05/24/2005 11:00PM

Records fall at Maryland sale


Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's May 2-year-old sale in Timonium, Md., set new records by its end Tuesday evening.

Aided by a sale-record-equaling $450,000 Unbridled's Song filly, the second and final session pushed the auction to new marks for gross receipts and average price. The two-day auction sold 386 lots for $18,911,500, up sharply from last year, when just 354 juveniles brought $13,227,800.

Despite a larger catalog, which often drives the average price down, the Midlantic sale saw a 31-percent jump in average price, from $37,367 last year to $48,994. The median price also rose dramatically, climbing 43 percent to reach a record $31,500. Buy-backs declined from 25 percent to 24 percent.

Ahmed Zayat bought the sale-topping Unbridled's Song filly, a daughter of stakes-placed Michele Royale and a full sister to the winner Striking Song. Equine Legacy, agent, sold the sale-topper.