05/20/2004 11:00PM

Silver Deputy filly brings record price

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Numbers soared at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale at Timonium on May 17-18.

The highest-grossing horse auction ever held in Maryland, 354 horses sold for $13,227,800, an average of $37,367 each. Gross and average rose 35 percent and 23 percent, respectively, over last year's figures.

Twenty-three juveniles sold for $100,000 or more, including the $450,000 sales-topper, who is now the most expensive horse ever to sell at auction in Maryland. The new record-holder is a bay filly by Silver Deputy out of a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Chaposa Springs and You and I. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent, the bay filly was purchased by Buzz Chace as agent for New Jersey residents Charles and Marianne Hesse.

Four Mid-Atlantic-breds were among the 10 highest prices at the sale. Leading the way among Mid-Atlantic-breds was a daughter of Lion Hearted-Proper Lassie, by Topsider, bred in New Jersey by Alien Farm LLC. She sold for $150,000 on a bid by Tom VanMeter.

Consigned to the sale by Classic Bloodstock, as agent, the filly was a major pinhooking coup, having been sold by her breeder for $10,000 at last fall's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic eastern fall yearling sale. She worked the fastest eighth-mile (10.20 seconds) recorded on the first day of the under tack show.

Other Mid-Atlantic-breds in the top 10 ($125,000 or more) were:

* A Virginia-bred daughter of Two Punch-Wednesday's Child, by Storm Cat: Consigned by Wavertree Stables and purchased by Linda Rice, agent, she sold for $132,000, nearly 10 times her $15,000 price at the 2003 Keeneland September sale.

* A Maryland-bred colt by Tale of the Cat-Azusa, by Flying Paster: Bred by Patrick Konka and Maureen Johnson's Bittersweet Farm, this colt was reserve champion at the 2003 Maryland Horse Breeders Association yearling show judged by Barclay Tagg. The colt subsequently brought $47,000 at the Keeneland September sale and sold at this sale for $125,000. She was purchased by Charlton Bloodstock Agency, and sold by James Layden, agent.

* A Maryland-bred colt by Elusive Quality-Has Mi Dia, by Pine Bluff: Bred by Green Willow Farms (Ron and Carolyn Green), he was sold by Classic Bloodstock and purchased by Sean McCarthy for $125,000.

Four Maryland sires were represented among the juveniles selling for $100,000 or more: Lion Hearted (with his first crop), Two Punch, Not for Love, and Allen's Prospect.

Not for Love was the sale's top sire based in the Mid-Atlantic region, with three of his offspring selling for a total of $360,000, an average of $120,000.

Next were Two Punch, with four of his offspring selling for $327,000, an average of $81,750); and Allen's Prospect, with six of his offspring selling for $312,000, an average of $52,000. Not for Love and Two Punch stand at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md. Allen's Prospect made his career at Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md., until his death in September 2003.

This year's high-priced filly is the first 2-year-old to bring $400,000 or more at auction in Maryland. Four others have topped the $300,000 mark. Sharing the previous record, at $360,000, were Jolie's Princess (Jolie's Halo-Italian Princess, by Bold Bidder), who was sold in 1998, and Medal of Valor (Polish Numbers-Queen Crab, by Spend a Buck), who was sold in 1999.

Bringing $350,000 and $320,000, in 2000 and 2003, were The Niner Account (Unaccounted For-Forli Niner, by Forty Niner) and Read the Footnotes (Smoke Glacken-Baydon Belle, by Al Nasr-Fr), a Kentucky Derby contender this year.

The record for a yearling ($400,000) was set in 1998, by Burning Hope (Dehere-Gold Issue, by Key to the Mint).