NEWS: sales

Colt by Sidney’s Candy tops New York-bred yearlings in Keeneland’s second book

Monday, September 15th, 2014
by Sarah Mace

As the Keeneland September Yearling Sale marched ahead through its second book with a pair of sessions on Saturday and Sunday (Hips 763-1585), New York-bred sales remained strong. Seven of ten individuals who sold over the weekend commanded six figures, while the cumulative median price for state-breds through the first six days of the auction is outperforming the cumulative median for the general population of the sale. The Empire-bred topper of Book 2 was a colt by Sidney’s Candy out of a multiple graded stakes winner who was hammered down to Xavier International Bloodstock, Agent, for $240,000 on Saturday.

Selling from the consignment of Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm, the bay Sidney’s Candy colt (Hip 1020) was bred by SF Racing and foaled at Vinery New York at Sugar Maple in Poughquag on May 14, 2013. His dam is Atlantic Ocean, a multiple graded stakes winning Florida bred daughter of Stormy Atlantic who won the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes at two at Hollywood Park and the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes at three at Santa Anita. She enjoyed stakes success on both turf and dirt over three seasons of racing, earning $678,210.

Atlantic Ocean, who was purchased by Gavin Murphy and Neil Bowden’s SF Bloodstock at the 2010 Keeneland November sale for $230,000, has produced two winners from two foals to start including stakes placed Golden Galleon by Medaglia d’Oro. Her only other registered New York-bred offspring, a 2-year-old filly by Super Saver named Save Our Oceans, brought $240,000 at last year’s Keeneland yearling sale and has not yet started. Atlantic Ocean currently has a weanling full brother to the sale colt and was bred this year to Violence.

Thirteen New York-breds in all were offered in Keeneland Book 2, seven selling for six figures, including three who brought more than $200,000. The Book 2 average price for New York-breds was $146,000 and the median was $155,000.

Over the first six days of business (Books 1 and 2) 18 of 24 New York bred yearlings offered have changed hands, for a 25 percent buyback rate, which is slightly better than the 27.1 percent buyback rate of the overall sale.

The cumulative New York-bred average is $155,833, which predictably lags behind the average for the general population of the sale ($202,770, up 4.3 percent from 2013). The cumulative New York-bred median of $155,000, however, is better than the overall sale, which sits at $150,000 (3.5 percent higher than last year’s $145,000).

The sale continues Monday with the first of two session of Book 3 and runs through Sunday, September 21. All sessions begin at 10 a.m.


Lemon Drop Kid filly brings $400,000 as Keeneland September wraps up Book 1

Friday, September 12th, 2014
by Sarah Mace

The lion’s share of the New York-bred yearlings catalogued for the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale have yet to go through the sales ring, but the select group offered in the first four sessions that comprise Book 1 made a strong showing this week as six individuals brought six figures, topped by a bay January filly by Lemon Drop Kid who was purchased by Blandford Bloodstock for $400,000.

Bred by Gallagher’s Stud and consigned by Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud, Hip 714 is the third foal out of Honoria, an Irish-bred stakes-winning daughter of Sadler’s Wells purchased by Gallagher’s Stud in foal at the 2009 Keeneland November sale for $250,000.

Honoria’s first foal and only runner to date is Maximova by Danehill Dancer (IRE), who parlayed a winning debut routing on the turf into three straight scores, capped by a victory in the Bit of Whimsey Stakes at Belmont Park. Honoria’s second foal, a 2-year-old Speightstown colt named Energy Town brought $180,000 at last year’s Keeneland yearling sale. Currently the mare has a weanling filly by Distorted Humor and was bred this year to Street Cry (IRE).

In all, eight of 11 New York-bred yearlings offered over the first four sessions of the sale sold for an average of $168,125 and $150,000 median. The numbers for the sale overall are strong. The cumulative average for Book 1 of $300,535 posted an increase of seven percent over last year’s $280,925 and the median of $240,000 was 15.7 percent higher than 2013’s $207,500. The RNA rate was essentially unchanged at 27 percent.

Following a dark day on Friday, the sale resumes on Saturday and Sunday with Book 2 (Hips 763-1585). Sessions begin at 10 a.m.

Click here for a listing of hip numbers and links to the catalogue pages of all New York-bred yearlings in the catalogue.


Grade 1 winner Discreet Marq to be offered at Fasig-Tipton November Sale

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
(Edited press release)

Trainer Christophe Clement will consign, as agent, Grade 1 winner Discreet Marq at the November 3rd Fasig-Tipton November Sale on behalf of her owners and breeders Patricia and Frank Generazio.

A four-year-old daughter of Discreet Cat, Discreet Marq’s most prestigious victory came in 2013 Del Mar Oaks (G1), in which she defeated a top class field that included five graded stakes winners.  Her five career stakes wins to date also include the Sands Point S. (G2) at Belmont as a three-year-old, as well as the Lie Low S. at Aqueduct at two.  In 15 consecutive stakes starts dating back to her two-year-old year, she has never been worse than fourth or beaten more than 3 ¼ lengths.  She has career earnings to date of $945,900.

“Discreet Marq is as remarkably consistent and versatile a filly as I have ever trained,” said Clement.  “From her two-year-old year, to present, she has won from 5 ½ furlongs to 1 1/8 miles, competing against the best fillies of her generation from coast-to-coast. She is also a very beautiful filly, and should appeal to a wide range of buyers this fall at Fasig-Tipton.”

Discreet Marq’s first dam, To Marquet, and her second dam, Pretty Momma, are both multiple stakes winners and multiple stakes producers.  Her third dam, Turn To Mommie, is also a multiple stakes producer.

Discreet Marq is scheduled to make her next start in the Grade 1 First Lady S. at Keeneland on October 4th.

For further information: Christophe Clement (772) 475-7305


Grade 1 stakes winner Dayatthespa to be offered at F-T November

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
(Edited press release)

New York-bred Grade 1 stakes winner Dayatthespa, by City Zip out of M’Lady Doc will be offered at The November Sale at Fasig-Tipton on Monday, November 3,2014 as part of the Lane’s End consignment.

Dayatthespa’s career includes 8 black-type wins, of which 3 are graded stakes wins. In her most impressive win to date, Dayatthespa defeated 6 individual Grade 1 winners in the 2012 G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge, including Better Lucky, Centre Court, Somali Lemonade and Stephanie’s Kitten. On Sunday she scored in the Yaddo Stakes at Saratoga, and has now won at the New York racecourse for four consecutive years. A model of consistency, Dayatthespa has hit the board 13 times in 16 career starts, going into her fall race campaign with earnings of $948,892.

“We are very excited to offer Dayatthespa this November at Fasig-Tipton,” said Bill Farish, president Lane’s End Farm.  “She continually gives her fans goose bumps on the track and should provide the same excitement in the sales ring as she moves onto the next stage of her career.”

Dayatthespa is owned by Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon, and Bradley Thoroughbreds.  Trained by Chad Brown throughout her career, Dayatthespa is currently pointing towards the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland.


Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall sale expanded to two days

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
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The strength of the New York-Bred racing and breeding program has generated record entries for the Saratoga fall sale, which Fasig-Tipton has expanded to two days. A total of 430 horses will be catalogued and offered in two sessions, on Monday, October 6 and Tuesday, October 7.

The Monday session, getting underway at 2:00 p.m., will comprise broodmares, broodmare prospects and horses of racing age. The Tuesday session, beginning at 10:00 a.m., will feature approximately 193 weanlings and 107 yearlings. Catalogues will be available online and in print from September 10.

“When you combine our facilities in Saratoga and the attractions of this area in the fall, this is the ideal time and place to focus on important components of the expanding New York-Bred program,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning. “A number of complementary events and seminars are planned around the sale.  It will be a great opportunity to buy and sell at a high-profile Thoroughbred venue.”

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


Yearling class of 2014 raises bar yet again at F-T New York

Monday, August 11th, 2014
Fasig-Tipton photo

Fasig-Tipton photo

by Sarah Mace

The marketplace for New York-breds continues to go from strength to strength. On the heels of a record-breaking edition of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in 2013, this year’s class of yearlings upped the ante, posting a robust increase in both average and median and giving every indication that interest in Empire-breds remains strong among a diverse group of buyers.

The average price for a New York-bred yearling at the conclusion of the sale’s two sessions was $80,108, up 11% percent from $72,480 in 2013. The overall median price of $65,000 rose 18% percent from $55,000 last year.

Taken in its own terms, the second session of the sale came up a little stronger than the first. On Sunday 84 individuals sold for an average price of $85,298 and median of $77,500, compared with the $75,370 average and $60,000 median posted on Saturday.

Over the two sessions 176 individuals sold compared to 196 last year, leading to a minimal decline in total sales from $14,206,000 to $14,099,000. Eight individuals brought $200,000 or more this year compared to 11 last year, and 51 yearlings sold for six figures compared to 43 in 2013.

This year’s sale posted an increase in buyback from 25% to 38%, but Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, Jr. observed after the first session that the increase may well be due in part to “consignors having some alternatives for their horses in terms of the ability to race them themselves.” This year’s crop of yearlings is the first class bred squarely in the VLT era – after the Genting facility opened its doors for business at Aqueduct in October 2011, NYRA announced a new enhanced purse structure and the New York Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund raised breeders’ awards by 50%.

At the conclusion of the sale Browning said, “We saw a very similar marketplace to the marketplace we saw last night and, truthfully, similar to the marketplace we saw in the select sale and the July sale as well: significant demand for quality offerings [and] competitive bidding by a diverse group of buyers.”

Browning added, “I think overall we have a healthy marketplace that bodes well for the rest of the yearling sales and for the continuation of growth in the New York-bred market.”

Session two of the sale brought a new sale topper, a blaze-faced chestnut filly by Lookin at Lucky (Hip 436) who was hammered down to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm LLC for $270,000 from the consignment of Rhapsody Farm/Hidden Lake Farm LLC, Agents. The filly was bred by Hidden Lake Farm, where she was foaled, in partnership with Ashford Stud.

The filly’s dam Rose Rhapsody, a placed daughter of Pleasant Colony, has produced eight winners, including Rhumb Line (Mr. Greeley), the dam of multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Zazu by Tapit, graded stakes winner Flashback by the same sire and stakes winner Corinthian’s Jewel.

Pope, who purchased Rhumb Line for $2 million out of the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale, told the TDN, “She was a very lovely filly, well balanced with a good mind on her. And of course, I bought Rhumb Line, so I’m trying to take care of the family a little bit.”

Pope added, “I have several New York-breds that I’ve bought out of this sale that are four and five now and we’ve enjoyed being a part of the program.”

The next highest-priced horse overall, also a filly, topped the offerings on Saturday night, a yearling from the first crop of multiple Grade 1 winner Tizway (Tiznow) who was purchased by Hubert A. Guy, Agent for $250,000 (Hip 310).

Hip 302 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

Hip 302 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

A pair of yearlings shared the honors as co-top colts, each bringing $230,000. Hip 302, a bay from the first crop of Ice Box sold to Nick Zito, who trained the colt’s sire, in session one from the consignment of Chris Shelli’s Fort Christopher’s Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent. Shelli purchased the colt’s dam Fear This, an unraced daughter of Ghostzapper in foal for $5,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November sale.

Fasig-Tipton photo

(Hip 500) Fasig-Tipton photo

The other top colt was Hip 500, dark bay or brown March colt by Super Saver, whose first-crop juvenile colt I Spent It won the Grade 2 Toyota Saratoga Special at the racetrack earlier in the day. Bred by Eaton & Thorne, Inc., foaled at Thorndale Farm in Millbrook and consigned by Baccari Bloodstock, this colt was also purchased by bloodstock agent Hubert Guy, buyer of Saturday’s topper. The colt is out of That’s Ok, a sister to stakes winner Forever Partners and a half-sister to stakes winner Paul’s Partner. The colt’s third dam is also stakes winner.

Among current or former New York-based sires, a colt by Darley’s Girolamo (Hip 504), who stood at Sequel Stallions in 2012 and 2013, broke into the top ten on Sunday, emerging as the seventh top-seller. Out of Thin Disguise (Yes It’s True), a winning half-sister to champion New York-bred and millionaire Naughty New Yorker, the bay January colt brought $200,000. He was also purchased by Nick Zito. Consigned by Lane’s End, the yearling was bred by Dr. William B. Wilmot & Dr. Joan M. Taylor and foaled at Gallagher’s Stud in Ghent.

Of stallions currently standing in New York, three individuals from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Dublin (Keane Stud), who appears to be stamping his foals strongly in appearance, brought six figures (Hips 246, 300 and 508).


Fasig-Tipton NY-bred yearlings half-time report: average, median up in session one

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
Fasig-Tipton Photo

Fasig-Tipton photo

by Sarah Mace

Saturday’s opening session of the two-day Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale is now in the books, and breeders and consignors should be feeling pretty good. The average and median showed increases over last year’s first session and a strong group waiting in the wings for Sunday’s conclusion of the sale makes it likely that the upward trend will continue.

In session one 92 yearlings sold for $6,934,000 compared to 95 yearlings for $6,427,500 in the corresponding session in 2013. The average price for the session rose 11.4% to $75,370 (from $67,658), while also exceeding the cumulative average of last year’s record-breaking sale ($72,480). The median for the session was $60,000 up 9.1% from 2013 ($55,000).

“I think we’ve seen a continuation of the trends in the marketplace that we saw in July and at the select sale here,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, Jr. “Overall, there was competitive bidding, especially for the higher-quality offerings. It was a solid marketplace. Buyers had difficulty buying the lots that they wanted.”

Buybacks were somewhat elevated, climbing to 36.1% from 28.6% a year ago. Browning said, “The buyback rate crept higher tonight than the same night last year, which might have something to do with consignors having some alternatives for their horses in terms of the ability to race them themselves. This is probably more of a breeder-oriented group here in New York. But we will wait and see how that shakes out after both nights.”

The top seller of session one was a bay filly from the first crop of multiple Grade 1 winner Tizway (Tiznow) who was purchased by Hubert A. Guy, Agent for $250,000 (Hip 310). Foaled on April 15, 2013, the Breeders’ Cup nominated filly is out of multiple winner Free as Tristan by Crafty friend.

Free as Tristan has produced two accomplished runners from two foals to race: multiple New York-bred stakes winner Amberjack by Indygo Shiner ($292,855) and multiple graded-placed Associate, a Kentucky-bred by Wando ($301,229).The filly’s second dam was a Grade 1 winner in Argentina and is a stakes producer. The filly was bred by Dixie Farm and consigned by Marshall W. Silverman.

Four other yearlings in session one brought at least $200,000 and 24 New York-bred yearlings in all topped six-figures, among them two individuals from the first crop of New York-based sire Dublin (Hips 246 and 300). Last year in session one 18 yearlings sold for six figures and three sold for $200,000 or more.

Session two takes place on Sunday at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs beginning at 7:00 p.m.


Stonestreet & Bolton go to $700,000 for NY-bred Awesome Again colt at F-T Saratoga

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
Fasig-Tipton Photo
Fasig-Tipton Photo
by Sarah Mace

Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton purchased the top-selling New York-bred of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, going to $700,000 in Tuesday’s second session for a bay colt by Awesome Again out of the stakes producing Lord At War (Arg) mare Zambezi Belle (Hip 130). The colt was the third top-seller of the session and co-fifth highest-priced yearling overall.

Bred by Camelia J. Casby and foaled on February 18, 2013 at Hidden Lake Farm in Otisville, the colt has five winning siblings led by Zambezi Belle’s second foal Law Enforcement. Bred and campaigned by Casby and trained by Mark Hennig, Law Enforcement (Posse) won four New York-bred stakes and earned $458,638. Zambezi Belle’s filly Tough Market by Suave is a multiple winner and earner of over $100,000.

Bolton, Moynihan and Banke (Fasig-Tipton Photos)

Bolton, Moynihan and Banke (Fasig-Tipton Photos)

Zambezi Belle’s offspring have found success in the sales ring before. At the 2011 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale her Exchange Rate yearling colt Shimba was purchased by Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Plantation for $320,000 as the second top-selling lot of the sale.

John Moynihan, advisor to Stonestreet, explained the appeal of Hip 130. “He’s a really pretty horse. He’s a great, big strong horse, an Awesome Again. He looks like he’ll run far, and looks like he’ll be a Classic type horse.” (ThoroStride Visual Inspection).

Two other New York-breds surpassed the $300,000 mark at the select sale, both in the second session. A colt from the first crop of champion Uncle Mo (Hip 90) bred by Thomas Mina and foaled at Jeffrey Tucker’s Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort, was purchased by Ice Wine Stable and A. Duignan for $375,000. Consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield Farm, the colt is out of stakes-placed Southern Charmer (Dixie Union), who is the daughter of a graded stakes winner and a half-sister to a stakes winner.  Mina purchased half-sister to the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Frac Daddy (Scat Daddy) at the 2010 Keeneland November Sale for $130,000.

Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock adviser John Ferguson, the sale’s leading buyer, signed the ticket for Hip 126, a daughter of Kitten’s Joy who brought $350,000 as the top New York-bred filly in the sale. The dark bay/brown filly is out of Wild Chant (War Chant), who is a half-sister Untapable (Tapit), winner of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes, and to Grade 1 winner Paddy O’Prado (El Prado {Ire}). The filly was bred by Gallagher’s stud where she was foaled last March 23 and consigned by Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud. Gallagher’s Stud purchased Wild Chant at the 2011 Keeneland November sale for $300,000.

The top-selling New York-bred of Monday’s opening session, a colt by the late Harlan’s Holiday, sold early in the evening as Hip 4 for $250,000 from the Dromoland Farm consignment. Bred by Fred W. Hertrich III and John D. Fielding and foaled at Majestic View Farms International in Gardiner, the bay February colt is the second foal out of the winning Smart Strike mare First Grade. First Grade is a half-sister to stakes winner Glint (Sharp Humor) and the colt’s third dam is multiple graded stakes winner Recognizable (Seattle Slew). The Harlan’s Holiday colt was the top-selling New York-bred weanling of 2013, purchased by Abbey Partnership at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale for $200,000

In all, ten of the 12 New York-breds offered in the select sale changed hands (including one private sale) for an average price of $223,750 and median of $157,500. In the sale at large the major indicators dipped slightly compared to last year. The average of $291,965 was down 1.1% and the median fell 5% $237,500.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Saturday, June 21st, 2014
OBS Logoby Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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