10/21/2003 12:00AM

Fasig-Tipton opener soars


Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's two-day fall yearling sale entered its second session Tuesday off an opening-day bull run that rang up substantial increases across the board.

Tuesday's early prices weren't hitting the peaks seen Monday, when a $400,000 Saint Ballado filly topped the proceedings, but there were still a few six-figure lots as of 4:30 p.m. The highest sale price by that time was the $150,000 that Taylor Made paid for a High Yield-Saratoga Warning filly on behalf of client B. Baskin. The filly, consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, is a half-sister to stakes winner Act Smart. Paramount also sold Monday's session-topper.

Monday's opener sold 269 yearlings for $4,691,800, up 33 percent from last year's first day, when 267 sold. The average price also soared 32 percent to $17,442, and the median jumped 45 percent to $9,000. Buy-backs held level at 23 percent.