10/25/2011 7:15PM

Fasig-Tipton sale shows more big gains on second day


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky fall yearling sale built on its massive opening-day gains Tuesday, posting more huge increases. Gross receipts improved 74 percent, the average price gained 68 percent, and median more than doubled for a second consecutive day.

James Herbener, agent, sold the session-topper, a $260,000 Arch filly, to bloodstock agent Steve Young. The bay filly is out of the Royal Academy mare Royal Sanction and is a half-sister to German stakes-winner Ronja.

Tuesday's second of three sessions sold 254 yearlings for a combined $6,358,800, as compared to $3,655,800 for 246 yearlings last season. The average price soared from last year's $14,861 to $25,035, and the median skyrocketed from $5,000 in 2010 to $12,000. Buy-backs were 17 percent, down from 23 percent a year ago.

At Monday's opener, the auction sold fewer horses than last year but raised its gross and average by 50 percent and 59 percent, while median more than doubled. The session auctioned 220 yearlings for $4,741,900, a 50-percent increase over last year's total for 232 horses. Average and median performed even better, with average up 59 percent, from $13,582 to $21,554, and median shot from last year's $5,000 to $12,000.

Tuesday's Arch filly was the most expensive sold so far at the three-day sale and one of four to sell for $200,000 or more through the first two sessions.

Three of those, including the session-topper, sold on Tuesday. The day's second-highest price was the $220,000 that Pike Racing, agent, paid for a Medaglia d'Oro colt out of Drifa, by Tabasco Cat. The dark bay or brown colt is a half-brother to Grade 3-placed stakes-winner Mindy Sue and a full brother to stakes-placed Our Dark Knight. Allied Bloodstock, agent, sold the colt on behalf of Joseph M. Bryan, Jr.

An Unbridled's Song filly out of Sophisticat's full sister Pure Symmetry brought $210,000 when Frank Stronach's Adena Springs bought her from the Woods Edge agency. The chestnut filly is a full sister to the winner American Song and a half-sister to another winner, High Stakes Player. Her dam, a placed Storm Cat mare, also is a full sister to Grand Reward and Schramsberg.

Six yearlings brought $150,000 or more. Trainer Mark Casse bought a $190,000 Lemon Drop Kid colt out of stakes-placed Present Danger. Dromoland Farm sold the chestnut colt, whose dam is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Derianne. Adena Springs, which has been active in the yearling market's upper reaches this year, also bought a $180,000 Macho Uno-On Fuego colt from Peter O'Callaghan's Woods Edge agency. Northshore Bloostock, agent, paid $160,000 for the Hidden Brook consignment's Giant's Causeway-Rose Diamond colt, a half-brother to stakes winners Summer Patriot and Flawless Treasure and graded placed winners Deputy Diamond and Waddaan.