10/24/2012 9:11PM

Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale ends with record gross, average, and median

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Fasig-Tipton’s bullish October yearling sale ended on a record-breaking note Wednesday here.

The three-day auction ended with 880 yearlings sold for $22,991,600, resulting in a $26,127 average and a $12,750 median. Those figures beat the previous records, all set last year, of a $17,046,800 gross, a $24,010 average, and a $12,000 median. Last year’s auction sold 710 yearlings.

The buyback rate was level with last year’s figure, 20 percent.

The final session Wednesday saw a $350,000 top price when Zayat Stables picked up an Arch-High Priestess colt for that price. The April 10 foal is the second foal for his dam, a Mt. Livermore half-sister to Group 3 winner Dijeer and to Grade 3-placed stakes winners Isn’t He Clever and Sharp Writer. Monticule was the seller.

The Wednesday session’s second most expensive horses was a $250,000 Indian Charlie colt from the family of Grade 1-placed Victory U. S. A. Charles Zacney, whose Cash Is King partnership campaigned dual classic winner Afleet Alex, bought the March 3 foal. The bay colt is out of multiple Grade 2 winner Foresta and was part of the Woods Edge agency’s consignment.