Laoban weanling sells for $150,000 at Midlantic sale

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

Hip 182, a New York-bred weanling colt by Laoban, brings $150,000 Tuesday at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

New York-breds were in demand at Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale in Timonium, Md., with the three most expensive weanlings and third highest-priced older horse through the ring coming from the Empire State.

Former New York-based freshman sire Laoban sired the sale-topping weanling, Hip 182, purchased by Machmer Hall for $150,000.

Bred by Team Millennium Stable and consigned by Vinery Sales, agent, the registered New York-bred colt is out of the Stonesider mare Dixie Gem from the family of Grade 2 winner Thunder Achiever, Grade 3 winner Pure Gossip and stakes winner Lady Vi.

Laoban, who started his stud career at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson before being relocated to WinStar Farm for the 2021 season, ranks second on the North American freshman sire list with the earners of $1,507,915 through Tuesday. The 7-year-old son of Uncle Mo sired 70 foals in his first crop and he’s already the sire of 11 winners from 33 foals to race led by Grade 1 winner Simply Ravishing and Grade 2 winner Keepmeinmind.

Hip 208, a Frosted filly foaled in New York, brings second highest price for a weanling at $77,000. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

The sale of the Laoban colt, along with a Frosted colt and a Laoban filly, helped spark the sales results for New York-breds. Fasig-Tipton reported 36 of the 53 New York-breds offered sold for a total of $616,400, an average price of $17,122 and median of $3,750.

Peter Pugh, agent, for Cherry Knoll Farm purchased the second most expensive New York-bred and fourth highest priced horse in the sale, Hip 208, a weanling colt by multiple Grade 1 winner Frosted for $77,000.

Foaled in New York, bred by Mahoney Eden Manor LLC, Classic Bloodstock LLC and Fitzgerald Bloodstock LLC and also consigned by Vinery Sales, the colt is out of the stakes-placed Henny Hughes mare Hennyville. He’s a half brother to the winning 3-year-old New York-bred Liam’s Map filly All Over the Map.

Vinery also consigned the third most expensive weanling of the sale, a filly by Laoban selling as Hip 140, went to Jamie Ness, agent, for $60,000. Bred by John Lauriello, the filly is out of the winning Stormy Atlantic mare Stormy Salute and is from the family of stakes winner and $209,268-earner Honour Colony and Grade 3 winner Lindsay Jean.

Turbo Drive, a stakes-placed New York-bred son of Teuflesberg, sells for $65,000 to Irv Naylor. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

Turbo Drive, a winner on the grass at Saratoga Race Course in 2020, could be headed for a career in steeplechasing after leading jumps owner Irv Naylor purchased the 3-year-old New York-bred gelding for $65,000.

Selling as Hip 251 and the fifth most expensive horse in the sale, the son of Teuflesberg out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Lemme finished third in an open-company allowance on the grass at Aqueduct Dec. 4 after winning a $40,000 claiming race going 1 mile on the turf at Churchill Downs Oct. 31.

Bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds and consigned by Marshall Silverman, agent, Turbo Drive sold for $80,000 to the Wycoff family’s Three Diamonds Farm at the 2019 OBS March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training. He raced for Three Diamonds and trainer Mike Maker and compiled a record of 3-3-4 from 16 starts, including a second in the Cab Calloway division of the New York Stallion Series this past summer at Saratoga, and earnings of $203,510.



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