10/01/2007 11:00PM

Maryland auction rallies on day two

EmailAfter posting declines Monday at its opening day, Fasig-Tipton's Eastern fall yearling sale in Timonium, Md., got a boost Tuesday when a Stormy Atlantic filly brought $325,000.

Hip No. 332, Stormy Atlantic's daughter of stakes-placed Princess Birdeye, sold to Jay Em Ess Stable and was the session-leader at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.

The Welker Sales Agency consigned Hip No. 332. The agency also consigned Monday's session-topper, a $190,000 son of champion Maria's Mon.

Monday's session numbers overall were down. Nineteen percent fewer horses went through the ring this year, 260 as compared to 322, and 175 of them sold for $4,269,800. That figure was down 23 percent from last year, when 225 yearlings brought $5,574,900. The average price dipped just 2 percent, from $24,777 to $24,399. The median also declined, 13 percent, from $11,500 to $10,000. The buy-back rate rose slightly, from 30 percent in 2006 to 33 percent this season.

The sale was to continue through Wednesday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.