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Scat Daddy colt out of Risky Rachel brings a cool million at F-T Gulfstream

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

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By Sarah Mace

The roster of New York-breds who have earned seven figures on the racetrack is 47-strong and growing, but in the juvenile sales department, the New York-bred program just hit a new benchmark.

At Wednesday’s boutique Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale, a colt from the final crop of Ashford sire Scat Daddy out of Sanford Bacon’s multiple stakes-winning homebred Risky Rachel (Limehouse) brought a cool $1,000,000 when trainer Todd Pletcher signed the ticket on behalf of Coolmore Stud’s M. V. Magnier.

The colt, who is his dam’s first foal, was offered as Hip 31 and consigned by Steve Venosa’s SGV Thoroughbreds LLC, agent. He was one of 11 juveniles to post a bullet furlong in the under tack show in a time of :10 flat. Play Video.

Even before the foal was conceived, Venosa had a close connection with Risky Rachel and Bacon. “We had that horse’s mother on the farm,” Venosa said. “We ran her off the farm over at Tampa Bay Downs and she broke the track record over there.” He is referring to the 7-furlong Manatee Stakes on February 8, 2014, when Risky Rachel set a stakes record (1:23.48). By the time she transitioned to broodmare duty, Risky Rachel had competed for six seasons (2009-2015), won six stakes races, placed in four more and earned $493,736.

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When “Rachel” retired, Venosa also had a hand in Bacon’s breeding plans. As he explained, “With the help of some people, we were able to get her to Scat Daddy. We had the foal up in New York [at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson] and the colt has been on our farm since he was a weanling. He’s been a pleasure to be around.”

Continued Venosa, “It’s kind of unique that we were able to train the mother and then to have the son come here and perform the way he did. They both have a lot of stretch, a lot of size, but the best quality is his mind. They both have the same mind and nothing but class.”

The million-dollar colt is a third-generation product of Bacon’s breeding program and issues from his most successful family. Hip 31’s third dam Lolli Lucka Lolli was a multiple winner campaigned by his Bacon Barn. After retirement, the mare became the dam of two New York legends and was twice honored as New York Champion Broodmare (1997, 2001).

In 1992 Lolli Lucka Lolli produced graded stakes winner Dancin Renee, voted the 1997 New York-bred Horse of the Year, Champion Sprinter and Champion Older Female. Dancin Renee, who has a NYRA stakes named in her honor, is the dam of Risky Rachel.

Two years later, Lolli Lucka Lolli gave birth to eventual $2-million earner, sire and New York legend Say Florida Sandy, another in the family with an eponymous NYRA stakes race. Say Florida Sandy was voted New York-bred Champion Sprinter and Horse of the Year in 2000 and 2001.

After signing for colt Wednesday Pletcher said, “This is a beautiful horse, one that we’ve had on the radar for a while. He came in here and had a super breeze and came out of it in good order. I think when you get to a certain level, you don’t know what they’re going to bring. We knew he wasn’t going to be cheap, but we weren’t sure where he would land.” Pletcher plans to give the colt a break before deciding where to place him for the next phase of his career.

Pletcher added that the colt’s sire Scat Daddy, whom he trained, was, “A world-class stallion, one of my all-time favorites. A great loss to the industry that he’s gone too soon. He gets it on turf, he gets it on dirt.”

Bacon told the TDN, “I’ve never had a horse sell for $1 million, but I’ve had a horse that has won $2 million. I am so glad because I called Todd Pletcher before and said if you get one of your clients to buy it, I’d like to do a deal for a piece of him. He couldn’t work it out, but he got Coolmore.”

Bacon added “Risky Rachel has an Into Mischief [yearling filly] who is absolutely gorgeous and is a few days away from delivering a Tiznow.”

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Venosa commented, “It was bittersweet because it is the first foal out of the mare, and [Bacon] didn’t want to sell. We discussed it and decided if he went to a good home, that would be a good outcome, and it worked out with Coolmore and Todd Pletcher ending up with him. He is a New York-bred, so maybe he will be able to see him run.”

New York-bred juveniles have knocked on the seven-figure door at sales a few times in recent years, without quite managing to break through. At the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale a Medaglia d’Oro colt out of Wild Chant bred by Gallagher’s Stud brought $900,000. The previous year, the top juvenile brought $825,000. The New York-bred program came closest to a seven-figure two-year-old in 2011 when Brigand, a colt by Flatter out of Silence Please bred by Doug Koch’s Berkshire Stud, topped the OBS March Select sale at $925,000.

In addition to the million-dollar seller, who was the third-highest price horse at the auction, four more New York-breds sold of the seven who went through the ring. The other New York-bred standouts include a pair of fillies.

Hip 124, a dark bay or brown Into Mischief filly went to Allen F. Wise by private sale for $350,000. Bred by Anlyn Farms, the filly’s dam Gracilia (Mr. Greeley) is a half-sister to New York-bred graded stakes winner and sire Sharp Humor. The filly is a graduate of the Keeneland September yearling sale, where she sold to Louis Lazzinarro for $185,000.

Hip 163, a bay filly by Cairo Prince out of winner Spanish Post (Flatter), was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida and will, in all likelihood, go to Japan. Bred by Bluewater Sales, LLC & Three Diamonds Farm and consigned by Randy Bradshaw, agent, the filly issues from the family of multiple graded stakes winning New York-bred Silver Timber. Bradshaw brought the filly for $115,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale last year from the Bluewater Sales consignment.

The New York-bred average price for the five who sold was $410,000 and median price came in at $325,000. As a whole the auction generated the second sec­ond-highest average and median in the sale’s history, and the highest in both categories since the move to Gulfstream Park in 2015. The average increased 13.5% to $385,164 from $339,392 last year. The median was up 9.3% to $295,000 from $270,000 in 2017.


OBS March 2018 wrap: New York-bred juveniles in demand and selling well

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

The New York-bred juveniles at this week’s 2-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2018 March sale got the state program’s 2-year-old auction season off to a rollicking start.

Nine individuals, all colts as it happened, brought $250,000 or more. The buyback percentage for the group was far better than the overall RNA rate and the other key indicators were on a par with the sale numbers. Further, numbers posted by the New York-breds this year were dramatically better than those generated by the New York-bred cohort at OBS in 2017.

From 37 individuals offered over the auction’s two sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, 30 New York-breds changed hands (including two private sales).* The resulting 18.9% buyback rate was dramatically better than the 30% RNA percentage for the general population of the sale. As to the other indicators, New York-breds posted an average price of $164,200, which was comparable to the sale average of $167,685. Their $110,000 median was identical to the sale median.

[*Update 3/16:  After the completion of this article OBS updated its sale statistics, adding two more NY-Bred private sales for a total of “32 horses sold (including four private sales).”]

A year-to-year-comparison of the New York-bred performance at OBS March this year gives reason to be optimistic about the 2018 juvenile marketplace for Empire State-breds.  Even though the 2017 catalogue was 15.3% larger, just 32 New York-bred 2-year-olds were offered last year. Of these, only 20 sold, which generated a high RNA percentage of 37.5%. The 2017 average and median prices for New York-breds came in at $107,700 for the average and $68,500 for the median, well below the 2018 numbers.

New York-Breds at OBS March 2017-2018

  Offered     Sold    RNA%       Average    Median

2018       37                 30         18.9%        $164,200    $110,000
2017*      32                 20         37.5%       $107,700     $68,500
*Stats revised by OBS 6/12/17

On Wednesday no horse eclipsed Tuesday’s New York-bred topper (Hip 169), a City Zip colt purchased by Steve Young for $550,000, but there were plenty of outstanding results to go around.

Wednesday’s top New York-bred seller was a Hip 504, was a son of Street Sense hammered down for $420,000 to Lane’s End Bloodstock from the consignment of Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent X after posting a :10 flat work under tack. The bay colt is a pin-hooking success story, purchased last year by Jughead Stable for $75,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale.

Bred by Edition Farm and foaled on February 2, 2016, the colt is out of the Edition-bred mare Ouchy Night, a multiple stakes-placed runner and earner of $209,793. The mare’s lone foal to race is stakes performer Wild about Harry. The colt’s second, third and fourth dams, Minetonightsfirst, Mine Tonight and Mardi Gras Maid, are all stakes winners.

In the same session three more colts brought $300,000 and up, led by Hip 465, a dark bay or brown colt by City Zip bred by Hidden Lake Farm LLC and purchased by Charles H. Boden, Agent for $360,000. Foaled on April 4, 2016, the colt is the second foal out of Meiann, an unraced daughter of First Samurai who sold for $330,000 as a Keeneland September yearling in 2009.

Meiann is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Power Broker and stakes winner Fierce Boots. The colt’s second dam Shop Again is stakes winner and the family under third dam boasts such luminaries as Grade 1 winner Miss Shop, dam of graded winners Tin Type Gal, and graded winner and sire Trappe Shot.  The colt, who posted a sharp :9 4/5 work, was consigned by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, who purchased him last year for $170,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale

A pair of New York-bred colts, who also turned in :9 4/5 works, met the $300,000 threshold during the session. Hip 524, a dark bay/brown Orb Colt out of a stakes winner bred SF Racing Group, Inc. went to Lobdell Family Stable. Hip 298, a chestnut individual by Jimmy Creed was purchased from Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables, Inc. by St. Elias Stable.

The next stop on the juvenile sales circuit is the Fasig-Tipton March sale on March 28. Click here for a list of New York-bred hips with links to their catalogue pages.

NY-bred juveniles strike gold at OBS March opener; Central Banker colt brings $260,000

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

The 16 New York-bred 2-year-olds who changed hands in the opening session of the 2-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2018 March sale drew some impressive winning bids Tuesday. Nine sold for six figures, and five (all colts) sold for $250,000 and up, including a colt from the first crop of New York sire Central Banker. At the very top, a juvenile by City Zip sold to agent Steve Young for $550,000.

With 20 New York-bred 2-year-olds offered in the session after scratches, the 16 who sold generated a buyback percentage of only 20%, which significantly outperformed the 38.3% RNA rate for the session and perhaps foreshadows a strong demand overall for the New York product this juvenile sale season. The New York-bred average was $168,313, virtually on par with the overall average price of $172,921, and the New York-bred median came in at $110,000, a few ticks better than the session median of $105,000.

The colt that went to Steve Young for $550,000 after posting a work in :10 flat in the under tack show sold as Hip 169 and is a son of the late City Zip named Big Zipper. Consigned by Bobby Dodd, agent, he was the sixth top juvenile of the session.

Bred by a partnership of Danzel Brendenmuel, Clocker Z Racing Stable, Gary Marsh and Sandra Powers, and foaled on January 19, 2016 at Hidden Lake Farm in Otisville, Big Zipper has now successfully changed hands three times in his young life. A $150,000 weanling purchase by Jim R. Wells at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall mixed sale, he was the top New York-bred male to go through the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale when he fetched $300,000 from Grand Oaks.

Big Zipper’s dam Auspicious is a Kentucky-bred multiple stakes-placed daughter of Indian Charlie acquired by Clocker Z Racing Stable in foal for $65,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. A half-sister of stakes performer Flatter Than Me, Auspicious has produced one winner of three foals to start. Big Zipper’s third dam is multiple stakes winner Powder Doll, who is also a graded stakes producer.

The second-leading New York-bred seller was Hip 99, who went to Charles H. Boden, Agent for $375,000 following a :21 1/5 quarter-mile drill. The bay Fed Biz colt, who was foaled on March 23, 2016 at Gallagher’s Stud in Ghent, is a third-generation product of the Gallagher’s breeding program.

The colt’s third dam, Felicita, who produced the colt’s second dam Eventail (Lear Fan) for Gallagher’s Stud, is also the dam of $2.4-million earner and broodmare of the year Take Charge Lady, dam of Will Take Charge, a $3.9-million earner, and champion 3-year-old colt, and sire Take Charge Indy. Eventail was a multiple stakes winner and graded-placed stakes runner. Her offspring include graded winner Straight Story and Strong Souther, a stakes winner in Japan. Eventail’s daughter, multiple winner Tulipmania, the sale colt’s dam, has produced one winner from four foals to start.

A graduate of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, Hip 99 was purchased by De Meric Stables for $185,000, who consigned the colt at OBS.

Of the three New York-bred 2-year-olds who sold in the $250,000-$290,000 range, Hip 29 deserves particular mention as member of the first crop of New York-based sire Central Banker, a Grade 2 winner by Speightstown who stands at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds for a 2018 stud fee of $7,500.

A bay colt bred by Hidden Brook Farm, LLC in partnership with Blue Devil Racing and foaled at McMahons’ Saratoga farm on April 8, 2016, Hip 29 sold to Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC for $260,000 from the consignment of Steven Venosa’s SGV Thoroughbreds LLC and turned in a furlong move in :10 2/5.

Co-breeder Blue Devil purchased the colt’s dam, Florida-bred Sister in Arms, as a Saratoga preferred yearling in 2012 for $125,000. A daughter of Colonel John, Sister in Arms went on to win a pair of turf contests before moving on to broodmare duty. Hip 29 is her first foal. She has since produced a colt by Awesome Again in 2017 and was bred last year to Animal Kingdom. Her half-sister Quiet Meadow is a multiple graded stakes-placed runner.

Typically, the boutique Fasig-Tipton March sale kicks off the juvenile auction season rather than the larger OBS March sale, but was scheduled this year to be held later, on March 28 in Gulfstream Park’s walking ring to coincide with Grade 1 Florida Derby week. The second and concluding session of the OBS sale takes place on Wednesday, March 14 beginning at 10:30.


Violence filly tops strong New York-bred showing at OBS Winter Mixed

Friday, January 26th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

Brookstone Farm had to go to $120,000 to take home the top-selling New York-bred at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s two-day Winter Mixed sale, a dark bay or brown short yearling filly by Violence.

Overall, the New York-bred contingent put up impressive numbers, outperforming the general population of the sale in average, median and buyback percentage.  

The New York-bred topper, also the fifth top-seller of the auction, was bred by Rockridge Stud, LLC in partnership with Brendan Mullery and Tony Grey. Offered by Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield consignment, the April 30 filly is out of Callie’s Joy, a Kentucky-bred half-sister to stakes winner Rileys Monarch by Monarchos and graded stakes performer Le Jester.

In the female line, under the filly’s third dam Sweet Willa, we find Grade 1 winners Willa on the Move and Will’s Way, along with Lady Reiko (IRE) who is stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer.

Callie’s Joy has produced five foals. Four have started and three have won, topped by her Sky Mesa colt Fly Friendly Sky, who is a multiple winner and stakes performer with $121,399 in earnings. The mare was bred to The Factor in 2017.

New York-breds outperformed the general population of the sale in all three key indicators. After 42 New York-breds sold (including five private sales) from 51 offered, they posted a 17.6% RNA rate. The overall buyback percentage was 25.3%, down from 36.8% in 2017.

The New York-bred average at the OBS Winter Mixed Sale was $17,186, while the overall average was $14,999, up from $9,011 in 2017. The New York-bred median price checked in at $6,750, a shade above the overall median price of $6,000, up from $4,350 a year ago.

The next auction on the sales calendar is the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed sale, which will take place February 5-6. Click here for New York-bred hips with links to catalogue pages.

New York-breds solid at Keeneland January, outperform sale median

Friday, January 12th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

The 2018 thoroughbred sales calendar, which kicked off with the four-day Keeneland January horses of all ages sale this week, began on a positive note for New York-breds. Trading, for the most part, sustained the kind of momentum seen last year in the state-bred yearling and weanling markets while, at the same time, the local product continued to stamp itself as a national force by outperforming the cumulative sales median.

Of 66 New York-breds offered, 48 were sold – 20 short yearlings and 28 older horses (racing prospects / racing or broodmare prospects / broodmare prospects / broodmares). The New York-bred buyback rate of 27.3% was more or less on par with a cumulative sale RNA percentage of 25.9%, which, in a very positive sign, dropped from 31.41% in 2017.

The New York-bred average at Keeneland January was $32,556, not quite up to the level of the cumulative sale average which came in at $38,499, up 28.53% from last year’s $29,954. The New York-bred median price, on the other hand, continued a trend seen in the 2017 September and November sales, outperforming the general population. Specifically, $18,000 New York-bred median came in well above the sale median of $12,000, which was itself a 14.29% improvement from $10,500 in $2017.

Five New York-breds brought six figures: four broodmares / broodmare prospects and one short yearling, a dark bay filly by More than Ready bred by Richard Greeley, who brought $145,000 in the second session of trading.

The top New York-bred mare, Louisville First ($150,000), was among a group of broodmare prospects acquired by Winchell Thoroughbreds, which, according to a report in the Blood-Horse, was selecting possible mates for Gun Runner once the prospective 2017 Horse of the Year retires to the breeding shed.

The auction company interprets the significant gains made at the 2018 January sale in total sales, median and average as a sign of “continued buyer confidence and demand for quality” of the kind that boosted its yearling sale in September and breeding stock sales in November.

“As we believed it would, the optimistic trend we saw in September and November carried forward to January,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “The surging stock market and the new tax treatments of investments should continue to positively impact the horse industry through this new year.”

Elliston continued, “The strong results of the January Sale continue to reflect a great enthusiasm to own racehorses. Buyers are bullish on the economy and the horse industry. They are bringing capital into the market in the form of long-term investment in broodmares and broodmare prospects. Short yearlings were at a premium, and a good balance of pinhookers and end-users battled to take them home. Pinhookers in particular had to step up to buy yearlings, suggesting strength because they anticipate rewards at the September Sale.”

The next stop on the auction circuit will be the OBS winter mixed sale, scheduled for January 24-25 in Ocala Click here for a listing of New York-bred hips with links to their catalogue pages.

Filly by More than Ready first six-figure New York-bred yearling of 2018

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

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By Sarah Mace

The New York-bred short yearling market picked up a little steam during Tuesday’s second and concluding session of Book 1 at this week’s Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. Hip 714, a dark bay or brown filly by More than Ready, was purchased by Frederick & May for $145,000 to become the state’s first six-figure yearling of 2018. Tuesday’s trading also saw a pair of New York-bred broodmare/broodmare prospects bring over $100,000.

Consigned by Hidden Brook on behalf of the filly’s breeder Richard Greeley, the More than Ready filly was foaled on February 5, 2017 at Cedar Ridge Farm in Pine Plains. Her dam Adorable You is a winning Kentucky-bred turf runner by Grand Slam, who sold one hip earlier on Tuesday to Dr. Thomas Keenan for $40,000 in foal to Paynter.

The sale filly has four winning siblings from four to race, led by Carameaway (Lawyer Ron), her dam’s first foal. Winner of the 2014 Saratoga Dew, and placed in four more New York-bred stakes races, Carameaway earned $472,837 in 42 starts over five seasons. Adorable You’s second foal, Kentucky-bred My Cara Mia (Include), is also a six-figure earner. Black type persists into the second generation. The filly’s second dam is stakes winner Always Nettie, one of whose foals is a multiple stakes producer.

Leading the duo of six-figure mares was 5-year-old Louisville First by Girolamo (Hip 513), who went to Winchell Thoroughbreds as a broodmare prospect for $150,000 from the consignment of Indian Creek, Agent. Bred by Mr. and Mrs. James G. Bell, Louisville First was a $70,000 Keeneland September yearling in 2014, before being picked up by RAP racing for $120,000 at the 2015 OBS March sale of 2-year-olds.

Louisville First won the 2016 renewal of the Cupecoy’s Joy division of the New York Stallion Stakes series and, in her next start, finished second in the Statue of Liberty, another turf race in the same series. From 16 career starts, the mare earned $211,442. Louisville First’s dam Move Clickly is a Kentucky-bred six-figure-earner by Cherokee Run who has produced two other winners.

Black Betsy (Hip 739), a 6-year-old Jump Start mare in foal to Violence fetched $125,000 from Renee Dailey. Bred by Classic Thoroughbred XXV and winner of one race in California for Panic Stable LLC, Black Betsy was consigned by the South Point Sales Agency. Out of stakes winner Time to Dream, Black Betsy is a half-sister to black type-winner Five Star Dream. Her second dam Five Star Night is also a stakes winner and stakes producer, and black type runs deep in the second generation.

Book 2 of the Keeneland January sale continues Wednesday, January 10 (Hips 782-1178) and Thursday, January 11 (Hips 1179-1581). Sessions begin at 10:00 a.m.


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

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Keeneland photo

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.

NY-bred weanlings by first crop sires shine in Keeneland’s Book 3, median flying high

Monday, November 13th, 2017

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By Sarah Mace

As the Keeneland November breeding stock sale reached the half-way point of its 12-day stand at the conclusion of Book 3 on Sunday, New York-bred weanlings by first-crop sires continued to be hot commodities. Meanwhile, the median price for New York-breds at the sale is coming in leaps and bounds ahead of the cumulative median.

Half-way through the Keeneland sale, 52 of 72 New York-breds offered changed hands for a buyback percentage of 27.8%, a couple ticks above the sale RNA rate of 25.6% The New York-bred average of $131,000 hasn’t quite kept pace with the $148,716 cumulative sale average, but the New York-bred median of $130,000 is far outperforming $80,000 cumulative sale median. Thirty-one Empire State-breds have brought six figures, 13 have sold for $200,000 and up and four went for over $300,000.

The New York-bred weanling stars of Book 2 were by Carpe Diem and Liam’s Map. In Book 3, the standout and top-selling weanling overall of Sunday’s session 6 was another colt by Carpe Diem. The co-third top seller of Saturday’s session 5 was a New York-bred Beyern weanling.

Sunday’s top-selling Carpe Diem colt, offered as Hip 1810, was bred by WinStar Farm, LLC and purchased by Taylor Made’s pinhooking partnership, Bloodstock Investments, from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent CXLVI for $200,000

The chestnut weanling, who was foaled April 27 at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, sports a deep pedigree. He is the third foal out of winner Hot Spa (Latent Heat), who is a half-sister to multiple Group 2 winner Mendip (Harlan’s Holiday), and stakes winner Dig Deep. The weanling’s third dam is multiple Grade 1 winner Chaposa Springs and fourth dam, La Chaposa, was a champion sprinter in Peru.

Katie Taylor said of the sale colt, “I really liked the shape of that horse. We bought a horse, an Uncle Mo, last year that we did really well with and they looked a lot alike to me. They have the same body, same type. He’s correct and I see a lot of room for improvement. I really like Carpe Diem—I’ve seen a lot of them at this sale and he was my favorite.”

WinStar Farm purchased Hot Spa in foal for $160,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November sale and both prior foals (fillies) have excelled in the sales ring. Hot Spas’ first foal Hot Tub Holiday (Harlan’s Holiday), brought $250,000 at the 2016 OBS March sale. Her second, by Into Mischief, was a $270,000 September yearling at Keeneland last year. Hot Spa was bred to WinStar stallion Gemologist this year.

Saturday’s Session 5 New York-bred weanling standout was Hip 1373, a gray or roan colt by Bayern also foaled February 1 at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag. Bred and consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, the colt was hammered down to Springhouse Farm for $180,000.

The colt is the second foal out of Holy Dazzle, a multiple winner by Holy Bull out of multiple stakes winner Stormy Temper by Conquistador Cielo. Black type abounds under the fourth dam, graded winner and graded stakes producer Cinegita.

The November Sale continues through Saturday, November 18, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

Keeneland Book 2 wrap: New York-bred weanlings and mares in demand

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

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By Sarah Mace

As it happened, no New York-breds changed hands during the two sessions that made up Book 1 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale, but they made up for lost time by shooting off fireworks during the third and fourth sessions that comprised Book 2 of the marathon auction.

Thursday and Friday each saw a New York-bred weanling and broodmare among the top five sellers of the session and, by the conclusion of Book 2, New York-breds were outperforming the cumulative sale buyback percentage and cumulative sale median.

Thirty of the 39 New York-breds offered in Keeneland’s Book 2 found new homes for a 23.1% buyback percentage, which outperformed the sale’s RNA rate of 26.3%. Of the 30 New York-breds sold in the second book, 23 brought six figures, 12 sold for $200,000 and up and four went for $300,000 and up.

The New York-bred average at the conclusion of Book 2 came in at $168,333, while the sale average was $218,329. The New York-bred median of $145,000 did better than the sale median of $130,000.


The top New York-bred weanling of Thursday’s session 3 was Hip 454, a bay weanling colt from the first crop of Carpe Diem. Bred by SF Bloodstock, foaled on February 28 at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag and consigned by Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, the colt brought a winning bid of $320,000 from Jacob West’s West Bloodstock to become the third top-selling weanling of the session.

Out of Courtly Choice, a winning Kentucky-bred mare by Doneraile Court, the sale colt is a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire Wild Dude (Wildcat Heir). His second dam is also a stakes winner. SF Bloodstock purchased Courtly Choice, in foal to Tiznow, for $500,000 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton November sale. The mare was bred this year to Exaggerator.

Jacob West told the TDN, “I bought him for a racing partnership, but the guys I bought him for might pinhook. We gave a lot of money for him, being from Carpe Diem’s first crop, but he was a standout. Obviously, when you walk in there and give you that much money for a first-year sire, they have to have the physical and he has the pedigree to back it up.”

Added West, “We loved him. We wanted him. We had to get him. It was a high price, but the market is dictating that and that is what we had to pay. We hope he grows up and develops into a nice horse.”


On Friday the star New York-bred weanling was a colt from the first crop of Liam’s Map. The second foal out of graded stakes performer Aqua Regia (Pollard’s Vision), Hip 810 became the fourth top-selling weanling of his session when purchased by Vinnie Viola’s St. Elias Stables / Dennis O’Neill, Agent for $310,000.

The bay youngster, who was foaled on February 27 at Edition Farm in Hyde Park, was bred by St. Elias Stable LLC and Peta Ryan, and consigned by Trackside Farm (Tom Evans), Agent VII. The Liam’s Map colt has abundant black type under the third and fourth dam. His dam Aqua Regia, who was bred this year to Dialed In, was purchased as a juvenile by St. Elias and West Point Thoroughbreds for $80,000 at the 2013 OBS June sale of horses of racing age.

“It was for Vinnie Viola, who is obviously in on Liam’s Map, O’Neill told the TDN. “He really wanted to buy a really nice one and he did. He called this morning and I told him this was the best one I’d seen all week.” Viola’s wife Teresa owned Breeders’ Cup Dirt mile winner Liam’s Map in partnership with West Point Thoroughbreds.

Added O’Neill, “It’s a great purchase. He’s a beautiful, beautiful colt, very well put together. And he had a great mind. He was really good in the back, which is a big thing for me.”


Hip 445, Clipthecouponannie

While New York-bred weanlings were busy attracting all this positive attention, a pair of New York-bred mares brought $375,000, each, one on Thursday and one on Friday.

Thursday was Clipthecouponannie’s day (Hip 445). Offered as a racing or broodmare prospect, the 4-year-old multiple stakes winner and graded stakes performer by Uncle Mo was purchased by Kempton Bloodstock, Agent for Albaugh Family Stable. Her $375,000 price tag came in as the third highest price of the day for a filly or mare.

Foaled at Vinery Sugar Maple in Poughquag and consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent CLIV, Clipthecouponannie is the first foal out of Mike Repole’s multiple stakes-winning New York-bred mare Lights Off Annie, who was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Powers and earned over $200,000. Lights Off Annie is also a full sister to New York-bred stakes winner Pretty Boy Freud. She was bred back to Uncle Mo this spring.


Friday’s top-selling New York-bred mare and the fourth top-selling mare in the session, was Hip 943, Full Tap, who was purchased in foal to Empire Maker on a February 16 cover by Anderson Farms from the consignment of Gainesway, Agent VII.

As a yearling Full Tap set a new sale record when she sold for $430,000 at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale to Steven W. Young on behalf of Cobra Farm, while also attracting bids from Mandy Pope and Wesley Ward. Racing for a partnership of Gainesway and Cobra Farm, the bay mare won three times in 12 starts for earnings of $149,305.

Bred by Marbat, LLC and foaled at Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort, Full Tap is the second foal out of Miss Challenge, a Kentucky-bred daughter of More than Ready owned by R. A. Hill Stable who was a stakes winner on turf. Miss Challenge is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Ventana (Toccet) and issues from the family of champion juvenile Lord Avie.

When he signed the ticket, Canadian horseman David Anderson told the TDN, “It was more than I wanted to spend, but I was shut out in the first few days–I typically don’t buy in Book 1 anyway–but I thought she was one of the premium mares in this book.”

Gainesway’s Michael Hernon said, “It was a partnership dissolution, there was no reserve in the stands and every bid was a good one. She’s been bought by a good horseman and I look forward to seeing her foals at Saratoga with him in the next few years.”

Hernon added, “She is a beautiful mare, a daughter of Tapit, pregnant to Empire Maker on one cover. She could really run, she didn’t have black-type of her own, but she’ll throw black-type runners. They could very well get the purchase price back with the first foal.”

Anderson, for his part, quipped “Michael Hernon just told me he is going to buy the filly at Saratoga from me next year, so I’m all set.”

The November Sale continues through Saturday, November 18, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

Curlin filly fetches $420,000 at F-T November, Ginned Up goes for $250,000

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

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By Sarah Mace

A New York-bred weanling daughter of Curlin earned the distinction of becoming the fifth top-selling youngster at Fasig-Tipton’s boutique single-session November breeding stock sale on Monday evening when she was purchased by John Dowd, agent, for $420,000. The top-selling New York-bred broodmare Monday night was 5-year-old Ginned Up who brought $250,000.

The Curlin filly was bred by Southern Equine Stables, LLC and foaled at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson on March 2. Consigned by Bluewater Sales LLC, Agent XX, and offered as Hip 78, she is the second foal out of Hung the Moon, a Pin Oak Stud homebred and stakes-winning daughter of Malibu Moon out of a stakes-placed Storm Cat mare.

Hung the Moon was purchased by Bluewater Sales for Southern Equine Stables for $280,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale in foal to Medaglia d’Oro. The Kentucky-bred filly she produced in 2016 went on to bring $1 million this summer at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale.

Hung the Moon, who hails from the extended female family of graded winner Whimsey, was bred to Laoban this year.

The top-selling New York-bred broodmare, 5-year-old Ginned Up by Indian Charlie (Hip 178), issues from the family of Affirmed Success. Bear Stables LTD paid $250,000 to get her from the consignment of Royal Bloodstock, agent Anthony Robertson.

Selling in foal to Dialed In, Ginned Up made sale headlines as a juvenile when she sold to Gary Contessa, on behalf of Chip McEwen’s Wounded Warrior Stables, for $390,000 at the 2014 OBS spring 2-year-old sale. The mare, who went on to become a winner, was bred by Jonathan Davis’ Milfer Farm, Inc. She is out of My Success (A.P. Indy), who is a half-sister to $2.2 million-earner and sire Affirmed Success.