An Uncle Mo colt was purchased by agent J.J. Crupi on behalf of Albert Frassetto for $200,000 to top the Oct. 1 first session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale.
For the session that began in late afternoon and had fewer cataloged than will be offered during the second and final day Oct. 2, Fasig-Tipton reported 103 head were sold for $2,384,700, compared with the $2,109,200 aggregate for 81 sold a year ago. The average fell 11% from $26,040 to $23,152 and the median was even at $15,000.
With 150 cataloged, the 26 that did not sell represented a 20.2% RNA rate, compared with a first-session buy-back rate of 36.7% during Day 1 of 2017.
Consigned as Hip 12 by Northview Stallion Station, the session-topper was bred in Maryland by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds. The colt is out of the grade 3-placed Cozzene mare Who's Cozy, who has also produced stakes winner Who's In Town and stakes-placed Campaign Vows.
The colt's second dam, Who Did It and Run, is a daughter of Polish Numbers whose nine victories included the grade 2 Jersey Derby. Among the eight winners produced from Who Did It and Run are multiple stakes winner Giant Run and stakes winner and stakes-placed producer American Victory.
"He looks just like his daddy," Crupi said of the colt whose sire stands at Ashford Stud. "He's going to be a racehorse." The day's second-highest price of $120,000 was paid by Hillwood Stable for a Great Notion colt consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds as Hip 10. Bred in Pennsylvania by Steven Long and Jane Long, the colt is a full brother to multiple stakes winner Great Soul. The colt's dam, the Partner's Hero mare What Am I Gonna Do, is a half sister to stakes winners Heaven Knows What and Doing Great.
One consignor pleased with the day's trade was Ron Blake of Blake-Albina Thoroughbreds, which sent out one of the four horses sold for six figures and had a major pinhooking score with a filly bought for $1,500 as a weanling that sold for $55,000. During the waning moments of the session, Hip 144 a chestnut filly by Declaration of War was purchased under the name Owls Bloodstock from Blake-Albina for $102,000. The filly, whose second dam is 2001 Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Flute, was produced from Entwine, an Empire Maker mare Blake-Albina purchased on behalf of Newtown Anner Stud for $170,000 while carrying the filly in utero.
The filly's extended female family includes champion King Cobra and grade/group 1 winners Brian Boru and Workforce, among other major black-type winners.
The big pinhook score for Blake-Albina was Hip 46, a filly from the first crop of Maryland-based stallion Hangover Kid purchased by Maxis Stable for $55,000.
"We hit a home run with her," Blake said of the big pinhook profit with the. "(The buyers) will still pay a lot of money for a pretty horse."
The filly, named Tommy's Opus, was produced from Ballykiss, a daughter of Street Boss who is a half sister to two stakes-placed runners and is from the female family of grade 2 winners Crowned and Best of Luck.
Bred in Maryland by Linda Oliff Rohleder, the filly was purchased by Blake under the name D R Investments for $1,500 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed Sale.
"She was always pretty and was by a first-year Maryland stallion that nobody knew," Blake said of why he was able to buy the filly at such a low price. A grade 2-winning son of Lemon Drop Kid ,Hangover Kid stands at Murmur Farm near Darlington, Md., where his 2016 fee was $3,000 when the current yearling crop was conceived.
The other yearling that fetched six figures Monday was Hip 38, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Malibu Moon purchased by John Servis for $110,000 from the CandyLand consignment.
Bred by Classic Thoroughbreds, the filly was produced from the Not For Love mare Apple Pie Baby, a daughter of stakes winner Time to Dream and a half sister to stakes winner Five Star Dream.
The sale concludes Tuesday when Hips 151-500 will be offered.