Thursday, April 5, 2012

Part Two: 2012 Fasig-Tipton Texas Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale

Three days after galloping before the grandstand at Lone Star Park, the horses entered in the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Texas Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale stood in the sales ring before prospective buyers. The juvenile Thoroughbreds were sold for an average price of $19,689, $1,391 dollars less than last year. The median was $14,000, $1,000 dollars down from last year. As compared to the 98 horses sold and 34 not sold last year, 80 horses were sold and 39 were not sold in 2012. Though the sale experienced decreases, they were fortunately not drastic declines. In addition, the high buy-back rate contributed to the declines.

My ten featured horses and eight honorable mentions altogether brought $289,000.

Listed below are the horses featured in Part One, with descriptions of the results of the auction:

Hip #19 – Alfajor: This half-brother to two stakes-performing horses was not overly impressive in person, but was sleek. Consigned by American Legacy Farm, Alfajor did not attain his reserve, driving the hammer to $29,000.

Hip #23 – Sharp Match: This powerful-moving direct descendant of Somethingroyal, consigned by Robert Brewer, agent, was sold for $17,000, $3,000 more than the median price, to I’m In Racing Stables LLC.

Hip #44 – Monoir Tiara: A filly who greatly impressed me with her performance in the under-tack show, her refined conformation, and her bloodlines, Monoir Tiara did not sell.

Hip #50: A colt that I was first impressed with off of pedigree, I fell in love with this colt’s personality much like I did with hip fifty at the same sale two years ago. He also made a good impression on me with his strapping conformation and remarkable track performance. However, he did not reach his reserve of $18,000.

Hip #59: A beautifully-traveling half-sister to three group stakes-performing horses, hip fifty-nine was purchased for $40,000 by Brad Grady as the tenth highest-priced horse in the auction.

Hip #77 – Curlinator: My top selection of the sale based off of pedigree and appearance, this colt was declared out of the sale.

Hip #79: This impressive-moving half-sister to the grade one-winning E Z’s Gentleman went to Charles W. Fletcher for $10,000.

Hip #95: Out of a half-sister to the multiple grade one-winning Pure Clan, hip ninety-five was a striking individual. The colt was purchased by Thomas E. Roesener for $16,000.

Hip #97: This robust son of the prosperous Awesome Again was declared out of the sale.

Hip #126 – Graustarkian: A beautifully-bred direct descendant of Shenanigans, this remarkable gray filly was the ninth highest-priced horse in sale, going for $41,000 to Vicente Rodarte.

Hip #126 - Graustarkian
Photo: Terri Cage

Honorable Mentions:

Hip #21: An impressive worker, hip twenty-one was purchased for $39,000 by Joe Walkoviak.

Hip #27: A filly with a strong pedigree and a remarkable work, hip twenty-seven sold for $52,000 to Brad Grady as the fourth highest-priced horse in the sale.

Hip #35 – Moncoumba: A filly with a prosperous dam side, hip thirty-five went for $32,000 to Victory Cigar Racing Stable.

Hip #53: Yet another filly with a strong dam line, hip fifty-three did not reach her reserve.

Hip #89: Nicely bred and noteworthy on the track, hip eighty-nine was purchased by Stephen R. Brown for $32,000.

Hip #96: A half-sister to stakes winners, hip ninety-six did not attain her reserve.

Hip #102 – Blazing Graduate: A colt with a strong pedigree but an unimpressive appearance and way of going, Blazing Graduate went to Sandra H. Jarrett for $10,000.

Hip #137: From a strong dam line, hip one hundred thirty-seven  did not reach his reserve.

Next up, the Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale!

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