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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.

Filly by More than Ready first six-figure New York-bred yearling of 2018

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Keeneland photo

By Sarah Mace

The New York-bred short yearling market picked up a little steam during Tuesday’s second and concluding session of Book 1 at this week’s Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. Hip 714, a dark bay or brown filly by More than Ready, was purchased by Frederick & May for $145,000 to become the state’s first six-figure yearling of 2018. Tuesday’s trading also saw a pair of New York-bred broodmare/broodmare prospects bring over $100,000.

Consigned by Hidden Brook on behalf of the filly’s breeder Richard Greeley, the More than Ready filly was foaled on February 5, 2017 at Cedar Ridge Farm in Pine Plains. Her dam Adorable You is a winning Kentucky-bred turf runner by Grand Slam, who sold one hip earlier on Tuesday to Dr. Thomas Keenan for $40,000 in foal to Paynter.

The sale filly has four winning siblings from four to race, led by Carameaway (Lawyer Ron), her dam’s first foal. Winner of the 2014 Saratoga Dew, and placed in four more New York-bred stakes races, Carameaway earned $472,837 in 42 starts over five seasons. Adorable You’s second foal, Kentucky-bred My Cara Mia (Include), is also a six-figure earner. Black type persists into the second generation. The filly’s second dam is stakes winner Always Nettie, one of whose foals is a multiple stakes producer.

Leading the duo of six-figure mares was 5-year-old Louisville First by Girolamo (Hip 513), who went to Winchell Thoroughbreds as a broodmare prospect for $150,000 from the consignment of Indian Creek, Agent. Bred by Mr. and Mrs. James G. Bell, Louisville First was a $70,000 Keeneland September yearling in 2014, before being picked up by RAP racing for $120,000 at the 2015 OBS March sale of 2-year-olds.

Louisville First won the 2016 renewal of the Cupecoy’s Joy division of the New York Stallion Stakes series and, in her next start, finished second in the Statue of Liberty, another turf race in the same series. From 16 career starts, the mare earned $211,442. Louisville First’s dam Move Clickly is a Kentucky-bred six-figure-earner by Cherokee Run who has produced two other winners.

Black Betsy (Hip 739), a 6-year-old Jump Start mare in foal to Violence fetched $125,000 from Renee Dailey. Bred by Classic Thoroughbred XXV and winner of one race in California for Panic Stable LLC, Black Betsy was consigned by the South Point Sales Agency. Out of stakes winner Time to Dream, Black Betsy is a half-sister to black type-winner Five Star Dream. Her second dam Five Star Night is also a stakes winner and stakes producer, and black type runs deep in the second generation.

Book 2 of the Keeneland January sale continues Wednesday, January 10 (Hips 782-1178) and Thursday, January 11 (Hips 1179-1581). Sessions begin at 10:00 a.m.


NY-bred 2018 sales season gets underway at Keeneland with $70,000 Bayern colt

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Keeneland photo

By Sarah Mace

The weanling and yearling sectors of the New York-bred bloodstock market posted especially strong numbers in 2017. The hope for the first auction of the 2018 calendar, this week’s four-day Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, is for these positive market trends to persist with the new crop of short yearlings. It is possible also that trading in 2018 will be further buoyed by elements in the new federal tax law favorable to some prospective buyers, and by continued strength in the U.S. stock market.

From limited data (five individuals offered, three sold in the Keeneland opener), New York-bred short yearlings are kicking off the year in a positive way, led by a colt from the first crop of Bayern purchased by Green Leaf Farm from the consignment of Hunter Valley Sales, Agent, for $70,000. The first session of trading also saw a pair of New York-bred broodmares in foal to commercial sires bring six figures. Overall in session one of the four-day auction, Keeneland realized double-digit growth in gross, average and median prices (26.17%, 10.57% and 28.57%, respectively).

The $70,000 Bayern colt, offered as Hip 345, was bred by Fergus Galvin, co-owner of Hunter Valley Farm in Versailles, Kentucky in partnership with Tony Hegarty, Adrian Regan and John Wade.

The colt is out of Broadway Hennessey, a Kentucky-bred stakes winner campaigned by SF Racing LLC. Broadway Hennessey is also a half-sister to stakes winner and graded stakes performer Courageous Act, and additional black type peppers the colt’s catalogue page through the fourth generation. Broadway Hennessey has produced six New York-bred foals, including the sales colt, and was bred to Overanalyze in 2017.

Leading the pair of six-figure New York-bred broodmares in the auction’s opener was Super Savvy (Hip 253), an unraced mare bred by SF Bloodstock, LLC by Super Saver and out of New York-bred graded winner Don’t Forget Gil. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales, 6-year-old Super Savvy was purchased by Straight Fire, LLC for $105,000 in foal to Distorted Humor. Super Savvy has already produced a juvenile colt by Street Sense and newly-turned yearling by Tiznow.

Broodmare Thin Disguise (Hip 297), a 12-year-old bay from a familiar New York family, brought $100,000 on the nose from McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, Agent, in foal to Bodemeister. Consigned by Craig & Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud, on behalf of Bill Wilmot and Joan Taylor’s Stepwise Farm, the Yes It’s True mare is a half-sister to millionaire and 2007 New York-bred Horse of the Year Naughty New Yorker. Other accomplished siblings include stakes winner and graded stakes performer Pupil, stakes performer Deceived and Japanese runner Unavenged ($860,000). Thin Disguise’s dam Naughty Natisha was named champion New York broodmare in 2007.

Book one of the Keeneland January sale concludes on Tuesday, January 9 (Hips 392-781A). Book 2 spans two days: Wednesday, January 10 (Hips 782-1178) and Thursday, January 11 (Hips 1179-1581). All sessions begin at 10:00 a.m.

Click here for a listing of New York-bred hips with links to catalogue pages.

NY-bred weanlings by first crop sires shine in Keeneland’s Book 3, median flying high

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Keeneland Photo

By Sarah Mace

As the Keeneland November breeding stock sale reached the half-way point of its 12-day stand at the conclusion of Book 3 on Sunday, New York-bred weanlings by first-crop sires continued to be hot commodities. Meanwhile, the median price for New York-breds at the sale is coming in leaps and bounds ahead of the cumulative median.

Half-way through the Keeneland sale, 52 of 72 New York-breds offered changed hands for a buyback percentage of 27.8%, a couple ticks above the sale RNA rate of 25.6% The New York-bred average of $131,000 hasn’t quite kept pace with the $148,716 cumulative sale average, but the New York-bred median of $130,000 is far outperforming $80,000 cumulative sale median. Thirty-one Empire State-breds have brought six figures, 13 have sold for $200,000 and up and four went for over $300,000.

The New York-bred weanling stars of Book 2 were by Carpe Diem and Liam’s Map. In Book 3, the standout and top-selling weanling overall of Sunday’s session 6 was another colt by Carpe Diem. The co-third top seller of Saturday’s session 5 was a New York-bred Beyern weanling.

Sunday’s top-selling Carpe Diem colt, offered as Hip 1810, was bred by WinStar Farm, LLC and purchased by Taylor Made’s pinhooking partnership, Bloodstock Investments, from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent CXLVI for $200,000

The chestnut weanling, who was foaled April 27 at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, sports a deep pedigree. He is the third foal out of winner Hot Spa (Latent Heat), who is a half-sister to multiple Group 2 winner Mendip (Harlan’s Holiday), and stakes winner Dig Deep. The weanling’s third dam is multiple Grade 1 winner Chaposa Springs and fourth dam, La Chaposa, was a champion sprinter in Peru.

Katie Taylor said of the sale colt, “I really liked the shape of that horse. We bought a horse, an Uncle Mo, last year that we did really well with and they looked a lot alike to me. They have the same body, same type. He’s correct and I see a lot of room for improvement. I really like Carpe Diem—I’ve seen a lot of them at this sale and he was my favorite.”

WinStar Farm purchased Hot Spa in foal for $160,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November sale and both prior foals (fillies) have excelled in the sales ring. Hot Spas’ first foal Hot Tub Holiday (Harlan’s Holiday), brought $250,000 at the 2016 OBS March sale. Her second, by Into Mischief, was a $270,000 September yearling at Keeneland last year. Hot Spa was bred to WinStar stallion Gemologist this year.

Saturday’s Session 5 New York-bred weanling standout was Hip 1373, a gray or roan colt by Bayern also foaled February 1 at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag. Bred and consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, the colt was hammered down to Springhouse Farm for $180,000.

The colt is the second foal out of Holy Dazzle, a multiple winner by Holy Bull out of multiple stakes winner Stormy Temper by Conquistador Cielo. Black type abounds under the fourth dam, graded winner and graded stakes producer Cinegita.

The November Sale continues through Saturday, November 18, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

Keeneland Book 2 wrap: New York-bred weanlings and mares in demand

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Keeneland Photo

By Sarah Mace

As it happened, no New York-breds changed hands during the two sessions that made up Book 1 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale, but they made up for lost time by shooting off fireworks during the third and fourth sessions that comprised Book 2 of the marathon auction.

Thursday and Friday each saw a New York-bred weanling and broodmare among the top five sellers of the session and, by the conclusion of Book 2, New York-breds were outperforming the cumulative sale buyback percentage and cumulative sale median.

Thirty of the 39 New York-breds offered in Keeneland’s Book 2 found new homes for a 23.1% buyback percentage, which outperformed the sale’s RNA rate of 26.3%. Of the 30 New York-breds sold in the second book, 23 brought six figures, 12 sold for $200,000 and up and four went for $300,000 and up.

The New York-bred average at the conclusion of Book 2 came in at $168,333, while the sale average was $218,329. The New York-bred median of $145,000 did better than the sale median of $130,000.


The top New York-bred weanling of Thursday’s session 3 was Hip 454, a bay weanling colt from the first crop of Carpe Diem. Bred by SF Bloodstock, foaled on February 28 at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag and consigned by Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, the colt brought a winning bid of $320,000 from Jacob West’s West Bloodstock to become the third top-selling weanling of the session.

Out of Courtly Choice, a winning Kentucky-bred mare by Doneraile Court, the sale colt is a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire Wild Dude (Wildcat Heir). His second dam is also a stakes winner. SF Bloodstock purchased Courtly Choice, in foal to Tiznow, for $500,000 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton November sale. The mare was bred this year to Exaggerator.

Jacob West told the TDN, “I bought him for a racing partnership, but the guys I bought him for might pinhook. We gave a lot of money for him, being from Carpe Diem’s first crop, but he was a standout. Obviously, when you walk in there and give you that much money for a first-year sire, they have to have the physical and he has the pedigree to back it up.”

Added West, “We loved him. We wanted him. We had to get him. It was a high price, but the market is dictating that and that is what we had to pay. We hope he grows up and develops into a nice horse.”


On Friday the star New York-bred weanling was a colt from the first crop of Liam’s Map. The second foal out of graded stakes performer Aqua Regia (Pollard’s Vision), Hip 810 became the fourth top-selling weanling of his session when purchased by Vinnie Viola’s St. Elias Stables / Dennis O’Neill, Agent for $310,000.

The bay youngster, who was foaled on February 27 at Edition Farm in Hyde Park, was bred by St. Elias Stable LLC and Peta Ryan, and consigned by Trackside Farm (Tom Evans), Agent VII. The Liam’s Map colt has abundant black type under the third and fourth dam. His dam Aqua Regia, who was bred this year to Dialed In, was purchased as a juvenile by St. Elias and West Point Thoroughbreds for $80,000 at the 2013 OBS June sale of horses of racing age.

“It was for Vinnie Viola, who is obviously in on Liam’s Map, O’Neill told the TDN. “He really wanted to buy a really nice one and he did. He called this morning and I told him this was the best one I’d seen all week.” Viola’s wife Teresa owned Breeders’ Cup Dirt mile winner Liam’s Map in partnership with West Point Thoroughbreds.

Added O’Neill, “It’s a great purchase. He’s a beautiful, beautiful colt, very well put together. And he had a great mind. He was really good in the back, which is a big thing for me.”


Hip 445, Clipthecouponannie

While New York-bred weanlings were busy attracting all this positive attention, a pair of New York-bred mares brought $375,000, each, one on Thursday and one on Friday.

Thursday was Clipthecouponannie’s day (Hip 445). Offered as a racing or broodmare prospect, the 4-year-old multiple stakes winner and graded stakes performer by Uncle Mo was purchased by Kempton Bloodstock, Agent for Albaugh Family Stable. Her $375,000 price tag came in as the third highest price of the day for a filly or mare.

Foaled at Vinery Sugar Maple in Poughquag and consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent CLIV, Clipthecouponannie is the first foal out of Mike Repole’s multiple stakes-winning New York-bred mare Lights Off Annie, who was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Powers and earned over $200,000. Lights Off Annie is also a full sister to New York-bred stakes winner Pretty Boy Freud. She was bred back to Uncle Mo this spring.


Friday’s top-selling New York-bred mare and the fourth top-selling mare in the session, was Hip 943, Full Tap, who was purchased in foal to Empire Maker on a February 16 cover by Anderson Farms from the consignment of Gainesway, Agent VII.

As a yearling Full Tap set a new sale record when she sold for $430,000 at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale to Steven W. Young on behalf of Cobra Farm, while also attracting bids from Mandy Pope and Wesley Ward. Racing for a partnership of Gainesway and Cobra Farm, the bay mare won three times in 12 starts for earnings of $149,305.

Bred by Marbat, LLC and foaled at Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort, Full Tap is the second foal out of Miss Challenge, a Kentucky-bred daughter of More than Ready owned by R. A. Hill Stable who was a stakes winner on turf. Miss Challenge is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Ventana (Toccet) and issues from the family of champion juvenile Lord Avie.

When he signed the ticket, Canadian horseman David Anderson told the TDN, “It was more than I wanted to spend, but I was shut out in the first few days–I typically don’t buy in Book 1 anyway–but I thought she was one of the premium mares in this book.”

Gainesway’s Michael Hernon said, “It was a partnership dissolution, there was no reserve in the stands and every bid was a good one. She’s been bought by a good horseman and I look forward to seeing her foals at Saratoga with him in the next few years.”

Hernon added, “She is a beautiful mare, a daughter of Tapit, pregnant to Empire Maker on one cover. She could really run, she didn’t have black-type of her own, but she’ll throw black-type runners. They could very well get the purchase price back with the first foal.”

Anderson, for his part, quipped “Michael Hernon just told me he is going to buy the filly at Saratoga from me next year, so I’m all set.”

The November Sale continues through Saturday, November 18, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

Curlin filly fetches $420,000 at F-T November, Ginned Up goes for $250,000

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

A New York-bred weanling daughter of Curlin earned the distinction of becoming the fifth top-selling youngster at Fasig-Tipton’s boutique single-session November breeding stock sale on Monday evening when she was purchased by John Dowd, agent, for $420,000. The top-selling New York-bred broodmare Monday night was 5-year-old Ginned Up who brought $250,000.

The Curlin filly was bred by Southern Equine Stables, LLC and foaled at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson on March 2. Consigned by Bluewater Sales LLC, Agent XX, and offered as Hip 78, she is the second foal out of Hung the Moon, a Pin Oak Stud homebred and stakes-winning daughter of Malibu Moon out of a stakes-placed Storm Cat mare.

Hung the Moon was purchased by Bluewater Sales for Southern Equine Stables for $280,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale in foal to Medaglia d’Oro. The Kentucky-bred filly she produced in 2016 went on to bring $1 million this summer at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale.

Hung the Moon, who hails from the extended female family of graded winner Whimsey, was bred to Laoban this year.

The top-selling New York-bred broodmare, 5-year-old Ginned Up by Indian Charlie (Hip 178), issues from the family of Affirmed Success. Bear Stables LTD paid $250,000 to get her from the consignment of Royal Bloodstock, agent Anthony Robertson.

Selling in foal to Dialed In, Ginned Up made sale headlines as a juvenile when she sold to Gary Contessa, on behalf of Chip McEwen’s Wounded Warrior Stables, for $390,000 at the 2014 OBS spring 2-year-old sale. The mare, who went on to become a winner, was bred by Jonathan Davis’ Milfer Farm, Inc. She is out of My Success (A.P. Indy), who is a half-sister to $2.2 million-earner and sire Affirmed Success.


Samantha Siegel goes to $275,000 for NY-bred Ghostzapper filly to top F-T October opener

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

Samantha Siegel of Jay Em Ess Stable scored the top-seller in the opening session of the four-day Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale, going to $275,000 to buy a New York-bred Ghostzapper filly bred by Dr. Jon Davis’ Milfer Farm in Unadilla.

Consigned as agent by Legacy Bloodstock and sold as Hip 96, the dark bay or brown filly was originally cataloged for this year’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale, but, as Tommy Eastham of Legacy Bloodstock explained, he and Davis decided to opt for Plan B.

“Most of her development came after June,” said Eastham. “She never was bad, just kind of plain. She just kept on developing with the green grass and sunshine, and we just didn’t think she was ready to sell yet and she’d be better in a few months, and it worked out.”

Hip 96 is the second foal out of Princesa de Papi, a placed daughter of Birdstone whose first foal, a 2-year-old colt by Curlin named Finvarra, has not yet started. Acquired in foal by Milfer Farm at the 2015 Keeneland November sale for $70,000, Princesa de Papi is out of graded performer Rutledge Ballado and is a half-sister to stakes winners Silent Bird and A Brilliant Idea. The filly’s third dam is multiple graded stakes performer Gold from the West.

Eastham said, “We’re certainly proud of [the sale filly] for a good client, Dr. Davis. They raise a really nice horse and they’ve been kind enough to be with me for a really long time, so it’s nice to do well for people that have gone through good sales and bad sales, and been your biggest cheerleaders through good times and bad. It’s a really satisfying sale for us.”

Samantha Siegel (Fasig-Tipton photo)

Siegel, who was all smiles after the purchase, said, “Nowadays, you have to pay a decent amount of money for a good horse. You just have to steel yourself to that fact, pick your number, and be prepared to go a little bit above it and be flexible. It’s a tough market for a good horse.”

Siegel explained further that after being unable to attend the Kentucky yearling sale as a “vet scratch,” she was still looking for horses to fill out her “group.” The Ghostzapper filly fit the bill. “She’s a pretty, well-balanced filly and a New York-bred,” Siegel said. “We know Ghostzapper can get a good filly so, as they say, she ticked off all the boxes.”

In a session which saw 230 horses sell for $6,479,500, an average price of $28,172 and median of $10,000, New York-breds fared well. Of 13 sold, four individuals brought six figures, averaged $53,069 and posted a $25,000 median.

The 2017 October sale continues on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with daily sessions beginning at 10 a.m. Click here to review New York-bred hip numbers with links to catalogue pages.

Saratoga fall sale posts record average, tops out with record-setting Into Mischief weanling

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall sale saw records drop when it hit a new high in average price, tied its best median and topped out with the highest-priced horse in the six-year history of the sale, a $170,000 weanling colt by Into Mischief

The single-session auction, which took place Monday beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, kicked off with broodmares and broodmare prospects (Hips 1-90). The heart of the catalogue was comprised of weanlings (Hips 91-280) and the session  concluded with a handful of yearlings (Hips 281-298).

When all was said and done, sales totaled $3,265,000, up 17% from last year ($2,780,600) and just off sale’s most successful year, 2013, when the auction included horses of racing age and grossed $3,363,600.

The average price of $22,674 was up 34% from last year’s average of $16,955 and topped the previous high average of $18,791, which was also set in 2013.

The $12,000 sale median matched the figure for the sale’s first year, and was up 41% over last year’s $8,500 median. Of the 236 horses offered, 144 sold for a 39% buyback percentage, comparable to last year’s 37%. Five individuals, in all, three weanlings and two broodmares brought six figures.

The sale topper was Hip 200, a bay weanling colt by Into Mischief purchased by Mahoney Eden Manor & Classic Bloodstock for $170,000.

The colt was bred by Kingsport Farm, LLC & Hidden Lake Farm LLC, foaled on April 9, 2017 and consigned by RFHF Bloodstock LLC, Agent for Hidden Lake Farm LLC /Kingsport Farm LLC. He is out of Kentucky-bred winner Darling Mambo, by Broad Brush, and a half-brother to Darling Sky, a multiple stakes-placed runner by Sky Mesa who set a course record for 1 mile and 70 yards at Parx.

Kingsport Farm acquired Darling Mambo in foal for $75,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November sale. The mare is out of a graded stakes performer and is a half-sister to a stakes winner in Japan. The sale colt’s third dam is graded winner and stakes producer Reluctant Guest. Darling Mambo was bred this year to Bellamy Road.

The top weanling filly (Hip 108), a daugther of Tiznow, was bred and offered by the same connections as the sale topper.

Triple A Thoroughbreds signed a ticket for $150,000 to acquire this March 6 filly, who is the second foal out of Raesunbridledfaith, a stakes performer by After Market. Raesunbridledfaith is out of graded stakes winner Unbridled Hope and is a half-sister to the dam of graded winner Sugar Shock. She was a $60,000 in-foal purchase by Kingsport at last year’s Keeneland November sale and was, like the dam of Hip 200, bred to Bellamy Road in 2017.

Click here for full sale results.




Will Take Charge Filly brings $150,000 at OBS October yearling sale

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Hip 95 DB/BR F Will Take Charge – Choice Pearl, Consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent XXVII (Louise Reinagel photo)

By Sarah Mace

A filly by freshman sire Will Take Charge bred by Pine Ridge Stables Ltd. topped the 52 New York-breds who sold at this week’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co, yearling sale.

Consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent XXVII, the dark bay/brown filly sold to Three Diamonds Farm in the opening session of the two-day auction for $150,000. She emerged as the co-seventh top-seller of the sale and third top-selling filly overall.

The format of the year’s OBS sale was familiar – a two-day auction beginning with a select session followed by a longer open session, but for the first time the annual sale was not held in August.

Renovations at the OBS sales pavilion gave the sales company the impetus to make some changes. Management felt the move to October would eliminate the problem of competing for attention during the crowded month of August, capitalize on better weather and offer a better option for buyers who had not yet filled their orders for the year.

The October experiment seems to have been a success as the sale saw a 20% increase in average yearling price and 14% gain in median. In fact, New York-breds in the sale struggled to keep pace. The New York-bred average price came in at $14,183, lower than the $20,001 sale average. The New York-bred median of $6,250 was, likewise, below $8,000 sale median. The 75 New York-breds at the sale turned in a 30.7% buyback percentage higher than the sale buyback rate of 26.9%.

The top-seller was clearly a standout. The dark bay or brown individual who was foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham on April 23, 2016, had been offered last month at the Keeneland September yearling sale, but RNA’d for $72,000. Less than a month later, she brought $150,000 in Ocala as Hip 195.

The Will Take Charge filly is the second registered foal out of Choice Pearl, a Kentucky-bred placed runner by Any Given Saturday, who was purchased by Pine Ridge Stables at the 2013 Keeneland November sale for $165,000, The mare has a 3-year-old by Giant’s Causeway named Packed House, who has not started, but turned in a pair of works at Churchill Downs in August.

Choice Pearl, out of stakes winner Horns Grey, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Awesome Humor and her half-sister Surf Club is the dam of Grade 1 winner and sire Emcee. Grade 1 winner Constitution is out of Baffled, a half-sister to Emcee.

The next stop on the yearling sales calendar will be in Kentucky for the Fasig-Tipton October sale on October 23-26.

The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall sale will take place on Monday, October 16. Click here to review New York-bred hips for both sales.