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Last New York-bred through the ring at OBS March brings $560,000

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
by Sarah Mace

The very last New York-bred to pass through the OBS March auction ring during the sale’s two-day run this Tuesday and Wednesday turned out to be the most successful, when Hip 610, a colt by Sidney’s Candy, who leads freshman sires by 2-year-old in training sales average, sold to L. E. B. for $560,000. Empire-breds fared well at the sale overall, with four of the 22 who changed hands bringing at least $270,000 and 16 individuals commanding six-figures.

Hip 610, who turned in an eighth of a mile breeze in :10 1/5 in the under tack show, was consigned by Hartley / DeRenzo Thoroughbreds, LLC, agent, who purchased him for $160,000 at last summer’s Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred sale in Saratoga. He sold previously as a weanling to Gino Antonio for $140,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November Sale.

Bred by SF Racing, LLC, and foaled on March 10 2013 at Vinery NY at Sugar Maple in Poughquag, the chestnut colt is the second foal out of Broadway Hennessey (Hennessy), a Kentucky-bred juvenile stakes winner of nearly $100,000 and new track record setter for 4 1/2 furlongs at Golden Gate Fields (51.70). Purchased by SF Bloodstock for $70,000 at the 2010 Keeneland November sale, the mare is also a half sister to graded stakes placed stakes winner Courageous Act. Broadway Hennessey’s first foal is a registered New York-bred 3-year-old gelding by Super Saver, named Super Show, who has not started.

Also well received on Wednesday was Hip 496, a gray or roan colt by Bellamy Road purchased by Little Red Feather Racing for $415,000 after working an eighth in :10 1/5 for Becky Thomas and Justin Casse’s consignment. The colt RNA’d for Sequel Stallions for $95,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton sale of selected yearlings in Saratoga.

Bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds / JMJ Racing and foaled at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, the Bellamy Road colt is out of Throbbin’ Heart, a stakes winner by Smoke Glacken who has produced three winners from three foals to start, including multiple stakes placed juvenile Roaming by Quality Road. Throbbin’ Heart was purchased with the sale colt in utero by Wrangler Stable for $82,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November sale.

The top filly in sale, and top New York-bred in Tuesday’s first session was a juvenile by Majestic Warrior bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds / Twin Creeks Racing (Hip 225) who drew a winning bid of $300,000. Read more.

A pair of successful New York-bred OBS sellers sired by current or former New York stallions are also worth noting. Hip 509, a bay March 20, 2013 colt by former New York sire Noonmark (now relocated to the Philippines) went to J C Company Ltd for $270,000 after having garnered considerable pre-sale attention by turning in a bullet quarter-mile breeze in :20 2/5.

Bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds, Hidden Lake Farm, and Elena Ahlschwede, foaled at River Valley Farm in Germantown and consigned by Eddie Woods, the Noonmark colt, who is named Bernie’s Prize, is the first foal out of the unraced Friends Lake mare Truss. His dam is a half sister to New York-bred graded winner Khancord Kid and he issues from the family of champion Shared Belief, Grade 2 winner and sire Half Ours and stakes-placed sire Yankee Gentleman. Previously the colt brought $60,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale.

The top-selling OBS New York-bred by a current New York sire was Hip 607. The bay filly from the first crop of Courageous Cat turned in a sharp furlong breeze for consignor Jimmy Miranda in :9 4/5 and ended up going to Michael Dubb for $150,000. The filly sold previously for $30,000 as a weanling to Very Unstable at the Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale last October.

Bred by W.S. Farish, Inwood Stable & BCWT, LTD., the January 29, 2013 filly is the second foal out of Bridesmaid, a Texas-bred juvenile stakes winner and half sister to Grade 2 Peter Pan winner Postponed. The sale filly’s second dam is multiple graded winner Chapel of Dreams. Her sire Courageous Cat stands at Questroyal North near Stillwater, where she was foaled, and will have his first runners in 2015.

The cumulative numbers for New York-breds at the sale were very good. Of 31 juveniles offered, 22 sold for an average of $161,682, not far off the cumulative average for the general population of the sale, which was  $170,804. The New York-bred median price of $132,500 well outperformed the sale median of $105,000.

Majestic Warrior filly brings $300,000 in opening session of OBS March

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
by Sarah Mace

A Majestic Warrior filly bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds / Twin Creeks Racing (Hip 225) drew a winning bid of $300,000 from Speedway Stable to top the New York-bred offerings in the opening session of the new larger-format OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training on Tuesday.

Consigned by Cary Frommer, who purchased the filly for $140,000 from Sequel Stallions New York at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale, the bay filly breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 seconds in the under tack show.

Foaled on May 3, 2013 at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, the sale filly is the fifth foal out of Kettle’s Sister (More than Ready), the dam of Vinceremos (Pioneerof the Nile), winner of the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes and second in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby. The mare’s first foal Dr. Chase (Tiz Wonderful) is also a winner.

The filly’s second dam is stakes placed Safe at the Plate, who is a half-sister to champion sprinter and $2.1 million dollar earner Safely Kept. Kettle’s Sister currently has a yearling filly by Mission Impazible, to whom she was bred back in 2014.

The top New York-bred colt on Tuesday was Hip 131, dark bay or brown individual by Super Saver purchased for $180,000 from Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Plantation, the buyer of four lots in the session including the session-topping Bernardini colt, for $1.4-million.

Bred by Carl Bennett and foaled on May 11, 2013 at Hilltop Stable in Deposit, the sale colt worked an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5 in the under tack show and came into the ring with plenty of auction experience under his belt. Secured by Damien Farms as a weanling at the 2013 Keeneland November sale, he RNA’d at $145,000 as a Keeneland September yearling before selling to Boomer Investments for $100,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. His consignor at OBS was Hartley / De Renzo Thoroughbreds.

The colt’s dam is Fly the Colors (Giant’s Causeway), who was purchased by Carl Bennett at the 2010 Keeneland November sale for $40,000. The producer of two winners, including six-figure earner Twin Engine by Mr. Greeley, Fly the Colors is out of Grade 1 winner Runup the Colors (A.P, Indy) and a half-sister to talented Louisiana Derby winner and millionaire Revolutionary by War Pass. Last year Fly the Colors was bred to Lonhro (AUS).

Nine New York-bred juveniles sold in in the sale’s opening session of 15 offered for an average price of $121,333 and $120,000 median. The sale concludes on Wednesday, March 18 with hips 305-610. Click here to view New York-bred hips.

Bluegrass Cat colt, Tale of the Cat filly top New York-breds at Fasig-Tipton Florida

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
by Sarah Mace

A Bluegrass Cat colt out of a half-sister to Golden Missile was the top-selling New York-bred at the Fasig-Tipton’s Florida sale, which took place for the first time at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday. A filly by Tale of the Cat, who issues from an accomplished family of New York-breds, took the top honors on the distaff side.

The bay Bluegrass Cat colt (Hip 81) was purchased by LRK Stable Inc. for $185,000 from the consignment of Eddie Woods, Agent LXIII, after working an eighth of a mile in 10 1/5 seconds in Monday’s under tack show. A successful pinhook, colt sold previously in Saratoga as a Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling for $80,000.

Bred by WinStar Farm, LLC and foaled on February 26, 2013 at Vinery New York at Sugar Maple Farm, Hip 81 is out of winner-producer Santa Vindi (Vindication). Santa Vindi is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner, $2.1 million-earner and successful New York sire Golden Missile (A.P. Indy); their dam is multiple graded stakes winner Santa Catalina.

The top-selling New York-bred filly (Hip 95) was purchased by Lexington-based Xavier International Bloodstock, Agent, for $170,000 from the Crupi’s New Castle Farm consignment. The bay filly by Tale of the Cat, who breezed a furlong in 10 4/5 in the under tack show, was previously purchased as a yearling by Dylan Venosa at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale for $130,000.

The filly was bred by Akindale Farm, where she was foaled on March 3, 2013. John Hettinger purchased the filly’s second dam Avichi (Damascus), who is a full-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Honorable Miss, for $102,000 at the 1986 Keeneland January sale. For Hettinger Avichi produced multiple graded stakes winner Lady D’Accord (D’Accord) and graded stakes winner Missymooiloveyou.

Avichi’s unplaced daughter So Long Dearie, the dam of the sale filly, and has produced multiple stakes winners My Dinah ($450,391) and Them There Eyes ($289,300), as well as 13-time winner Cayo Hueso ($211,768).

A noteworthy New York-bred RNA at the Fasig-Tipton sale was Hip 2. The bay colt offered by Hartley / De Renzo from the first crop of Ice Box failed to attain his reserve after being bid up to $395,000. Bred by Christopher Shelli and out of the unraced Ghostzapper mare Fear This, he was the co-top-selling colt last summer in Saratoga, when he went to Nick Zito for $230,000.

Becky Thomas to sell juveniles in partnership with Justin Casse

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Sequel Press Release

Becky Thomas and Justin Casse have announced they will partner to break, train and sell 2-year-olds for the 2015 season and beyond. The new operation will operate under the name Thomas & Casse and will offer its first consignment at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale Mar. 4. Thomas & Casse will also sell at this year’s juvenile sales at OBS and at Barretts May. Thomas will sell as Sequel at Barretts Select 2-Year-Olds Feb. 23.

“Justin is a terrific young horseman who has a great eye for talent,” said Thomas. “Teaming up makes sense on many different levels, and we’re both excited about the venture.”

Added Casse, “Becky is one of the most respected horsewomen in the U.S. who has broken and trained Grade I winners like Officer, Creative Cause and Artemis Agrotera. Partnering gives our clients more options and expertise.”

Thomas previously sold under the Sequel Bloodstock banner, and will continue to operate as Sequel Bloodstock. Casse sold under the name Casse Sales. Both are based in the Ocala area.

Sales of New York-bred short yearlings robust at Keeneland January

Friday, January 16th, 2015
by Sarah Mace

Led by a Harlan’s Holiday colt who commanded $185,000 on Monday, New York-bred short yearlings made a strong showing at Keeneland’s four-day January Horses of All Ages this week, not only outperforming their counterparts in the same sale last year, but also doing better this year than the yearling population sale-wide.

In all 24 New York-bred yearlings sold at Keeneland January for an average price of $32,767 and median of $19,500. While the average represents a 22 percent increase on their 2013 average at the same venue ($26,873), both average and median outperformed the results for the general population of yearlings at Keeneland, who brought a $31,847 average and $15,000 median. In sum, regarded by many as a coda to the 2014 sales season, Keeneland January put a final exclamation point on an extremely successful year for the New York-bred weanling/yearling markets.

The top New York-bred yearling was Hip 344, a dark bay or brown colt by Harlan’s Holiday bred by Dr. Jonathan Davis’s Milfer Farm in Unadilla, who sold as the fourth highest-priced yearling in Monday’s opening session. Purchased by L & D Bloodstock for $185,000 from the Legacy Bloodstock consignment, the colt is out of Kaileysgal, a mare purchased by Milfer Farm in foal at the 2013 Keeneland November sale for $105,000. A placed daughter of Unbridled’s Song, Kaileysgal is out of Warside, a graded stakes placed multiple black type winner by Lord at War (ARG), and has already produced three winners from three starters, led by stakes winner Tensas Cold Front (War Front).

Keeneland November 2014 by the numbers: NY-bred weanlings continue upward trajectory

Monday, November 17th, 2014
By Sarah Mace

There will always be individual New York-breds, both weanlings and older breeding stock, who stand out at the annual Keeneland November breeding stock sale, but this year’s cumulative results revealed a more meaningful overall trend: the value of New York-bred weanlings at this marathon sale is decidedly on an upward trajectory.

At the conclusion of eleven sessions of trading this year, 89 New York-breds in all changed hands of 121 offered (26.4 percent buyback) for an average price of $52,181 and a median of $30,000. For reference, these numbers are down somewhat from last year, when 93 New York-breds sold of 112 offered (17.0 percent buyback) for an average price of $54,948 and $37,000 median.

When considered by themselves, however, the weanlings posted stronger results than the group of New York-breds as a whole both this year and last, selling for an average price of $56,621 and median of $40,000. The weanling buyback rate was elevated this year, to be sure – 32.6 percent (29 weanlings sold of 43 offered) – but some high-priced RNAs suggest that sellers are confident that they have better options down the road. Six individuals who failed to sell who drew bids ranging from $50,000 to $120,000.

The New York-bred weanling average and median this year are also up over the weanling results in previous two renewals of the sale. In 2013 New York-bred weanlings averaged $50,591 with a $37,000 median; in 2012 the group averaged $38,544 with a $27,000 median. The increases year-to-year are shown in the chart below with percentages.

New York-bred weanlings at Keeneland November 2012-2014

2014 NY-bred weanlings (% change from previous year) 2013 NY-bred weanlings (% change from previous year) 2012 NY-bred weanlings
Sold 29 44 39
Offered 43 56 56
Buyback % 32.6% 21.4% 30.4%
Average $56,621 (+4.8%) $53,986 (+40%) $38,544
Median $40,000 (+3.9) $38,500 (+42.6%) $27,000

Not only have New York-bred weanlings been selling better at Keeneland over the last few years, but the buyers’ “ceiling” appears to be on the rise. The past two years each saw a $200,000 New York-bred weanling at the top.

New York-bred weanling top achievers at Keeneland November 2012-2014

2014 2013 2012
Top seller $200,000 (Hip 292, colt by Sidney’s Candy, o/o Evrobi) $200,000 (Hip 665; colt by Harlan’s Holiday, o/o First Grade) $175,000 (Hip 1139: colt by Super Saver, o/o Broadway Hennessey)
6-figure horses 5 8 4

The recent strength of the New York-bred yearling market, especially at the Fasig-Tipton preferred sale in Saratoga, has grabbed many headlines. Now the weanling market, both at Keeneland and the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall sale, which continued to gain ground in its third year, appears to be gathering a momentum of its own.


NY-bred standouts at KeeNov Bks 2-3: Yawkey Way, Wholelottashakin, weanling duo

Monday, November 10th, 2014
By Sarah Mace

Following the Book 1 fireworks on Tuesday and Wednesday, top-class New York-breds continued to be in demand in Books 2 and 3 of Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale. Accomplished race mares Yawkey Way and Wholelottashakin sold to the same buyer for $200,000 each, while well-bred weanlings by Ghostzapper and first crop sire Gemologist went for $190,000 and $185,000 respectively.

Stakes winning sprinter Yawkey Way (Grand Slam) in foal to Violence (Medaglia d’Oro) sold to Sabana Farm (David Seguias, Agent) for $200,000 in opening session of Book 2 on Thursday. Bred by New Dawn Stud LLC and foaled at Sez Who North in Stillwater (now Questroyal North), Yawkey Way (Hip 484) is out of a winner by Touch Gold whose dam was a stakes winner in France. She was consigned by St. George Sales, Agent III.

A $50,000 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling in 2009, Yawkey Way sold the following year as the second highest-priced New York-bred at the OBS February Select Sale, bringing $165,000. Campaigned by Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence and trained by Chad Brown, Yawkey Way was precocious, winning her debut and, second out, a state-bred stakes at Saratoga. She retired after three seasons with a record of three wins, two seconds and one third from ten starts and $127,400 in earnings.

Also purchased by Sabana Farm for $200,000 was Parting Glass Racing’s graded stakes placed turf runner Wholelottashakin (Hip 1293). Consigned by Woods Edge Farm (Peter O’Callaghan), Agent VII, the 5-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy was hammered down early in Saturday’s fourth session as a broodmare prospect.

Bred by Mia Gallo and foaled at Tom and Mia Gallo’s Blue Stone Farm in Cambridge, Wholelottashakin issues from an immediate family of successful New York-bred runners. Her stakes placed dam Carr Shaker (Carr de Naskra), was bred in New York by James F. Edwards and purchased by Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency for only $10,000 at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton December mixed sale. Out of Talc Shaker, a New Jersey-bred multiple stakes winner, Carr Shaker is a full sister to stakes winner and stakes producer She’s a Shaker and has also produced Dewars Rocks (Big Mukora), who won the Grade 3 Rare Treat, and stakes performers Woodford Rocks (Big Mukora) and Northern Shaker (Compliance).

Wholelottashakin, who compiled a record of four wins, seven seconds and two thirds along with $337,465 in earnings, never became a stakes winner, but earned five stakes placings while competing against a particularly strong cohort of New York-bred turf females, even when running out of state. In 2012 at three she finished second to Breeder’s Cup Filly and Mare Turf heroine Dayatthespa in the Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park and ran second to the same rival in the 2013 Yaddo Stakes at Saratoga. This past January Wholelottashakin finished second by a neck in the Grade 3 Endeavour at Tampa Bay Downs.

Books 2 and 3 also saw a pair of well-bred weanlings change hands. Spinghouse Farm went to $190,000 to purchase Hip 1259, a chestnut colt by Ghostzapper from the family of Chief Bearhart, 1997 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner and multiple Sovereign and Eclipse champion. Bred by Jerry Bilinski, Roddy Valente and Rick Alfred and foaled on February 8, 2014 at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, the colt sports a pedigree page that is littered with black type.

The colt’s dam is the unraced Storm Cat mare Stormy Bear, whose 2014 juvenile, Zayat Stables’ Mr. Z (Malibu Moon), ran second this year in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special, Grade 3 Sanford Stakes and Keeneland’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity before finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Bilinski purchased Stormy Bear for $27,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale. The colt’s second dam Amelia Bearhart, the Outstanding Broodmare in Canada in 1996, produced Chief Bearhart and Grade 1 winner Explosive Red. Other graded stakes winners appearing under the second dam are Strut the Stage, Multidimensional and Aldous Snow and champion Private Zone.

Hip 1066, a bay colt from the first crop of Gemologist whose second dam is a Grade 1 winner, sold for $185,000 to Baccari Bloodstock from the Eton Sales consignment. Bred by SF Racing LLC, breeder of the top New York-bred weanling from Book 1 (see further below), and foaled on March 9, 2014 at Vinery NY at Sugar Maple in Poughquag, the sale colt is out of Impending Storm (Mineshaft) unplaced in three starts, but a daughter of November Snow (Storm Cat), winner of the Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 1 Test Stakes in 1992. A sister of graded winner Scatmandu and stakes winner Lady Sorolla, November Snow produced seven winners including stakes performers and stakes producers. Impending Storm was purchased by Bowden Global Bloodstock for $90,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November sale.

The Book 1 standouts Lady Samuri and a weanling by Sidney’s Candy, are still the New York-bred sale toppers, but through Keeneland’s first three books New York-bred sales continue to be strong overall. A total of 38 individuals have sold (11 weanlings and 27 older horses) for an average of $96,842 and median of $78,500. The weanling average and median ($105,636 and $80,000) are slightly higher than that of the older horses ($93,259 average, $75,000 median).

Cumulatively the sale at large has yielded an average price of $136,586 and median of $75,000, both up seven percent over last year ($127,301 and $70,000). In both the general population of the sale and among the New York-breds buybacks are up, however. For all horses, cumulative buybacks rose to 21.9 percent from 17.6 percent last year. The New York-bred buyback rate is up to 32.1 percent, though the three horses who have RNA’d for six figures suggests that sellers are being exacting.

Lady Samuri and weanling by Sidney’s Candy standouts in Keeneland Book 1

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
By Sarah Mace

Making a strong Book 1 showing for the Empire State, both New York-breds that changed hands during the opening two sessions of the Keeneland November sale were standouts. Graded stakes placed Lady Samuri, in foal to Union Rags on an April 7 cover, brought $280,000 during Tuesday’s session, while a weanling colt by Sidney’s Candy was hammered down for $200,000 on Wednesday.

Lady Samuri, a 5-year-old mare by First Samurai bred by Tracy Egan and Lansdon B. Robbins III and consigned by Castle Park Farm LLC (Noel Murphy), Agent 3, was purchased by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC, the buyer of Dayatthespa for $2.1 million one day earlier at the Fasig-Tipton November sale.

An astute $10,000 claim in April 2013 by trainer Yvon Belsoeur for owner Bruno Schickedanz, Lady Samuri (Hip 119) made a transition from turf to dirt racing and became a stakes winner at Monmouth, wiring the Lighthouse Stakes and, next out in her final career start, finishing third in the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher Stakes. She retired with a record of seven wins, two seconds and two thirds from 21 starts and earned $150,553.

Out of Redeye Rain, a winning New York-bred daughter of Instrument Landing bred Howard C. Nolan, Tracy Egan and Neil Goldstein, Lady Samuri has eight winning siblings, led by stakes winner Message Red by Cryptoclearance ($240,722), whose daughter Le Mi Geaux (First Samurai) is a Grade 3 winner.

BG Stables acquired the Sidney’s Candy colt, who sold as Hip 292 from Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent. Bred by SF Racing and foaled at Vinery NY at Sugar Maple in Poughquag on March 21, 2014, the chestnut colt is out of Evrobi, a winning daughter of Tabasco Cat. Evrobi has produced three winners, including Tell A Kelly by Tapit, who as a juvenile in 2010 won the Darley Debutante Stakes, finished second in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes and third in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes.

The Sidney’s Candy weanling is Evrobi’s second registered New York-bred foal. She produced a Super Saver filly, who sold for $125,000 at this year’s Keeneland September yearling sale. Evrobi was bred to Gemologist this year.

Dayatthespa, Discreet Marq bring over $2M each at FT, embark on different career paths

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
"Day" has time to pick some grass between BC victory and sales ring (Fasig-Tipton photo)

“Day” has some time to relax between her BC victory and the sales ring (Fasig-Tipton photo)

By Sarah Mace
[Updated 11/6/2014]

Late in the session at Monday’s 2014 Fasig-Tipton November Sale, in back-to-back sales, star New York-bred turf runners Dayatthespa and Discreet Marq each brought over $2 million. Their destinies however, will be different. Dayatthespa will join the elite broodmare band of Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stable, while Discreet Marq, purchased by Moyglare Stud, will return to Christophe Clement to resume training.

Dayatthespa (Hip 184), frontrunning winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Saturday and the first of the pair to go under the hammer, was offered as a racing/broodmare prospect from the Lane’s End consignment. She ultimately went to Banke, with Bloodstock advisor John Moynihan at her side, for $2.1 million as the eleventh top seller of the night after protracted bidding.

A 5-year-old chestnut City Zip mare bred by Castellare DiCracchiolo Stable, Cracchiolo & Goldsher, Dayatthespa brought $50,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York preferred yearling in 2010 before being purchased privately as a 2-year-old in training by Pete Bradley, who formed a partnership group consisting of Bradley Thoroughbreds, successful Broadway producers Jerry Frankel and Ron Frankel and optometrist Steve Layman.

Bradley told the TDN that he experienced a range of emotions during the bidding. “I’m very happy with the price, but the way the bidding went…it stalled around the $1.7 million range, and we were kind of there scratching our heads. She was over her reserve, but it was close, and we thought, ‘Do we want to race her still?’ But we didn’t; she was here to sell, and she sold to a good group.”


Fasig-Tipton photo

Bradley, at first uncertain as Stonestreet’s plans, told the TDN, “I’m so glad she went to Stonestreet. It’s a great operation. I don’t know if they’ll run her again; if they do, she’s in great hands from that standpoint. And then they’ll give her every chance to be a top-quality broodmare.”

Shortly, however, the Lexington Herald-Leader tweeted, “John Moynihan says Dayatthespa will not go back into training, heading to the broodmare band.”

A winner of ten stakes races, topped by the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland in 2012 and, within the last month, Keeneland’s Grade 1 First Lady and the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, Dayatthespa has earned $2,288,892, catapulting herself over the weekend to third on the all-time top new York-bred earner’s list. She has been trained by Chad Brown throughout her career.

[UPDATE: On the first Saturday of the Keeneland November sale people will have a chance to bid on Wholelottashakin (Scat Daddy), a graded stakes placed New York-bred broodmare prospect who knocked heads with Dayatthespa on several occasions, finishing second to her in the Sweetest Chant at Gulfstream Park in 2012 and and in the 2013 renewal of the Yaddo Stakes at Saratoga (Hip 1293).]

Next in the ring strode the almost-white grey Discreet Marq (Discreet Cat), last seen winning the 1 1/16-mile, $200,000 Ticonderoga for New York-bred turf fillies and mares by three lengths on Empire Showcase Day and becoming a seven figure earner ($1,067,900).

A four-year-old daughter of Discreet Cat foaled at Keane Stud in Amenia, Discreet Marq is third-generation homebred for Patricia and Frank Generazio out of the multiple stakes winning and graded stakes placed Marquetry mare To Marquet, and was offered on behalf of the Generazios by her trainer Christophe Clement (Hip 185).

Fasig-Tipton photo

Fasig-Tipton photo

The subject of spirited bidding from the outset, Discreet Marq was ultimately hammered down to Moyglare Stud for $2.4 million as the seventh top seller in the session. Moyglare Stud’s Fiona Craig spoke to the TDN. “She’s a classy mare with a great outcross and a proven performance record,” Craig said. “And she’s a great looker.”

Craig also revealed that we will have more opportunities to see Discreet Marq in action. “She’ll go back to Christophe Clement,” Craig said. “She’s only a 4-year-old, so she’s got a whole other year and then eventually she’ll go to Ireland and we’ll breed her and send her to the best and hopefully she’ll produce something that looks like she does.”

Clement, needless to say, was thrilled at the prospect of having Discreet Marq back in his barn. “I’m delighted to have her back. I love the horse. I’m very happy for Mr. and Mrs. Generazio, because I think it was a very good sale. And I’m delighted for Moyglare, which has been a very loyal customer over the years and I think she has all the making of a top-class mare. I definitely think she can race another year. We’ll train her for the [Grade 1] Matriarch [on November 30 at Del Mar] next time, in three weeks, and we’ll go from there.”

Discreet Marq won last year’s Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks and six other stakes races including the Grade 2 Sands Point.

Finally, in the “quality New York-bred mare” department, we should certainly not leave out Storm Dixie, a stakes placed daughter of Catienus bred in New York by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who went to on produce none other than Princess of Sylmar (Majestic Warrior), winner of last year’s Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, Grade 1 TVC Coaching Club American Oaks, Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 1 Beldame. Princess of Sylmar topped last night’s sale, bought by Shadai Farm in Japan for $3.1 million. A little later her Storm Dixie herself went through the sales ring selling in foal to Tapit, sold a short time later for $1.9 million to Olin Gentry, agent.

Major indicators solid for NY-bred yearlings at another record-breaking F-T October

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
FT Oct  yearlings 14 logoBy Sarah Mace

New York-bred yearlings, topped by five individuals who realized six figures, put in a solid showing at the three-day Fasig-Tipton October sale, which climbed into record territory once again this year, seeing new highs in gross, average, and median.

For the auction as a whole, total sales climbed 7.5 percent with a 5 percent year-to-year increase in average from $34,117 to $35,850, and an 8.8 percent rise in median from $17,000 to $18,500. Buybacks were also up this year, though, increasing from 16.2 percent to 20.7 percent.

The figures for New York-bred yearlings came in a shade below the general population of the sale, but in the same general range. In all, 71 New York-bred yearlings of the 92 offered changed hands (including four private sales) for a buyback rate of 22.9 percent. The New York-bred average was $32,547 and median was $18,000.

The 2014 indicators, save for the buyback rate, are on a par with the New York-bred results at the 2013 renewal of the sale. Last year, of 93 New York-breds offered sold 77 sold (including three private sales) for a 17 percent buyback rate. The 2013 average was $32,974 slightly higher than this year, but this year the median improved from $17,000.

The top two New York-bred yearlings changed hands in the first session; Hip 34, a chestnut daughter of Kitten’s Joy bred by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and Hip 56 a dark bay or brown Smart Strike colt bred by Stone Bridge Farm, LLC, who brought $140,000 and $130,000 respectively (read more).

The three other individuals who brought at least $100,000 were led by Hip 1129, a bay colt by Hard Spun bred by JMJ Racing Stables, LLC whose first three dams are stakes winners (Sunday Geisha, Above the Table and One Night Affair). Kirkwood Stables, Agent, purchased the colt from the consignment of Burleson Farms, Agent for $105,000.

Boomer Investments signed a $100,000 ticket for Hip 451, a Super Saver colt bred by Carl Bennett whose dam Fly the Colors (Giant’s Causeway) is a half-sister to charismatic multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Revolutionary (War Pass), recently retired to stand at WinStar Farm for 2015. Also hammered down for $100,000 was Hip 814, a colt by Trappe Shot bred by Hidden Lake Farm, LLC and Jeremy Peskoff out of stakes placed Nootka Island whose only foal to start is a winner.