Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's winter mixed auction of thoroughbreds posted gains in gross and average yesterday at the sales pavilion in Timonium.
A total of 123 horses were sold for $900,700, an average of $7,323 per horse. The average was up 18 percent and the gross up less than 1 percent over last year's sale.
"You've got to be pleased with any 'up,' " said T. Mason Grasty, executive vice president of the Elkton-based sales company. "The market was strong."
Especially indicative of that was the number of horses taken back by their owners because bidding did not reach a predetermined minimum.
Yesterday, only 23 horses (16 percent) were not sold, compared with 51 last year (26 percent).
The sales topper was Queen Suite, an 11-year-old stakes-winning mare in foal to El Prado. The Maryland breeder Frank Bonsal paid $60,000 for her.
The highest-priced yearling was a dark-bay filly (Two Punch-Delta Danielle, by Lord Avie). Kentucky-based GRB Stable bought her for $45,000.