GIRL TALK, the last horse offered at Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, proved to be the sale topper when purchased by Rock Ridge Thoroughbreds for $310,000 on Tuesday in Lexington
A five-year-old earner of $117,545, Girl Talk was offered as a racing or broodmare prospect by Denali Stud (Craig & Holly Banoroff), agent for Ramona Bass and Cheyenne Stables. Girl Talk finished second by a neck in the $100,000 Ladies H. at Aqueduct on January 21 in her most recent start.
By Medaglia d’Oro, Hip No. 574 is out of the Grade 2-winning One Caroline, by Unbridled’s Song. Girl Talk is thus a half-sister to the Grade 3-placed Improv. This extended family includes 2002 champion three-year-old filly Farda Amiga and European Horse of the Year St. Jovite.
The leader for much of Tuesday’s second and final session was TRICKY ONE, who was gaveled down to International Equities Holding for $275,000. An earner of $73,683, the winning four-year-old filly was offered as broodmare prospect by Gainesway, agent.
Hip 498, by Unbridled’s Song and out of the the multiple stakes-winning Simplify, by Pulpit, is a half-sister to stakes winner Simple Surprise. She’s a descendant of the Grade 1-winning mare Lilac Hill.
Jack Johnston was the winning bidder on Hip 419, a short yearling son of Tiznow he acquired for $260,000. Consigned by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services, agent for C & S, the March 13 Kentucky-bred is out of the Tapit mare See Rock City, the dam of the Grade 3-placed One More, stakes-placed Big Red Rocket, and Korean champion Dynamic Dash.
Business was up across the board Tuesday and propelled the sale into positive territory after declines in gross and average on Monday.
On Tuesday, 183 horses sold for $6,302,600, a rise of 31.3 percent over last year’s corresponding session when 187 horses grossed $4,799,500. The session average rose 34.2 percent, from $25,666 to $34,440, while the median was up 62.5 percent, from $8,000 to $13,000.
Cumulatively at the two-day auction, 364 head sold for $10,436,800, an increase of 9.8 percent from 2017 when 351 horses brought $9,501,800. The average was up 5.9 percent, from $27,071 to $28,673, while the median rose 16.7 percent, from $9,000 to $10,500.
Full results can be found at fasigtipton.com.