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Breeder alert: fall sale at Saratoga to include NY-bred yearlings

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
(Edited Press Release)

Fasig-Tipton will add another component to its October 7 Fall Mixed Sale at Saratoga Springs, NY, with an open session of New York-bred yearlings.

“Through the inspection process for our selected yearling sales, it became clear that New York breeders are producing more and higher-quality horses,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning.

“We expect to see increased numbers in our mixed offerings and horses of racing age and stabling on our grounds at Saratoga will likely be at capacity.  Thanks to an agreement with the New York Racing Association, we will have access to additional stalls within the Oklahoma training facility, just across the road from our own property.  This will allow us to accommodate yearlings in the sale and to better serve the marketplace.”

The Saratoga Fall Mixed Sale will close on July 25 and entry forms are available online at the company’s website and from all Fasig-Tipton offices.

For further information
Terence Collier – (859) 255-1555

New York-breds right on track at OBS June, Medaglia d’Oro filly New York topper

Saturday, June 21st, 2014
OBS Logoby Sarah Mace

When the 2-year-old sale season drew to a close Friday at the conclusion of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s expanded June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age, the numbers for New York-breds ended up on par with the overall sale’s major indicators. The New York-bred topper was a well-bred and talented Medaglia d’Oro filly who sold in session three.

Over the four sessions 63 New York-bred juveniles sold for $1,904,500 (including six private sales) for an average price of $30,230, just under the sale average of $31,867. The median price for a New York-bred was $20,000, which equaled the overall sale median. The New York-bred buyback rate was 23 percent, slightly higher than the 21 percent of the general population of the sale.

In session three Bob Feld, acting as agent for Sagamore Farm, went to $260,000 for a New York-bred Medaglia d’Oro filly (Hip 798), which made her second highest-priced juvenile in the session and fourth top-seller overall. Bred by Gallagher’s Stud and consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, the filly is out of Hostess by Chester House, a multiple graded stakes winner who set the current course record for 1 3/8 miles over the Saratoga inner turf. Purchased by Marlene Brody for $650,000 at the 2008 Keeneland November sale, Hostess got her first winner with her first foal, Z Maitre D (Awesome Again), who won on debut at two. She currently has a weanling filly by War Front.

Of the sale filly, Feld said, “You can’t go wrong with the stallion. She breezed well, (she has) good conformation. With our program at Sagamore, having broodmares, it’s kind of a win-win. We obviously hope she’s going to be a graded stakes winner, but even if she shows some type of talent we’ll definitely put her in the broodmare band.” The January filly, who turned in a furlong breeze in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show, sold as a yearling to Sarazen & Talus Stable for $170,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale from the consignment of Denali Stud.

The top-selling New York-bred colt went under the hammer in Friday’s fourth and concluding session, when Hip 1030, a bay colt by City Zip bred by Barry Ostrager, sold to Mike Recio, Agent for Matt Schera, for $140,000. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, the bay colt breezed an eighth in :10 1/5. This was the third time the sale colt changed hands at public auction. A $47,000 short yearling purchased by Roxanne Tucker from the Oakleigh Farm consignment at the 2013 Keeneland January sale, he was purchased by Phase II Thoroughbreds in the summer at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale in Saratoga. Ostrager purchased his dam, graded stakes placed Maryland-bred Morethanaprincess, by More Than Ready, in foal at the 2011 Keeneland November sale for $42,000. Both of her starters have won.

The third Empire-bred to bring six figures at OBS was a Bullsbay colt who brought $115,000 in the sale’s opening session.

The next sale on the OBS calendar is the Selected Sale of Yearlings on August 26, followed by the Open Sale of Yearlings on August 27-28.


Bullsbay colt tops NY-bred juveniles through first two sessions of OBS June

Thursday, June 19th, 2014
OBS Logoby Sarah Mace

Led by a $115,000 colt by Grade 1 Whitney Handicap-winning freshman sire Bullsbay (Tiznow), New York-bred 2-year-olds performed solidly through the first half of this year’s expanded Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age.

Bred by Zeke Kobak and Danny Bramer and foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, Hip 126 commanded the fourth-highest price in Tuesday’s opening session when he was purchased by Magnolia Mountain Bloodstock from the consignment of Casse Sales LLC (Justin Casse), Agent XV.

The dark bay / brown May colt worked a quarter-mile in :21 3/5 in the first of six under-tack preview shows scheduled last week to accommodate the 1,216 horses catalogued for the sale, the largest number in its history. Last year’s sale comprised two sessions and catalogued 748.

The sale colt, who sold previously to Justin Casse for $40,000 at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, is the first foal out of Sister Dyer, a placed daughter of Pulpit bred in Kentucky by Robert T. Manfuso and purchased in foal at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale for just $8,500. Sister Dyer is a daughter of graded stakes winner Belterra, herself a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Royal Haven.  Sister Dyer currently has a weanling colt by Simmard.

Through the first two sessions at OBS, 32 of the 45 New York-breds offered have changed hands (including one private sale) for an average of $25,516 and median of $20,000. In the sale overall, the average for the first two sessions is $31,137, down 6.4 percent from a year ago and the median is up 10 percent to $22,000.

The sale continues Thursday with hips 601-900, and concludes Friday with hips 901-1216, with each day’s session beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Click here for a listing of New York-bred hip numbers.

New York-bred 2-year-olds solid at F-T Midlantic with some state-connected fireworks

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
FT Midlantic 2yoby Sarah Mace

New York-breds made a solid showing at Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Timonium, Maryland on Monday and Tuesday, putting up decent figures against the backdrop of sale which posted year-to-year declines after seeing double-digit increases in 2013. Meanwhile, two individuals with strong New York ties were hammered down for over $400,000 as the co-fourth and co-seventh top-sellers, respectively, in the sale overall.

A grey/roan Kentucky-bred colt by freshman sire Desert Party out of the multiple stakes-producing mare Satinet (Olympio) was the co-topper of the second session and co-fourth top-seller overall. Desert Party relocated to Becky Thomas and Dennis Narlinger’s Sequel Stallions New York in 2013 and has already had first winner from his first runner in Europe. The March colt (Hip 455), who was bred by Chris and Kirt Cahill, sold for $425,000 to Chris Brothers of Xavier International Bloodstock for Paul Pompa. Jr. Consignor Eddie Woods acted on behalf of Pete Bradley’s Bradley Thoroughbreds, who purchased the colt last year as a Keeneland September yearling for $180,000. Desert Party stands at Sequel for a 2014 fee of $7,500.

Another standout with close New York ties sold early on in the first session for $400,000: Hip 13, a bay New York-foaled colt by Tapit out of a half-sister to both Grade 1 winner Paddy O’Prado and recent Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable (Tapit). The colt was bred by Gallagher’s Stud, who purchased his dam Wild Chant in foal at the 2011 Keeneland November sale. Because Wild Chant was not bred back as required when relocating to the state, the colt, though a product of the Empire State, is not technically eligible to be registered New York-bred. Read more on Hip 13 from the TDN.

In the population of New York-breds proper, a dark bay/brown Flatter filly led the way. Selling to Quest Realty for $255,000 from the consignment of Kirkwood Stables as the 12th highest priced juvenile over the two sessions, the April filly (Hip 270) is the first foal out of the stakes-winning Maryland-bred Jim’s Prospect. The filly was bred by the Estate of James Glenn, the dam’s co-breeder, and foaled at Keane Stud in Amenia. Jim’s Prospect is a half-sister to another stakes winner and the filly’s third dam is a multiple stakes producer. The filly, who worked a quarter in :21 4/5, was purchased by Kirkwood stables as a yearling for a modest $35,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale last September.

The top-selling New York-sired, New York-bred was a $225,000 March filly by Freud who stands at Sequel Stallions New York, where she was foaled. The chestnut filly (Hip 287) sold to Lady Sheila Stable Two from the consignment of All in Line Stables after posting a :10 2/5 breeze. Another lucrative pinhook, she sold previously for $47,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. She was bred by Fairlawn Farm and is out of the placed War Chant mare Lake Champlain, who has produced three winners from three starters, including a stakes performer. The filly’s second dam is graded winner and track record-setter Starry Ice (Ice Age), who is the dam of Grade 1 Carter Handicap winner Forest Danger.

Over the two sessions 76 of the 100 New York-breds offered for sale changed hands (including three private sales) for an average price of $44,730 and a $30,000 median. The average price for the general population of the sale was $59,578 and the median was comparable $31,000. The buyback rate of 24 percent for the sale at large was identical to the New York-bred buy-back rate. In addition to the two $200,000-plus sellers, eight more New York-bred individuals brought $100,000 or more, including two New York-sired juveniles: a colt by Cosmonaut (Saratoga Stud) out of Irgun’s Trial bred by Nelson Clemmens (Hip 262), who sold to Matthew Schera for $120,000, and another filly by Freud out of Avril a Portugal (Hip 48) bred by Kathy Feron, who sold to Gary Young on behalf of Michael Dubb for $110,000  Click here for complete sales results.


Two NY-bred juveniles go to Rice for $200,000+ in closing session of OBS April

Friday, April 25th, 2014
OBS_Logo_298by Sarah Mace

Led by another standout Freud filly, two more New York-bred juveniles brought over $200,000 in Thursday’s closing session of the OBS 2-year-olds in training sale, both purchased by trainer Linda Rice, agent.

Hip 928 by Freud (Sequel Stallions New York) was purchased for $230,000 by Rice from the consignment of Dean’s List on behalf of Lady Sheila Stable Two, LLC. Lady Sheila Stable campaigns La Verdad (Yes It’s True), the Rice-trainee who captured the Grade 2 Distaff last weekend at Aqueduct.

Bred in partnership by Hidden Lake Farm LLC, Andrew Sole and Fred Rosen and foaled at Hidden Lake Farm in Otisville, the filly sold as a yearling to Western Guidelines for $60,000 at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale.  She breezed an eighth of a mile in :09 4/5 on the final day of the under tack show, the co-second-fastest work of day at the distance.

Out of the winning Kentucky-bred Unbridled’s Song mare All of Me, the filly has three winning siblings from three to race, including two other registered New York-breds. Her second dam Bold and Gorgeous is a stakes winner, as is her third dam Just Gorgeous. The filly’s $230,000 price-tag made her the third top-selling New York-bred in the sale overall.

A second closing-day standout, also the top New York-bred colt overall and fourth top-priced New York-bred, was Hip 1044 by Spring At Last. Bred by JND Stables, James Taylor, Deborah Bolstad and Fox Ridge Farm, Inc. and foaled at Silvernails Farm in Pine Plains, the bay colt brought $210,000 after breezing a furlong in :10 flat.

Hip 1044 was hammered down twice before at public auction, bringing $37,000 as a weanling at the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Fall Mixed sale in Saratoga Springs in October 2012, and going to Ciaran Dunne, his consignor at OBS, for $80,000 at the OBS August yearling sale in 2013.

Out of Cercis, a placed daughter of Forty Niner, the colt has six winning siblings, topped by Botarate (Fly So Free) a multiple graded stakes performer in Peru. A half-sister is a stakes producer and his second dam is a stakes winner.

In the context of a sale that set new records for gross, average, and median for the second straight year, the performance of New York-breds was extremely solid. After four sessions the overall average price at OBS was $74,357 (up 24 percent over last year’s record $59,825), while the median figure was $47,000 (34 percent above the previous record $35,000 set in 2013). The buyback percentage was 18 percent, (up from 14 percent a year ago).

In the New York-bred population, 100 of 127 juveniles sold successfully for a 21 percent buy-back rate, slightly higher than the sale as a whole. The $65,400 average price for a New York-bred did not quite keep pace with the overall average, but the New York-bred median of $50,000 outperformed the general sale.

Eighteen New York-breds sold for six figures. Four brought $200,000 or more, of which three were fillies. The top Empire-bred was an Indian Charlie filly bred by Milfer Farm, Inc., who went to Gary Contessa, agent for Wounded Warrior Stables for $390,000 (thirteen top-seller overall).

Two fillies by Freud topped the New York-sired offerings: Hip 928, the third highest-priced New York-bred, who sold in session four (above) and Hip 736 the fifth highest-priced New York-bred who sold in session three. A Kentucky-bred colt by Bob and John (Hip 640), who currently stands at Saratoga Stud LLC in Stillwater, sold for $210,000.

Freud filly out of half-sister to Better Talk Now top-selling NY-bred on day three at OBS

Thursday, April 24th, 2014
OBS_Logo_298by Sarah Mace

Patsy Symons went to $190,000 to purchase a filly by successful New York sire Freud (Sequel Stallions New York) out of a half-sister to $4.1 million-earner Better Talk Now on day three of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training. The filly, who was consigned by Hoppel’s Horse and Cattle Co., Agent IV, topped Wednesday’s New York-bred offerings.

Bred by Vivien G. Malloy and foaled at her Edition Farm in Hyde Park, Hip 736 sold as a yearling to E J Thoroughbreds for $65,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale in Timonium before tripling her value at OBS. Buyer Patsy Symons is best known in New York-bred circles as the owner of successful New York-bred turf runners Gitchee Goomie and Effie Trinket, both trained by Rick Violette.

The dark bay / brown filly, who completed a furlong in :10 1/5 in the under tack show, is out of Talkin Indian, a Kentucky-bred multiple winner by Indian Charlie ($98,225). Out of stakes placed Bendita (Baldski), Talkin Indian is a half-sister to multi-millionaire Better Talk Now, winner of five Grade 1 races, headed by the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Turf. Another sibling, B. A. Way, is a stakes winner of over $300,000.

A $160,000 Keeneland September yearling in 2006, Talkin Indian changed hands via public auction again in 2010, when purchased for the same price by McMahon Bloodstock, agent, at the Keeneland November sale. The mare has two other unraced foals on the ground: a 3-year-old Stormy Atlantic filly, and a yearling filly by Colonel John. She was barren in 2014.

Through the third day of the four-session OBS April sale, New York-bred juveniles continued to put up numbers comparable to the general population of the sale, which is posting significant increases this year over last’s year record-setting renewal. The New York-bred average stands at $67,026, slightly under the sale average of $75,103 (up 22 percent from last year). The New York-bred median of $50,000 has outperformed the general sale median of $47,000 (27 percent higher than last year).

OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski said, “I was pleasantly surprised that momentum has continued from day one and just keeps building up. It’s just been a strong, solid market.”

Indian Charlie filly from family of Affirmed Success brings $390,000 on day two at OBS

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
OBS_Logo_298by Sarah Mace

A day after a New York-bred juvenile topped the filly offerings in the opening session The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, a filly from the family of Affirmed Success emerged as the state-bred standout of day two, hammered down to Gary Contessa, agent, for $390,000. The filly’s price tag made her the fourth top-seller in the second session, and fifth highest-priced juvenile through the first half of the four-day sale.

Contessa, the leading buyer of the session, signed for Hip 384 (named Amerindian) on behalf of Chip McEwen’s Wounded Warrior Stables, owner of Kentucky Derby-bound and Indian Charlie-sired Uncle Sigh.

Said Contessa, “I just loved the way she moved. What a coincidence that Uncle Sigh is an Indian Charlie New York-bred, believe me that had nothing to do with it. When she ran past me, I said, ‘I’ve got to have this filly.’ And it was an easy sell. Now if Sigh wins the Derby, we’ll be in good shape.”

Contessa said of the filly’s price, “That was our top dollar. We really wanted to get her for $300,000, but you know how it happens when you get to a sale. She’s got a stellar pedigree, she could be any kind of broodmare. She’s got residual value, she’s a big good-looking filly. She had everything going for her.”

The dark bay / brown filly failed to meet her reserve at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale in Saratoga last summer when bid up to $90,000. At OBS, she worked a sharp :10 flat furlong in the under tack show for consigner James Layden (Agent I).

Bred by Jonathan Davis’s Milfer Farm, Inc., the filly is out of My Success, a multiple winner by A.P. Indy bred by Albert Fried Jr. and campaigned by Lawana and Robert Low ($94,980). My Success, who was purchased in foal by Milfer Farm for $85,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November sale, has produced five winners, led by Kentucky-bred stakes winner Southern Success (Dixieland Band) and multiple graded stakes placed California runner Taste Like Candy, a 3-year-old daughter of Candy Ride.

The dam of My Success is Towering Success, a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Exbourne and Expelled, and to graded winner Top Socialite, dam of $2.2 million-earner Affirmed Success, winner of the Grade 1 Carter Handicap, Cigar Mile Handicap and Vosburgh Stakes.

On day two of the OBS sale 28 of 34 New York-breds offered changed hands (18 percent buy-back rate), for an average price of $70,679 and median of $55,000.

Cumulatively through the first half of the sale, the average price for an Empire-bred is $68,241 and median price is $48,500. Eleven New York-breds so far have sold for $100,000 or more.

The New York-bred indicators are on a par with the robust numbers posted by general population of the sale, which has a cumulative average of $72,483 (up 21 percent from 2013), and cumulative median of $47,000 (up 27 percent from last year).

The spring sale resumes with its third session on Wednesday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m.

NY-bred filly by Harlan’s Holiday top-selling female in opening session of OBS spring

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
OBS_Logo_298by Sarah Mace

A New York-bred filly by Harlan’s Holiday loaded with back type under the second dam was the top-selling female and third highest-priced horse in Monday’s opening session of the four-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Hip 62 was purchased by California-based Narvick International, agent for Riki Takahashi, from the consignment of de Meric Sales, Agent XI, for $270,000 after working an eighth of a mile in ten seconds flat at the under tack show. Nick de Meric spotted the filly at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale last summer in Saratoga, where he bought her for $75,000.

De Meric told the TDN that the filly caught his eye from the first. “Besides the sire, which I’m a big fan of, I loved her build, loved her body type – a smooth, racy profile. I loved her walk also.” The filly has also more than fulfilled his expectations in training. “She developed as well as I could possibly have hoped for,” said de Meric. “She thrived on her training. The more she’s done, the better she’s liked it and somebody’s going to have a lot of fun with that filly.” Buyer Riki Takahashi concurred. “I like the way she moves,” said Takahashi, “she moves so well.”

Bred by Mrs. Gerald Nielsen and foaled at her Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford, Hip 62 is out of the winning A. P Jet mare Garden Party, who was bred and campaigned by Nielsen and her late husband. Garden Party has produced two winners from three foals to start.

The sale filly’s second dam, unraced Damerelle, an Ontario-bred by Kings Bishop, is a half-sister to Grade 3 stakes winner Treekster ($327,350) and to Darnice, who produced ten winning offspring, headed by Grade 1 Monmouth Oaks winner Without Feathers (Brave Shot [GB]). A Nielsen-bred foal, Currency Arbitrage, is a New York-bred multiple stakes winner on turf.  Darnice also is the third dam of August Dawn Farm’s Saratoga Snacks, winner of last year’s the Empire Classic and also bred by Nielsen. Garden Party currently has a yearling colt by Tale of the Cat and was bred to Freud in 2013.

The top-selling New York-bred male was Hip 107, a Mineshaft colt purchased by Mr. Terence Murray Stables from Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent XV for $150,000 after posting a furlong breeze in :10 1/5 in the under tack show.

After failing to meet his reserve when bid up to $72,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale, the colt was purchased by AEI & Firestone Investments at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale for $40,000.

Bred by Ryan Hanigan, Jasmine Hanigan and Stephan Blanco and foaled at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, Hip 107 is the only registered New York-bred foal to date out of Guiding Star, a multiple winner by Touch Gold ($143,325) who has produced two winners from two foals to start. Guiding Star is a daughter of stakes winner Sweeping (End Sweep) and has two stakes-performing siblings. Half-sister Apt to Star is the dam of graded stakes winner Aegean (Northern Afleet) and stakes winner Light Bringer. There are three other graded winners under the third dam.

In all six New York-breds (including one sold privately) numbered among the 38 horses in the sale’s opening session who brought $100,000 or more, while the major indicators for Empire-breds stacked up well against the strong numbers for the general population of the sale.

Overall, the average price for a 2-year-old in the session was $66,543, an increase of 16 percent from last year’s first-day average of $57,584 and median price rose 27 percent to $45,000 from $35,000 a year ago. The New York-bred average price was $65,615 and New York-bred median was $34,000. The buy-back percentage overall in the first session was 24 percent up from 13 percent.  The New York-bred buy-back rate was 25 percent.

The spring sale resumes with its second session on Tuesday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m.







Speedy Sky Mesa colt brings $300,000 at Keeneland April

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Keeneland Photo

Keeneland Photo

by Sarah Mace

A colt by Sky Mesa, who owned the fastest time for a furlong in the presale under-tack show, was hammered down for $300,000 at the single-session Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale on Monday. Mark Casse, agent, signed the ticket for the bay colt, who was the co-tenth top seller at the boutique sale.

With Keeneland’s Polytrack surface tightened by some morning rain and yielding fast works throughout last Thursday’s breeze show, the bay colt (Hip 69) led the dozen juveniles who worked a furlong under :10, firing a bullet work of :9 2/5. [Keeneland Video]. The time was the fastest one-furlong breeze of the year through the four select under-tack shows at Keeneland, Barretts, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. and Fasig-Tipton Florida.

Becky Thomas, whose Sequel Bloodstock consigned the juvenile, said, “He’s a lovely colt. He’s tall, leggy, stretchy. He looks like he’ll go a route of ground. I know he’s definitely a fast boy. He’d have been a fast boy at our farm or anywhere else we took him.”

Bred by Michael Mandara and foaled on May 2, 2012 at Sequel Stallions NY in Hudson the colt boasts a number of very distinguished runners in his pedigree, led by Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Spain (Drina/Thunder Gulch), Grade 2 winner Puerto Banus, and Grade/Group 3 winners Plan, Fantastic Spain, and Excited.

He also has right to be fast on his own account. He is the second of three registered foals from Alfonsina, a multiple graded stakes-placed runner by Grand Slam, also bred by Mandara and very familiar to Thomas.

“I had his mother, and she was one of the fastest horses I’d ever had,” said Thomas. “I loved this colt the first time I saw him. He went through a thick phase, but he has thinned himself out. Having had his mother I kind of knew what he was going to look like when he got everything together. I knew he would be fast.”

The colt’s sale history is a clinic in patience. Offered first at the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred sale last August, he failed to meet his reserve when bid up to $57,000. He also failed to meet his RNA at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale.

Said Thomas, “The owner did not get him sold at the New York-bred sale and I bought him privately after that. I tried to resell him in October and didn’t get that done, so I took him here. He’s very nice. I had his mother, so it was easy, because she was very fast.”

Alfonsina currently has an unraced 3-year-old filly by Harlan’s Holiday named Here’s Belle, a yearling filly by Girolamo and was bred last year to El Corredor.

New York-breds buck buyback trend at F-T Florida

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
FT Florida 14 logoby Sarah Mace

Representing one of the bright spots in a sale which saw a 45 percent buy-back rate, New York-bred juveniles were in demand at Fasig-Tipton’s Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training, with eight out of the ten offered (after scratches) changing hands (20 percent buy-back). Steven Young, agent, went to $160,000 to secure the top lot, a Majestic Warrior colt.

Held for the first time at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs South in Williston, the third juvenile sale of the season was looking to build on double digit increases at Barretts and OBS, but ended up seeing a decline in gross (25 percent), average (26 percent) and median (40 percent).

Commenting that “Buy-backs were higher than we would have liked,” Boyd Browning, president of Fasig-Tipton said, “You’re always a little disappointed when you have a step back statistically and we had a step back this year. We’ll grin and bear it and look forward to our next 2-year-old sale at Timonium in May.” Browning added, “The select sales market has been very selective.”

The top-priced New York-bred was Hip 60, a dark bay / brown colt by Majestic Warrior foaled on March 8, 2012 at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham. A successful pinhooking venture, the $160,000 colt, who posted a :10 1/5 eighth of a mile work in the under tack show (VIDEO), sold for more than five times the $30,000 paid for him at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga.

Bred by Steve Taglienti, best known in New York-bred circles as the owner-breeder of stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer Hangover Kid ($464,578), the colt is the most recent reported foal out of Artistic Cat, a daughter of Sir Cat, who started once and did not place. The producer of three winners, led by Artistic Lion by Lion Cavern ($123,330), Artistic Cat is a half-sister to three stakes performers, including Grade 2-placed Truart by Yes It’s True.

The top New York-bred filly at the sale was Hip 121, a daughter of City Zip bred by Barry R. Ostrager and foaled at Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains. The March filly was purchased by Hidden Brook Farm, agent, for $130,000 after working a sharp eighth of a mile in :10 flat [VIDEO]. The sale filly passed twice through the sales ring before, purchased by Spring Dell Farm as a short yearling at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale for $60,000 and then by Kings Equine at the Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale in Saratoga for $100,000.

The filly’s dam is Lady Buckingham, a graded stakes performer by Formal Dinner purchased by Ostrager from the consignment of Thomas J. Gallo Sales Agency, agent, for $2,000 at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale. A producer of three winners, she is a full-sister to stakes-winner Admiral Lance and a half-sister to Lovmeaton (Wheaton), the dam of stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer Ruler of Love (Peace Rules).

The ten New York-breds to sell on Monday sold for an average price of $100,000 and a median price of $97,500.