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.


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