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New York-breds trend well at Keeneland November

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

keeneland-logoBy Sarah Mace

At the conclusion of Sunday afternoon’s final session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale (November 8-20), the New York breeding program had reason to celebrate a successful run.

The contingent from the Empire State produced an increase in total sales and average price over their counterparts last year, and saw a concrete demonstration that they are still an ever-hot commodity. This year’s buyback percentage fell significantly compared to last year, while the group’s RNA rate was dramatically lower than the general population of the sale.

Of 126 New York-breds offered this November, 100 sold for $5,268,400. Last year 86 individuals brought $4,309,600. As we have come to expect in the current polarized state of the market, there was plenty of action for the top tier. Seventeen New York-breds brought six figures (up from 12 in 2015); eight horses sold for $200,000 and up, and the topper fetched $300,000.

The New York-bred average for 2016 ended up at $52,684, a couple ticks above last year’s $50,112, and the median of $21,500 was down from $27,500 last year.

Certainly, the brightest spot for breeders and consignors was the New York-bred clearance rate. The buyback percentage ended up at 20.6 percent which not only improved on last year’s 25.2 RNA rate by 18 percent, but significantly outperformed the sale as whole where the closing buyback rate for 2016 was 26.9 percent.

The top-selling New York-bred arrived in Book 1, when 4-year-old open stakes winner Harlan’s Honor (Hip 212) brought $300,000 in foal to Liam’s Map. (Read more.)

Book 3 produced the second-highest price and top weanling purchase, a $275,000 New York-bred colt from the second crop of Violence (Hip 1634) out of Kentucky-bred Five Star Momma, who topped the same session. (Read more.)

New York-bred fireworks in the latter books of the sale included the top New York-bred racing prospect, Diversify by Bellamy Road out of Rule One (Hip 2927), a two-for-two TDN Rising Star sold to Ralph and Lauren Evans for $210,000 in the concluding session of Book 4. Courageisamajority, a 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro in foal to first-year sire Carpe Diem (Hip 4061), topped the 11th session last Friday.

 

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NY-bred weanling tops KEENOV Session 5 Saturday; NY results strong through Book 3

Monday, November 14th, 2016

keeneland-logoBy Sarah Mace

A $275,000 New York-bred colt from the second crop of Violence (Hip 1634) topped all weanling offerings Saturday in the opening session of Book 3 of the Keeneland November sale.

Through the conclusion of Book 3 on Sunday, New York-breds have performed very well. The New York buyback percentage is significantly lower than the general population of the sale, and the New York median is outperforming the overall median by nearly 15%.

Bred by Tom Ryan et al’s SF Bloodstock LLC, the Violence colt was landed by owner/breeder Mary A. Sullivan from the consignment of Select Sales, Agent LVII. One hip earlier, his dam Five Star Momma sold as the session topper, going to Evelyn Benoit’s “Star Guitar” for $550,000. The 7-year-old Kentucky-bred mare is a multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer by Five Star Day. The New York-bred Violence colt, born February 17, is her first foal.

Crestwood Farm’s Phil Hager, who made the winning bid on the weanling for Sullivan, explained to the TDN that she “was looking for a New York-bred colt. We missed on some yearlings, so she wanted to get a weanling. We loved the physical and the mare could really run.”

Select Sale’s Carrie Brogden commented, “When the [Violence] baby came to be prepped at my farm about 60 days ago, I called [breeder] Tom Ryan and said, ‘Wow, wow, wow, wow!’ Mares just don’t have first foals like this. Quality is what everyone wants and quality is what he is.”

Continued Brogden, “He just exuded class. He was so special. I must have been asked for his vet report 40 times in the back ring. Everyone was falling all over themselves. He is what everyone wants to breed. And on top of that, he is a registered New York-bred.”

Through the first three Books of the Keeneland November sale, New York-breds have been well-received (34 sold of 43 offered), resulting in a buyback percentage of only 20.9%, compared to the 30.8% RNA rate for the sale at large.

The $86,000 New York-bred median is nearly 15% better than the cumulative sale median of $75,000. The New York-bred average price for the sale remains strong, coming in at $103,397 compared to $155,941 for all horses at the sale to date.

The Keeneland sale continues through November 20.

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KEENOV Book 2 wrap: superior NY weanlings, solid NY-Bred clearance

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

keeneland-logoBy Sarah Mace

In the Thursday-Friday sessions of Keenland’s November breeding stock sale comprising Book 2 of the catalogue, the New York-bred contingent produced a pair of standout weanlings. Also, the cumulative clearance rate for New York-breds overall has also been encouraging.

The New York-bred weanling topper was a colt by City Zip, who was hammered down in Friday’s session to Osprey Bloodstock for $240,000.

The bay, who sold as Hip 933, is a late May foal bred by James Lamonica, Lee Sacks and Soave Stables. Consigned by Indian Creek, Agent, the Breeder’s Cup-nominated weanling is out of stakes producer Nick’s Honor, the dam of multiple stakes winner The Lewis Dinner, an earner of over $260,000 by Posse, and stakes winner Kelli Got Frosty by Frost Giant. Nick’s Honor, an unraced daughter of Jump Start was been bred back this year to City Zip.

Thursday’s trading saw the sale of the top New York-bred weanling filly (Hip 752), a daughter of Giant’s Causeway from the family of multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire Life at Ten. She commanded the seventh highest weanling price of the overall when Alastar Thoroughbred Co., LLC made a winning bid of $230,000. Greenfield Farm (B. D. Gibbs Farm, LLC), Agent VII was her consignor.

The sale filly is the second foal out of Cocoanut Row a Florida-bred winner by Mineshaft who is a half sister to stakes winner Dixie Dreamer and Dixie High. The sale filly’s third dam is Saratoga Ten, the dam of Life at Ten.

The cumulative New York-bred RNA percentage for the sale currently stands at 23.3%, which compares favorably to the sale’s figure of 29.5% (30 offered, 23 sold). The other New York-bred indicators are solid. The cumulative average through Book 2 is $115,739, while the median price is $95,000. Five individuals have sold for over $200,000; six have brought six figures.

The overall sale average through Book 2 is down just a tick to $224,221. The cumulative sale median stands at $125,000, down 9.1% from 2015.

 

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New York-bred race mares well-received in KEENOV Book 1

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

keeneland-logoBy Sarah Mace

Following up on the successes of two New York-breds who brought seven figures at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall mixed sale, New York race mares continued to roll when Keenland took over the baton of the mixed sale season on Election Day, the opening day of the marathon November breeding stock sale which runs through November 20.

During the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions that comprised Book 1, all three New York-breds offered changed hands for six figures, topped by a pair of in-foal mares who brought $300,000 and $250,000 respectively.

The New York-bred top seller of Book 1 was 4-year-old Harlan’s Honor (Hip 212), an open stakes winner by the late Harlan’s Holiday who was purchased by Bridlewood Farm for $300,000 from the Taylor Made consignment. Harlan’s Honor is in foal to Liam’s Map on a March 19 cover.

A bay, Harlan’s Honor was bred by Marty Zaretsky and is out of stakes-placed Indian Rush. Her third dam, Secret Rhapsody, is stakes winner and stakes producer, as is her fourth dam Hear a Rhapsody.

Four horses later Grade 3 winner Hot Stones (Hip 216), a 6-year-old daughter of New York-based sire Bustin Stones, brought $250,000 from the consignment of Timber Town (Mr. & Mrs. T. Wayne Sweezey) who acted as agent for R. S. Evans. Hot Stones is in foal toTonalist on a January 27 mating. Clarkland Farm signed the ticket.

Hot Stones won the 2014 Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses at Belmont Park and 2015 restricted Saratoga Dew Stakes at Saratoga, and her overall racing resume is impressive. An earner of over a half-million dollars ($521,356), she owns 8 wins and five placings from 19 career starts.

Bred by Jerry Bilinski in partnership with Roddy Valente Hot Stones is out of Steamed Up, an unraced New York-bred daughter of New York sire Freud and half sister to stakes winner Like a Rose.

At the completion of Keeneland’s first book the indicators were encouraging. The average price was $406,794, an increase of 4.2% from last year, while the median rose by 13% to $260,000. The Book 1 buyback rate was 28.7%, a slight increase from 27.5% in 2015.

Book 2 of the Keenland sale is spread over Thursday’s and Friday’s sessions and will cover Hips 481-1303. Sessions begin at 11:00 a.m.

Click here for New York-bred hips entered with links to the catalogue pages

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Fasig-Tipton November sale yields two seven-figure New York-bred mares

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
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Whatdreamsrmadeof (Fasig-Tipton photo)

By Sarah Mace

A pair of New York-bred mares – one of them a Grade 1 producer and the other a Grade 1 winner – drew winning bids of seven figures at Monday’s Fasig-Tipton 2016 November sale.

The first to sell was proven producer Whatdreamsrmadeof, catalogued as Hip 100 and purchased by Summer Wind Equine for $1,650,000.The 12-year-old chestnut daughter of Graeme Hall, who was bred in New York by Sez Who Thoroughbreds and consigned by Brookdale Sales, Agent for Casa Farms I LLC, is the dam of star filly Curalina.

A 1.5 million-earner by Curlin for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Curalina won three Grade 1 contests at three different racetracks (the Acorn at Belmont Park, Coaching Club American Oaks at the Spa and the La Troienne at Churchill Downs). Twenty-three hips after Whatdreamsrmadeof changed hands, Curalina commanded $3 million, the November sale’s second highest price, when purchased by Shadai Stud.

Whatdreamsrmadeof, who is a Grade 2-placed runner in her own right, sold Monday in foal again to Curlin on a March 11 cover.

Fasig-Tipton Photo

Haveyougoneaway (Fasig-Tipton Photo)

The other New York-bred to send up seven-figure flares was Gary Barber and Sequel Racing’s Haveyougoneaway, Hip 142. The five-year-old daughter of Congrats, who was offered as a racing or broodmare prospect by Sequel Bloodstock Agent, was snapped up Lake Villa Farm for $1,100,000.

Bred by Andy and Susan Beadnell and foaled at Bead Land & Cattle Company in Pottersville, Haveyougoneaway had changed hands three times previously, but only for a fraction of this price.

A $50,000 weanling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Mixed sale in 2011, Haveyougoneaway brought $105,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. Then, when offered as a racing or a broodmare prospect at the 2013 Keeneland November sale, she was spirited away by Champion Racing Stable for just $1,200. For Champion, Haveyougoneaway went on to win or place in 10 listed stakes at Remington Park, Oaklawn, Prairie Meadows and earn $402,425.

Last spring Sequel Racing purchased the mare privately to take advantage of the New York program, turning her over to trainer Tom Morley. Following a runner up finish in the Critical Eye Stakes, Haveyougoneaway captured back-to-back-to-back wins in the Dancin Renee, Grade 2 Honorable Miss and Grade 1 Ballerina in Saratoga from which she earned an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

 

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NY-breds rock solid at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

FT KY Fall yearling  sale 16 logoBy Sarah Mace

New York-bred yearlings made a strong showing at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale, which took place Monday through Wednesday at Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington. Cumulatively, the New York-bred average was virtually on par with the overall sale average, while the New York-bred median slightly outperformed the sale’s overall median price.

The Empire state-bred toppers for both sexes emerged in the sale’s concluding session: a pair of standout colts, who each brought $200,000, and the top New York-bred filly, who hammered for $170,000.

Repole Stable/ JJ Crupi bought the first of the male co-toppers early in session three (Hip 862). The colt is a dark bay individual by Curlin who was bred by RF HF Mares Rule #3 and foaled at Hidden Lake Farm in Otisville on March 25, 2015. Unnamed, the colt is first foal out of multiple winner Blue Catillac, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Bluegrass Cat out of stakes winner Sweeping (by End Sweep). Blue Catillac is also a half sister to two stakes performers and to stakes producer Apt to Star. Consignor Baccarri Bloodstock purchased the colt as a weanling for $120,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall mixed sale.

The other $200,000 co-topper was Hip 1116, a chestnut son of Kitten’s Joy bred by Marlene Brody’s Gallagher’s Stud in Ghent where he was foaled. Consigned by Craig & Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud on behalf of the breeder, he was purchased by Barry Berkelhammer, agent.

The colt belongs to the fourth generation of Gallagher’s Stud’s most illustrious family. His dam Fanfire, a placed runner by Elusive Quality, is out of Gallagher-bred Eventail, a multiple stakes winner and graded stakes-placed runner by Lear Fan who produced multiple graded stakes winner Straight Story and stakes winner Strong Souther a (a $1.2-million earner in Japan). Eventail, in turn, is out of Gallagher-bred Felicita, the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner and $2.4 earner Take Charge Lady, who as a broodmare went to produce Will Take Charge and Take Charge Indy.

The top New York-bred filly of the sale, who went to Fox Hill Farm/T Mcgreevy, Agent for $170,000, also comes from a prominent and familiar New York-bred family. Bred by Tony Grey and foaled at Rockridge Stud in Hudson last June 2, Hip 1236 is a chestnut (currently named St. Bernie) by Union Rags out of Holy Wish by Lord At War (ARG).

Holy Wish has produced a stable of familiar New York-bred standouts: Wishful Tomcat (multiple stakes winner, graded stakes placed, earnings over $700,000), fan favorite Uncle T Seven (multiple stakes winner, earner of over $500,000) and stakes winner Zetterholm. Holy Wish is also the dam of PA-bred multiple stakes winner Lucky Lewis and a daughter, Wicked Wish, who is a graded stakes producer.

Overall, 58 of the 78 New York-bred yearlings offered at the Kentucky fall sale changed hands. Five in all brought six figures. The New York-bred average of $31,814 was a tick below the sale average of $33,065, while the $15,000 median came in slightly above the $14,500 sale median. The New York-bred buyback percentage of 25.6% was more or less identical to the sale of the whole, which improved this year to 25.1% from last year’s 30.8%.


F-T Saratoga Fall Sale Nearly Even With 2015

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Courtesy of BloodHorse.com

Led by a $150,000 Street Cry mare, Fasig-Tipton kicked off the mixed auction season Oct. 17 with figures on nearly even terms with the 2015 edition of the Saratoga fall sale at the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

With 164 head selling for total receipts of $2,780,600, the average price of $16,955 represented a 3% decline from the $17,493 average a year ago when 162 head grossed $2,833,800. The median price fell 15% from $10,000 to $8,500. With 97 horses not selling, the buyback rate was 37.2%. much improved from the 2015 RNA rate of 46%.

There were four six-figure transactions Monday, the same number as a year ago when the auction was topped by a weanling Curlin   colt that sold for $120,000.

Coronation Street, this year’s sale-topping Street Cry mare consigned by Sequel New York, agent, as Hip 85, was purchased by Chester Broman, who with his wife Mary Broman were named the Empire State’s outstanding breeders of the year in 2004, 2011, and 2014.

The 3-year-old unraced filly is out of the grade II-winning Malibu Moon   mare Sara Louise and is a full sister to Mrs. Hudson, who has earned more than $134,000 for Godolphin. The mare was believed to be in foal to the Sequel stallion Alpha  , the millionaire Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner whose first foals are weanlings this year.

The sale offers the first opportunity to acquire foals of 2016 and the day’s second-highest price of $125,000 was paid by trainer Linda Rice for an Into Mischief   weanling filly from the offerings of Catalyst Bloodstock, as agent. The Feb. 20 gray filly bred in New York by Clyde Taylor was produced from the stakes-place Value Plus mare Roses Plus.

Fasig-Tipton president and CEO Boyd Browning Jr. said the results showed a solid marketplace similar to last year’s mixed sale, with trade for weanlings mirroring the selectivity in yearling sales earlier this year.

“Most of the buyers will tell you there was fierce competition for the foals that are perceived to be above average, and less demand for those not seen as being of the same quality,” he said.

Broman, who was an aggressive buyer at the sale with six head purchased for a total $348,500, went to $100,000 to acquire Fingers Crossed, a 5-year-old Quality Road   mare consigned by Sequel as Hip 96. Produced from the winning A.P. Indy mare Ruth E, Fingers Crossed is a full sister to Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies Stakes winner Ruthless Quality and is also believed to be in foal to Alpha.

Another six-figure weanling transaction was the winning $100,000 bid from Texx Co Co for a daughter of The Factor   from the family of Argentine champion and leading North American sire Candy Ride  . Produced from the unraced Johannesburg mare Candy d’Oro, the filly was consigned as Hip 270 by RFHF Bloodstock as agent for Hidden Lake Farm and Kingsport Farm, who bred the March 20 foal in partnership with David Campbell.

Fasig-Tipton’s next sale will be the October Sale in Lexington Oct. 24-26, the final yearling auction of 2016.

See full results here


New York-bred Uncle Mo filly hammers for $160,000 in Book 3 of Keeneland September

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

keeneland-logoBy Sarah Mace

Hip 1894, a dark bay/brown filly by Uncle Mo, who was purchased by Rayben Stables in Monday’s seventh session of the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale for $160,000, was the top-selling New York-bred of Book 3.

Bred by Rf HF Mares Rule #3 and Lansdowne Thoroughbreds, LLC, the filly turned out to be a profitable pinhook. Purchased for $33,000 as a short yearling at this year’s January sale at Keeneland by McKenzie Bloodstock, she accrued nearly five times her value when offered on Monday by Burleson Sales, agent.

The Uncle Mo filly is the first foal out of Tap All Night, a Kentucky-bred winner by Closing Argument. Her second dam is multiple stakes winner Pleasant Music, a daughter of Pleasant Tap who has gone on to produce four winners, including stakes winner Galvan.

To date, 16 New York-bred yearlings have sold of 27 offered at the Keeneland sale for an average price of $112,313. The overall cumulative sale average now stands at $170,947. The New York-bred median of $95,000 is more on par with the sale median of $105,000.

The September Sale continues through Sunday, September 25, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m.


Uncle Mo colt pops up as new NY-bred Keeneland yearling topper in Book 2

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

keeneland-logoBy Sarah Mace

The two sessions comprising Book 2 of the 5-book, 13-session 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale produced a fresh New York-bred top-seller and an additional standout.

Hip 940 by Uncle Mo, leading second crop sire by a mile, and currently second in the general sire rankings behind Tapit, was purchased by Al and Sandee Kirkwood in session four of the sale from the consignment of Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm, Agent, for $325,000.

A February 2 foal bred by Michael J. and Patricia Palenscar, the dark bay/brown colt is out of stakes-placed My Dear Annie, a New York-bred mare by Smart Strike also bred by the Palenscars. The couple also bred the yearling’s second dam, the unraced Fancy Landing (Formal Gold). My Dear Annie has had only one starter to date, who is a placed runner. Currently she has a weanling filly by Orb and was bred to Bodemeister this spring. This third generation Palenscar-bred colt was foaled and raised at Tom and Mia Gallo’s Blue Stone Farm in Cambridge where the Palenscars have been clients for over 25 years.

The other New York-bred standout of Keeneland Book 2, and new top-selling New York-bred filly of the sale, was Hip 949, a daughter of Tale of the Cat bred by James Lamonica, Lee Sacks and Soave Stables who brought $230,000 also in session four. Also consigned by Woods Edge Farm, Agent, the filly was hammered down to Tom Haughey for PTK, LLC. She commanded $175,000 as a weanling at the Keeneland November sale last year.

The sale filly’s dam Nick’s Honor by Jump Start is a Kentucky-bred multiple stakes producer. Her second foal, Kelli Got Frosty (Frost Giant) won the East View Stakes as a juvenile, and her third foal, The Lewis Dinner won the Key Cents Stakes and Fifth Avenue Division of the New York Stallion Stakes series also at two. Nick’s Honor has a weanling colt by City Zip on the ground this year and was bred back to the same stallion in the spring.

Through the first two books seven of 13 New York-breds offered changed hands, all for six figures. The New York-bred average to date is $177,143, while the median has come in at $150,000.

The key indicators for the Keeneland yearling sale so far are bullish. Through the first two books the cumulative average was $233,382, up 10.25% from the average of $211,692 in 2015. The median of $170,000 was up 13.33% from last year’s $150,000.

The September Sale continues through Sunday, September 25, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m.

 


New York-bred colt by Giant’s Causeway shines in opening book of Keeneland September

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

keeneland-logoBy Sarah Mace

Although three of the five New York-breds catalogued to sell during the prestigious opening book of the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale were scratched, the trading on the first three days of the 13-session sale still produced a standout in the form of Hip 250, a colt by Giant’s Causeway who fetched $220,000 in Tuesday’s second session.

Bred by Pine Ridge Stables Ltd, Hip 250 is the first registered foal out of Choice Pearl a Kentucky-bred placed runner by Any Given Saturday. Pine Ridge purchased the mare for $165,000 at the 2013 Keenland November sale. Her extended family can boast such luminaries as Grade 1 winners Awesome Humor, Emcee (also a sire) and Constitution. The colt was purchased by Ben Glass, Agent from the Paramount Sales consignment.

In all, eight New York-bred are scheduled to come under the hammer in Keeneland’s second book. The schedule for the remaining sessions is as follows:

Dark Day on Thursday, Sept. 15. No sale will be held.
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 16-17. Book 2 sessions begin at 10 a.m.
Sunday-Sunday, Sept. 18-25. Book 3-6 sessions begin at 10 a.m.

Click here for New York-bred hip Keeneland September hip numbers with catalogue links.