Fasig-Tipton Texas December Mixed Sale Sees Mixed Results

The Fasig-Tipton Texas December Mixed Sale was conducted in the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Pavilion at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie on Sunday, December 15. A total of 207 horses sold for $665,600, a 44.8% increase in number sold and a 24.6% increase in gross revenue over 2001, when 143 horses brought a gross total of $534,300. However, the average price declined 13.9% from last year, dropping from $3,736 in 2001 to $3,215 this year. The median price decreased 20.0%, going from $2,500 in 2001 to $2,000 in 2002.

Hip No. 264, Holy Class, brought the sales’ highest price of $30,000. Sold as part of B.L. Littleton’s complete dispersal, the chestnut yearling daughter of Holy Bull and the multiple stakes winning Bold Ego mare Sonsearay was purchased by Doyce and Shirley Ellenburg. Sonsearay, who captured the 1993 TTBA Sales Futurity at Trinity Meadows and the 1994 Chapel Belle Stakes at Louisiana Downs, has produced two winners from three foals to race and is a half-sister to stakes winner Bold Pac Man.

Second highest price at the sale and highest price for a male was $28,000 paid by Cashmark Farm for Cleared for Flight, a yearling son of Grindstone out of the stakes winning Rusticaro mare Flying Girl (Fr). He was consigned by Cynthia Hutton. Cleared for Flight is a half-brother to stakes winner Mary Kies.
A total of 78 horses were reported not sold, compared to 49 a year ago, increasing the buy-back rate from 25.5% in 2001 to 27.4% this year.

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