NEWS: sales

Paynter colt is NY-bred top seller at OBS June opener

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

When the dust settled after Wednesday’s opening session of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age, a bay colt by Paynter emerged as the top-selling New York-bred of the day. Going to Winning Move Stable / for $100,000, he was the co-ninth highest selling juvenile of the session.

Thirteen New York-breds changed hands in the session (including two private sales) of 20 offered, which generated a relative high buyback percentage of 35%. On the other hand, the other major New York-bred indicators outperformed the overall sale figures. The New York-bred juveniles averaged $34,615, while the sale overall posted a $32,725 average. The New York-bred median of $22,000 topped the overall median price of $20,000 in session one.

The six-figure Paynter colt, aptly named Paynter Son and offered as Hip 168, was bred by James and Janeane Everatt, Arika Everatt-Meeuse and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Frothinger. The third foal out of multiple winner Chinchilla Lady, he has two winning siblings from two to start. When offered last year, the colt RNA’d at the Keeneland September yearling sale for $4,700. At OBS he posted a snappy furlong in :10 1/5 in the under tack show (VIDEO) for consignor Golden Noguez, Agent.

Chinchilla Lady, a Kentucky-bred who has since relocated to Saudi Arabia, is out of stakes winner and graded stakes-placed runner Boxer Girl (Two Punch), and a half sister to multiple stakes performer Lady Diva Ga Ga (Exchange Rate). She foaled a filly by War Dancer in 2018.

Hips 361-720 will be offered Thursday and Hips 721-1059 will sell on Friday. Both remaining sessions begin at 10:00 a.m.

New York-bred Into Mischief colt lights up bid board in second session of F-T Midlantic

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Hip 322 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

By Sarah Mace

After turning heads with a co-bullet quarter-mile breeze in :21 3/5 in the under tack show (VIDEO), a bay colt by Into Mischief bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski and Marty Zaretsky sold for $710,000 Tuesday to become the top-priced New York-bred at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Timonium.

Overall, the second and concluding session marked an uptick in interest in Empire State-breds, whose average price and RNA percentage improved following day two of trading.

Fasig-Tipton photo

Tuesday’s star New York-bred offering, Hip 322, was already seasoned on the auction scene. As a yearling he was purchased Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale in Saratoga by Carlo Vaccarezza for $265,000. Resurfacing at two at the Fasig-Tipton March sale, he RNA’d for $575,000 after working :10 1/5. Offered in Timonium by Top Line Sales, LLC, he was purchased by Pete Bradley’s Bradley Thoroughbreds on behalf of Bill Lawrence. Bradley said, “I liked everything about him. He has beautiful balance, a good stride, a good mind.”

Torie Gladwell of Top Line Sales said, “That was not really expected. We knew he would sell well, but not quite how well. He was an extremely popular horse. Ever since the Miami sale he just got better, and better, and better. He never had a day off, never did anything wrong—just a true, solid racehorse. He worked at Gulfstream and went :10 1/5 and galloped out. He was a just a little immature there. A lot of people knew that we were high on him and I think we were a little too high on him there. But here he was just a star.”

The colt is the second foal out of Nihilist, a multiple winner and six-figure earner by Latent Heat who has already produced a winner. Bilinski bought the mare for $45,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November sale. Nihilist is a half-sister to stakes winners Green Suede Shoes and Cosmo Girl. Appearing under the thrid dam is Grade 1 winner and Kentucky Oaks runner-up Ermine and graded stakes performer White Clover. Nihilist has a yearling filly by Shangai Bobby and was bred in 2018 to Classic Empire.

Calumet Farm went to $200,000 to take home a second high-profile colt in the session, Hip 396. Bred by Clark O. Brewster, the dark bay/brown colt is by Awesome Again and the first foal out of Queen Buxley, whom Brewster bought for $17,000 via private sale at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale as a racing/broodmare prospect. Queen Buxley, a winner by Super Saver, has also produced a yearling colt by Majestic City. The colt’s third dam produced Grade 1 Ruffian winner Pool Land and graded stakes performer My Chickadee, also a graded stakes producer.

Consigned by Pick View LLC, Agent, this colt, too, had seen his share of the auction ring. First sold to Katie Taylor as a weanling for $80,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale, he brought $215,000 from Wapiti Farm when he returned to Saratoga the following year in Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale. He RNA’d for $145,000 RNA at the Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old sale. Before selling in Timonium he fired a :21 3/5 co-bullet in the under tack show (VIDEO).

Also making Tuesday’s honor roll were Hip 483, a bay colt by Constitution who brought $180,000 and the top-selling filly, Hip 309 a daughter of Commissioner who sold for $152,000.

Linda Rice signed the ticket for the Constitution colt (Hip 483) after the bay posted a :10 2/5 breeze (VIDEO).  Bred by Thomas Mina, he is out of Southern Charmer, who has produced three winners from three foals to start. Mina purchased the stakes-placed daughter of Dixie Union at the 2010 Keeneland November sale for $130,000. The colt’s second dam Power Play is a graded stakes winner and stakes producer. Southern Charmer’s half-sister Skipper’s Mate is the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Frac Daddy.

Kim Valerio made a winning bid of $152,000 for Hip 309 on behalf of perennial NYRA leading owner Michael Dubb to take home the top New York-bred filly of the sale. Consigned by Grassroots Training and Sales LLC, Agent, who purchased the filly as a pinhooking prospect for $50,000 at the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale, the filly turned in a sharp :10 1/5 furlong breeze in the under tack show at Timonium (VIDEO).

A daughter of Commissioner, the filly topper was bred by a partnership of John and Laura McDermott with Ginellen Racing and is the first foal out of Morethanvictorious (More than Ready), a $17,000 purchase by Chris Shelli at the 2016 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Abundant black type appears under the second and third dams, including Morethanvictorious’s half-sister, multiple stakes winner Look into My Eyes, the filly’s third dam who is a multiple stakes winner and producer of three graded stakes winners.

Of 102 New York-breds to go through the sales ring in Timonium over two days, 83 sold (including 7 private sales to date) for an average price of $62,452, which was up from the $53,197 average posted by the group after the first session. The cumulative New York-bred median came in at $40,000, while the RNA rate was 18.6%, comparing favorably with the 23.3% RNA percentage for the sale overall. In all, 15 New York-breds brought winning bids of $100,000 and up.

Freud colt leads the pack of New York-bred juveniles at F-T Midlantic opener

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

Five New York-bred juveniles brought six figures in the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale in Timonium Monday. The leader of the pack was Hip 260, a colt by perennial top New York sire Freud for whom Calumet Farm made a winning bid of $152,000.

Offered by Bobby Dodd, Agent, the colt posted a sharp :10 1/5 furlong in the under tack show (VIDEO). The dark bay/brown individual nearly tripled his value after being purchased as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale by St. George Stable for $55,000.

Bred by a partnership of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, LLC, Hunter Valley Farm and Spruce Lane Farm, the Freud colt is the second foal out of Love My Girl by El Corredor, who most recently changed hands when acquired by McMahon & Hill Bloodstock for $52,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. A winner on the racetrack, Love My Girl is a half-sister to Grade 2 Remsen winner Leave the Light On, stakes winner Harlan’s Pure and New York-bred stakes performer Championofthenile. This extended family can boast Eclipse champion 2-year-old filly It’s in the Air and current international star Thunder Snow.

Two more colts came in not far behind the topper. Hip 121, a grey/roan individual by Liam’s Map bred by Dixie Farm, went to Tim Hills on behalf of Seagull Capital LLC for $150,000. He is the second foal from D’ Orsay (Medaglia d’Oro), who was purchased by Dixie Farm for $35,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed/HRA sale in 2014 and has already produced a winner. His second dam is Forty Marchanta (ARG), a multiple Group 1 winner and champion in Argentina. The youngster, who was a $135,000 yearling, breezed a furlong in :10 3/5 for consignor Pike Racing (VIDEO).

Another grey – Hip 219 by Graydar – went to partners LC Racing LLC and Swilcan Stable for $140,000 after posting a furlong breeze in :10 1/5 in the under tack show (VIDEO). The youngster proved to be a lucrative pinhooking prospect for Kings Equine, who bought him for $20,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. Bred by Milfer Farm Inc., the colt is of winner-producer Jazz Dancer (Dixieland Band) who was purchased by Milfer Farm for $40,000 at the Keeneland November sale.

His second dam is multiple Grade 1 winner and $838,894-earner Missy’s Mirage (Stop the Music) whose half-sister Classy Mirage (Storm Bird) is also a multiple graded stakes winner and earned over $700,000.

The top New York-bred filly at the session and fourth top-selling New York-bred overall was Hip 56, a chestnut by Speightstown bred in partnership by Twin Farms, LLC, Thomas N Mina and Walter S Borisenok. Lothenback Stables, Inc., which bought four horses in the session, signed the ticket for $135,000 for the filly, who breezed :10 2/5 in the under tack show (VIDEO). She was a $190,000 RNA at last year’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale

The sale filly’s dam Bourbonstreetgirl, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Langfuhr, is a graded stakes-placed runner on both turf and dirt. She was purchased by Summerfield Sales at the 2014 Keeneland November sale for $185,000. Her second dam Amaretta is also a graded stakes performer and producer of seven winners from six foals to race. Bourbonstreetgirl, who has already produced a placed runner from one foal to start, foaled an Empire Maker filly on February 14, 2019.

Hip 106, another filly, completes the quintet of the session’s six-figure New York-bred juveniles. Purchased by West Bloodstock for $110,000, she was bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, LLC & Spruce Lane Farm, part of the same partnership responsible for the session topper. The dark bay/brown daughter of first crop sire Competitive Edge was consigned by Grassroots Training and Sales LLC, who purchased the filly for a bargain price of $13,000 at the 2018 OBS October yearling sale. In the under tack show she breezed a bullet :10 1/5 (VIDEO). She is the first foal out of winner Daddy’s Lil Saint (Scat Daddy) who is a half sister to New York-bred multiple stakes winner Clear Pasaj. Under the fourth dam we find Gentle Thoughts, a champion in England and Ireland, and multiple European group winners.

In all 38 New York-breds sold of 46 offered on the first day of the two-session sale (including 2 private sales to date). The New York-bred average of $53,197 and $42,000 median were solid, and followed what has become a typical pattern: falling somewhat short of the overall sale average ($73,093, up 4.2% from last year), but performing more or less on par with the sale median (which came in at $43,000 after the first session, up 19.4%).

The 17.4 buyback percentage for the New York-bred cohort compared favorably with the sale RNA rate of 25.7%.

New York-bred juveniles finish with a flourish at OBS April with $200,000-plus quartet

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

Saving the best for last, the New York-bred juvenile contingent at OBS April saw a cluster of premium sales during Friday’s fourth and final session. A quartet of horses – three colts and filly – sold for price tags of $200,000 and up, including a pair by New York based sires Central Banker and Mission Impazible.

Buyer interest on Day 4 also improved the cumulative sale indicators for Empire State-breds across-the-board. In all, of 89 offered, 71 New York-breds sold (including 12 private sales to date) for a much improved buyback rate of 20.2%, comparable to the 19.7% overall figure for the auction. Following the opening session, New York-bred RNAs stood at 33.3%. The final cumulative New York-bred average was $73,451 and median came in at $50,000, which made up ground on the record-breaking overall sale average of $108,903 (up 10.9% from the prior year) and median $60,000 (up 9.1%).

The session’s top New York-bred seller was a dark bay/brown Violence colt out of Bear Now, the Sovereign Award champion older mare in 2008. Hip 960 was bred by Town & Country Horse Farms, LLC and foaled on April 9, 2017. Offered as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale, the colt brought a relatively modest $65,000 from Jeffrey Bloom. After breezing a sharp furlong of :10 flat in the under tack show for consignor by Randy Miles, Agent XV, he was purchased by Red Oak Farm, Inc. for $250,000. (VIDEO)

His dam Bear Now, who has produced two winners from four foals to start, is a highly accomplished Kentucky-bred daughter of Tiznow, who earned $1.1 million on the race track. Out of stakes winner Controlled, she won seven stakes, including a trio of graded contests, on her way to her 2008 championship. She was purchased by Town & Country for $950,000 at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale and has since been resold.

Following not far behind with a $240,000 price tag was Hip 1009, a filly by New York sire Central Banker, currently sitting third in the national second-crop sire rankings and standing at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds for a 2019 fee of $7,500. Purchased as a yearling at OBS by Sunshine Equine for $55,000, the sale filly breezed a furlong on :10 1/5 in the under tack show for consignor Mayberry Farm, Agent, before trainer Linda Rice signed the ticket for an undisclosed client. (VIDEO)

Bred by Klaravich Stables, the filly is a full-sister to Klaravich Stables’ New York-bred stakes winner Sassy Agnes, who won a trio of stakes as a juvenile last year for Rice, topped by Aqueduct’s Key Cents Stakes. The fillies are the first and second foals out of Bullish Sentiment, who issues from a familiar New York family.

An unraced daughter of Stormy Atlantic, Bullish Sentiment is a full sister to graded stakes-placed and multiple stakes winner Stormy’s Majesty who was bred in New York by Majesty Stud, LLC and earned $336,649. The mare’s second dam is New York-bred stakes performer Raffie’s Dream, who is a full-sister to graded winner Stormy’s Majesty. Bullish Sentiment has produced yearling full-brother to her first two foals and foaled a colt by Constitution on March 24, 2019. In 2018 she was sold to McMahon and Hill Bloodstock for $5,000.

The two other New York-bred juveniles to make the Friday honor roll fetched $205,000 each.

On behalf of Repole Stable, trainer Rudy Rodriguez signed the ticket for Hip 1172, a grey/roan colt named Neversayimpazible by Mission Impazible, who stands at Sequel Stallions New York for a 2019 stud fee of $7,500. Bred by Sequel New York, Twin Creeks Racing & Pamela Zielinski, the colt is out of Kentucky-bred winner Downtown Daria (Sky Mesa), a daughter of of stakes winner Hongkong Charley. This is the third time the colt has changed hands at public auction. A $15,000 weanling purchase by Northface Bloodstock at the Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale, he brought $65,000 at the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale when purchased by Whetstone Farm. He was consigned by Paul Sharp, Agent I, at OBS for whom he breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at the under tack show. (VIDEO)

Last but not least, Sallusto and Albina, Agent, paid $205,000 for Hip 1169, a dark bay/brown colt from the first crop of Grade 1 Champagne winner Daredevil (More than Ready). Bred in partnership by Hidden Lake Farm LLC, 3C Stable, West Point Thoroughbreds, Inc., et al, he too is a veteran of the sales ring and followed the same path as Neversayimpazible, also gaining value with each transaction. A $60,000 weanling at the Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale, he brought $100,000 from Grand Oaks at last year’s Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale before being consigned by Bobby Dodd at OBS, where he posted a :10 1/5 eighth. (VIDEO). His dam Dorm Fever is a Virginia-bred daughter of Stormin Fever who was acquired by Hidden Lake Farm at Keeneland in November in 2016. She has a yearling colt by Japan and was bred to Unified last year.


New York-bred momentum picks up at OBS April with new $350,000 top seller on Day 3

Friday, April 26th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

Buyer interest in New York-breds picked up during Thursday’s third day of trading at the OBS April sale of 2-year-olds in training. Day 3 saw a new top-selling New York-bred, a filly by American Pharoah who went to Steve Young for $350,000 via private sale, and five new six-figure horses, bringing the total number of New York-breds sold for $100,000-and-up to 11 going into Friday’s finale. The day’s activity also brought the cumulative New York-bred RNA percentage down from 30.2% to 26.2%.

The New York-bred star of the day was Hip 810, who first made news when she was snapped up by Randy Hartley and Dean DeRenzo as a pinhooking prospect for a session-topping $450,000 at last summer’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. In the OBS under tack show youngster breezed a sharp furlong in :10 1/5 (VIDEO). Steven W. Young, Agent, bought her privately at the sale for $350,000.

Bred by Mrs. Joanne Nielsen, the filly is out of Visions of Annette, an unplaced Kentucky-bred daughter of Distorted Humor bought by Nielsen at the 2013 Keeneland November sale for $150,000. Visions of Annette is a half-sister to stakes winners Saucey Evening and Petition the Lady. Another half-sister, Jewel of the Night, is the dam of Grade 1 winner and millionaire Evening Jewel. The sale filly’s second dam is a sister to multiple Grade 1 winner General Challenge, who earned $2.8 million. Visions of Annette has yearling filly by Frosted and was bred back to the same sire in 2018.

The top New York-bred colt Thursday and second top-selling New York-bred to date was Hip 677, a bay colt by Super Saver currently named Super Spritz. Bred by Chester and Mary Broman and consigned for the couple by Sequel Bloodstock, the April colt posted a  :10 1/5 furlong breeze at the under tack show before being purchased by D. J. Stables for $190,000 (VIDEO).

The Super Saver colt’s dam is Spritely, a multiple stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Kentucky-bred runner by Touch Gold, whom Chester Broman purchased for $850,000 in the Edward P. Evans Dispersal at the 2011 Keeneland November sale. Spritely’s three winners include Pauseforthecause, a Giant’s Causeway filly who is a multiple stakes performer and has earned over $300,000. Her 3-year-old Pioneerof the Nile filly Tossup was stakes-placed as a juvenile. The mare has a yearling colt by Curlin and was not bred in 2018.

In all 48 New York-bred juveniles of 56 offered sold over the first three session, including nine private sales for an average price of $65,542 and median of $47,500. For the general population of the sale, the average sits at $110,410 and median at $65,000.

The OBS April Sale’s fourth and final session begins Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Halfway through OBS April New York-breds continue solid run

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

At the half-way point of this year’s 4-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds, New York-bred continue to make a solid showing, adding two more six-figure sales to bring the total to five. The top seller at Wednesday’s second session, a colt by Blame, brought $160,000. The second juvenile to make the six-figure cut was a colt by leading New York second crop sire Central Banker.

The session’s top New York-bred was Hip 319, a bay colt by Blame foaled on May 3, 2017 who breezed an eye-catching furlong in :9 4/5 (VIDEO) and was purchased by Lothenbach Stable Inc. for $160,000. A pinhooking success story, the colt sold to Tex Co Co. for $37,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. His OBS consignor was Crupi’s New Castle Farm.

Bred by Woodville Breeding, the Blame colt is the second foal out of Marie Antoinette, whose first foal, 3-year-old Kentucky-bred Sophie Antoinette is a placed runner by Lemon Drop Kid. A daughter of stakes winner Parisian Affair (Mr. Greeley), Marie Antoinette is half-sister to Crimson China, a stakes winner routing on turf.

Shea D Boys Stable went to $110,000 for Wednesday’s other six-figure New York-bred, a bay March colt by New York sire Central Banker (McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds) who sold as Hip 350. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent XXXIV, the youngster breezed a furlong in :10 flat (VIDEO).

Bred by Dr. Scott W. Pierce, the Central Banker colt is the first foal out of Miss Moultree, an unraced daughter of Uncle Mo, and has an unnamed yearling full sister. His third dam is America America, a multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer. Other noteworthy names in the family tree are stakes winners Partisan Politics, So Long George and My Gal Betty.

By the midpoint of the four-day auction, of the 43 New York-breds offered for sale, 30 have changed hands, including three private sales for a buyback percentage of 30.2%. The New York-bred average stands at $56,183 and the median is $42,500. The group has some ground to make up on the cumulative sale indicators, where the average and median now stand at $113,041 and $70,000, respectively, with an RNA percentage of 23.7%.

The April sale continues Thursday and Friday with sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Trio of six-figure juveniles lead the way for New Yorkers at OBS April opener

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

New York-breds enjoyed a solid start to the four-session Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds in training Tuesday, led by a trio of six-figure juveniles. The top-seller was a colt from the first crop of Carpe Diem who brought $180,000, followed by the top New York-sired juvenile – a colt by Mission Impazible who brought $165,000. A $120,000 daughter of Danza was the top filly.

Bred by SF Bloodstock LLC, the $180,000 Carpe Diem colt (Hip 170) went to Narvick International from the consignment of Eddie Woods, Agent XLI. He is the first and only reported foal out of Istanford (Istan), a Florida-bred multiple graded stakes winner on grass purchased by SF Bloodstock for $300,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. The colt sold first as a weanling to McMahon & Hill Bloodstock at the 2017 Keeneland November sale for $150,000. The following year he RNA’d with a top bid of $190,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. In the OBS under tack show he breezed a quarter in :21 4/5 (VIDEO).

Mission Impazible (Sequel Stallions) sired the second top-selling juvenile, a dark bay/brown colt who went to Black Type Thoroughbreds for $165,000 from the consignment of S B M Training and Sales, Agent III as Hip 91. Bred by Twin Creeks Farm, the youngster worked an eighth in :10 1/5 (VIDEO). He is the first registered foal out of his dam Happy Retreat, a Maryland-bred winner purchased by Twin Creeks with the colt in utero at the 2016 Keeneland January sale for $20,000. Happy Retreat, brought $200,000 as a weaning at Keeneland November in 2011 and is a half-sister to three stakes winners, led by half-million dollar earner Crossing Point. In 2018 and 2019 Happy Retreat produced a pair of full-sisters to the sale colt.

The top filly of the New York contingent at the opener was Hip 167, a chestnut daughter from the first crop of Danza. Consigned by of Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables, Inc., the filly breezed a sharp quarter-mile in :21 flat before being purchased by Rockbridge Bloodstock, Agent for Final Furlong Racing, for $120,000 (VIDEO). Bred by Harry L. Landry in partnership with Redge Clarke, the filly is out of Irish Ridge, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Cactus Ridge whose first winning offspring is Finger Lakes stakes performer Irish Heroine. Graded winner Three Fanfares appears under the third dam.

In all 12 New York-breds sold in the first session of trading at OBS (including two private sales) of 18 offered for a $64,417 average and $42,500 median. The sale continues Wednesday-Friday with sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m.


Jim and Susan Hill land New York-bred Tonalist filly at Keeneland April for $150,000

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Keeneland photo

By Sarah Mace

Jim and Susan Hill purchased a bay New York-bred filly from the first crop of Tonalist for $150,000 at the Keeneland April 2-year-old sale Tuesday. The single session auction was preceded by an under-tack preview that took place on Monday at Keeneland where the youngster, catalogued as Hip 156, breezed an eighth in :10 2/5. Keeneland’s April sale returned this year following a four-year hiatus.

The filly was bred by the New Hill Farm LLC and consigned by White Pine Thoroughbreds, Agent. She doubled her value after being purchased for $75,000 by Justin Wojcynski at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale last summer.

Not only a member of Tonalist’s first crop, whose juveniles have averaged $158,533 to date, the sale filly is also the first foal from her dam, Theyplayingoursong. A stakes-placed Louisiana-bred daughter of Songandaprayer, Theyplayingoursong brought $27,000 at the BSC Louisiana September yearling sale in 2014 before being purchased at two by Bradley H. Raney for $35,000.

Out of stakes-placed Dana’s Lucky Lady, Theyplayingoursong is a half-sister to a trio of stakes winners: La Glamorosa, champion imported 2-year-old filly in Puerto Rico, Paddy O’Lionel and Dame Plata. House Mouse, a juvenile stakes winner in Canada appears under the third dam.

Jim and Susan Hill own Margaux Farm near Midway Kentucky, which houses a training center and rehabilitation facility. The couple made a pair of high-profile purchases of New York-breds at the Keeneland September yearling sale where they spent $360,000 on a chestnut filly by Candy Ride (ARG) bred by Pine Ridge Stables Ltd and $255,000 to acquire a Lea colt bred by SF Bloodstock.

The other New York-bred juvenile to go through the sale, a filly by Malibu Moon out of Samsational bred by Newtown Anner Stud, did not attain her reserve after drawing a bid of $210,000.

For the sale, 67 head were sold and the average and median came in at $90,799 and $40,000, respectively.

The next stop on the juvenile sales circuit is OBS April to be held April 23-26. The under tack show will take place April 15-20.

Solis/Litt go to $430,000 for New York-bred City Zip colt at F-T Gulfstream

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

A chestnut New York-bred City Zip colt, who brought $120,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale from Steven Venosa’s SGV Thoroughbreds LLC, more than tripled his market value at Wednesday’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream 2-year-old sale when Solis/Litt signed a ticket for $430,000 to seal the deal.

The colt, Hip 172, posted a furlong breeze in :10 1/5 in the under tack show (work video). Bred by John Lauriello, he is the second foal from Zia Zia Zia, a winner by Dehere out of a Coronado’s Quest mare. Zia Zia Zia is a half-sister to stakes winner All of Her Twist (Forest Wild Cat), the dam of Oliver Zip (City Zip). The colt’s third dam is a turf stakes winner and stakes producer.

After scratches, 10 New York-breds went through the ring and just four changed hands. The bids that did not attain the reserve were robust, in one case as high as $575,000 (Hip 91), suggesting that the connections have high expectations for future sales.

As Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, Jr. observed, “It was a 2-year-old in training sale, so the RNA rate and the scratch rate is a little higher than you would hope for… And right now, the consignors have other alternatives, so they are not forced to sell. We’ll see a lot of these horses at later sales and you’ll see some of them on the racetrack.”

That said, the trio of New York-bred that sold on Wednesday in addition to the City Zip colt – two colts and filly, were well-received, each bringing $150,000.

The filly, Hip 141, is a grey/roan individual by Cairo Prince bred by EKQ Stables Corp who breezed a furlong in :10 2/5 (work video). Purchased by Rockingham Ranch from the consignment of Randy Bradshaw, Agent, she is daughter of winner Speightstown Lady (Speightstown) whose dam Bluffing Girl is a multiple stakes winner. Originally sold as a weanling at the Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale for $117,000, she was purchased by Bradshaw at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale for $125,000 last summer. Speightstown Lady has a yearling filly by Effinex and foaled a colt by Overanalyze this year.

Hip 115 from the first crop of Competitive Edge who also turned in a :10 2/5 breeze (work video), went to Three Diamonds Farm from Top Line Sales. Bred by Stonegate Stables LLC, the colt was purchased by Top Line last summer for $80,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. He is the first foal out of winner Salute to Summer, who is a half-sister to a pair of stakes winners, Miss Charm City and Jim’s Prospect, and issues from the family of multiple stakes winner Whereshetoldmetogo. Salute to Summer produced an Outwork filly in 2019 and recently foaled a colt by American Freedom.

Acting for an unnamed client, George Weaver was the winning bidder on Hip 137, another colt by Competitive Edge. Bred by W & T Thoroughbred Holdings LLC. The bay colt, who likewise worked in :10 2/5 (work video), is the second foal out of Slamin’ Dixie a multiple winner and half-sister to Conquest Harlanate, the Sovereign Award 2014 champion juvenile filly. He was consigned by Hidden Brook, after being purchased at the Keeneland September yearling sale by Genstar Thoroughbred for $45,000.


New York-bred momentum carries through Session 2 at OBS March

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

Following the record-breaking Broman-bred Tapit colt who brought $2 million on the opening day of the two-session OBS March sale, New York-bred juveniles continued to make waves in the second (and concluding) session of the auction Wednesday. A pair of filly and colt standouts, each sporting a quarter-mile breeze in :21 flat, brought price tags north of $300,000

Gulf Coast Stables LLC went all the way to $450,000 to acquire Hip 544, a bay filly from the first crop of Commissioner. Bred by Carl Bennett, the filly is out of Tregrandibambini by Stonesider. Unraced, Tregrandibambini is a half-sister to accomplished race mare Willet who bankrolled $865,900 over the course of six campaigns while winning five stakes. The filly’s second dam is Katina K, a winning daughter of Distinctive Pro out of New York-bred Grade 3 winner Darlin Momma. Tregrandibambini, who has already produced a winner, foaled a Palace colt on February 20, 2019.

The OBS sale was the third trip through the auction ring for the Commissioner filly, who gained value exponentially with each transaction. Changing hands for just $15,000 as a weanling when purchased by Twin Peeks Bloodstock at the Fasig-Tipton fall mixed sale in New York, the filly brought $70,000 from Jerry Coult Partners at the Fasig-Tipton New York preferred yearling sale. At OBS she was consigned by Brick City Thoroughbreds.

The top New York-bred male of the second session was Hip 567, a dark bay or brown colt by Tale of the Cat out of Whispering. Bred by Empire Equines (John and Sandy Crowe), he was hammered down to Gold Square LLC for $325,000. The colt’s dam, Whispering by Quiet American, is a winner and winner producer. The colt’s third dam, multiple group winner Martessa, was mare of the year and champion 3-year-old filly in her native Germany. The filly, who was consigned by Eddie Woods, previously RNA’d for $47,000 at last summer’s Fasig-Tipton New York preferred yearling sale.

Once the OBS March results were in the books, 50 New York-bred juveniles had sold (including five private sales to date), of 60 to go through the ring, for an upbeat buyback percentage of 16.7%, which compared favorably to the sale’s 23.1% clearance rate. Seventeen New York-breds sold for six figures and up, with five bringing price tags larger than $300,000. The New York-bred average came in at $131,200, while the median was $46,000. For the sale overall, the average and median were $143,762 and $80,000.

Click here for full results and links to breeze videos.