The three most expensive offerings of the day were all sons or daughters of the prominent commercial sire, consigned by Baccari Bloodstock. That trio helped fuel gains in both gross and average sale price during the opening day of trade.
In total, 244 horses changed hands on Monday for revenues of $9,668,900, up 29 percent from last year's cork-popper, when 223 yearlings brought $7,517,000. The average sale price rose 18 percent to $39,627 from $33,709, while the median fell 6 percent to $15,000 from $16,000. Monday's buyback rate finished at 29 percent, compared with 27 percent during last year's similar session.
“It was a very good start to the October yearling sale,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning. “It's encouraging and fun that the second horse in the ring brought six figures and the last horse in the ring brought six figures, and there was good, solid trade in between.
“It's an amazing game that we play that we've sold probably close to 10,000 yearlings this year [as an industry], and they're still out there pitching,” he continued. “The last horse in the ring got bids all over the place and brought $220,000, and I expect we'll see similar trends continue for the next three days.”
The biggest star among Baccari's star Medaglia d'Oros was Hip 62, a gray or roan filly who sold to DJ Stable for $400,000.
The filly is out of the winning Unbridled's Song mare Appealing Bride, whose four foals to race are all winners. Among them are Grade 2 winner Appealing Tale and stakes winner Colerful Bride. Bred in Kentucky by Baccari's Seclusive Farm, the filly's extended family features Grade 2 winners Regally Appealing and Rockport Harbor, as well as Grade 3 winner A. A. Azula's Arch.
Earlier in the day, another Medaglia d'Oro filly bred and consigned by Baccari set the bar, going to Steven Young, agent, for $350,000.
The gray or roan filly, offered as Hip 18, is out of the unraced Unbridled's Song mare Aguilera, who is the dam of three winners from four foals to race including Grade 2-placed stakes winner Bluegrass Singer. Bred in partnership with Chester and Anne Prince, the filly's page features Japanese Group 1 winner Mr Melody, while her third dam is the Grade 2 winner Klassy Kim and her third dam is Grade 1 winner Kool Arrival.
Rounding out the trio was Hip 85, a colt who sold to the Quarter Pole Enterprises operation of Eddie Woods for $320,000.
The dark bay or brown colt is the first foal out of the Grade 3-winning Uncle Mo mare Auntie Joy. His fourth dam is the Hall of Famer Personal Ensign, putting him in a Phipps-line family that also includes Broodmare of the Year Personal Flag, champion Storm Flag Flying, and Grade 1 winners My Flag, Miner's Mark, and Mr Speaker.
The colt was the only one of the high-priced trio that wasn't bred at least in part by Baccari's operation. He was purchased as a weanling for $200,000 at last year's Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Medaglia d'Oro resides at Darley's Jonabell Farm base in Lexington, Ky. He'll stand the 2020 breeding season for an advertised fee of $200,000.
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