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

By Sarah Mace

Following the record-breaking Broman-bred Tapit colt who brought $2 million[1] 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[2], 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[3], 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.

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$2 million Broman-bred Tapit colt catapults OBS March and New York into record territory



By Sarah Mace

Hip 33[2], a striking grey son of Tapit bred by Chester and Mary Broman, lit the bid board on fire in the opening session of the OBS March sale Tuesday when he brought a sale record price of $2 million. The huge price tag also takes the New York-bred juvenile marketplace into record territory. The program’s previous top 2-year-old seller was a $1 million colt from the final crop of Scat Daddy out of Risky Rachel who sold at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale.

L.E.B signed the ticket for the Tapit colt on behalf of a partnership consisting of West Point Thoroughbreds, Rob Masiello and Siena Farm. The Bromans are also retaining a one-third interest in the youngster, who will be trained by Steve Asmussen. Becky Thomas’ Sequel Bloodstock consigned the colt on the Bromans’ behalf. On March 7 he turned in a :10 1/5 breeze.

Currently named Chestertown –the name of the Bromans’ farm in Chestertown New York, 50 miles north of Saratoga – the colt is the first foal out of stellar Broman homebred Artemis Agrotera, by Roman Ruler. A big, strapping mare, Artemis Agrotera won three graded stakes topped by the Grade 1 Frizette and Grade 1 Ballerina, earning $943,800 before graduating to broodmare duty. She currently has a yearling filly by Uncle Mo and was bred to Arrogate in 2018.

The colt’s second dam is Indy Glory by A.P. Indy, also bred and campaigned by the Bromans. A full sister to Grade 1 winner, millionaire and sire Stephen Got Even and to stakes winner Grand Merger, Indy Glory was a stakes-winning router with multiple graded placings. The Bromans purchased the colt’s third dam Immerse (Cox’s Ridge) at the 1997 Keeneland November sale for $350,000.

Becky Thomas said, “I’ve trained for Mr. Broman for so long. I had Artemis Agrotera–she was close to 16.3 and was massively big. This colt comes in and he’s a big gray version of her. He’s not a typical Tapit. He’s got a lot of substance. He was just one from the very beginning that I took out of company, even galloping in November, because he was way too forward. He’ll be a later 2-year-old – not late though – because he’s very quick.”

The spectacular showing by the Tapit colt should not overshadow outstanding results achieved by multiple other individuals from the New York-bred juvenile contingent in the OBS March opening session. A pair of fillies sold for north of $400,000, while Majestic City earned the day’s bragging rights among New York sires, when a filly was snapped up by Klaravich Stable for $270,000.

The second top-selling New York-bred filly is Hip 206[3], a daughter of Uncle Mo also bred by the Bromans and consigned by Sequel. She brought $425,000 from trainer John C. Kimmel, agent, after breezing a speedy quarter in :9 4/5. Named Gotta Go Mo, the filly is the first foal out of Hard to Stay Notgo, a multiple stakes-winning Broman homebred trained by Jimmy Jerkens who earned $212,440 from eight starts. The mare is also a half-sister to Broman-bred stakes winners Mark My Way and Haul Anchor.

Chester Broman purchased the filly’s second dam Whichwaydidshego (Storm Cat) for $425,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November sale. Whichwaydidshego is a winning half-sister to the multiple Grade 2 winner Fed Biz and issues from the family of Minardi, Tale of the Cat and Johannesburg.

A Lemon Drop Kid filly, Hip 155[4], went to Dominic Brennan, Agent for Highland Yard LLC for $400,000 after breezing a quarter in :21 flat. Consigned by Boutte Sales, Agent IV, she was bred by Stonewall Farm and is out of Ever So Pretty, a winning daughter of Stormy Atlantic who is a half-sister to Stormello, winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity, Grade 2 winner My Best Brother and Grade 3 winner Gala Award.

The top selling New York-sired juvenile at the sale was Hip 277[5], a chestnut filly from the first crop of multiple graded stakes winner Majestic City[6] who was purchased by Klaravich Stable from the de Meric Sales consignment for $270,000 after breezing an eighth in :9 4/5. Bred by Barry Ostrager, the filly is out of Landing My Way, a multiple winner by Southern Image, who is a half-sister to stakes winner and graded stakes performer Daring Reality and whose only foal to start is a winner.

A $17,000 RNA as a weanling at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton fall mixed sale in Saratoga, the filly brought $100,000 from de Meric the following summer at the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale. Landing My Way has also produced a pair of younger full-sisters to the sale filly, most recently a February 9, 2019 foal. Majestic City, a son of City Zip, stands in New York at Barry Ostrager’s Questroyal North[7] in Stillwater for a 2019 fee of $3,500.

Deserving of honorable mention from OBS Day 1 are three more juveniles who were hammered down for six figures.

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


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By Sarah Mace

She’s Delightful, a lovely 4-year-old grey/roan daughter of New York sire Mission Impazible[2], 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[3], 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.

[4]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.”

[5]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[6]).

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[7] 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.

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

[1]By Sarah Mace

A short yearling from the first crop of New York-based stallion Laoban[2] (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[3]) 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[4] 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[5] 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[6], 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.

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


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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[2] 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[3], 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[4]. 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[5].


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


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[2] 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[3], 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

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

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[1], 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[2], 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[3]. Click here[4] for New York-bred hips.

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

[1]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[2] 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[3] from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency and sold in foal to Pioneerof the Nile[4] 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[5].


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

[1]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[2], 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[3] 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[4] 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[5]) 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.

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


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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[2]) 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.


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Moondance (Hip 143[4]), 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[5], 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 [6]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[7] 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.

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