NY-bred 2018 sales season gets underway at Keeneland with $70,000 Bayern colt

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

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By Sarah Mace

The weanling and yearling sectors of the New York-bred bloodstock market posted especially strong numbers in 2017. The hope for the first auction of the 2018 calendar, this week’s four-day Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, is for these positive market trends to persist with the new crop of short yearlings. It is possible also that trading in 2018 will be further buoyed by elements in the new federal tax law favorable to some prospective buyers, and by continued strength in the U.S. stock market.

From limited data (five individuals offered, three sold in the Keeneland opener), New York-bred short yearlings are kicking off the year in a positive way, led by a colt from the first crop of Bayern purchased by Green Leaf Farm from the consignment of Hunter Valley Sales, Agent, for $70,000. The first session of trading also saw a pair of New York-bred broodmares in foal to commercial sires bring six figures. Overall in session one of the four-day auction, Keeneland realized double-digit growth in gross, average and median prices (26.17%, 10.57% and 28.57%, respectively).

The $70,000 Bayern colt, offered as Hip 345, was bred by Fergus Galvin, co-owner of Hunter Valley Farm in Versailles, Kentucky in partnership with Tony Hegarty, Adrian Regan and John Wade.

The colt is out of Broadway Hennessey, a Kentucky-bred stakes winner campaigned by SF Racing LLC. Broadway Hennessey is also a half-sister to stakes winner and graded stakes performer Courageous Act, and additional black type peppers the colt’s catalogue page through the fourth generation. Broadway Hennessey has produced six New York-bred foals, including the sales colt, and was bred to Overanalyze in 2017.

Leading the pair of six-figure New York-bred broodmares in the auction’s opener was Super Savvy (Hip 253), an unraced mare bred by SF Bloodstock, LLC by Super Saver and out of New York-bred graded winner Don’t Forget Gil. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales, 6-year-old Super Savvy was purchased by Straight Fire, LLC for $105,000 in foal to Distorted Humor. Super Savvy has already produced a juvenile colt by Street Sense and newly-turned yearling by Tiznow.

Broodmare Thin Disguise (Hip 297), a 12-year-old bay from a familiar New York family, brought $100,000 on the nose from McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, Agent, in foal to Bodemeister. Consigned by Craig & Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud, on behalf of Bill Wilmot and Joan Taylor’s Stepwise Farm, the Yes It’s True mare is a half-sister to millionaire and 2007 New York-bred Horse of the Year Naughty New Yorker. Other accomplished siblings include stakes winner and graded stakes performer Pupil, stakes performer Deceived and Japanese runner Unavenged ($860,000). Thin Disguise’s dam Naughty Natisha was named champion New York broodmare in 2007.

Book one of the Keeneland January sale concludes on Tuesday, January 9 (Hips 392-781A). Book 2 spans two days: Wednesday, January 10 (Hips 782-1178) and Thursday, January 11 (Hips 1179-1581). All sessions begin at 10:00 a.m.

Click here for a listing of New York-bred hips with links to catalogue pages.

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