Day two of the Fasig-Tipton October Yearlings Sale slowed the pace slightly from Monday's opener, but returns at the auction's halfway point still held up favorably against last year's final totals, led on Tuesday by a $325,000 filly from the first crop of Nyquist.
Tuesday's trade finished with 256 horses sold for a combined $9,530,200, up 5 percent from last year's second-session gross of $9,068,000 from the same number of horses sold. The average also rose 5 percent to $37,227 from $35,422, while the median went unchanged. The second-day buyback rate finished at 23 percent, compared with 18 percent during last year's comparable session.
While the day-to-day gross and average returns slightly trailed Monday's opening session, the cumulative average sale price of $38,398 after two sessions tracked ahead of last year's final average of $35,576, while the median was even at $15,000. After two days of trade, a total of 500 horses changed hands for $19,199,100 during the 2019 sale.
“Statistically, it was a very good day again,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning. “There's certainly a very legitimate marketplace out there. A significant majority of the horses are getting sold. It's not always where everyone would hope it would be, but there's certainly a market, ranging from $1,000 to several hundred thousand dollars. It was a fair marketplace, and I'm very encouraged by the results after two days. I'm hoping the next two days will continue the trends.”
The chestnut filly is the second foal out of the Grade 3-placed Dixie Union mare Ketel Twist. Bred in Kentucky by Dell Ridge Farm, her extended family includes G1 winners Peristaltica and Sinfonia Fantastica, G2 winners Banned, Forty Tales, and Green Mask, and G3 winners Masseuse and Royal Artillery.
Dromoland Farm consigned the filly, as agent.
“We loved this filly,” said bloodstock agent David Meah, who signed the ticket. “We only had two fillies on the list for the entire sale, and I only had the option to buy one. We loved this one and the other one was on day four, so we went strong here. It was a bit stronger than we anticipated paying for, but it was the one that we wanted to go home with.
“Thankfully, I had my client, Calvin, on the phone,” Meah continued. “He's game. When he hears me say that I love one and there's two in the entire sale that I love, he'll take a swing on both of them, and thankfully, he was available to me on the phone today, because I wouldn't have been able to go that far without him behind me.”
Nguyen has horses in training with Richard Baltas in California. Meah said the plan was to send the Nyquist filly to begin her training with Robbie Harris of Harris Training Center in central Florida before being sent to the west coast as a juvenile.
Buying sons and daughters of Nyquist has been a “full circle” process for Meah. He worked under trainer Doug O'Neill during Nyquist's championship 2-year-old campaign that carried over into a victory in the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
“We bought a couple Nyquists last year in the November sale, and because we couldn't get as many as we wanted, we bought a mare in foal to Nyquist, so we've been quite high on him,” Meah said. “I was fortunate enough to work with both Goldencents and Nyquist when I worked for Doug, so I've been a fan of theirs. Maybe it's a bit sentimental, but I actually do like them as stallions.
“I like the stretch in the Nyquists,” he continued. “They look like two-turn horses. They have a lot of strength in them, too, so they're also going to put the speed in there, but they've got the stamina for two-turns, for sure.”
The Fasig-Tipton October sale continues daily through Thursday, beginning each day at 10 a.m. Eastern.
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