Fasig-Tipton: $1 Million Topper at New Sale; Gains in Yearling Median, Average

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Starship Truffles sold for $1,000,000 at the new Fasig-Tipton Racing Age Sale July 15 Starship Truffles sold for $1,000,000 at the new Fasig-Tipton Racing Age Sale July 15

The kickoff of the 2013 yearling season was a positive one, in terms of both median and average price, at the Fasig-Tipton July Sale.  And a new Racing Age sale produced a $1,000,000 winning bid.

The average price of the 163 yearlings sold Monday on the F-T sales grounds in Lexington was $89,785, an increase of roughly $8,000 compared to last year, when the average price was $81,291.

The median price Monday was $72,000, compared to $60,000 in 2012.  The gross was slightly lower this year ($14,635,000 vs $15,364,000 in 2012 as more yearlings sold last year).

Following the July Sale, a new sale featuring several dozen racehorses in training saw Starship Truffles, a 4-year-old filly by Ghostzapper, sell for $1,000,000 to Castleton Lyons.  The filly, out of the Not For Love mare, Bobbie Use, was consigned by Hidden Brook.

Eastwood, a Speightstown colt out of a Deputy Minister mare, went for $800,000 at the new sale, consigned by Baccari Bloodstock and sold to Town and Country Farms.


Of the yearlings, the high seller was Hip 51, a filly by Desert Party out of Lil Cozette, by Kris S., that sold for $460,000 to Regis Farms.

The colts were led by Hip 191, a son of Bellamy Road out of Affirmed Dancer that sold to Mandy Pope for $420,000.

At the Racing Age sale, 55 horses were sold for a total of $5,819,000.  The average price was $105,800 while the median for the inaugural sale was $45,000.

For results of both sales, click here.

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  • Garrett Redmond

    It is not a real ‘Racing Age’ sale at F-T today. Nor is it a ‘Horses In Training’ sale.

    As explained to me by a representative of F-T, it is a sale by the highest-level owners of horses that have not raced well enough to satisfy their demands. Apparently such owners do not wish to enter in ‘Claimers’ !

    I assume we must respect their desire not to mix with the lower classes ??
    Note: An exception to above criteria would be broodmare prospects.

    • Knowitall

      A lot of those owners were just taking money off the table, nothing more, nothing less. Many of them were sending the best horse they will ever have through the ring. It’s just a business called horse trading Garrett, it’s not class warfare.

  • Nucky Thompson

    Frank Calabrese must be sick. July 4th last year he let Starship Truffles be claimed for $6250.Ouch !!!

  • Donnie Wells

    Good for Starship Truffles, in Frank Calabrese’s hands (and his trainer) she would have NEVER become what she became. She would still be running in cheap claiming races.

  • betterthannothing

    StarshipTruffles looks so empty.

  • Sampan

    When a horse is racing it’s value is constantly changing.
    She sold for $22,000 at the 2 YO OBS June 2011 sale.

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