12/03/2012 8:14PM

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale: Open market posts gains

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Considering that last year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale featured the high-profile dispersal of the late Carl Lizza Jr.'s Flying Zee Stable, sales figures were expected to be down at the conclusion of Monday's renewal at Timonium, Md., and they were.

The final numbers from Monday's single session, however, compared favorably with last year's sale after the dispersal horses were taken out of the equation.

Fasig-Tipton reported 140 horses sold for $1,150,200, a 69 percent decline compared with the 2011 sale, when 260 sold for $3,739,350. The average sale price of $8,216 declined 43 percent from $14,382, while median fell 23 percent, from $5,200 to $4,000.

The buy-back rate increased to 28 percent after finishing at 23 percent last year.

Removing the Flying Zee dispersal horses from last year's final numbers, which included 96 horses and six of the top 10 prices, total sales increased 7 percent from 164 horses sold last year for $1,070,000. Using those criteria, the average price jumped 26 percent from last year's figure of $6,524.

The top price of the sale came from a weanling half-sister to recent Grade 1 winner Unbridled Command, who sold for $100,000 to McMahon and Hill Bloodstock, agent for Edition Farm. She was the only horse in the sale to eclipse six figures.

A gray or roan Read the Footnotes filly, the sale-topper is out of the unraced Unbridled's Song mare Unbridled Betty, who has produced four winners from five to race. Her most successful offspring, Unbridled Command, won the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 25, and won the Grade 3 Saranac Stakes and a listed stakes earlier this year.

Bred in New York by Rhapsody Farm and Jon Davis, the weanling filly is from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Manistique. She was consigned by Rhapsody Farm and Hidden Lake Farm, agents.

The weanling is the second-highest-priced foal out of Unbridled Betty to sell at public auction. Spring Beauty, a Consolidator filly, brought $130,000 at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected yearling sale. Earlier this year, her yearling colt by Freud dropped the hammer at $82,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred preferred sale.

Four horses shared the second-highest price at $50,000, including the top racing or broodmare prospect of the sale, La La's Cookin, who sold to Foxtale Farm.
A two-year Harlan's Holiday filly, she has raced three times at Charles Town Races, finishing third in her second start, for career earnings of $4,680.

Bred in Florida by Ocala Stud, La La's Cookin was consigned by Bill Reightler, agent. She was a supplemental entry to the sale's catalog and was the last horse to go through the ring.

La La's Cookin is out of the unraced Notebook mare Cricket Box. She is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and sire Outofthebox, stakes winner Ruff and Ready, and stakes-placed Unlimited Pleasure, who is the dam of Grade 2 winner Unlimited Budget and Grade 3 winners Jardin and Beacon Shine. Other notable family members include Grade 1 winner and sire Mighty Appealing and Grade 2 winner Tackleberry.