New York-breds start fast at September sale

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

A son of Beautiful But Blue, third in the 2012 Test Stakes at Saratoga, sold for $400,000 to highlight Book 1 New York-breds at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Susie Raisher Photo.

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

New York-breds continued to be well received during the Book 1 portion of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sunday and Monday, with three through the ring that sold for an average of more than $386,000.

The first New York-bred of the sale kicked Monday’s proceedings off strongly as Hip 63 brought $400,000. Sold through Sequel Bloodstock for breeders Chester and Mary Broman, the colt by Curlin was purchased by part of the partnership that bought Kentucky Derby winner Authentic at the sale two years ago with Donato Lanni signing the ticket for SF Racing, Starlight Stables and Madaket Stables with the former the pair that signed the ticket on Authentic.

The colt is a second generation Broman bred with the pair purchasing his stakes winning New York-bred granddam Beautiful America privately before her 2002 debut. The dam of three winners from three to race, Beautiful America’s best foal was multiple New York-bred stakes winner Beautiful But Blue, who also placed in the Grade 1 Test Stakes.

Beautiful But Blue has two winners from two runners with the mare also having an unraced 2-year-old New York-bred Medaglia d’Oro daughter named Gun Control to come.

The other two New York-breds in Book 1 sold during Tuesday’s session with the Three Amigos buying the Ghostzapper filly sold as Hip 242 for $400,000. Consigned by Dromoland Farm, the Pine Ridge Stables-bred out of the stakes-placed Lady of the Nile is the third foal for her dam.

Pine Ridge purchased that mare for $100,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November breeding stock sale with the mare’s first foal being recent New York-bred maiden winner Chocolate Cookie at Saratoga Race Course on the closing Sunday of the 2020 meeting. Lady of the Nile also has a New York-bred Uncle Mo 2-year-old.

The final through the ring in Book 1 was Hip 290, bringing $360,000 with Jacob West’s West Bloodstock signing the ticket for Repole Stables and St Elias Stable.

Purchased from Sequel New York, who consigned the colt on behalf of the Bromans, Becky Thomas explained her decision on sending the Modest Maven colt by Into Mischief and others in her Keeneland draft instead of Fasig-Tipton’s Select Yearling Showcase before the sales kicked off.

“The first couple of horses in Books 1 and 2 would have been Fasig-Tipton Saratoga main sale,” she said. “But without that I needed the biggest base of buyers because Tapit has a very high stud fee, so does Into Mischief, so those owners need to have the biggest buyer base with the deepest pockets. So I thought if [buyers] weren’t coming in for the Derby, they were going to plan for Keeneland’s Book 1 and 2 and 3 so I gave some of those horses a bigger buying base. I was looking at stud fees vs. the biggest buyer base that we could have.”

The Modest Maven colt is the first foal out of a half-sister to Grade 2-placed Lassofthemohicans, with their dam a half-sister to Hall of Famer and two-time champion sprinter Housebuster. The unraced six-year-old Modest Maven was a $1 million 2-year-old purchase for Chester Broman at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May 2-year-olds in training sale.

The mare also has a New York-bred Frosted colt born in April and returned to that stallion this year.

In all, the New York-breds averaged $386,667 in Book 1. There are 138 New York-bred yearlings scheduled to sell at the 2020 Keeneland September sale with 20 selling in Book 2 sessions Wednesday and Thursday.

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