02/01/2016 8:12AM

Steady returns at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic winter mixed sale


The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic winter mixed sale posted small declines on Sunday during its first edition since relocating from December to January.

A total of 104 horses were sold during the one-day sale for revenues of $878,100, down 8 percent from the 2014 renewal when 110 horses brought $954,800. There was no 2015 edition of the Midlantic winter mixed sale because moving the sale pushed what would have been that year’s edition into 2016.

The average sale price fell 3 percent from $8,680 to $8,443 while the median saw a 9 percent increase from $4,000 to $4,350. The buyback rate closed at 13 percent, marking a significant improvement from the 33 percent not-sold figure in 2014.

A yearling colt by Curlin topped the auction, selling to Machmer Hall for $76,000.

Bred in Pennsylvania by Pewter Stable, the chestnut colt is the third foal out of the winning Housebuster mare Thrill Seeker, whose first foal debuted on the track in 2015. He is from the family of champion Miesque’s Approval, Grade 2 winner Revved Up, Grade 3 winners World Approval and Za Approval, and Grade 1-placed stakes winner Aggadan.

Marshall Silverman consigned the sale-topper, as agent.

The sale’s top broodmare, and the second overall highest price of the sale, was Moon Orbit, a Malibu Moon broodmare prospect who sold to Susan Casey for $65,000.

The unraced 5-year-old mare is out of the multiple stakes-placed Red Ransom mare Lucinda K, whose seven winners from 10 foals to race include a pair notable of full siblings, Grade 3 winner Moonwalk and Japanese stakes-placed Grade K, and half-siblings including Grade 2-placed stakes winner Thatswhatimean and Grade 2-placed Atswhatimtalkinbout. The extended family includes Grade 1 winner Stormy Lucy.

Spendthrift Farm bred Moon Orbit in Kentucky, and she was consigned on Sunday by Bill Reightler, agent.