Artemis Agrotera’s Uncle Mo filly leads trio of pricey NY-bred yearlings to conclude F-T Saratoga select sale

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

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By Sarah Mace

Tuesday’s second and concluding session of the boutique Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale saw a trio of New York-bred yearlings attract top-tier winning bids, all three selling for $300,000 and up. The leader of the pack – and lone filly – was Hip 178, the second foal out of Chester and Mary Broman’s MG1SW Artemis Agrotera who was purchased by White Birch Farm INC for $500,000.

The Uncle Mo – Artemis Agrotera (Roman Ruler) filly (Hip 178) is a dark bay or brown yearling who was consigned on the Bromans’ behalf by Sequel New York Agent. Winner of the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes and Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes, Artemis Agrotera earned $943,800 before graduating to broodmare duty. The handsome, strapping mare had already proven her ability to throw a top-flight baby. Her first foal, a Tapit colt named Chestertown, brought a sale record price of $2 million this year at the OBS March sale.

Hip 178’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. Artemis Agrotera produced a filly by Arrogate on April 22, 2019 and was bred this year to Into Mischief.

Chester and Mary Broman also bred the second top-selling New York-bred of the session, also consigned by Sequel New York Agent. John C. Oxley went to $350,000 to purchase Hip 125, a bay Into Mischief colt out of Storm Now (Tiznow). This colt is product of the Broman’s strategy of periodically bringing classy new blood into their broodmare band. Storm Now, whom they purchased at the 2015 Keeneland January sale for $110,000, is a placed runner in Canada and a full sister to multiple graded stakes winner American Lion. The sale colt’s third dam is Grade 1 stakes winner City Band (Carson City) who is a multiple stakes producer. Storm Now herself brought $450,000 as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale in 2012.

Third of Tuesday’s New York-bred trio was Hip 158, a bay colt by Street Sense bred by Joe Anzalone. Thomas Haughey signed the ticket for $310,000 on behalf of PTK LLC for the colt, who was consigned by Indian Creek, Agent.

The Street Sense colt is the second foal out of Wonder Brew (Giant’s Causeway) whose first foal, a colt by Point of Entry was a hit at the same sale last year, bringing $300,000. Wonder Brew is a Kentucky-bred placed runner out of Ginger Brew, the Sovereign Award champion 3-year-old filly in 2008, and is a half-sister to graded stakes performer Jamyson ‘n Ginger. The sale colt’s third dam produced multiple graded stakes winner Bourbon Bay and stakes winner Booyah in addition to Ginger Brew.

The New York-bred yearling average at this year’s Saratoga selected yearling sale was $315,625 from eight sold (of 10 offered) and the median was $292,500. The continued popularity of New York-breds at Fasig-Tipton’s boutique sale is an encouraging prelude to the most important yearling sale on most New York breeders’ calendars, the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale which is scheduled for next weekend: Sunday, August 11 and Monday, August 12.

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