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3/2/2017 - Aiken's Frommer at the top of the thoroughbred marketplace

Aiken-based trainer Cary Frommer is enjoying life at the top of the thoroughbred marketplace.

On Wednesday in South Florida, she sold a filly by the stallion Uncle Mo and a colt by the stallion More Than Ready for seven-figure prices at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

The Uncle Mo filly commanded $1.5 million, the auction’s most expensive price.

The More Than Ready colt brought $1.1 million, which was the sale’s third-highest price.

Lawrence Best’s OXO Equine bought both horses, which Frommer owned in partnership with Florida horseman Barry Berkelhammer.

“It was pretty sweet,” Frommer said.

Last year, Frommer purchased the Uncle Mo filly for $250,000 and the More Than Ready colt for $235,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale.

“We stepped up and bought nice horses, and we got rewarded for it,” Frommer said. “That’s what happened in a nutshell. It’s nice when things work out the way they are supposed to.”

The Uncle Mo filly is a full sister to the winner Mighty Mo, who finished second in the Woodhaven Stakes and third in the Better Talk Now Stakes in New York last year. Their dam (mother) is the winner Flowers Athefinish.

The More Than Ready colt’s dam is a half brother to the winners Nawlins Kitty and Dharmaster. Their dam is the stakes winner Tensas Punch.

“We decided to focus on very high class horses because that’s what people want,” Frommer said.

Both the Uncle Mo filly and the More Than Ready colt worked an eighth of a mile in 10 1/5 seconds during the under tack show before the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream auction.

“She was a very beautiful and elegant filly from the day I bought her,” said Frommer of the Uncle Mo filly. “She was correct physically and had a good mind; she was everything you could hope for.”

But Frommer wasn’t expecting her to sell for more than $1 million.

“I was actually surprised,” Frommer said. “I thought she would bring maybe $600,000, which is a whole lot of money, and I would have been tickled inside and out with that. But then there was a little bidding war.”

As Frommer watched with longtime employee Alberto Velazquez, the price climbed higher and higher.

After the bay filly became the most expensive horse ever sold by Frommer, “I was just beside myself,” the trainer said. “Alberto and I were hugging each other.

The More Than Ready colt grew more than Frommer expected him to and blossomed physically.

“He was just a lovely horse,” she said.

Last year, Frommer sold an Uncle Mo colt out of the stakes-winning mare Five Star Dream for $1 million at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream auction.

Then, about two weeks later, she sold another Uncle Mo colt, which later was named Monaco, for $1.3 million at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Frommer owned the $1-million Uncle Mo colt in partnership with Berkelhammer. She owned the $1.3-million Uncle Mo colt, whose dam is the stakes winner Setareh, in partnership with Berkelhammer and Rich Averill.

“This year, I thought, ‘No way in the world am I going to be able to do that again,' ” Frommer said. “But as time when on and the horses we had for this year were training, I realized we were in pretty good shape.”

Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.