The 2016 edition of the Midlantic Winter Mixed Sale ended Sunday afternoon in Timonium with improvements in median and RNA rate, led by a yearling colt by Curlin, sire of last year’s Eclipse Champion 3YO Filly, Stellar Wind. The $4,350 median represented an 8.8% increase from the previous sale, held in 2014. The RNA rate was a remarkably low 13.3%, down from 33.3% in 2014.
“I have to say I was happy,” said Paget Bennett, Direct of Sales for Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic division. “We had a great crowd. There were a lot of people here to the end. I would say, really, we ran out of horses, race horses especially. People knew what they wanted, and they came and bought them.”
Offered as Hip 101 by Bill Reightler as agent, the sale-topper was purchased for $76,000 by Machmer Hall. The colt’s immediate family includes G1 winning champion Miesque’s Approval. Carrie Brogden, who signed the ticket for Machmer Hall, was excited to add the Curlin yearling to her operation. “[He is] a big, strong, strapping dude. We hope he has a great spring on the land in Bourbon County.” The colt’s price tag represented a 27% increase from the previous edition’s sale topper.
Several other short yearlings sold well, including a filly by Tiz Wonderful out of stakes winner Dreaming Anna (Hip 116), which sold for $42,000 to Matthew Schera from the consignment of Bill Reightler, agent for Spendthrift Farm, which stood Tiz Wonderful in 2014 for $7,500 before he was sold to Korea that October. A colt by Girolamo (Hip 75) sold for $27,000 to Cary Frommer from the consignment of Chanceland Farm, agent. Girolamo stood for $12,500 in 2014.
The leader among broodmares and broodmare prospects was Moon Orbit, an unraced five-year-old mare by Malibu Moon. Moon Orbit, offered as Hip 15, was purchased by Susan Casey for $65,000 from the consignment of Bill Reightler, agent. Offered as a broodmare prospect, Moon Orbit is a full sister to G3 winner Moonwalk, from the immediate family of Grade 1 winner Stormy Lucy.
Among racing prospects, Cantina Butterfly, a three-year-old daughter of multiple Grade 1 winner Silver Train, led the way when sold for $36,000 towards the end of the sale. Offered as Hip 153, Cantina Butterfly was purchased by Trinbrook from the consignment of Bill Reightler, agent for the estate of Charles Jefferis II.
The Midlantic Winter Mixed Sale will be followed in a week’s time by the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, which will be held February 8-9 in Lexington, KY, which sessions beginning at 11am.