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NY-bred yearling sale concludes with record-setting top-seller, posts first six-figure average

Monday, August 13th, 2018

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By Sarah Mace

Fasig-Tipton’s annual preferred New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga, the New York breeding program’s premier auction, has grown by leaps and bounds since 2011, toppling records each succeeding year and setting new benchmarks.

Accordingly, each year it has been natural to wonder whether the auction has reached its ceiling. As the 2018 results show, the answer is, “Not yet.” By the time trading wound down at Tuesday’s second and concluding session of the sale, another set of records had fallen by the wayside.

This year’s New York-bred yearling sale saw a record-setting top-seller bring $600,000 and posted a new record average price of $107,512. This marks the the first time in the sale’s history the average has topped six figures. The average was also 20.7% higher than the 2017 average of $89,088.

The median price, too, closed in record territory at $76,000, up 9.3% from $69,500 in 2017. Total sales were a record $18,492,000 for 172 yearlings (including six private sales to date) up from $16,214,000 last year for 182 individuals. In all, 30 horses sold for $200,000 and up and seven went for $300,000 or more.

The continuing upward trajectory in the New York-bred auction market as a whole has been the enthusiastic response to increased New York Racing Association purses and generous program incentive awards from New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund made possible by the infusion of VLT revenue from the Resorts World racino at Aqueduct which opened in October 2011. All sectors of the New York-bred sales market have expanded, but none more than the yearlings.

Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, Jr raved about the results. “The last half of the session tonight was just electric,” Browning said. “Obviously, that’s reflective of how the horses happened to fall in the catalogue, but we had a run of horses that were just one beauty after another beauty after another beauty that sold remarkably well.”

Browning also observed that he has seen an expansion of the customer base in the New York-bred yearling market. “I think you saw tremendous diversity among the buyers tonight. There were certainly some new names on the results who haven’t been active previously in the New York-bred marketplace. I think that’s a direct result of the quality and the success New York-breds are achieving all over the world.”

The only shadow cast over this sunny picture was an increased buyback percentage. At the end of the first session, RNAs came in at a very high 41.2%. The figure moderated to 34.6% after Tuesday’s session with a total of 91 horses going unsold. Last year the RNA rate at the sale was 25.4%. As Browning pointed out after the first night of trading, the large numbers of RNAs may be a function of the lucrative racing options open to owners and breeders if they do not get what they consider to be a fair price at auction.

Jonathan Thorne (Fisig-Tipton photo)

The record-setting sale topper was Hip 588, a bay colt by Pioneerof the Nile bred by Jonathan Thorne’s Thorndale Farm in Millbrook who was hammered down for $600,000 to John Ed Anthony’s Shortleaf Stable.

Thorndale Farm purchased the colt’s dam Score for $120,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November sale in foal. An unplaced daughter of A.P. Indy, Score has already produced three winners, including one graded stakes performer and one stakes performer. The colt’s second dam is multiple Grade 1 winner and million-dollar earner Educated Risk, who is also a multiple stakes producer.

Thorne resold the mare in February for $45,000. “She did not get in foal last year, so I thought it might be an ok idea to sell her in Fasig February,” Thorne explained. “Some good friends bought her from me, Alex Solis and Jason Litt, so they have the mare and they bred her back to Classic Empire. She is a lovely mare and a pretty good buy, so I hope for the best for them as well.”

Thorne continued, “The [record-setting colt] is an incredible horse. He’s been a beautiful horse since he was born, and he’s just gotten better and better. He’s a very intelligent and honest horse. I’m proud of my horse and I’m proud of my team at the farm to get him to this point. It’s special. I think he’s got a great future, so I can’t wait to watch him.”

“[The achievement of setting this record] feels great,” added Thorne. “All of us around here have been doing this for a while and everyone has stepped up their game as the quality of the New York-bred crops continues to rise every year. We are all trying to up our game and keep producing high-quality horses. This is a great sale and it continues to get better and better every year. I don’t see that stopping.”

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Following a pair of yearlings who brought prices in the $300,000s Monday, three more met that threshold on Tuesday, led by Hip 573, an Into Mischief filly out of talented New York-bred race mare Risky Rachel (Limehouse).

The bay March 17 filly, who went to Kindred Stables, LLC for $350,000 as the top filly of the session, is a third-generation product of Sanford Bacon’s breeding program and issues from his most successful family.

The filly’s third dam Lolli Lucka Lolli was a multiple winner campaigned by Bacon’s Bacon Barn. After retiring to the breeding shed, the mare was twice honored as New York Champion Broodmare (1997, 2001) for producing two legendary Empire State breds. Her 1992 foal Dancin Renee was voted the 1997 New York-bred Horse of the Year, Champion Sprinter and Champion Older Female. Two years later Lolli Lucka Lolli produced eventual $2-million earner and sire and Say Florida Sandy, voted New York-bred Champion Sprinter and Horse of the Year in 2000 and 2001.

Sanford Bacon (Fasig-Tipton photo)

Risky Rachel, the winner of six stakes races for Bacon is out of the champion Dancin Renee and her first foal, a juvenile by Scat Daddy, now named Yale, sold for $1,000,000 to Todd Pletcher for Coolmore Stud’s M. V. Magnier at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale this spring.

Hip 604, a bay colt by Into Mischief bred by Mrs. Joanne Nielsen and consigned by Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield went to Michael Neatherlin for $320,000. His dam Silken Lily is an unraced half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner, millionaire and sire Upstart. Earlier in the week at the Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale Silken Lily’s yearling half-brother by American Pharoah brought $1,000,000.

Hip 590, a dark bay/brown colt by the late City Zip was purchased by Randy Bradshaw, Agent for $300,000 from the Indian Creek consignment. Bred by James Lamonica, Lee Sacks & Soave Stables, the youngster is out of Nick’s Honor, an unraced Jump Start mare who has produced four winners including New York-bred stakes winners The Lewis Dinner (Posse) and Kelli Got Frosty (Frost Giant).

“I liked everything about him,” Bradshaw said. “He’s a June foal, but he has plenty of size. He’s by City Zip and the mare has done nothing wrong. She’s a very good mare. We are just hoping down the road we can make a little money with him. We’ll probably put him in the April sale at OBS and see if we cando well with him.”

Lamonica said, “We love the New York program and we had the farm up here, Empire Stud, for a long time. This mare started out as a product of that. We bought that mare with a partnership as a 2-year-old in training and she was very talented. She’s a huge mare, she’s 17.1h. She fractured a hip before her first start, so we just bred her to the house stallions. And then she kept having stakes horses, so we decided to go to Tale of the Cat and City Zip. Actually, it’s a little sentimental because this yearling was the last City Zip ever born. City Zip was very good to me over the years. So, this was important.”

Opening session of F-T NY-bred yearling sale sees strong results, upturn in average

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

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By Sarah Mace

When the first session of the annual two-day Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale concluded on Saturday at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, horse trading was off to a strong start. The average yearling price was 18.7% higher than the first session of last year’s record-breaking renewal of the sale, and the median held steady. A grand total of 13 horses brought $200,000 and up and the colt and filly toppers each brought over $400,000.

Earlier in the day, across the street, New York-breds captured the two most important stakes races on the Saratoga card: Sue’s Fortune won the Grade 2 Adirondack for juvenile fillies and Voodoo Song scored a gritty victory in the Grade 1 Fourstardave. Then, halfway across the country, Fourstar Crook was a fast-closing runner-up in the Grade 1 Beverly D. at Arlington. As has been the case in recent years, New York-bred performances on the racetrack are the best advertisement for the program when horses hit the sales ring.

In all 80 horses changed hands Saturday for total sales of $8,326,000, up from $8,155,000 for 93 yearlings in the comparable session a year ago. Accordingly, the average increased 18.7% to $104,075 over last year’s $87,688 for the opening session. The median held steady from 2017 at $75,000.

One cause for pause was a sharp upturn in buybacks, up to 41.2% (80 of 136 sold) from just 24.4% in a session-to-session comparison. As Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, Jr.  said, “The buy-back rate was higher than we’d like,” He explained as follows.

“There are probably a combination of factors there,” Browning said. “It is still a selective marketplace and we are going to continue to see that selectivity all year long. And this sale has traditionally had a higher than you would hope for buy-back rate because the owners and breeders of those horses have significant alternatives. It’s very important, if they don’t get what they think is a fair price, to control the destiny of that horse with regards to its racing career. That tends to result in a little bit higher RNA rate in most years.”

Francis Vanlongendonck (Fasig-Tipton photo)

The top-selling yearling of the session was a filly whose connections should sound familiar. At the select yearling sale earlier in the week a colt by American Pharoah bred by Mrs. Joanne Nielsen and consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield  brought $1,000,000. The same breeder-consignor team brought a filly by the same sire to the New York-bred sale and she, too, was a hit.

Catalogued as Hip 329, the bay daughter of the Triple Crown hero was snapped up by Randy Hartley and Dean DeRenzo as a pinhooking prospect for $450,000.

“She is just a beautiful filly,” Hartley said. “She had all the presence and all the class. She is going to pinhook. We feel like it is going to be a thinner market of those in the 2-year-old sales and we want to try to have some.”

The filly is out of Visions of Annette, an unplaced Kentucky-bred daughter of Distorted Humor bought by Joanne Nielsen from the 2013 Keeneland November sale for $150,000. Visions of Annette is a half-sister to stakes winners Saucey Evening and Petition the Lady. Another half-sister Jewel of the Night is the dam of Grade 1 winner and millionaire Evening Jewel.

The sale filly’s second dam is a sister to multiple Grade 1 winner General Challenge, who earned $2.8 million. Visions of Annette has a juvenile filly by Ghostzapper named Magic Fairy who has not yet started, and this season foaled a filly by Frosted on March 10. She has been bred back to the same sire.

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The top colt of the night was Hip 384, a bay individual by Ghostzapper out of accomplished New York-bred race mare and AnJes Farm homebred Clear Pasaj. Foaled on March 20 of last year, the Ghostzapper yearling is her dam’s second foal. Her juvenile filly by First Samurai named Street Chamber was retained her breeders and is in training downstate. Clear Pasaj foaled a Distorted Humor colt this year and has been bred to Kitten’s Joy.

Bloodstock agent Lincoln Collins, who signed the ticket on behalf of Tracy Farmer, said, “He’s a very nice colt. We all loved him. Mark Casse loved him, so that’s where he will go. There was a lot of interest in the horse, so it was clear we were going to have to give it a go and we prevailed in the end.”

Collins continued with a pitch for the New York breeding program. “This sale has clearly shown in the last few years that it can produce a horse who can go all the way. And consequently, it gives the buyers confidence. The pedigrees are here, and the individuals are here to back it up. Why wouldn’t you give it a go? Everybody wants to run at Saratoga and, if you have a New York-bred at Saratoga, you’ve got a chance [to run in a race] that is a little bit softer for very similar money to running in open races. That has got to be appealing. Obviously, we hope horses at this kind of money go to the top level. But you do have a fall back as well that gives you more confidence. The New York program is very appealing.”

The transaction represented a career benchmark for Tom Gallo whose Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency consigned the colt on behalf of long-time client Donald Schupak of AnJes Farm. Gallo purchased the colt’s second dam Saintly Scholar by Danzig for Schupak and managed Clear Pasaj’s racing career for the AnJes Farm homebred who won two stakes and earned over $350,000. Gallo explained, “I used to have a giant consignment. Then I got down to just selling my babies and clients that I manage. So, I manage [Schupak]’s broodmare band.”

Gallo, a four-decade veteran of the horse business in New York also had this striking observation: “I topped the sale here back in 1986 or 87 with a $40,000 sale. So, we’ve come full circle here to sell one for $400,000.”

The next two top-selling New York-breds in the session brought over $300,000.

Jumpsucker Stable LLC put up $310,000 for Hip 356, an Uncle Mo colt bred by John Meriwether’s Waterville Lake Stables Ltd LLC, and consigned by Winter Quarter Farm. Out of Andraste, the colt is a half-brother to successful New York-bred turf sprinter Epping Forest. Andraste is also a half-sister two stakes winners and two stakes performers, led by multiple Grade 1 winner Vicar and stakes winner Sheepscot, a multiple stakes producer.

Hip 321, a Malibu Moon filly with a distinguished pedigree who was bred by Gallagher’s Stud and consigned by Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud, was purchased by White Birch Farm for $300,000. The youngster’s family is stellar through three generations. Her third dam Felicita is the dam of $2.4-million earner and broodmare of the year Take Charge Lady, who produced Will Take Charge, a $3.9-million earner, and champion 3-year-old colt, and sire Take Charge Indy. Second dam Eventail (Lear Fan) was a multiple stakes winner, graded-placed stakes runner and multiple stakes producer. Her best runner was graded winner Straight Story. The filly’s dam, multiple winner Tulipmania by Empire Maker, has already produced three winners. She has a Giant’s Causeway weanling and was bred in the spring to Twirling Candy.

The Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling auction resumes with its second and concluding session on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.


It’s a wrap: New York-breds average $350,000 at F-T Saratoga selected yearling sale

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

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By Sarah Mace

The biggest fireworks for team New York at Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga selected yearling sale at the Humphrey S. Finney pavilion went off in the opening session when Mrs. Joanne Nielsen’s American Pharoah-Party Silks colt brought seven figures from Baffert/Magnier. Even so, at Tuesday’s second and concluding session New York-breds continued a strong run led by a $350,000 Carpe Diem colt. Also changing hands were a pair of $250,000 youngsters by Flatter and Bayern, respectively. In the end, the New York-bred average price at the boutique sale checked in at an impressive $350,000.

Tuesday’s top-selling New York-bred was Hip 175, a chestnut colt from the first crop of Carpe Diem bred by Tom Ryan’s SF Bloodstock LLC and foaled on March 13. Consigned by St George Sales, Agent III, Thomas Haughey signed the $350,000 ticket for PTK, LLC. The colt was a pinhooking success, purchased previously by Brookstone Farm at the 2017 Keeneland November sale for $215,000.

The Carpe Diem colt’s winning dam is Florida-bred Betty’s Solutions by Eltish who was purchased by SF Bloodstock at the 2015 Keeneland November sale for $300,000 in foal to Proud Citizen. The first two generations of the family are rich in black type.

Betty’s Solutions has produced eight foals to race, all winners, led by multiple graded stakes winner Include Betty (Include), winner of the 2015 Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes and earner of nearly $800,000. The colt has two more stakes performing half-siblings, including his dam’s first foal, juvenile winner Francesca d’Gorgio who produced Irish-bred stakes winner Amazonas.

The colt’s second dam is multiple graded stakes winner Betty Lobelia by Assert (IRE) who is a half-sister to graded winner Best of Luck. Her stakes-performing daughter Entrusted is the dam of multiple graded stakes winner My Trusty Cat (Tale of the Cat), who annexed the Grade 1 Humana Distaff in 2015. Betty’s Solutions produced a colt by Exaggerator this year and was bred to Pioneerofthe Nile in the spring.

Hips 197 and 242 and each brought $250,000. Hip 197 by Flatter was bred by Newtown Anner Stud and foaled on March 1, 2017. The dark bay is out of the stakes-performing Florida-bred mare Cold Awakening by Dehere and was consigned by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services LLC. Sallusto and Albina purchased the mare for $50,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November sale. Solis and Litt teamed up on Tuesday to sign the ticket on behalf of Jaime Roth’s LNJ Foxwoods.

The Flatter colt sports a pair of stars in his immediate family. His half-brother is Illinois Derby winner Recapturetheglory. Half-sister Sweet Awakening is the dam of millionaire and two-time winner Sovereign Award winner Are You Kidding Me. Cold Awakening foaled a Shanghai Bobby filly on April 8 and was bred to Kantharos this spring.

Hip 242, a grey/roan colt from the first crop of Beyern was bred by Hunter Valley Farm. He went to Sam Herzberg/Sterling Racing from the Paramount consignment. The grey is the second foal out of winner and stakes performer Holy Dazzle by Holy Bull, a Washington-bred half-sister to multiple stakes winner Stormy Temper. Hunter Valley Farm purchased the mare with the sale colt in utero for $37,000 at the 2016 Fasig Tipton New York fall mixed sale. As a weanling Hip 242 brought $180,000 at the Keeneland November sale. His dam foaled a colt by Speightster on March 30 and was bred this spring to Runhappy.

Of 12 New York-breds offered at the Fasig-Tipton selected sale, eight sold for an average price of $350,000. The median price for a New York-bred came in at $257,500.

Overall, the boutique auction had a highly successful two-day run, posting a record gross ($62,794,000, improving on the previous record of $62,412,000 set in 2001). The average yearling price of $369,376 was the second-highest in the sale’s history and increased 8.7% from 2017. The $300,000 median tied a record established last year.

Fasig-Tipton’s yearling trading resumes at the same venue Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12 for the most important auction of the year for the New York program: the New York-bred preferred yearling sale. Sessions begin at 6:30 p.m.

Half-brother to Upstart by American Pharoah commands seven figures in Saratoga select opener

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Joanne Nielsen beams at Hip 62 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

By Sarah Mace

In recent years, the regular handful of New York-breds accepted into Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga selected yearling sale have fared extremely well. Last year’s New York-bred topper, a dark bay Curlin filly bred by Newtown Anner Stud, brought $750,000 from Juddmonte.

At Monday night’s opening session of the two-day boutique yearling auction, the New York-bred contingent took its game to a whole new level. Hip 62, a colt by Triple Crown hero American Pharoah and a half-brother to multiple graded stakes winner, millionaire and sire Upstart, brought $1,000,000 with a bid from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert for M V Magnier. By the end of the night the youngster emerged as the top-selling colt of the session and second top-selling yearling. The top seller, a filly out of Life at Ten, was also sired by American Pharoah.

The seven-figure price for the colt, who was offered by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield consignment, is a new high-water mark for the New York-bred yearling sales marketplace. The previous top-priced New York-bred yearling in recent years was a daughter of Malibu Moon also bred Newtown Anner Stud (later named Moondance), who brought $800,000 from Steve Young at the 2015 renewal of the Saratoga selected yearling sale.

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Bred by Mrs. Joanne Nielsen and foaled on May 17 at her Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford, Hip 62 is out of Party Silks. The mare’s star foal Upstart (Flatter) was a top contender on the Kentucky Derby trail in 2015. Dominant winner of the Grade 2 Holy Bull and controversially disqualified from a clear victory in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, Upstart finished second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby. He was unplaced in the Derby. An earner of $1.7 million, Upstart now stands at Airdrie Stud.

Explaining to the TDN earlier in the week why she bred Party Silks to the Triple Crown winner, Mrs. Nielsen said, “I had a colt, Upstart, that ran behind American Pharoah on a regular basis. So, I thought why not take the mother of Upstart to American Pharoah? We believe American Pharoah has the capacity and hopefully we will get some return on it.”

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When he signed the ticket for his lone purchase of the night, Baffert joked, “I like the sire. He made me famous.” Baffert added, “Of the ones [by American Pharoah] I’ve seen, I really liked him. He’s a late foal, he’s going to change a lot, and it should be for the better, so I’m excited about it.”

As to the hefty price tag, Baffert added, “They had him looking great. It was love at first sight. I see a lot of American Pharoah in him. He’s stamping his foals pretty well. Their head, their demeanor. You never think you’re going to go that high, but there’s a lot of excitement here, and a lot of really good horses here. It’s a lot of money, but he’s a beautiful little horse. Hopefully he can follow in his daddy’s steps.”

Party Silks, an unraced daughter of Touch Gold also bred by Mrs. Nielsen, is a daughter of Intend to Win (Housebuster), a stakes-placed Kentucky-bred purchased by the late Gerald Nielsen for $120,000 at the 2001 Keeneland November sale. Intend to Win is a graded stakes producer and her dam Intently is a multiple stakes winner. Party Silks has produced two other winners, including stakes performer New York Hero by Mineshaft.  With no reported foal in 2018, she was bred this year to Malibu Moon.


The top-selling New York-bred filly of the session was Hip 23, a daughter of Carpe Diem purchased from the Mill Ridge consignment by Rob Masiello in partnership with West Point Thoroughbreds and Manganaro Bloodstock for $375,000. Bred by Gentry Stable, the February 4 bay filly is out of Lemon Splendor (Lemon Drop Kid), a stakes winning mare bred in New York by Gallagher’s Stud and out of stakes winner Karakorum Splendor.

Lemon Splendor, who sold to Arch Bloodstock at the 2013 Keeneland January sale for a bargain price of $10,000, is the dam of Mo Maverick, a stakes winner and multiple stakes performer by Uncle Mo, who has earned $234,925 to date. Lemon Splendor foaled a Liam’s Map filly on May 1 and has been bred back to Carpe Diem.


Of the seven New York-breds offered in the selected yearling sale’s opening session, four found new homes, all selling for $235,000 and up. The most noteworthy buyback of the three RNA’s was Hip 19, the first foal out of Lady Sheila Stable’s New York-bred Eclipse champion sprinter La Verdad. The February 13 filly, who is named La Kara Mia, attracted a final bid of $775,000.

The Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale resumes Tuesday at 6:30 for its second and concluding session.





Fasig-Tipton July sale yields a pair of New York-bred standouts

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

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By Sarah Mace

The yearling sales season began on a positive note for the New York-bred breeding program Tuesday when the female and male New York-bred toppers brought $250,000 and $220,000 respectively at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton July sale.

Results from the auction were strong overall, with across-the-board gains, but as added testimony to the strength of the New York sales marketplace, the five New York-breds in the sale outperformed the general population in both average and median prices.

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The top-selling Empire State-bred was a bay filly by Palace Malice bred by Bill and Jane Moriarty’s Apache Farm in Mount Morris, where she was foaled on March 27, 2017 (Hip 9). Agent Steve Young signed the $250,000 ticket.

Consigned by Perrone Sales Ltd. on behalf of Apache, the filly is out of Passe, an unraced Kentucky-bred daughter of Dixie Union. Passe’s lone foal to race is New York-bred multiple stakes Wonder Gal, who retired in 2017 with four wins, two seconds, six thirds and $904,800 in earnings.

The sale filly’s second dam is stakes winner and graded stakes performer Gal On the Go (Irgun), producer of graded stakes winner Social Queen (Dynaformer), the dam of Force the Pass, winner of the 2015 Grade 1 Belmont Derby. Passe has a Kentucky-bred juvenile colt by Tiznow, now named Freefall, who sold at this same sale last year for 260,000 and has not yet started.

The New York-bred male topper, Hip 289, a bay Into Mischief colt, was hammered down to Dime Box Stable for $220,000. Into Mischief was the top-grossing sire at the sale, with five yearlings selling for a total of $1,110,000 and average price of $222,000.

Bred by Woodford Thoroughbreds and foaled at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, the Into Mischief colt is out of the young stakes-placed Bernardini mare Kimono, who was purchased by Woodford for $173,412 at the 2014 Tattersalls December mare sale.

Kimono’s 2-year-old filly Just a Whim by Warrior’s Reward is in training at Fair Hill for Mark Shuman and has not yet started. The mare foaled a Laoban filly on January 28, 2018.

All five New York-breds to go through the sales ring at Fasig-Tipton Tuesday found new homes (including one private sale). The quintet sold for an average price of $122,823 and a $101,000 median which outperformed the overall results of the sale where the average came in at $100,829 (up 7.7%) and the median was $75,000 (up 7.1%).

Led by $925,000 Union Rags colt, New York-breds enjoy strong close at F-T Midlantic

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

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By Sarah Mace

The New York-bred cohort at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of two-year-olds in training produced three new headliners in the concluding session of the two-day auction Tuesday. Leader of the pack was a colt by Union Rags who was purchased in the final hour of trading by California owner Michael Lund Peterson for $925,000. He wound up as the sale’s second top-seller overall.

Hip 561, who is named Tangled Union, was bred by Avanti Stable and foaled on February 16, 2016 at Stonebridge Farm in Gansevoort. Offered at Timonium by Bobby Dodd, agent, the $925,000 colt breezed the fastest furlong of the three sessions the under-tack show, covering distance in :10 seconds flat.

Hip 561 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

Dodd said, “That is huge on this racetrack. I’ll take :10 2/5 all day long here, and :10 1/5 is awesome. But :10 flat with a gallop out like he had in :20 3/5 … that’s unbelievable. And then we came back and got my veterinarians and the horse had a good physical, so we are truly blessed.”

Tangled Union increased his value tenfold after being purchased last summer for $90,000 by Brad Grady’s Grand Oaks from the consignment of Paramount Sales at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale.

When asked about the price Dodd said, “I have no words. It was a nice horse. Everything went right, and it ended right. That’s about all I can say.”

Tangled Union is the second foal out of Tanglewood Tale, a multiple winner of over $200,000. The colt’s New York-bred full-brother Big Thicket is a two-time winner for the Linda Rice barn. His second dam is a half-sister to two stakes winners and there is abundant black type under his fourth dam, including two-time sprint champion House Buster. Tanglewood Tale has a yearling filly by Lemon Drop Kid named Lemonina and was bred to Tiznow in 2017.

A second standout to change hands Tuesday was Hip 533, a dark bay/brown son of Tiznow, who went to Linda Rice for an undisclosed client for $425,000 after turning in a furlong breeze in :10 2/5.

Said Rice, “He is a beautiful colt who worked great on the track. He went in :10 2/5. For a horse of his size, with his pedigree, it was a magnificent breeze. His conformation is great, and he has a lot of strength in his female family. We are excited to get him.”

The colt also turned heads as a yearling, when Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds went to $250,000 to take him home from the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga.

Bred by Thomas Mina and foaled on April 12, 2016 at Five Oaks Farm in Saratoga Springs, Hip 533 is out of Southern Charmer, a stakes-placed daughter of Dixie Union whom Mina purchased at the 2010 Keeneland November sale for $130,000. Out of a graded stakes winner and stakes producer, Southern Charmer’s half-sister Skipper’s Mate is the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Frac Daddy. Her second colt by Uncle Mo was also well-received in the auction ring, bringing $375,000 as a yearling at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.

The mare has produced two winners from two foals to start. Currently she has a yearling colt by Constitution and was bred in 2017 to the late Effinex.

Also on Tuesday’s New York-bred honor roll is Hip 384, a son of Maclean’s Music named Better B Gud To Me. Mike Ryan, agent, signed a ticket for $325,000 after the colt worked a sharp :10 1/5 furlong for consignor De Meric Sales, agent.

Bred by David W. Kamp and Dr. Patricia S. Purdy and foaled on March 22, 2016 at Purdy’s Ivy League Farm in Ithaca, Better B Gud To Me is, like the other two, a graduate of the 2016 Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale where he went to Vineyard Ventures for $275,000 from the Vinery Sales consignment. He is the last reported foal for his dam, My Canary, an unplaced Florida-bred daughter of Mineshaft who is a half-sister to a stakes performer. The colt’s third dam is a stakes winner in Canada.

The major indicators for New York-breds over the two days of trading were rock solid. Of 109 juveniles offered, 84 sold for a buyback rate of 23.0%, which was on a par with the 22.5% buyback rate for the sale. Seventeen Empire State-breds brought $100,000 and up, while four topped $240,000. The New York-bred average was $66,726 and median was $30,000 compared to $74,680 and $38,000 for the general population of the sale. The top filly, a youngster by New York freshman sire Alpha, sold in the first session.



New York-bred colt brings $240,000 at F-T Midlantic opener, NY filly topper is by Alpha

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

By Sarah Mace

The top New York-bred to sell at Monday’s opening session of Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic two-year-olds in training sale was a colt by Super Saver who brought $240,000. The session’s top New York-bred filly gave bragging rights to Sequel’s freshman sire Alpha, fetching $150,000. In addition to the Alpha filly, offspring of New York sires Big Brown (Hip 183, $125,000) and Freud (Hip 165, $110,000) were among the eight New Yorkers who sold for six figures.

The Super Saver colt changed hands late in Monday’s trading as Hip 275. Bred by Larry Goichman and foaled on March 23, 2016, the colt was purchased last year by his Midlantic consignor De Meric Stables for $100,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga. The bay breezed a furlong in :10 2/5 in the under-tack show, and Linda Rice signed the $240,000 ticket.

The colt’s dam is Intentional Fever, a homebred for Edward P. Evans. Purchased by Mike Ryan for $220,000 from the Evans Dispersal at the 2011 Keeneland November sale, Intentional Fever is a multiple stakes winner and earner of over $200,000. She has already produced a winner and two half-sisters are stakes producers. The colt’s second dam is Dance Teacher, winner of the 1989 Grade 1 Ladies Handicap.

The filly topper by Alpha sold as Hip 25. Bred by Dr. and Mrs. A. Leonard Pineau and foaled on May 6, 2016, the filly was pinhooking success story for Kenneth Lejeune. Lejeune bought her as a yearling for the relatively modest price of $35,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October sale. At Timonium, the filly was purchased by agent Marette Farrell on behalf of Ryan Exline and Justin Border’s Exline-Border Racing for $150,000. Exline has already enjoyed New York-bred success as a partner in multiple graded stakes winning Giant Expectations by New York sire Frost Giant.

“It’s a huge plus for us that she’s a New York-bred,” Farrell told the TDN. “Ryan Exline and Justin Border and their team already own Giant Expectations … and Ryan loves the angle of the New York-breds.”

The filly breezed a furlong in :10 4/5 furlong, even though her rider lost the irons. Said Farrell, “We thought she was phenomenal and unfortunately she was a little compromised in her work. But we really liked how she didn’t turn a hair with that. She stayed focused. She knew what her job was, and she galloped out really, really well.” The filly will be trained by Giant Expectations’ conditioner Peter Eurton.

In the first session of the two-day auction 58 Empire State-breds were offered and 46 changed hands for a 20.7% buyback rate (this includes three private sales to date). The New York-bred average price for the session checked in at $49,576 and the median was $30,000. The overall average for the first session was $70,151, the median was $36,000 and the RNA percentage was 22.8%


Linda Rice goes to $350,000 for Alpha colt in final session of OBS April

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

The progeny of New York’s freshman sire Alpha proved extremely popular at this week’s four-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s April sale of 2-year-olds in training. A trio of Alpha colts fetched six figures, capped by Hip 986 who sold to Linda Rice for $350,000 in the concluding session of trading.

Born on January 28, 2016 at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, Hip 986 was Alpha’s first reported foal. Alpha is a multiple Grade 1-winning son of Bernardini who famously dead-heated with Golden Ticket in the 2012 Grade 1 Travers Stakes for Godolphin and Kiaran McLaughlin. Winner also of the Woodward Stakes, he stands at Becky Thomas’s Sequel Stallions for $5,000.

Bred by Eddie Woods’ Other Things, the colt’s dam is Kentucky-bred stakes winner Silence Dogood (Grand Slam), bought by Woods from the Sequel consignment for $32,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale. Woods consigned the colt at OBS, where he worked a quarter in :21 4/5 in the under-tack show.

Silence Dogood comes from a strong, deep family. She is a half-sister to stakes winner Silver Haze and productive Chester and Mary Broman broodmare Unbridled Star. Unbridled Star is the dam of stakes-winner and sire Friend Or Foe, stakes winner Star Grazing and Stolen Star, dam of millionaire Highway Star. Grade 1-placed Rodman also appears under the second dam. The colt’s third dam is multiple Grade 1 winner Taisez Vous, and his extended family includes European champion Bint Pasha and Grade 1 winner Beautician. Silence Dogood has produced two winners to date.

The New York-bred contingent at OBS was 80 horses strong. Of these 63 sold (including eight to-date by private sale) for a buyback percentage of 21.2%. Fourteen individuals brought six figures. The New Yorkers averaged $67,889 and the all-important median price came in at a strong $52,000.

The OBS sale as a whole was a record-breaker for the second straight year. In all 707 horses grossed a sale record $69,429,500, compared with 678 youngsters who brought a record $60,935,900 a year ago. The average price was a sale record $98,203, topping last year’s record of $89,876.  The sale median was $55,000, which is 15.8% above the 2017 sale record $47,500. Buybacks were 17.9%, up slightly from 17% a year ago.

OBS April Session 2 wrap: New York-bred co-toppers bring $150,000

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

by Sarah Mace

Making a solid showing in the second session of this year’s OBS April 2-year-olds in training sale, the New York-bred cohort produced a pair of individuals who sold for $150,000: a colt from the first crop of New York sire and 2012 Travers dead-heater Alpha and a colt by Lookin At Lucky. To date nine New York-bred juveniles have brought six figures.

The Alpha colt, offered as Hip 367, turned heads on the second session of the under tack show when he turned in a quarter in :20 3/5, the session’s fastest work at the distance. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of the UAE signed the ticket for $150,000.

Bred by Sequel Stallions New York, who stands Alpha, and foaled on April 11, 2016, the colt sold last year at the OBS yearling sale for $18,000 to his OBS consignor Jose Munoz, making for a successful pinhook.

Said Munoz of the colt’s cost as a yearling, “I thought the price would be higher, considering Alpha did pretty good on the racetrack. To tell you the truth, I was really happy when I got him. I liked that he was by Alpha, a fresh sire who performed good on the track. Secondly, he is a very athletic horse.”

Munoz, who trains a few horses every year either for partnerships or on his own, was pleased with the way the Alpha colt developed and not surprised by the colt’s nice work. He told the TDN, “I did [expect that type of work]. We never asked him for all he had in the previous workouts, but we knew he was way faster than that. He had two or three eighth works and two or three 3/16ths and maybe two quarters and he always did good.”

The colt’s dam is Forever Valentine, an unplaced runner by Silver Deputy who has already produced stakes winner Force and graded stakes performer Beau Valentine. She has a yearling colt by Mission Impazible and aborted a foal this year.

The second $150,000 New York-bred colt of the session, Hip 317, was purchased by Wise Racing. He is a dark bay/brown individual by Lookin At Lucky who was bred by Joe DiRico and foaled on March 4, 2016. Last year, he brought $40,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic yearling sale. The colt was consigned by Harris Training Center LLC, agent and worked a furlong in 10 2/5 in the under-tack show.

DiRico purchased the colt’s dam Esperanza d’Oro in-foal at the 2016 OBS winter mixed sale for $48,000. She has produced two winners from two starters and has a yearling filly on the ground by Normandy Invasion. In 2017 she was bred to Tamarkuz.

With first half of the OBS April sale in the books, of the 41 New York-bred juveniles offered 31 have changed hands (including four private sales) for a buyback percentage of 24.4%. The New York-bred average settled at $65,226 after the first two days of trading and the median stands at $50,000.

The numbers for the full population at the sale are strong. The cumulative average is $100,404 – up 18.6% from the same point at last year’s auction – and the median is up 22.2% to $55,000. The buy-back rate stands at 21.9%.

The auction continues with Hips 613-918 on Thursday and Hips 919-1222 on Friday. Sessions begin at 10:30 a.m.


Alpha colt is top New Yorker in opening session of OBS April

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

A bay colt from the first crop of New York sire Alpha was the top-selling New York-bred juvenile in Tuesday’s opening session of the four-day 2018 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s April sale of 2-year-olds in training. Bred by Sequel Stallions New York and consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, the youngster was purchased by David Meah for $120,000 on behalf of Team D, Circle B and John Holmes.

Tuesday’s transaction marks the second time Hip 67, who breezed a furlong in :11 flat in the under tack show, had come under the hammer. At the 2017 OBS yearling sale he went to Second Chance Racing for $14,000.

Foaled on March 12, 2016, the colt is out of Back in the Shade, a stakes-performing Florida-bred mare by Put It Back whose second dam Nabora is a stakes producer. Two of Nabora’s daughters are also stakes producers. Back in the Shade has produced two winners, topped by Jonker, a Japan-based colt by Exchange Rate who has earned $510,600. Sequel sold Back in the Shade for $4,500 at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale, and her most recent reported foal by is a yearling filly by Forty Tales.

A second New York-bred 2-year-old to reach the six-figure threshold in the session was Hip 156, a dark bay/brown Bodemeister colt from the immediate family of $1.2-million earner and sire Musket Man.

Bred by McMahon of Saratoga and foaled on April 6, 2016, the colt is a graduate of last summer’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga, where he was purchased by Windswept Stables for $50,000.

Consigned at OBS by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent XV, the Bodemeister colt was purchased by trainer Linda Rice, who signed a $100,000 ticket for an undisclosed client following the colt’s :10.2-furlong work under tack.

The dam of Hip 156 is Casablanca Babe, a Kentucky-bred mare by Horse Chestnut (SAF) who was purchased by McMahon of Saratoga with the sale colt in utero for $50,000 from the Hidden Brook consignment at the 2016 Keeneland January sale.

Casablanca Babe is a half-sister to Musket Man. Ron the Greek, a multiple graded stakes winner, $2.7-earner and champion imported older male in Saudia Arabia appears under the third dam. On the track the mare won 12 races and earned over $200,000 and has been a consistent performer as a broodmare, having produced five winners from five foals to start.

Eighteen New York-bred juveniles were offered in the first session at OBS. Fourteen changed hands (including 2 private sales) for a 22.2% buyback percentage. The New York-bred average was $50,357 and the median checked in at $42,500.

The auction continues with Hips 307-612 on Wednesday, Hips 613-918 on Thursday and Hips 919-1222 on Friday. All sessions begin at 10:30 a.m.