Updated on 09/18/2011 2:28AM

Numbers soar at Fasig-Tipton November


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Last weekend was pretty good to Pablo Suarez. On Saturday, the 38-year-old cheered himself hoarse at Churchill Downs as Thor's Echo, the gelding he owns with Royce Jaime, scored an easy victory in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at 15-1. And on Sunday night, he was on hand at Fasig-Tipton's sale pavilion in Lexington to watch another Grade 1 winner he co-owns, Sharp Lisa, bring the November selected mixed sale's top price of $3.4 million.

B.B.A. (Ireland) representative Adrian Nicoll, standing alongside Coolmore associate Paul Shanahan, signed for the 4-year-old Dixieland Band filly.

Sharp Lisa was the highlight on a stellar night. Helped by a larger catalog and aggressive bidding for young mares and broodmare prospects, Fasig-Tipton nearly doubled its gross, selling 170 horses for $64,130,000 this year as compared to last season's $32,183,000 for 112 lots. Average soared 31 percent, rising from $287,348 to $377,235, and median more than doubled, going from $86,000 last year to $175,000. The buyback rate dropped from 31 percent last year to 24 percent.

Other high-priced mares sold Sunday night were $2.9 million Hookedonthefeelin, in foal to Distorted Humor, who went to Jess Jackson from ClassicStar's dispersal (Taylor Made, agent); $2.8 million Vacare, who sold as a racing or broodmare prospect to Jon Kelly from Chesapeake Farm's agency; $2.5 million Andujar, whom My Meadowview Farm purchased as a broodmare prospect from ClassicStar; and $2.2 million broodmare prospect Kamarinskaya, whom Eaton Sales, agent, sold to Skara Glen Stables.

Suarez, who owns the California-based pharmaceutical distribution company Nectar Pharmaceutical, has only been in the Thoroughbred game since 2001. He owns Sharp Lisa with partners J. Paul Reddam, the majority owner with 65 percent, and Mark Schlesinger. After the hammer fell, Suarez celebrated in the pavilion hallway, accepting congratulations and hugging anyone within range, including representatives of consigning agent Taylor Made.

Reddam had as big a weekend as his partner: his Red Rocks won the Breeders' Cup Turf at 10-1.

"I'm very happy, believe me," Suarez said. "One thing about this filly, I have to tell you, I love her. She's got a lot of heart. We were hoping to get two million, maybe two and a half million. The price was high, but I strongly believe she'll produce some great babies.

"You know, in this business, when you get a good one, you have to cash in and try to get more good ones. We're going to the yearling sales!

"It tugs at the heart," he said of selling Sharp Lisa. "It really does. But you have to take advantage of these situations. I've got goosebumps."

The one-day auction lost a headliner when Grade 1-winning millionaire Gorella was scratched from the sale. Even without her, the auction sold 14 horses for $1 million or more, doubling its millionaire total from last year. Seven sold for $2 million or more this year.

The auction also saw a number of high-priced buybacks in its first couple of hours. Belva, dam of Breeders' Cup Turf third English Channel, and multiple Grade 1 winner Island Fashion were each bought back for $2 million, and Grade 1 winner Honey Ryder also left the ring unsold at $1.8 million.

* Fleet Indian, who sustained a serious injury to the suspensory ligament in her left front leg during the Breeders' Cup Distaff on Saturday, has been withdrawn from the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Fleet Indian was to have sold on Monday as Hip No. 85, had been expected to bring one of the auction's highest prices.