Trainer Mark Casse has had his hands full of late. Running horses over at Keeneland in the afternoon. Looking at yearlings at Fasig-Tipton in the morning. Training horses in-between, and getting ready for Breeders’ Cup 2017 all the while.

Still, through it all, he found time to purchase a yearling colt by Medaglia d’Oro at the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale for a whopping $700,000 to head the day’s activities. While Wednesday’s action was still in progress at 5:21 p.m., Fasig had sold 191 yearlings for a total of $8,352,000, which amounts to an average of $43,844. The median price was $12,500, up to that point.

Over the first couple of days, so far, Fasig-Tipton had sold 659 head for $23,312,500.  That averages out to $35,376, with a median of $12,000.

The sale goes through Thursday, Oct. 26, with the first hip into the ring at 10 a.m. ET.

Hip 736, the son of Medaglia d’Oro, is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Braodway Gold, who had 3 wins from ages 2 to 3 and earned over $166,645. She won the Astoria Stakes at Belmont and is the dam of 8 foals of racing age, to date. Seven of those foals have raced already and 6 had become winners, including Graded Stakes winner Broadway’s Alibi, Graded Stakes winner Golden Lad and Stakes winner R Rypsy Gold.  It is also the female family of Benner Island, a G2 winner to the age of 3 this year.

In addition to Hip 736, which had topped the sale up to this point, another colt to tilt the scoreboard on Wednesday was Hip 950, a son of Curlin.  This one brought $400,000 and was sold to Baoma Corp.  It is a son of the winning Stormy Atlantic mare Eden’s Storm and a half-brother to the Stakes placed winner Seeking Paradise.  It is the same female family as Paradise Creek, who earned over $2.6 million. The colt was consigned to the sale by Baccari Bloodstock, as agent.

Gene McLean interviews Sr. Vice President of Sales Bayne Welker of Fasiq-Tipton.

“Market continues to be strong,” said Bayne Welker, Vice President of Sales for Fasig-Tipton on Wednesday afternoon. “Especially for the offerings perceived as being the most desirable. The sale has picked up momentum each consecutive day and even the lower to middle horses seem to be nicely exceeding their reserves. Some nice horses on deck tomorrow (Thursday) which should provide some further excitement and as we all know it will be the last day in 2017 to purchase a yearling.”