Paced by the popular sale of class mares from Eugene Melnyk’s Winding Oaks Farm’s, Monday’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale saw its overall numbers more than doubled its totals for the one-day auction compared to 2012.
Melnyk, who has campaigned such standouts as champion Speightstown and Grade I winner Flower Alley, announced in late January that 28 offerings from his noted program were being added to the Fasig-Tipton February catalog as part of his plan to downsize and focus on buying to race instead of breeding. Led by Grade I winner Pool Land, who brought a sale topping price of $900,000 when she was purchased by Live Oak Plantation, offerings from Melnyk accounted for five of the top six prices on a day that saw 27 horses sell for six figures.
The overall gross of $13,781,700 from 245 sold Monday was more than double the $4,601,800 generated by 270 horses sold in 2012. The average of $56,252 shattered last year’s number of $17,044 with the median rising from $6,000 in 2012 to $15,000 this year.
A total of 32 horses failed to meet their reserve, compared to 76 a year ago.
The Winding Oaks horses were all consigned by Taylor Made, and the action picked up greatly once that supplemental portion of the catalog got underway. Pool Land, winner of the 2006 Grade I Ruffian Handicap, proved most desirable when she went to Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak operation. The 11-year-old Silver Deputy mare sold in foal to Smart Strike and is out of the Slew City Slew mare Slew City Slicker.
The second highest price of the auction was brought by Grade II winner Roxy Gap who went to Fred Hertrich or $850,000. The 5-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie is slated to remain in training.
Multiple graded stakes winner Indian Vale went to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm for $750,000 while Canadian champion Sealy Hill, who foaled a Distorted Humor filly on the grounds the night before the auction, was purchased for $590,000 by Nat Rea’s Regis Farm.
“Mr. Melnyk what he was able to put together is just so impressive,” said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales. “Not only did they perform, but they were beautiful mares too. Sometimes you see mares that ran really well, but they don’t look like that great. All his look great and ran great. Nice mares and a good sale.”
Rea also purchased Golden Mystery, who vanned to Fasig after winning the Grade III Hurricane Bertie Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Sunday, for $625,000. Golden Mystery was not part of the Winding Oaks offerings.