07/07/2016 4:30PM

Stormy Lucy, Donegal Moon among runners offered at Fasig-Tipton sale


The Fasig-Tipton July sale of selected horses of racing has already proven itself a solid addition to the North American sales calendar, with graduates including Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Wavell Avenue two years ago. And thus, the sale now gets its own turn in the spotlight.

In its first three years of existence, the sale was held after the Fasig-Tipton July selected yearling sale, with the horses of racing age following the yearlings through the ring in a single-day format. This year, a racing-age session will be held Monday night at the Newtown Paddocks facility in Lexington, Ky., with the yearling sale taking place the following day.

“I don’t think it’ll have any impact [on the market] at all,” Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning said. “The same folks are going to be in town on Monday night that are going to be here on Tuesday. I think it will just make it easier to conduct commerce for both the yearlings sale and the horses of racing age, and it won’t have any impact at all on the market.”

The horses-of-racing-age catalog featured 100 accepted entries as of July 1, but that number was expected to grow, as Fasig-Tipton continues to review and accept nominations until sale time.

“The catalog is always a work in progress,” Browning said. “I think we’ve got a nice group of horses assembled, and hopefully we’re going to add some nice horses between now and [Monday].”

The star of the catalog is the hard-knocking Stormy Lucy, who has won or placed in 14 stakes and is now in her sixth season of racing. The mare scored her first Grade 1 victory in the Matriarch Stakes last November at Del Mar and has finished second in three graded stakes since then at Santa Anita.

Stormy Lucy, by Stormy Atlantic, is being consigned by the Taylor Made Sales Agency. Her presence, along with several other proven stakes performers, in the catalog may help bolster figures. With a smaller catalog, this sale took a drop in several major economic categories in 2015. A total of 65 horses sold last year for $3,996,000, a drop of 52.6 percent from the $8,426,000 paid for 109 horses in 2014. After the auction was topped by a million-dollar horse in each of its first two editions, the top price last year was $350,000 for stakes winner Temper Mint Patty, purchased by Mike Repole. The average price was $77,303, a drop of 20.5 percent from $61,477 in 2014; the median price did climb 31.1 percent from $35,000 to $48,000.

Other standouts in this year’s catalog include the stakes-winning gelding Green Mask, who finished third in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint in March in Dubai.

Two stakes-performing colts by popular sire War Front may prove enticing to bidders due to their residual value as stallions. The Great War is a stakes winner in the U.S. and Europe and Grade 2-placed in Canada; War Envoy, from the family of Winning Colors, is group stakes-placed in England and Ireland.

Supplemental entries in the racing-age catalog often arrive on a wave of ontrack momentum, and that is especially true for Donegal Moon, who most recently won the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on June 19.

The 3-year-old son of Malibu Moon sells as a racing or stallion prospect and competes for owner Donegal Racing and trainer Todd Pletcher. The Pegasus was Donegal Moon’s first stakes victory and his third win overall in 11 career starts for earnings of $199,252.

Also included in the catalog is the dispersal of Elisabeth “Betty” Alexander’s Ohio-based Eutrophia Farm, including mares and foals, yearlings, 2-year-olds, and older horses. Alexander and her late husband, Quentin, began breeding Thoroughbreds in 1970 and were often at or near the top of Ohio’s owner and breeder standings. They are best known for Magna Graduate, a multiple Grade 2 winner who earned more than $2.5 million.

– additional reporting by Joe Nevills