Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale Ends With Near-Record Numbers


(Colt by Street Sense brings $500,000 to top the final session of the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale / Photo Courtesy of Fasig-Tipton)

From the Fasig-Tipton Media Team:

The October Sale concluded its strong four-day run Thursday evening with a robust session. The sale’s cumulative gross and average were on par with last year’s successful renewal, while the median rose significantly.

Champion STREET SENSE was responsible for the sale topper, a colt which sold for $500,000 midway through the final session (video). Offered as Hip 1281 by Eaton Sales, agent and purchased by Donato Lanni, agent for an undisclosed client, the colt is a half-brother to three winners out of the PULPIT mare SHIMMER, who has already produced a graded stakes placed track record setter in SISTER MOON. The immediate family includes Broodmare of the Year MISTORY MORN, Group 1 winner PRIOLIO, and two-time leading sire WHAT A PLEASURE. The sale topper was bred in Kentucky by Forging Oaks Farm.

Earlier in the session, a colt by three-time leading sire TAPIT raised the bar when sold for $430,000 to Kenny McPeek, agent (video). Offered as Hip 1171 by Gainesway, the Kentucky-bred colt is a half-brother to four winners, most notably multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire PALACE.

Monday’s session topper, a $400,000 INTO MISCHIEF colt offered as Hip 347, held on for third (video). That colt was purchased by Paul Brodsky from the consignment of Summerfield, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised.

UNCLE MO sired the sale’s top filly, which sold for $350,000 as Hip 933 during the sale’s third session (video). That filly is a half-sister to 2017 UAE Oaks (G3) winner NOMORERICHBLONDES – a graduate of this sale in 2015 – and was purchased by Mike Ryan, agent for e5 Racing from the consignment of Romans Racing & Sales, agent.

“The numbers are remarkably similar to last year,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “This sale obviously has a significant place on the calendar and is a significant marketplace. [It was] a solid four days of sales.”

Overall, 960 yearlings changed hands for $34,188,100, good for an average of $35,613, all figures comparable to last year’s sale. The median rose 25% to $15,000 from $12,000 in 2017. The RNA rate was 22.8%.  Notably, the top 10 hips were spread as evenly as possible across the sessions, with three selling on the first day; two on the second; two yesterday; and three today, including the sale’s top colt.

“It’s remarkable that, as good [as the yearling sale season has been], you can still sell a thousand horses and generate $35 million back into the system in October,” added Browning. “There were some folks walking around today very happy.”

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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