November New York-bred demand holds up

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021

Bidding for New York-breds started strong at Fasig-Tipton’s sale and continued throughout the November sales season. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

Strong demand and realistic expectations helped spark strong sales of New York-breds at two of the world’s top mixed sales that wrapped up this month in Kentucky.

Riding the wave of momentum that started with a small and select sample at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale, New York-breds continued to sell well at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Keeneland reported sales on 98 of the 104 New York-breds offered at its November sale for a total of $5,720,700, an average price of $58,374 and median of $25,000.

The sale of New York-bred weanlings played a significant role in those returns, as all 32 that went through the ring were sold for a total of $2,255,700, an average price of $70,491 and median of $47,500.

In addition to those lofty returns, other highlights of the November sales season included:

  • Grade 1 winner Simply Ravishing, last year’s champion New York-bred 2-year-old filly, sold for $1.7 million to Katsumi Yoshida at the Fasig-Tipton November sale;
  • March X Press, a stakes winner in open company at 2 at Saratoga, sold for $560,000 in foal to Quality Road at Keeneland November;
  • 11 weanlings sold for $100,000 or more at the two sales, including nine at Keeneland;
  • Seven of the eight New York-breds offered at the Fasig-Tipton sale brought $2,787,000, an average price of $398,143 and median of $220,000;
  • Overall, 105 of the 112 offered at the two sales brought $8,507,000, an average price of $81,026.

“The final numbers at the Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland November Sales reflect the value and strength of the New York-bred program,” said Najja Thompson, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. “Coming off a year in which the entire industry was impacted, these results are a credit to our state’s breeders in addition to consignors and buyers who continue to capitalize on the lucrative opportunities to owning a New York-bred with the goal of investing to compete on the best circuit in the nation and beyond.”

Simply Ravishing brought the highest price for a New York-bred in November, selling for $1.7 million. Photo courtesy of Gainesway.

Simply Ravishing, the Grade 1-winning 3-year-old daughter of former Sequel New York resident Laoban, sold as Hip 233 at Fasig-Tipton and led the way in November. She was one of 26 broodmares, broodmare prospects or racing prospects that sold for $1 million or more during the Fasig-Tipton sale. Consigned by Gainesway, agent, Simply Ravishing is out of the More Than Ready mare Four Wishes.

Bred by Meg Levy and foaled at Stonegate Stables in Fort Edward, Simply Ravishing was a $50,000 purchase by trainer Kenny McPeek for Harold Lerner at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. She went on to win more than eight times that amount, starting with back-to-back victories in a turf maiden and the off-the-turf P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga in her first two starts at 2. Simply Ravishing added the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland in her next start, before a fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

March X Press, winner of a New York-bred maiden and the open-company Bolton Landing Stakes over a 14-day stretch in August 2017, commanded the highest price for a New York-bred at the Keeneland sale. Offered as Hip 540 and in foal to Quality Road, the 6-year-old daughter of Shanghai Bobby sold for $560,000 to Parks Investment Group. Lane’s End consigned March X Press, who did not produce a foal in 2021 and is the dam of a yearling colt by Tapit.

Bred by Pine Ridge Stables and foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, March X Press is out of the stakes-placed Indian Charlie mare Indian Rush and is a half-sister to stakes winner Harlan’s Honor.

Hip 263, a daughter of Munnings bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski, sold for $300,000 to lead the way in November. Photo courtesy of Stuart Morris.

The Keeneland sale’s most expensive weanling, a filly by Munnings sold as Hip 263, went for $300,000 to Brookstone Farm during the second session. Bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski, foaled at his Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and consigned by Stuart Morris, agent for Waldorf Farm, the filly is out of the Tiznow mare Storm Crossing.

Waldorf Farm purchased Storm Crossing, carrying in the Munnings filly in utero, for $200,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale. She’s the dam of five other Kentucky-bred foals, including a colt that sold for $125,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale, the 2-year-old Into Mischief colt that brought $750,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale and the multiple stakes-placed $268,499-earning 4-year-old Constitution filly Kansas Kis.

Scott and Evan Dilworth purchased the co-most expensive New York-bred weanling at the two sales, going to $185,000 for a colt by Liam’s Map that sold as Hip 1774. Bred by Pepin Breeders, foaled at Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort, consigned by Indian Creek, the colt is the first foal out of the winning Malibu Moon mare Malibu Rainbow.

A winner in maiden special weight company in 2019 at Gulfstream Park, Malibu Rainbow was purchased in foal to Liam’s Map by Beech-Grove Farm for $85,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale. She sold immediately after her 2021 Liam’s Map colt, again in foal to that sire, to Kaizen Sales, agent, for $170,000.

The $185,000 price matched that paid by D K W Racing for Hip 806, a colt from the first crop of Omaha Beach that sold during Keeneland’s third session. Bred by and foaled at Old Tavern Farm in Saratoga Springs and consigned by Summerfield, agent for Old Tavern Farm, the colt is out of the winning Empire Maker mare Comme Chez Soi.

A $325,000 yearling out of the Grade 1-winning Storm and a Half mare Downthedustyroad, Comme Chez Soi was purchased by Old Tavern’s Walt Borisenok in foal to Lemon Drop Kid for $210,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. The subsequent foal, the Kentucky-bred gelding Tom Management, was a $100,000 yearling and two-time winner for GMB Racing and trainer Al Stall Jr. Comme Chez Soi is also the dam of the New York-bred 4-year-old Malibu Moon filly Malibu Too and an unnamed 2-year-old New York-bred filly by Malibu Moon.

Fenway, a 3-year-old winning son of Into Mischief, landed the most expensive price for a New York-bred during the horses in training segment that wrapped up the final session. Sold as Hip 3744 by ELiTE, agent, Fenway was purchased by GMP Stables LLC for $100,000. Bred by and foaled at Sequel Stallions New York LLC in Hudson, Fenway is 1-1-1 in seven starts with $68,810 in earnings. He’s one of two winners out of the Songandaprayer mare Keysong.

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