Fasig-Tipton’s November Sale Soars

Lady Aurelia was always an amazing filly and mare on the racetrack. She was fast. She was beautiful. She was resilient. She was courageous. She was special. And, she was truly amazing.

Now, apparently, she is destined to do the same off of the racetrack, as well.

On Sunday, Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings spent $7.5 to buy Lady Aurelia at the one-day sales event in Lexington, and just about 24 hours after the magnificent Breeders’ Cup annual party was held at Churchill Downs just down I-64 in Louisville.

In total, Fasig-Tipton sold 140 horses on Sunday for a record total of $89,473,000. That amounts to an average sales price of $639,093 — the fourth highest sale’s total in history. The median price was an robust $327,500 — the second highest. The number of horses that did not meet the reserve price was at 27.5%.

“It was a remarkable night of sales this evening,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, after the final hammer had fallen. “When you are able to assemble a catalog with as many quality horses as we had this year, it makes for an exciting and interesting evening.

“There is tremendous demand for quality. The buyers are willing to pay for quality, but they still paid for quality with some level of restraint. They don’t bid recklessly; and they don’t bid with abandon. They bid aggressively. The most encouraging thing is there was tremendous diversity in the buying group.”

A year ago, Fasig-Tipton sold Songbird for $9.5 million and Tepin for $8 million, and the auction total sales for $74,200,000 for 115 horses. Few people thought that this year’s event could match that night for intensity, value and excitement.

But this year’s sale did not disappoint — easily surpassing the total of a year ago.

In addition to the rousing sale of Lady Aurelia, Mandy Pope and her Whisper Hill Farm spent $4.4 million to buy Stopchargingmaria for $1.9 million for her 2018 weanling filly by Pioneerof the Nile. That latter buy set a record price for a weanling at this sale.

 

That’s very, very special to do it at Tampa Bay,” an emotional O’Connell said after Well Defined’s two-and-three-quarter length victory from a charging Kentucky Wildcat in 1:42.70 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth, .26 seconds off 2018 winner Flameaway’s stakes record. So Alive finished a distant third, with the 19-10 favorite, Knicks Go, getting nipped for fourth at the wire by Counter Offer.

“He’s had little things that have happened and he’s grown up mentally and physically, and today he showed up with his game face on,” O’Connell said of the Florida-bred Well Defined, a son of With Distinction by Fru Fru, out of Medaglia d’Oro. “I like this horse a lot and the decision (on what’s next) will be up to the owners (Gilbert and Marilyn Campbell’s Stonehedge, LLC), but we just want him healthy. Maybe the (Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 9) – who knows.”

“His rear end slipped out from underneath him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile,” she said, “and he was compromised on early position when he ran in the Mucho Macho Man and got bottled up inside. He’s a young horse who is improving, mind-wise and everything-wise.”

KATHLEEN O’CONNELL, TRAINER OF WINNER WELL DEFINED

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