A Deputy Minister mare in foal to Two Punch brought the top price of $120,000 at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's annual mixed sale that concluded yesterday at the Timonium sales pavilion.
Sold by John Childs' Stoneworth Farm, Final Deputy was purchased by agent Daniel Lopez.
Deputy Minister, Final Deputy's sire, was the Horse of the Year in 1979 and earned nearly $700,000 at the track. He also has been a leading sire, with 599 foals that have earned more than $38 million in North America.
Sentimental Tango, whose daughter, Merengue, recently became a graded stakes winner at Laurel Park, was purchased for $75,000 by David Mullins of Kentucky. Sentimental Tango's sire is Broad Brush.
Sunday's first session -- which featured broodmares -- produced an average sale price of $7,943, up substantially from last year's $5,574. A total of 254 horses were purchased for $2,017,400. The median price rose by $400.
Overall, 437 head were sold for $3,680,700, an average of $8,423. Both figures were more than 30 percent higher than last year's. Only 75 horses went unsold.
"We had a good sale, no question," said Fasig-Tipton executive vice president Mason Grasty. "It capped off a very nice year for us."
Yesterday's final session -- which included horses of racing age, yearlings and weanlings -- brought $1,666,300 for 183 head.
Agent Walter Reese purchased both the high weanling colt and high weanling filly for $72,000 and $52,000, respectively. The colt is by Cryptoclearance, sire of Victory Gallop, the filly by Two Punch.
Pub Date: 12/08/98