12/16/2002 1:00AM

Fasig-Tipton low end is weak


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's single-session December mixed auction got under way Monday morning with numerous buy-backs and low prices at the bottom end of the market, but sellers could find money for the few higher-quality offerings.

As of 5 p.m., the top price was $55,000 for Gaye's Locket, a 7-year-old Ogygian mare in foal to popular young sire Distorted Humor. Brereton Jones bought the mare, a winner and half-sister to five stakes runners, including multiple Grade 3-placed Gallant Step. Christine Hansen's Montessori agency consigned Gaye's Locket for owners G and K Stable.

There were a handful of other lots to sell in the same price range, among them Gaye's Locket's weanling filly by Maria's Mon, whom Roger Devenport bought from G and K Stable (Montessori, agent) for $50,000.

* A $30,000 yearling Holy Bull filly was the top seller Sunday at the one-day Fasig-Tipton mixed auction at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. Doyce and Shirley Ellenburg bought the filly, a daughter of stakes-winner Sonsearay (Bold Ego), from the dispersal of B.L. Littleton's bloodstock. The filly, currently named Holy Class, is a half-sister to winners Sea Annie and B. L.'s Princess. The session grossed $665,600 (up 25 percent) on a larger catalog of 207 sold, for an average price of $3,215 (down 14 percent) and median of $2,000 (down 20 percent).