The heat of July ushers in the annual Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Sale. The prestigious auction saw an increase of over 22% over last years sale for 196 horses that went through the ring this year versus the 172 that went through last year. While the RNA rate rose from 29.5% to 30.5%, there was growth across the board with averages rising for median and total sales prices. While the sale featured popular sires such as Claiborne’s Malibu Moon and Spendthrift’s Into Mischief, several freshman sires were represented by their first yearling crops.
- Constitution (Tapit-Baffled by Distorted Humor) – This son of Tapit had 8 yearlings in the sale with only one pulled. Of the seven that went through the ring, two were RNA’s and one was sold privately for $125,000 to agent Justin Casse. Hip 113 out of Vision Blue by Bluegrass Cat was his highest seller at $150,000 and rounded his median yearling price to $100,000. Constitution entered stud in 2016 at Winstar Farm for a fee of $25,000.
- Palace Malice (Curlin-Palace Rumor by Royal Anthem) – Palace Malice is one of the first G1-winning sons of Curlin and while he had 7 yearlings entered in the sale, two were pulled and only one was a RNA at $57,000. Of the four that sold, his sales topper was Hip 60 out of Southern Belle by Dixie Union who sold for $275,000 to Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. Palace Malice brought a median average of $187,500 for his yearlings. This consistent son of Curlin stands at Three Chimney’s for $20,000.
- Summer Front (War Front-Rose of Summer by El Prado) – A son of the popular sire War Front, Summer Front had 7 yearlings in the sale with only pulled. Out of the six who went through the ring, Hip 25 was an $80,000 RNA and his highest-selling yearling was Hip 162 out Broke N Dixie by Broken Vow who sold for $105,000 to Kenneth McPeek. The Airdrie stallion brought in a median sales average of $50,000 for the July sale. He stands at Airdrie Stud for $10,000.
- Commissioner (A.P. Indy-Flaming Heart by Touch Gold) – The last classic placed son of A.P Indy had 11 yearlings entered in the sale with one pulled. Of the ten who went through the ring, three were RNA’s. He had two yearlings sell for $100,000 – Hip 206 out of Divination by Aldebaran sold to Ken and Sarah Ramsey and Hip 280 out of I Think So by Proud Citizen sold to De Meric Stables and Hubert Guy. Commissioner’s yearlings brought in a median of $45,000. He currently stands for $7,500 at Winstar Farm.
- Palace (City Zip-Receivership by End Sweep) – This son of City Zip was well represented at the Fasig-Tipton July sale. He currently stands at Spendthrift Farm for a fee of $6,000. Palace had eight yearlings go through the ring with three being RNA’s. Two sold privately and of the three who went through the ring, they averaged at a median of $105,000 with the highest selling for $160,000 to De Renzo Thoroughbreds.
- Carpe Diem (Giant’s Causeway-Rebridleds Dream by Unbridled’s Song) – Carpe Diem was another Winstar stallion who had his first yearling crop in 2018. Carpe Diem only had 5 yearlings enter in the sale and two were pulled. Of the three that did go through the ring, one was a private sale for $50,000 and Hip 38 sold for $150,000 to De Renzo Thoroughbreds. He also had a $170,000 RNA, Hip 99 a filly out of True Kiss by Is It True. Theson of the late Giant’s Causeway stands for $25,000 and had a median average of $100,000.
Other freshman sires include the son of More Than Ready, Daredevil, who stands at Winstar for $7500. He had three yearlings sell and earned a median price of $67,500 – an 800% increase over his current stud fee. Competitive Edge, a son of Super Saver and a fellow Coolmore sire, stands in Versailles for $7500 as well and of his eight yearlings sold, his earned a median of $70,000. Of the sophomore stallions, Will Take Charge who stands at Three Chimney’s for $30,000 boasted a median of $240,000 from four yearlings sold and seemed to enjoy consistent success throughout the sale. A filly by Strong Mandate, a son of Tiznow who stands at Three Chimney’s for $10,000, and out of My Flag, from the family of Personal Ensign, boasted the second-highest price of the day selling for $435,000 and bringing Strong Mandate’s median to $190,000 for three yearlings sold. The sales topper was a colt by Flatter, Hip 348, who sold for $520,000. Overall, the Fasig-Tipton July Select Yearling Sale sold 196 yearlings and brought in $19,762,500 – up 22.6% from last year.