10/03/2002 11:00PM

Median up at sale


This year's three-day Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling Sale proved that demand for middle-market yearlings has remained steady.

Thirty-eight yearlings sold for prices of $50,000 or greater, down slightly from a year ago. Six topped $100,000. The median rose from $8,000 to $9,500, an 18.7 percent jump. And although the average fell just short of last year's ($16,680 compared to $16,919), the number of buybacks was down 14 percent.

"The encouraging part of this sale was that the median was up nearly 20 percent and buybacks were down from 211 to 175," said Fasig-Tipton Midlantic executive vice president Mason Grasty. "When you can drop buybacks and still maintain the average, that indicates a very healthy market. While I would have been pleased if the average was up, it was down less than one and a half percent."

It was a good showing for Maryland stallions.

Not for Love, a 12-year-old son of Mr. Prospector who stands at Northview Stallion Station, topped all sires by gross sales for the second consecutive year, as 18 of his offspring sold for $527,200, an average of $29,289. Last year, his 23 yearlings averaged $25,717, for a total of $591,500.

Not for Love's top seller, a New Jersey-bred colt out of Thanks Pal, went to Kathleen Willier for $97,000, the seventh highest-priced yearling in the sale. A half-brother to two stakes winners, the colt is also a half-brother to the dam of Forever Partners (by Not for Love), one of the most exciting juvenile fillies to appear this summer.

The second highest-priced Not for Love yearling came from the consignment of Becky Davis, agent. Out of Mescalina, by Smarten, the Maryland-bred colt is a half-brother to stakes winner Astrid. He sold for $70,000 to Jay Em Ess Stable.

Just behind Not for Love with total sales was Country Life Farm's Allen's Prospect. The 20-year-old stallion had one of his best ever fall sales, with 17 yearlings selling for $486,200. His average jumped to $28,600, up 35.9 percent from $21,264 in 2001.

Topping the Allen's Prospect yearlings was a Maryland-bred colt out of Georgia K., a full sister (by Horatius) to Maryland Million Classic winner Forry Cow How. From the Thornmar, agent, consignment, the colt brought a final bid of $62,000 by Skeedattle Associates.

Northview Stallion Station's Two Punch, the third-highest grossing Maryland sire, had the highest average among the state's sires, his 12 yearlings selling for $510,500, an average of $42,542. Topping the sale's first day, and ending up as the fourth most expensive yearling overall, was McMahon Bloodstock LLC, agent's purchase for $105,000. Consigned by CandyLand Farm, the Kentucky-bred colt is out of Star de Naskra's daughter Five Star Night, who has produced two stakes winners.

Nine Two Punch yearlings sold for $25,000 or more. The second-highest price was for a filly out of Lady Bering. Consigned with Litz Bloodstock Services, agent, Two Punch's daughter sold for $75,000 to Buzz Chace, agent.

Polish Numbers, also standing at Northview, had 12 yearlings go for a sum of $325,000. His top price came late in the sale, when William P. Beatson Jr.'s colt out of Avie's Song brought $95,000. The purchaser was Jay Em Ess Stable. A half-brother to My Lady Avie, the colt ranked as the most expensive Maryland-bred to sell at this year's sale.

Dark Hollow was agent for the Avie's Song colt, as well as for the next highest-priced Polish Numbers offering, a Maryland-bred colt out of Poised to Pounce, who sold to

F. Eugene Dixon Jr. for $60,000.

Other Maryland stallions with top-selling yearlings were Northview's first-year sire Diamond, whose son out of Cutie Buttons sold for $50,000 to Buckingham Farm; and Country Life Farm's Citidancer, sire of a colt out of Moneyaswespeak, who got a final bid of $50,000 from Tony Dutrow.