12/09/2002 12:00AM

Fasig-Tipton opener down sharply


Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's two-day December mixed sale saw sharp declines of almost 40 percent in gross revenue and average price on its opening day, Sunday, at Timonium, Md.

The auction's first session sold 188 lots for total receipts of $823,100, down 39 percent from the total brought by 192 lots in the equivalent session last year. The first-session average plummeted by 37 percent this year to $4,378. The median was off only slightly, declining from last year's $2,700 to $2,650.

Prices were stronger, at least at the upper levels, for Monday's market. At 4:30 p.m. Monday, the early high price was Hip No. 466, a $103,000 Silver Charm weanling filly. Josham Farms Limited bought the filly from Bill Reightler, who acted as agent for Mantua Farm. The filly is out of the stakes winner Promiseville (Alwasmi) and is a half-sister to Small Promises, winner of three stakes and more than $300,000.

Sunday's session-topper was Hip No. 102, the 7-year-old Housebuster mare Jennymeg, whom Hector Alcalde bought for $50,000. Jennymeg is the dam of stakes winner Smoke Buster, an earner of more than $113,000.

Muirfield East, agent, consigned Jennymeg in foal to Two Punch. The mare is out of the Green Forest mare Astreak, a full sister to Grade 3 winner Forest Glow.