New York-bred Into Mischief colt lights up bid board in second session of F-T Midlantic

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Hip 322 (Fasig-Tipton photo)

By Sarah Mace

After turning heads with a co-bullet quarter-mile breeze in :21 3/5 in the under tack show (VIDEO), a bay colt by Into Mischief bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski and Marty Zaretsky sold for $710,000 Tuesday to become the top-priced New York-bred at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Timonium.

Overall, the second and concluding session marked an uptick in interest in Empire State-breds, whose average price and RNA percentage improved following day two of trading.

Fasig-Tipton photo

Tuesday’s star New York-bred offering, Hip 322, was already seasoned on the auction scene. As a yearling he was purchased Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale in Saratoga by Carlo Vaccarezza for $265,000. Resurfacing at two at the Fasig-Tipton March sale, he RNA’d for $575,000 after working :10 1/5. Offered in Timonium by Top Line Sales, LLC, he was purchased by Pete Bradley’s Bradley Thoroughbreds on behalf of Bill Lawrence. Bradley said, “I liked everything about him. He has beautiful balance, a good stride, a good mind.”

Torie Gladwell of Top Line Sales said, “That was not really expected. We knew he would sell well, but not quite how well. He was an extremely popular horse. Ever since the Miami sale he just got better, and better, and better. He never had a day off, never did anything wrong—just a true, solid racehorse. He worked at Gulfstream and went :10 1/5 and galloped out. He was a just a little immature there. A lot of people knew that we were high on him and I think we were a little too high on him there. But here he was just a star.”

The colt is the second foal out of Nihilist, a multiple winner and six-figure earner by Latent Heat who has already produced a winner. Bilinski bought the mare for $45,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November sale. Nihilist is a half-sister to stakes winners Green Suede Shoes and Cosmo Girl. Appearing under the thrid dam is Grade 1 winner and Kentucky Oaks runner-up Ermine and graded stakes performer White Clover. Nihilist has a yearling filly by Shangai Bobby and was bred in 2018 to Classic Empire.

Calumet Farm went to $200,000 to take home a second high-profile colt in the session, Hip 396. Bred by Clark O. Brewster, the dark bay/brown colt is by Awesome Again and the first foal out of Queen Buxley, whom Brewster bought for $17,000 via private sale at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale as a racing/broodmare prospect. Queen Buxley, a winner by Super Saver, has also produced a yearling colt by Majestic City. The colt’s third dam produced Grade 1 Ruffian winner Pool Land and graded stakes performer My Chickadee, also a graded stakes producer.

Consigned by Pick View LLC, Agent, this colt, too, had seen his share of the auction ring. First sold to Katie Taylor as a weanling for $80,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale, he brought $215,000 from Wapiti Farm when he returned to Saratoga the following year in Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale. He RNA’d for $145,000 RNA at the Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old sale. Before selling in Timonium he fired a :21 3/5 co-bullet in the under tack show (VIDEO).

Also making Tuesday’s honor roll were Hip 483, a bay colt by Constitution who brought $180,000 and the top-selling filly, Hip 309 a daughter of Commissioner who sold for $152,000.

Linda Rice signed the ticket for the Constitution colt (Hip 483) after the bay posted a :10 2/5 breeze (VIDEO).  Bred by Thomas Mina, he is out of Southern Charmer, who has produced three winners from three foals to start. Mina purchased the stakes-placed daughter of Dixie Union at the 2010 Keeneland November sale for $130,000. The colt’s second dam Power Play is a graded stakes winner and stakes producer. Southern Charmer’s half-sister Skipper’s Mate is the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Frac Daddy.

Kim Valerio made a winning bid of $152,000 for Hip 309 on behalf of perennial NYRA leading owner Michael Dubb to take home the top New York-bred filly of the sale. Consigned by Grassroots Training and Sales LLC, Agent, who purchased the filly as a pinhooking prospect for $50,000 at the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale, the filly turned in a sharp :10 1/5 furlong breeze in the under tack show at Timonium (VIDEO).

A daughter of Commissioner, the filly topper was bred by a partnership of John and Laura McDermott with Ginellen Racing and is the first foal out of Morethanvictorious (More than Ready), a $17,000 purchase by Chris Shelli at the 2016 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Abundant black type appears under the second and third dams, including Morethanvictorious’s half-sister, multiple stakes winner Look into My Eyes, the filly’s third dam who is a multiple stakes winner and producer of three graded stakes winners.

Of 102 New York-breds to go through the sales ring in Timonium over two days, 83 sold (including 7 private sales to date) for an average price of $62,452, which was up from the $53,197 average posted by the group after the first session. The cumulative New York-bred median came in at $40,000, while the RNA rate was 18.6%, comparing favorably with the 23.3% RNA percentage for the sale overall. In all, 15 New York-breds brought winning bids of $100,000 and up.

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