08/16/2004 12:00AM

Saratoga sales figures up


With the average and median up at the first session of Fasig-Tipton's New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, officials were satisfied with the results.

"It was a solid horse sale," said Boyd T. Browning Jr., Fasig-Tipton's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "[Monday], based on some of the comments from the consignors, may look a bit stronger across the board than tonight was."

The sales topper, Hip No. 327, came early in the sale. The filly, a May foal by Straight Man, brought $180,000, and was purchased by New York trainer Linda Rice, acting as agent for a racing partnership. Consigned by Harry L. Landry Bloodstock, the filly is out of the stakes-placed Seattle Moon, who has produced five winners, including stakes winner Vous. Seattle Moon is a daughter of Seattle Dancer.

The filly's co-breeders, Michaelyn and Jim Scott, own Liberty Stud in Hudson, N.Y.

A total of four horses brought six-figure prices.

The average at the first session was $46,453, an increase of 8 percent over last year. The median rose to $38,000 from $35,000 last year. The buyback rate climbed to 43 percent from 40 percent in 2003. A total of 53 horses sold for $2,462,000 compared to $2,577,500 for 60 head last year. At the first session, 40 horses failed to meet their reserve and were not sold, the same number as last year.

The final session was scheduled for Monday.