||Average Rises 7.8% at Fasig-Tipton Texas
Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale
The Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Olds
in Training Sale held on Tuesday, April 5 at the Texas Thoroughbred Association
Sales Pavilion at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie saw a 7.8% increase
in average sales price for the 142 horses sold as compared to 2004. The
top price of $110,000 was paid by Danny Shifflett of Lane’s End
Texas for a daughter of leading Texas sire Valid Expectations.
The sale topper was produced by the winning Dunham’s Gift It Fits.
Named It's Valid, the sale topper was consigned by Mike Mulligan's Leprechaun
Racing, agent. K and B Ventures purchased the half sister to stakes-placed
Hellohellohello, by Secret Hello, for $35,000 at the 2004 Fasig-Tipton
Texas Summer Yearling Sale.
"That's as good a filly as they've ever had in this sale,"
Shifflett said. "I knew I'd have to pay that much. I raised this
filly as a foal, so I knew how good she is."
Shifflett represented Lane's End's owner William S. Farish, and the
sale topper will be trained by Steve Asmussen.
With 44 fewer horses offered this year, 142 horses were sold overall,
down 24.9% from 2004. The sale grossed $2,631,600, a 19% decline from
2004, but the average price was up 7.8% to $18,532. At the same sale last
year, 189 horses were sold for $3,247,800, an average of $17,184.
"I'm pretty happy," said Tim Boyce, director of sales for
Fasig-Tipton Texas. "Our total is down, but we didn't have as many
to sell. It was well attended, and we had some new people here like John
Scanlan, representing Dan Borislow, and Gary Contessa.
"Being closer to the start of the [Lone Star Park] meet certainly
helped the attendance. The trainers had a chance to watch these horses
train for a few days and get excited about some of them. I want to keep