Bernardini Colt Tops Final Session of The October Sale

Hip 1034, 2015 Fasig-Tipton October Sale
Hip 1034 (Fasig-Tipton Photo)

Yearlings by BERNARDINI accounted for the top-priced colt and filly of the third session of The October Sale on October 26, 2016. At $350,000, the session-topping colt tied Monday’s session-topper for top price in the sale overall.

Hip 1034
, a BERNARDINI colt out a winning SMART STRIKE mare sold for $350,000 mid-day on Wednesday to take the session lead and tie Monday’s top seller (video). The bay colt was purchased by Stonestreet Stables from the consignment of Brookdale Sales, agent. The yearling is from the immediate family of multiple G1 winning A.P. INDY mare SECRET STATUS.

Colts by two-time Leading Sire TAPIT and current Leading Freshman Sire UNION RAGS took the next two spots on the session leader board. De Meric Sales as agent purchased Hip 942, a son of TAPIT out of graded stakes winner CHEROKEE QUEEN for $300,000 from the consignment of South Point Sales Agency. Midwest Thoroughbreds grabbed up Hip 1214, a colt by UNION RAGS out of a half-sister to Classic winner SHACKLEFORD for $285,000 from the consignment of Darby Dan Farm.

The top filly on the day was Hip 1013, a filly by BERNARDINI out of a full sister to multiple G1 winner VOODOO DANCER which sold for $280,000 to W.D. North Thoroughbreds, agent from the consignment of Bridie Harrison, agent for Peter Blum Thoroughbreds.

“Overall, we had a solid and consistent marketplace, which I think is what you’re hoping for in October,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “There was a very strong market for quality individuals. Probably more encouraging was a strengthening to an extent of the middle and lower end of the market. Certainly it had a better feel this year. It seemed like there was an increase in the number of buyers.”

The sale, which ran over three days this year, saw 777 yearlings change hands for a total of $25,691,500. The average price was $33,065 and the median $14,500, both comparable to the 2015 sale, which was held over four days. The RNA rate was down 5.7% from 2015.

The leading consignor was Taylor Made Sales Agency, which sold 33 yearlings for $2,064,700. Representing JSM Equine, Justin Casse as agent was the leading buyer, purchasing three yearlings for a total of $600,000.

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