The only two yearlings from Buffum’s first crop to go through the auction ring turned heads at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling, held Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the sales pavilion in Timonium. One sold for $85,000, the other was a buyback at $100,000.
“This should open people’s eyes to the potential this horse has,” noted Northview general manager and director of sales David Wade. “He represents a great value for this region.”
The $85,000 colt named Blazing Terp, out of the unraced Seeking Daylight mare Daylight Lassie consigned by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services, was purchased by Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable, one of the most successful buyers at the fall sale for decades. Bred by The University of Maryland as part of its equine studies program, the colt was initially sold this past January at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Mixed sale for $8,000.
Wade, who was the underbidder in January, noted: “They [the University of Maryland] did an excellent job of getting him ready for the January sale. I thought he was the best looking ‘short yearling’ in that sale.”
Richard Golden’s Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds bought back the homebred Buffum colt out of Two’s Cozy (by Cozzene) and will keep him to race. The colt’s dam is a half-sister to 2016 Grade 1 winner Illuminant.
Buffum, a graded stakes-winning sprinter from the stellar family of champions Sky Beauty, Gold Beauty and Dayjur, is the only son of champion and classic winner Bernardini standing in the region.
“For a stallion with a small first crop to have two yearlings in the sale, and to come up with numbers like that, is outstanding,” said Wade.
Buffum stood the 2016 season for $2,500.