Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stable signed the tickets for both top-selling New York-breds at Tuesday’s opening session of the 2017 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company March sale of two-year-olds in training. Klaravich’s new juveniles are both colts, and each posted a furlong work of :10 1/5 seconds on the first day of the under tack show.
The New York-bred star of the day was a $350,000 bay by Arch, bred by Doug Koch’s Berkshire Stud. The colt (Hip 124) was a pinhooking home run for consignor Randy Bradshaw, who bought him for a relatively modest $65,000 at last summer’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga.
The colt is out of Regard, a winner by Fusaichi Pegasus out of Notice me, who is a half sister to stakes winner and stakes producer Kona Way. Several accomplished New York-breds appear in the more extended family: stakes winner Shine Upon, also a stakes producer, graded performer Brigand and stakes winner Sky Music. Regard, a producer of two winners from two foals to start, currently has a yearling colt by Uncle Mo.
Klarman’s other standout New York-bred purchase was Hip 31, a $290,000 colt by Midnight Lute from the consignment of Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent V. Bred by Eaton & Thorne, Inc., the dark bay/brown horse, like the New York topper, is a graduate of the 2016 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Saratoga yearling sale, selling to St. Elias for $100,000.
The Midnight Lute colt, whose third dam is 1979 Eclipse champion older mare Waya, is out of Missyoulikecrazy (Lion Heart), a mare purchased by Thorndale Farms at the 2013 Keeneland November sale for $220,000. Grade 2-placed twice as a juvenile at Churchill Downs, Missyoulikecrazy is a full sister to graded winner and Grade 1 stakes-placed Pretty Prolific and a group performer in France.
Despite a good number of buybacks, the New Yorkers who changed hands did well at two-day sale’s opening session, Of 19 individuals offered on Day 1 after scratches, 11 sold for an average of $115,636. The New York-bred median came in at $75,000. The average for the general population of the sale was $192,120, up 23% from $156,322 last year, and the median came in $110,000, with no change from 2016.
The March Sale continues on Wednesday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. (Hips 339-677).