05/22/2001 11:00PM

Revenue up, average down at Midlantic sale


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Topped by a $270,000 Thunder Gulch colt, Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic 2-year-old sale ended Tuesday with a 6 percent gain in gross revenue but a drop in average price.

A larger catalog boosted the two-day auction's total revenue, with 268 horses selling for $8,529,400, but the average price declined by 6 percent to $31,826. Last year, the auction sold 239 juveniles for $8,054,800, an average price of $33,702.

The sale-topping colt sold during the final session Tuesday. Buzz Chace, agent, signed for the colt, the first foal out of Jovi San, by St. Jovite. Niall Brennan, agent, sold the Thunder Gulch colt.

The auction's most expensive filly, by Boston Harbor, sold Monday for $190,000. Leprechaun Racing, agent, sold the daughter of Chou Chou (Premiership). The filly, named Boston Twist, is a half-sister to stakes winner Keep It Strait.