05/23/2002 11:00PM

Timonium juvenile sale goes national


No longer a local - or even regional - marketplace, the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale has gone national. Consignors and buyers from throughout the country flocked to the sales pavilion in Timonium, Md., on May 20 and 21 and carried this year's edition of the auction to solid increases in gross receipts (9 percent) and average price (4 percent).

Fortunately for local horsepeople, Maryland horses have not been left behind in the rush toward big-league status. Maryland-breds made a remarkably strong showing at this year's sale, including among their ranks the sales topper, an End Sweep colt sold for $280,000, and 27 other juveniles who brought the total gross receipts for the home team to $1,213,500. That figure equals 13 percent of the $9,312,600 grossed by the entire sale. The average for Maryland-breds - $43,339 - exceeded the overall average ($33,023) by more than 31 percent.

Maryland sires struck a similarly high profile. Twenty-two stallions currently standing in the state were listed in the catalogue, and local sires accounted for three of the horses selling for more than $100,000.

Several of the Maryland-breds who scored big at this sale had been sold to out-of-state horsemen for relatively modest prices as yearlings.

The sales topper (out of Line's Busy, by Phone Trick) is a home run for Florida-based pinhooker Walter Burke and a symbol of hope for buyer Roger Dreyer, a resident of California. But the first place of pride belongs to the colt's breeders, Howard and Sondra Bender, owners of Glade Valley Farms in Frederick, Md. The Benders sold the colt to Burke for $53,000 at last year's Keeneland September yearling sale.

Two other Maryland-breds topped the $100,000 mark, both of them also pinhooking coups sold by their Maryland breeders at Keeneland September.

Bringing $135,000 was a colt by Maryland stallion Partner's Hero out of Nin Two, by John Alden, bred by Dark Hollow Farm (David and Jo Ann Hayden) and William Beatson. His yearling price (ouch) was $6,000. A colt, already named Pidgeon English, by Two Punch-Ogygianna (Ogygian), sold by Gerald and Caroline Stautberg for $90,000, brought $130,000.

Two Punch cut the widest swath among Maryland sires, with six of his sons and daughters sold, for an average of $80,000. Two Punch had two six-figure offspring: Pidgeon English, plus a $135,000 filly out of Indian Fashion, by General Holme, from the Eddie Woods consignment. Pennsylvania-bred (and Maryland Million-eligible), the filly was bred by Russell B. Jones.

Other Maryland stallions averaging $40,000 or more for two or more sold were: Allen's Prospect, $56,000 (two); Partner's Hero, $49,300 (five); Not for Love, $49,000 (three); and Polish Numbers, $44,000 (two).

Maryland stallion In Case had only one offspring in the sale, but made the most of the limited opportunity, with his son out of Beyond Reproach (Believe the Queen) bringing $80,000. The colt, a Maryland-bred, was consigned by South Carolina-based agent Webb Carroll, who purchased him from breeder Gretchen Mobberley at last year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic eastern fall yearling sale for $4,200.

Our Emblem, the stallion transplanted to Maryland for this season and now renowned as the sire of Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner War Emblem, did not make a huge splash, however. Out of four sons and daughters cataloged, two were withdrawn, a colt out of Keep the Silver (Silver Hawk) sold for $40,000, and a filly out of Nerine (Seattle Song) sold for $15,000.

Ameri Valay, Maryland-based sire of Preakness runner-up Magic Weisner, was listed in the catalogue with one offspring, who was withdrawn before the sale.