New York-bred pair fetch six figures at Fasig-Tipton’s October yearling sale opener

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

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By Sarah Mace

Two New York-bred colts hammered for six figures in Monday’s opening session of the four-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. Both are late April foals, supporting the notion that this final yearling sale on the 2019 calendar is an ideal destination for horses foaled later in the season.

The New York-bred topper was Hip 388, a dark bay colt by Street Sense from a strong female family. Bred by Graceville Breeding, foaled on April 21, 2018 and consigned by Indian Creek, agent, the youngster was purchased for $170,000 by Shepherd Equine Advisors on behalf of Sanders and Hirsch.

The yearling is out of Emotional Words, by Curlin, who is already the producer of one winner and a placed runner from two foals to start. His second dam is multiple stakes winner and Grade 1 performer Unspoken Word by Catienus and third dam, stakes winner Silent Emotion, is the dam of Grade 2 winner and multiple graded stakes performer Emotional Kitten.

Additionally, appearing under the topper’s stakes-winning fourth dam Coax Classic is the dam of Cannonball. A Ken and Sarah Ramsey-bred multiple stakes winning New York-bred, Cannonball built up an international reputation with trainer Wesley Ward, placing in Group 1 company at Ascot, competing in the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin and wrapping up his career with another trainer in Australia, while competing at the top levels at Flemington and Randwick.

The other six-figure colt of the group is Hip 244, a son of Constitution who went to Easy Money for $135,000 from the consignment of Select Sales, agent. Bred by Wolf Pen LLC and foaled on April 25, 2018, the bay is the fourth foal out of winner City Run, by Cherokee Run. City Run is out of stakes winner Foolishly by Broad Brush and is a half-sister to St Liams Halo a multiple stakes winner. The colt’s third dam is Grade 1 winner and multiple stakes producer City Band. Female family black type extends also to the stakes winning fourth dam Wedding Ban.

The top New York-bred yearling filly of the session was Hip 237, a dark bay/brown daughter of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah out of Choice Pearl, by Any Given Saturday. Bred by Pine Ridge Stables Ltd, the February 11, 2018 foal was consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, and purchased by Gulfstream Gallop LLC / Kirkwood, agent, for $75,000. Pine Ridge Stables purchased Choice Pearl at the 2013 Keeneland November breeding stock sale for $165,000.

The filly’s second dam, stakes winner Horns Gray, by Pass the Tab, is responsible for exceptional offspring through the second generation. A half-sister to two stakes winners, she is the dam of Awesome Humor, winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway and Grade 2 Adirondack, etc. Awesome Humor went on to produce stakes winner Thetrashmanscoming. Horns Gray’s daughter Surf Club is the dam of Grade 1 Forego Stakes winner and New York sire Emcee. Last but hardly least, her graded stakes performer Baffled, is the dam of Constitution, who currently sits second in the rankings of first crop sires.

In the first session of the sale 16 New York-breds sold of 32 offered (including two private sales) for an average price of $35,344 and $12,000 median. The overall session average was $39,627 while the median came in at $15,000.


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