Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, sponsored by the Texas Thoroughbred Association and held on the grounds of Lone Star Park, ended with similar numbers compared to last year. All told, 80 horses from 124 offered sold for a total of $1,818,700 with an average of $22,734 and median of $15,000.
Last year’s auction grossed $1,743,750 with an average of $23,564 and median of $20,000. Compared to last year’s auction, which had posted big gains over the prior year, this year’s auction recorded a 4.3% increase in gross, a decrease of 3.5% in average and a drop of 25% in median. The buyback rate was 30.2% last year and 35.5% this year, although Director of Sales Tim Boyce reported that a number of private sales occurred that would bring the buyback rate to a similar level as last year.
Two horses topped this year’s auction at $135,000 apiece. First up was hip #110, a Kentucky-bred colt by Harlan’s Holiday who worked a co-fastest eighth-mile in :10 1/5 in the under tack show. The colt’s dam is a half sister to Grade 1 winner and millionaire Include. The January foal went to Dennis Foster from the consignment of Wolf Creek Farm, agent.
The other horse to go for $135,000 was hip #133, a Louisiana-bred filly by Munnings and half sister to multiple stakes winner Southern Dude. Carroll Castille make the purchase from Inside Move Inc., agent.
Inside Move also consigned the only other horse to hit six digits, hip #123 who sold for $100,000 to Charles Castille Jr. The filly is a Louisiana-bred daughter of Pomeroy.
Twin Oaks Training Center topped the consignor list with 15 sold for $395,500, followed by Benchmark Training Center with 18 sold for $361,200 and Inside Move with 12 sold for $336,800. Bradley Raney was the top buyer with five purchases for $257,000.
For hip-by-hip results, click here.