The Fasig-Tipton July Sale was filled with fireworks as the historic sales company kicked off the yearling season in Lexington, Kentucky. And freshman sires were a big part of the excitement including Spendthrift's three young prospects Line of David, Temple City, and Warrior's Reward. Each showed they were worthy of breeders attention as they returned great results for those who invested in their first books.
Warrior's Reward led the way with six yearlings sold for an average of $103,333. Hip 203 was tops for the Grade 1-winning stallion by Medaglia d'Oro and was purchased for $180,000 by Jay Em Ess Stables. Consigned by Gerry Dilger's Dromoland Farm, the dark bay filly out of a Smarty Jones mare led the way for all Spendthrift freshman sire yearlings. Hips 206 and 230 returned $150,000 from Starlight Racing and $100,000 from Crupi's New Castle Farm, respectively, to their breeders.
Temple City returned 21 times on his $5,000 stud fee for Hip 160 when the yearling colt sold for $105,000. Consigned by Bluewater Sales, the bay colt out of a Carson City mare has black-type stakes winners throughout his female family line. Duece Greathouse signed the ticket.
Line of David's Hip 132 drew the attention of Bradley Thoroughbreds and returned $150,000 for consignor Hidden Brook Farm. This bay colt is out of Sister Girl Blues who is Grade 1 and 2 placed and has graded stakes winners throughout his female line including Dwyer S. (G2) winner Mint Lane.
The Fasig-Tipton July Sale brought 163 yearlings through the sales ring and showed an increase in average from $81,291 in 2012 to $89,785 and median from $60,000 in 2012 to $72,000. The sale produced a gross of $14,635,000 and was buttressed by the first July Horses of Racing Age Sale that evening.