For the fourth consecutive year, it was a seven-figure juvenile that topped Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Timonium, Md.
The sale topper came towards the end of the second session on Tuesday. Hip 565, a colt by Medaglia d'Oro, lit up the board to the tune of $1,200,000. Dennis O'Neill purchased the top-priced colt from the consignment of Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent. The colt is the first foal out of the graded stakes-winning Tapit mare Tapicat. He worked an eighth in 10:1 during the Sunday session of the under tack show (video).
Four hips earlier, Hip 561, a colt by Union Rags, claimed the top spot briefly when sold to Michael Lund Peterson for $925,000 from the consignment of Bobby Dodd, agent. That colt worked an eighth in 10 flat on Sunday (video). Hip 561 represents a successful pinhook for his sellers, who purchased him for $90,000 at last year's Fasig-TIpton New York-Bred Yearling Sale.
Overall, 333 horses sold for a total of $24,868,500, good for an average of $74,680. The average dipped by 2.3 percent from $76,476 in 2017, while the median increased 8.6% to $38,000 from $35,000 last year. Gross receipts declined by 1.5 percent. The percentage of buybacks was 22.6 percent compared to 19.9 percent last year.
Ninety-two horses sold for $100,000 or more, up from 78 six-figure sales in 2017.
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