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New York-bred racing/broodmare prospects grab Book 5 headlines at Keeneland

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Wegetsdamunnys 5/18/18 (Coglianese photo)

By Sarah Mace

A pair of New York-bred racing/broodmare prospects rose to the top of the heap in Book 5 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, selling as the third and fifth top sellers of the Tuesday session.

She Will Rock by Will Take Charge, a product of Chester and Mary Broman’s breeding program with a classy pedigree, was picked up Rosilyn Polan for $200,000 when offered as Hip 3395 from the consignment of WinStar Racing.

She Will Rock previously sold as a $225,000 yearling to Three Chimneys Farm at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale in Saratoga. She has three races under her belt and is knocking on the door to break her maiden. Following an unplaced performance in her Churchill Downs unveiling for trainer Steve Asmussen, she finished second twice in maiden special weight races on the NYRA circuit. On July 5 at Belmont, she ran into eventual graded winner Sue’s Fortune. At Saratoga on August 3, she finished second to She’s Trouble, now a stakes placed runner.

She Will Rock is out of Storm Cat mare Whichwaydidshego, 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 multiple Grade 2 winner and sire Fed Biz, Whichwaydidshego issues from the family of Minardi, Tale of the Cat, Johannesburg and Joking. She Will Rock is a half sister to stakes winners: Mark My Way (Noonmark), Hard to Stay Notgo (More than Ready) and Haul Anchor (Bernardini).

Multiple stakes placed sophomore Wegetsdamunnys, a gray daughter of D’Funnybone offered by ELiTE as Hip 3455, was hammered down to Badgers Bloodstock for $130,000. Finishing in the money in seven of 11 career starts, Wegetsdamunnys has won three races, completed the exacta twice and finished third once to earn $137,210.

Bred by Wellspring Stables and trained by Jeremiah Englehart, who co-owns the filly with Madaket Stables LLC, Rising Graph Stable and J. Englehart, Wegetsdamunnys is out of Mystic Miracle, a winning Kentucky-bred daughter of Unbridled’s Song. Her second dam is multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire Mystic Lady. New York-bred superstars Fourstars Allstar and Fourstardave appear under the third dam.

The November Sale continues through Friday with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire auction is streamed live at Keeneland.com.


Weanling from family of Hard Spun, MSW Filibustin top NY-bred offerings in Kee Book 4

Monday, November 12th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

A weanling from the family of Hard Spun and Filibustin, a multiple stakes winning filly by Bustin Stones, led the way for the New York-bred contingent in Book 4 of Keeneland’s November sale. Cumulatively, through the first seven days of the 12-session sale, the New York-bred average price is rapidly closing in on the average price of the general population of the sale, and the New York-bred median is outstripping the overall median.

The top New York-bred weanling of Book 4 was Hip 1950, a dark bay or brown colt by Constitution from the family of Hard Spun. Bred by SF Bloodstock and foaled March 11, 2018, the youngster was purchased by Bruno DeBerdt, on behalf of Khalid Mishref for $62,000 from the consignment of Zach Madden’s Buckland Sales.

The Constitution weanling is out of Bethan, an unraced mare by Giant’s Causeway who has already produced three winners from three foals to start. Purchased by SF Bloodstock at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall mixed sale for $100,000 and out of stakes winner Turkish Tryst, Bethan is a half-sister to Darley stallion Hard Spun, earner of $2.6 million and Kentucky Derby runner-up in 2007. Another half-sibling, Our Rite of Spring, is a stakes winner.

Filibustin, who was hammered down to Susan Moulton for $150,000 as Hip 2451, was the top-priced New York-bred mare of Book 4. Offered as a racing/broodmare prospect, the 4-year-old dark bay/brown daughter of New York sire Bustin Stones has earned $245,840 and as a juvenile won the Joseph A. Gimma and Key Cents stakes. Bred by Luck Be a Lady Racing, foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, Filibustin is out of Sweet Aloha, also the dam of New York-bred multiple stakes winner Indy’s Lady. Filibustin’s third dam is a half-sister to champion 2-yer-old Capote, multiple Grade 1 winner Exceller and four more stakes winners.

Through Book 4, 74 of 204 New York-breds offered have changed hands for an average price of $106,311, which is fast approaching the overall sale average of $109,964. The buyback rate now stands at 36.3%. The New York-bred median performance is outstanding, as the median of $65,000 is outperforming the overall sale median of $52,000 by 25%.

The November Sale continues Monday with the first of two sessions that make up Book 5, which is highlighted by horses of racing age. The sale ends Friday, Nov. 16, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire auction is streamed live at Keeneland.com. Click here for New York-bred hips.


Keeneland November Book 3 checkpoint: New York-breds by the numbers

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

With five sessions of trading comprising Books 1-3 of the 12-day Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale completed, a review of the key indicators for New York-breds paints a positive picture. The sale price for weanlings and mares though the first three books has averaged well over six-figures and the median price for the group has outperformed the overall sale median.

In all, 78 new York-breds have gone through the auction ring, resulting in 58 completed sales for a gross sales of $7,315,000. New York-breds have posted an average price of $126,121. The cumulative average for the general population of the sale is $144,409.

The median price of $82,500 for the New York-bred contingent came in a couple of ticks above the cumulative sale median of $80,000. The New York-bred buyback percentage of 25.6% was a shade below the overall RNA percentage of 25.8%.

In all 27 New York-breds have brought prices of $100,000 and up – 10 weanlings and 17 mares. Twelve individuals have sold for $200,000 and up – three weanlings and nine mares. A pair of weanlings and three mares have been hammered down for $300,000 and up.

The top weanling and top New York-bred overall was the second foal out of champion female sprinter La Verdad by Tapit, who went to a partnership of Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm with Three Chimneys for $800,000.

The price tag for the Tapit youngster eclipses the weanling toppers of recent years. The New York-bred weanling marketplace has been in the ascendant, increasing five-fold between 2010-17. In 2010 total sales came in at $1,339,500; in 2017 receipts totaled $6,942,400. Weanling toppers in 2013 and 2014 brought $200,000; in 2015 the weanling topper sold for $190,000. In 2016 and 2017 the weanling toppers were $275,000 and $420,000, respectively.

The best-selling New York-bred broodmare in the first three books at Keeneland was Photograher, offered as Hip 934 from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency and sold in foal to Pioneerof the Nile on a February 23 cover to Dixiana Farm for $380,000.

The November Sale continues through Friday, Nov. 16, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.

 


Top NY-bred weanlings, mares bring robust price tags in Keeneland November Book 2

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

Book 2 of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock sale generated excellent results for both New York-bred weanlings and in-foal mares.

The top weanling to change hands in Book 2 was Hip 787, a bay colt by Quality Road from the family of Bodemeister. The bay youngster was purchased by Chestnut Valley Farm for $310,000 in Session 3 from the Eton Sales consignment.

Bred by Albert Fried Jr. and foaled on March 26, 2018, the colt is out of Front and Center, a placed runner by Dynaformer who was purchased by Fried at the same sale last year for $75,000. Out of multiple graded stakes winner Parade Queen, Front and Center is a half-sister to two stakes winners, led by Untouched Talent, a graded stakes winner and the dam of millionaire and successful sire Bodemeister. Front and Center was bred this year to War Dancer.

The top New York-bred weanling filly in Keenland’s second book sold Wednesday as Hip 836 to Mike McMahon and Jamie Hill’s McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, Agent for $240,000. Bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski, the grey/roan February 12 filly is a daughter of Frosted out of Jeanne’s Honor, a placed runner by Honour and Glory. Purchased by Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm at last year’s Keeneland November sale for $75,000, Jeanne’s Honor has produced eight winners, including stakes winner Going to Kukaro by Speightstown and stakes performer Ten K Cat. The filly’s second dam Jeanne Jones, a Grade 1 stakes winner in her own right, is the dam of stakes winner Roman Treasure and the dam of graded winner Belle of Perintown.

“She is a New York-bred and by a first crop sire that is a hot Darley horse, which is nice to resell,” McMahon said. “I really wanted to buy a Frosted for our group and Jamie [Hill] did, too. She is the nicest one we have come across so far.” He continued, “I thought that was a great price for her. I didn’t think that was too much at all. I thought she was really, really good. I think she will look good selling in New York next summer. I think she was well bought.”

A pair of broodmares brought winning bids in the high $300,000s in Book 2. Photographer, who was offered as Hip 934 from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, sold in foal to Pioneerof the Nile on a February 23 cover to Dixiana Farm for $380,000. A winner by War Front with a deep pedigree, Photographer was bred by Gallagher’s Stud and is out of Hostess, a multiple graded stakes winner by Chester House who earned $383,918 and set a course record for 1 3/8 miles over the Saratoga inner turf in the Grade 3 Glens Falls Handicap. Hostess is a half-sister to the dam of Grade 1 stakes winner and millionaire Cupid, multiple graded stakes winner Heart Ashley, graded winner Ashley’s Kitty and stakes winner Indianapolis.

Stakes winner and stakes producer I Bet Toni Knows (Hip 824) sold to WinStar Farm LLC in foal to Dialed In for $375,000. Bred by Sunriver Partners and foaled at Empire Stud in Hudson, I Bet Toni Knows is by Sunriver, a Grade 1-winning full brother to champion Ashado, who stood two seasons at Empire Stud in New York prior to his premature death in 2009. Her lone foal to start to date is graded stakes winner Toinette by Scat Daddy.

I Bet Toni Knows is out of Ibetyouwishyouknew, a Florida-bred daughter of Mr. Greeley, who started once at two and produced five winners from five foals to start including another stakes winner Possessed by Posse. The mare’s second dam is a stakes winner in Canada.

Cumulatively through Book 2, New York-breds have sold for an average price of $184,483. The overall sale average now stands at $218,166. The New York-bred $150,000 median matches the overall sale median.


La Verdad’s Tapit filly brings top weanling price at Keeneland November opener

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Photo Susie Raisher

By Sarah Mace

Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm teamed up with Three Chimneys in the first session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock sale to buy the second foal out of champion female sprinter La Verdad. The partners signed a $800,000 ticket for the flashy grey/roan youngster by Tapit, which was the top price for a weanling in Keeneland’s select opening book.

Co-bred by Sheila Rosenblum’s Lady Sheila Stable and Vivien Malloy’s Edition Farm, where she was foaled on March 15, 2018, the filly (Hip 116A) was already an internet star in her own right, having been featured in inaugural season of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol project, which offers real-time streams of in-foal mares during their pregnancy through foaling. Supplemented to the Keeneland sale on October 18, the foal was consigned by Eaton Sales.

La Verdad (Yes It’s True), the 2015 Eclipse Award Champion Female Sprinter, needs little introduction to followers of New York racing. Bred by Eklektikos Stable LLC and foaled at Chester and Mary Broman’s Chestertown farm in Chestertown, La Verdad was purchased privately by Rosenblum following her second allowance victory in November 2013. She won 11 stakes races for trainer Linda Rice, led by back-to-back victories in the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap, a win in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom, and a runner-up finish to Wavell Avenue in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. In 2015 La Verdad was also voted champion New York-bred sprinter and older female, her dam Noble Fire was named New York Broodmare of the Year and Eklektikos Stable LLC was New York Breeder of the Year. La Verdad retired in 2016 with $1,563,200 in earnings

“I’m thrilled with who bought her,” Rosenblum said “This is my first introduction into actually selling a weanling. I guess I am a breeder now. It’s very exciting. I had no idea what to expect. It was a big chance, although she was beautiful, but I thought how many beautiful weanlings are there. So that’s why we decided to take a chance. [Eaton Sales’] Reiley [McDonald] and I had the exact same philosophy on this. We’d give it a shot and we’d see and she was worthy of it. I am very proud of La Verdad.”

La Verdad is not the only star in her immediate family. Her half-sister Hot City Girl by City Zip is a graded stakes winner, Grade 1 performer and $682,050-earner. The sale filly’s third dam Noble Affair is also a stakes winner. La Verdad’s first foal, La Kara Mia by Medaglia d’Oro, was a $775,000 buyback at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga selected yearling sale.

La Verdad is currently in foal to Curlin, while half-sister Hot City Girl (City Zip), also owned by Rosenblum, is in foal to Bernardini and enrolled in this season’s Foal Patrol program. Both reside at Edition Farm.

The La Verdad filly was the only New York-bred weanling to change hands on Monday, but trio of New York-bred mares in foal also went for robust price tags ranging from $200,000 to $340,000.

Photo Susie Raisher

Moondance (Hip 143), a winning daughter of Malibu Moon bred by Newtown Anner Stud, sold in foal to new Claiborne sire Mastery for $340,000 to West Bloodstock /Repole Stables. Consigned by Claiborne Farm, the 4-year-old is a half sister to stakes winner Red Hot Buddha and stakes performers Cue the Moon and Knockout Bertie. Her second dam Clever Bertie is a half-sister four stakes winners, led by Traitor and Sun King, and is the dam of stakes winners Allamerican Bertie and Hurricane Bertie.

Hip 189, She’s All Ready (Girolamo), who was offered by Vinery Sales, Agent III in foal to Nyquist, went to Spendthrift Farm LLC for $290,000. Bred by Kings and Queen’s Farm and foaled at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, She’s All Ready was a juvenile stakes winner and grade 1-placed runner out of Prominent, a winning Kentucky-bred daughter of El Prado (IRE). Her second dam is stakes winner Biblionic and she issues from the extended family of Canadian Horse of the Year Fatal Bullet.

Speed Dating (Not for Love), who was offered as Hip 202 from the Sequel New York consignment in foal to New York sire Union Jackson, went to SF Bloodstock for $200,000. Bred by Mrs. Gerald A. Nielsen, Speed Dating has already produced a pair of winners, including talented 3-year-old Split Time, a three-time stakes winner to date. Speed Dating is a half-sister to Saratoga Snacks, a winner of four stakes races, including the Empire Classic. Second dam Deputy Dear is a half-sister to stakes winners Without Feathers, Currency Arbitrage and Copper Mount.

The Keeneland sale resumes Tuesday 10 a.m. with the opening session of Book 2 and runs through November 16.


Katsumi Yoshida goes to $1.5 million for Fourstar Crook at Fasig-Tipton November

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

Accomplished New York-bred race mares were hot commodities at Sunday’s Fasig-Tipton November Sale, led by Grade 1 stakes winner and millionaire Fourstar Crook (Freud), who was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida for $1.5 million. Quezon and Isabelle also brought premium prices, while the top New York-bred weanling, a filly from the first crop of Speightster, fetched six figures.

Fourstar Crook, seventh in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf as a well-respected 9-2 shot, hit a home run Sunday when offered as Hip 195 by ELiTE for ownership group Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stable and Gary Aisquith. When the bidding stopped at $1.5 million, the long-eared bay daughter of New York sire Freud was the property of Katsumi Yoshida.

Fourstar Crook has been a model of consistency and determination on the racetrack throughout her career for trainer Chad Brown. Beginning in the state-bred ranks and graduating to graded competition at the highest level this year, she retires with a record of 12 wins, four seconds and a third from 20 lifetime starts and career earnings of $1,624,566.

Belmont has been the stage for Fourstar Crook’s greatest achievements with seven wins in eight tries, capped on October 7 by a victory in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl. Winner of the Grade 2 New York Stakes in June, she defeated Sistercharlie who went on to win the Breeders’ Cup race Saturday, and ran second to the presumptive champion in the Jenny Wiley at Keeneland and Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington. Fourstar Crook has eight stakes tallies in all on her resume.

Bred by Kathleen M. Feron and foaled at Akindale Farm in Pawling, Fourstar Crook sold as a yearling to Allied Bloodstock at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred sale for $55,000. A $70,000 buyback when offered at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old sale, she was purchased by owner Michael Dubb for $110,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic sale.

Fourstar Crook’s dam is Avril a Portugal by D’Accord, an unplaced John Hettinger-bred mare who is half-sister to stakes winner Jay’s Crown. Honorable Miss appears under third dam. The producer of six winners, Avril a Portugal is also the dam of Coaltown Legend (Jump Start), who earned over $325,000.

A breeding powerhouse in Japan with his brothers Teruya and Haruya, Katsumi Yoshida owns Northern Farm on the island of Hokkaido. Yoshida explained his approach to breeding in a New York Times profile in 2015 as follows: “I buy the best and I never sell. The United States sells, Europe sells. I only buy. I never sell, except some yearlings. I never sell a good mare.” Another tenant of Yoshida’s bloodstock philosophy is that the best progeny come from stallions and dams who were themselves outstanding racehorses, and Fourstar Crook certainly fits the bill.

Multiple stakes winner and dual graded stakes performer Quezon (Tiz Wonderful), offered as Hip 127 by Valkyre Stud Agent III, was purchased by Bridlewood Farm for $700,000. She is in foal to Horse of the Year Gun Runner on an April 16 cover.

Also a consistent runner, Quezon won seven races in all for owner Marc Keller and trainer Robert Ribaudo, completed the exacta six times and was third twice in 19 starts. She won a black type race each year from 2014-18, has three graded stakes placings on her resume and earned $759,200 by the time she retired to broodmare duty.

Bred by Apache Farm LLC and foaled at Apache Farm North in Mt. Morris, Quezon is the only foal produced by Kalookan Dancer, a multiple stakes-winning California-bred daughter of Olympio. Quezon was a $90,000 yearling purchase by Riverside Stable at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale in Saratoga.

Isabelle, Hip 204, who is in foal to Will Take Charge on a March 19 cover, drew a winning bid of $300,000 from Breeze Easy LLC. Consigned by Lane’s End, Agent, the daughter of Successful Appeal won four stakes races, led by the open Heavenly Prize Invitational in 2017. Isabelle finished in the exacta 11 times in 20 starts with seven wins, and on retirement had bankrolled $508,102. Trained by Lisa Lewis then Bill Mott, Isabelle was campaigned by William Schettine, who purchased her at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton New York select yearling sale for $100,000.

Isabelle was bred by Bluegrass Farm Partners in partnership with Jeffrey Tucker, and foaled at Tucker’s Stonebridge Farm in Gansevoort. Her dam is Florida-bred stakes-placed runner Merrill Gold, who is a half-sister to stakes runner Millennium Storm and Bella Jolie, the dam of champion sprinter and sire Runhappy.

Monday’s top New York-bred weanling was Hip 102, a chestnut filly from the first crop of Speightster bred by SF Bloodstock LLC and Seclusive Farm. Purchased by Maya Racing from the consignment of Bedouin Bloodstock Agent I for $100,000, the filly is out of Jungle Tale, by Lion Heart, runner-up in the 2009 Grade 3 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine.

Jungle Tale was purchased by Baccari Bloodstock at the 2017 Keeneland November sale with the sale filly in utero. Her lone foal to race is a winner. The filly’s second dam is stakes winner Mary Kies, who produced three stakes performers. Third dam Flying Girl (Fr) is a stakes winner and group performer in Italy.

Sales action shifts to Keeneland today, Monday, November 5, for the opening session of the 12-day auction in Lexington which runs through November 16. The opening session, which consists of a one-day super-select Book 1, begins at noon ET, with all other sessions starting at 10 a.m. daily.

 

 


New York-breds conclude successful stand at Fasig-Tipton October fall yearling sale

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

New York-breds turned in solid results at the four-day Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale which marked the end of the 2018 yearling sale season Thursday.

For all four days of trading at the auction company’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, there was plenty of demand for the Empire State-bred product to go around. The final New York-bred RNA percentage of 22.6% was on par with the cumulative 22.7% buyback rate for the sale. New York-bred yearlings posted a median price of $15,000, which was identical to the sale median, and the $33,309 average New York-bred yearling price came in not too far behind the $35,576 cumulative sale average. Three six-figure New York-bred yearlings sold in the concluding session, bringing the total to seven.

Leading the way on Thursday was Hip 1197, a grey or roan filly by Cairo Prince from the Bluewater Sales LLC consignment bred by Three Diamonds Farm. Stoneway Farm went to $150,000 for the yearling who sported a flashy pedigree page and several significant catalogue updates.

A $120,000 RNA at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale over the summer, the Cairo Prince filly is the second foal out of Rhythm of Grace, an unraced daughter of Kitten’s Joy and full sister to graded stakes winner Conquest Panthera who has earned $355,275 to date. Rhythm of Grace is also a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Happy Like a Fool (Distorted Humor) and graded stakes performer Maniacal. All three of these siblings showed earnings updates on the page.

Rhythm of Grace, who was purchased from Ramsey Farm by Three Diamonds Farm for $48,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale, also had an important catalogue update of her own. Her first foal Rhythm With Soul broke her maiden at Saratoga this summer.

A pair of New York-bred colts fetched $130,000 Thursday, one from a very familiar New York family.

Hip 1274, a bay individual by Lookin at Lucky, is out of Langpap Stables’ Shesastonecoldfox. Voted champion New York-bred juvenile filly in 2001, the homebred for Dennis and Deborah Petrisak, was inducted into the Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack Hall of Fame in 2016 and has an eponymous stakes race at the Farmington Racetrack.

A prolific producer, Shesastonecoldfox has produced six winners for the Petrisaks, led by four-time stakes winner and 58-time starter Fox Rules (Roman Ruler), who has earned $673,901 and is still competitive at nine. Shesastonecoldfox is also the dam of stakes winners Fox Rox ($355,584) and stakes performer Elusive Fox. Consigned by Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm, the Petrisak-bred Lookin at Lucky colt was purchased by Jim Moloney for $130,000. Shesastonecoldfox did not have a reported foal this year and has been bred to Keen Ice.

A bay colt by Mineshaft bred by Dutchess Views Farm in partnership with SGO Thoroughbred LLC also brought a winning bid of $130,000 Thursday from JCE Racing. The yearling previously changed hands when purchased by Atlantic Bloodstock for $77,000 at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton new York fall mixed sale.

Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, Agent and offered as Hip 1166, the colt is a half-brother to Crawdaddy, who won the 2017 Spectacular Bid division of the New York Stallion Stakes series. His dam Rare Edition by Street Sense, who did not race, is a half-sister to Touch of the Blues (FR) multiple graded winner, Breeders’ Cup Mile runner-up in 2003 and $1,655,358 earner. Indian Skimmer, twice a champion handicap mare in England, appears under the colt’s third dam.

The top-selling New York-bred at the sale was Hip 701, a Tiznow colt out of multiple stakes producer Indian Rush who was hammered down to K.O.I.D. for $230,000 in session 2.


Fresh NY-bred colt and filly toppers emerge from Session 2 of F-T October yearling sale

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

Things got a little hotter for the New York-bred cohort in Tuesday’s second session of the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale when a pair of new colt and filly toppers emerged from the crowd. At the same time, the cumulative New York-bred average and buyback rate improved on the indicators returned in Session 1.

The leader of the New York-bred pack on Tuesday was Hip 701, a Tiznow colt out of multiple stakes producer Indian Rush who was hammered down to K.O.I.D. for $230,000. He is the seventh top-seller of the auction to date.

Bred by Pine Ridge Stables Ltd. and consigned by Paramount Sales, the bay is a half-brother to two New York-bred juvenile stakes winners. His dam Indian Rush’s first foal, Harlan’s Honor, won the 2008 Colleen Stakes at Monmouth. March X Press by Shanghai Bobby won the open Bolton Landing Stakes in 2017. Indian Rush, a Kentucky-bred stakes-placed turf runner by Indian Charlie who earned just shy of $100,000, has a weanling colt by Honor Code and has been bred to Into Mischief.

Bidding on behalf of DJ Stable, Linda Rice went to $175,000 to purchase Tuesday’s top New York-bred filly, Hip 575. Bred by Jeffery J. Drown and consigned by Indian Creek Agent, the filly is a daughter of Speightstown out of Gift List, a placed runner by Bernardini whose first foal, and lone runner to date, is a winner. With no reported foal this year, Gift List was bred in the spring to Uncle Mo.

Gift List is out of stakes winner Private Gift (Unbridled) and a half-sister to Secret Someone, a multiple stakes winner and graded stakes performer by A.P. Indy, and Profetiza, a multiple stakes performer. The filly’s third dam Private Status produced multiple grade 1 winner and millionaire Secret Status and graded winner Alumni Hall.

The cumulative indicators for New York-breds through the second session of the October yearling sale are very solid, even in the context of strong numbers for the sale overall.

In all 46 New York-bred yearlings changed hands (including five private sales) from 57 offered for a 19.3% buyback percentage, marking an improvement from 22.7% RNAs in the first session. The cumulative New York-bred average is $31,857, up from $26,365 in Monday’s opening session. The overall cumulative sale average came in at $34,624, which is up 8.6% from the first two sessions of 2017. The New York-bred median of $15,000 is identical to the sale at large, which is also up 36.4% from a year ago.

The Fasig-Tipton October Sale continues Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m.


Yearling colt bred by Edition Farm tops NY-bred offerings at Fasig-Tipton October opener

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

New York-breds turned in solid results in Session 1 of the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale, which began its four-day stand at the Newtown Paddocks in Lexington Monday. The New York-bred median and buyback percentage outperformed the general results for the session, and leading the way for the New York-bred contingent was a 6-figure colt bred by Vivien Malloy’s Edition Farm. The auction is the final yearling sale of the 2018 season.

Monday’s session saw 17 of 22 New York-bred yearlings find new homes for a 22.7 buyback percentage, nearly five percentage points below the 27.12 percent RNA rate for the general population of the sale. The New York-bred average price of $26,365 did not meet the overall average of $33,709, which was up nearly 20 percent from 2017. The $19,000 New York-bred median, on the other hand, outperformed the session median of $16,000, which was in its own terms 60 percent higher than the 2017 median for the same session.

The New York-bred topper of the day was Hip 162, a dark bay or brown colt by Mineshaft who is a third generation product of Vivien Malloy’s breeding program. Consigned for Edition Farm by Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud, the May 10, 2017 colt was purchased by Harold Lerner LLC for $115,000.

The Mineshaft colt’s third dam is Mine Tonight, a multiple stakes-winning, Washington-bred daughter of Upper Nile who produced eight winners, including a pair of stakes winners. Malloy purchased Mine Tonight at the 1999 Keeneland November sale for $300,000 in foal to Awesome Again. The resulting foal was Miney’s Awesome, a multiple winner for Edition Farm, and her daughter Awesome Bull is the dam of the sale colt.

This spring Awesome Bull foaled a filly by Twirling Candy and has been bred to Malloy’s homebred A Shin Forward, a turf star in Japan who earned $3,416,216 and sits third on the roster of all-time New York-bred top earners. A Shin Forward began his stud career in Japan before relocating to the state of his birth for the 2018 breeding season where he stands at Rockridge Stud in Hudson for a private fee.

 


New York-bred weanlings stand tall at record-breaking Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall sale

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall sale has grown steadily from its humble beginnings in 2012, regularly setting new benchmarks with each year’s renewal. Monday’s auction was no exception. The sale that has evolved into a fall staple in New York established new records for total sales, average and median, and posted the lowest RNA rate in five years. The New York-bred weanling sector, which had a breakout year nationally in 2017, led the way, topped by a $140,000 colt from the first crop of Sequel’s New York sire Laoban.

The results of the full sale – mares and weanlings combined – were outstanding. A total of 115 individuals sold for a $29,402 average price, which was up 29.7 percent over last year’s average of $22,674. The $20,000 median increased 66.7 percent over the $12,000 median of 2017. The session’s total sales of $3,381,200 improved 3.6 percent on last year’s record of $3,265,000. Since the sale’s first year, when it grossed $1,933,600, it has grown 68.9 percent. Six individuals in all, four weanlings and two broodmares, brought six figures.

Mares and Weanlings combined results

Year Offered Sold RNA% Total Sales Average Median
2018 170 115 35.4% $3,381,200 $29,402 $20,000
2017 236 144 39.0% $3,265,000 $22,674 $12,000
2016 261 164 37.2% $2,780,600 $16,955 $8,500
2015 300 162 46.0% $2,833,800 $17,493 $10,000
2014 331 193 41.7% $3,206,100 $16,612 $10,000
2013 233 179 23.2% $3,363,600 $18,791 $11,000
2012 201 119 40.8% $1,933,600 $16,249 $12,000

Weanlings, as usual, made up the majority of the 2018 catalogue. In all, 85 youngsters changed hands (of 122 offered) for a record $2,599,000, eclipsing last year’s $2,331,500 benchmark for 80 weanlings. This year’s weanling average of $30,577 improved on last’s year’s record weanling average of $29,144 by 4.9 percent. The median, likewise, continued the sale’s upward trends, topping out this year at $23,000 from last year’s $20,000. Weanling buybacks improved dramatically, reducing last year’s 48.8 RNA percentage to 33.3 percent, the best number since 2013. Overall, the weanling market at the Saratoga fall sale has grown exponentially since 2012 when 57 weanlings sold for $926,600, averaged $16,249 and had a median price of $12,500

Weanling results

Year Offered Sold RNA% Total Sales Average Median
2018 122 85 33.3% $2,599,000 $30,577 $23,000
2017 145 80 44.8% $2,331,500 $29,144 $20,000
2016 142 87 38.7% $1,814,000 $20,851 $12,000
2015 161 78 51.6% $1,879,400 $24,095 $15,000
2014 153 76 50.3% $1,693,200 $22,279 $16,000
2013 94 74 21.3% $1,565,200 $21,151 $17,500
2012 88 57 35.2% $926,600 $16,256 $12,500

Four weanlings – all colts – brought six figures on Monday, led by Hip 180, a bay colt by Sequel Stallions’ first crop sire Laoban foaled on April 27. Bred by Thomas/Burleson and consigned by Sequel, the Laoban colt went to Bluewater Sales LLC, Agent. The colt’s dam is Promising Vow (Broken Vow), a Kentucky-bred winner purchased by Chester Broman for $22,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale. Promising Vow has produced one winner, The Two Nancy’s by Desert Party, and is a half-sister to stakes winners Top Surprize and Dr John’s, as well as stakes performer Cosmic Queen. The colt’s third dam is group winner Live at the Top.

The second top-selling weanling, Hip 78, was purchased by Machmer Hall for $125,000. The bay colt by first crop sire Outwork was bred by Saratoga Glen Farm, John P. Hicks and William Martin and consigned by Catalyst Bloodstock, LLC. He is the third foal from Bluegrass Ellie by Bluegrass Cat, whose first foal and only runner to date Funnel Cake is a six-figure earner. Bluegrass Ellie is a half sister to stakes winner and graded stakes performer Tiger Hunt.

Machmer Hall also picked up the co-third top seller of the day, Hip 72, a dark bay colt by Kantharos out of Bedside Posse, who drove the bidding $100,000. Bred by Sugar Maple Farm and consigned by Vinery Sales, the colt’s second dam is stakes winner Bedside Manner (Dr. Blum), who produced Grade 2 winner Skyway and multiple stakes-winning New York-bred sprinter Ava K.

The final colt of the top quartet, also bringing $100,000, was Hip 225, sired by Not this Time, another new stallion. Bred by Hidden Lake Farm LLC and Axle Ahlschwede and offered by the RFHF consignment of Chris Bernhard of Hidden Lake Farm and Elaine Peck of Rhapsody Farm, the colt was purchased by Bloodstock Investments VI. Foaled in March, the chestnut has a flashy pedigree page. He is out of Truss, a producer of two winners from two foals to start and a half-sister to Confidently. Confidently (Storm Cat) is a sister to Yankee Gentleman and the dam of Chester and Mare Broman homebred Khancord Kid, a graded stakes winner and the dam of Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Bar of Gold.