TIMONIUM, Md.--A colt by Data Link and a filly by Tale of the Cat each sold for $150,000 to top the sale at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale, Oct. 2-3 in Timonium, Md., that saw average prices rise to $25,177 over last year's average of $24,017.
With over 500 yearlings catalogued, Fasig-Tipton added a partial day, Monday to the sale, starting that day at 4 p.m.
Super Ninety Nine, who stands at Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md., was the Leading Sire of first crop foals at the sale, with his highest priced yearling, out of As Long As Ittakes, selling to Dean Purdom for $45,000.
"There were 10 Super Ninety Nine yearlings catalogued, and they averaged around $25,000," said Mike Pons, who, with his brother Josh, in 1981 took over the management of the farm founded by their grandfather, Adolphe Pons.
"Super Ninety Nine is a beautiful chestnut," said Pons. "His breeding is very like that of Leading Sire Tapit, who is by Pulpit out of an Unbridled mare. Super Ninety Nine is by Pulpit out of a mare by Unbridled Song, a son of Unbridled. We're exited to have him."
PATTI MILLER for EQB, agent, bought two, hip number 435 consigned by Chanceland Farm, Agent, a colt by Freisian Fire out of Lotosblume for $70,000 for Zayat Stable, and hip number 381 consigned by Saratoga Glen Farm, Agent, a filly by Central Banker out of Helmet Humor for $35,000.
"Like all the sales, some sold extremely well," said Miller. "The state-breds add some solidity to the market. The Pa-breds and New York-breds can earn state-bred awards and that can warrant their price."
Wendy Hendriks of Unionville, Pa., bought hip number 251 consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent, a colt by Kitten's Joy out of Blue Grass Music for $20.000.
"I may sell him as a 2-year-old in training, or I may keep him and race him," said Hendriks.
Thornmar Farm of Chestertown, Md., sold 12 of the 15 that went through the ring for an average of about $25,000.
"We're keeping the Animal Kingdom out of Untiltherewasyou to race," said Mrs. Mcginnes, who, with her husband Charles owns Thornmar Farm.
One Union Rags filly sold for $20,000, and another didn't reach her reserve of $120,000
While the average was up at the Fasig-Tipton sale, so were the not solds.
Last year, 55 of 323 were not sold, but this year 128 of the 513 that were consigned weren't sold.