Average up at F-T Saratoga fall mixed, four weanlings bring six figures

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

sfs15-miby Sarah Mace

Fasig-Tipton, which contracted its Saratoga fall sale from two days to one in 2015, was rewarded by an increase in average, a steady median and successful trade at the top end of the weanling market, as four New York-bred weanlings brought six figures.

This year’s sale saw 162 horses overall sell for an average of $17,493, up from last year’s average of $16,612. The median for both years was $10,000. With 138 horses not changing hands, the buyback rate this year was 46%, up from 42% last year.

Taken in its own terms, weanling population had better financial indicators overall. Of 161 youngsters offered, 78 sold for a $24,094 average and $15,000 median. Although there were a few horses from other states in the mix, the top ten lots to sell in Monday’s single session were New York-bred weanlings, with the top four bringing six figures. The top New York-sired weanling was a filly by Forty Tales, who was also the top weanling filly.

Topping the sale at $140,000 was Hip 191, a grey or roan colt from the first crop of champion Shanghai Bobby. Bred by Hidden Lake Farm, LLC in partnership with Anthony Grey and foaled on March 22, the colt was consigned by RF HF Bloodstock LLC, agent, who sold three of the four top lots.

The topper’s dam is Electric Shock, a stakes winning New York-bred daughter of Cure the Blues, who last changed hands when purchased by Rhapsody Farm at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale for $22,000. Electric Shock has produced three stakes performers among six winners, as well as the dam of stakes winner Shock Hazard. In the next generation appears successful broodmare Mimi Baker, dam of four stakes winners. Hunter Valley Farm signed the ticket.

Selling later in the day for $120,000 from the RF HF Bloodstock consignment was Hip 358, a Curlin colt and the first foal out of multiple winner Blue Catillac (Bluegrass Cat), who went to Baccari Bloodstock. Bred by RF HF Mares Rule #3, the bay was foaled on March 25. Blue Catillac is out of stakes winner Sweeping and a half-sister to two stakes performers and producer Apt to Star, dam of graded winner Aegean and stakes winner Light Bringer.

Hip 357, a dark bay or brown colt from the first crop of Orb was purchased by F.U.N. Farm for $105,000. Bred by Barry R. Ostrager, foaled on April 1 at Questroyal North and consigned by Questroyal North, agent, the colt is out of Black Escort (Southern Halo) a Kentucky-bred stakes winner in France and producer of three winners from four starters, including stakes performer Black Snowflake and a 4-year-old Malibu Moon filly Miss Melinda who is a six-figure earner. There is abundant black type in the second generation including sire King’s Signet and group winners Sicyos and Radjhasi.

Also cracking the six-figure threshold at $100,000 was Hip 219, a colt from the first crop of Justin Phillip who was also consigned by RF HF Bloodstock LLC Agent. Bred by Hidden Lake Farm LLC and foaled on February 22, the dark bay or brown youngster was purchased by Saratoga Robin Racing. The sale colt’s dam is Influenced, an unplaced daughter of Malibu Moon who was a $450,000 juvenile purchase in 2007. She is also a half-sister to multiple stakes winner T Storm. Graded winner Candi’s Gold appears under the third dam and Influenced has produced one winner from two starters, six-figure earner Ziggy Moondust by Freud.

The top NY-sired weanling, also the top weanling filly of the sale, was Hip 300 from the first crop of Forty Tales who stands at Sequel Stallions. Consigned by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds LLC, agent, where she was foaled on March 2 the filly was purchased Douglas S. Arnold, agent, for $77,000. Bred by McMahon of Saratoga in partnership with Spruce Lane Farm, the filly is out of Sea Wind, a stakes placed Kentucky-bred daughter of Northern Afleet who has produced one winner from one foal to start, a juvenile filly by Artie Schiller named Seaside Schiller who has already earned over $70,000.

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