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.

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