By Sarah Mace
Hip 33, a striking grey son of Tapit bred by Chester and Mary Broman, lit the bid board on fire in the opening session of the OBS March sale Tuesday when he brought a sale record price of $2 million. The huge price tag also takes the New York-bred juvenile marketplace into record territory. The program’s previous top 2-year-old seller was a $1 million colt from the final crop of Scat Daddy out of Risky Rachel who sold at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale.
L.E.B signed the ticket for the Tapit colt on behalf of a partnership consisting of West Point Thoroughbreds, Rob Masiello and Siena Farm. The Bromans are also retaining a one-third interest in the youngster, who will be trained by Steve Asmussen. Becky Thomas’ Sequel Bloodstock consigned the colt on the Bromans’ behalf. On March 7 he turned in a :10 1/5 breeze.
Currently named Chestertown –the name of the Bromans’ farm in Chestertown New York, 50 miles north of Saratoga – the colt is the first foal out of stellar Broman homebred Artemis Agrotera, by Roman Ruler. A big, strapping mare, Artemis Agrotera won three graded stakes topped by the Grade 1 Frizette and Grade 1 Ballerina, earning $943,800 before graduating to broodmare duty. She currently has a yearling filly by Uncle Mo and was bred to Arrogate in 2018.
The colt’s second dam is Indy Glory by A.P. Indy, also bred and campaigned by the Bromans. A full sister to Grade 1 winner, millionaire and sire Stephen Got Even and to stakes winner Grand Merger, Indy Glory was a stakes-winning router with multiple graded placings. The Bromans purchased the colt’s third dam Immerse (Cox’s Ridge) at the 1997 Keeneland November sale for $350,000.
Becky Thomas said, “I’ve trained for Mr. Broman for so long. I had Artemis Agrotera–she was close to 16.3 and was massively big. This colt comes in and he’s a big gray version of her. He’s not a typical Tapit. He’s got a lot of substance. He was just one from the very beginning that I took out of company, even galloping in November, because he was way too forward. He’ll be a later 2-year-old – not late though – because he’s very quick.”
The spectacular showing by the Tapit colt should not overshadow outstanding results achieved by multiple other individuals from the New York-bred juvenile contingent in the OBS March opening session. A pair of fillies sold for north of $400,000, while Majestic City earned the day’s bragging rights among New York sires, when a filly was snapped up by Klaravich Stable for $270,000.
The second top-selling New York-bred filly is Hip 206, a daughter of Uncle Mo also bred by the Bromans and consigned by Sequel. She brought $425,000 from trainer John C. Kimmel, agent, after breezing a speedy quarter in :9 4/5. Named Gotta Go Mo, the filly is the first foal out of Hard to Stay Notgo, a multiple stakes-winning Broman homebred trained by Jimmy Jerkens who earned $212,440 from eight starts. The mare is also a half-sister to Broman-bred stakes winners Mark My Way and Haul Anchor.
Chester Broman purchased the filly’s second dam Whichwaydidshego (Storm Cat) for $425,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November sale. Whichwaydidshego is a winning half-sister to the multiple Grade 2 winner Fed Biz and issues from the family of Minardi, Tale of the Cat and Johannesburg.
A Lemon Drop Kid filly, Hip 155, went to Dominic Brennan, Agent for Highland Yard LLC for $400,000 after breezing a quarter in :21 flat. Consigned by Boutte Sales, Agent IV, she was bred by Stonewall Farm and is out of Ever So Pretty, a winning daughter of Stormy Atlantic who is a half-sister to Stormello, winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity, Grade 2 winner My Best Brother and Grade 3 winner Gala Award.
The top selling New York-sired juvenile at the sale was Hip 277, a chestnut filly from the first crop of multiple graded stakes winner Majestic City who was purchased by Klaravich Stable from the de Meric Sales consignment for $270,000 after breezing an eighth in :9 4/5. Bred by Barry Ostrager, the filly is out of Landing My Way, a multiple winner by Southern Image, who is a half-sister to stakes winner and graded stakes performer Daring Reality and whose only foal to start is a winner.
A $17,000 RNA as a weanling at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton fall mixed sale in Saratoga, the filly brought $100,000 from de Meric the following summer at the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale. Landing My Way has also produced a pair of younger full-sisters to the sale filly, most recently a February 9, 2019 foal. Majestic City, a son of City Zip, stands in New York at Barry Ostrager’s Questroyal North in Stillwater for a 2019 fee of $3,500.
Deserving of honorable mention from OBS Day 1 are three more juveniles who were hammered down for six figures.
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