10/16/2017 5:01PM

Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale posts record average, median

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The 2017 edition of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale was statistically the strongest in its brief history, finishing with a record average sale price, record-tying median, and a $170,000 Into Mischief colt becoming the most expensive horse ever sold at the auction.

Monday’s single-day event was the sixth edition of the Saratoga Springs, N.Y., auction, which was founded in 2012 after the opening of Resorts World Casino New York City at Aqueduct gave statebred incentives a dramatic boost.

Fasig-Tipton reported 144 horses sold at the end of trade for revenues of $3,265,000, up 17 percent from last year’s edition when 164 horses brought $2,780,600. It was the second-highest gross in the auction’s history, trailing the 2013 edition when 179 horses sold for $3,363,600.

The average sale price finished at a record $22,647, bettering last year’s figure of $16,955 by 34 percent and surpassing the previous high-water mark of $18,791 set in 2013. The median closed at $12,000, up 41 percent from $8,500 in 2016 and tying the record established during the inaugural edition.

Monday’s buyback rate was 39 percent, compared with 37 percent last year.

Five horses sold for $100,000 or more on Monday, bettering last year by one. The number of horses sold for $75,000 or more rose to 10 from six, while the number sold for $50,000 or more grew to 19 from 15.

The partnership of Mahoney Eden Manor and Classic Bloodstock bought the sale-topper, a $170,000 weanling Into Mischief colt, making him the most expensive offering in the auction’s history. Three horses previously shared the record, each bringing $150,000.

The bay colt is out of the winning Broad Brush mare Darling Mambo, whose first foal to race is stakes-placed Darling Sky.

Bred in New York by Kingsport Farm and Hidden Lake Farm, the colt is from the family of Grade 1 winner Reluctant Guest, Japanese Group 1 winner Gold Allure, and Group 3 winners Gorski, Persian Knight, and Solor. RFHF Bloodstock consigned the colt as agent for the breeders. 

The weanling colt became the most expensive horse out of Darling Mambo to sell at public auction, surpassing Darling Sky, who brought $160,000 as a broodmare prospect at this year's Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. The most expensive pre-racing-age horse out of Darling Mambo was previously Dyker Heights, a Candy Ride colt who brought $125,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale.

Darling Mambo was a $75,000 purchase by the breeders with this colt in utero at last year's Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Monday’s most expensive broodmare was High Pitch, a Medaglia d’Oro mare who sold to John McClutchy for $150,000.

The 4-year-old mare was offered pregnant to Hard Spun, which would be her first foal.

A Darley-homebred, High Pitch won two of 11 starts during her on-track career for earnings of $50,554. Eoin Harty trained her.

High Pitch is out of the French Group 3-placed stakes-winning Seattle Slew mare Mystic Melody, who is the dam of two winners from three foals to race. Mystic Melody is a half-sister to Darley's multiple Group 1 winner and stallion Alpha, as well as Grade 2-placed Lavender Sky. 

Sequel New York consigned High Pitch, as agent.

To view the full results from Monday’s sale, click here.