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Juveniles sell two hips apart Wednesday to become New York-bred toppers at OBS

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

OBS April 17 cat coverBy Sarah Mace

A pair of juvenile colts, both consigned by Steve Venosa’s SVG Thoroughbreds (and, as it happens, both born on April 10, 2015) sold two hips apart on Wednesday to become the top-selling New York-breds at the halfway point of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 spring sale of 2-year-olds.

Saul Berenson went to $235,000 to acquire Hip 423, a dark bay/brown colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Violence (Medaglia d’Oro). The colt, who breezed a furlong in :10 1/5 seconds in the under tack show, was bought last year by SVG Thoroughbreds for $60,000 from breeder Christopher Shelli’s Fort Christopher’s consignment at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Saratoga yearling sale.

The colt’s dam is Fear This, an unraced Kentucky-bred Ghostzapper mare purchased by Shelli for just $5000 at the 2012 Keeneland November sale. Out of graded winner Susan’s Angel (Cape Town), Fear This had sales success with her second surviving foal, Fear That (Icebox), later a winner, who brought $230,000 as the co-top-selling colt at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. The following spring Fear That was bought back for $395,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Florida sale. Fear This has produced a yearling full sister to the Violence colt and was bred to Revolutionary in 2016.

Two hips earlier, Steven W. Young, Agent picked up Hip 421, a New York-bred chestnut colt by Flatter for $190,000. Bred by Newtown Anner Stud in Millbrook, and offered for sale at public auction for the first time, the colt turned in a :10 1/5-furlong work in the under tack show.

The colt’s dam Fashion Forward is a half sister to stakes winner Strut the Canary (Mineshaft), who has produced a stakes performer, and is out of a full sister to two stakes horses. Multiple grade 1 winner and $2 million-earner Island Fashion appears under the colt’s third dam. Fashion Forward has a yearling colt by Trappe Shot and was bred in 2016 to City Zip.

The OBS April sale continues through Friday with sessions beginning daily at 10:30 a.m.


Mission Impazible colt fetches $285,000 on Day 2 of OBS March

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

OBS color logoBy Sarah Mace

Trading at the second and concluding session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company March 2-year-old sale produced another New York-bred standout: Hip 489, a son of Mission Impazible, who sold to Peter Quinn for $285,000 to become the auction’s top-priced New York-sired juvenile.

Bred by Twin Creeks Farm, Hip 489 is out of Deputy Reality, a half sister to stakes winner and graded stakes-placed A. P. Reality, and stakes performer Can’t Stop the Kid. The mare has produced five winners from six starters, topped by her second foal Teeth of the Dog by Bluegrass Cat, who won the 2012 Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes and earned $414,950. The sale colt’s full brother, 3-year-old Ethan Hunt, placed in two New York-bred stakes as a juvenile.

Twin Creeks Farm purchased Deputy Reality for $225,000 at the Keeneland November sale in 2012 and earmarked her, along with 20 other select Kentucky-based mares, to be bred to Mission Impazible in 2013, his first year at stud. Mission Impazible, a two-time grade 1 winning millionaire campaigned by Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC, stands at Sequel Stallions New York for a 2017 fee of $7,500.

The grey/roan colt sold initially at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July selected yearling sale to Zayat Stables for $185,000 from the Sequel consignment. Consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent XIV, at OBS, he breezed a snappy quarter in :21.1 seconds on the final day of the under tack show.

Overall 32 New York-breds were offered at OBS. Twenty-one sold, including one private sale, for a 34.4% buyback rate, which was an improvement after the first session. The Empire State-bred average came in at $108,524 and the median was $75,000. The opening session saw a pair of New York colts go to Klaravich Stable, Inc. for $350,000 and $290,000 (read more).

The March Sale overall set records this year. The average price for a 2-year-old was $188,757, up 17.8% from a year ago and eking past the previous record of $187,201 in 2014. The median price was $100,000 compared with $102,500 last year. The buyback percentage was 27.5%.

The OBS Spring 2-year-old sale will be held April 25-28, with under tack shows to take place April 17-22.


Klaravich Stable snaps up top two New Yorkers at OBS March opener

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

OBS color logoBy Sarah Mace

Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stable signed the tickets for both top-selling New York-breds at Tuesday’s opening session of the 2017 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company March sale of two-year-olds in training. Klaravich’s new juveniles are both colts, and each posted a furlong work of :10 1/5 seconds on the first day of the under tack show.

The New York-bred star of the day was a $350,000 bay by Arch, bred by Doug Koch’s Berkshire Stud. The colt (Hip 124) was a pinhooking home run for consignor Randy Bradshaw, who bought him for a relatively modest $65,000 at last summer’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga.

The colt is out of Regard, a winner by Fusaichi Pegasus out of Notice me, who is a half sister to stakes winner and stakes producer Kona Way. Several accomplished New York-breds appear in the more extended family: stakes winner Shine Upon, also a stakes producer, graded performer Brigand and stakes winner Sky Music. Regard, a producer of two winners from two foals to start, currently has a yearling colt by Uncle Mo.

Klarman’s other standout New York-bred purchase was Hip 31, a $290,000 colt by Midnight Lute from the consignment of Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent V. Bred by Eaton & Thorne, Inc., the dark bay/brown horse, like the New York topper, is a graduate of the 2016 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Saratoga yearling sale, selling to St. Elias for $100,000.

The Midnight Lute colt, whose third dam is 1979 Eclipse champion older mare Waya, is out of Missyoulikecrazy (Lion Heart), a mare purchased by Thorndale Farms at the 2013 Keeneland November sale for $220,000. Grade 2-placed twice as a juvenile at Churchill Downs, Missyoulikecrazy is a full sister to graded winner and Grade 1 stakes-placed Pretty Prolific and a group performer in France.

Despite a good number of buybacks, the New Yorkers who changed hands did well at two-day sale’s opening session, Of 19 individuals offered on Day 1 after scratches, 11 sold for an average of $115,636. The New York-bred median came in at $75,000. The average for the general population of the sale was $192,120, up 23% from $156,322 last year, and the median came in $110,000, with no change from 2016.

The March Sale continues on Wednesday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. (Hips 339-677).


NY-breds, led by $900,000 Medaglia d’Oro colt, sizzle at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
Hip 6 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

Hip 6 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

By Sarah Mace

The twelve New York-bred juveniles who passed through the ring at Fasig-Tipton’s March 1 sale of two-year-olds in training at Gulfstream Park set a high bar for their fellows as they kicked off the 2017 two-year-old sale season.

In all, ten individuals sold for an average price of $241,250 and $225,000 median, and the Empire State-bred star of the day was Hip 6 from the family of Untapable, who commanded a hefty price tag of $900,000 as fourth best seller of the sale and third highest-priced colt.

Bred by Gallagher’s Stud in Ghent and foaled there on February 5, 2015, Hip 6 was the top-selling New York-bred last year at the Fasig-Tipton select Saratoga yearling sale, going to Hartley/De Renzo from the consignment of Denali Stud for $300,000. After the dark bay colt posted a furlong breeze of :10 2/5 in the under tack show for Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds at Gulfstream, WinStar Farm and Breeze Easy partnered to to make the purchase.

Fasig-Tipton photo

Hip 6 Fasig-Tipton photo

“I just liked everything about him, his pedigree, the way he moved and the way he galloped out,” WinStar president Elliott Walden told the TDN. “Very classy horse. (The price) was a little high, but those kind of colts bring that kind of range, so I thought it was okay. We bought him with Breeze Easy. We looked at him at Saratoga (sale) and he’s really done well. He’s a nice colt. Todd Pletcher will train him.”

Pletcher added, “He’s a beautiful colt and performed really well on the track, and he seems to have a great mind. He really does check all the boxes. He’s a very promising horse.”

The handsome juvenile has an all-star pedigree. His dam, Kentucky-bred winner and winner-producer Wild Chant, by War Chant, is a half sister to the incomparable Untapable (Tapit) – champion, multiple Grade 1 winner and earner of $3.9 million – and to Paddy O’Prado, a Grade 1 winner, 1.7 million earner and sire. Wild Chant, who was bought by Gallagher’s Stud for $300,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November sale, has a yearling filly by Lemon Drop Kid and was bred back to Medaglia d’Oro in 2016.

Hip 25 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

Hip 25 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

The second top-selling New York-bred in the sale was Hip 25, an Into Mischief colt out of Blue Devil Bel. He brought a cool half-million dollars when purchased by a partnership of China Horse Club and WinStar Farm. Consigned by Crupi New Castle Farm, Hip 25 also breezed an eighth in :10 2/5.

Bred by Richard Leahy’s Oak Bluff Stables, LLC and foaled on February 19, 2015 at Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains, the colt is a graduate of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, where he was purchased from Winter Quarter Farm by 4H for $175,000.

His dam Blue Devil Bel, bred and campaigned by Leahy in New York, is a multiple winner and six-figure earner by Gilded Time. Also a winner-producer, Blue Devil Bel is a half sister to multiple stakes winner Akilina, who is the dam of Rieno Tesoro, a group winner in Japan, and Governor Malibu, a multiple graded-placed New York-bred runner.

More congratulations are in order for the connections of a trio of New York-bred colts who sold in the mid-$200,000 range.

Hip 32, from the first crop of Justin Phillip, bred by Castleton Lyons and Kilboy, also foaled at Berkshire Stud, and offered by Steven Venosa’s SGV Thoroughbreds, was purchased by Justin Casse, agent, for $265,000. The colt sold previously for $90,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga to SGV. The colt had the good fortune to receive a five-star catalogue update under his first dam Catch My Fancy (Yes It’s True). Catch My Fancy’s daughter Catch the Moon is the dam of Girvin, who leapfrogged to the top of the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard with a win in the Grade 2 Risen Star last Saturday. Catch the Moon is also the dam of well-known graded winner Cocked and Loaded. Venosa reported that that the colt attracted a lot of attention and most likely will turn out to be a sprinter.

A pair of juveniles, who sold back-to-back as Hips 20 and 21, each brought $250,000. Hip 20 is a bay March colt by star sire Uncle Mo out of As Promised by Century City who was purchased by Colt’s Neck Stable from the Crupi’s New Castle Farm consignment. Bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski and Harry Patten and foaled at Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, the colt went to Crupi 16 for $100,000 at the New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga.

Hip 21, a third-generation product of Vivien Malloy’s Edition Farm where he was foaled, is by Tale of the Cat out of winner Awesome Bull (Holy Bull). His second dam is Miney’s Awesome, out of Mine Tonight, purchased by Malloy at the 1999 Keeneland sale for $300,000. Bill Parcells’ August Dawn Farm signed the ticket for the bay February colt, who was previously purchased as a yearling at the Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale by Zayat Stables for $160,000.

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NY-bred colt by Yes It’s True tops open session of OBS winter mixed sale

Friday, January 27th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

The top-seller in the open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2017 winter mixed sale – and top-selling New York-bred in the two days of trading –was Hip 490, a short yearling by Yes It’s True. The bay was bred by Machmer Hall in partnership with Saratoga Glen Farm LLC and foaled on May 7, 2016 at Saratoga Glen Farm in Schuylerville.

Hip 490 was purchased by Zachary Kilgus for $28,000 from the consignment of Select Sales, Agent VI. He is the fifth foal out of Datttcatsgotrhythm, an unplaced Kentucky-bred daughter of Tale of the Cat who has produced two winners.

Datttcatsgotrhythm, whom the colt’s breeders bought for $11,000 at the 2010 Keeneland November sale, is a half sister to graded stakes performer Tenfold, by Tiznow, and multiple stakes performer Cascabella. The colt’s third dam, La Chaposa, by Ups, was a multiple Group 1-winning champion sprinter in Peru and her family boasts multiple Grade 1 winner Chaposa Springs and Grade 1 winner You and I

The next sale on the OBS calendar is the March sale of 2-year-olds in training, scheduled for March 14-15. The under tack show is set for March 9-11, beginning each morning at 8:00 a.m.


New Yorker by Shanghai Bobby tops Keeneland Book 1 yearling filly offerings

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
Hip 516 (Keeneland Photo)

Hip 516 (Keeneland Photo)

By Sarah Mace

The 2017 New York-bred yearling sales marketplace got a nice kick-start this week when a yearling from the second crop of Shanghai Bobby topped the filly offerings in Book 1 of Keeneland’s January sale. Hunter Valley Farm went all the way to $280,000 to secure this popular individual in Tuesday’s second and concluding session of the first book.

The sale filly, offered as Hip 516, is a dark bay or brown yearling bred by Yehuda Cohen’s Kingsport Farm LLC, Chris Bernhard’s Hidden Lake Farm LLC and David Campbell. Consigned by Mulholland Springs, Agent XV and Breeders’ Cup nominated, she was the highest-priced of three yearlings by Shanghai Bobby offered Tuesday.

Martha Jane Mulholland of Mullholland Springs said, “She is almost black, has a beautiful head and walk. Her body is so mature that she looks like she will be a grand yearling. She had it all. We knew she would sell well. A lot of people were very interested in her.”

Mulholland also told the TDNs Christie DeBernardis, “We had a $99,000 reserve on her, but I have not had as many scopes as we had on this filly in a number of years. She got a lot of action. A lot of people were very interested in her. We knew she’d sell well, but we try to put realistic reserves on them.”

The filly, who was foaled on April 18, 2016, is out of Saravati, an unplaced daughter of Giant’s Causeway, who is a half sister to Grade 1 winner You, Grade 2 winner You and I Forever and Grade 3 performer Causeway’s Kin. Her first foal Mask Zorro (Roman Ruler) won a Group 3 race in Japan in 2016.

Hidden Lake Farm / Kingsport Farm LLC bought Saravati for $40,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale with the sale filly in utero. The mare was bred to Bellamy Road last year, who stood his first season in New York in 2016 Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains. He commands a $7,500 stud fee in 2017.

“She was by far the best [yearling] offered today,” Hunter Valley co-owner Fergus Galvin said. “[Shanghai Bobby] we are huge fans of; we think he is going to be one of the top freshman sires for this year.”

Continued Galvin, “I’d say she will be re-offered, we are not sure yet. At that sort of (price), it’s a bit more than you would like, but she’s just the real deal. Quality is shining through. Anything that especially looks like her is going to be at the top end of the market, and you have to be prepared to pay for it.”

Other New York-bred standouts in the first two days of trading included the top yearling colt, Hip 597. Bred by Pine Ridge Stables Ltd and foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, the Breeder’s Cup-nominated chestnut by Union Rags sold to Good Way Purchases for $120,000 from the consignment of Paramount Sales, Agent XVII. His dam Ubuskuku is a half sister to Grade 2 True North winner Fast Bullet. His third dam is 1986 champion 2-year-old filly Brave Raj, who won the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies. This is also the family of sire Eurosilver.

The top older New York-bred to change hands in Book 1 was 7-year-old Neck of the Moon, Hip 466, who was offered as a racing or broodmare prospect. By More Than Ready, out of Cotopaxi and bred by Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort, Neck of the Moon was purchased by Dell Ridge Farm from the Hidden Brook consignment for $105,000. A $402,312-earner and stakes performer over the course of five strong seasons of competition, Neck of the Moon got a timely first stakes victory in the South Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park on December 17.

Overall, New York-breds performed solidly in Keeneland’s Book 1. The New York-bred average of $49,773 was in the same neighborhood as the sale average of $56,181. The New York-bred median of $31,500, outperformed the $30,000 sale median. The New York bred buyback rate of 35.3% (34 offered, 22 sold) is nearly identical to the sale’s 35.3% RNA percentage.

Through Book 1, the Keeneland January sale has seen a 21.0% decline in average from 2016, and 14.3% decline in median. Last year’s numbers got a lift from the dispersal of the late Sarah Jane Leigh’s stock.

The auction continues through Friday, with sessions beginning each day at 10 a.m. Eastern.

 

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New York-breds trend well at Keeneland November

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

keeneland-logoBy Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Monday, November 14th, 2016

keeneland-logoBy Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Keeneland sale continues through November 20.

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

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

keeneland-logoBy Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

keeneland-logoBy Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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