08/30/2012 1:41PM

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern yearling sale goes from two days to one

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Fasig-Tipton Midlantic’s Eastern fall yearling sale will go from two days to one this year as the number of yearlings cataloged drops 30 percent.

The Oct. 1 auction at Timonium in Maryland has 375 horses cataloged, down from 535 last year, when the two-day catalog was 17 percent smaller than the previous year. The declining numbers reflect the larger trend of shrinking registered Thoroughbred foal crops in recent years, a trend many auction officials cite as a factor in the yearling markets’ return to stability. Last year’s two-day sale saw average and median increase by 16 percent and 73 percent, respectively. The 2011 sale sold 332 horses for $6,273,800, a 2 percent dip in gross, resulting in an $18,523 average and a $9,250 median. The sale produced recent Schuylerville winner So Many Ways, who cost owner Maggi Moss $22,000.

Catalogs for this year’s sale are available online at www.fasigtipton.com and printed versions are at Fasig-Tipton offices.