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Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Day-1 Wrap
On a night that saw only seven horses fail to meet their reserve out of a total of 71 that went through the ring, eight horses sold for US$500,000 or more, and two topped the US$1 million mark, both of them fillies by Gaineway's leading sire Tapit, reports Blood-Horse. "It was a terrific sale," said Boyd Browning, president and CEO of Fasig-Tipton. "There was a lot of interest from a diverse group of buyers." He added, "We're dealing with a very professional group of buyers and sellers. Sellers are realistic in setting reserves, and buyers have confidence that consignors are treating them fairly well. You bring a good horse here, you will be rewarded," he said. "It's worked for almost 100 years." Overall, 64 horses sold for a total of US$18,267,000, up 16.6 per cent from last year when 50 horses sold at the opening session. The average of US$285,422 dropped 9 per cent, while the median of US$232,500 decreased by 14.7 per cent. John Ferguson, bloodstock agent for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, was also active purchasing seven horses for a total of US$3.275 million.