10/10/2014 3:07PM

Fasig-Tipton Texas: Retooled sale fills hole in marketplace


Fasig-Tipton Texas has packaged its annual yearling auction in a different format this fall, moving the sale six weeks later to Monday and expanding the traditional catalog to include breeding stock and horses of racing age. The combination auction has emerged at the request of Texas breeders, something of a means of resurrecting the winter mixed sale that up until three years ago had been a fixture in December.

Fasig-Tipton Texas has cataloged 186 horses for the new Texas yearling and fall mixed auction being held at the sales pavilion right inside the stable gate at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. The first 130 hips are yearlings, and they will be followed through the ring by broodmares, weanlings, and a handful of racing prospects. The auction starts at 11 a.m. Central. Five outs had been reported as of last Monday. The auction can be viewed at www.drf.com/breeding.

“We didn’t have a mixed sale for a few years, and the breeders asked to have a mixed sale,” said Tim Boyce, sales director for Fasig-Tipton Texas. “At the yearling sale last year, we had 129 yearlings [cataloged]. The thought was, ‘If we combine them, the critical mass won’t hurt. Let’s see what happens.’ I think what has happened has been favorable.”

Boyce said the larger catalog has been a plus. So has the improving political climate in Texas. The state’s racing commission in August passed amendments that provide for the installation of historical racing terminals, or Instant Racing, at tracks in Texas.

“We’ve had a lot more interest in the sale now with historical racing being right there on the horizon,” Boyce said. “Everyone can see it now. I think that has spurred a lot of interest. We’ve gotten a lot of calls for catalogs we don’t get ... and we have a pretty good distribution of our own. We’re getting calls from new people.”

Boyce said by the time some of the yearlings and weanlings selling Monday hit the track, there could be some very strong purses in Texas. He anticipates a large cross section of buyers from around the Southwest, with Arkansas-breds, Oklahoma-breds, Louisiana-breds, New Mexico-breds, and Texas-breds among the offerings Monday. Boyce also looks for shoppers from Florida and Kentucky.

Last year during the Fasig-Tipton Texas auction of summer yearlings, 97 horses sold for an average of $12,939. The auction was topped by a pair of fillies who each brought $65,000. During the last winter mixed sale in 2011, 55 horses sold for an average of $4,553.

Boyce is excited about the quality of horses selling Monday.

“We’ve got some of the better broodmares we’ve ever had,” he said.

The selection includes Rush Note, a half-sister to graded stakes winners Skipshot and Skipcode who is believed to be in foal to Lucky Pulpit, the sire of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome. Crema d’Oro is a Medaglia d’Oro mare checked in foal to Grasshopper.

“When people come and see all the good-looking Grasshopper [yearlings], they’ll like that mare a lot,” Boyce said of Crema d’Oro.

Other broodmares have been covered by such stallions as Ice Box and Old Fashioned.

The racing prospects, meanwhile, include Foreinfinity and Networked. 

“Both are coming off good wins, one an allowance and the other a maiden special weight win,” said Boyce.

But the bulk of the attention will be on the yearlings. Boyce said the later date of this year’s sale will be beneficial to some individuals from a development standpoint. In addition, the cooler fall temperatures versus the traditional summer-sale heat figures to please both humans and horses.

Some of the yearlings who should attract attention include:

◗ Hip No. 17, a Kentucky-bred Sightseeing filly from the female family of Italian champion Miss Gris and multiple Grade 3 winner Gray Slewpy

◗ Hip No. 20, a Texas-bred Valid Expectations colt from the female family of Grade 3-winning millionaire Morluc

◗ Hip No. 24, Classy Bird, a Louisiana-bred Birdstone colt who is a half-brother to Classy Deelites, a multiple stakes winner of $374,240

◗ Hip No. 32, a Texas-bred Trappe Shot filly who is a half-sister to California Derby winner Ranger Heartley and from the female family of recent Grade 1 Spinster winner Don’t Tell Sophia

◗ Hip No. 38, Gator Tough, a Louisiana-bred Good and Tough colt who is a half-brother to Grade 3 winner and $483,498 earner Miz Ida

◗ Hip No. 59, a Kentucky-bred Twirling Candy colt who is a half-brother to Grade 1 La Brea winner Evita Argentina, who is by Twirling Candy’s sire, Candy Ride

◗ Hip No. 60, Gold in the Bank, a Kentucky-bred Temple City colt, with the sire’s first crop including recent Grade 2 With Anticipation winner Startup Nation

◗ Hip No. 81, Ima Dingdong Daddy, a Kentucky-bred Scat Daddy colt from the female family of Group 3-winning millionaire Jack Sullivan

◗ Hip No. 99, a Texas-bred Broken Vow colt whose second dam is multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire Dispute

◗ Hip No. 105, an Oklahoma-bred Big Drama filly who is a half-sister to stakes winner Mrs. Began

◗ Hip No. 106, a Tiz Wonderful filly bred in Louisiana

◗ Hip No. 114, a Texas-bred Angliana filly out of Steal a Heart, a multiple stakes winner of $569,341

◗ Hip No. 123, an Oklahoma-bred High Cotton filly out of a full sister to Grade 3 winner and sire Sweetsouthernsaint.

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