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New York-bred yearlings ahead of the curve through Book 2 at Keeneland September

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

keeneland-logoby Sarah Mace

Through the first two books of the Keeneland September yearling sale, New York-breds have posted impressive numbers, outperforming the general population of the sale in cumulative average and median, and only giving up some slight ground in the RNA department.

Upon the completion of the three sessions that comprised Book 1 this year (Monday through Wednesday), and a dark day (Thursday) to allow prospective buyers more time to examine offerings from upcoming sessions, the two sessions of Book 2 took place on Friday and Saturday.

Through these first five sessions of trading, 16 New York-bred yearlings of 25 offered found new homes, selling for an average price of $222,500 and median of $200,000. The sale overall has posted a cumulative average of $211,692 (up 4.4% from $202,770 in 2014) and 150,000 median (the same as last year).

The 36% buy-back rate for New York-breds is somewhat higher than the 29.29% buy-back percentage for the general population of the sale (which is up from 27.15% last year), but may indicate that sellers feel confident that they have better options down the road. In all, 13 of the 16 New York-bred yearlings sold in Books 1-2 commanded six figures, and nine sold for $200,000 or more.

The top four Empire-breds, three colts and a filly, changed hands in Book 1, led by a pair of $500,000 yearlings, one a half-sister to I Want Revenge and the other a half-brother to Mr. Z, both bred by Newtown Anner Stud and both selling in Tuesday’s second session. The New York-bred standouts of Book 2 were Hip 799 and Hip 753.

Hip 799, a chestnut filly by Union Rags bred by Saratoga Glen Farm, LLC in Schuylerville, was purchased by Garland Williamson from Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm consignment for $290,000. Out of Bit of the Bubbly, an unraced daughter of A.P. Indy, the sale filly has six winning siblings of six to start, including Grade 1 stakes-placed Past the Point and stakes performers A Bit of Pressure and Cat Five. Her second dam is multiple stakes winner Bedroom Blues, an earner of nearly $600,000.

Hip 753, bred by SF Racing and consigned by Gerry Dilger’s Dromoland Farm Inc. went to Jay Em Ess Stable for $285,000. A chestnut colt by Sidney’s Candy out of placed runner Abbey’s Missy by Slewacide, the sale colt is a half-brother to Caleb’s Posse, by Posse, $1.4 million-earner and winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile during a stellar 2011 campaign.

The Keeneland September Sale continues Sunday, September 20, with the first session of the two-day Book 3 and the auction runs through Saturday, September 26, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire sale is streamed live at


Select set of NY-bred yearlings set off some fireworks in Book 1 at Keeneland

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

keeneland-logoby Sarah Mace

Typically only a handful of New York-breds are presented for sale in the first book of the Keeneland September yearling sale, but those few on offer tend to do very well, and 2015 was no exception. In the first three sessions of trading that comprised Book 1 this year, four individuals of seven offered sold for prices ranging from $320,000 to $500,000.

The leaders of the pack were a pair of yearlings with exciting pedigrees bred by Newtown Anner Stud, foaled at the their Millbrook farm and offered by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent. Each, a filly and a colt, brought $500,000 in Tuesday’s second session of the auction.

The filly, Hip 446, is a dark bay or brown daughter of Malibu Moon who is a half-sister to six winners, topped by Grade 1 winner and earner of nearly a million dollars I Want Revenge (Stephen Got Even). Out of Meguial (ARG), a stakes winner and winner at two in Argentina, the half-million dollar filly was purchased by Castleton Lyons. Her winning siblings also include stakes performers A Story of Revenge (Tale of the Cat) and I want Glory (Chapel Royal).

Also changing hands in session two for $500,000 was the Newtown Anner-bred Hip 307, a chestnut colt by Unbridled’s Song purchased by Teruo Ono. A half-brother to graded stakes performer My Name Is Michael, the sale colt is out of Graciously Soft, a half-sister to multiple Graded 1 winner Spoken Fur (Notebook), also a stakes producer, and to multiple graded stakes winner Unbridled’s Note by Unbridled’s Song.

The top New York-bred seller of Session 3, which concluded the Book 1 action on Wednesday was Hip 666, a Ghostzapper colt out of an unraced daughter of Storm Cat Stormy Bear, consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, and hammered down to Robert Baker and William Mack for $325,000. Bred by Jerry Bilinski in partnership with Roddy Valente and Rick Alfred and foaled at Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, the chestnut colt is a half to Mr. Z by Malibu Moon, a stakes winner with multiple graded placings and earner of over $997,000. Under the second dam, stakes placed Amelia Bearhart, Outstanding Broodmare in Canada in 1996, are such luminaries as multiple grass champion Chief Bearhart, a $3.2-million dollar earner, Grade 1 winner Explosive Red and an array of other top achievers through multiple generations. The colt sold as a weanling to Springhouse Farm for $190,000 at the Keeneland November sale.

Not far behind the Ghostzapper colt with a sale price of $320,000 was session two-seller Hip 358 by the late Harlan’s Holiday, purchased by Ben Glass, agent, from the consignment of Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm, agent. Bred by Milfer Farm Inc. and foaled at Milfer Farm in Unadilla the dark bay or brown Harlan’s Holiday colt is out of placed runner Kaileysgal, by Unbridled’s Song, and is a half-brother to three winners, topped by stakes winner Tensas Cat. His second dam is Warside (Lord at War), a multiple stakes winner. The colt was previously purchased by L & D Bloodstock at the Keeneland January mixed sale for $185,000.

After a “dark day” Thursday, the Keeneland sale resumes on Friday, September 18 with the first of two session devoted to Book 2 and continues through Saturday, September 26, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. The entire sale is streamed live at


Colt by Mission Impazible leads Empire-breds in OBS August opener

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
Hip 183

Hip 183 (OBS photo)

by Sarah Mace

A yearling colt from the first crop of New York sire Mission Impazible topped the eight New York-breds who sold in the selected portion of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 August Yearling Sale on Tuesday.

Hip 183, a chestnut bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds & JMJ Racing Stables and foaled last February 14, went to Dominic Brennan, agent for Highland Yard LLC for $95,000 from the consignment of Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck).

Out of Andora Springs, a multiple winner by Capote, the sale colt is a half-brother to six winners, topped by stakes performer Bandora, by Dixieland Band. There is abundant black type under the second dam Andora, who is a half-sister to two stakes winners. She has also produced three stakes winners in her own right, including graded winner Luftikus, who earned nearly $500,000, and stakes winner Diversa, dam of Grade 1 winner Lovethewayyouare. Other graded winners in the extended family include Street Sounds and Saint Anddan.

Mission Impazible, a multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire by Unbridled’s Song out of the multiple graded stakes-producing mare La Paz, stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson. His 2015 stud fee was $7,500.

The eight New York-breds who sold of 10 offered in the select session of the sale averaged $42,500 with a median 35,000. The average price for the general population of the sale was $45,896 compared with $46,063 last year, while the median was $35,000, identical to 2014.

The sale continues Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the first of two Open sessions. It will again be streamed live via the OBS, Blood-Horse and Daily Racing Form websites.

2015 Fasig-Tipton sale of NY-bred yearlings continues outstanding run in Saratoga

Monday, August 17th, 2015
Hip 491 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

Sunday Session topper Hip 491 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

by Sarah Mace

Going into the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred preferred yearling sale, breeders had seen exponential growth in the marketplace from 2010 to 2014: a 283% increase in gross revenue (from $3,676,000 to $14,099,000), a 105% rise in average price ($39,106 to $80,108) and 141% increase in median ($27,000 to $65,000). It seemed reasonable to brace for some correction in the marketplace in 2015, especially with a 10% decrease in the size of the catalogue, but this was not the case.

The 2015 renewal of the sale, now in the books, posted increases in gross and average, and a dramatic improvement in buy-back rate, while the median held steady. There was also expansion at the very top end. In a nutshell: the market for New York-bred yearlings is holding firmly on to all gains made in recent years, and the sale results should instill confidence in breeders that there is no sign that that demand for New York-breds, especially individuals with strong pedigrees, will drop off any time soon.

Of 252 yearlings offered over two days of trading in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion this Saturday and Sunday, 182 found new homes. The number was up from 176 sold from last year’s larger catalogue and translated into an improved buyback rate of 28.7%, down from 35.3% in 2014.

Gross sales at the 2015 auction increased to $14,876,500 from $14,099,000 last year, and the average yearling price was up 1.9% to $81,739 from $80,108 in 2014, which was, in its own right, 11% higher than in 2013. The median held steady at last year’s record mark of $65,000.

“There was very, very good energy throughout the sale tonight,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “We’ve reached a very mature market here with the New York-bred sale. The gross sales have been very consistent over the last three years. There was lots of depth to the buying group with lots of activity across the board at virtually every level over the last two nights.”

Continued Browning, “It was a very successful New York-bred sale again in 2015 and it should provide confidence to the breeders that they can breed a quality mare to a quality stallion and raise a quality foal/yearling and be rewarded in the marketplace.”

This year, 50 yearlings fetched six figures over two sessions of trading, comparable to the 51 individuals who sold for six figures last year. Last year only two yearlings sold for $250,000 and more, and the sale topper was a $270,000 filly by Lookin at Lucky out of Rose Rhapsody. In 2015 seven yearlings met or exceeded the $250,000 threshold, and the top four surpassed last year’s topper.

The top seven lots, all selling for $250,000 and up were:

Hip 416, $350,000 the sale topper: a bay filly by Tiznow out of Acey Deucey (Abaginone). Bred by Stone Bridge Farm, consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck) Agent, purchased by McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent. (Read more.)

Hip 491, $300,000, top lot in session two, a chestnut filly by Speightstown out of Glory Gold (Medaglia d’Oro). Bred by Twin Creeks Farm, consigned by Denali Stud (Craig & Holly Bandoroff), purchased by John C Oxley. (See more below)

Hip 380, $300,000, second top seller of session one, a bay filly by To Honor and Serve out of Tale of a Dream (Tale of the Cat). Bred by Rf HF Mares Rule #2, consigned by Preferred Equine Agent, purchased by McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, Agt. (Read more.)

Hip 333, $290,000, a dark bay or brown colt by Flatter out of River Nore (Archers Bay). Bred by Oak Bluff Stables LLC, consigned by Winter Quarter Farm Agent, purchased by Lrk Stable Inc. (Read more.)

Hip 351, $255,000, a chestnut filly by Lookin At Lucky out of MSW Shesastonecoldfox (Foxhound). Bred by Dennis & Deborah Petrisak, consigned by Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency, agent, purchased by Mike Ryan, agent. Shesastonecoldfox is the dam of NY-bred stakes winners Fox Rules and Fox Rox.

Hip 403, $250,000, a bay colt by Uncle Mo out of Wallingford (Cat Thief). Bred by John N. Lauriello, consigned by Indian Creek Agent, purchased by Eqb Inc., agent for Zayat Stable. Wallingford is a daughter of GSW Coolwind who is also a stakes producer. The colt’s third dam is GSW Til Forbid.

Hip 508, $250,000, a chestnut filly by City Zip out of winner Indy Summer (A.P. Indy). Bred by My Meadowview Farm, consigned by Darby Dan Farm Agent, purchased by Mike Ryan, Agent. Indy Summer is a half-sister to MG1SW Hollywood Story.

Sunday’s session topper and the third top-seller in the sale overall was Hip 491, a Speightstown filly out of Glory Gold, who was purchased by trainer Mark Casse on behalf of John Oxley for $300,000 from the consignment of Craig & Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud.

The chestnut, foaled last May 3, was bred by Twin Creeks Farm, who bought the filly’s dam for $125,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November sale. Glory Gold is New York-bred winner bred by Dr. Lance G. Bell and a half-sister to graded stakes winner Mocha Express (Java Gold), a $960,216-earner who set a track record at Louisiana Downs going 1 1/8 miles in the Grade 3 Ark-La-Tex Handicap. Another half-sibling Raving Rocket is a stakes winner.

“(Oxley) was here earlier in the day and looked at her,” said Casse. “He has been doing his own bidding this year, but he had an engagement so he asked me if I’d come bid. He loved her. He asked me to look at a few horses, and I put together a list for him, and he went and saw her, and he said, “I really like her, Mark.’ ”

The top three sellers in the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred sale were fillies, which only added to filly successes in the boutique select sale earlier in the week, when New York-bred fillies topped the distaff side of all yearling sale offerings on both days of trading. The top filly of the opening session was Hip 104 by War Front, bred by Gallagher’s Stud and purchased by Glen Hill Farm for $570,000. On Tuesday bloodstock agent Steven Young signed a ticket for $800,000 on behalf of an undisclosed client for Hip 170, a New York-bred filly by Malibu Moon, who became the best-selling filly of the prestigious auction.

Gross & average up, buybacks down in opening session of F-T Saratoga NY-bred yearlings

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

nyb15-miby Sarah Mace

Saturday’s opening session of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale at the auction company’s Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga was a strong one, posting an increase in total sales and average price over the comparable session in 2014, and improving the buyback percentage.

McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent, snapped up the top two lots, a pair of fillies for $350,000 and $300,000, respectively, for clients, and the top colt brought $290,000. All three top yearlings in session one out-sold the sale topper from last year, who fetched $270,000.

The 10.1% decrease in the size of the catalogue (from 316 yearlings in 2014 to 284 in 2015) seems only to have strengthened trading. Four fewer horses sold in the auction’s first session on Saturday, but total sales climbed from $6,934,000 in 2014 to $7,126,500.

The average price for the session increased 7.4% to $80,983 from $75,370. The median was down 15% to $51,000. The 88 yearlings who found new homes (including six private sales) from a total of 128 offered translated into a 31.3% buyback rate, which improved over the 36.1% figure in the session last year. There were 25 six-figure yearlings sold on Saturday, eight for $200,000 and above.

“It was another good horse sale this evening,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “It’s always nice to see the average up, the gross up and the buy-back rate down. There was a little slippage in the median, but it’s hard to compare the median from one night to another.”

The top seller of the night was Hip 416, a bay filly bred by Jeffrey Tucker’s Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort and foaled last March 5. Sired by Tiznow, a Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, she is out of Grade 1-winning New York-bred mare Acey Deucey who is also a stakes producer. Offered in the consignment of Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), agent, she went to McMahon & Hill on behalf of Vivien Malloy and Lady Sheila Stable for $350,000.

The topper’s dam Acey Deucey is a daughter of Abaginone bred by Glen Grey Farm and campaigned by Tucker and trained by John Morrison. She won the 2005 editions of the Grade 1 Prioress and Grade 2 Comely Stakes, for which she was voted that year’s New York-bred champion 3-year-old filly and female sprinter. Acey Deucey is one of two stakes winners out of the unraced Al Nasr mare Misty Mountains and the sale filly’s third dam is Eclipse champion Cascapedia. Acey Deucey has produced two winners from three foals to start, including multiple stakes winner Preachintothedevil by Pulpit ($242,172). She currently has a weanling colt by Curlin and was bred this year to Scat Daddy. Linda Rice will train the yearling and she is a prospect for Mrs. Malloy’s broodmare band down the line.

McMahon & Hill also went to $300,000, this time on behalf of Maggie Seidman, to buy Hip 380, a daughter of To Honor and Serve whose first foals are yearlings of 2015. The filly, foaled on February 2, 2014, was bred by Rf HF Mares Rule #2 and consigned by David Reid’s Preferred Equine, agent. The filly’s dam, Tale of a Dream is a multiple stakes winner and has already produced three winners including a stakes performer. The sale filly is her dam’s first registered New York-bred foal. She was purchased earlier for $47,000 at this year’s Keeneland January sale.

Reid, a partner in Ice Wine Stable, commented, “I was really happy with the activity since she came to the sale. As the saying goes, she ticked all the right boxes. She is just a lovely filly from the time she got to the grounds–actually she’s been a lovely filly since birth. Her attitude was just terrific through the whole process. Coming into the ring, I was really confident. I thought she stood out. She didn’t have one bad show the whole time here.”

The top-selling colt of the evening and third individual to surpass last year’s sale topper was Hip 333, a dark bay or brown colt by Flatter out of River Nore, a stakes-winning Ontario-bred daughter of Archer’s Bay. Bred by Oak Bluff Stables LLC, and offered by Don Robinson’s Winter Quarter Farm, agent, he was purchased by LRK Stable, Inc. for $290,000, and Seth Klarman of Klaravich Stables signed the ticket. The colt’s third dam is stakes winner Fat Emma and he issues from the family of graded winner and $806,291-earner Dat You Miz Blue.

Browning concluded, “There was a very solid marketplace. There was very, very competitive bidding, especially for those offerings who were perceived to have good conformation and pedigree and vetted well. The horses that didn’t tick the boxes–there is still selectivity in the marketplace. There is not a buyer for every horse unless every horse is of sufficient quality. But all in all, it was a very solid sale, a very good start to the New York-bred sale. It’s remarkable when you consider the growth and the progress that has been achieved in this marketplace over the last five years. It was a great start and we hope to follow it up with a strong finish tomorrow.”

Click here for full opening session results.

Sunday’s second session of the two-day auction begins at 7 p.m.

NY-bred by Malibu Moon tops F-T Saratoga filly offerings, goes to Young for $800,000

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
Hip 170 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

Hip 170 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

by Sarah Mace

For the second straight day a New York-bred filly topped the distaff side of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale offerings. The top filly of the opening session was Hip 104 by War Front, bred by Gallagher’s Stud and purchased by Glen Hill Farm for $570,000. On Tuesday bloodstock agent Steven Young signed a ticket for $800,000 on behalf of an undisclosed client for Hip 170, a New York-bred filly by Malibu Moon, who became the best-selling filly of the prestigious auction.

The bay topper was bred by Newtown Anner Stud, foaled at their Millbrook farm on March 16, 2014 and offered by Hill ‘N’ Dale Sales Agency. Her dam Red Hot Bertie, a winning Kentucky-bred daughter of Tabasco Cat, has produced five winners, including multiple stakes winner and $234,401-earner Red Hot Buddha (Buddha), multiple graded stakes performer Cue the Moon, a full-sister to the sale filly, and her first foal, graded stakes performer, Knockout Bertie, by Distorted Humor.

Red Hot Bertie is also a half-sister to headliner fillies Allamerican Bertie, by Quiet American, a multiple graded stakes winner and stakes producer, and Hurricane Bertie, by Storm Boot, a multiple graded stakes winner and earner of nearly $1 million. There is more star power under the third dam, including Avenging Gossip, Cool Perfection, Sun King and Peeping Tom and Traitor.

Steve Youn (Fasig-Tipton photo)

Steve Young (Fasig-Tipton photo)

Steve Young, who purchased four horses for gross sales of $1,565,000 and a $391,250 average over the two sessions and indicated that his client bought the filly to race, told the Blood-Horse, “She was at the top of our list. She basically sold herself every time I went and saw her. She’s smart, she’s a very good mover, and I couldn’t be happier with her.”

Young continued, “I probably went to see her four times, but I look at horses more than some people do. Some people look at horses multiple times to knock them or to get off of them. When I go back to look, I’m trying to figure out what I think they’re worth.”

Young added to the TDN, “She is a full-sister to a horse [Cue the Moon] who could really run. And, on her own merit, we think she is as nice a filly as there is. Malibu Moon has thrown some very good fillies in his own right. And we didn’t think it was a hard decision. She is a terrific filly.”

Zayat Stables, of American Pharoah fame, went to $300,000 to snap up the top-selling New York-bred colt on Tuesday, a chestnut with striking facial markings by Lemon Drop Kid, from Select Sales, agent. Hip 209, who was bred by Blue Star Stable in partnership with Mike Ferraro and foaled at Waldorf Farm in N. Chatham, is the second foal from the sturdy New York-bred mare Sweet Lorena, by Langfuhr. Bred by Stonewall farm and campaigned for five seasons by Michael S. Ferraro, Sweet Lorena placed twice in the Grade 3 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes, placed in five more stakes at Finger Lakes, and earned nearly $500,000 from 41 career starts. Stakes winners Traffic Chief and Savannah Canon appear under the colt’s third dam.

Over the course of two sessions of trading at the sales grounds in Saratoga, 12 New York-bred yearlings of 16 offered found new homes, selling for a heady average price of $302,083 and $220,000 median. All but one Empire-bred brought six figures and three sold for $500,000 and up.

The sale overall posted a 10.4% increase in average to $322,448 and a 5.3% increase in median to $250,000. The 15% buyback rate improved 3.9% over last year.

Early- & late-inning home runs for Gallagher’s Stud in opening session of F-T Saratoga

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Hip 104 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

by Sarah Mace

A pair of fillies bred by Marlene Brody’s Gallagher’s Stud topped the nine New York-bred offerings in the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale in Saratoga on Monday evening.

Hip 9 by Malibu Moon, the first of nine New York-breds to pass through the ring, fetched a cool half-million dollars, only to be trumped by the last offering of the night, Hip 104 by War Front, who was purchased by Glen Hill Farm for $570,000 to become the top-selling filly of the session. Both yearlings were consigned by Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud, agent.

Hip 104, the $570,000 War Front filly, is a bay foaled on February 6, 2014. She is the third foal out of Hostess, a multiple graded stakes winner by Chester House and $383,918-earner, who set the current course record for 1 3/8 miles over the Saratoga inner turf in the 2008 Grade 3 Glens Falls Handicap.

Purchased by Marlene Brody for $650,000 at the 2008 Keeneland November sale, Hostess has produced two winners: 3-year-old Courageisamajority, by Medaglia d’Oro, who won an allowance race at Saratoga on July 26, and her first foal Z Maitre D, by Awesome Again, who won on debut at two. Hostess produced a filly by Giant’s Causeway this spring and has been bred to Scat Daddy.

Craig Bernick of Glen Hill Farm who signed the ticket for the top filly, said that she will be broken at their farm in Ocala and then go to Tom Procter, probably to train at Fair Hill.

Gallagher’s Stud’s Malibu Moon filly (Hip 9) was hammered down earlier in the night to Crupi’s New Castle Farm, agent for $500,000. A chestnut foal born on February 17, 2014, she is a product of four generations of Gallagher’s Stud breeding.

The filly’s dam Tulipmania is a winning daughter of Empire Maker out of Gallagher-bred multiple stakes winner Eventail (Lear Fan), dam of the talented New York-bred multiple graded stakes winner Straight Story. The whole star-studded “Take Charge” clan appears under the third dam, Gallagher-bred Felicita – champion broodmare Take Charge Lady, the dam of champion 3-year-old Will Take Charge, Take Charge Indy and second dam of juvenile filly champion Take Charge Brandi. Tulipmania produced a colt by Animal Kingdom this year and has been bred to Fed Biz.

Gallagher’s Stud wasn’t the only New York breeder to produce fireworks in the premier sale’s opening session. The top-selling colt was Hip 51, a grey/roan individual by Tapit, who sired the top three horses in Monday’s session. The New York-bred was purchased by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds from the Winter Quarter Farm consignment for $400,000.

Bred by John Meriwether’s Waterville Lake Stables Ltd LLC, and foaled on March 5 at Doug Koch’s Berkshire Stud, the colt is out of multiple graded stakes-placed Charming Legacy (IRE) by Danehill. His second dam is multiple graded stakes winner and graded stakes winner producer Olympic Charmer by Olympio. Charming Legacy produced a filly by Elusive Quality this year and was bred to Curlin in the spring.

In all eight of the nine Empire-breds offered changed hands for an average of $269,337 and median price of $205,000. For the general population of the sale, the session average was up 8.8% to $310,643 and the median dipped 3.2% to $225,000. The buy-back rate was 17.6%.

Mission Impazible colt brings $155K at F-T July, Temper Mint Patty tops HORA sale

Friday, July 10th, 2015

FasigTiptonlogo298by Sarah Mace

New York-breds, both yearlings and older, certainly got a warm reception at the Fasig-Tipton July selected yearlings and horses of racing age sales which took place on Thursday at the auction company’s Lexington sales grounds.

As the yearling season kicked off, all nine New York-bred yearlings offered at the sale changed hands, topped by a colt from the first crop of New York sire Mission Impazible (Sequel Stallions New York) who fetched $155,000, and the group as a whole outperformed the average and median of the sale overall. Temper Mint Patty, recent runaway winner of the New York Oaks at Finger Lakes Gaming and Raceway, topped the horses of racing age sale, hammered down to Mike Repole for $350,000.

Bred by Twin Creeks Farm & Sequel Thoroughbreds, LLC and consigned by Sequel Stallions New York, Agent, the Mission Impazible colt (Hip 289) is a grey/roan youngster foaled on March 25, 2014 with a promising pedigree. Out of Deputy Reality, an unplaced daughter of Deputy Minister purchased by Twin Creeks Farm for $225,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November sale, he is a half-brother to Teeth of the Dog (Bluegrass Cat), winner of the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes and earner of $414,950. The colt’s second dam is graded stakes performer and stakes winner Halo Reality. Empire Racing was the winning bidder with an offer of $155,000.

Mission Impazible, who stands at Sequel for $7,500, is a multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire by Unbridled’s song, who was campaigned by Twin Creeks Racing Stables and trained by Todd Pletcher.

Even better news is that the clearance rate for New York-breds at the yearling sale was unblemished by a single RNA. The seven colts and two fillies averaged a heady $99,000, with a $92,000 median, outperforming the overall sale which posted a $97,585 average and $77,000 median.

Temper Mint Patty (Congrats), a late addition to the horses of racing age sale and the final horse to go through the auction ring (Hip 524), stole that show when she was hammered down to Mike Repole for a sale-topping $350,000. The 3-year-old filly recorded her second stakes victory on July 3 for owner Mark Stanley, running away with the New York Oaks as the heavy favorite. Last year Temper Mint Patty won Belmont’s Joseph A. Gimma. With a record of 9-3-1-2, she has earned $274,050.

Jacob West, acting as Repole’s agent, said, “She’s heading up to Saratoga and going to Todd [Pletcher]. [Repole] was locked on her ever since they entered her in the sale. She’s a New York-bred filly that he knows can go and compete in some New York-bred stakes.”

Bred by Gallagher’s Stud in Ghent, Temper Mint Patty is one of two winners out of stakes-winning turf router His Beauty, a Gallagher homebred, who is the daughter of graded stakes winner and $435,597-earner Adcat, also a product of Gallagher’s breeding. The mare issues from the family of Deja, a multiple turf stakes winner in France. Purchased by Becky Thomas at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton preferred New York yearling sale, Temper Mint Patty was acquired by Stanley as a Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old in training for $95,000.

New York-bred juveniles emerge rock solid from robust edition of OBS June

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

OBS Logoby Sarah Mace

At the conclusion of four days of trading at the 2015 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age, which posted record numbers for gross sales and average price, New York-bred juveniles emerged with a rock-solid tally sheet.

Of the 66 New York-bred juveniles offered during the four sessions, 50 changed hands, including four private sales, for a 24.3% buyback rate, which was a tick better than the figure for the auction buyback percentage of 25.5%.

The New York-bred median at OBS was $17,500, on par with the overall $18,000 auction median, but the New York-bred average of $32,014 could not quite keep pace with the OBS June record average of $39,722. The overall average was bolstered by lots of activity at the top end, with twenty juveniles bringing $200,000 or more against ten a year ago. The New York-bred number is more in line with the previous record average for the June sale, $33,250 posted in 2013.

In all, four Empire-breds brought six figures, topped by a Scat Daddy colt (Hip 362) purchased by trainer Linda Rice for $210,000 in session two of the sale. Read more.

In the sale’s fourth and concluding session, the New York-bred standout was Hip 1067, a grey/roan colt by Discreet Cat, who was purchased by J S Company Ltd. for $150,000. Purchased by Laurence Leavy for a mere $15,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale last summer in Saratoga, the colt RNA’d for $70,000 at the OBS Spring sale, but clearly opened a few more eyes with a :20 3/5 quarter-mile breeze in advance of OBS June.

Bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski in partnership with Harry Patten, the January colt is out of is Two Bad Girls, a winning Florida-bred daughter of Diablo who has been a consistent producer, with six winners from six foals to start. The mare’s headliner is her first foal, Twice as Bad, a Grade 2 winner by Stormy Atlantic. The mare is also the dam of stakes performer Twiceasbeautiful (Texas Glitter). She currently has a yearling colt by Hansen and a weanling colt by Bustin Stones.

Rice goes to $210K to secure NY-bred Scat Daddy colt on day two of OBS June

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

OBS Logoby Sarah Mace

Day two of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age produced a new New York-bred topper: a colt by Scat Daddy (Hip 362) purchased by trainer Linda Rice, agent, from the consignment of Lisa McGreevy’s Abbie Road Farm for $210,000, the fourth highest price of the day. On the first day of the sale a Kentucky-bred colt by Scat Daddy set a $575,000 OBS June record.

Bred by Joanne T. Nielsen, and foaled on February 16, 2013, Wednesday’s New York-bred sales star sold last summer at the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale for $135,000 to Champion Equine. In the under tack show on Tuesday, June 9, he breezed a co-bullet eighth in :10 flat.

The colt’s dam is Forever Smart, a stakes-placed turf runner by Smart Strike who is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Raging Daoust (Kafwain) and was bred in Kentucky by Arthur B. Hancock III. Last purchased by Find a Cure Stable for $21,000 at the 2010 Keeneland November sale, Forever Smart has produced three winners, including stakes performer Blue Baby, by Touch Gold. Since foaling the Scat Daddy colt, she has produced a yearling filly by Union Rags and a colt this year by Mineshaft.

Through the first two sessions of the OBS June sale, 25 New York-bred juveniles of 33 offered have sold for an average price of $38,828 (including two private sales), slightly better than the cumulative average for the general population of the sale, which is $37,100 The Empire-bred median thus far is $15,000, while the cumulative median is $19,000.

The June Sale continues Thursday at 10:30 a.m. (Hips 573-858).
Click here for a listing of New York-bred hip numbers.