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

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Keeneland Photo

By Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Keeneland Photo

By Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Hip 445, Clipthecouponannie

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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

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

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


Samantha Siegel goes to $275,000 for NY-bred Ghostzapper filly to top F-T October opener

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

Samantha Siegel of Jay Em Ess Stable scored the top-seller in the opening session of the four-day Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale, going to $275,000 to buy a New York-bred Ghostzapper filly bred by Dr. Jon Davis’ Milfer Farm in Unadilla.

Consigned as agent by Legacy Bloodstock and sold as Hip 96, the dark bay or brown filly was originally cataloged for this year’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale, but, as Tommy Eastham of Legacy Bloodstock explained, he and Davis decided to opt for Plan B.

“Most of her development came after June,” said Eastham. “She never was bad, just kind of plain. She just kept on developing with the green grass and sunshine, and we just didn’t think she was ready to sell yet and she’d be better in a few months, and it worked out.”

Hip 96 is the second foal out of Princesa de Papi, a placed daughter of Birdstone whose first foal, a 2-year-old colt by Curlin named Finvarra, has not yet started. Acquired in foal by Milfer Farm at the 2015 Keeneland November sale for $70,000, Princesa de Papi is out of graded performer Rutledge Ballado and is a half-sister to stakes winners Silent Bird and A Brilliant Idea. The filly’s third dam is multiple graded stakes performer Gold from the West.

Eastham said, “We’re certainly proud of [the sale filly] for a good client, Dr. Davis. They raise a really nice horse and they’ve been kind enough to be with me for a really long time, so it’s nice to do well for people that have gone through good sales and bad sales, and been your biggest cheerleaders through good times and bad. It’s a really satisfying sale for us.”

Samantha Siegel (Fasig-Tipton photo)

Siegel, who was all smiles after the purchase, said, “Nowadays, you have to pay a decent amount of money for a good horse. You just have to steel yourself to that fact, pick your number, and be prepared to go a little bit above it and be flexible. It’s a tough market for a good horse.”

Siegel explained further that after being unable to attend the Kentucky yearling sale as a “vet scratch,” she was still looking for horses to fill out her “group.” The Ghostzapper filly fit the bill. “She’s a pretty, well-balanced filly and a New York-bred,” Siegel said. “We know Ghostzapper can get a good filly so, as they say, she ticked off all the boxes.”

In a session which saw 230 horses sell for $6,479,500, an average price of $28,172 and median of $10,000, New York-breds fared well. Of 13 sold, four individuals brought six figures, averaged $53,069 and posted a $25,000 median.

The 2017 October sale continues on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with daily sessions beginning at 10 a.m. Click here to review New York-bred hip numbers with links to catalogue pages.

Saratoga fall sale posts record average, tops out with record-setting Into Mischief weanling

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall sale saw records drop when it hit a new high in average price, tied its best median and topped out with the highest-priced horse in the six-year history of the sale, a $170,000 weanling colt by Into Mischief

The single-session auction, which took place Monday beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, kicked off with broodmares and broodmare prospects (Hips 1-90). The heart of the catalogue was comprised of weanlings (Hips 91-280) and the session  concluded with a handful of yearlings (Hips 281-298).

When all was said and done, sales totaled $3,265,000, up 17% from last year ($2,780,600) and just off sale’s most successful year, 2013, when the auction included horses of racing age and grossed $3,363,600.

The average price of $22,674 was up 34% from last year’s average of $16,955 and topped the previous high average of $18,791, which was also set in 2013.

The $12,000 sale median matched the figure for the sale’s first year, and was up 41% over last year’s $8,500 median. Of the 236 horses offered, 144 sold for a 39% buyback percentage, comparable to last year’s 37%. Five individuals, in all, three weanlings and two broodmares brought six figures.

The sale topper was Hip 200, a bay weanling colt by Into Mischief purchased by Mahoney Eden Manor & Classic Bloodstock for $170,000.

The colt was bred by Kingsport Farm, LLC & Hidden Lake Farm LLC, foaled on April 9, 2017 and consigned by RFHF Bloodstock LLC, Agent for Hidden Lake Farm LLC /Kingsport Farm LLC. He is out of Kentucky-bred winner Darling Mambo, by Broad Brush, and a half-brother to Darling Sky, a multiple stakes-placed runner by Sky Mesa who set a course record for 1 mile and 70 yards at Parx.

Kingsport Farm acquired Darling Mambo in foal for $75,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November sale. The mare is out of a graded stakes performer and is a half-sister to a stakes winner in Japan. The sale colt’s third dam is graded winner and stakes producer Reluctant Guest. Darling Mambo was bred this year to Bellamy Road.

The top weanling filly (Hip 108), a daugther of Tiznow, was bred and offered by the same connections as the sale topper.

Triple A Thoroughbreds signed a ticket for $150,000 to acquire this March 6 filly, who is the second foal out of Raesunbridledfaith, a stakes performer by After Market. Raesunbridledfaith is out of graded stakes winner Unbridled Hope and is a half-sister to the dam of graded winner Sugar Shock. She was a $60,000 in-foal purchase by Kingsport at last year’s Keeneland November sale and was, like the dam of Hip 200, bred to Bellamy Road in 2017.

Click here for full sale results.




Will Take Charge Filly brings $150,000 at OBS October yearling sale

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Hip 95 DB/BR F Will Take Charge – Choice Pearl, Consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent XXVII (Louise Reinagel photo)

By Sarah Mace

A filly by freshman sire Will Take Charge bred by Pine Ridge Stables Ltd. topped the 52 New York-breds who sold at this week’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co, yearling sale.

Consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent XXVII, the dark bay/brown filly sold to Three Diamonds Farm in the opening session of the two-day auction for $150,000. She emerged as the co-seventh top-seller of the sale and third top-selling filly overall.

The format of the year’s OBS sale was familiar – a two-day auction beginning with a select session followed by a longer open session, but for the first time the annual sale was not held in August.

Renovations at the OBS sales pavilion gave the sales company the impetus to make some changes. Management felt the move to October would eliminate the problem of competing for attention during the crowded month of August, capitalize on better weather and offer a better option for buyers who had not yet filled their orders for the year.

The October experiment seems to have been a success as the sale saw a 20% increase in average yearling price and 14% gain in median. In fact, New York-breds in the sale struggled to keep pace. The New York-bred average price came in at $14,183, lower than the $20,001 sale average. The New York-bred median of $6,250 was, likewise, below $8,000 sale median. The 75 New York-breds at the sale turned in a 30.7% buyback percentage higher than the sale buyback rate of 26.9%.

The top-seller was clearly a standout. The dark bay or brown individual who was foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham on April 23, 2016, had been offered last month at the Keeneland September yearling sale, but RNA’d for $72,000. Less than a month later, she brought $150,000 in Ocala as Hip 195.

The Will Take Charge filly is the second registered foal out of Choice Pearl, a Kentucky-bred placed runner by Any Given Saturday, who was purchased by Pine Ridge Stables at the 2013 Keeneland November sale for $165,000, The mare has a 3-year-old by Giant’s Causeway named Packed House, who has not started, but turned in a pair of works at Churchill Downs in August.

Choice Pearl, out of stakes winner Horns Grey, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Awesome Humor and her half-sister Surf Club is the dam of Grade 1 winner and sire Emcee. Grade 1 winner Constitution is out of Baffled, a half-sister to Emcee.

The next stop on the yearling sales calendar will be in Kentucky for the Fasig-Tipton October sale on October 23-26.

The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall sale will take place on Monday, October 16. Click here to review New York-bred hips for both sales.

New York-bred yearlings average over $250,000 in Book 2 at Keeneland

Friday, September 15th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

Over the three days of “high-volume” horse-trading that comprised Keenland’s second book of yearlings on Tuesday through Thursday, New York-breds came away with an impressive average price of over $250,000 and low buyback percentage of 11.67%

Keeneland’s Book 2 this year, by virtue of a “tweaked” format for the marathon auction’s opening week, was billed as containing “top-quality” or “upper market” yearling offerings that would carry the momentum of Book 1’s single session of “elite” yearlings through the first week of the sale.

After scratches, 12 New York-bred yearlings passed through auction ring and 10 sold – all but one of them bringing six figures. The average New York-bred price was $252,400 and the median came in at $180,000. Tuesday’s first session of Book 2 saw the New York-bred star of the sale to date: a $750,000 Into Mischief yearling bred by Pine Ridge Stables and bought by Shadwell Estate Company. The other standout of the day was a $400,000 chestnut colt by Giant’s Causeway bred by Chester and Mary Broman.

Each of the following two days of Book 2 had a New York-bred star. On Thursday, before the sale went on its traditional Friday hiatus, Hip 1068 a filly by Bodemeister went to Mathis Stables from the consignment of Gerry Dilger’s Dromoland Farm for $400,000. Wednesday’s standout, like the Giant’s Causeway colt who brought $400,000 on Tuesday, was product of Chester and Mary Broman’s breeding program, Hip 788, who brought $230,000

Hip 1068 was bred by Tom Ryan et al’s SF Bloodstock, LLC. The bay January filly sold previously as a weanling for $140,000 at Keeneland’s November sale to Villa Roja Bloodstock. She is the first foal out of Bryan’s Jewel, a stakes-winning Kentucky-bred mare by Rockport Harbor from the family of champion older horse Left Bank. SF Bloodstock bought Bryan’s Jewel in 2014 for $300,000 at the Fasig-Tipton fall mixed sale and resold her in foal to Speightstown at Keeneland November in 2016 for $580,000.

Hip 788, the Broman-bred, is a dark bay or brown filly by Pioneerof the Nile foaled on April 17, 2016. The buyer, Ralph M. Evans, campaigned multiple graded stakes winner and multiple Grade 1 placed New York-bred Upstart, who stood his first year at stud in 2017 at Airdrie Stud. Sequel Bloodstock was the consignor.

The filly’s dam is Spritely, a multiple stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Kentucky-bred runner by Touch Gold, whom Chester Broman purchased for $850,000 in the Edward P. Evans Dispersal at the 2011 Keeneland November sale. Spritely’s two winners include Pauseforthecause, a Giant’s Causeway filly who broke her maiden first out at Saratoga on August 4. The mare has a weanling colt by Super Saver and was bred to Curlin this year.

At Keenland, the yearling auction will run in continuous sessions through September 23 following Friday’s dark day.


Shadwell goes to $750,000 for NY-bred Into Mischief yearling in Keeneland’s Book 2 opener

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Keeneland photo

By Sarah Mace

Led by an Into Mischief colt purchased by Shadwell Estate Company for $750,000, the first New York-breds to come under the hammer at Keeneland’s marquee September yearling sale were extremely well-received. All four Empire State-breds offered in the opening session of Book 2 found new homes, and the quartet brought an average price of $358,750.

Keeneland Sales revised the format of the first two books of its iconic September yearling auction this year to put a focus on top-tier horses for the entire opening week before the traditional “dark day” on the first Friday of the auction.

Monday’s Book 1 consisted of a single session with 167 offerings, which were variously described as “super-select,” “elite” and “ultra-exclusive.” (In 2016 Book 1 spanned three days with 607 horses offered.) Keenland’s second book this year, which includes the first 17 New York-breds in the sale, is comprised of three high-volume sessions, billed as containing “top-quality” or “upper market” yearlings

Keeneland photo

The New York-bred star of Tuesday’s Book 2 opener, and co-top-selling New York-bred yearling of 2017 (along with a Curlin filly bought by Juddmonte Farm at the Saratoga select yearling sale in August), was Hip 342, a bay colt by Into Mischief out of Indian Rush. Bred by Pine Ridge Stables. and offered by Paramount Sales, the April 7 colt was purchased by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate Company for $750,000.

“He … was a colt that passed all the tests,” said Pat Costello of Paramount. “He had a big walk and they just loved him on the grounds here. He was very busy and he just passed all the tests.”

The colt’s dam Indian Rush is a Kentucky-bred stakes-placed turf runner by Indian Charlie who earned just shy of $100,000 and produced a stakes winner with her first foal, Harlan’s Honor.

Indian Rush is also the dam of up-and-coming New York-bred juvenile March X Press (Shangai Bobby), a Todd Pletcher-trainee who broke her maiden on debut at Saratoga this summer and, two weeks later, took Saratoga’s open Bolton Landing Stakes. Indian Rush, purchased for $80,000 by Morris Bloodstock Services at age six at the 2012 Keeneland January sale, foaled a Tiznow colt this year and was bred to Honor Code in the spring.

The other New York-bred standout on Tuesday was Hip 387, a $400,000 chestnut colt by Giant’s Causeway who was bred by Chester and Mary Broman out of their homebred graded stakes winner Khancord Kid. Consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, the colt was purchased by Buyer International Equities Holding, Inc.

Khancord Kid (Lemon Drop Kid) captured the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes on turf at Gulfstream Park turf in 2010. Chester Broman purchased her dam Confidently, an unraced daughter of Storm Cat, at Keeneland’s 2000 January sale of horses of all ages for $1 million. Khancord Kid’s first foal is Bar of Gold, winner of the Empire Distaff, Critical Eye and Yaddo Stakes and runner-up in the 2015 Grade 1 Test Stakes. She has six additional graded stakes-placings and has earned $918,500 to date.

The Keeneland September yearling sale will span 12 sessions in all. Following the one-day hiatus on Friday, September 15, the sale will run in continuous sessions through September 23. All of 101 New York-bred yearlings are catalogued.

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.