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Yearling filly by Uncle Mo tops NY-breds in select session of OBS August

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

OBS Logo By Sarah Mace

A dark bay/brown New York-bred filly by Uncle Mo hammered for $150,000 to top the New York-bred offerings during Tuesday’s select session of the three-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s August yearling sale. The filly was the co-fifth top seller on the day.

The New York topper, Hip 227, bred by Lansdowne Thoroughbreds and foaled at Saratoga Glen Farm in Schuylerville on February 24, 2015, was previously purchased by Hal Hatch for $70,000 as a weanling at the Keeneland November sale. Consigned by Imagine at OBS, she went to Moneyballs Racing & Sales.

The sale filly is the first foal out of Maryland-bred Dark Nebula, a multiple winner and earner of $122,196. The filly’s second dam is a stakes performer, and she issues from the family of Grade 1 winner and sire Indian Charlie, and Grade 3 winner Soviet Sojourn.

Also bringing six figures in the OBS select session was Hip 145, a New York-bred filly from the first crop of Morning Line, a Grade 1-winning millionaire son of Tiznow. The dark bay/brown yearling, foaled February 20, 2015 at Hickory Hill Farm Thoroughbreds in Fort Edward, like the New York-bred session topper, was a graduate of the Keeneland November sale, where she went to J & S Racing for $45,000. At OBS, consigned by Stuart Morris, she fetched $100,000. Justin Casse, signed the ticket on behalf of Gabe Grossberg.

Bred by Omega Farm, LLC, the Morning Line filly is the first foal out of Union Boss, a winning Kentucky-bred daughter of Dixie Union, who has a weanling filly by Mucho Macho Man on the ground, and was bred to Bayern this year. Union Boss is one of five winners out of multiple stakes winner Capitol View and comes from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Play Fellow.

Of 29 New York-breds to go through the ring in Tuesday’s select session in Ocala, 21 yearlings sold for an average of $23,962. The New York-bred median price was $10,000. In the sale at large, the average price was $40,667 (down 10% from $45,163), while the median was $25,000 (down 28.6% from $35,000). The New York-bred buyback rate was 27.6%, better than the sale’s buyback percentage of 38.1%.

The OBS August sale continues Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with Hips 275-660 selling in the first of two Open sessions. Click here for New York-bred hip numbers.

Uncle Mo colt brings record $450,000 to top FT NYB sale

Monday, August 15th, 2016

NY bred sale 16 coverBy Sarah Mace

A colt by hot young sire Uncle Mo brought a sales-record price of $450,000 to top an unusual renewal of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. Slated to occupy two sessions on Saturday and Sunday, the sale’s Saturday session was cancelled after only two horses went through the ring due to violent storms. The auction was rescheduled for Sunday, when the full catalog was offered in a single session beginning at 3 p.m.

The $450,000 Uncle Mo colt, Hip 458, who is currently named Mo Diddley, was purchased by Everett Dobson of Cheyenne Stables from the consignment of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent. Bred by Andy Beadnell, the colt is the fifth foal out of Miss Bodine, a Kentucky-bred stakes-placed daughter of Vindication, whose first two foals (and only two to start) are winners. Most recently her second foal, 4-year-old Euros to Dollars, picked up his second career victory in a Saratoga allowance on August 6.

Miss Bodine is a half sister to ten winners including three stakes winners: Icecoldbeeratreds (In Excess [IRE]), winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Futurity, and his full siblings Controlled, who is also a multiple stakes producer, and Inexcessive Speed. Currently Miss Bodine has a weanling colt by Mucho Macho Man.

Hip 458/Fasig-Tipton

Hip 458/Fasig-Tipton

Dobson told the TDN “I liked his presence. Obviously Uncle Mo is maybe the most exciting young stallion we’ve had in this sport in many, many years. And it’s a New York-bred. I like that. I race up here a lot. He checked all the boxes and I’ll be glad to put him in the racing stable – thrilled to put him in the racing stable.” Dobson said the colt will go to Randy Bradshaw in Florida for early training, but has not decided who will train him at the track.

Breeder Andy Beadnell commented, “We knew he was going to sell well, but we didn’t know he’d go that high. [Consignor] Joe [McMahon] knew. He knew who was on him and he put the reserve higher than what I was kind of happy with, but it worked. He went way past his reserve.”

Next in the rankings of the top sellers were a pair of colts purchased by Linda Rice on behalf of Sheila Rosenblum (of La Verdad fame). The pair were also under bidders on the sale topper.

Hip 385, a bay colt by City Zip bred by John Lauriello, sold from the Indian Creek consignment for $375,000. The City Zip colt is the first foal out of Flaunted, an unraced Tale of the Cat mare. Flaunted is a half sister to stakes winner Lady Melesi, who is also a multiple stakes producer.

Rice, who trained City Zip and is always on the lookout for likely offspring of his, said, “City Zip has had an incredible year. This horse is a City Zip that looks like he’ll get two turns – he’s really a stretchy horse. He’s a New York-bred and I think he’ll run long.”

Rosenblum commented, “We looked at quite a few and he definitely stood out, with his conformation and the way he walked.  We are looking for two-turn horses. Ideally for a colt that is distance, dirt or turf, or a filly with a decent pedigree. And New York-breds are very good for us since we’re both in New York. These City Zips are really proving themselves.”

The second major purchase by team Rice-Rosenblum and third top-seller was Hip 490, a son of Mineshaft who is a half-brother to New York-bred graded stakes winner and classic contender Upstart ($1,732,780). The colt brought $335,000 from the Summerfield consignment.

Bred, like Upstart, by Mrs. Gerald A. Nielsen, the colt is out of Party Silks, an unraced daughter of Touch Gold also bred by Mrs. Nielsen. The mare has produced two winners from two starters, and was bred this year to American Pharoah. The sale colt’s second dam Intend to Win (Housebuster) is a stakes-placed Kentucky-bred purchased by Gerald Nielsen for $120,000 at the 2001 Keeneland November sale.

Rice commented, “I picked out three colts here. The City Zip colt, the [sale-topping] Uncle Mo colt that we were the under bidder on and let go, and this one. So we were a little sad about the Uncle Mo colt, but we got this one.”

Overall sale indicators did not quite rise to the lofty and record-breaking heights of 2015, but were strong, nevertheless, and fully in keeping with the gains made by the New York-bred program the last five years. The results were also in keeping with the current auction trend toward strength at the high end of the market and more difficulty at the low.

Of 263 yearlings offered, 177 sold (including 16 private sales). The sale average of $77,246 dipped 5.5% from last year’s record-setting $81,739, while the median of $60,000 was down 7.7% from a record-tying $65,000 in 2015. The buyback percentage was 32.7% compared with 27.8% in 2015. A total of 43 yearlings sold for at least six figures, with nine fetching $200,000 and up.

Fasig-Tipton President and CEO Boyd Browning, Jr. told the TDN, “I think it was a pretty similar marketplace to last year. It might be a tiny bit tighter. We saw slight declines, not alarming declines, but slight declines. If you are in the upper echelon of the catalogue, whatever catalogue it happens to be, you’re going to be in really good shape and there is plenty of activity.”

Continued Browning, “Bunches and bunches of horses sold way above their reserves in that echelon. But when you are in the bottom half of the catalogue at a sale like this, it is hand-to-hand combat. It’s tough and you better know who you have on your horse and you better hope you have someone on your horse. The perceived less-quality horses are difficult to sell. That hasn’t changed at all in recent years and rather than narrowing the definition of what is not perceived quality, that definition might be expanding slightly.”

Brown, who did not think the single-session format had an impact on sale results, also felt that the buyback percentage was in line with recent sale history. He believes it continues to reflect the attractiveness of racing in New York as an option for breeders who do not get the prices they are seeking in the auction ring.

Said Browning, “Historically, if you do a chart for this sale over the last 10 years, this is basically right in range with the traditional buy-back rate. The beauty and the curse of a New York-bred is that they have the ability to run for significant purse dollars. Those earnings potentials apply to breeders as well as to buyers. And the breeders probably have a greater tendency to retain their horse because they can control where it races. If you are a New York breeder and you buy your horse back, it’s going to run in New York in virtually all instances.”


Day 2 of F-T Saratoga selected yearling sale produces two more NY-bred standouts

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Saratoga sale cover 16By Sarah Mace

At the conclusion of Tuesday’s second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro out of a half-sister to Untapable emerged as the top-selling New York-bred when purchased by Hartley / de Renzo for $300,000. A second New York-bred standout, Lady Scarlet by Scat Daddy, was the top Empire-bred filly of the sale, hammered down earlier the same evening for $250,000.

The Medaglia D’Oro yearling,  Hip 193, a dark bay/brown colt foaled February 5, 2015, was bred by Gallagher’s Stud and consigned by Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud, acting as Gallagher Stud’s agent. The sale colt’s dam Wild Chant is a winning daughter of War Chant who has produced three winners from three foals to start.

Wild Chant was purchased by Gallagher’s Stud at the 2011 Keeneland November sale for $300,000 from the Gainesway consignment. Out of Fun House, who is a graded stakes winning daughter of Prized and earner of over $430,000, Wild Chant is a half sister to recently-retired champion Untapable, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in 2014 and earner of over over $3,900,000. Fun House is also the dam of Grade 1 winner, millionaire and sire Paddy O’Prado.

War Chant currently has a weanling filly by Lemon Drop Kid and was bred back to Medaglia d’Oro this year.

The top New York-bred filly, Hip 159 by Scat Daddy, who is dark bay or brown like the top colt, was bred by Avanti Stable and consigned by Paramount Sales, Agent V. An April baby foaled at Stonebridge Farm in Gansevoort, she is the third offspring of winner Speightful Lady (Speightstown) who has produced one winner from two to start. The filly’s second dam, graded stakes England’s Rose (Nureyev), has produced a stakes performer. Multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer Five Star Momma appears in the family of the third dam Infringe (Irish River [IRE]).

Of seven New York-breds offered this year at the Saratoga selected yearling sale, four changed hands for an average of $222,500.

Overall, the year-to-year average of the Saratoga sale dropped 9.4% to $292,115. The median declined 5% over the two sessions to $237,500, and the cumulative buy-back rate came in at 23.2%, up from 15.2% a year ago.

The next event on the sales calendar, and the most important weekend of the year for so many New York breeders, is the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, which takes place August 13-14. Click here for full online catalogue.

New York colt by Shanghai Bobby brings $200,000 at F-T Saratoga

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Saratoga sale cover 16By Sarah Mace

The first New York-bred to go through the ring in Monday’s opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings, a colt from the first crop of champion Shanghai Bobby and a half-brother to Fish Trappe Road, sold for $200,000 to Jim Maloney. Fish Trappe Road (Trappe Shot) won the Grade 3 Dwyer, finished a strong second in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens and is currently pointed to the Grade 1 King’s Bishop.

Bred by Hidden Lake Farm, LLC in partnership with Anthony Grey and foaled on March 22, 2015 at Hidden Lake Farm in Otisville, Hip 17, a grey/roan colt, topped the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale last year, where his Saratoga consignor Hunter Valley Farm picked him up for $140,000.

The colt’s dam is Electric Shock, a New York-bred stakes winner bred by Driver-Ferguson, who last changed hands when purchased by Rhapsody Farm in foal at the 2012 Keeneland November sale for $22,000.

Electric Shock has produced six winners, including three other stakes performers beside Fish Trappe Road: All Electric, Electric Chant and Electric Temptress. The colt’s second dam is a half sister to successful broodmare Mimi Baker, who produced four stakes winners. Electric Shock was bred to Tonalist this year.

Four of five New York-bred yearlings offered Monday evening drew strong bids, but failed to meet their respective reserves. The RNAs brought bids of $245,000 (Hip 19), $225,000 (Hip 52) and $120,000 (Hip 25).

In Tuesday’s second and concluding session of the sale three New York-breds are scheduled to go through the ring: Hip 157, Hip 159 and Hip 193.

Zayat Stables goes to $185,000 for Mission Impazible yearling at F-T KY

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

FT July saleBy Sarah Mace

Zayat Stables, EQB, Agent, snapped up a colt by New York-based Mission Impazible, currently the nation’s leading freshman sire, out of a graded stakes-producing mare for $185,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July selected yearling sale on Tuesday.

Hip 192, who was sold by Sequel New York, Agent, was bred by a partnership of Sequel Thoroughbreds and Twin Creeks Farm – the same connections who brought out Mission Impazible juvenile standout, and Tremont Stakes winner Silver Mission.

The grey or roan colt, who was foaled on April 9, 2015, is out of Deputy Reality, an unplaced daughter of Halo Reality, whose dam is graded stakes placed Halo Reality. Deputy Reality is a half sister to stakes winner and graded stakes-placed A. P. Reality and stakes performer Can’t Stop the Kid.

Deputy Reality has produced three winners, topped by Teeth of the Dog, by Bluegrass Cat, who won the 2012 Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes and earned over $414,000.

The Mission Impazible colt brought over twice the sale average, which was $86,101. Mission Impazible (Unbridled’s Song), stands at Sequel Stallions New York for a 2016 stud fee of $7,500.

New York-bred juvenile by Uncle Mo fetches $240,000 on final day of OBS June

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

OBS LogoBy Sarah Mace

The concluding session of the four-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June 2-year-old sale saw far-and-away the top-selling New York-bred, a bay colt by sire sensation Uncle Mo out of a dam from the family of Sea Hero.

Hip 940, who clocked a quarter in :21.1 in the under tack show, sold to Breeze Easy LLC for $240,000. The colt was consigned by Thoroughbred Champions Training Center LLC, who purchased him from the Taylor Made consignment for $32,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale. Offered at OBS March, he failed to meet his reserve when bid up to $145,000.

Breeder Fred W. Hertrich III purchased Hip 940 in utero, when he bought his dam Surrender at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale for $20,000. This was her first foal.

Surrender, a placed runner by Stormy Atlantic out of stakes placed Beaucette, boasts as her second dam graded winner Mackie (Summer Squall), who is a half-sister to sire Sea Hero, sire Hero’s Honor, Glowing Honor, Wild Applause, etc. Hertrich resold Surrender at the 2014 Keeneland November sale for $40,000 in foal to Morning Line, where she was purchased by Gayle Van Leer.

The colt’s sire Uncle Mo was the top freshman sire of 2015 and currently the runaway leader on the second crop sire rankings.

At the conclusion of the OBS June sale, 54 New York-breds sold of 82 offered for a $26,178 average and $13,500 median, which edged out the general sale median. The buyback rate settled at 34.1%.

For the entire OBS June sale, the average was $29,675, compared to 2015’s sale record $39,612, while the median price was $13,000 compared to $18,000 a year ago. The buyback percentage was 24%; it was 24.8% a year ago.

OBS June produces new top New York-bred colt Thursday

Friday, June 17th, 2016

OBS LogoBy Sarah Mace

Thursday’s third session of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June 2-year-old sale produced a new top-selling New York-bred colt. Hip 852, a grey/roan individual by Macho Uno with European roots, brought $80,000 when hammered down to Ruis Racing LLC after posting a sharp eighth in :10 1/5.

A graduate of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale, the colt was purchased by Harris Training Center, his OBS consignor, for $25,000.

Bred by Patrick and Brittney Durtschi and foaled on April 21, 2014, Hip 852 is out of Sierra Vista (GB), a Group 2 winner in England by Atraf (GB). She came to this country for broodmare duty in 2008 after selling to Anthony Stroud Bloodstock for $355,505 at the 2007 Tattersalls December mare sale. She last changed hands when purchased by Doug Branham for $32,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November sale.

Sierra Vista has produced two winners from four foals to start, led by her first surviving foal, Kentucky-bred stakes winner Golden Rifle by Ghostzapper.

The tally for New York-breds at OBS after three sessions is 39 sold of 61 offered (including six private sales) for a cumulative average of $23,515 and median of $11,500. The buyback rate is 36.1%.

In the sale as a whole the average is $27,783, down from last average at the same point in the sale by 29.1%. The cumulative median for the sale is $13,500, down 28.9%

OBS June concludes on Friday beginning at 10:30 a.m. (Hips 901-1226, including the supplemental entries and Horses of Racing Age).

NY-bred indicators improve at OBS June halfway point

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

OBS LogoBy Sarah Mace

With a trio of new top-sellers and rising cumulative average, the market for New York-bred juveniles picked up considerably from the first to the second session of this year’s four-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June 2-year-old sale.

The New York-bred standout of Wednesday’s trading was Hip 306, a Pure Prize filly who sold from the consignment of Costanzo Sales to E. L. R. Corp. for $105,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the under tack show. Costanzo purchased the bay filly as a weanling in 2014 for $33,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale.

Bred by Barry R. Ostrager and foaled on May 22, 2014, the sale filly is out of Firm Affair, who was purchased by Ostrager in foal at the 2013 Keeneland November sale for the bargain price of $10,000. Firm Affair is a multiple winner by Colonial Affair who has produced a stakes placed full sister to the sale filly, Faerie Queen.

The top-selling New York-bred colt to change hands on Wednesday was Hip 417, a bay juvenile from the first crop of Tapizar, who sold from Ciaran Dunne Wavertree consignment for $60,000. Linda Rice signed the ticket on behalf of William Hirsch. The colt posted his eighth of a mile breeze in :10 2/5.

Bred by Fred W. Hertrich III and foaled on February 24, 2014, the sale colt was the top-selling New York-bred yearling of his session at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale, when hammered down to Purpoodock Bloodstock for $125,000 (the same price for which he RNA’d as yearling at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton New York preferred yearling sale). Additionally, before going through the OBS June sale, he RNA’d for $185,000 at OBS March.

The Tapizar colt is the first foal out of Introvert, a multiple winner by Smarty Jones and half sister to five other winners, topped by Argentinian 2-year-old champion Forty Greeta, who is also a stakes producer, and Grade 2-winning sire Honorable Dillon.

At the halfway point in the OBS June sale 23 of the 38 New York-breds offered have sold (including four private sales) for a buyback rate of 39.4%. The cumulative average now stands at $26,996 and median at $15,000.

For the sale so far, the average is $29,078 (down 21.8 % from the same point in the sale last year). The median (down 21.1 %), like the New York-bred median, is $15,000. RNAs are 29.6%.

The June Sale continues Thursday at 10:30 a.m. (Hips 601-900).

Temple City filly leads New Yorkers in OBS June opener

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

OBS LogoBy Sarah Mace

Hip 99, a dark bay or brown filly by Temple City bred by Spendthrift Farm LLC, emerged as the top-selling New York-bred juvenile in Tuesday’s opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June sale when purchased by Brandon Rice on behalf of Kenneth Hackel, for $50,000.

The April filly, who breezed a snappy :21 2/5 quarter mile in the under tack show for consignor de Meric Sales, is the first foal out of Catinatree, a stakes placed, Kentucky-bred Forestry mare who is a half sister to two other stakes performers. The sale filly’s third dam is multiple Grade 2-placed runner Cedar Knolls. The filly sold as yearling for a mere $6,500 at the Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale.

The top-selling New York-bred colt to change hands in the first session of the four-day sale was Hip 228, a chestnut by Lookin At Lucky foaled on May 18, 2014, who sold to Dream Community from the consignment of Eversole Thoroughbreds, Agent for $45,000.

Bred by Cheryl A. Prudhomme and Dr. Michael T. Gallivan, the colt is out of Double Doubleville (Mt. Livermore), a stakes-placed mare who has produced 11 winners from 13 foals to start. The colt was offered previously at last year’s Fasig-Tipton’s fall mixed sale in Saratoga, but failed to meet his reserve when bid up to $29,000. He clocked a:10 2/5 breeze in the under tack show.

In all, of 27 New York-breds offered in the session, 15 sold (including two private sales) for a 44.4 % buyback rate. The New York-bred average was $20,893, compared to the $25,385 average of the general population of the sale. The New York-bred median of $15,000 was identical to the session median.

The June Sale continues Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. (Hips 301-600) and the auction is being streamed live at the OBS website,, and

Seven New York-bred juveniles bring six figures at F-T Midlantic

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

m16b-miBy Sarah Mace

By the time the two-day Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale wrapped up Tuesday, seven New York-breds had changed hands for six figures. In Monday’s opening session five individuals sold for $100,000 and up, topped by Hip 82, a filly by Boys At Tosconova, who brought $165,000 and Hip 252, a Congrats filly who fetched $150,000 (read more). Hips 277, 87 and 71 were also standouts on day one. On Tuesday two more individuals joined the $100,000 club, Hips 427 and 330. (Click here for full results)

Hip 427, a chestnut colt by Smart Strike went to Orlando Di Rienzo for $110,000. Bred by Pollock Farms, Hugh Owen, and Town & Country Farms Corp., the March 16 colt is the first foal out of multiple graded stakes winner C C’s Pal whose stellar career featured victories in the Grade 2 Vagrancy Stakes and Grade 2 Honorable Miss in addition to earnings of nearly $800,000.

Consigned by Kings Equine Agent, the Smart Strike colt is a graduate of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, where Kings Equine purchased him from Taylor Made Sales for $75,000. He covered a furlong in :10 2/5 in the under tack show.

Nick Sallusto went to $100,000 to pick up the other New York-bred standout of session, a filly from the first crop of Mission Impazible (Sequel Stallions New York) named Cha Cha Heels (Hip 330). Consigned by Classic Bloodstock (Danzel Brendemuehl), she, too, turned in a :10 2/5 eighth. She sold previously for $32,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale.

Bred by Burleson Farm and foaled on April 20, Hip 330 is out of Yankee Million, an unplaced Kentucky-bred mare who brought $575,000 as a 2-year-old. Out of a graded stakes placed runner, Yankee Million has produced two winners from three foals to start. Currently the mare has a yearling full-sister to the sale filly and a produced a colt by Alpha this year.

Fasig-Tipton expanded the sale’s catalogue this year, selling 82 more horses than last year and increasing total sales by 2.1%. In all, 83 New York-breds were offered. Of these, 58 sold (including five private sales) for a 30.1% buyback percentage The New York-bred average price for the sale was $40,818. The median ended up at $25,000.

The overall average and median average for the juvenile sale posted year-over-year declines. This average of $68,654 was down 22.7% from last year’s record $88,654; the $32,000 median was off 28.9% from $45,000 in 2015. The buyback rated finished up at 25.9% (up from 21.5%), once again showcasing the fact that buyers continue to be highly selective.

The next juvenile sale on the docket for the majority of NY-breds is the OBS June, which will take place June 14-17