A colt by former Coolmore Australia shuttler Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) topped the first day of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale when bought by Donato Lanni as agent for Michael Lund Petersen for US$1.1 million. The colt had breezed in a time of 10 seconds.
Sold as Lot 118 by Pike Racing, the colt is out of the winning Mineshaft (A P Indy) mare Miss Ocean City who has produced two winners to date headed by Grade 2 winner Azar (Scat Daddy). Further back this is the family of Group / Grade 1 winners Twilight Agenda (Devil's Bag), Refuse To Bend (Sadler's Wells), 2002 Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winner Media Puzzle (Theatrical) and Go And Go (Be My Guest).
The second most expensive lot of the session was a colt by Not This Time (Giant's Causeway), named Mr Penny, who had breezed in a time of 10.1 seconds and had been bought for US$650,000 by Lauren Carlisle as agent.
Of the 190 lots offered 152 sold for a total of US$12,632,500. The average sat at US$83,109 after the first day whilst the median was US$40,000. On day 1 in 2019 156 horses sold of US$11,402,500 at an average of US$73,093 and median of US$43,000.
"I don't believe anybody knew what to expect," said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning.
"We had positive vibes throughout the under tack show and there was good activity on the sales grounds this weekend. I thought today was tremendous, exceptional, and reassuring."
The sales company offered a mixture of live, telephone and online bidding and reported that seven of the lots sold had been done via the online platform.
The second and final session of the sale, which is usually held in May, will be conducted on Tuesday.