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Speedy Sky Mesa colt brings $300,000 at Keeneland April

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Keeneland Photo

Keeneland Photo

by Sarah Mace

A colt by Sky Mesa, who owned the fastest time for a furlong in the presale under-tack show, was hammered down for $300,000 at the single-session Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale on Monday. Mark Casse, agent, signed the ticket for the bay colt, who was the co-tenth top seller at the boutique sale.

With Keeneland’s Polytrack surface tightened by some morning rain and yielding fast works throughout last Thursday’s breeze show, the bay colt (Hip 69) led the dozen juveniles who worked a furlong under :10, firing a bullet work of :9 2/5. [Keeneland Video]. The time was the fastest one-furlong breeze of the year through the four select under-tack shows at Keeneland, Barretts, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. and Fasig-Tipton Florida.

Becky Thomas, whose Sequel Bloodstock consigned the juvenile, said, “He’s a lovely colt. He’s tall, leggy, stretchy. He looks like he’ll go a route of ground. I know he’s definitely a fast boy. He’d have been a fast boy at our farm or anywhere else we took him.”

Bred by Michael Mandara and foaled on May 2, 2012 at Sequel Stallions NY in Hudson the colt boasts a number of very distinguished runners in his pedigree, led by Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Spain (Drina/Thunder Gulch), Grade 2 winner Puerto Banus, and Grade/Group 3 winners Plan, Fantastic Spain, and Excited.

He also has right to be fast on his own account. He is the second of three registered foals from Alfonsina, a multiple graded stakes-placed runner by Grand Slam, also bred by Mandara and very familiar to Thomas.

“I had his mother, and she was one of the fastest horses I’d ever had,” said Thomas. “I loved this colt the first time I saw him. He went through a thick phase, but he has thinned himself out. Having had his mother I kind of knew what he was going to look like when he got everything together. I knew he would be fast.”

The colt’s sale history is a clinic in patience. Offered first at the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred sale last August, he failed to meet his reserve when bid up to $57,000. He also failed to meet his RNA at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale.

Said Thomas, “The owner did not get him sold at the New York-bred sale and I bought him privately after that. I tried to resell him in October and didn’t get that done, so I took him here. He’s very nice. I had his mother, so it was easy, because she was very fast.”

Alfonsina currently has an unraced 3-year-old filly by Harlan’s Holiday named Here’s Belle, a yearling filly by Girolamo and was bred last year to El Corredor.

New York-breds buck buyback trend at F-T Florida

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
FT Florida 14 logoby Sarah Mace

Representing one of the bright spots in a sale which saw a 45 percent buy-back rate, New York-bred juveniles were in demand at Fasig-Tipton’s Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training, with eight out of the ten offered (after scratches) changing hands (20 percent buy-back). Steven Young, agent, went to $160,000 to secure the top lot, a Majestic Warrior colt.

Held for the first time at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs South in Williston, the third juvenile sale of the season was looking to build on double digit increases at Barretts and OBS, but ended up seeing a decline in gross (25 percent), average (26 percent) and median (40 percent).

Commenting that “Buy-backs were higher than we would have liked,” Boyd Browning, president of Fasig-Tipton said, “You’re always a little disappointed when you have a step back statistically and we had a step back this year. We’ll grin and bear it and look forward to our next 2-year-old sale at Timonium in May.” Browning added, “The select sales market has been very selective.”

The top-priced New York-bred was Hip 60, a dark bay / brown colt by Majestic Warrior foaled on March 8, 2012 at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham. A successful pinhooking venture, the $160,000 colt, who posted a :10 1/5 eighth of a mile work in the under tack show (VIDEO), sold for more than five times the $30,000 paid for him at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga.

Bred by Steve Taglienti, best known in New York-bred circles as the owner-breeder of stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer Hangover Kid ($464,578), the colt is the most recent reported foal out of Artistic Cat, a daughter of Sir Cat, who started once and did not place. The producer of three winners, led by Artistic Lion by Lion Cavern ($123,330), Artistic Cat is a half-sister to three stakes performers, including Grade 2-placed Truart by Yes It’s True.

The top New York-bred filly at the sale was Hip 121, a daughter of City Zip bred by Barry R. Ostrager and foaled at Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains. The March filly was purchased by Hidden Brook Farm, agent, for $130,000 after working a sharp eighth of a mile in :10 flat [VIDEO]. The sale filly passed twice through the sales ring before, purchased by Spring Dell Farm as a short yearling at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale for $60,000 and then by Kings Equine at the Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale in Saratoga for $100,000.

The filly’s dam is Lady Buckingham, a graded stakes performer by Formal Dinner purchased by Ostrager from the consignment of Thomas J. Gallo Sales Agency, agent, for $2,000 at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale. A producer of three winners, she is a full-sister to stakes-winner Admiral Lance and a half-sister to Lovmeaton (Wheaton), the dam of stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer Ruler of Love (Peace Rules).

The ten New York-breds to sell on Monday sold for an average price of $100,000 and a median price of $97,500.

Henny Hughes colt New York-bred topper at OBS March

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
obs-march-CC-2014_1by Sarah Mace

A $335,000 chestnut colt by Henny Hughes topped the New York juvenile offerings in a record-breaking renewal of the OBS March Selected Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training sale which took place on Tuesday in Ocala.

The two-day sale, originally slated for Monday and Tuesday, was consolidated to a one-day session on Tuesday to allow buyers extra time after the under tack shows were delayed a day by inclement weather. The results of the hugely successful sale eclipsed previous records for gross ($37,817,500, surpassing the previous record of $33,380,000 recorded in 2008), average ($190,997, up 22.7% from 2013) and median ($137,500, up 10%).


The New York-bred topper (Hip 162) was purchased by Narvick International, Agent, from the consignment of Eddie Woods, Agent IX, after working a sharp eighth of a mile in :10 flat. A pinhooking success story, the April colt was purchased as a yearling by Pete Bradley’s Bradley Thoroughbreds for $90,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Preferred New York-bred sale in Saratoga last summer. Woods reported before the sale, “He’s a lovely colt. He’s been popular.”

Bred by Empire Equines, LLC and foaled at Vinery New York at Sugar Maple in Poughquag, the colt is out of Giggly, an unraced Kentucky-bred daughter of Distorted Humor whose first registered foal, and only foal to start to date, is placed in Japan. His second dam is graded stakes placed, and fourth dam is 1981 Grade 2 Black Eyed Susan winner Dame Mysterieuse (Bold Forbes).


A dark bay / brown Scat Daddy colt (Hip 250) was the second highest-priced Empire State-bred of the sale, going to Martin Anthony for $285,000 after a :10 1/5 furlong breeze. Consignor Hartley / DeRenzo purchased the colt at last year’s OBS yearling sale for $165,000.

Bred by Ned Williams and foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, the Scat Daddy colt is out of Maryland-bred graded stakes winner and graded stakes producer Maddalena (Good and Tough), who won the 2005 Grade 3 Old Hat Stakes in her third career start to remain undefeated for Michael B. Tabor and Derrick Smith. Maddalena has produced three winners, including Bern Identity (Bernstein), winner of the 2012 Grade 2 Sanford Stakes for George and Lori Hall ($628,000), and stakes-placed Agresivo (Harlan’s Holiday). The colt’s third dam produced multiple stakes winner Foxy G. The Scat Daddy colt is Maddalena’s first registered New York-bred foal.


Pelican LLC went to $260,000 to acquire a Pulpit colt out of My Magic Moment. Like the New York-bred top-seller, Hip 291 was offered by the sale’s top consignor Eddie Woods (Agent VIII) for Bradley Thoroughbreds, who purchased him for $195,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. The colt posted a :10 1/5 eighth of a mile.

Bred by Lawrence Goichman and foaled at Edition Farm in Hyde Park, the Tapit colt is the first foal out of My Magic Moment, a Goichman homebred by Forest Wildcat, who is a stakes winner and graded stakes-placed on turf ($149,813). There is abundant black type under the colt’s fourth dam, including multiple graded stakes winner Contredance and multiple graded stakes winner and sire Eltish. My Magic Moment currently has a yearling filly by Candy Ride and was bred Quality Road last year.


The top-selling New York-bred filly, and fourth highest-priced New York-bred juvenile at the sale was sired by Tiz Wonderful and issues from the family of $4.7 million earner Perfect Drift. The first foal out of Passe, an unraced Kentucky-bred daughter of Dixie Union, and foaled at Keane Stud in Amenia, the dark bay / brown March filly (Hip 316) went to Jeff Treadway from the consignment of Old South Farm LLC, Agent, for $210,000 after a :10 1/5 breeze in the under tack show.

Passe is out of stakes winner and graded stakes performer Gal on the Go (Irgun) and a half-sister to Social Queen, a multiple graded winner by Dynaformer ($344,164). Passe has a yearling colt by Dublin and was bred to Colonel John last year.


A noteworthy New York-bred RNA at OBS this year was Hip 342, a filly by freshman sire Super Saver out of multiple stakes winner Reata’s Quik Punch (Two Punch). The filly, who was bred by Clyde Taylor, foaled at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson and purchased by Clark O. Brewster for $230,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale last summer, failed to meet her reserve when bid up to $390,000. The filly is the second foal from her dam.

The top-selling New York-bred by a current New York sire, and sixth top New York-bred overall, was a Desert Party colt out of New York-bred multiple winner Salt Water Reign (Salt Lake) purchased by Chika Racing Co., Inc. for $150,000 (Hip 358).


In all, 18 of the 25 New York-bred 2-year-olds offered for sale at OBS changed hands (including two private sales), for an average price of $136,083 and $115,000 median. Videos of all breezes are available on the auction results page for the March sale on the OBS website.


In brief: OBS March Sale rescheduled to Tuesday, March 11

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

obs-march-CC-2014_1The 2014 OBS March Sale of Selected Two Year Olds in Training has been rescheduled and the entire sale will be held in one continuous session on Tuesday, March 11 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The change comes in the wake of the postponement of Thursday’s Under Tack Show due to inclement weather and will allow horsemen two full days to look at prospective purchases.

The Under Tack Show resumes Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. with Hip No’s 207 – 411 scheduled to breeze.

Click here for New York-bred auction hips.

Town and Country Farms goes to $300,000 for Cluster of Stars at F-T Kentucky Winter Mixed

Monday, February 10th, 2014
Fasig-Tipton Photo

Fasig-Tipton Photo

by Sarah Mace

Star sprinter Cluster of Stars, an undefeated multiple graded stakes winner, brought the second highest price of the day in the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale Sunday when she was purchased as a broodmare prospect by Town and Country Farms from the consignment of Taylor Made Sale Agency, Agent XII for $300,000.

Bred by Michael McPoland and Sean Finn and foaled at Rockmount in Saugerties, Cluster of Stars is one of two winners out of Babyurthegreatest, a Florida-bred six-time winner by Honour and Glory ($83,520). Cluster of Stars’ second dam, also a multiple winner, is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Portentum, by Fast Gold ($393,297) and stakes producer Tokio Tahiche.

Retired in November 2013 with $549,600 in earnings and a perfect seven-for-seven record, the 5-year-old daughter of Greeley’s Galaxy (Hip 99) was campaigned by Harvey Weinstein’s Turtle Bird Stable and trained by Steve Asmussen and his New York assistant Toby Sheets.

Unraced at two, Cluster of Stars won a single start at three, debuting at Aqueduct in February 2012. In 2013 she reeled off five straight victories, including four stakes races. Her greatest triumphs were back-to-back Grade 2 scores five months apart in the Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct in April and the Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont in September, where she defeated Grade 1 winners Dance to Bristol and Dance Card. Cluster of Stars’ final career start was an effortless 3 1/4-length victory in the Iroquois Stakes on Showcase Day.

Shannon Potter, advisor to Paris, Kentucky-based Town and Country, headed by Louise Courtelis and daughter Kiki Courtelis, said, “She’ll join the good collection of mares we’ve been building up. She was probably the prettiest mare on the grounds, and what she did on the track speaks for itself. What she did was unreal.” Potter added that Cluster of Stars would probably be bred to first-year sire and Grade 1 winner Graydar.

Greeley’s Galaxy, the sire of Cluster of Stars, stood at Susan and Howard Kaskel’s Sugar Maple Farm from 2007 to 2010 before relocating to Louisiana.

The second session of the Kentucky winter mixed sale (Hips 177-588, including 35 addendum horses) will be held Monday at 10 a.m. This is the last major event on this season’s mixed sale calendar.


Keeneland January 2014 wrap: NY-sired short yearlings shine

Friday, January 10th, 2014
by Sarah Mace

A pair of short yearlings by New York-based sires brought excellent results at the recently concluded Keeneland January sale, topping the New York-bred yearling offerings in two out of the four sessions and serving up a session topper on Wednesday.

The top-priced New York-bred youngster to go under the hammer was a bay colt by Girolamo who sold in Monday’s first session, January 6, to Akira Nakatsuji for $95,000 from the consignment of Serendipity Farm, Agent I.

Bred by Nicewonder Stable, LLC and foaled at Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort on March 9, 2013, the sale colt (Hip 358) is out of She’s Sterling, a winning Kentucky-bred by Silver Deputy. A daughter of the multiple stakes producer Miss Turlington, She’s Sterling is a half-sister to 1998 New York-bred Horse of the Year Incurable Optimist ($271,310), a multiple graded stakes winner bred by Dr. William B. Wilmot and Dr. Joan M. Taylor and campaigned by John and Theresa Behrendt.

The colt’s sire Girolamo, a Grade 1-winning sprinter by A.P. Indy began his stallion career for Darley at Sequel Stallions New York (2012-2013) before relocating to Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for the 2014 breeding season.


Topping all yearlings sold in session three on Wednesday was a February colt by the leading New York freshman sire of 2012 and leading second crop sire of 2013 Frost Giant (Giant’s Causeway), who stands at Keane Stud in Amenia. Consigned by Brandywine Farm (Jim & Pam Robinson), Agent VII the chestnut colt (Hip 1110) was purchased by Is It Real Stables for $85,000.

Bred by Sunrise Stables, which owns Frost Giant and is managed by Andrew Cohen, and foaled at Saratoga Glen Farm in Schuylerville, the sale colt is out of Sarahisittrue, a winning New York-bred daughter of Is It True bred by Herman Wilensky and owned by IEAH Stables. The dam of three foals, including a newly-turned 3-year-old colt by Frost Giant named Bambisfrostyracer, Sarahisittrue is a half-sister to stakes winner Rosebud’s Ridge (Tiger Ridge) and Grade 3-placed Successful Sarah. Sarahisittrue was bred back to Frost Giant in 2013.


Leading the group of New York-bred mares (broodmares / broodmare prospects and racing / broodmare prospects) at Keeneland was black type-placed winner Pastel Gal (Hip 314), who sold for $190,000 on Monday in foal to The Factor. Frederick & May Construction obtained the 10-year-old mare from the consignment of Lantern Hill Farm LLC, Agent for Highfield Farm. A multiple graded stakes-placed runner ($135,537), Pastel Gal was bred by Elise B. Browne and Stonerside Stables and owned by Sackatoga Stable. She has four winning siblings, led by multiple stakes winner and $589,956-earner Lyracist (Sultry Song), and issues from the family of millionaire and Grade 1-winner Lost Mountain.


Broodmare prospect Thescreenisred (Van Nistelrooy) was hammered down in Tuesday’s session two for $145,000. Chadds Ford Stable signed the ticket and Paramount Sales, Agent XII consigned the 5-year-old, who was bred by Anstu Farm LLC. A multiple winner of turf sprints and earner of over $100,000 for Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence, Thescreenisred (Hip 402) is a half-sister to Anstu Stables homebred Wired Bryan (Stormy Atlantic), a winner of three stakes races last year as a juvenile, including the Grade 2 Sanford ($537,474). Other siblings include Run Red Run (Afternoon Deelites), whose four stakes placings include a third-place finish in the 2007 Empire Classic ($198,628) and six-figure earner Jumping Jack Louie by Louis Quatorze ($116,619).


Sing Dixie Sing by Dixie Union sold as a racing / broodmare prospect for $95,000 to Al Bell from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent for Sport Thoroughbreds LLC. Catalogued as Hip 1127, Sing Dixie Sing won last summer’s Arctic Queen at Finger Lakes two starts after being claimed by White Wabbit Wacing LLC. An earner of $237,352 (14-6-2-3), Sing Dixie Sing was bred by Mina Equivest LLC and foaled at Five Oak Farm in Saratoga Springs. Her second dam is multiple graded stakes winner Megans Bluff.


Colt by Kitten’s Joy top weanling at F-T December Mixed

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
FasigTiptonlogo298by Sarah Mace

A colt by red-hot sire Kitten’s Joy, who currently leads North American sires in earnings, Grade 1 Stakes winners and stakes winners, sold as the top weanling at Monday’s single-session Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale when purchased by Highclere Inc. for $92,000.

Bred and consigned by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, LLC, the January colt (Hip 206) is out of Right On It, a winning daughter of E Dubai who sold from the Ramsey Farm consignment at the 2012 Keeneland November sale for $17,000. Right On It’s first foal, a placed 3-year-old gelding, is by Catienus. Her three subsequent offspring, two fillies and the sale colt, are all by Kitten’s Joy. She was bred this year to McMahon stallion Here Comes Ben, who entered stud in 2012.

The colt’s second dam, Shoot the Moon (Seattle Slew), did not place in her single start, but belongs to a productive family. Out of Grade 1 Beldame winner Weber City Miss, Shoot the Moon is a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire Slew City Slew and to City Dance, a stakes winner, multiple graded stakes-placed runner and multiple stakes producer. Another sibling Dream Touch (Riverman) is a stakes winner. Shoot the Moon’s daughter Moonsong is a stakes producer.

Despite a catalogue that was eleven percent smaller than last year, Fasig-Tipton’s December sale showed an increase in all the major indicators, including total sales, with 133 horses bringing $1,516,700 compared to $1,150,200 for 140 lots last year. The average price this year of $11,404 was 38.8 percent higher than 2012 ($8,216) and the median price increased 25 percent from $3,000 to $4,000.

Last year’s sale topper was a New York-bred weanling half-sister to Grade 1 winner Unbridled Command by Read the Footnotes, who sold to Edition Farm for $100,000.

New York-breds prosper at upbeat Keeneland November sale

Friday, November 15th, 2013
by Sarah Mace

In the context of an outstanding renewal of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale, which surpassed last year’s total sales in the fifth session and produced the second-highest final total sales since 2007, the market for New York-bred weanlings and broodmares remained strong right through the final session of the 10-day auction when a filly from the first crop of New York sire Dublin topped the weanling offerings.

The Keeneland sale continued the momentum seen throughout the bloodstock market in 2013. Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell said, “Much like what we saw in September, bidding was spirited among new and established buyers who were out in force through the very last day. The strength of Book 1 rippled through each strata of the market, with consistent increases seen from book to book. Our consignors are to be congratulated for an outstanding job of meeting the market.”

In all 92 New York-bred weanlings and broodmares / broodmare prospects changed hands at the sale for total receipts of $4,910,200. Forty-three weanlings sold for an average price of $50,591 and 49 broodmares averaged $55,812. The $37,000 median for all the New York-breds sold outperformed the overall sale median of $35,000, which posted a 59 percent increase from last year.

Seven New York-bred weanlings brought at least six figures, led by a bay filly by Lonhro (AUS) hammered down to Hubert Guy Bloodstock, Agent for $185,000 in Session 2. Born January 16, 2013 at Sequel Stallions NY, Hip 283 is the first foal produced by winner Aquarius Star (IRE) (Danehill Dancer), a half-sister to graded stakes winner Doc Holiday. JMJ Racing Stable, the breeder of the filly, purchased Aquarius Star at the 2012 January sale for $55,000. She was sold at the Keeneland November sale this year for $130,000.

The top New York-sired weanling was Hip 912, a bay colt from the first crop of Girolamo (Sequel Stallions NY 2012-2013). Bred by Dr. William B. Wilmot and Dr. Joan M. Taylor and foaled at Gallagher’s Stud in Ghent, the January 23 colt was purchased by Sal Fontino for $150,000. Consignor Denali Stud acted as agent for Stepwise Farm. The colt’s dam, winner Thin Disguise (Yes It’s True), is a half-sister to millionaire and New York-bred Horse of the Year Naughty New Yorker ($1,089,884) and stakes winner Pupil.

In the concluding session of the sale, Hip 3339, a chestnut filly from the first crop of Dublin (Keane Stud), topped the day’s weanling offerings. Purchased for $80,000 by BG Stables from the consignment of Vinery Sales/Millennium Farms, agent for Legend Land I, the filly was bred by Westerly Horse Farm and Tammy L. Jacobs and foaled on February 14 at Legend Land in Shortsville. The filly’s dam Time for Karakorum (Fly So Free) is a winner and has produced a winner. She was bred back to Dublin in 2013.

With the particular resurgence this year of the broodmare market, nine New York-bred broodmares / broodmare prospects met or exceeded the $100,000 threshold. Four-year-old Pure Gossip (Pure Prize) led the broodmare band bringing $225,000 in foal to Hard Spun in Session 3. Yushun Company signed the ticket. Bred by Nustar Breeding LLC and campaigned by Flying Zee Stable, Pure Gossip won the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes in 2011. Selling for $220,000 was Midnight Visit (Henny Hughes), a stakes winner for Thoroughbred Futures Racing bred by Jerry Bilinski, DVM and Harry Patten. Grousemont Farm purchased the 5-year-old in foal to Union Rags.

Agave Kiss brings $1.5 million at F-T November, Hessonite commands $750,000

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
FT Nov 13 logoby Sarah Mace

A pair of champions led the New York-bred broodmare contingent at Fasig-Tipton’s November sale on Monday, as Flying Zee Racing Stables’ multiple stakes-winning sprinter Agave Kiss lit up the board when purchased by Kiki and Louise Courtelis’ Town and Country Farms in foal to Tapit for $1,500,000 and Dattt Stables went to $750,000 to buy Hessonite.

Selling from the Gainesway consignment, last year’s Champion New York-Bred Female Sprinter Agave Kiss (Hip 193) retired in March of 2013 with a record of 6-1-1 from 10 starts and $339,400 in earnings. Never headed in her first six career starts, the Rudy Rodriguez-trainee won her first two races at two by a combined 16 3/4 lengths, and began her sophomore career by winning four straight from January through May: the Ruthless Stakes, Grade 3 Cicada, Trevose Stakes at Parx and Miss Preakness Stakes. Later in the year, Agave Kiss secured a placing in the Grade 1 Prioress at Saratoga and finished second, beaten only a neck, in the Valor Lady at Belmont.

Bred by Nustar Breeding LLC, a partnership headed by the late Carl Lizza, and foaled at Highcliff Farm in Delanson (now Highcliff Stallions), Agave Kiss is out of Salty Romance, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Salt Lake purchased by Lizza for $320,000 in the open portion of the 2003 OBS two-year-olds in training sale. A half-sister to another stakes producer, Salty Romance won the Delta Princess S. at two and ran second in the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel S. at three ($229,200). Agave Kiss’ third dam is a multiple stakes winner and stakes producer. Agave Kiss was one of 24 horses to bring seven figures on Monday and ended up as the sale’s twelfth top-selling broodmare.

William J. Punk, Jr. and Philip DiLeo’s graded winner Hessonite (Hip 64), who sold on Monday evening from the consignment of Lantern Hill Farm, LLC (agent), was Champion New York-Bred Turf Female of 2011 and Champion Older New York-bred Female in 2012.

Retired from racing this past September at age five, the blaze-faced chestnut daughter of Freud (Sequel Stallions) had won nine stakes and placed in four more for trainer David Donk, compiling an overall career record of 11-3-1 from 22 starts with $879,644 in earnings. Topping her stakes victories, all of which came at Belmont Park and Saratoga, was the Grade 3 Beaugay in her 2013 seasonal debut. Winner of the Ticonderoga twice, and of two divisions of the New York Stallion Stakes series, Hessonite also posted victories in Irish Linnet, Yaddo, John Hettinger and, in her final career start, won the On the Bus Stakes, the first stakes race of the 2013 Saratoga race meet.

Hessonite was bred by Berkshire Stud (where she was foaled) and John Meriwether’s Waterville Lake Stables Limited, LLC, and purchased by William Punk, Jr. as a 2009 Keeneland September yearling for $27,000. Hessonite’s dam Lakab is a winning daughter of Manila with three siblings who won at the Grade/Group 2 and 3 levels. Lakab has produced eight winners, including stakes winners Roanoke (Aus), by Danehill ($106,274) and European Rose, by Nureyev ($67,860). Two of her daughters are stakes producers.


New York-bred results keep pace with record-breaking F-T October yearling sale

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
October Fall yearlingsby Sarah Mace

New York-bred yearlings put in another strong showing at this week’s record-breaking Fasig-Tipton October sale, managing to pace with all major indicators and featuring six individuals who sold for at least $100,000.

While the October sale rolled along through three sessions posting new records in overall gross, average and median prices, New York-bred yearlings kept in step. The average price for a New York-bred was $32,974, compared to the sale average of $34,117 which saw an increase of 31 percent over last year. The New York-bred median of $17,000 was identical to the sale median, which rose 33.3 percent from 2012, and New York-bred buy-back rate of 17 percent was on a par with 16 percent RNAs overall, which improved on last year’s 20 percent.

Of the six New York-bred yearlings who brought at least $100,000, the top seller was a $250,000 colt by Harlan’s Holiday, who turned out to be the sixth highest-priced yearling overall and third top-selling colt.

Other standouts included the top-selling New York-bred filly (Hip 804), a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro who sold to Sarazen & Talus Stable for $170,000 in Wednesday’s closing Session 3. Bred by Gallagher’s Stud where she was foaled on January 30, 2012, and consigned by Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud, the bay filly is the second foal produced by Hostess (Chester House), a multiple graded stakes winner who set the current course record for 1 3/8 miles over the Saratoga inner turf course in the 2008 Grade 3 Glens Falls Handicap ($383,918). A $650,000 purchase by Gallagher’s at the 2008 Keeneland November sale, Hostess’ first foal, Z Maitre D (Awesome Again), won on debut at two. She did not produce a foal in 2013 and was bred this year to War Front.

The standout of Session 2 and third highest priced New York-bred at the sale was Hip 431, a chestnut colt by Sky Mesa who is a half-brother to champion New York-bred 3-year-old filly Ava K. (Dixie Union). Purchased by Mark Casse, Agent, from the consignment of St George Sales, Agent II, for $165,000, the March colt was bred by Sugar Maple Farm in partnership with H. Lewis Rapaport. The partners campaigned his stakes-winning New York-bred dam Bedside Manner (Dr. Blum), who was bred by Sugar Maple’s owner Howard Kaskel and went undefeated in her first five starts ($262,223). Her daughter Ava K., who began her career by winning three straight, is a multiple stakes winner and graded stakes-placed ($201,467). Bedside Manner has produced six winners from eight starters and currently has a weanling colt by Bluegrass Cat. She was bred to Posse this year.