10/02/2003 11:00PM

Prices up at Midlantic sale; Eight locals bring six figures


Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's two-day Eastern Fall Yearling Sale on Monday and Tuesday concluded on a positive note, with the average of $18,258 up 9.5 percent over last year's figure, 10 horses selling for $100,000 or more (compared to six in 2002), and many buyers in attendance.

"There was a depth of buyers, from top to bottom," said Fasig-Tipton Midlantic executive vice president Mason Grasty.

The quality of the local horses was evident as eight of the $100,000-plus yearlings were either Maryland-breds or Maryland-sired. The sales topper consigned by Glade Valley Farms Inc., brought $230,000, the fifth highest-priced yearling in the sales' history, late on the second day. By Maryland's current leading sire Not for Love out of stakes-placed Gala Goldie's Best, the dark bay colt was purchased by Buzz Chace and will race for Terry Finley's West Point Thoroughbreds racing partnership.

Glade Valley manager Larry Murray didn't know the colt could top the sale, but everyone at the farm had always thought highly of him. "From the first day, he was a standout," said Murray. "He had no holes in him and as the sale went on, everybody was talking about him."

The sales topper's dam, Gala Goldie's Best, by Phone Trick, is one of five stakes horses out of Glade Valley's longtime resident Gala Goldie. Gala Goldie's Best was bred by Gertrude and Leonard Leviton, who purchased Gala Goldie from Glade Valley. The Levitons sold Gala Goldie's Best back to Glade Valley when her racing career was over.

Also selling on day two was a colt by Straight Man for $155,000, the third-highest price of the sale. Consigned by his breeder, Thunderhill Farm, with Marshall Silverman as agent, the Maryland-bred colt is out of Two Punch's daughter Ellie, a half-sister to the $422,333 earner and graded stakes winner Latin Dancer.

Thunderhill Farm sold one other yearling, and he also broke into the top 10 highest prices. The Two Punch colt is a half-brother to stakes winner Vershinina and stakes-placed Dish It to Me and brought $105,000.

CandyLand Farm sold a Lion Hearted colt, who is a half-brother to 2003 graded stakes winner Private Chef, for $125,000. A bay colt from the first crop of his sire, he is out of the Majestic Light mare Mississippi Lights. His second dam Redeemer (by Dixieland Band) is a half-sister to four-time Grade 1 winner and millionaire Lite Light.

Brice Ridgely of Spring Meadow Farm offered two homebreds who starred at the Maryland Horse Breeders Association yearling show and was rewarded when his gelded Malibu Moon son brought $125,000. From the consignment of Bill Reightler, the gelding is out of graded stakes-placed Vee Vee Star (by Norquestor). Vee Vee Star's half-sister, a yearling filly by Not for Love-Fabulous Vee, by Somethingfabulous, whom Barclay Tagg pinned as grand champion at the yearling show, sold for $60,000.

Marshall Silverman was agent for a Montbrook colt who reached a final bid of $100,000. Out of Lucky Loot, by Vice Regent, the Maryland-bred is a half-brother to stakes winner Saluteloot from the family of Italian champion Silvernesian.

The final Maryland-bred to hit the top 10, at $100,000, was Thornmar Farm's colt by Devil's Bag out of Shelter Half's stakes-winning daughter Cranberry Muffin, a half-sister to $671,616-earner Wicapi and two other stakes winners.

Maryland sires accounted for half of the top 10 yearlings. In addition to Not for Love, Lion Hearted, Malibu Moon (who stood at Country Life Farm through the 2003 season) and Two Punch, Allen's Prospect was the sire of the fourth-highest priced offering, a Florida-bred colt out of Meadow Rose consigned by Bluewater Sales LLC, agent, who brought $140,000.

Country Life Farm's recently deceased Allen's Prospect led all Maryland sires by gross, with 22 selling for $661,600. Of the top five Maryland sires by gross, Not for Love led by average, $39,625, with 12 selling for $475,500. Lion Hearted had an impressive first-crop showing, with 10 offspring selling for $320,000, an average of $32,000. Not for Love, Lion Hearted, and Two Punch stand at Northview Stallion Station.