10/06/2015 7:47PM

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale closes with mixed results


Activity in the upper market of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale could not keep pace with the previous year’s renewal, but a consistent middle market and improved buyback rate helped the median remain steady.

A total of 274 yearlings changed hands during Tuesday’s single-day auction for revenues of $5,228,800, down 13 percent from the 2014 sale when 275 horses sold for $6,023,900.

The average sale price also fell 13 percent from $21,095 to $19,083, while the median finished unchanged at $10,000. The buyback rate closed at 25 percent, down from last year’s figure of 28 percent.

Horses sold for six figures declined from nine to five, while yearlings to bring $200,000 or more fell from two to one. At the next level down, 24 horses sold for $50,000 or more, down from 37 in 2014.

Ellen Charles once again purchased the sale-topper, going to $200,000 to secure a Malibu Moon filly out of the Grade 2-placed stakes-winning Lion Hearted filly Aspenglow.

Bred in Kentucky by Nancy Terhune, Ernest Frohboese, and Candyland Farm, the filly is the second foal out of Aspenglow and hails from the family of Grade 2 winner Dixie Luck, Grade 1-placed Ole Atocha, and multiple stakes winner Silver Heart.

Candyland, as agent, consigned the filly, who became the most expensive foal to change hands at public auction out of Aspenglow. The hammer price surpassed those brought by the dam’s first foal, the Unbridled’s Song colt Earth Collection, who sold for $80,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale, then was pinhooked for $120,000 this spring at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-year-olds in training sale.

To view the full sale results, click here.