09/27/2007 11:00PM

Fasig-Tipton sale begins

EmailYearlings will be in the spotlight Monday in Timonium, Md., when the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale gets under way at 10 a.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds's sale pavilion.

The three-day sale, which in the past two years has yielded such horses as 2007 Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes winner Dominican and current 2-year-old Maryland-bred stakes winner Jet Run, is not quite as large as in recent years, but still boasts a hefty 903 yearlings in the catalog. Of that total, 208 are Maryland-breds.

Nearly two dozen stallions with Maryland-sired offspring, making them eligible for the Maryland Million program, are represented, led by Not for Love, with 35 sons and daughters in the catalog. Also well represented are first-year stallions Domestic Dispute (21 offspring cataloged), Bowman's Band (19), and Great Notion (10).

Last year's sale - the largest and highest-grossing yearling sale in Maryland history - reached a plateau when 658 yearlings averaged $22,159, a 6 percent decrease from the 2005 record average. The median, however, rose nearly 10 percent, to $11,500, and 25 yearlings sold for $100,000 or more.

Maryland-breds solid at Keeneland sale

A total of 36 Maryland-bred yearlings sold over Keeneland's mammoth 15-day sale, averaging $112,992, 11.5 percent higher than the sale's average of $101,347. The highest-priced of the Maryland offerings was the $775,000 Smart Strike colt purchased by John Ferguson. Out of 1998 Maryland-bred horse of the year Tenski (by Polish Numbers), the colt was bred by Richard Golden's Sycamore Hall Farm LLC and consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.

The leading Maryland consignor (two or more sold) was David and JoAnn Hayden's Dark Hollow Farm, which sold five for an average of $174,000, topped by a $500,000 More Than Ready filly out of Kinlin, by Unbridled, who was bred in the name of Dark Hollow Farm. Jerry and Ann Moss were the buyers.

Maryland breeder John T. Crane sold a total of seven under his Preston Farm banner, with Eaton Sales and Charlton as agents, for an average of $127,000. Leading the Preston Farm consignment was a $500,000 Hennessy colt (out of Jewel of the East, by Kris S.) who went to B. Wayne Hughes.

Two Maryland sires had yearlings sell for six figures. Three of the six-figure yearlings were by leading sire Not for Love, who stands at Northview Stallion Station. His top Keeneland yearling was a colt out of the Honour and Glory mare Gallelujah from the Dark Hollow consignment who sold for $145,000 to Second Wind. A son of Maryland Stallion Station's freshman sire Rock Slide sold for $120,000 during the sale's 10th session on Sept. 20. The Kentucky-bred colt out of Ain't Talkin (by Smart Strike) was purchased by Blackwater Farm.

Jockey Club breeding statistics for 2006

The newest figures released by the Jockey Club indicated a slight decline in number of foals by Maryland sires in 2007 compared with the previous year.

A total of 66 Maryland sires covered 1,637 mares in 2006, resulting in 966 live foals in 2007. The previous year, 78 stallions were bred to 1,724 mares, with 1,021 foals reported. The difference was a drop of 5.4 percent.

The top 10 Maryland stallions by number of foals reported in 2007 are Dance With Ravens and Domestic Dispute, each with 126 mares bred and 83 foals reported, followed by Lion Hearted (126/75), Louis Quatorze (107/73), Oratory (108/58), Not for Love (76/52), Gators N Bears (71/46), Bowman's Band (74/42), Parker's Storm Cat (58/33) and Great Notion (56/32).

Maryland Million deadline fast approaching

The pre-entry deadline for this year's Maryland Million is Thursday. To be run on Oct. 13 at Laurel Park, the Maryland Million offers 12 races with combined purses of $1.68 million. The feature event is the 1o3/16-mile $300,000 Maryland Million Classic. In addition to the purses, awards are distributed to the nominator and stallion owners of winning and placed runners.

For information and to confirm eligibility, contact the Maryland Million office at (410) 252-2100 or call Laurel Park's racing office at (800) 638-1859.