Central Banker filly brings $100,000 at FT Kentucky

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

Trade continued to be strong for New York-breds Tuesday at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

A New York-bred half-sister to stakes winner and last year’s Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes runner-up Shoplifted sold for $100,000 during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale Tuesday in Lexington.

Phil Hager’s Taproot Bloodstock purchased the daughter of New York-based stallion Central Banker, selling as Hip 728 out of the Hunter Valley Farm consignment, on behalf of Shirl and Mary Ann Penney’s Team Penney Racing. Bred by Peter Moore, Adrian Regan and Fergus Galvin, the filly is out of the winning Yes It’s True mare Shopit.

Shopit, a half-sister to stakes winner Fifth Avenue and to the dam of leading turf sprinter Imprimis, is the dam of five winners from five foals to race. Shoplifted leads that group with a record of 2-1-3 from 10 starts and $510,000 in earnings. He finished third in this year’s Grade 1 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park and third in the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Seventh in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park, Shoplifted followed up that effort with a win in the Remington Springboard Mile Stakes at Remington Park last December.

“Mike McMahon said this mare is one of the finest one’s to have been bred to Central Banker, and Phil really loved her,” said Shirl Penney, a former New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. board member and longtime supporter of the state breeding program who has campaigned stakes winners Sweet Vendetta, Flipcup, Stonesintheroad and others. “She will got to Bill Mott once ready, coming back up from Kinsman in Ocala, where she is today.”

The Penneys, who live in Saratoga Springs not far from Saratoga Race Course, are excited to bring some partners into the mix.

“You see she is from the family of Fifth Avenue and I have a home on Fifth Ave in Saratoga Springs,” Penney said. “We have brought in a few minority partners who are our neighbors on Fifth Ave.  We are all excited about seeing her running around in our back yard next year!”

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 24 of the 30 New York-bred yearlings offered during the second session for $553,000, an average price of $23,042 and median of $13,500. Overall, 35 of the 50 New York-breds offered have sold for $948,700, an average of $27,106 and median of $10,000.

The Kentucky October yearling continues with two additional sessions Wednesday and Thursday, both starting at 10 a.m. ET.

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