02/09/2004 12:00AM

Fasig-Tipton topper: $235,000 mare


Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's winter mixed sale, bolstered by about 200 horses from the John Franks estate, produced a few six-figure prices as it drew near a close Monday evening.

As of 5:30 p.m., the sale leader, from Sunday's opening session, was the $235,000 broodmare prospect Sheila's Prospect, a 6-year-old Grade 3 winner by Not For Love. Lance Robinson bought the mare from Three Chimneys, agent.

The highest price at Monday's final session was $180,000, for the Franks estate's Scoutingaround, an unraced 4-year-old Deputy Minister filly offered as a broodmare prospect. Gainesway Farm bought the filly, who is a daughter of the Grade 1 winner Fit to Scout, from Hill 'n' Dale, agent.

The Sunday session sold 159 horses for $2,320,100, an average price of $14,592 and a median of $5,500. Thirty-seven lots failed to bring their reserves. The totals were well up from last year's opening day, but the two sessions were not truly comparable. The 2003 opener was devoted entirely to yearlings and sold 62 horses for $515,700, resulting in an $8,318 average and a $3,100 median.

On Sunday, Stallion Access also held its winter auction of seasons and shares at Fasig-Tipton's Newtown Paddocks. The auction sold 21 seasons for $281,300 for an average price of $13,395. The top-selling season was a $45,000 Theatrical season.