New York-bred yearlings from stakes-producing mares shine in Keeneland’s Session 3

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

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By Sarah Mace

By the time the last yearling exited the ring to conclude the third session of Keeneland’s September yearling sale, two more New York-breds had changed hands for robust price tags. The dams of both individuals – both fillies as it happens – are already producers of high-profile New York-bred stakes winners.

The New York-bred session topper and now the top-selling New York-bred filly at the sale was Hip 506, a bay daughter of Tiznow out of multiple stakes producer Thin Disguise. Bred by William B. Wilmot, Joan M. Taylor and the Tiznow Syndicate, the bay sold from the consignment of Andrew Motion’s Old Chapel Farm and was purchased by Christine and Phil Hatfield/ C H P Racing for $485,000. Old Chapel purchased the filly at last year’s Keeneland November sale for $135,000.

If the name of the filly’s dam Thin Disguise name sounds familiar, it should. Her daughters Holiday Disguise, a 4-year-old by Harlan’s Holiday, and 3-year-old Midnight Disguise by Midnight Lute have combined to win six stakes races in 2018.

Midnight Disguise, campaigned by Wilmot and Taylor, put herself on the Kentucky Oaks trail this year with victories in the Busher and Busanda Stakes. Opting out of a trip to Louisville, she won the Bouwerie Stakes on Belmont’s Big Apple Showcase Day in May. Her earnings total $347,600. Half-sister Holiday Disguise owned by Lady Sheila Stable, won the Grade 3 Distaff Handicap this year at Aqueduct to add to three additional stakes wins within the New York-bred ranks. She has earned $481,650.

Thin Disguise’s New York roots run deep. The producer of four winners from four foals to start, Thin Disguise, by Yes It’s True, is a winning half-sister to millionaire and 2007 New York-bred Horse of the Year Naughty New Yorker. The sale filly’s second dam is Wilmot and Taylor’s champion New York broodmare Naughty Natisha, a Kentucky-bred multiple stakes producer by Known Fact.

Thin Disguise, who sold to McMahon and Hill Bloodstock for $100,000 this January at Keeneland, foaled a Bodemeister filly this year and has been bred to Gun Runner.

The second New York-bred sold when Todd Pletcher signed a $340,000 ticket on behalf of Repole Stables to acquire Hip 612, a dark bay/brown filly by More than Ready from the consignment of Warrendale Sales. The sale represents a successful pinhook, more than doubling the More than Ready filly’s $145,000 price tag at Keeneland in January.

Bred by Richard Greeley and foaled on February 5, 2017, the filly is out of winner Adorable You by More than Ready, making her a half-sister to Greeley’s New York-bred stakes winner Carameaway (Lawyer Ron). Carameaway won the 2014 Saratoga Dew Stakes and retired with $472,837 in earnings. The filly’s second dam is stakes winner Always Nettie, whose daughter Trix City produced stakes winners Second Street City and Trix in the City. Her third dam is stakes winner Hail to Boldness.

The September Sale runs through Sunday, Sept. 23, with the final Book 1 session beginning Thursday at 1 p.m. Friday will be a dark day and the auction will resume Saturday with the first of the two-day Book 2 beginning at 10 a.m.

New York-breds catalogued for the Keeneland sale (listed by hip number and dam with links to catalogue pages), may be found here.


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