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Led by $925,000 Union Rags colt, New York-breds enjoy strong close at F-T Midlantic

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

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By Sarah Mace

The New York-bred cohort at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of two-year-olds in training produced three new headliners in the concluding session of the two-day auction Tuesday. Leader of the pack was a colt by Union Rags who was purchased in the final hour of trading by California owner Michael Lund Peterson for $925,000. He wound up as the sale’s second top-seller overall.

Hip 561, who is named Tangled Union, was bred by Avanti Stable and foaled on February 16, 2016 at Stonebridge Farm in Gansevoort. Offered at Timonium by Bobby Dodd, agent, the $925,000 colt breezed the fastest furlong of the three sessions the under-tack show, covering distance in :10 seconds flat.

Hip 561 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

Dodd said, “That is huge on this racetrack. I’ll take :10 2/5 all day long here, and :10 1/5 is awesome. But :10 flat with a gallop out like he had in :20 3/5 … that’s unbelievable. And then we came back and got my veterinarians and the horse had a good physical, so we are truly blessed.”

Tangled Union increased his value tenfold after being purchased last summer for $90,000 by Brad Grady’s Grand Oaks from the consignment of Paramount Sales at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale.

When asked about the price Dodd said, “I have no words. It was a nice horse. Everything went right, and it ended right. That’s about all I can say.”

Tangled Union is the second foal out of Tanglewood Tale, a multiple winner of over $200,000. The colt’s New York-bred full-brother Big Thicket is a two-time winner for the Linda Rice barn. His second dam is a half-sister to two stakes winners and there is abundant black type under his fourth dam, including two-time sprint champion House Buster. Tanglewood Tale has a yearling filly by Lemon Drop Kid named Lemonina and was bred to Tiznow in 2017.

A second standout to change hands Tuesday was Hip 533, a dark bay/brown son of Tiznow, who went to Linda Rice for an undisclosed client for $425,000 after turning in a furlong breeze in :10 2/5.

Said Rice, “He is a beautiful colt who worked great on the track. He went in :10 2/5. For a horse of his size, with his pedigree, it was a magnificent breeze. His conformation is great, and he has a lot of strength in his female family. We are excited to get him.”

The colt also turned heads as a yearling, when Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds went to $250,000 to take him home from the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga.

Bred by Thomas Mina and foaled on April 12, 2016 at Five Oaks Farm in Saratoga Springs, Hip 533 is out of Southern Charmer, a stakes-placed daughter of Dixie Union whom Mina purchased at the 2010 Keeneland November sale for $130,000. Out of a graded stakes winner and stakes producer, Southern Charmer’s half-sister Skipper’s Mate is the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Frac Daddy. Her second colt by Uncle Mo was also well-received in the auction ring, bringing $375,000 as a yearling at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.

The mare has produced two winners from two foals to start. Currently she has a yearling colt by Constitution and was bred in 2017 to the late Effinex.

Also on Tuesday’s New York-bred honor roll is Hip 384, a son of Maclean’s Music named Better B Gud To Me. Mike Ryan, agent, signed a ticket for $325,000 after the colt worked a sharp :10 1/5 furlong for consignor De Meric Sales, agent.

Bred by David W. Kamp and Dr. Patricia S. Purdy and foaled on March 22, 2016 at Purdy’s Ivy League Farm in Ithaca, Better B Gud To Me is, like the other two, a graduate of the 2016 Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale where he went to Vineyard Ventures for $275,000 from the Vinery Sales consignment. He is the last reported foal for his dam, My Canary, an unplaced Florida-bred daughter of Mineshaft who is a half-sister to a stakes performer. The colt’s third dam is a stakes winner in Canada.

The major indicators for New York-breds over the two days of trading were rock solid. Of 109 juveniles offered, 84 sold for a buyback rate of 23.0%, which was on a par with the 22.5% buyback rate for the sale. Seventeen Empire State-breds brought $100,000 and up, while four topped $240,000. The New York-bred average was $66,726 and median was $30,000 compared to $74,680 and $38,000 for the general population of the sale. The top filly, a youngster by New York freshman sire Alpha, sold in the first session.



New York-bred colt brings $240,000 at F-T Midlantic opener, NY filly topper is by Alpha

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

By Sarah Mace

The top New York-bred to sell at Monday’s opening session of Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic two-year-olds in training sale was a colt by Super Saver who brought $240,000. The session’s top New York-bred filly gave bragging rights to Sequel’s freshman sire Alpha, fetching $150,000. In addition to the Alpha filly, offspring of New York sires Big Brown (Hip 183, $125,000) and Freud (Hip 165, $110,000) were among the eight New Yorkers who sold for six figures.

The Super Saver colt changed hands late in Monday’s trading as Hip 275. Bred by Larry Goichman and foaled on March 23, 2016, the colt was purchased last year by his Midlantic consignor De Meric Stables for $100,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga. The bay breezed a furlong in :10 2/5 in the under-tack show, and Linda Rice signed the $240,000 ticket.

The colt’s dam is Intentional Fever, a homebred for Edward P. Evans. Purchased by Mike Ryan for $220,000 from the Evans Dispersal at the 2011 Keeneland November sale, Intentional Fever is a multiple stakes winner and earner of over $200,000. She has already produced a winner and two half-sisters are stakes producers. The colt’s second dam is Dance Teacher, winner of the 1989 Grade 1 Ladies Handicap.

The filly topper by Alpha sold as Hip 25. Bred by Dr. and Mrs. A. Leonard Pineau and foaled on May 6, 2016, the filly was pinhooking success story for Kenneth Lejeune. Lejeune bought her as a yearling for the relatively modest price of $35,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October sale. At Timonium, the filly was purchased by agent Marette Farrell on behalf of Ryan Exline and Justin Border’s Exline-Border Racing for $150,000. Exline has already enjoyed New York-bred success as a partner in multiple graded stakes winning Giant Expectations by New York sire Frost Giant.

“It’s a huge plus for us that she’s a New York-bred,” Farrell told the TDN. “Ryan Exline and Justin Border and their team already own Giant Expectations … and Ryan loves the angle of the New York-breds.”

The filly breezed a furlong in :10 4/5 furlong, even though her rider lost the irons. Said Farrell, “We thought she was phenomenal and unfortunately she was a little compromised in her work. But we really liked how she didn’t turn a hair with that. She stayed focused. She knew what her job was, and she galloped out really, really well.” The filly will be trained by Giant Expectations’ conditioner Peter Eurton.

In the first session of the two-day auction 58 Empire State-breds were offered and 46 changed hands for a 20.7% buyback rate (this includes three private sales to date). The New York-bred average price for the session checked in at $49,576 and the median was $30,000. The overall average for the first session was $70,151, the median was $36,000 and the RNA percentage was 22.8%


Linda Rice goes to $350,000 for Alpha colt in final session of OBS April

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

The progeny of New York’s freshman sire Alpha proved extremely popular at this week’s four-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s April sale of 2-year-olds in training. A trio of Alpha colts fetched six figures, capped by Hip 986 who sold to Linda Rice for $350,000 in the concluding session of trading.

Born on January 28, 2016 at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, Hip 986 was Alpha’s first reported foal. Alpha is a multiple Grade 1-winning son of Bernardini who famously dead-heated with Golden Ticket in the 2012 Grade 1 Travers Stakes for Godolphin and Kiaran McLaughlin. Winner also of the Woodward Stakes, he stands at Becky Thomas’s Sequel Stallions for $5,000.

Bred by Eddie Woods’ Other Things, the colt’s dam is Kentucky-bred stakes winner Silence Dogood (Grand Slam), bought by Woods from the Sequel consignment for $32,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale. Woods consigned the colt at OBS, where he worked a quarter in :21 4/5 in the under-tack show.

Silence Dogood comes from a strong, deep family. She is a half-sister to stakes winner Silver Haze and productive Chester and Mary Broman broodmare Unbridled Star. Unbridled Star is the dam of stakes-winner and sire Friend Or Foe, stakes winner Star Grazing and Stolen Star, dam of millionaire Highway Star. Grade 1-placed Rodman also appears under the second dam. The colt’s third dam is multiple Grade 1 winner Taisez Vous, and his extended family includes European champion Bint Pasha and Grade 1 winner Beautician. Silence Dogood has produced two winners to date.

The New York-bred contingent at OBS was 80 horses strong. Of these 63 sold (including eight to-date by private sale) for a buyback percentage of 21.2%. Fourteen individuals brought six figures. The New Yorkers averaged $67,889 and the all-important median price came in at a strong $52,000.

The OBS sale as a whole was a record-breaker for the second straight year. In all 707 horses grossed a sale record $69,429,500, compared with 678 youngsters who brought a record $60,935,900 a year ago. The average price was a sale record $98,203, topping last year’s record of $89,876.  The sale median was $55,000, which is 15.8% above the 2017 sale record $47,500. Buybacks were 17.9%, up slightly from 17% a year ago.

OBS April Session 2 wrap: New York-bred co-toppers bring $150,000

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

by Sarah Mace

Making a solid showing in the second session of this year’s OBS April 2-year-olds in training sale, the New York-bred cohort produced a pair of individuals who sold for $150,000: a colt from the first crop of New York sire and 2012 Travers dead-heater Alpha and a colt by Lookin At Lucky. To date nine New York-bred juveniles have brought six figures.

The Alpha colt, offered as Hip 367, turned heads on the second session of the under tack show when he turned in a quarter in :20 3/5, the session’s fastest work at the distance. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of the UAE signed the ticket for $150,000.

Bred by Sequel Stallions New York, who stands Alpha, and foaled on April 11, 2016, the colt sold last year at the OBS yearling sale for $18,000 to his OBS consignor Jose Munoz, making for a successful pinhook.

Said Munoz of the colt’s cost as a yearling, “I thought the price would be higher, considering Alpha did pretty good on the racetrack. To tell you the truth, I was really happy when I got him. I liked that he was by Alpha, a fresh sire who performed good on the track. Secondly, he is a very athletic horse.”

Munoz, who trains a few horses every year either for partnerships or on his own, was pleased with the way the Alpha colt developed and not surprised by the colt’s nice work. He told the TDN, “I did [expect that type of work]. We never asked him for all he had in the previous workouts, but we knew he was way faster than that. He had two or three eighth works and two or three 3/16ths and maybe two quarters and he always did good.”

The colt’s dam is Forever Valentine, an unplaced runner by Silver Deputy who has already produced stakes winner Force and graded stakes performer Beau Valentine. She has a yearling colt by Mission Impazible and aborted a foal this year.

The second $150,000 New York-bred colt of the session, Hip 317, was purchased by Wise Racing. He is a dark bay/brown individual by Lookin At Lucky who was bred by Joe DiRico and foaled on March 4, 2016. Last year, he brought $40,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic yearling sale. The colt was consigned by Harris Training Center LLC, agent and worked a furlong in 10 2/5 in the under-tack show.

DiRico purchased the colt’s dam Esperanza d’Oro in-foal at the 2016 OBS winter mixed sale for $48,000. She has produced two winners from two starters and has a yearling filly on the ground by Normandy Invasion. In 2017 she was bred to Tamarkuz.

With first half of the OBS April sale in the books, of the 41 New York-bred juveniles offered 31 have changed hands (including four private sales) for a buyback percentage of 24.4%. The New York-bred average settled at $65,226 after the first two days of trading and the median stands at $50,000.

The numbers for the full population at the sale are strong. The cumulative average is $100,404 – up 18.6% from the same point at last year’s auction – and the median is up 22.2% to $55,000. The buy-back rate stands at 21.9%.

The auction continues with Hips 613-918 on Thursday and Hips 919-1222 on Friday. Sessions begin at 10:30 a.m.


Alpha colt is top New Yorker in opening session of OBS April

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

A bay colt from the first crop of New York sire Alpha was the top-selling New York-bred juvenile in Tuesday’s opening session of the four-day 2018 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s April sale of 2-year-olds in training. Bred by Sequel Stallions New York and consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, the youngster was purchased by David Meah for $120,000 on behalf of Team D, Circle B and John Holmes.

Tuesday’s transaction marks the second time Hip 67, who breezed a furlong in :11 flat in the under tack show, had come under the hammer. At the 2017 OBS yearling sale he went to Second Chance Racing for $14,000.

Foaled on March 12, 2016, the colt is out of Back in the Shade, a stakes-performing Florida-bred mare by Put It Back whose second dam Nabora is a stakes producer. Two of Nabora’s daughters are also stakes producers. Back in the Shade has produced two winners, topped by Jonker, a Japan-based colt by Exchange Rate who has earned $510,600. Sequel sold Back in the Shade for $4,500 at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale, and her most recent reported foal by is a yearling filly by Forty Tales.

A second New York-bred 2-year-old to reach the six-figure threshold in the session was Hip 156, a dark bay/brown Bodemeister colt from the immediate family of $1.2-million earner and sire Musket Man.

Bred by McMahon of Saratoga and foaled on April 6, 2016, the colt is a graduate of last summer’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga, where he was purchased by Windswept Stables for $50,000.

Consigned at OBS by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent XV, the Bodemeister colt was purchased by trainer Linda Rice, who signed a $100,000 ticket for an undisclosed client following the colt’s :10.2-furlong work under tack.

The dam of Hip 156 is Casablanca Babe, a Kentucky-bred mare by Horse Chestnut (SAF) who was purchased by McMahon of Saratoga with the sale colt in utero for $50,000 from the Hidden Brook consignment at the 2016 Keeneland January sale.

Casablanca Babe is a half-sister to Musket Man. Ron the Greek, a multiple graded stakes winner, $2.7-earner and champion imported older male in Saudia Arabia appears under the third dam. On the track the mare won 12 races and earned over $200,000 and has been a consistent performer as a broodmare, having produced five winners from five foals to start.

Eighteen New York-bred juveniles were offered in the first session at OBS. Fourteen changed hands (including 2 private sales) for a 22.2% buyback percentage. The New York-bred average was $50,357 and the median checked in at $42,500.

The auction continues with Hips 307-612 on Wednesday, Hips 613-918 on Thursday and Hips 919-1222 on Friday. All sessions begin at 10:30 a.m.



Scat Daddy colt out of Risky Rachel brings a cool million at F-T Gulfstream

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

The roster of New York-breds who have earned seven figures on the racetrack is 47-strong and growing, but in the juvenile sales department, the New York-bred program just hit a new benchmark.

At Wednesday’s boutique Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale, a colt from the final crop of Ashford sire Scat Daddy out of Sanford Bacon’s multiple stakes-winning homebred Risky Rachel (Limehouse) brought a cool $1,000,000 when trainer Todd Pletcher signed the ticket on behalf of Coolmore Stud’s M. V. Magnier.

The colt, who is his dam’s first foal, was offered as Hip 31 and consigned by Steve Venosa’s SGV Thoroughbreds LLC, agent. He was one of 11 juveniles to post a bullet furlong in the under tack show in a time of :10 flat. Play Video.

Even before the foal was conceived, Venosa had a close connection with Risky Rachel and Bacon. “We had that horse’s mother on the farm,” Venosa said. “We ran her off the farm over at Tampa Bay Downs and she broke the track record over there.” He is referring to the 7-furlong Manatee Stakes on February 8, 2014, when Risky Rachel set a stakes record (1:23.48). By the time she transitioned to broodmare duty, Risky Rachel had competed for six seasons (2009-2015), won six stakes races, placed in four more and earned $493,736.

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When “Rachel” retired, Venosa also had a hand in Bacon’s breeding plans. As he explained, “With the help of some people, we were able to get her to Scat Daddy. We had the foal up in New York [at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson] and the colt has been on our farm since he was a weanling. He’s been a pleasure to be around.”

Continued Venosa, “It’s kind of unique that we were able to train the mother and then to have the son come here and perform the way he did. They both have a lot of stretch, a lot of size, but the best quality is his mind. They both have the same mind and nothing but class.”

The million-dollar colt is a third-generation product of Bacon’s breeding program and issues from his most successful family. Hip 31’s third dam Lolli Lucka Lolli was a multiple winner campaigned by his Bacon Barn. After retirement, the mare became the dam of two New York legends and was twice honored as New York Champion Broodmare (1997, 2001).

In 1992 Lolli Lucka Lolli produced graded stakes winner Dancin Renee, voted the 1997 New York-bred Horse of the Year, Champion Sprinter and Champion Older Female. Dancin Renee, who has a NYRA stakes named in her honor, is the dam of Risky Rachel.

Two years later, Lolli Lucka Lolli gave birth to eventual $2-million earner, sire and New York legend Say Florida Sandy, another in the family with an eponymous NYRA stakes race. Say Florida Sandy was voted New York-bred Champion Sprinter and Horse of the Year in 2000 and 2001.

After signing for colt Wednesday Pletcher said, “This is a beautiful horse, one that we’ve had on the radar for a while. He came in here and had a super breeze and came out of it in good order. I think when you get to a certain level, you don’t know what they’re going to bring. We knew he wasn’t going to be cheap, but we weren’t sure where he would land.” Pletcher plans to give the colt a break before deciding where to place him for the next phase of his career.

Pletcher added that the colt’s sire Scat Daddy, whom he trained, was, “A world-class stallion, one of my all-time favorites. A great loss to the industry that he’s gone too soon. He gets it on turf, he gets it on dirt.”

Bacon told the TDN, “I’ve never had a horse sell for $1 million, but I’ve had a horse that has won $2 million. I am so glad because I called Todd Pletcher before and said if you get one of your clients to buy it, I’d like to do a deal for a piece of him. He couldn’t work it out, but he got Coolmore.”

Bacon added “Risky Rachel has an Into Mischief [yearling filly] who is absolutely gorgeous and is a few days away from delivering a Tiznow.”

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Venosa commented, “It was bittersweet because it is the first foal out of the mare, and [Bacon] didn’t want to sell. We discussed it and decided if he went to a good home, that would be a good outcome, and it worked out with Coolmore and Todd Pletcher ending up with him. He is a New York-bred, so maybe he will be able to see him run.”

New York-bred juveniles have knocked on the seven-figure door at sales a few times in recent years, without quite managing to break through. At the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale a Medaglia d’Oro colt out of Wild Chant bred by Gallagher’s Stud brought $900,000. The previous year, the top juvenile brought $825,000. The New York-bred program came closest to a seven-figure two-year-old in 2011 when Brigand, a colt by Flatter out of Silence Please bred by Doug Koch’s Berkshire Stud, topped the OBS March Select sale at $925,000.

In addition to the million-dollar seller, who was the third-highest price horse at the auction, four more New York-breds sold of the seven who went through the ring. The other New York-bred standouts include a pair of fillies.

Hip 124, a dark bay or brown Into Mischief filly went to Allen F. Wise by private sale for $350,000. Bred by Anlyn Farms, the filly’s dam Gracilia (Mr. Greeley) is a half-sister to New York-bred graded stakes winner and sire Sharp Humor. The filly is a graduate of the Keeneland September yearling sale, where she sold to Louis Lazzinarro for $185,000.

Hip 163, a bay filly by Cairo Prince out of winner Spanish Post (Flatter), was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida and will, in all likelihood, go to Japan. Bred by Bluewater Sales, LLC & Three Diamonds Farm and consigned by Randy Bradshaw, agent, the filly issues from the family of multiple graded stakes winning New York-bred Silver Timber. Bradshaw brought the filly for $115,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale last year from the Bluewater Sales consignment.

The New York-bred average price for the five who sold was $410,000 and median price came in at $325,000. As a whole the auction generated the second sec­ond-highest average and median in the sale’s history, and the highest in both categories since the move to Gulfstream Park in 2015. The average increased 13.5% to $385,164 from $339,392 last year. The median was up 9.3% to $295,000 from $270,000 in 2017.


OBS March 2018 wrap: New York-bred juveniles in demand and selling well

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

The New York-bred juveniles at this week’s 2-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2018 March sale got the state program’s 2-year-old auction season off to a rollicking start.

Nine individuals, all colts as it happened, brought $250,000 or more. The buyback percentage for the group was far better than the overall RNA rate and the other key indicators were on a par with the sale numbers. Further, numbers posted by the New York-breds this year were dramatically better than those generated by the New York-bred cohort at OBS in 2017.

From 37 individuals offered over the auction’s two sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, 30 New York-breds changed hands (including two private sales).* The resulting 18.9% buyback rate was dramatically better than the 30% RNA percentage for the general population of the sale. As to the other indicators, New York-breds posted an average price of $164,200, which was comparable to the sale average of $167,685. Their $110,000 median was identical to the sale median.

[*Update 3/16:  After the completion of this article OBS updated its sale statistics, adding two more NY-Bred private sales for a total of “32 horses sold (including four private sales).”]

A year-to-year-comparison of the New York-bred performance at OBS March this year gives reason to be optimistic about the 2018 juvenile marketplace for Empire State-breds.  Even though the 2017 catalogue was 15.3% larger, just 32 New York-bred 2-year-olds were offered last year. Of these, only 20 sold, which generated a high RNA percentage of 37.5%. The 2017 average and median prices for New York-breds came in at $107,700 for the average and $68,500 for the median, well below the 2018 numbers.

New York-Breds at OBS March 2017-2018

  Offered     Sold    RNA%       Average    Median

2018       37                 30         18.9%        $164,200    $110,000
2017*      32                 20         37.5%       $107,700     $68,500
*Stats revised by OBS 6/12/17

On Wednesday no horse eclipsed Tuesday’s New York-bred topper (Hip 169), a City Zip colt purchased by Steve Young for $550,000, but there were plenty of outstanding results to go around.

Wednesday’s top New York-bred seller was a Hip 504, was a son of Street Sense hammered down for $420,000 to Lane’s End Bloodstock from the consignment of Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent X after posting a :10 flat work under tack. The bay colt is a pin-hooking success story, purchased last year by Jughead Stable for $75,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale.

Bred by Edition Farm and foaled on February 2, 2016, the colt is out of the Edition-bred mare Ouchy Night, a multiple stakes-placed runner and earner of $209,793. The mare’s lone foal to race is stakes performer Wild about Harry. The colt’s second, third and fourth dams, Minetonightsfirst, Mine Tonight and Mardi Gras Maid, are all stakes winners.

In the same session three more colts brought $300,000 and up, led by Hip 465, a dark bay or brown colt by City Zip bred by Hidden Lake Farm LLC and purchased by Charles H. Boden, Agent for $360,000. Foaled on April 4, 2016, the colt is the second foal out of Meiann, an unraced daughter of First Samurai who sold for $330,000 as a Keeneland September yearling in 2009.

Meiann is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Power Broker and stakes winner Fierce Boots. The colt’s second dam Shop Again is stakes winner and the family under third dam boasts such luminaries as Grade 1 winner Miss Shop, dam of graded winners Tin Type Gal, and graded winner and sire Trappe Shot.  The colt, who posted a sharp :9 4/5 work, was consigned by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, who purchased him last year for $170,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale

A pair of New York-bred colts, who also turned in :9 4/5 works, met the $300,000 threshold during the session. Hip 524, a dark bay/brown Orb Colt out of a stakes winner bred SF Racing Group, Inc. went to Lobdell Family Stable. Hip 298, a chestnut individual by Jimmy Creed was purchased from Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables, Inc. by St. Elias Stable.

The next stop on the juvenile sales circuit is the Fasig-Tipton March sale on March 28. Click here for a list of New York-bred hips with links to their catalogue pages.

NY-bred juveniles strike gold at OBS March opener; Central Banker colt brings $260,000

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

The 16 New York-bred 2-year-olds who changed hands in the opening session of the 2-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2018 March sale drew some impressive winning bids Tuesday. Nine sold for six figures, and five (all colts) sold for $250,000 and up, including a colt from the first crop of New York sire Central Banker. At the very top, a juvenile by City Zip sold to agent Steve Young for $550,000.

With 20 New York-bred 2-year-olds offered in the session after scratches, the 16 who sold generated a buyback percentage of only 20%, which significantly outperformed the 38.3% RNA rate for the session and perhaps foreshadows a strong demand overall for the New York product this juvenile sale season. The New York-bred average was $168,313, virtually on par with the overall average price of $172,921, and the New York-bred median came in at $110,000, a few ticks better than the session median of $105,000.

The colt that went to Steve Young for $550,000 after posting a work in :10 flat in the under tack show sold as Hip 169 and is a son of the late City Zip named Big Zipper. Consigned by Bobby Dodd, agent, he was the sixth top juvenile of the session.

Bred by a partnership of Danzel Brendenmuel, Clocker Z Racing Stable, Gary Marsh and Sandra Powers, and foaled on January 19, 2016 at Hidden Lake Farm in Otisville, Big Zipper has now successfully changed hands three times in his young life. A $150,000 weanling purchase by Jim R. Wells at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall mixed sale, he was the top New York-bred male to go through the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale when he fetched $300,000 from Grand Oaks.

Big Zipper’s dam Auspicious is a Kentucky-bred multiple stakes-placed daughter of Indian Charlie acquired by Clocker Z Racing Stable in foal for $65,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. A half-sister of stakes performer Flatter Than Me, Auspicious has produced one winner of three foals to start. Big Zipper’s third dam is multiple stakes winner Powder Doll, who is also a graded stakes producer.

The second-leading New York-bred seller was Hip 99, who went to Charles H. Boden, Agent for $375,000 following a :21 1/5 quarter-mile drill. The bay Fed Biz colt, who was foaled on March 23, 2016 at Gallagher’s Stud in Ghent, is a third-generation product of the Gallagher’s breeding program.

The colt’s third dam, Felicita, who produced the colt’s second dam Eventail (Lear Fan) for Gallagher’s Stud, is also the dam of $2.4-million earner and broodmare of the year Take Charge Lady, dam of Will Take Charge, a $3.9-million earner, and champion 3-year-old colt, and sire Take Charge Indy. Eventail was a multiple stakes winner and graded-placed stakes runner. Her offspring include graded winner Straight Story and Strong Souther, a stakes winner in Japan. Eventail’s daughter, multiple winner Tulipmania, the sale colt’s dam, has produced one winner from four foals to start.

A graduate of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, Hip 99 was purchased by De Meric Stables for $185,000, who consigned the colt at OBS.

Of the three New York-bred 2-year-olds who sold in the $250,000-$290,000 range, Hip 29 deserves particular mention as member of the first crop of New York-based sire Central Banker, a Grade 2 winner by Speightstown who stands at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds for a 2018 stud fee of $7,500.

A bay colt bred by Hidden Brook Farm, LLC in partnership with Blue Devil Racing and foaled at McMahons’ Saratoga farm on April 8, 2016, Hip 29 sold to Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC for $260,000 from the consignment of Steven Venosa’s SGV Thoroughbreds LLC and turned in a furlong move in :10 2/5.

Co-breeder Blue Devil purchased the colt’s dam, Florida-bred Sister in Arms, as a Saratoga preferred yearling in 2012 for $125,000. A daughter of Colonel John, Sister in Arms went on to win a pair of turf contests before moving on to broodmare duty. Hip 29 is her first foal. She has since produced a colt by Awesome Again in 2017 and was bred last year to Animal Kingdom. Her half-sister Quiet Meadow is a multiple graded stakes-placed runner.

Typically, the boutique Fasig-Tipton March sale kicks off the juvenile auction season rather than the larger OBS March sale, but was scheduled this year to be held later, on March 28 in Gulfstream Park’s walking ring to coincide with Grade 1 Florida Derby week. The second and concluding session of the OBS sale takes place on Wednesday, March 14 beginning at 10:30.


Violence filly tops strong New York-bred showing at OBS Winter Mixed

Friday, January 26th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

Brookstone Farm had to go to $120,000 to take home the top-selling New York-bred at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s two-day Winter Mixed sale, a dark bay or brown short yearling filly by Violence.

Overall, the New York-bred contingent put up impressive numbers, outperforming the general population of the sale in average, median and buyback percentage.  

The New York-bred topper, also the fifth top-seller of the auction, was bred by Rockridge Stud, LLC in partnership with Brendan Mullery and Tony Grey. Offered by Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield consignment, the April 30 filly is out of Callie’s Joy, a Kentucky-bred half-sister to stakes winner Rileys Monarch by Monarchos and graded stakes performer Le Jester.

In the female line, under the filly’s third dam Sweet Willa, we find Grade 1 winners Willa on the Move and Will’s Way, along with Lady Reiko (IRE) who is stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer.

Callie’s Joy has produced five foals. Four have started and three have won, topped by her Sky Mesa colt Fly Friendly Sky, who is a multiple winner and stakes performer with $121,399 in earnings. The mare was bred to The Factor in 2017.

New York-breds outperformed the general population of the sale in all three key indicators. After 42 New York-breds sold (including five private sales) from 51 offered, they posted a 17.6% RNA rate. The overall buyback percentage was 25.3%, down from 36.8% in 2017.

The New York-bred average at the OBS Winter Mixed Sale was $17,186, while the overall average was $14,999, up from $9,011 in 2017. The New York-bred median price checked in at $6,750, a shade above the overall median price of $6,000, up from $4,350 a year ago.

The next auction on the sales calendar is the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed sale, which will take place February 5-6. Click here for New York-bred hips with links to catalogue pages.

New York-breds solid at Keeneland January, outperform sale median

Friday, January 12th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

The 2018 thoroughbred sales calendar, which kicked off with the four-day Keeneland January horses of all ages sale this week, began on a positive note for New York-breds. Trading, for the most part, sustained the kind of momentum seen last year in the state-bred yearling and weanling markets while, at the same time, the local product continued to stamp itself as a national force by outperforming the cumulative sales median.

Of 66 New York-breds offered, 48 were sold – 20 short yearlings and 28 older horses (racing prospects / racing or broodmare prospects / broodmare prospects / broodmares). The New York-bred buyback rate of 27.3% was more or less on par with a cumulative sale RNA percentage of 25.9%, which, in a very positive sign, dropped from 31.41% in 2017.

The New York-bred average at Keeneland January was $32,556, not quite up to the level of the cumulative sale average which came in at $38,499, up 28.53% from last year’s $29,954. The New York-bred median price, on the other hand, continued a trend seen in the 2017 September and November sales, outperforming the general population. Specifically, $18,000 New York-bred median came in well above the sale median of $12,000, which was itself a 14.29% improvement from $10,500 in $2017.

Five New York-breds brought six figures: four broodmares / broodmare prospects and one short yearling, a dark bay filly by More than Ready bred by Richard Greeley, who brought $145,000 in the second session of trading.

The top New York-bred mare, Louisville First ($150,000), was among a group of broodmare prospects acquired by Winchell Thoroughbreds, which, according to a report in the Blood-Horse, was selecting possible mates for Gun Runner once the prospective 2017 Horse of the Year retires to the breeding shed.

The auction company interprets the significant gains made at the 2018 January sale in total sales, median and average as a sign of “continued buyer confidence and demand for quality” of the kind that boosted its yearling sale in September and breeding stock sales in November.

“As we believed it would, the optimistic trend we saw in September and November carried forward to January,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “The surging stock market and the new tax treatments of investments should continue to positively impact the horse industry through this new year.”

Elliston continued, “The strong results of the January Sale continue to reflect a great enthusiasm to own racehorses. Buyers are bullish on the economy and the horse industry. They are bringing capital into the market in the form of long-term investment in broodmares and broodmare prospects. Short yearlings were at a premium, and a good balance of pinhookers and end-users battled to take them home. Pinhookers in particular had to step up to buy yearlings, suggesting strength because they anticipate rewards at the September Sale.”

The next stop on the auction circuit will be the OBS winter mixed sale, scheduled for January 24-25 in Ocala Click here for a listing of New York-bred hips with links to their catalogue pages.