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New Yorkers at Fasig-Tipton winter mixed: She’s Delightful leads the way

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

She’s Delightful, a lovely 4-year-old grey/roan daughter of New York sire Mission Impazible, emerged as the top-selling New York-bred at the two-day Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale held this Monday and Tuesday in Lexington, Kentucky. A three-time winner bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds and JMJ Racing Stables and offered as a racing or broodmare prospect from the consignment of James M. Herbener Jr., Agent V as Hip 330, She’s Delightful was purchased by Gainesway Farm for $200,000 in the second session of the auction, making her the co-third top-seller of the sale.

She’s Delightful has an eye-catching pedigree. She is a daughter of graded winner and Grade 1 placed Chimichurri, who fetched $2.1 million from Stonestreet Mares at the 2005 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. She is also a half-sister to Loving Vindication, who is the dam of Queens Plate and Prince of Wales winner, and Kentucky Oaks runner-up Wonder Gadot, the 2017 Sovereign Award champion 2-year-old filly ($1,492,461). Loving Vindication is also the dam of stakes winner and graded stakes performer Solemn Tribute. The extended female family includes grade/group 1 winners Mashaallah and Folk Art and stakes winner and sire Sportin’ Life.

Trained by Bruce Brown for Our Sugar Bear Stable who purchased her at OBS March in 2017 for $40,000, She’s Delightful broke her maiden as a juvenile going 6 1/2 furlongs at Aqueduct, before going to two more races at four and earn $132,858.

“Look at the family; it’s such a fantastic family with that champion [Wonder Gadot] under the first dam,” said Gainesway’s general manager Neil Howard. “The plans are to breed her to Tapit, so we’re excited about it.”

Howard told the, “I had not seen her until a couple of days before she shipped in for the sale. She’s just gorgeous. Her conformation is what made it happen. She had had her best days (on the racetrack) already and as pretty as she was they decided it was time to sell her as a broodmare prospect.”

The New York-bred topper of the sale’s opening session, and second-highest selling New York-bred at the auction, was Kitty Panda, a 9-year-old dark bay/brown mare by Sky Mesa from the family of Audible. Bred by Oak Bluff Stables, LLC and consigned by Winter Quarter Farm, Agent, Kitty Panda sold in foal to Blame on a May 28 cover to Fred Hertrich for $160,000 (Hip 199).

Kitty Panda’s dam, the Gulch mare Fahamore, was unplaced on the racetrack but has turned out to be a highly distinguished producer. Purchased by Don Robinson for $37,000 at Keeneland’s 2003 November sale, Fahamore’s second foal was Akilina, a multiple stakes winner and graded stakes performer and earner of over $300,000. Akilina has gone on to produce stakes winners Rieno Tesoro, who is Group 1-placed in Japan and has earned over $1.3 million, and multiple graded stakes-placed Governor Malibu ($665,700). Fahamore’s first foal, Blue Devil Bel by Gilded Time, is the dam of Grade 1 Florida Derby winner Audible ($1,770,520).

The top New York-bred short yearling at the sale, and top short yearling of session two, was a bay youngster by Palace bred by JRita Young Thoroughbreds, LLC and foaled on January 27, 2018. Offered as Hip 334 and consigned by Endeavor Farm, Agent, the colt was hammered down to Billy Williams for $75,000.

Hip 334 is the second foal from Louisiana-bred Silk’s Diamond (Forefathers). Unplaced in her lone start, Silk’s Diamond is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Su Casa G Casa (During). The colt’s third dam is stakes winner Tucked Inside, who has gone on to become a multiple stakes producer.

The average price for the New York-breds at the Fasig-Tipton winter mixed auction came in at $38,239, which significantly outperformed the overall sale average of $29,539 (up 3% from last year). The New York-bred median price of $14,000 came in just a tick below the sale median of $15,000 (up 42.8% from last year).

In all 26 New York-breds sold of 33 offered for a buy-back percentage of 21.2%, on par with the sale’s overall RNA rate of 20.4%.

With the breeding stock and mixed sales now in the rear-view, Fasig-Tipton’s next sale on the calendar is the boutique Gulfstream 2-year-old sale on March 27.

Laoban yearling tops NY-breds at OBS winter mixed; NY cohort outperforms sale overall

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

By Sarah Mace

A short yearling from the first crop of New York-based stallion Laoban (Uncle Mo) emerged as the top New York-bred seller at the two-session Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company winter mixed sale this week. The dark brown/bay youngster was hammered down to T & R Holdings in the auction’s second, open session on Wednesday for $47,000. New York-breds fared well at the OBS winter mixed sale overall, out-performing the overall auction average, median and buyback rate.

Bred by Woodford Thoroughbreds and foaled on January 27, 2018, the dark bay/brown Laoban colt (Hip 675) is out of winner-producer D Prairie Cat, a winning Florida-bred daughter of D’wildcat. Woodford purchased the mare, who has since been resold to Saudi Arabia, for $45,000 at the 2013 Keeneland January sale. D Prairie Cat, whose dam French Opera is a full sister to a group 3 winner in Brazil, is a half-sister to Emma’s Encore. a multiple graded stakes winner whose signature victory came in the 2012 Grade 1 Prioress at Saratoga.  Beth Bayer, Agent X, consigned the colt at OBS.

Winner of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes, the topper’s sire Laoban stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson for Southern Equine Stables, Sequel Thoroughbreds, McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds and Woodford Thoroughbreds.

A pair of fillies shared the boasting rights for top-selling female New York-bred yearling, each bringing $45,000.

Hip 2 kicked off the New York-bred action in Tuesday’s preferred session. The dark bay/brown April 2 Speightster filly went to Bluewater Sales LLC, Agent, from the Select Sales consignment. Bred by Stonegate Stables LLC, the filly is out of Ferritto, a New York-bred winner by Suave whose first foal and only starter is a winner. Ferritto is a half-sister to a pair of New York-bred multiple stakes winners, Lady On the Run, who retired with $385,600 in earnings, and Mr. Windjammer, who earned $280,675. Ferritto was bred last year to Shackleford.

Also hammered down for $45,000 was Hip 111, a May 2, 2018 filly by Maclean’s Music bred by Maurice F. Casey III. Briston Bloodstock signed the ticket. This filly is out of Surf City Suzie, who has produced a pair of winners and only cost Casey $1,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2009 December mixed sale. The filly’s second dam is a full sister to Grade 2 winner Boone’s Mill. Also appearing under the second dam is La Rocca, a multiple stakes winner and graded performer. Surf City Suzie is in foal to New York sire Golden Ticket.

Overall the sale average was $11,273 (down from $14,596 in 2018), the median price came in at $6,000 (unchanged from a year ago) and buyback percentage was 18.6% (down from 24.9% in 2018).

The New York-bred contingent managed to put up better numbers across-the-board: 31 horses sold of 37 offered (including four private sales) for a 16.2% RNA rate. The average price was $14,400 and the median came in at $8,250.

Quality Road filly tops New York-bred youngsters in Book 1 at Keeneland January

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Keeneland photo

By Sarah Mace

Tuesday’s second and concluding session of Book 1 at Keeneland’s four-day January Horses of All Ages Sale saw a marked uptick in buyer interest in New York-bred short yearlings. A pair of fillies topped the Empire State-bred offerings on the second day of trading, led by a Quality Road filly bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski and Harry Patten who fetched $200,000 from K.M.C.F.F. Stable.

Offered as Hip 632 for Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm from the consignment of Stuart Morris, the bay Quality Road filly foaled on April 9, 2018 is out of As Promised, a placed Kentucky-bred mare by Century City (IRE). As Promised was campaigned by Darlene Bilinski and Harry Patton and trained by Gary Contessa, who purchased the mare as a 2-year-old for $35,000 at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale.

As Promised has produced five winners from six starters, led by top-earner Flattermefabulous ($141,528). She is a half-sister to stakes winners Daytime Promise (Five Star Day) – also a graded stakes performer – and Promiseville (Alwasmi). Promiseville went on to produce Small Promises, the Sovereign Award-winning Champion Older Mare of 2002. As Promised also is the dam New York-bred stakes performer Diamond Anchor. The filly’s second dam is stakes winner Roan Promise (Wise Exchange). As Promised has a juvenile filly by Japan and was bred in 2018 to Mission Impazible.

Also attracting buyers’ attention was Hip 533, a yearling filly from the first crop of Runhappy bred by Hidden Lake Farm, LLC in partnership with Fred Rosen. The April 19 bay filly, who was consigned by Mulholland Springs, Agent VII, was hammered down to AROC Bloodstock for $170,000.

Hip 533 is the second reported foal out of young New York-bred race mare Sentimental Lass, a daughter of Freud bred by Windhorse Thoroughbreds who won the 2010 Maid of the mist Stakes. The filly’s second dam is stakes winner Scottish Bubbly (Cherokee Run), who also produced New York Stallion Stakes Series winner Chasing Bubbles (Posse). Sentimental Lass was bred to Practical Joke in 2018.

The top New York-bred short yearling colt to change hands in Keeneland January’s first book, also in session two, was a youngster by Palace Malice consigned by Indian Creek, Agent as Hip 685. Bred by Wildwood Farm and foaled on February 25, 2018, the dark bay or brown colt was purchased by de Meric Stables on behalf of Backstretch Farms for $80,000.

The colt is out of Court Dress, an unraced daughter of Speightstown who is out of stakes winner and multiple stakes producer Well Dressed (Notebook) and a half-sister to gelding Well Armed (Tiznow). Following a storied comeback from a fractured pelvis at three, Well Armed won the $6 million Dubai World Cup at six in 2009 and retired with $5,179,803 in earnings.

Court Dress is also the half-sister to graded stakes winner and stakes producer Witty (Distorted Humor), two more stakes performers and the mare who produced multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes placed runner Awesome Flower. Court Dress has produced two winners to date, including Estilo Femenino, a multiple stakes performer. She was bred to Noble Mission in 2018.

By the midpoint of the Keeneland January sale, 33 New York-breds of all ages passed through the sales ring, and 25 found new homes for an average price of $40,828 and median of $26,000. Overall, through two sessions of the four-day January Sale, 465 horses have grossed $38,857,300, for an average of $83,564 and a median of $37,000.

The January Sale runs through Thursday. All sessions begin at 10 a.m. ET. The entire sale is streamed live on


New York-bred racing/broodmare prospects grab Book 5 headlines at Keeneland

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Wegetsdamunnys 5/18/18 (Coglianese photo)

By Sarah Mace

A pair of New York-bred racing/broodmare prospects rose to the top of the heap in Book 5 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, selling as the third and fifth top sellers of the Tuesday session.

She Will Rock by Will Take Charge, a product of Chester and Mary Broman’s breeding program with a classy pedigree, was picked up Rosilyn Polan for $200,000 when offered as Hip 3395 from the consignment of WinStar Racing.

She Will Rock previously sold as a $225,000 yearling to Three Chimneys Farm at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale in Saratoga. She has three races under her belt and is knocking on the door to break her maiden. Following an unplaced performance in her Churchill Downs unveiling for trainer Steve Asmussen, she finished second twice in maiden special weight races on the NYRA circuit. On July 5 at Belmont, she ran into eventual graded winner Sue’s Fortune. At Saratoga on August 3, she finished second to She’s Trouble, now a stakes placed runner.

She Will Rock is out of Storm Cat mare Whichwaydidshego, a productive member of the Bromans’ broodmare band who was purchased by Chester Broman for $425,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November sale. A daughter of a stakes winner and a winning half-sister to multiple Grade 2 winner and sire Fed Biz, Whichwaydidshego issues from the family of Minardi, Tale of the Cat, Johannesburg and Joking. She Will Rock is a half sister to stakes winners: Mark My Way (Noonmark), Hard to Stay Notgo (More than Ready) and Haul Anchor (Bernardini).

Multiple stakes placed sophomore Wegetsdamunnys, a gray daughter of D’Funnybone offered by ELiTE as Hip 3455, was hammered down to Badgers Bloodstock for $130,000. Finishing in the money in seven of 11 career starts, Wegetsdamunnys has won three races, completed the exacta twice and finished third once to earn $137,210.

Bred by Wellspring Stables and trained by Jeremiah Englehart, who co-owns the filly with Madaket Stables LLC, Rising Graph Stable and J. Englehart, Wegetsdamunnys is out of Mystic Miracle, a winning Kentucky-bred daughter of Unbridled’s Song. Her second dam is multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire Mystic Lady. New York-bred superstars Fourstars Allstar and Fourstardave appear under the third dam.

The November Sale continues through Friday with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire auction is streamed live at

Weanling from family of Hard Spun, MSW Filibustin top NY-bred offerings in Kee Book 4

Monday, November 12th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

A weanling from the family of Hard Spun and Filibustin, a multiple stakes winning filly by Bustin Stones, led the way for the New York-bred contingent in Book 4 of Keeneland’s November sale. Cumulatively, through the first seven days of the 12-session sale, the New York-bred average price is rapidly closing in on the average price of the general population of the sale, and the New York-bred median is outstripping the overall median.

The top New York-bred weanling of Book 4 was Hip 1950, a dark bay or brown colt by Constitution from the family of Hard Spun. Bred by SF Bloodstock and foaled March 11, 2018, the youngster was purchased by Bruno DeBerdt, on behalf of Khalid Mishref for $62,000 from the consignment of Zach Madden’s Buckland Sales.

The Constitution weanling is out of Bethan, an unraced mare by Giant’s Causeway who has already produced three winners from three foals to start. Purchased by SF Bloodstock at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall mixed sale for $100,000 and out of stakes winner Turkish Tryst, Bethan is a half-sister to Darley stallion Hard Spun, earner of $2.6 million and Kentucky Derby runner-up in 2007. Another half-sibling, Our Rite of Spring, is a stakes winner.

Filibustin, who was hammered down to Susan Moulton for $150,000 as Hip 2451, was the top-priced New York-bred mare of Book 4. Offered as a racing/broodmare prospect, the 4-year-old dark bay/brown daughter of New York sire Bustin Stones has earned $245,840 and as a juvenile won the Joseph A. Gimma and Key Cents stakes. Bred by Luck Be a Lady Racing, foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, Filibustin is out of Sweet Aloha, also the dam of New York-bred multiple stakes winner Indy’s Lady. Filibustin’s third dam is a half-sister to champion 2-yer-old Capote, multiple Grade 1 winner Exceller and four more stakes winners.

Through Book 4, 74 of 204 New York-breds offered have changed hands for an average price of $106,311, which is fast approaching the overall sale average of $109,964. The buyback rate now stands at 36.3%. The New York-bred median performance is outstanding, as the median of $65,000 is outperforming the overall sale median of $52,000 by 25%.

The November Sale continues Monday with the first of two sessions that make up Book 5, which is highlighted by horses of racing age. The sale ends Friday, Nov. 16, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The entire auction is streamed live at Click here for New York-bred hips.

Keeneland November Book 3 checkpoint: New York-breds by the numbers

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

With five sessions of trading comprising Books 1-3 of the 12-day Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale completed, a review of the key indicators for New York-breds paints a positive picture. The sale price for weanlings and mares though the first three books has averaged well over six-figures and the median price for the group has outperformed the overall sale median.

In all, 78 new York-breds have gone through the auction ring, resulting in 58 completed sales for a gross sales of $7,315,000. New York-breds have posted an average price of $126,121. The cumulative average for the general population of the sale is $144,409.

The median price of $82,500 for the New York-bred contingent came in a couple of ticks above the cumulative sale median of $80,000. The New York-bred buyback percentage of 25.6% was a shade below the overall RNA percentage of 25.8%.

In all 27 New York-breds have brought prices of $100,000 and up – 10 weanlings and 17 mares. Twelve individuals have sold for $200,000 and up – three weanlings and nine mares. A pair of weanlings and three mares have been hammered down for $300,000 and up.

The top weanling and top New York-bred overall was the second foal out of champion female sprinter La Verdad by Tapit, who went to a partnership of Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm with Three Chimneys for $800,000.

The price tag for the Tapit youngster eclipses the weanling toppers of recent years. The New York-bred weanling marketplace has been in the ascendant, increasing five-fold between 2010-17. In 2010 total sales came in at $1,339,500; in 2017 receipts totaled $6,942,400. Weanling toppers in 2013 and 2014 brought $200,000; in 2015 the weanling topper sold for $190,000. In 2016 and 2017 the weanling toppers were $275,000 and $420,000, respectively.

The best-selling New York-bred broodmare in the first three books at Keeneland was Photograher, offered as Hip 934 from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency and sold in foal to Pioneerof the Nile on a February 23 cover to Dixiana Farm for $380,000.

The November Sale continues through Friday, Nov. 16, with all sessions beginning at 10 a.m. The entire sale is streamed live at


Top NY-bred weanlings, mares bring robust price tags in Keeneland November Book 2

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

Book 2 of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock sale generated excellent results for both New York-bred weanlings and in-foal mares.

The top weanling to change hands in Book 2 was Hip 787, a bay colt by Quality Road from the family of Bodemeister. The bay youngster was purchased by Chestnut Valley Farm for $310,000 in Session 3 from the Eton Sales consignment.

Bred by Albert Fried Jr. and foaled on March 26, 2018, the colt is out of Front and Center, a placed runner by Dynaformer who was purchased by Fried at the same sale last year for $75,000. Out of multiple graded stakes winner Parade Queen, Front and Center is a half-sister to two stakes winners, led by Untouched Talent, a graded stakes winner and the dam of millionaire and successful sire Bodemeister. Front and Center was bred this year to War Dancer.

The top New York-bred weanling filly in Keenland’s second book sold Wednesday as Hip 836 to Mike McMahon and Jamie Hill’s McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, Agent for $240,000. Bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski, the grey/roan February 12 filly is a daughter of Frosted out of Jeanne’s Honor, a placed runner by Honour and Glory. Purchased by Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm at last year’s Keeneland November sale for $75,000, Jeanne’s Honor has produced eight winners, including stakes winner Going to Kukaro by Speightstown and stakes performer Ten K Cat. The filly’s second dam Jeanne Jones, a Grade 1 stakes winner in her own right, is the dam of stakes winner Roman Treasure and the dam of graded winner Belle of Perintown.

“She is a New York-bred and by a first crop sire that is a hot Darley horse, which is nice to resell,” McMahon said. “I really wanted to buy a Frosted for our group and Jamie [Hill] did, too. She is the nicest one we have come across so far.” He continued, “I thought that was a great price for her. I didn’t think that was too much at all. I thought she was really, really good. I think she will look good selling in New York next summer. I think she was well bought.”

A pair of broodmares brought winning bids in the high $300,000s in Book 2. Photographer, who was offered as Hip 934 from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, sold in foal to Pioneerof the Nile on a February 23 cover to Dixiana Farm for $380,000. A winner by War Front with a deep pedigree, Photographer was bred by Gallagher’s Stud and is out of Hostess, a multiple graded stakes winner by Chester House who earned $383,918 and set a course record for 1 3/8 miles over the Saratoga inner turf in the Grade 3 Glens Falls Handicap. Hostess is a half-sister to the dam of Grade 1 stakes winner and millionaire Cupid, multiple graded stakes winner Heart Ashley, graded winner Ashley’s Kitty and stakes winner Indianapolis.

Stakes winner and stakes producer I Bet Toni Knows (Hip 824) sold to WinStar Farm LLC in foal to Dialed In for $375,000. Bred by Sunriver Partners and foaled at Empire Stud in Hudson, I Bet Toni Knows is by Sunriver, a Grade 1-winning full brother to champion Ashado, who stood two seasons at Empire Stud in New York prior to his premature death in 2009. Her lone foal to start to date is graded stakes winner Toinette by Scat Daddy.

I Bet Toni Knows is out of Ibetyouwishyouknew, a Florida-bred daughter of Mr. Greeley, who started once at two and produced five winners from five foals to start including another stakes winner Possessed by Posse. The mare’s second dam is a stakes winner in Canada.

Cumulatively through Book 2, New York-breds have sold for an average price of $184,483. The overall sale average now stands at $218,166. The New York-bred $150,000 median matches the overall sale median.

La Verdad’s Tapit filly brings top weanling price at Keeneland November opener

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Photo Susie Raisher

By Sarah Mace

Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm teamed up with Three Chimneys in the first session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock sale to buy the second foal out of champion female sprinter La Verdad. The partners signed a $800,000 ticket for the flashy grey/roan youngster by Tapit, which was the top price for a weanling in Keeneland’s select opening book.

Co-bred by Sheila Rosenblum’s Lady Sheila Stable and Vivien Malloy’s Edition Farm, where she was foaled on March 15, 2018, the filly (Hip 116A) was already an internet star in her own right, having been featured in inaugural season of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol project, which offers real-time streams of in-foal mares during their pregnancy through foaling. Supplemented to the Keeneland sale on October 18, the foal was consigned by Eaton Sales.

La Verdad (Yes It’s True), the 2015 Eclipse Award Champion Female Sprinter, needs little introduction to followers of New York racing. Bred by Eklektikos Stable LLC and foaled at Chester and Mary Broman’s Chestertown farm in Chestertown, La Verdad was purchased privately by Rosenblum following her second allowance victory in November 2013. She won 11 stakes races for trainer Linda Rice, led by back-to-back victories in the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap, a win in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom, and a runner-up finish to Wavell Avenue in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. In 2015 La Verdad was also voted champion New York-bred sprinter and older female, her dam Noble Fire was named New York Broodmare of the Year and Eklektikos Stable LLC was New York Breeder of the Year. La Verdad retired in 2016 with $1,563,200 in earnings

“I’m thrilled with who bought her,” Rosenblum said “This is my first introduction into actually selling a weanling. I guess I am a breeder now. It’s very exciting. I had no idea what to expect. It was a big chance, although she was beautiful, but I thought how many beautiful weanlings are there. So that’s why we decided to take a chance. [Eaton Sales’] Reiley [McDonald] and I had the exact same philosophy on this. We’d give it a shot and we’d see and she was worthy of it. I am very proud of La Verdad.”

La Verdad is not the only star in her immediate family. Her half-sister Hot City Girl by City Zip is a graded stakes winner, Grade 1 performer and $682,050-earner. The sale filly’s third dam Noble Affair is also a stakes winner. La Verdad’s first foal, La Kara Mia by Medaglia d’Oro, was a $775,000 buyback at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga selected yearling sale.

La Verdad is currently in foal to Curlin, while half-sister Hot City Girl (City Zip), also owned by Rosenblum, is in foal to Bernardini and enrolled in this season’s Foal Patrol program. Both reside at Edition Farm.

The La Verdad filly was the only New York-bred weanling to change hands on Monday, but trio of New York-bred mares in foal also went for robust price tags ranging from $200,000 to $340,000.

Photo Susie Raisher

Moondance (Hip 143), a winning daughter of Malibu Moon bred by Newtown Anner Stud, sold in foal to new Claiborne sire Mastery for $340,000 to West Bloodstock /Repole Stables. Consigned by Claiborne Farm, the 4-year-old is a half sister to stakes winner Red Hot Buddha and stakes performers Cue the Moon and Knockout Bertie. Her second dam Clever Bertie is a half-sister four stakes winners, led by Traitor and Sun King, and is the dam of stakes winners Allamerican Bertie and Hurricane Bertie.

Hip 189, She’s All Ready (Girolamo), who was offered by Vinery Sales, Agent III in foal to Nyquist, went to Spendthrift Farm LLC for $290,000. Bred by Kings and Queen’s Farm and foaled at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, She’s All Ready was a juvenile stakes winner and grade 1-placed runner out of Prominent, a winning Kentucky-bred daughter of El Prado (IRE). Her second dam is stakes winner Biblionic and she issues from the extended family of Canadian Horse of the Year Fatal Bullet.

Speed Dating (Not for Love), who was offered as Hip 202 from the Sequel New York consignment in foal to New York sire Union Jackson, went to SF Bloodstock for $200,000. Bred by Mrs. Gerald A. Nielsen, Speed Dating has already produced a pair of winners, including talented 3-year-old Split Time, a three-time stakes winner to date. Speed Dating is a half-sister to Saratoga Snacks, a winner of four stakes races, including the Empire Classic. Second dam Deputy Dear is a half-sister to stakes winners Without Feathers, Currency Arbitrage and Copper Mount.

The Keeneland sale resumes Tuesday 10 a.m. with the opening session of Book 2 and runs through November 16.

Katsumi Yoshida goes to $1.5 million for Fourstar Crook at Fasig-Tipton November

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

Accomplished New York-bred race mares were hot commodities at Sunday’s Fasig-Tipton November Sale, led by Grade 1 stakes winner and millionaire Fourstar Crook (Freud), who was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida for $1.5 million. Quezon and Isabelle also brought premium prices, while the top New York-bred weanling, a filly from the first crop of Speightster, fetched six figures.

Fourstar Crook, seventh in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf as a well-respected 9-2 shot, hit a home run Sunday when offered as Hip 195 by ELiTE for ownership group Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stable (Michael Caruso) and Gary Aisquith. When the bidding stopped at $1.5 million, the long-eared bay daughter of New York sire Freud was the property of Katsumi Yoshida.

Fourstar Crook has been a model of consistency and determination on the racetrack throughout her career for trainer Chad Brown. Beginning in the state-bred ranks and graduating to graded competition at the highest level this year, she retires with a record of 12 wins, four seconds and a third from 20 lifetime starts and career earnings of $1,624,566.

Belmont has been the stage for Fourstar Crook’s greatest achievements with seven wins in eight tries, capped on October 7 by a victory in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl. Winner of the Grade 2 New York Stakes in June, she defeated Sistercharlie who went on to win the Breeders’ Cup race Saturday, and ran second to the presumptive champion in the Jenny Wiley at Keeneland and Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington. Fourstar Crook has eight stakes tallies in all on her resume.

Bred by Kathleen M. Feron and foaled at Akindale Farm in Pawling, Fourstar Crook sold as a yearling to Allied Bloodstock at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred sale for $55,000. A $70,000 buyback when offered at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old sale, she was purchased by owner Michael Dubb for $110,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic sale.

Fourstar Crook’s dam is Avril a Portugal by D’Accord, an unplaced John Hettinger-bred mare who is half-sister to stakes winner Jay’s Crown. Honorable Miss appears under third dam. The producer of six winners, Avril a Portugal is also the dam of Coaltown Legend (Jump Start), who earned over $325,000.

A breeding powerhouse in Japan with his brothers Teruya and Haruya, Katsumi Yoshida owns Northern Farm on the island of Hokkaido. Yoshida explained his approach to breeding in a New York Times profile in 2015 as follows: “I buy the best and I never sell. The United States sells, Europe sells. I only buy. I never sell, except some yearlings. I never sell a good mare.” Another tenant of Yoshida’s bloodstock philosophy is that the best progeny come from stallions and dams who were themselves outstanding racehorses, and Fourstar Crook certainly fits the bill.

Multiple stakes winner and dual graded stakes performer Quezon (Tiz Wonderful), offered as Hip 127 by Valkyre Stud Agent III, was purchased by Bridlewood Farm for $700,000. She is in foal to Horse of the Year Gun Runner on an April 16 cover.

Also a consistent runner, Quezon won seven races in all for owner Marc Keller and trainer Robert Ribaudo, completed the exacta six times and was third twice in 19 starts. She won a black type race each year from 2014-18, has three graded stakes placings on her resume and earned $759,200 by the time she retired to broodmare duty.

Bred by Apache Farm LLC and foaled at Apache Farm North in Mt. Morris, Quezon is the only foal produced by Kalookan Dancer, a multiple stakes-winning California-bred daughter of Olympio. Quezon was a $90,000 yearling purchase by Riverside Stable at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale in Saratoga.

Isabelle, Hip 204, who is in foal to Will Take Charge on a March 19 cover, drew a winning bid of $300,000 from Breeze Easy LLC. Consigned by Lane’s End, Agent, the daughter of Successful Appeal won four stakes races, led by the open Heavenly Prize Invitational in 2017. Isabelle finished in the exacta 11 times in 20 starts with seven wins, and on retirement had bankrolled $508,102. Trained by Lisa Lewis then Bill Mott, Isabelle was campaigned by William Schettine, who purchased her at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton New York select yearling sale for $100,000.

Isabelle was bred by Bluegrass Farm Partners in partnership with Jeffrey Tucker, and foaled at Tucker’s Stonebridge Farm in Gansevoort. Her dam is Florida-bred stakes-placed runner Merrill Gold, who is a half-sister to stakes runner Millennium Storm and Bella Jolie, the dam of champion sprinter and sire Runhappy.

Monday’s top New York-bred weanling was Hip 102, a chestnut filly from the first crop of Speightster bred by SF Bloodstock LLC and Seclusive Farm. Purchased by Maya Racing from the consignment of Bedouin Bloodstock Agent I for $100,000, the filly is out of Jungle Tale, by Lion Heart, runner-up in the 2009 Grade 3 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine.

Jungle Tale was purchased by Baccari Bloodstock at the 2017 Keeneland November sale with the sale filly in utero. Her lone foal to race is a winner. The filly’s second dam is stakes winner Mary Kies, who produced three stakes performers. Third dam Flying Girl (Fr) is a stakes winner and group performer in Italy.

Sales action shifts to Keeneland today, Monday, November 5, for the opening session of the 12-day auction in Lexington which runs through November 16. The opening session, which consists of a one-day super-select Book 1, begins at noon ET, with all other sessions starting at 10 a.m. daily.



New York-breds conclude successful stand at Fasig-Tipton October fall yearling sale

Friday, October 26th, 2018

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By Sarah Mace

New York-breds turned in solid results at the four-day Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale which marked the end of the 2018 yearling sale season Thursday.

For all four days of trading at the auction company’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, there was plenty of demand for the Empire State-bred product to go around. The final New York-bred RNA percentage of 22.6% was on par with the cumulative 22.7% buyback rate for the sale. New York-bred yearlings posted a median price of $15,000, which was identical to the sale median, and the $33,309 average New York-bred yearling price came in not too far behind the $35,576 cumulative sale average. Three six-figure New York-bred yearlings sold in the concluding session, bringing the total to seven.

Leading the way on Thursday was Hip 1197, a grey or roan filly by Cairo Prince from the Bluewater Sales LLC consignment bred by Three Diamonds Farm. Stoneway Farm went to $150,000 for the yearling who sported a flashy pedigree page and several significant catalogue updates.

A $120,000 RNA at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale over the summer, the Cairo Prince filly is the second foal out of Rhythm of Grace, an unraced daughter of Kitten’s Joy and full sister to graded stakes winner Conquest Panthera who has earned $355,275 to date. Rhythm of Grace is also a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Happy Like a Fool (Distorted Humor) and graded stakes performer Maniacal. All three of these siblings showed earnings updates on the page.

Rhythm of Grace, who was purchased from Ramsey Farm by Three Diamonds Farm for $48,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale, also had an important catalogue update of her own. Her first foal Rhythm With Soul broke her maiden at Saratoga this summer.

A pair of New York-bred colts fetched $130,000 Thursday, one from a very familiar New York family.

Hip 1274, a bay individual by Lookin at Lucky, is out of Langpap Stables’ Shesastonecoldfox. Voted champion New York-bred juvenile filly in 2001, the homebred for Dennis and Deborah Petrisak, was inducted into the Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack Hall of Fame in 2016 and has an eponymous stakes race at the Farmington Racetrack.

A prolific producer, Shesastonecoldfox has produced six winners for the Petrisaks, led by four-time stakes winner and 58-time starter Fox Rules (Roman Ruler), who has earned $673,901 and is still competitive at nine. Shesastonecoldfox is also the dam of stakes winners Fox Rox ($355,584) and stakes performer Elusive Fox. Consigned by Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm, the Petrisak-bred Lookin at Lucky colt was purchased by Jim Moloney for $130,000. Shesastonecoldfox did not have a reported foal this year and has been bred to Keen Ice.

A bay colt by Mineshaft bred by Dutchess Views Farm in partnership with SGO Thoroughbred LLC also brought a winning bid of $130,000 Thursday from JCE Racing. The yearling previously changed hands when purchased by Atlantic Bloodstock for $77,000 at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton new York fall mixed sale.

Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, Agent and offered as Hip 1166, the colt is a half-brother to Crawdaddy, who won the 2017 Spectacular Bid division of the New York Stallion Stakes series. His dam Rare Edition by Street Sense, who did not race, is a half-sister to Touch of the Blues (FR) multiple graded winner, Breeders’ Cup Mile runner-up in 2003 and $1,655,358 earner. Indian Skimmer, twice a champion handicap mare in England, appears under the colt’s third dam.

The top-selling New York-bred at the sale was Hip 701, a Tiznow colt out of multiple stakes producer Indian Rush who was hammered down to K.O.I.D. for $230,000 in session 2.