Witwatersrand Tops Fasig-Tipton October Digital Sale


The Fasig-Tipton October Digital Sale closed Tuesday afternoon with 100 horses sold for $1,820,000. Offerings included breeding stock, horses of racing age, yearlings, and a stallion.

Racing prospect Witwatersrand (Hip 8) topped the sale when sold for $230,000 to Deputy from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for DJ Stable Graduate. A 2-year-old daughter of Connect, Witwatersrand broke her maiden on debut at Woodbine on Sept. 1 for owners DJ Stable and Quintessential Racing Florida and trainer Mark Casse. The chestnut filly was offered and sold from her trainer's barn at Woodbine.

America's Thoroughbred Investors LLC went to $115,000 to secure the sale's second highest-priced offering, Managing Mischief (Hip 121), a 2-year-old racing prospect consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Managing Mischief is a daughter of current leading first-crop sire Maximus Mischief out of a winning Midshipman half-sister to two-time Canadian champion and millionaire Essence Hit Man.

Rounding out the top three prices of the sale was Glider (Hip 12), a 3-year-old gelded son of Quality Road purchased for $100,000 by YMT Farm from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for DJ Stable Graduate. A winner at two and three, Glider has won or placed in half of career starts to date and earned $167,006 for DJ Stable and trainer Mark Casse. Glider was offered and sold from his location at Casse Training Center in Ocala, Florida.

“These results represent real growth for the Digital platform,” said Leif Aaron, Fasig-Tipton's Director of Digital Sales. “We offered nearly four times as many horses as we did in last October's digital sale and the gross rose accordingly. Our clearance rate this week was nearly 80% and we had nearly 450 bidders registered.”

“The online sales provide the free market the opportunity to buy 'ready-made horses,'” DJ Stable's Jon Green said. “Since we never have to interrupt their training, the new owners have a chance to earn an immediate return on investment.”

The next Fasig-Tipton Digital will be the December Digital Sale, which opens for bidding on Thursday, Dec. 7 and closes on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

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