Strong demand for NY-breds at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale

Monday, May 17th, 2021

Hip 72, a half sister to New York-bred champion Newly Minted from the first crop of Classic Empire, sells for $550,000 at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic’s opening session. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

Led by the session’s most expensive filly on a bid of $550,000, New York-breds sold well during Monday’s opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale of 2-year-olds in training in Timonium, Maryland.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 35 of the 43 New York-breds offered during the first of two sessions for a total of $2,465,500, an average of $70,443 and median of $40,000. The clearance rate of almost 82 percent for the New York-breds through the ring came in about 2 points higher than the session.

During last year’s Midlantic sale – moved to late June because of the COVID-19 pandemic – New York-breds sold for an average of $55,436 and median of $32,500. The $70,443 average price for Monday’s session was up 35.2 percent from last year’s opening session average of $52,088.

Seven New York-breds sold for $100,000 or more Monday – up from six during the first session in 2020 – and Hip 72, a half-sister to New York-bred champion Newly Minted from Chester and Mary Broman’s breeding program, led the way.

Jacob West, bidding for Robert and Lawana Low through his West Bloodstock, signed for the session’s highest-priced filly at $550,000. The bay filly from the first crop of 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and 2018 Preakness runner-up Classic Empire was consigned by Becky Thomas’ Sequel Bloodstock, agent for the Bromans.

Jacob West chats with Becky Thomas after buying Midlantic May opening session’s top filly, a New York-bred daughter of Classic Empire. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

Foaled at Chestertown Farm in Chestertown, the filly is the fifth foal out of the winning Bernardini mare Newbie. Newly Minted, Newbie’s second foal by Central Banker, won six of 12 starts, including four stakes, earned $516,738 and was named champion 3-year-old filly in New York in 2019. She was also a finalist for champion New York-bred honors in the female sprint and dirt female divisions in 2020.

Hip 105, a filly from the first crop of multiple graded stakes winner Unified, brought the second highest-price for a New York-bred Monday when BSW/Crow landed her for a final bid of $185,000.

Bred by Fred W. Hertrich III, foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and consigned by Kings Equine, agent, the filly is the second foal out of the Hard Spun mare Pick Up Line from the family of Deputy Warlock, Cyber Secret, Broom Dance and End Sweep.

Jagger Inc., co-owner of Saturday’s New York-bred Sir Barton Stakes winner The King Cheek, purchased the session’s most expensive New York-bred colt when it went to $160,000 for Hip 63. Named Kenner and bred by Windylea Farm-New York LLC and foaled at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, the colt by Laoban is out of the Awesome Again mare Mystery Mix.

A $5,000 RNA at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale, the colt sold to De Meric Sales for $55,000 at the 2020 OBS October yearling sale. De Meric Sales consigned the colt, the first foal out of the granddaughter of New York-bred Grade 2 winner and $299,890-earner Lovely Lil.

The sale continues with the second and final session at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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