04/02/2013 7:56PM

Fasig-Tipton Texas: 2-year-old sale features horses of racing age section


The Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale commences on Wednesday, April 3, with a condensed catalog, but also with a potentially high-profile offering to close the day.

Fasig-Tipton will hold the one-day sale at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, beginning at noon Central on Wednesday. A quartet of juveniles finished a one-furlong workout in :10.20 seconds to tie for the fastest time at Fasig-Tipton's pre-sale under-tack show on Monday: a My Pal Charlie colt and three fillies by Bwana Charlie, Indygo Shiner, and Kitten's Joy. A Spring At Last colt breezed the fastest quarter-mile in 22 seconds flat.

A total of 134 horses have been cataloged for this year’s sale, down from 150 in 2012. Last year’s edition saw across-the-board declines, with 80 horses sold for total revenues of $1,575,100 (down 24 percent), with an average sale price of $19,689 and a median price of $14,000 (both down seven percent).

A pair of horses topped last year’s sale, each bringing a final bid of $105,000. Coneyo Fontova, a Salute the Sarge colt out of Carr de Naskra mare Make Mine a Double went to Hebert Bloodstock, agent for Southern Equine; while Brad Grady bought Pistolpackinsenora, a Closing Argument filly out of Northern Prospect mare Prospective Angel.

“This sale continues to offer buyers top pedigrees and excellent performers in the Southwest region,” said Tim Boyce, director of sales for Fasig-Tipton Texas. “With many more stakes-winning graduates in 2012, the back cover of the catalogue, where we feature win pictures of our grads, has become very crowded.”

An added benefit to purchasing juveniles from the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale is their eligibility for supplemental nomination to the $100,000 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity in July at Lone Star Park, a race restricted to graduates of Fasig-Tipton Texas sales.

In addition to the 2-year-olds offered on Wednesday, the sale will conclude with a horses of racing age segment, headlined by 3-year-old Worldventurer, a multiple stakes-winning Wimbledon gelding, who was named champion Texas-bred 2-year-old last year. An earner of $207,932 from four wins in 11 career starts, Worldventurer is nominated to the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby on April 13.

“The horses of racing age section has attracted a lot of interest and should be an excellent venue, especially right before this exciting race meet,” Boyce said. “The two different categories of horses being offered complement each other and is intended to bring more owners and trainers to the auction.”

To access an online catalog, click here.