Juveniles sell two hips apart Wednesday to become New York-bred toppers at OBS

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

OBS April 17 cat coverBy Sarah Mace

A pair of juvenile colts, both consigned by Steve Venosa’s SVG Thoroughbreds (and, as it happens, both born on April 10, 2015) sold two hips apart on Wednesday to become the top-selling New York-breds at the halfway point of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 spring sale of 2-year-olds.

Saul Berenson went to $235,000 to acquire Hip 423, a dark bay/brown colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Violence (Medaglia d’Oro). The colt, who breezed a furlong in :10 1/5 seconds in the under tack show, was bought last year by SVG Thoroughbreds for $60,000 from breeder Christopher Shelli’s Fort Christopher’s consignment at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Saratoga yearling sale.

The colt’s dam is Fear This, an unraced Kentucky-bred Ghostzapper mare purchased by Shelli for just $5000 at the 2012 Keeneland November sale. Out of graded winner Susan’s Angel (Cape Town), Fear This had sales success with her second surviving foal, Fear That (Icebox), later a winner, who brought $230,000 as the co-top-selling colt at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. The following spring Fear That was bought back for $395,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Florida sale. Fear This has produced a yearling full sister to the Violence colt and was bred to Revolutionary in 2016.

Two hips earlier, Steven W. Young, Agent picked up Hip 421, a New York-bred chestnut colt by Flatter for $190,000. Bred by Newtown Anner Stud in Millbrook, and offered for sale at public auction for the first time, the colt turned in a :10 1/5-furlong work in the under tack show.

The colt’s dam Fashion Forward is a half sister to stakes winner Strut the Canary (Mineshaft), who has produced a stakes performer, and is out of a full sister to two stakes horses. Multiple grade 1 winner and $2 million-earner Island Fashion appears under the colt’s third dam. Fashion Forward has a yearling colt by Trappe Shot and was bred in 2016 to City Zip.

The OBS April sale continues through Friday with sessions beginning daily at 10:30 a.m.

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