Fasig-Tpton Yearling Select Sale, with five selling for $1 million or more, sets a record for total sales
- August 11, 2018
- By SARA CAVANAGH
SARATOGA, N.Y.--The Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling Sale, Aug. 6,7 in Saratoga had five yearlings, two by Triple Crown winner America Pharoah and three by Medaglia d'Oro, sell for $1 million or more, with Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stable of West Grove, Pa., buying one of them, a Medaglia d'Oro filly out of Varacity, by Distorted Humor for $1 million early in the sale Tuesday evening.
Jackson said they bought the filly to eventually add to their broodmare band.
Fasig-Tipton set a record for sales,with total sales of $62,794,000 for 170 yearlings sold, beating the previous record of $62.412,000, set in 2001 for 162 yearlings sold.
The average price of $369.376 was 8.7 percent over last year's $339,712 but under the record average price of $385,259, also set in 2001.
Seven Pa-breds went through the ring, with three sold for an average of $176,000 and four not reaching their reserves.
EQB's Patti Miller of West Grove, Pa., bought two, including a Pa-bred colt by Distorted Humor out of La Boheme, by Giant's Causeway for $120,000.
"I actually bought nine, but seven were for a new client who signed the tickets himself," said Miller. "It was a good sale, a very strong sale. It was a tribute to Bill Gates."
Graves, a long time Fasig-Tipton executive who was Midlantic sales director, died earlier this year, but he had been instrumental in putting together the catalog of top yearlings that sold in Saratoga,