Fasig-Tipton concluded its Winter Mixed Sale with Tuesday with solid results as economic indicators improved over last year.
Total sales finished at $10,436,800 for 364 lots, a 10 percent improvement from the 2017 auction, while the $28,673 average was up 6 percent. The median of $10,500 also rose 16 percent.
“It's the same old story,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “Significant demand for quality offerings. Really spirited bidding today. I thought we had a stronger group of horses on offer today. It's always nice to end on a bang with the sales topper being last horse in ring. She deserved it – by Medaglia d'Oro out of a legitimate family.”
Browning noted the competition at the top price levels has placed extra emphasis on a horse's physical attributes, not just their reproductive or race record.
“Conformation continues to be king,” Browning said. “Ten years ago you could ask me to appraise a broodmare prospect based on her look on paper and I could generally give you a pretty good idea. Today, trying to evaluate any type of horse on paper without any type of conformation information, you'd look like an idiot because you could be dramatically off in either direction.”
The RNA rate finished at 23 percent, slightly better than the 25 percent of 2017.
Girl Talk, the very last hip in the two-day auction, brought the sale's top price at $310,000 to Rock Ridge Thoroughbreds. The stakes-placed daughter of Medaglia d'Oro was second for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in Aqueduct's Ladies Handicap Jan. 21. Ramona Bass and Cheyenne Stables campaigned the mare, who was out of Unbridled's Song mare One Caroline. Denali Stud consigned Girl Talk.
On Monday, the session topper was multiple stakes winner Bling On the Music (Hip 68), purchased for $260,000 by International Equities Holdings from the consignment of Baccari Bloodstock, agent. Winner of the Gold Rush Futurity and Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at two, Bling On the Music was also third in open company as a juvenile, finishing third in the Pocahontas S. (G2) on the way to career earnings of $153,167. She was sold as a broodmare prospect.
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