New Yorkers continue to pop in second half of F-T KY October, led by a new topper in finale

Friday, October 25th, 2019

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By Sarah Mace

The New York-bred cohort saved the best for last at the four-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. There were a number of Empire State-bred standouts peppered throughout the second half of the sale, but fairly early on in the trading at Thursday’s final session, Castleton Lyons went to $200,000 to acquire an Into Mischief filly bred by Pine Ridge Stables who vaulted to the top of the pack.

Hip 1238 is a bay foaled on March 18, 2018 and was consigned on behalf of Pine Ridge Stables by Gerry Dilger’s Dromoland Farm. At the Keeneland September yearling sale she RNA’d for $140,000.

The topper is out of Shesabitdistorted (by Distorted Humor) who is an unraced full-sister to Grade 2 Swale Stakes winner Sharp Humor, who was bred in New York by Patricia Purdy. Shesabitdistorted, who last changed hands publicly when she went to Bluegrass Equine Bloodstock for $27,000 at Keeneland November in 2012, has produced four foals to race, all winners and has been bred this year to Goldencents. Group I Two Thousand Guineas winner and sire Shadeed appears under the fourth dam.

The top New York-bred yearling colt in final day of trading was Hip 1428, a bay February 27, 2018 foal by Distorted Humor who was bred by Saratoga Glen Farm LLC et al. Flying Colors Stable purchased him from the Stonehaven Steadings consignment for $120,000 in a private sale. This was the colt’s third trip through the sales ring. He brought $155,000 as a weanling at the 2018 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. In September he RNA’d on a final bid of $175,000 at Keeneland September.

Out of an unraced daughter of Uncle Mo, Tia Tamina, who is a half-sister to a stakes performer, the colt has a number of distinguished names under the third and fourth dams. Under the third dam we find P.G. Johnson Stakes winner Changeisgonnacome and stakes winner Little Miss Pamela. This is also the family of the current top New York-bred sophomore filly Newly Minted. Graded winners Miss Union Avenue and her son Union Avenue appear under the fourth dam.

Wednesday’s third session produced other New York-bred standouts. The top-seller of the group in session three (and seventh best-selling colt of the day) was Hip 876, a bay colt by Cairo Prince out of Kentucky-bred stakes performer Miss Emelina, by Big Brown. Shepherd Equine Advisors signed a ticket for $120,000 on behalf of Sanders and Hirsch – the same team that bought Monday’s New York-bred topper (Hip 388) for $170,000.

Bred by H&H Farms, Inc. and foaled on May 4, 2018, the Cairo Prince colt had RNA’d when offered twice previously this year, bringing a top bid of $50,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale and $75,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga. His consigner on Wednesday was Vinery Sales, agent. His dam Miss Emelina is out of stakes performer and is a half-sister to stakes winner and graded stakes performer Omniscient, by Pulpit. Third dam Miss Valid Pache and fourth dam Mepache are stakes winner, and this is the family of multiple graded stakes winner and sire Valid Expectations and stakes winner and sire Littleexpectations. H&H Farms purchased Miss Emelina for $19,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

The top New York-bred filly of session 3 was Hip 940, who was hammered down to Hidden Brook Farm, agent for $95,000. Bred by Mia Gallo, Michael Newton, Kenneth L. Ramsey and Sarah K. Ramsey and consigned by Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm. The pedigree of May 23, 2018 chestnut filly points unambiguously to turf. Sired by Kitten’s Joy, she is out of Nehantic Kat, a New York-bred graded stakes winner on the green.

There is abundant additional black type in the female line, including the filly’s second dam, stakes winner Knightly Thunder and, under the fourth dam, graded winner Belfast Becky who produced stakes winners Thatsusintheolbean and Valid Belfast. Nehantic Kat has produced three winners to date, has a weanling colt by Munnings and was bred this year to English Channel.

Also selling on Wednesday was  a Tiznow colt from the family of A Shin Forward, who brought six figures, Hip 909. Bred by Edition Farm in partnership with the Tiznow Syndicate and foaled on May 16, 2018, the colt went to Q Bar J Thoroughbreds for $100,000 from the Four Star Sales consignment.

The colt is out of Morning Gallop, a multiple stakes-placed runner bred by the legendary John Hettinger, campaigned for six seasons by Alan Brodsky and trained by Mark Hennig. She has already produced a pair of winners, led by John’s Island, a Posse gelding who placed in two restricted stakes and earned $413,910. Morning gallop is a half-sister to Wake Up Kiss, also bred in New York by John Hettinger, and the dam of Edition Farm’s A Shin Forward, a Group I winner in Japan and a sire, who relocated recently to stand in New York.

As the curtain fell on the 2019 yearling sales season with this marathon sale, New York-breds held their own. Overall, the cumulative sale average of $37,955 was several ticks higher than the New York-bred average of $31,618. The $13,000 sale median, however, was virtually on a par with the $12,500 median for the New York-breds. A total of 82 New Yorkers changed hands from 118 offered translating into an RNA percentage of $30.5%, higher the overall buyback rate of the sale which came in at 24.5%.

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