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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.

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

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

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

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

Fasig-Tipton photo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

june-cc-7-secBy Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

FT Midlantic 2yos 17 logoBy Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full results are available online.