A total of 55 horses sold for a total of $5,819,000, led by Grade 1 winner Starship Truffles, who sold to Castleton Lyons for $1 million. The average sale price was $105,800, while the median finished at $45,000. The buyback rate was 15 percent.

“The horses of racing age sale was a tremendous success,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning Jr. “It was terrific. We live in an evolving world, and I think the one thing we thought when we started the sale was from talking and listening to people in the marketplace, there was a need for a vehicle to sell horses of racing age in an organized fashion at this time of the year, with some standards and some requirements – just a legitimate horse sale.”

Browning said the sale was all but certain to return next year, and he expected a stronger turnout in 2014, after people have had a chance to observe the auction. He credited consignors who took a chance in the unproven market with upper-level horses, as well as his staff’s persistence in recruiting and marketing them, for the level of interest on Monday.

“I think there will be a lot of momentum,” he said. “I think we had some customers and consignors that kind of watched this year and said, ‘This might work.’”

Starship Truffles entered the sale off a win in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap on July 6. The 4-year-old Ghostzapper filly has won 14 of 24 career starts for earnings of $433,035.

“She was very impressive last out,” said Gabriel Duignan, who signed the ticket for Castleton Lyons, which is based in Lexington. “She suits the program for Castleton Lyons and hopefully we can win a bit more with her.”

Duignan said that Starship Truffles would remain in training and probably stay in the barn of trainer Martin Wolfson, who conditioned her for previous owners Chasing Tails Stables.

The sale was the sixth time that Starship Truffles has changed owners – sold at auction three times, claimed twice, and sold privately once – with an average price before Monday’s sale of $15,050. Last July, just over year before selling for seven figures, she was claimed for $6,250 at Calder Race Course.

Bred in Kentucky by Sanford and Irwin Goldfarb, Starship Truffles is out of the stakes-winning Not For Love mare Bobbie Use, who is the dam of two winners from three foals to race. Starship Truffles was consigned by Hidden Brook, agent, who also consigned her at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale, where she brought $11,000.

“She’s first-class,” said Mike Recio of Hidden Brook. “We actually raised a lot of the family at the farm. We had Bobbie Use, so we know them all pretty well and were happy to have her back. She didn’t bring a lot the first time we had her, so we were glad to have a reprieve and do it again.”

For hip-by-hip results, click here.

Year Sold Total Average Median Buyback
2013 55 $5,819,000 $105,800 $45,000 15%