10/23/2012 10:29PM

Fasig-Tipton: October sale continues gains; $440k Speightstown colt tops second session


LEXINGTON, Ky. - A $440,000 Speightstown colt raised the bar Tuesday as Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky October yearling posted a second day of increases.

Session gross increased 25 percent with 43 more yearlings sold this year, rising from last year’s $6,358,800 for 254 horses to $7,968,900 for 297 horses. Average price gained seven percent. climbing from $25,035 to $26,831, and median advanced eight percent, from $12,000 to $14,000. Buybacks for the day were 19 percent, up from last season’s 17 percent.

Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm bought the session-topping, and sale-leading, colt from the Taylor Made Sales agency. The gray or roan colt, a Feb. 2 foal, is out of the Dehere mare Betty’s Pet, a full sister to graded winner Millions. The colt is a half-brother to stakes-winner Vaulcluse and is from a deep family of graded and group performers, including French Group 1 winner Elusive City, now a sire.

The day’s top filly, a $265,000 daughter of Malibu Moon, sold to Regis Farms from Spendthrift Farm (Warrendale Sales, agent). The bay filly, an April 7 daughter of Canadian stakes-winner Velvet Snow, is from the family of graded winner Top Notch Lady, and she is a half-sister to the winner La Billos. 

The October yearling sale was to continue through Wednesday at Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks pavilion in Lexington.