02/07/2012 9:29AM

Fasig-Tipton sale up 11 percent in average; $200K topper


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky winter mixed sale on Monday in Lexington continued the upward trend at recent breeding stock and all-ages sales by posting across-the-board increases.

The one-day auction at Newtown Paddocks sold 270 horses for $4,601,800, an increase of 63 percent over last year’s aggregate for 183 horses. The average gained 11 percent, climbing from $15,418 last year to $17,044. Median rose 5 percent, from $5,700 in 2011 to $6,000. Buybacks were 22 percent, down from 30 percent a year ago.

Eleven horses sold for $100,000 or more, a factor that lent upper-market strength. The most expensive horse sold Monday was the $200,000 broodmare Fancy Prancer. Bluegrass Hall bought the 13-year-old Bertrando mare from Paramount Sales agency. The mare was cataloged in foal to Bluegrass Cat and already is the dam of four other stakes-winners: Miss Sassy Sue, Littlemiss Allison, Robo Willie, and Dakota Sue. Her daughter Littlemiss Allison was another of the Fasig-Tipton sale’s six-figure mares from Paramount’s consignment. Bought by Robert Vukovich, she was one of three lots to bring $150,000 on Monday.

Bluegrass Hall also picked up the session’s second most expensive horse, the $185,000 broodmare Misty Daylight. Consigned by James Keogh’s Grovendale agency, the 7-year-old winner is a daughter of Seeking Daylight and Misty Dancer, whose daughter Quiet Dance produced 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam. Misty Daylight was cataloged in foal to Lope de Vega, a son of Shamardal standing in Ireland.