Connect colt soars during OBS Spring finale

Saturday, April 24th, 2021

Hip 1135, a colt by Connect bred by Hidden Lake Farm LLC and South Elkhorn, became the top-selling New York-bred 2-year-old Friday when Stonestreet Stables went to $685,000 at OBS. Photo provided.

By Tom Law

Stonestreet Stables went to $685,000 to land a New York-bred colt by Connect during Friday’s final session of the OBS Spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Ocala.

Selling as Hip 1135, the colt not only became the top New York-bred sold over the four sessions at the OBS Spring sale but the most expensive New York-bred 2-year-old through the ring so far in 2021. He was also the eighth most expensive horse overall at the OBS Spring sale and the sixth highest-priced colt.

Bred by Hidden Lake Farm LLC and South Elkhorn, the colt is the third foal out of the unraced Rock Hard Ten mare Miss Ten and a half-brother to the winning Oxbow mare Jingle Inmyjeans.

Consigned by Scanlon Training and Sales, agent, the colt breezed a quarter mile in :20.3 during presale workouts. Jonathan Thorne purchased the colt for $100,000 as a weanling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale and he later RNA’d for $70,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Showcase last September.

The third most expensive New York-bred filly of the sale also went through the ring Friday.

Hip 969, a daughter of Bernardini out of the winning Medaglia d’Oro mare Katama, sold for $310,000 to Doubledown Stable. Bred by Vineyard Racing LLC and Godolphin and consigned by Gene Recio, agent, the filly breezed an eighth in :10.2.

Vineyard Racing was listed as the buyer of the filly for $70,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Showcase. She’s the third foal out of Katama and a half to the dam’s two winners from two foals to race – the Orb colt Bump and the Flatter colt Katama Bay.

OBS reported sales on 72 of the 91 New York-breds over the four sessions for a total of $5,931,500, an average of $82,381.

Hip 1140, a colt from the first crop of New York-based sire Union Jackson, helped that average when he sold for $140,000 to George Weaver, agent, during Friday’s session. Consigned by Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables, Inc., agent, the colt is out of the winning Wildcat Heir mare Mochima

Bred by Larry F. Botting, the colt was sold as a weanling to Fish Bloodstock for $32,000 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale and then to Autrey Bloodstock for $37,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Showcase. He’s the first foal out of Mochima, who is also the dam of a New York-bred yearling filly by The Lieutenant.


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