08/05/2013 10:31PM

Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale: First session posts across-the-board gains

Barbara Livingston
This filly by the late Dynaformer topped Monday's opening session at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale at $1.225 million.

Boosted by Optimizer’s $1,225,000 half-sister, Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga select yearling sale ended its first of two sessions with large gains across the board on Monday.

Goncalo Torrealba and family’s Borges Torrealba bought the session-topping Dynaformer filly. John Stuart’s Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services agency consigned the filly on behalf of Calumet Farm, and Three Chimneys acted as agent on behalf of Borges Torrealba. The dark bay or brown filly is a March 10 foal out of the winning A. P. Indy mare Indy Pick, and her second dam is Grade 1 winner Fantastic Find. Borges Torrealba made a major investment in Three Chimneys last fall.

The first session produced big gains over last year’s opening night, which saw figures plummet from the 2011 opener. Monday’s session sold 50 yearlings for a combined $15,670,000, up 15 percent from last year’s total of $13,590,000 for 52 yearlings. The average price vaulted 20 percent, from $261,346 last season to $313,400, and median advanced by a whopping 36 percent, from $200,000 to $272,500.  Buybacks also improved significantly, dropping to 25 percent from last year’s 33 percent.

At a session notable for the absence of major buyer Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum, a number of upper-level domestic buyers were active. The three other yearlings who sold for more than $500,000 Monday night went to American-based owners.

The second highest-priced lot, a $1 million Distorted Humor-Cascading filly, sold to Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Plantation. The bay filly is from the family of world-record-priced broodmare Better Than Honour, the dam of Belmont Stakes winners Rags to Riches and Jazil who went on to bring $14 million at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton November sale. The Hill ’n’ Dales Sales agency consigned the filly, a Feb. 9 foal.

Barry Irwin’s Team Valor picked up the other two yearlings to sell for more than $500,000, including the night’s highest-priced colt, an $875,000 Medaglia d’Oro colt out of Majestic Warrior’s full sister, the stakes winner Crystal Current. Bluewater Sales, agent, sold the bay colt, a Jan. 25 foal. Team Valor’s other expensive purchase was a $600,000 Indian Charlie filly out of Grade 3 winner Alpine Garden that the Gainesway agency consigned.

It was also a good night for A. P. Indy as a broodmare sire. Daughters of the now-pensioned Lane’s End stallion produced the night’s three-highest-priced yearlings.

Maktoum’s agent, John Ferguson, signed for a single lot Monday night: a $400,000 Medaglia d’Oro colt out of Jimmy Creed’s full sister, the stakes winner Funny Feeling. Mill Ridge Sales agency sold the colt, who counts recent Acorn winner Midnight Lucky as another Grade 1-winning family member.

The second and final Saratoga select yearling session was to take place Tuesday night at Fasig-Tipton’s Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion, starting at 7 p.m.

For hip-by-hip results, click here.

Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale results (first session)

Year Sold Total Average Median Buyback
2013 50 $15,670,000 (+15%) $313,400 (+20%) $272,500 (+36%) 25%
2012 52 $13,590,000 $261,346 $200,000 33%