05/25/2006 11:00PM

Records fall at Fasig-Tipton sale


Hope, promise, and an eye to the future overcame solemn feelings over Barbaro's injury when the two-day Fasig-Tipton Midlantic preferred 2-year-olds in training sale got under way last Monday, two days following the Preakness Stakes.

Spirits had brightened considerably by the time the final 2-year-old was led into the sales ring at the Timonium sales pavilion, as a total of 370 juveniles grossed $21,236,500 - a record for a Thoroughbred auction in Maryland.

Last year's sale reached lofty heights, but the strength of this year's market pushed the average 17 percent higher, to $57,396. The sale was strong to the end, as the final 28 juveniles sold averaged nearly $94,000.

A record was established for a horse sold at public auction in Maryland when the Johannesburg colt Zounds, from the consignment of Danzel Brendemuehl's Classic Bloodstock, brought $625,000 on a final bid by Joe Brocklebank for client Jeff Singer. The previous record was $500,000, for a yearling colt by Silver Deputy sold at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic yearling sale in October 2004. Late in the sale, a Mr. Greeley colt sold by Niall Brennan Stables, agent, was purchased by Billy Badgett for $525,000.

The previous high for a 2-year-old sold in Maryland had been $450,000, set in 2004 and equaled in 2005.

The top priced filly of the sale was a Maryland-bred daughter of Two Punch consigned by Randy Miles for Eldon Farm Equine LLC. The sale's leading buyer, Zayat Stables, purchased the filly for $380,000.

Pat Konka and Maureen Johnson of Bittersweet Farm co-bred the filly in partnership with T. Mason Grasty, and sold her to Miles last year for $140,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale.

"I was tickled for Randy," said Konka after this year's sale. "She looked and acted great, and her workout was awesome."

The chestnut Two Punch filly put in an eye-catching work in a driving rainstorm on the previous Thursday, getting a quarter-mile in 21.80 seconds.

Konka and Johnson purchased the dam of the Two Punch filly, Smart Erin, for $37,000 in February 2003 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky mixed sale.

"She was my number one choice of the sale," said Konka, who added the mare provided "the Mid-Atlantic golden cross" - that of a Smarten mare being in foal to Two Punch. "Maureen thought she was well put together and very nice, so we bought her."

Konka offered a part ownership in the mare to Grasty.

"I was determined to have a nice horse with Mason," said Konka. "The best part is when you can share success with a friend."

The foal Smart Erin was carrying, a colt named Graynumberfive, was sold as a yearling in Kentucky for $120,000. The mare's current yearling, a son of Buddha, was sold by the partners as a weanling at the Midlantic sale last December for $80,000. After producing a filly by Proud Citizen this April, the mare was returned to Two Punch.

"She was bred the day before the Two Punch filly worked at the sale," Konka said.

A total of 29 Maryland-bred juveniles were offered at this year's May sale, with 22 sold. Other Maryland-breds selling for six figures were:

* $200,000: A colt by Stephen Got Even-Think Double, by Al Nasr; consigned by Oxbow Farm; purchased by CDP Racing. Bred by Acorn Hill Farm Inc. The colt worked in 10.60 on the second day of the under-tack shows.

* $150,000: A filly by Allen's Prospect-Solitary Saga, by Waquoit; Fair Hill Bloodstock agent.; PTK LLC. Bred by Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Burkhardt. Out of a stakes-placed daughter of multiple stakes winner Lonely Balladier, from final crop of Allen's Prospect.

* $135,000: A colt by Not for Love-December Ember, by Lord Gaylord; Niall Brennan Stables agent; PTK LLC. Bred by Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGinnes. A half-brother to stakes winners Steak Scam and Polish Rifle, and stakes-placed December Thunder.

* $120,000: A filly by Not for Love-Hugsie, by Summer Squall; Cary Frommer, agent; Anthony R. Manganaro. Bred by Sycamore Hall Farm LLC. Out of a winning full sister to champion 2-year-old filly Storm Song.

* $100,000: A colt by Johannesburg-Colonial Ball, by Pleasant Colony; Classic Bloodstock (Danzel Brendemuehl), agent; Rich Meadow Farm. Bred by Colonial Ball Partnership. Second foal out of a stakes-placed daughter of multiple stakes winner Dance for Lucy.

* $100,000: A colt by Grand Slam-Forever Holy, by Holy Bull; Robert Harris agent; Brian Koriner. Bred by Dark Hollow Farm and Arnold Davidov. First foal out of a winning daughter of stakes winner Forever Command, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner My Big Boy.

Two Punch led all Maryland sires by average ($160,667), with three sold. Six juveniles by Not for Love sold, three attracting final bids of more than $100,000, topped by a Kentucky-bred colt out of Silk Stole (by Pulpit) for $150,000. Not for Love's sales average was $97,000.