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F-T Saratoga Fall Sale Nearly Even With 2015

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

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Led by a $150,000 Street Cry mare, Fasig-Tipton kicked off the mixed auction season Oct. 17 with figures on nearly even terms with the 2015 edition of the Saratoga fall sale at the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

With 164 head selling for total receipts of $2,780,600, the average price of $16,955 represented a 3% decline from the $17,493 average a year ago when 162 head grossed $2,833,800. The median price fell 15% from $10,000 to $8,500. With 97 horses not selling, the buyback rate was 37.2%. much improved from the 2015 RNA rate of 46%.

There were four six-figure transactions Monday, the same number as a year ago when the auction was topped by a weanling Curlin   colt that sold for $120,000.

Coronation Street, this year’s sale-topping Street Cry mare consigned by Sequel New York, agent, as Hip 85, was purchased by Chester Broman, who with his wife Mary Broman were named the Empire State’s outstanding breeders of the year in 2004, 2011, and 2014.

The 3-year-old unraced filly is out of the grade II-winning Malibu Moon   mare Sara Louise and is a full sister to Mrs. Hudson, who has earned more than $134,000 for Godolphin. The mare was believed to be in foal to the Sequel stallion Alpha  , the millionaire Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner whose first foals are weanlings this year.

The sale offers the first opportunity to acquire foals of 2016 and the day’s second-highest price of $125,000 was paid by trainer Linda Rice for an Into Mischief   weanling filly from the offerings of Catalyst Bloodstock, as agent. The Feb. 20 gray filly bred in New York by Clyde Taylor was produced from the stakes-place Value Plus mare Roses Plus.

Fasig-Tipton president and CEO Boyd Browning Jr. said the results showed a solid marketplace similar to last year’s mixed sale, with trade for weanlings mirroring the selectivity in yearling sales earlier this year.

“Most of the buyers will tell you there was fierce competition for the foals that are perceived to be above average, and less demand for those not seen as being of the same quality,” he said.

Broman, who was an aggressive buyer at the sale with six head purchased for a total $348,500, went to $100,000 to acquire Fingers Crossed, a 5-year-old Quality Road   mare consigned by Sequel as Hip 96. Produced from the winning A.P. Indy mare Ruth E, Fingers Crossed is a full sister to Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies Stakes winner Ruthless Quality and is also believed to be in foal to Alpha.

Another six-figure weanling transaction was the winning $100,000 bid from Texx Co Co for a daughter of The Factor   from the family of Argentine champion and leading North American sire Candy Ride  . Produced from the unraced Johannesburg mare Candy d’Oro, the filly was consigned as Hip 270 by RFHF Bloodstock as agent for Hidden Lake Farm and Kingsport Farm, who bred the March 20 foal in partnership with David Campbell.

Fasig-Tipton’s next sale will be the October Sale in Lexington Oct. 24-26, the final yearling auction of 2016.

See full results here

New York-bred Uncle Mo filly hammers for $160,000 in Book 3 of Keeneland September

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

keeneland-logoBy Sarah Mace

Hip 1894, a dark bay/brown filly by Uncle Mo, who was purchased by Rayben Stables in Monday’s seventh session of the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale for $160,000, was the top-selling New York-bred of Book 3.

Bred by Rf HF Mares Rule #3 and Lansdowne Thoroughbreds, LLC, the filly turned out to be a profitable pinhook. Purchased for $33,000 as a short yearling at this year’s January sale at Keeneland by McKenzie Bloodstock, she accrued nearly five times her value when offered on Monday by Burleson Sales, agent.

The Uncle Mo filly is the first foal out of Tap All Night, a Kentucky-bred winner by Closing Argument. Her second dam is multiple stakes winner Pleasant Music, a daughter of Pleasant Tap who has gone on to produce four winners, including stakes winner Galvan.

To date, 16 New York-bred yearlings have sold of 27 offered at the Keeneland sale for an average price of $112,313. The overall cumulative sale average now stands at $170,947. The New York-bred median of $95,000 is more on par with the sale median of $105,000.

The September Sale continues through Sunday, September 25, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m.

Uncle Mo colt pops up as new NY-bred Keeneland yearling topper in Book 2

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

keeneland-logoBy Sarah Mace

The two sessions comprising Book 2 of the 5-book, 13-session 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale produced a fresh New York-bred top-seller and an additional standout.

Hip 940 by Uncle Mo, leading second crop sire by a mile, and currently second in the general sire rankings behind Tapit, was purchased by Al and Sandee Kirkwood in session four of the sale from the consignment of Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm, Agent, for $325,000.

A February 2 foal bred by Michael J. and Patricia Palenscar, the dark bay/brown colt is out of stakes-placed My Dear Annie, a New York-bred mare by Smart Strike also bred by the Palenscars. The couple also bred the yearling’s second dam, the unraced Fancy Landing (Formal Gold). My Dear Annie has had only one starter to date, who is a placed runner. Currently she has a weanling filly by Orb and was bred to Bodemeister this spring. This third generation Palenscar-bred colt was foaled and raised at Tom and Mia Gallo’s Blue Stone Farm in Cambridge where the Palenscars have been clients for over 25 years.

The other New York-bred standout of Keeneland Book 2, and new top-selling New York-bred filly of the sale, was Hip 949, a daughter of Tale of the Cat bred by James Lamonica, Lee Sacks and Soave Stables who brought $230,000 also in session four. Also consigned by Woods Edge Farm, Agent, the filly was hammered down to Tom Haughey for PTK, LLC. She commanded $175,000 as a weanling at the Keeneland November sale last year.

The sale filly’s dam Nick’s Honor by Jump Start is a Kentucky-bred multiple stakes producer. Her second foal, Kelli Got Frosty (Frost Giant) won the East View Stakes as a juvenile, and her third foal, The Lewis Dinner won the Key Cents Stakes and Fifth Avenue Division of the New York Stallion Stakes series also at two. Nick’s Honor has a weanling colt by City Zip on the ground this year and was bred back to the same stallion in the spring.

Through the first two books seven of 13 New York-breds offered changed hands, all for six figures. The New York-bred average to date is $177,143, while the median has come in at $150,000.

The key indicators for the Keeneland yearling sale so far are bullish. Through the first two books the cumulative average was $233,382, up 10.25% from the average of $211,692 in 2015. The median of $170,000 was up 13.33% from last year’s $150,000.

The September Sale continues through Sunday, September 25, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m.


New York-bred colt by Giant’s Causeway shines in opening book of Keeneland September

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

keeneland-logoBy Sarah Mace

Although three of the five New York-breds catalogued to sell during the prestigious opening book of the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale were scratched, the trading on the first three days of the 13-session sale still produced a standout in the form of Hip 250, a colt by Giant’s Causeway who fetched $220,000 in Tuesday’s second session.

Bred by Pine Ridge Stables Ltd, Hip 250 is the first registered foal out of Choice Pearl a Kentucky-bred placed runner by Any Given Saturday. Pine Ridge purchased the mare for $165,000 at the 2013 Keenland November sale. Her extended family can boast such luminaries as Grade 1 winners Awesome Humor, Emcee (also a sire) and Constitution. The colt was purchased by Ben Glass, Agent from the Paramount Sales consignment.

In all, eight New York-bred are scheduled to come under the hammer in Keeneland’s second book. The schedule for the remaining sessions is as follows:

Dark Day on Thursday, Sept. 15. No sale will be held.
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 16-17. Book 2 sessions begin at 10 a.m.
Sunday-Sunday, Sept. 18-25. Book 3-6 sessions begin at 10 a.m.

Click here for New York-bred hip Keeneland September hip numbers with catalogue links.

Saratoga Fall sale catalogue now online

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Saratoga Fall SaleEdited Press Release

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 319 entries for The Saratoga Fall Sale, the company’s mixed sale annually held in Saratoga Springs.  The single-session sale will be conducted Monday, October 17 at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion beginning at 10 am.

The sale will begin with approximately 106 in-foal mares and racing/broodmare prospects, followed by 34 yearlings and 179 weanlings.

“The New York-Bred program continues to thrive and the Saratoga Fall Sale has established itself as a popular venue for both active and new participants in the program,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “This year’s catalogue features a significant number of mares in foal to proven and up-and-coming young sires, and the large group of weanlings should prove popular once again with both regional and national buyers.”

The catalogue is now available online and in the equineline sales catalogue app.  Print catalogues will be available by September 21.

For further information:
Evan Ferraro

Yearling filly by Uncle Mo tops NY-breds in select session of OBS August

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

OBS Logo By Sarah Mace

A dark bay/brown New York-bred filly by Uncle Mo hammered for $150,000 to top the New York-bred offerings during Tuesday’s select session of the three-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s August yearling sale. The filly was the co-fifth top seller on the day.

The New York topper, Hip 227, bred by Lansdowne Thoroughbreds and foaled at Saratoga Glen Farm in Schuylerville on February 24, 2015, was previously purchased by Hal Hatch for $70,000 as a weanling at the Keeneland November sale. Consigned by Imagine at OBS, she went to Moneyballs Racing & Sales.

The sale filly is the first foal out of Maryland-bred Dark Nebula, a multiple winner and earner of $122,196. The filly’s second dam is a stakes performer, and she issues from the family of Grade 1 winner and sire Indian Charlie, and Grade 3 winner Soviet Sojourn.

Also bringing six figures in the OBS select session was Hip 145, a New York-bred filly from the first crop of Morning Line, a Grade 1-winning millionaire son of Tiznow. The dark bay/brown yearling, foaled February 20, 2015 at Hickory Hill Farm Thoroughbreds in Fort Edward, like the New York-bred session topper, was a graduate of the Keeneland November sale, where she went to J & S Racing for $45,000. At OBS, consigned by Stuart Morris, she fetched $100,000. Justin Casse, signed the ticket on behalf of Gabe Grossberg.

Bred by Omega Farm, LLC, the Morning Line filly is the first foal out of Union Boss, a winning Kentucky-bred daughter of Dixie Union, who has a weanling filly by Mucho Macho Man on the ground, and was bred to Bayern this year. Union Boss is one of five winners out of multiple stakes winner Capitol View and comes from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Play Fellow.

Of 29 New York-breds to go through the ring in Tuesday’s select session in Ocala, 21 yearlings sold for an average of $23,962. The New York-bred median price was $10,000. In the sale at large, the average price was $40,667 (down 10% from $45,163), while the median was $25,000 (down 28.6% from $35,000). The New York-bred buyback rate was 27.6%, better than the sale’s buyback percentage of 38.1%.

The OBS August sale continues Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with Hips 275-660 selling in the first of two Open sessions. Click here for New York-bred hip numbers.

Uncle Mo colt brings record $450,000 to top FT NYB sale

Monday, August 15th, 2016

NY bred sale 16 coverBy Sarah Mace

A colt by hot young sire Uncle Mo brought a sales-record price of $450,000 to top an unusual renewal of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. Slated to occupy two sessions on Saturday and Sunday, the sale’s Saturday session was cancelled after only two horses went through the ring due to violent storms. The auction was rescheduled for Sunday, when the full catalog was offered in a single session beginning at 3 p.m.

The $450,000 Uncle Mo colt, Hip 458, who is currently named Mo Diddley, was purchased by Everett Dobson of Cheyenne Stables from the consignment of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent. Bred by Andy Beadnell, the colt is the fifth foal out of Miss Bodine, a Kentucky-bred stakes-placed daughter of Vindication, whose first two foals (and only two to start) are winners. Most recently her second foal, 4-year-old Euros to Dollars, picked up his second career victory in a Saratoga allowance on August 6.

Miss Bodine is a half sister to ten winners including three stakes winners: Icecoldbeeratreds (In Excess [IRE]), winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Futurity, and his full siblings Controlled, who is also a multiple stakes producer, and Inexcessive Speed. Currently Miss Bodine has a weanling colt by Mucho Macho Man.

Hip 458/Fasig-Tipton

Hip 458/Fasig-Tipton

Dobson told the TDN “I liked his presence. Obviously Uncle Mo is maybe the most exciting young stallion we’ve had in this sport in many, many years. And it’s a New York-bred. I like that. I race up here a lot. He checked all the boxes and I’ll be glad to put him in the racing stable – thrilled to put him in the racing stable.” Dobson said the colt will go to Randy Bradshaw in Florida for early training, but has not decided who will train him at the track.

Breeder Andy Beadnell commented, “We knew he was going to sell well, but we didn’t know he’d go that high. [Consignor] Joe [McMahon] knew. He knew who was on him and he put the reserve higher than what I was kind of happy with, but it worked. He went way past his reserve.”

Next in the rankings of the top sellers were a pair of colts purchased by Linda Rice on behalf of Sheila Rosenblum (of La Verdad fame). The pair were also under bidders on the sale topper.

Hip 385, a bay colt by City Zip bred by John Lauriello, sold from the Indian Creek consignment for $375,000. The City Zip colt is the first foal out of Flaunted, an unraced Tale of the Cat mare. Flaunted is a half sister to stakes winner Lady Melesi, who is also a multiple stakes producer.

Rice, who trained City Zip and is always on the lookout for likely offspring of his, said, “City Zip has had an incredible year. This horse is a City Zip that looks like he’ll get two turns – he’s really a stretchy horse. He’s a New York-bred and I think he’ll run long.”

Rosenblum commented, “We looked at quite a few and he definitely stood out, with his conformation and the way he walked.  We are looking for two-turn horses. Ideally for a colt that is distance, dirt or turf, or a filly with a decent pedigree. And New York-breds are very good for us since we’re both in New York. These City Zips are really proving themselves.”

The second major purchase by team Rice-Rosenblum and third top-seller was Hip 490, a son of Mineshaft who is a half-brother to New York-bred graded stakes winner and classic contender Upstart ($1,732,780). The colt brought $335,000 from the Summerfield consignment.

Bred, like Upstart, by Mrs. Gerald A. Nielsen, the colt is out of Party Silks, an unraced daughter of Touch Gold also bred by Mrs. Nielsen. The mare has produced two winners from two starters, and was bred this year to American Pharoah. The sale colt’s second dam Intend to Win (Housebuster) is a stakes-placed Kentucky-bred purchased by Gerald Nielsen for $120,000 at the 2001 Keeneland November sale.

Rice commented, “I picked out three colts here. The City Zip colt, the [sale-topping] Uncle Mo colt that we were the under bidder on and let go, and this one. So we were a little sad about the Uncle Mo colt, but we got this one.”

Overall sale indicators did not quite rise to the lofty and record-breaking heights of 2015, but were strong, nevertheless, and fully in keeping with the gains made by the New York-bred program the last five years. The results were also in keeping with the current auction trend toward strength at the high end of the market and more difficulty at the low.

Of 263 yearlings offered, 177 sold (including 16 private sales). The sale average of $77,246 dipped 5.5% from last year’s record-setting $81,739, while the median of $60,000 was down 7.7% from a record-tying $65,000 in 2015. The buyback percentage was 32.7% compared with 27.8% in 2015. A total of 43 yearlings sold for at least six figures, with nine fetching $200,000 and up.

Fasig-Tipton President and CEO Boyd Browning, Jr. told the TDN, “I think it was a pretty similar marketplace to last year. It might be a tiny bit tighter. We saw slight declines, not alarming declines, but slight declines. If you are in the upper echelon of the catalogue, whatever catalogue it happens to be, you’re going to be in really good shape and there is plenty of activity.”

Continued Browning, “Bunches and bunches of horses sold way above their reserves in that echelon. But when you are in the bottom half of the catalogue at a sale like this, it is hand-to-hand combat. It’s tough and you better know who you have on your horse and you better hope you have someone on your horse. The perceived less-quality horses are difficult to sell. That hasn’t changed at all in recent years and rather than narrowing the definition of what is not perceived quality, that definition might be expanding slightly.”

Brown, who did not think the single-session format had an impact on sale results, also felt that the buyback percentage was in line with recent sale history. He believes it continues to reflect the attractiveness of racing in New York as an option for breeders who do not get the prices they are seeking in the auction ring.

Said Browning, “Historically, if you do a chart for this sale over the last 10 years, this is basically right in range with the traditional buy-back rate. The beauty and the curse of a New York-bred is that they have the ability to run for significant purse dollars. Those earnings potentials apply to breeders as well as to buyers. And the breeders probably have a greater tendency to retain their horse because they can control where it races. If you are a New York breeder and you buy your horse back, it’s going to run in New York in virtually all instances.”


Day 2 of F-T Saratoga selected yearling sale produces two more NY-bred standouts

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Saratoga sale cover 16By Sarah Mace

At the conclusion of Tuesday’s second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro out of a half-sister to Untapable emerged as the top-selling New York-bred when purchased by Hartley / de Renzo for $300,000. A second New York-bred standout, Lady Scarlet by Scat Daddy, was the top Empire-bred filly of the sale, hammered down earlier the same evening for $250,000.

The Medaglia D’Oro yearling,  Hip 193, a dark bay/brown colt foaled February 5, 2015, was bred by Gallagher’s Stud and consigned by Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud, acting as Gallagher Stud’s agent. The sale colt’s dam Wild Chant is a winning daughter of War Chant who has produced three winners from three foals to start.

Wild Chant was purchased by Gallagher’s Stud at the 2011 Keeneland November sale for $300,000 from the Gainesway consignment. Out of Fun House, who is a graded stakes winning daughter of Prized and earner of over $430,000, Wild Chant is a half sister to recently-retired champion Untapable, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in 2014 and earner of over over $3,900,000. Fun House is also the dam of Grade 1 winner, millionaire and sire Paddy O’Prado.

War Chant currently has a weanling filly by Lemon Drop Kid and was bred back to Medaglia d’Oro this year.

The top New York-bred filly, Hip 159 by Scat Daddy, who is dark bay or brown like the top colt, was bred by Avanti Stable and consigned by Paramount Sales, Agent V. An April baby foaled at Stonebridge Farm in Gansevoort, she is the third offspring of winner Speightful Lady (Speightstown) who has produced one winner from two to start. The filly’s second dam, graded stakes England’s Rose (Nureyev), has produced a stakes performer. Multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer Five Star Momma appears in the family of the third dam Infringe (Irish River [IRE]).

Of seven New York-breds offered this year at the Saratoga selected yearling sale, four changed hands for an average of $222,500.

Overall, the year-to-year average of the Saratoga sale dropped 9.4% to $292,115. The median declined 5% over the two sessions to $237,500, and the cumulative buy-back rate came in at 23.2%, up from 15.2% a year ago.

The next event on the sales calendar, and the most important weekend of the year for so many New York breeders, is the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, which takes place August 13-14. Click here for full online catalogue.

New York colt by Shanghai Bobby brings $200,000 at F-T Saratoga

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Saratoga sale cover 16By Sarah Mace

The first New York-bred to go through the ring in Monday’s opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings, a colt from the first crop of champion Shanghai Bobby and a half-brother to Fish Trappe Road, sold for $200,000 to Jim Maloney. Fish Trappe Road (Trappe Shot) won the Grade 3 Dwyer, finished a strong second in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens and is currently pointed to the Grade 1 King’s Bishop.

Bred by Hidden Lake Farm, LLC in partnership with Anthony Grey and foaled on March 22, 2015 at Hidden Lake Farm in Otisville, Hip 17, a grey/roan colt, topped the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale last year, where his Saratoga consignor Hunter Valley Farm picked him up for $140,000.

The colt’s dam is Electric Shock, a New York-bred stakes winner bred by Driver-Ferguson, who last changed hands when purchased by Rhapsody Farm in foal at the 2012 Keeneland November sale for $22,000.

Electric Shock has produced six winners, including three other stakes performers beside Fish Trappe Road: All Electric, Electric Chant and Electric Temptress. The colt’s second dam is a half sister to successful broodmare Mimi Baker, who produced four stakes winners. Electric Shock was bred to Tonalist this year.

Four of five New York-bred yearlings offered Monday evening drew strong bids, but failed to meet their respective reserves. The RNAs brought bids of $245,000 (Hip 19), $225,000 (Hip 52) and $120,000 (Hip 25).

In Tuesday’s second and concluding session of the sale three New York-breds are scheduled to go through the ring: Hip 157, Hip 159 and Hip 193.

Zayat Stables goes to $185,000 for Mission Impazible yearling at F-T KY

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

FT July saleBy Sarah Mace

Zayat Stables, EQB, Agent, snapped up a colt by New York-based Mission Impazible, currently the nation’s leading freshman sire, out of a graded stakes-producing mare for $185,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July selected yearling sale on Tuesday.

Hip 192, who was sold by Sequel New York, Agent, was bred by a partnership of Sequel Thoroughbreds and Twin Creeks Farm – the same connections who brought out Mission Impazible juvenile standout, and Tremont Stakes winner Silver Mission.

The grey or roan colt, who was foaled on April 9, 2015, is out of Deputy Reality, an unplaced daughter of Halo Reality, whose dam is graded stakes placed Halo Reality. Deputy Reality is a half sister to stakes winner and graded stakes-placed A. P. Reality and stakes performer Can’t Stop the Kid.

Deputy Reality has produced three winners, topped by Teeth of the Dog, by Bluegrass Cat, who won the 2012 Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes and earned over $414,000.

The Mission Impazible colt brought over twice the sale average, which was $86,101. Mission Impazible (Unbridled’s Song), stands at Sequel Stallions New York for a 2016 stud fee of $7,500.