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Records topple at F-T NYB yearling sale, Cairo Prince colt brings a cool half-million

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Hip 589 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

By Sarah Mace

The 2017 Fasig-Tipton sale of New York-bred yearlings, conducted on Saturday and Sunday evenings at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga, hit a grand slam. The sale posted a record average, record median, record total sales and saw a new all-time sale top seller: a Cairo Prince yearling who went to Waves Bloodstock for cool half-million dollars.

By the numbers, the two days of trading brought $16,214,000 in total sales. Of 244 yearlings offered, 182 found new homes (including nine private sales) for a final buyback rate of 25.4, down from last year’s 32.7%. The average price of $89,088 exceeded last year’s $77,246 average by 15.3%. The $69,500 median was up 15.8% over last year’s $60,000 median.

In all, 60 individuals, or about a quarter of the yearlings sold, brought six figures. Sixteen yearlings brought $200,000 and up, while three took the bidding over $300,000.

“The New York sale was record-breaking in all aspects,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning. “There was great demand literally from start to finish. The growth of the New York program continues to be demonstrated by the results on the racetrack and in the sales ring. The participants in the program have continued to step up their efforts in quality and they were rewarded the last two nights.”

To put the exponential growth in scale and outcomes at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in perspective, just five years ago in 2012, the sale handled about half of the 2017 total: $8,632,000. In all 138 individuals for an average price of $62,551 and median of $50,000. A decade ago in 2007 the sale brought $5,831,500 with an average price of $51,606 and median of $38,000 for 113 horses.

The $500,000 colt from the first crop of Cairo Prince, who set a new high-water mark for the auction, sold as Hip 589 near the end of the evening’s trading. The grey/roan individual was bred by Hidden Lake Farm, LLC / 3C and offered by the RFHF consignment of Chris Bernhard of Hidden Lake Farm and Elaine Peck of Rhapsody Farm.

The Cairo Prince colt is out of Garden City, an unplaced daughter of Carson City bred in Kentucky by Overbrook Farm. Rhapsody Farm purchased the mare in foal for $37,000 in January 2016 at Keeneland. Garden City has produced six winners from six youngsters to start, three of them six-figure earners and one a stakes performer. Abundant black type appears under the third dam, including English filly highweight and group winner Stratospheric, champion and millionaire Inside Information, also the dam of champion filly Smuggler, Grade 1 Frizette winner Educated Risk and more. [Fasig-Tipton video]

“I’ve never seen one like him,” Ciaran Dunne told the TDN as he signed the ticket after making the winning bid. “He’s as good as they come. We saw him three days ago, we’ve looked at him 20 times, and he gets better every time. We didn’t care that he was a New York-bred, he’s just a good horse. He could have been here last week [at the select sale] and if he was here last week, he would have fit last week. He would have fit anywhere.”

Chris Bernhard (Fasig-Tipton photo)

The partnership on the colt includes Kirk Wycoff’s Three Diamonds Farm. “We’re big fans of Cairo Prince,” said Wycoff. “We’ve bred to him. We have two foals by him. We sold two fillies by him tonight with Bluewater. This colt walks better than any horse Ciaran has ever seen and we’ve been partners with Ciaran for five years and we trust his judgement.”

Breeder/consignor Chris Bernhard said, “He is such a nice horse; the best horse I’ve come up here with. I knew he was a good horse, but this is still obviously beyond expectations. He was a classy horse from the beginning.”

Continued Bernhard, “My partner [Elaine Peck] and I bought the mare in foal to Cairo Prince for $35,000 and she’s back in foal to Carpe Diem. So to come back here and get that kind of return on your investment is just incredible. To come over here and to be with the big boys and to outperform some of them is pretty cool. Especially being up here as a New York breeder and consignor. We don’t leave the state of New York. You go to the sales, you buy these mares and you bring them back to the program—it’s very gratifying.”

Hip 459 (Fasig Tipton photo)

The second session of the New York-bred sale also saw the sale’s filly topper, Hip 459 a dark bay/brown daughter of More than Ready bred by Aynsford Holdings, LLC. Bradley Thoroughbreds LLC signed a ticket for $315,000 on behalf of Sheep Pond Partners.

Bred by Aynsford Holdings, LLC and consigned by Bluewater Sales LLC, the More than Ready filly is the most recent reported foal out of St Francis Wood, a black type placed daughter of Irish River (FR) purchased by Aynsford Holdings at the 2011 Keeneland January sale for $47,000. Among her four winners is Saratoga Dreamer ($242,157), a debut winner at two at Saratoga on turf and stakes winner on dirt for Peter Deutsch and Christophe Clement.  St Francis Wood is a full sister to turf stakes winner Abbey Bridge.

Boyd Browning did add a note of sobriety to the proceedings after the giddy success of the sale. “The one caveat we all have to be mindful of is we dealt with pretty carefully selected product this week, both in the main sale and the New York-bred sale. We still have a marketplace that is still polarized and we’re going to have some days ahead in the yearling sale season that aren’t going to be as enjoyable as the four days we had this week, but all in all, there’s certainly a healthy, competitive marketplace.”


All indicators up at Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale opener

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

The 2017 edition of the Fasig-Tipton sale of New York-bred yearlings got off to a splendid start on Saturday night at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga, posting increases in total sales, average and median prices, and a decrease in buy-backs. In the words of Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, with reference to the record-setting Saratoga selected yearling sale that took place on Monday and Tuesday, “We hit the trifecta again tonight from a sales perspective.”

In all, 93 New York-bred yearlings sold Saturday (including five private sales) of 123 offered, for total sales of $8,155,000. The buyback rate was 24.4%. Last year’s opener (i.e. the horses slated to sell in the opening Saturday session before violent weather caused the auction to be held in one continuous session on Sunday) brought $6,965,500 in sales and produced an RNA rate of 33.6%.

The average yearling price on Saturday was $87,688, up 14.5% from $76,544 in 2016, while the median came in at $75,000, 25% more than last year’s $60,000.

The session topper was Hip 371, a bay colt by the late City Zip out of a multiple stakes-producing mare who was bred by James Lamonica and Lee Sacks, and consigned by Shack Parrish’s Indian Creek. Mike Ryan signed a ticket for $350,000 on behalf of Kindred Racing. Previously the colt was the New York-bred weanling topper at the Keenland November sale, where he sold in Book 2 for $240,000 to Osprey Bloodstock.

Hip 371 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

The City Zip colt, who was foaled on May 27, 2016, is out of Nick’s Honor, an unraced daughter of Jump Start who has produced four winners, topped by stakes winner Kelli Got Frosty (Frost Giant) and multiple stakes winner The Lewis Dinner (Posse). Nick’s Honor has a 2-year-old filly by Tale of the Cat named Thread the Needle, who has not started, and foaled a full brother to the sale colt on June 2.

Mike Ryan (Fasig Tipton photo)

“I thought he was an exceptional colt by an exceptional sire,” said Ryan. “I expect this horse to be competing in open company. He is that kind of physical. I’ve never seen a City Zip with the dimensions of this horse: the scope, the physique, the strength of him and he’s handsome to go with it.”

Ryan continued, “The mare has thrown runners from not-great stallions and City Zip is by far superior to any of the other stallions she was bred to. He is almost a June foal and he looks like a 2-year-old already. I thought he was the best horse in the sale. I guess time will tell. If we read about him 12 months from now, we’ll know.”

Ryan said of his client, Kindred Racing, “He is developing a quality racing stable and he has some horses here in New York with Brad Cox and Rudy Rodriguez. He’s not new to it, but he’s new to racing in New York. He had a good horse last year and he has some nice horses who are going to run later in the meet. He loves the game; his family loves it. He’s enthralled with it.”

Honors for top filly of the opening session go to Hip 428, a chestnut yearling by Union Rags purchased by Robert Masiello for $270,000 from the consignment of Hunter Valley Farm, Agent. Bred by Mares Rule III LLC, the filly is a graduate of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga mixed sale last year, where she went to Central Bloodstock for $70,000.

The filly’s dam is Seattle Society, an unraced Kentucky-bred A.P. Indy mare who has produced two winners, including graded placed Society Beau by Curlin. The filly’s second dam is Grade 2 winner Westerly Breeze. Seattle Society foaled a Mission Impazible filly on February 4, and has been bred to Brody’s Cause.

Fasig-Tipton photo

“We loved this filly,” Masiello said. “Every time we pulled her out of the stall, she just put her head down and walked. She’s a beautiful filly and we love Union Rags. I knew she was going to bring some money. There were a couple other horses that I bid on a little bit earlier in the sale, but I was trying to keep my power because I knew this was a filly I wanted.”

Continued Masiello who bid while sitting alongside trainer Tom Morley, “She could be one that I could try to resell, but I really want to race her I will see if West Point [Thoroughbreds] would want to take a leg, I’ll have to talk to Terry [Finley]. Tom Morley will get her if I race her and I will more than likely race her. I’ll send her to Eddie Woods and if Eddie says she would make a ton of money at a 2-year-old sale, I might sell.”

A total of 28 New York-bred yearlings brought six figures in the auction’s opening session and, in addition to the colt and filly toppers, four more individuals took bidders past the $200,000 threshold.

The second-best seller of the night was Hip 357, a colt by second-crop sire Maclean’s Music named Better B Gud. He is the second foal out of the placed Mineshaft mare My Canary. Bred by David W. Kamp and Dr. Patricia S. Purdy and sold by Vinery Sales, Agent, the yearling went to Vineyard Ventures for $275,000.

Hip 329, a from the first crop of Cairo Prince out of Krakowviak, was purchased by J J Crupi Agent for $225,000 from the consignment of Denali Stud (Craig & Holly Bandoroff), agent for breeder Gallagher’s Stud. Producer of stakes performers Hidden Vow and Morning Calm, Krakowviak is a half sister to graded winner Antoniette, dam of Grade 1 winner and $1.4 million earner Switch.

A First Samurai colt bred by EKQ Stables Corp and out of winner-producer Show Me the Carats (More than Ready) sold as Hip 439 to Shortleaf Stable from the consignment of St George Sales $220,000. Show Me the Carats is a half sister to stakes winner Bright Town.

Hip 444, a Curlin filly bred by Milfer Farm was purchased by West Point Thoroughbreds for $210,000. Consigned by Legacy Bloodstock Agent, the January chestnut filly is out of placed runner Sister Diane by Giant’s Causeway, who is a half sister to stakes winners Our Double Play and Cool Spell, who is also a stakes producer.

The two-day New York-bred preferred yearling sale will conclude on Sunday evening. Trading resumes at the Humphrey S. Finney sales pavilion 6:30 p.m.


New York-breds complete outstanding run at Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga select yearling sale

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

New York-breds at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale hit a high water mark in Monday’s opening session when a Curlin filly went to Juddmonte Farm for $750,000 as the top filly of the day and fourth top seller of the session. In the concluding session of the sale on Tuesday evening, though, there was still more than enough buyer interest in Empire State-breds left to go around.

The top female and male New York-breds on Tuesday were both sired by the late City Zip, who was euthanized at Lane’s End on July 25 due to chronic foot issues. The prominent stallion has been a perennial favorite with New York breeders, after enjoying a stellar racing career in New York with trainer Linda Rice and embarking on stallion duties in the state at Gus Schoenborn’s Contemporary Stallions before he moved on to Lane’s End at the end of 2004.

Tuesday’s City Zip filly (Hip 187), a chestnut foaled on April 16, 2016, went to Solis/Litt for $325,000. Like Monday’s filly topper, the yearling was bred by Newtown Anner Stud in Millbrook and consigned by Blake-Albana Thoroughbred Services LLC.

The City Zip filly is the fourth foal out of Force of Humor, a winning Virginia-bred mare by Distorted Humor who is a half sister to Summer Colony, a $1.4 million-earner bred by Edward P. Evans whose graded stakes victories are led by Saratoga’s Grade 1 Personal Ensign in 2002 for trainer Mark Hennig. Summer Colony and another half sister are stakes producers, and the sale filly’s third dam Withallprobability is a multiple graded stakes winner. Force of Humor was a $300,000 yearling purchase by Mike Ryan for Newtown Anner Stud at Keeneland in 2009.

The City Zip colt, also the top New York-bred colt to change hands in the two days of trading, sold as Hip 133 and is currently named Big Zipper. Bred by a partnership group consisting of Danzel Brendenmuel, Clocker Z Racing Stable, Gary Marsh and Sandra Powers, Big Zipper is a graduate of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall mixed sale last year, when he was purchased by Jim R Wells for $150,000. Offered in Saratoga by Taylor Made, Big Zipper’s new owner is Grand Oaks, who went to $300,000 to secure the January colt.

Big Zipper is out of Auspicious, a Kentucky-bred Indian Charlie mare who is a multiple stakes performer and producer of one winner to date. The headline on Big Zipper’s catalogue page is his third dam Powder Doll, a multiple stakes winner in her own right and the dam of graded winner Scott’s Scoundrel and stakes winner Gobedie. Clocker Z Stable bought the mare in foal at the 2015 Keeneland November sale for $65,000.

Two more New York-breds from Tuesday brought outstanding final bids. China Horse Club/Maverick Racing went to $250,000 for Hip 185 for a bay Speightstown colt out of Final Escrow bred by Waterville Lake Stables Ltd. He is the second foal for Final Escrow, a multiple winner and half sister to ten winners, topped by Grade 1 Florida Derby winner Vicar. The colt was consigned by Winter Quarter Farm.

Spendthrift Farm had to go to $235,000 to acquire Hip 116, a Super Saver colt bred by Oak Bluff Stables. The chestnut, foaled on May 5,2016, is out of Oak Bluff’s multiple stakes winner and graded stakes-placed homebred Akilina (Langfuhr). Her first foal is stakes winner Governor Malibu (Malibu Moon) who is currently on the grounds at Saratoga and slated to make a start at the meet for trainer Christophe Clement. Akilina’s second foal Rieno Tesoro, a filly by Speightstown, is a stakes winner and Group 1 placed in Japan. The mare currently has an Uncle Mo weanling and was bred back to Malibu Moon in 2017.

In all, eight of ten New York-breds offered sold at Fasig-Tipton’s boutique Saratoga sale bringing a total of $2,430,000 million. The average price for this group was $303,750 and the median came in at $242,500. The average and median for the entire population of the sale were $339,712 and $300,000, respectively.

The main event for most New York breeders, the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale, will be conducted next Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13, at the Humphrey S Finney Sales Pavilion.


New York-bred Curlin filly is female topper in Saratoga select opener

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

Juddmonte went to $750,000 for a New York-bred Curlin filly who emerged as the top-selling female in Monday evening’s opening session of the elite Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale in Saratoga Springs. In the same session two other New York-bred fillies brought robust prices: a bay by Will Take Charge, who went to Three Chimneys for $225,000, and a Shanghai Bobby yearling, who was purchased by Bradley Thoroughbreds, Agent, for $175,000.

The Curlin filly topper (Hip 34) is a beautifully put-together dark bay individual bred by Newtown Anner Stud and consigned by Blake-Albana Thoroughbred Services LLC. She is out of Purple Cat, a winning 9-year-old Kentucky-bred Bluegrass Cat mare with plenty of pedigree. A $550,000 yearling herself at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, Purple Cat was trained by John Terranova and won two of five career starts going a mile on dirt before moving on to broodmare duties for Newtown Anner Stud.

Fasig-Tipton photo

Purple Cat is a half sister both to Sky Diva (Sky Mesa), winner of the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, and to Quick Little Miss by Freud, a multiple stakes winner as a juvenile. The sale filly’s third dam, Irish-bred Gather the Clan, is the producer of a pair of graded winners, led by $1.9 million-earner and multiple Grade 1 winner Pure Clan. This is also the family of multiple graded stakes winning filly Finley’sluckycharm. Purple Cat has had two foals to start, currently has a 2-year-old colt by Tiznow and foaled a full brother this year.  She was bred to Dialed in in 2017.

“She’s a real classic filly, a real athlete,” Juddmonte Farms’ Garrett O’Rourke told the TDN. “Looks like something that could be a real [Grade 1 Kentucky] Oaks filly and, thinking long term, a mate for Arrogate.”

O’Rourke continued, “I was pushed to my very, very limit [on price]. I thought I’d get her for a little less, but you know when they are that nice, you have to be prepared to go for a little bit extra. I thought she was that nice. She is a very special filly.”

Consignor Hanzly Albina said, “[The price was] definitely in the wheelhouse [of what we expected]. When you get up in these big numbers, it is really hard to pin down an exact number. We have had a lot of vetting action on this horse. A lot of the big players as you would expect at this level. I knew she was a very good filly.”

The second top-selling New York-bred of the session was a Will Take Charge filly (Hip 102), who sold to Three Chimneys Farm LLC for $225,000 from the consignment of Sequel Bloodstock. Bred by Chester and Mary Broman, she is out of Whichwaydidshego (Storm Cat), a productive member of the Bromans’ broodmare band who was purchased by Chester Broman for $425,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November sale. A daughter of a stakes winner and a winning half-sister to the multiple Grade 2 winner Fed Biz, she issues from the family of Minardi, Tale of the Cat and Johannesburg.

Whichwaydidshego has produced multiple stakes winners Mark My Way (Noonmark), Hard to Stay Notgo (More than Ready) and Haul Anchor. She foaled a colt by Malibu Moon on April 16 and has been bred to Will Take Charge.

The last of the trio of New York-bred filly sellers on Monday was Hip 53, a dark by by Shanghai Bobby bred by Kingsport Farm LLC in partnership with Hidden Lake Farm LLC and David Campbell. Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, Agent, she was hammered down to Bradley Thoroughbreds for $175,000.

Hidden Lake Farm and Kingsport Farm bought the filly’s dam, Saravati (Giant’s Causeway) in foal at the 2015 Keeneland November sale for $40,000. Saravati is a placed half sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and $2.1-million earner You, who is herself a graded stakes producer. Saravati’s first foal Mask Zorro by Roman Ruler went on to become a group winner in Japan. She was bred to Runhappy this spring. The filly sold to Hunter Valley earlier in the year for $280,000 as the topper of the opening book of Keeneland’s January sale.

The sale resumes Tuesday evening with Hips 113-227 on the docket. The following New York-breds will be offered (listed by Hip # and dam):

116 – Akilina
133 – Auspicious
145 – Bourbonstreetgirl
152 – Carmandia
164 – Cocoanut Row
171 – Dade Babe
185 – Final Escrow
187 – Force of Humor
197 – Graciously Soft


Topped by City Zip filly, New Yorkers solid at OBS June

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

june-cc-7-secBy Sarah Mace

New York-breds made a solid showing at this week’s two-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age. The New York topper was a bay City Zip filly purchased by Bradley Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent for $150,000. Conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday, the OBS sale was the final major juvenile auction on the 2017 calendar.

The $150,000 City Zip filly was bred by West End Thoroughbreds and foaled at Rojan Farms in Schuylerville on March 24, 2015. Offered by Hoppel’s Horse & Cattle Co., Inc., Agent, and catalogued as Hip 90, the filly turned in a furlong work in :10 1/5 on the first day of the under tack show. Tuesday was her very first appointment with the auctioneer.

She is the first foal out of Karakorum Elektra, a New York-bred stakes winner by New York sire Freud. A winner of 13 races from 46 starts, topped by a victory in the 2009 Memories of Silver Stakes for trainer Linda Rice at six furlongs on turf, Karakorum Elektra earned $485,061. She delivered a full brother to the sale filly in 2016 and on March 22, 2017 foaled a colt by Flatter.

The top New York-bred colt at the OBS sale was Hip 465, a dark bay/brown individual by Quality Road purchased by Kirkwood, Agent for David Berman, for $130,000. Like the filly topper, this juvenile came under the hammer for the first time this week. Randy Miles, Agent, was the consignor.

The sale colt was bred by Lansdowne Thoroughbreds, LLC, foaled at Hidden Lake Farm in Otisville on May 2, 2015 and posted a co-bullet work in :10 seconds flat on the third day of the under tack show. He is the only reported foal from Villanella, a multiple winner by War Chant purchased by Lansdowne Thoroughbreds for $50,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale.

After 59 New York-breds passed through the auction ring over the sale’s two sessions, 49 found new homes (including five private sales) for a strong buyback percentage of 17.0%. The figure outdid the 18.8% RNA rate for the sale as a whole, which in its own terms showed considerable improvement from 24.3% a year ago.

The average price for this cohort of New York-breds was $32,082, while the median came in at $18,000. For the sale overall, the average was $35,889, up 23.9% from $28,968 in 2016, and the median price was $19,000, up 40.7% compared with $13,500 a year ago.

 

 

 

 


New York-bred juvenile offerings at F-T Midlantic top out at $375,000

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

FT Midlantic 2yos 17 logoBy Sarah Mace

The top New York-bred filly and top New York-bred colt to change hands at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training sold in the second and concluding session Tuesday.

An Into Mischief filly, who is a half to a multiple graded stakes winner, fetched the top price of $375,000. A colt by Shanghai Bobby, whose second dam is a multiple graded stakes winner, was hammered down for $210,000.

The $375,000 New York filly topper, who was also the top filly of the session and co-ninth top-seller overall (Hip 465), is a grey/roan individual by Into Mischief out of Jilted, who posted a :22 flat quarter-mile work under tack for consignor Pike Racing, Agent. Offered once before, the April filly was a $165,000 buyback at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga. Mike Ryan was the winning bidder in Timonium.

The filly’s dam Jilted is a Kentucky-bred winner by Runaway Groom, whose second foal, Run Away and Hide (City Zip), went three-for-three as a juvenile, winning the Grade 2 Saratoga Special and Grade 3 Kentucky Stakes. Jilted, who has produced five winners from six foals to start, was purchased by Jerry Bilinkski, who bred the sale filly in partnership with Roddy Valente, for $77,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale.

“I knew this filly was going to cost because the two [Into Mischiefs Monday] were very nice and they both made $425,000,” Ryan told the TDN. “This filly is a New York-bred and that’s a nice little perk to have. She has a lot of quality and she’s a sister to a good horse. Run Away and Hide was a really good horse. We were at the end of the rope, but I wasn’t shocked she would bring that kind of money. I bought her for a new client and we haven’t decided where she is going to go yet.”

The male New York-bred topper (Hip 287), was a bay from the first crop of Shanghai Bobby bred by Mina Equivest LLC and foaled on March 17, 2015. He went to Mark Stanley from the consignment of Scanlon Training & Sales Agent II for $210,000 after breezing a :10 1/5 furlong. Scanlon picked her up last summer for $60,000 at the Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale.

The filly’s dam is Canaryinacage, who was purchased by Thomas Mina at the 2008 Keeneland November sale for $42,000. An unraced Kentucky-bred daughter of Mineshaft, Canaryinacage has produced four winners, topped by her stakes-winning first foal Sing Dixie Sing (Dixie Union). The filly’s second dam is Megans Bluff, a multiple graded stakes winner and earner of nearly $750,000.

In all, of the 98 New York-breds offered over the two-session auction, 76 sold (including seven private sales) for a 22.5% buyback percentage. The New York-bred average price was $46,507 and the median came in at $25,000. Seven juveniles brought six figures.

The sale overall, which saw a record-breaking topper in a $1.5 million Curlin colt, was strong, grossing 9.1% more than last year. The sale average of $76,476 represented an 11.4% increase over $68,654 in 2016, while the median was $35,000 up 9.4% from $32,000 in 2016. The RNA rate was 19.9%, compared to 25.9% last year.

Full results are available online.


Half sister to Filibustin brings $150,000 in F-T Midlantic opener

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

FT Midlantic 2yos 17 logoBy Sarah Mace

A half sister to accomplished New York-bred sprinter Filibustin (Bustin Stones) brought $150,000 from Orlando Di Rienzo to top the New York-bred offerings at Monday’s opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

Bred by Alan R. Cook, who campaigns Filibustin, the filly (Hip 157) issues from the first crop of Take Charge Indy. Her dam is West-Virginia-bred Sweet Aloha, a six-figure earner, both of whose foals to start are winners and stakes horses.

Filibustin won the Joseph A. Gimma and Key Cents stakes as a juvenile. Sweet Aloha’s first foal, Man O Manassas (Copelan Too), is a stakes performer. Further down the family tree there is a connection to champion broodmare Turn to Talent, dam of champion Capote, multiple grade 1 winner Exceller and others, and a more distant tie to Bob and John. Aloha has a yearling colt by Forty Tales and was bred back to the same stallion last year, with no reported foal to date.

The filly, who posted a sharp :10 1/5 furlong in the under tack show, was consigned by Scanlon Training & Sales, Agent VI. As a weanling, she sold to OWL Stable for $65,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale, then failed to meet her reserve when bid up to $48,000 at the last summer’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale.

In the sale’s opening session, 51 New York-breds were offered and 37 sold (including three private sales) for an average price of $43,595 and $30,000 median. Five individuals topped six figures. The buyback percentage was 27.5%.

For the session, the sale average was $71,219, up 4.3% from $68,253 in the first session last year. The median of $40,000 increased 17.6% increase from last year’s first session median of $34,000. The RNA rate for the general population of the sale was 25.0%, down from 31.4% during the first session last year.

The Midlantic juvenile sale resumes Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Results are available online.


Klaravich Stable goes to $200,000 for Into Mischief colt at OBS April

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

OBS cover book 2 April 17By Sarah Mace

Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stable continued to stock up on New York-bred juvenile talent on the final day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 April sale. Last month, at the OBS March sale, Klarman signed the tickets for both top-selling New York-bred juveniles. On Friday as the April sale wrapped up, he purchased a bay colt by Into Mischief for $200,000, the auction’s second highest price for an Empire State-bred.

Klaravich Stable’s new colt, Hip 1047, was bred by Dixie Farm and foaled on April 4, 2015. A graduate of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, where he was purchased by Zayat Stables for $120,000, the colt turned in a :21 2/5 quarter-mile breeze for OBS consignor Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, on day six of the under tack show.

Hip 1047 is the first foal out of is out of stakes-placed New York-bred Silver Prize, by Silver Train. The mare has six winning siblings, topped by stakes winner Drewssasin (Freud) and two other stakes performers. Purchased by Dixie Farm for $32,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s 2013 fall mixed sale in Saratoga, Silver Prize has a new colt by Palace Malice on the ground this year.

The New York-bred contingent sold solidly in the four-session OBS sale. Of 59 horses offered, 49 sold, including four private sales, for a 17 percent buyback rate. The New York-bred average was $62,796, and the median came in at $42,000.

This year’s renewal of OBS April was a record-breaker overall. Total sales came to $61,185,900, surpassing the previous mark of $56,965,000 set in 2014. The record average of $90,245 was up 14.3 percent over last year and record median came in at $48,000. The sale buyback rate, like the New York-bred buyback rate, was 17 percent, down from 22.7 percent a year ago


Juveniles sell two hips apart Wednesday to become New York-bred toppers at OBS

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

OBS April 17 cat coverBy Sarah Mace

A pair of juvenile colts, both consigned by Steve Venosa’s SVG Thoroughbreds (and, as it happens, both born on April 10, 2015) sold two hips apart on Wednesday to become the top-selling New York-breds at the halfway point of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 spring sale of 2-year-olds.

Saul Berenson went to $235,000 to acquire Hip 423, a dark bay/brown colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Violence (Medaglia d’Oro). The colt, who breezed a furlong in :10 1/5 seconds in the under tack show, was bought last year by SVG Thoroughbreds for $60,000 from breeder Christopher Shelli’s Fort Christopher’s consignment at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Saratoga yearling sale.

The colt’s dam is Fear This, an unraced Kentucky-bred Ghostzapper mare purchased by Shelli for just $5000 at the 2012 Keeneland November sale. Out of graded winner Susan’s Angel (Cape Town), Fear This had sales success with her second surviving foal, Fear That (Icebox), later a winner, who brought $230,000 as the co-top-selling colt at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. The following spring Fear That was bought back for $395,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Florida sale. Fear This has produced a yearling full sister to the Violence colt and was bred to Revolutionary in 2016.

Two hips earlier, Steven W. Young, Agent picked up Hip 421, a New York-bred chestnut colt by Flatter for $190,000. Bred by Newtown Anner Stud in Millbrook, and offered for sale at public auction for the first time, the colt turned in a :10 1/5-furlong work in the under tack show.

The colt’s dam Fashion Forward is a half sister to stakes winner Strut the Canary (Mineshaft), who has produced a stakes performer, and is out of a full sister to two stakes horses. Multiple grade 1 winner and $2 million-earner Island Fashion appears under the colt’s third dam. Fashion Forward has a yearling colt by Trappe Shot and was bred in 2016 to City Zip.

The OBS April sale continues through Friday with sessions beginning daily at 10:30 a.m.


Mission Impazible colt fetches $285,000 on Day 2 of OBS March

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

OBS color logoBy Sarah Mace

Trading at the second and concluding session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company March 2-year-old sale produced another New York-bred standout: Hip 489, a son of Mission Impazible, who sold to Peter Quinn for $285,000 to become the auction’s top-priced New York-sired juvenile.

Bred by Twin Creeks Farm, Hip 489 is out of Deputy Reality, a half sister to stakes winner and graded stakes-placed A. P. Reality, and stakes performer Can’t Stop the Kid. The mare has produced five winners from six starters, topped by her second foal Teeth of the Dog by Bluegrass Cat, who won the 2012 Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes and earned $414,950. The sale colt’s full brother, 3-year-old Ethan Hunt, placed in two New York-bred stakes as a juvenile.

Twin Creeks Farm purchased Deputy Reality for $225,000 at the Keeneland November sale in 2012 and earmarked her, along with 20 other select Kentucky-based mares, to be bred to Mission Impazible in 2013, his first year at stud. Mission Impazible, a two-time grade 1 winning millionaire campaigned by Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC, stands at Sequel Stallions New York for a 2017 fee of $7,500.

The grey/roan colt sold initially at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July selected yearling sale to Zayat Stables for $185,000 from the Sequel consignment. Consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent XIV, at OBS, he breezed a snappy quarter in :21.1 seconds on the final day of the under tack show.

Overall 32 New York-breds were offered at OBS. Twenty-one sold, including one private sale, for a 34.4% buyback rate, which was an improvement after the first session. The Empire State-bred average came in at $108,524 and the median was $75,000. The opening session saw a pair of New York colts go to Klaravich Stable, Inc. for $350,000 and $290,000 (read more).

The March Sale overall set records this year. The average price for a 2-year-old was $188,757, up 17.8% from a year ago and eking past the previous record of $187,201 in 2014. The median price was $100,000 compared with $102,500 last year. The buyback percentage was 27.5%.

The OBS Spring 2-year-old sale will be held April 25-28, with under tack shows to take place April 17-22.