The 2021 Fasig-Tipton California Fall Yearling Sale continued to show the vibrance and strength of the American yearling market in one of its first regional market tests.
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This was the third year that Fasig-Tipton conducted the auction, which was previously held by Barrett’s, and it was the strongest edition across all metrics. The sale’s top lot was a filly by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who brought $350,000. 17 horses brought $100,000 or more, almost double 2019 and 2020’s figures combined. Kentucky-based sires dominated the leaderboard, with 8 out of the top 10 lots being by sires residing there. Hip 30, a colt by Square Eddie, was the top-priced lot by a California-based sire.
At this year’s edition three yearling colts were purchased by Boomer for the barn of California trainer Dan Blacker.
Hip 30, a son of the proven California-based sire Square Eddie. Consigned by breeder Fairview LLC, was purchased for $200,000. The strong, straightforward colt is a full brother to Square Deal and a half-brother to Take the One O One, both stakes winners in California and looks a very solid horse for Blacker’s barn.
The next colt purchased was a scopey son of Mr. Big, also a stalwart among the California sire ranks. He is out of a young mare who is a half-sister to stakes winning, G2-placed Bruce’s Dream. Offered as Hip 158 from the Havens Bloodstock Agency consignment, he was purchased for $65,000.
The final colt in the trio is a son of young California sire Danzing Candy. Consigned by breeder Woodbrdge Farm, Hip 207 is out of young Astrology mare who is a half to a stakes filly. The well-developed, precocious looking colt was purchased for $10,000 and represented great value.