The first day of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Preferred Yearling Sale posted huge gains over last year's edition, with total sales, average, and median all up. Total sales jumped 76 percent, from $3,657,000 to $6,427,500, while average rose 18 percent from $57,141 to $67,658. Median increased 10 percent, from $50,000 to $55,000.
The session topper was Hip 207, a filly by War Front. Consigned by Sienna Farms, the filly is out of Pleasant Tap mare Unrepentant, who is the daughter of stakes-placed mare Roadie. Steven Young signed the ticket on behalf of an undisclosed buyer and said the horse would be headed to Todd Pletcher's barn.
Saturday's highest-priced colt was Hip 350, who commanded $250,000 from buyer William Schettine. The son of Midnight Lute was consigned by Denali Stud for Gallagher's Stud. He is out of Krakowviak, and is from the family of graded stakes winners Antoniette, Switch, and French Charmer.
The New York-bred sale continues with Hip 351 at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
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