01/29/2016 1:39PM

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic winter mixed sale sees new spot on calendar


There was no 2015 edition of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic winter mixed sale, but the sale was never canceled or postponed.

Instead, it occupies a new position on the auction calendar, moving from its traditional December slot to Sunday, Jan. 31.

The single-day auction will take place at Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic sale complex at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern.

The catalog for this year’s renewal features 167 entries, down 17 percent from the 2014 renewal, which cataloged 202 horses and featured dispersals from the estates of Brice Ridgely and William Harris.

From the sale’s 167 cataloged entries, 52 are newly-turned yearlings, comprising 31 percent of the overall sale. Comparatively, the 88 weanlings entered in the 2014 sale, which was held before the universal Thoroughbred birth date of Jan. 1 to make them yearlings, made up 44 percent of that year’s catalog.

This year’s sale features the dispersals from the estates of Sondra and Howard Bender, Charles Jefferis II of Lickety Split Services, James Glenn, and Max Pearson, as well as a reduction of racing-age horses from New Jersey-based Joe-Dan Farm.

The most recent edition of the Midlantic winter mixed sale saw 110 horses sold for revenues of $954,800, down 37 percent from the 2013 renewal’s gross. The average sale price fell 24 percent to $8,680, while the median declined 20 percent to $4,000.

Wolver Hill Farm purchased sale-topper Delaney’s Star, a half sister to champion Declan’s Moon, for $60,000. The winning Latent Heat mare went through the ring carrying her first foal, by Majestic Warrior.

The sale’s top weanling, and overall second-highest price, was a colt from the first crop of Shackleford who sold to Machmer Hall for $48,000. The gray or roan colt is out of the unraced Cozzene mare Pier Sixty Six, whose offspring includes stakes winner Paco Smart. His extended family features champion Points of Grace, Canadian champion Go Greeley, and Grade 1 winners Devil’s Orchid and Favourable Terms.