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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.

Half sister to Filibustin brings $150,000 in F-T Midlantic opener

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

FT Midlantic 2yos 17 logoBy Sarah Mace

A half sister to accomplished New York-bred sprinter Filibustin (Bustin Stones) brought $150,000 from Orlando Di Rienzo to top the New York-bred offerings at Monday’s opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

Bred by Alan R. Cook, who campaigns Filibustin, the filly (Hip 157) issues from the first crop of Take Charge Indy. Her dam is West-Virginia-bred Sweet Aloha, a six-figure earner, both of whose foals to start are winners and stakes horses.

Filibustin won the Joseph A. Gimma and Key Cents stakes as a juvenile. Sweet Aloha’s first foal, Man O Manassas (Copelan Too), is a stakes performer. Further down the family tree there is a connection to champion broodmare Turn to Talent, dam of champion Capote, multiple grade 1 winner Exceller and others, and a more distant tie to Bob and John. Aloha has a yearling colt by Forty Tales and was bred back to the same stallion last year, with no reported foal to date.

The filly, who posted a sharp :10 1/5 furlong in the under tack show, was consigned by Scanlon Training & Sales, Agent VI. As a weanling, she sold to OWL Stable for $65,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale, then failed to meet her reserve when bid up to $48,000 at the last summer’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale.

In the sale’s opening session, 51 New York-breds were offered and 37 sold (including three private sales) for an average price of $43,595 and $30,000 median. Five individuals topped six figures. The buyback percentage was 27.5%.

For the session, the sale average was $71,219, up 4.3% from $68,253 in the first session last year. The median of $40,000 increased 17.6% increase from last year’s first session median of $34,000. The RNA rate for the general population of the sale was 25.0%, down from 31.4% during the first session last year.

The Midlantic juvenile sale resumes Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Results are available online.

Klaravich Stable goes to $200,000 for Into Mischief colt at OBS April

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

OBS cover book 2 April 17By Sarah Mace

Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stable continued to stock up on New York-bred juvenile talent on the final day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 April sale. Last month, at the OBS March sale, Klarman signed the tickets for both top-selling New York-bred juveniles. On Friday as the April sale wrapped up, he purchased a bay colt by Into Mischief for $200,000, the auction’s second highest price for an Empire State-bred.

Klaravich Stable’s new colt, Hip 1047, was bred by Dixie Farm and foaled on April 4, 2015. A graduate of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, where he was purchased by Zayat Stables for $120,000, the colt turned in a :21 2/5 quarter-mile breeze for OBS consignor Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, on day six of the under tack show.

Hip 1047 is the first foal out of is out of stakes-placed New York-bred Silver Prize, by Silver Train. The mare has six winning siblings, topped by stakes winner Drewssasin (Freud) and two other stakes performers. Purchased by Dixie Farm for $32,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s 2013 fall mixed sale in Saratoga, Silver Prize has a new colt by Palace Malice on the ground this year.

The New York-bred contingent sold solidly in the four-session OBS sale. Of 59 horses offered, 49 sold, including four private sales, for a 17 percent buyback rate. The New York-bred average was $62,796, and the median came in at $42,000.

This year’s renewal of OBS April was a record-breaker overall. Total sales came to $61,185,900, surpassing the previous mark of $56,965,000 set in 2014. The record average of $90,245 was up 14.3 percent over last year and record median came in at $48,000. The sale buyback rate, like the New York-bred buyback rate, was 17 percent, down from 22.7 percent a year ago

Juveniles sell two hips apart Wednesday to become New York-bred toppers at OBS

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

OBS April 17 cat coverBy Sarah Mace

A pair of juvenile colts, both consigned by Steve Venosa’s SVG Thoroughbreds (and, as it happens, both born on April 10, 2015) sold two hips apart on Wednesday to become the top-selling New York-breds at the halfway point of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 spring sale of 2-year-olds.

Saul Berenson went to $235,000 to acquire Hip 423, a dark bay/brown colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Violence (Medaglia d’Oro). The colt, who breezed a furlong in :10 1/5 seconds in the under tack show, was bought last year by SVG Thoroughbreds for $60,000 from breeder Christopher Shelli’s Fort Christopher’s consignment at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Saratoga yearling sale.

The colt’s dam is Fear This, an unraced Kentucky-bred Ghostzapper mare purchased by Shelli for just $5000 at the 2012 Keeneland November sale. Out of graded winner Susan’s Angel (Cape Town), Fear This had sales success with her second surviving foal, Fear That (Icebox), later a winner, who brought $230,000 as the co-top-selling colt at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. The following spring Fear That was bought back for $395,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Florida sale. Fear This has produced a yearling full sister to the Violence colt and was bred to Revolutionary in 2016.

Two hips earlier, Steven W. Young, Agent picked up Hip 421, a New York-bred chestnut colt by Flatter for $190,000. Bred by Newtown Anner Stud in Millbrook, and offered for sale at public auction for the first time, the colt turned in a :10 1/5-furlong work in the under tack show.

The colt’s dam Fashion Forward is a half sister to stakes winner Strut the Canary (Mineshaft), who has produced a stakes performer, and is out of a full sister to two stakes horses. Multiple grade 1 winner and $2 million-earner Island Fashion appears under the colt’s third dam. Fashion Forward has a yearling colt by Trappe Shot and was bred in 2016 to City Zip.

The OBS April sale continues through Friday with sessions beginning daily at 10:30 a.m.

Mission Impazible colt fetches $285,000 on Day 2 of OBS March

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

OBS color logoBy Sarah Mace

Trading at the second and concluding session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company March 2-year-old sale produced another New York-bred standout: Hip 489, a son of Mission Impazible, who sold to Peter Quinn for $285,000 to become the auction’s top-priced New York-sired juvenile.

Bred by Twin Creeks Farm, Hip 489 is out of Deputy Reality, a half sister to stakes winner and graded stakes-placed A. P. Reality, and stakes performer Can’t Stop the Kid. The mare has produced five winners from six starters, topped by her second foal Teeth of the Dog by Bluegrass Cat, who won the 2012 Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes and earned $414,950. The sale colt’s full brother, 3-year-old Ethan Hunt, placed in two New York-bred stakes as a juvenile.

Twin Creeks Farm purchased Deputy Reality for $225,000 at the Keeneland November sale in 2012 and earmarked her, along with 20 other select Kentucky-based mares, to be bred to Mission Impazible in 2013, his first year at stud. Mission Impazible, a two-time grade 1 winning millionaire campaigned by Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC, stands at Sequel Stallions New York for a 2017 fee of $7,500.

The grey/roan colt sold initially at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July selected yearling sale to Zayat Stables for $185,000 from the Sequel consignment. Consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent XIV, at OBS, he breezed a snappy quarter in :21.1 seconds on the final day of the under tack show.

Overall 32 New York-breds were offered at OBS. Twenty-one sold, including one private sale, for a 34.4% buyback rate, which was an improvement after the first session. The Empire State-bred average came in at $108,524 and the median was $75,000. The opening session saw a pair of New York colts go to Klaravich Stable, Inc. for $350,000 and $290,000 (read more).

The March Sale overall set records this year. The average price for a 2-year-old was $188,757, up 17.8% from a year ago and eking past the previous record of $187,201 in 2014. The median price was $100,000 compared with $102,500 last year. The buyback percentage was 27.5%.

The OBS Spring 2-year-old sale will be held April 25-28, with under tack shows to take place April 17-22.

Klaravich Stable snaps up top two New Yorkers at OBS March opener

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

OBS color logoBy Sarah Mace

Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stable signed the tickets for both top-selling New York-breds at Tuesday’s opening session of the 2017 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company March sale of two-year-olds in training. Klaravich’s new juveniles are both colts, and each posted a furlong work of :10 1/5 seconds on the first day of the under tack show.

The New York-bred star of the day was a $350,000 bay by Arch, bred by Doug Koch’s Berkshire Stud. The colt (Hip 124) was a pinhooking home run for consignor Randy Bradshaw, who bought him for a relatively modest $65,000 at last summer’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga.

The colt is out of Regard, a winner by Fusaichi Pegasus out of Notice me, who is a half sister to stakes winner and stakes producer Kona Way. Several accomplished New York-breds appear in the more extended family: stakes winner Shine Upon, also a stakes producer, graded performer Brigand and stakes winner Sky Music. Regard, a producer of two winners from two foals to start, currently has a yearling colt by Uncle Mo.

Klarman’s other standout New York-bred purchase was Hip 31, a $290,000 colt by Midnight Lute from the consignment of Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent V. Bred by Eaton & Thorne, Inc., the dark bay/brown horse, like the New York topper, is a graduate of the 2016 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Saratoga yearling sale, selling to St. Elias for $100,000.

The Midnight Lute colt, whose third dam is 1979 Eclipse champion older mare Waya, is out of Missyoulikecrazy (Lion Heart), a mare purchased by Thorndale Farms at the 2013 Keeneland November sale for $220,000. Grade 2-placed twice as a juvenile at Churchill Downs, Missyoulikecrazy is a full sister to graded winner and Grade 1 stakes-placed Pretty Prolific and a group performer in France.

Despite a good number of buybacks, the New Yorkers who changed hands did well at two-day sale’s opening session, Of 19 individuals offered on Day 1 after scratches, 11 sold for an average of $115,636. The New York-bred median came in at $75,000. The average for the general population of the sale was $192,120, up 23% from $156,322 last year, and the median came in $110,000, with no change from 2016.

The March Sale continues on Wednesday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. (Hips 339-677).

NY-breds, led by $900,000 Medaglia d’Oro colt, sizzle at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
Hip 6 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

Hip 6 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

By Sarah Mace

The twelve New York-bred juveniles who passed through the ring at Fasig-Tipton’s March 1 sale of two-year-olds in training at Gulfstream Park set a high bar for their fellows as they kicked off the 2017 two-year-old sale season.

In all, ten individuals sold for an average price of $241,250 and $225,000 median, and the Empire State-bred star of the day was Hip 6 from the family of Untapable, who commanded a hefty price tag of $900,000 as fourth best seller of the sale and third highest-priced colt.

Bred by Gallagher’s Stud in Ghent and foaled there on February 5, 2015, Hip 6 was the top-selling New York-bred last year at the Fasig-Tipton select Saratoga yearling sale, going to Hartley/De Renzo from the consignment of Denali Stud for $300,000. After the dark bay colt posted a furlong breeze of :10 2/5 in the under tack show for Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds at Gulfstream, WinStar Farm and Breeze Easy partnered to to make the purchase.

Fasig-Tipton photo

Hip 6 Fasig-Tipton photo

“I just liked everything about him, his pedigree, the way he moved and the way he galloped out,” WinStar president Elliott Walden told the TDN. “Very classy horse. (The price) was a little high, but those kind of colts bring that kind of range, so I thought it was okay. We bought him with Breeze Easy. We looked at him at Saratoga (sale) and he’s really done well. He’s a nice colt. Todd Pletcher will train him.”

Pletcher added, “He’s a beautiful colt and performed really well on the track, and he seems to have a great mind. He really does check all the boxes. He’s a very promising horse.”

The handsome juvenile has an all-star pedigree. His dam, Kentucky-bred winner and winner-producer Wild Chant, by War Chant, is a half sister to the incomparable Untapable (Tapit) – champion, multiple Grade 1 winner and earner of $3.9 million – and to Paddy O’Prado, a Grade 1 winner, 1.7 million earner and sire. Wild Chant, who was bought by Gallagher’s Stud for $300,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November sale, has a yearling filly by Lemon Drop Kid and was bred back to Medaglia d’Oro in 2016.

Hip 25 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

Hip 25 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

The second top-selling New York-bred in the sale was Hip 25, an Into Mischief colt out of Blue Devil Bel. He brought a cool half-million dollars when purchased by a partnership of China Horse Club and WinStar Farm. Consigned by Crupi New Castle Farm, Hip 25 also breezed an eighth in :10 2/5.

Bred by Richard Leahy’s Oak Bluff Stables, LLC and foaled on February 19, 2015 at Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains, the colt is a graduate of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, where he was purchased from Winter Quarter Farm by 4H for $175,000.

His dam Blue Devil Bel, bred and campaigned by Leahy in New York, is a multiple winner and six-figure earner by Gilded Time. Also a winner-producer, Blue Devil Bel is a half sister to multiple stakes winner Akilina, who is the dam of Rieno Tesoro, a group winner in Japan, and Governor Malibu, a multiple graded-placed New York-bred runner.

More congratulations are in order for the connections of a trio of New York-bred colts who sold in the mid-$200,000 range.

Hip 32, from the first crop of Justin Phillip, bred by Castleton Lyons and Kilboy, also foaled at Berkshire Stud, and offered by Steven Venosa’s SGV Thoroughbreds, was purchased by Justin Casse, agent, for $265,000. The colt sold previously for $90,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga to SGV. The colt had the good fortune to receive a five-star catalogue update under his first dam Catch My Fancy (Yes It’s True). Catch My Fancy’s daughter Catch the Moon is the dam of Girvin, who leapfrogged to the top of the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard with a win in the Grade 2 Risen Star last Saturday. Catch the Moon is also the dam of well-known graded winner Cocked and Loaded. Venosa reported that that the colt attracted a lot of attention and most likely will turn out to be a sprinter.

A pair of juveniles, who sold back-to-back as Hips 20 and 21, each brought $250,000. Hip 20 is a bay March colt by star sire Uncle Mo out of As Promised by Century City who was purchased by Colt’s Neck Stable from the Crupi’s New Castle Farm consignment. Bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski and Harry Patten and foaled at Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, the colt went to Crupi 16 for $100,000 at the New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga.

Hip 21, a third-generation product of Vivien Malloy’s Edition Farm where he was foaled, is by Tale of the Cat out of winner Awesome Bull (Holy Bull). His second dam is Miney’s Awesome, out of Mine Tonight, purchased by Malloy at the 1999 Keeneland sale for $300,000. Bill Parcells’ August Dawn Farm signed the ticket for the bay February colt, who was previously purchased as a yearling at the Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale by Zayat Stables for $160,000.

















NY-bred colt by Yes It’s True tops open session of OBS winter mixed sale

Friday, January 27th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

The top-seller in the open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 winter mixed sale – and top-selling New York-bred in the two days of trading –was Hip 490, a short yearling by Yes It’s True. The bay was bred by Machmer Hall in partnership with Saratoga Glen Farm LLC and foaled on May 7, 2016 at Saratoga Glen Farm in Schuylerville.

Hip 490 was purchased by Zachary Kilgus for $28,000 from the consignment of Select Sales, Agent VI. He is the fifth foal out of Datttcatsgotrhythm, an unplaced Kentucky-bred daughter of Tale of the Cat who has produced two winners.

Datttcatsgotrhythm, whom the colt’s breeders bought for $11,000 at the 2010 Keeneland November sale, is a half sister to graded stakes performer Tenfold, by Tiznow, and multiple stakes performer Cascabella. The colt’s third dam, La Chaposa, by Ups, was a multiple Group 1-winning champion sprinter in Peru and her family boasts multiple Grade 1 winner Chaposa Springs and Grade 1 winner You and I

The next sale on the OBS calendar is the March sale of 2-year-olds in training, scheduled for March 14-15. The under tack show is set for March 9-11, beginning each morning at 8:00 a.m.

New Yorker by Shanghai Bobby tops Keeneland Book 1 yearling filly offerings

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
Hip 516 (Keeneland Photo)

Hip 516 (Keeneland Photo)

By Sarah Mace

The 2017 New York-bred yearling sales marketplace got a nice kick-start this week when a yearling from the second crop of Shanghai Bobby topped the filly offerings in Book 1 of Keeneland’s January sale. Hunter Valley Farm went all the way to $280,000 to secure this popular individual in Tuesday’s second and concluding session of the first book.

The sale filly, offered as Hip 516, is a dark bay or brown yearling bred by Yehuda Cohen’s Kingsport Farm LLC, Chris Bernhard’s Hidden Lake Farm LLC and David Campbell. Consigned by Mulholland Springs, Agent XV and Breeders’ Cup nominated, she was the highest-priced of three yearlings by Shanghai Bobby offered Tuesday.

Martha Jane Mulholland of Mullholland Springs said, “She is almost black, has a beautiful head and walk. Her body is so mature that she looks like she will be a grand yearling. She had it all. We knew she would sell well. A lot of people were very interested in her.”

Mulholland also told the TDNs Christie DeBernardis, “We had a $99,000 reserve on her, but I have not had as many scopes as we had on this filly in a number of years. She got a lot of action. A lot of people were very interested in her. We knew she’d sell well, but we try to put realistic reserves on them.”

The filly, who was foaled on April 18, 2016, is out of Saravati, an unplaced daughter of Giant’s Causeway, who is a half sister to Grade 1 winner You, Grade 2 winner You and I Forever and Grade 3 performer Causeway’s Kin. Her first foal Mask Zorro (Roman Ruler) won a Group 3 race in Japan in 2016.

Hidden Lake Farm / Kingsport Farm LLC bought Saravati for $40,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale with the sale filly in utero. The mare was bred to Bellamy Road last year, who stood his first season in New York in 2016 Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains. He commands a $7,500 stud fee in 2017.

“She was by far the best [yearling] offered today,” Hunter Valley co-owner Fergus Galvin said. “[Shanghai Bobby] we are huge fans of; we think he is going to be one of the top freshman sires for this year.”

Continued Galvin, “I’d say she will be re-offered, we are not sure yet. At that sort of (price), it’s a bit more than you would like, but she’s just the real deal. Quality is shining through. Anything that especially looks like her is going to be at the top end of the market, and you have to be prepared to pay for it.”

Other New York-bred standouts in the first two days of trading included the top yearling colt, Hip 597. Bred by Pine Ridge Stables Ltd and foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, the Breeder’s Cup-nominated chestnut by Union Rags sold to Good Way Purchases for $120,000 from the consignment of Paramount Sales, Agent XVII. His dam Ubuskuku is a half sister to Grade 2 True North winner Fast Bullet. His third dam is 1986 champion 2-year-old filly Brave Raj, who won the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies. This is also the family of sire Eurosilver.

The top older New York-bred to change hands in Book 1 was 7-year-old Neck of the Moon, Hip 466, who was offered as a racing or broodmare prospect. By More Than Ready, out of Cotopaxi and bred by Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort, Neck of the Moon was purchased by Dell Ridge Farm from the Hidden Brook consignment for $105,000. A $402,312-earner and stakes performer over the course of five strong seasons of competition, Neck of the Moon got a timely first stakes victory in the South Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park on December 17.

Overall, New York-breds performed solidly in Keeneland’s Book 1. The New York-bred average of $49,773 was in the same neighborhood as the sale average of $56,181. The New York-bred median of $31,500, outperformed the $30,000 sale median. The New York bred buyback rate of 35.3% (34 offered, 22 sold) is nearly identical to the sale’s 35.3% RNA percentage.

Through Book 1, the Keeneland January sale has seen a 21.0% decline in average from 2016, and 14.3% decline in median. Last year’s numbers got a lift from the dispersal of the late Sarah Jane Leigh’s stock.

The auction continues through Friday, with sessions beginning each day at 10 a.m. Eastern.