TIMONIUM, Md.--Thoroughbred sales both in this country and abroad have enjoyed a spectacular year in 2022, with all but one sale in this country setting record after record, and yet another, the Midlantic December Mixed & Horses of Racing Age sale on Dec. 6, also posted an increase in average over last year’s edition.
Not only did the average increase, but the $260,000 sale topper was the second most expensive offering since the sale began offering a horses of racing age supplement in 2018.
Radical Right (Hip 281), second in the City of Laurel Stakes at Laurel on Nov. 26, topped the sale when sold for $260,000 to Tom Kagele from the consignment of Northview Stallion Station (David Wade), agent.
Supplemented to the Horses of Racing Age portion of the catalogue after his first stakes placing, Radical Right is a 3-year-old son of First Samurai out of the Sky Mesa mare Emily with a lifetime record of three wins, six seconds, and three thirds from 15 starts and earnings of $179,100.
Heldish (Hip 243), a multiple stakes placed winner this year at 2, sold for $160,000 to trainer Michael Maker from the consignment of GreenMount Farm, agent.
By Great Notion, Maryland’s leading sire since 2017, out of the winning Street Sense mare Everything Magic, the 2-year-old colt finished second in the Maryland Million Stakes at Laurel on Oct. 22 and third in the James F. Lewis III Stakes a tLaurel on Nov.12 with a career record of one win, three seconds, and two thirds, and he has never been off the board in five total starts and earnings of $92,900 to date.
Maryland-bred Heldish was purchased for $40,000 from the consignment of Becky Davis, agent, at last year’s Midlantic Fall Yearlings sale.
PATIENT CAPITAL (Hip 267), the 3-year-old gelded son of Practical Joke, was also bought by Maker for $125,000 from the consignment of Marshal W. Silverman, agent, and We Dont Need Roads (Hip 199) rounded out the day’s four six-figure sales, selling for $100,000 to Jeff Parthemore from the consignment of Dreamtime Stables, agent.
Bazinga C (Hip 286) was the top female horse of racing age, selling for $80,000 to Miller Racing from the consignment Northview Stallion Station, agent for Joseph Besecker, and a filly from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Global Campaign (Hip 139) was the sale’s top-priced weanling, bought by Wellspring Stables for $75,000 from the consignment of Bill Reightler, agent for Country Life Farm & Partners.
The sale’s top broodmare was the stakes producing Scat Daddy mare In My Time (Hip 113), sold for $62,000 to Barak Farm, Wayne Potts, agent, from the consignment of Northview Stallion Station, agent, and a colt by top-10 ranked First-Crop Sire Oscar Performance (Hip 179) was the sale’s top-priced yearling, sold for $45,000 to DKW Racing from the consignment of Marshall S. Silverman, agent.
Overall, 172 horses sold for $3,233,600, good for an average of $18,800.
That figure represents a 25.7 percent increase over last year’s average of $14,962.
The median held steady at $10,000.
The single-session sale posted significant increases in the top offering in most categories, including the sale topper, which increased 100 percent to $260,000 over last year’s top price of $130,000.
The sale’s top weanling sold for $75,000, up 50 percent from 2021, while the sale’s top yearling rose 181.3 percent from $16,000 last year to $45,000 this year.
The top racing/stallion prospect of 2021 sold for $60,000, while this year’s highest price for a colt horse of racing age was $160,000.
The sale’s top racing prospect was the sale topper, sold for $260,000, a 100 percent increase over last year’s top selling racing prospect.
The RNA rate was 24.6 percent.