05/24/2011 3:55PM

Fasig-Tipton sale continues strongly as Indian Charlie colt brings $600,000


Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic 2-year-old sale continued to show strength at the top Tuesday in its last of two sessions as a $600,000 Indian Charlie colt took over as price leader.

The EQB agency snapped up the bay Indian Charlie colt out of Bally Storm, by Summer Squall. Becky Thomas’s Sequel Bloodstock agency sold the colt, who had worked an eighth-mile in the auction preview’s second-fastest time of 10.2 seconds.

Offered as Hip No. 492, the colt is from the family of Grade 2 winner Yarrow Brae. He was the sale-leader as of 3:30 p.m.

Three other juveniles had brought $200,000 or more at that point in the auction. They were Hip No. 409, a $300,000 More Than Ready-Uncork filly that agent Lynne Boutte sold to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm; Hip No. 403, a $240,000 More Than Ready-Trippi Street colt that David and Katie McKathan’s M & H Training and Sales agency sold to Kingsbury Stables; and Hip No. 483, a $200,000 Forest Grove-Asheville colt that Pike Racing, agent, sold to Charles J. Cella.

Monday’s opening session at the Timonium, Md., fairgrounds sold 161 horses for $7,466,600 (including private sales), resulting in an average price of $46,376 and a $25,000 median. Last year’s single-day auction sold 273 juveniles for a combined $13,099,500, resulting in a $47,984 average and a $27,000 median. Buy-backs were up slightly on Monday, rising from last year’s sale total of 13 percent to 26 percent.

Monday’s session-topper was a $390,000 Malibu Moon filly who is a half-sister to champion turf horse Paradise Creek, Forbidden Apple, Wild Event, and Paradise River, dam of English champion David Junior. Bob Baffert bought her from Bridlewood Farm’s agency.

The Malibu Moon filly was one of 19 juveniles who brought six figures at Monday’s opener, and one of three who sold for $250,000 or more.