Connect filly brings $78,000 at FTK winter sale

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale started Monday and continues Tuesday. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

A filly from the second crop of Grade 1 winner Connect brought the third most expensive price for a short yearling during Monday’s opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale in Lexington.

David W. Ranson went to $78,000 to buy the filly, selling as Hip 253. Bred by and foaled at H&H Farm in Fort Edward and consigned by Vinery Sales, agent, the filly also ended the session as the second most expensive short yearling filly.

She’s the first foal out of the winning Flatter mare Unreal Baby, a half sister to stakes winner Run Time and stakes-placed winners Arraignment and Street Tease from the family of Flower Alley and Japanese Group 1 winners Tosen Ra and Spielberg.

Hip 8, a son of former New York-based stallion Laoban, sold for $55,000 and finished the day as the top-priced New York-bred yearling colt of the session. Norevale Farm/Glennscreek purchased by half brother to Grade 3 winner and $221,218-earner Ready Intaglio out of the Bluewater Sales LLC, agent, consignment.

Bred by Southern Equine Stables LLC and foaled at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater, the colt is out of the More Than Ready mare Mama Maxine, a half sister to Grade 1 winner Ce Ce, Grade 2 winner Papa Clem and six other winners.

The sale continues with the final session starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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