04/03/2007 11:00PM

Fasig-Tipton Texas sale declines from record '06

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A $180,000 sale-topping colt and two other six-figure horses did not lift the Fasig-Tipton Texas juvenile sale enough to surpass last year's record-breaking figures.

The one-day auction at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, grossed $3,263,200 for 183 juveniles, a decline of 27 percent from last year's total for 193 horses. The average price fell 23 percent to $17,832, and the median dropped 33 percent to $10,000. The buy-back rate increased from last year's 26 percent to 39 percent in 2007.

The sale topper was a Storm Passage colt that Heiligbrodt Racing Stable purchased from Robert Brewer, agent. Named Righteous Brother, the dark bay or brown Louisiana-bred colt is out of the unraced End Sweep mare Sweep and Roll. He is a half-bother to Louisiana-stakes-placed Timely Sweep, who ran third in the restricted Louisiana Premier Night Prince Stakes in February.

Two other horses brought six-figure bids. They were Hip No. 308, a $170,000 Gulf Storm-Cheyann Scout colt, and Hip No. 285, a $115,000 Siphon-Bea Silver filly. Both were in the Leprechaun Racing agency's consignment, and both sold to agent Mark Cornett. Cornett represented Paul Mostert in the purchases.