Ninety-two horses sold for $1.3 million yesterday at the Timonium fairgrounds in an auction of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age.
The average of $14,303 pleased Mason Grasty, executive vice president of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic, the sales company. This was the first time in seven years it conducted this sale in July at Timonium.
"I think for a first-time go I was very encouraged," Grasty said. "I was pleased with the turnout and what the horses were bringing. There were a lot of people around here trying to buy a horse."
The sales topper was the 2-year-old colt Dixielien, a son of the sire Dixieland Band and the Never Bend mare Lien. Ben Perkins Sr. bought him for $105,000. The drop-off to the next most expensive horse was $55,000.
Two sold for $50,000: a 2-year-old colt by Montbrook out of the Claim mare Discover America purchased by Horace M. Parker, and the 3-year-filly Desirata by Distinctive Pro out of the Reviewer mare Analysis, purchased by Hector Alcalde.