NY-bred Safalow’s Mission tops Midlantic mixed sale

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

Hip 267, the 2-year-old Mission Impazible gelding Safalow’s Mission, sold for $130,000 to top Tuesday’s Midlantic December mixed sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

Safalow’s Mission, a 2-year-old New York-bred gelding by Mission Impazible, commanded a bid of $130,000 to top Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale in Timonium, Md.

Trainer Linda Rice, agent, for Thelma & Louise Stable, purchased the sale-topping gelding from Northview Stallion Station (David Wade), agent for Joseph Besecker (Reduction of Racing Stock).

Bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds LLC and Bill Barone’s Sunny Crest Farm and foaled at Sunny Crest Farm in Slingerlands, Safalow’s Mission finished second in his career debut against open company Oct. 21 going 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track at Belmont Park before a third in a 6-furlong state-bred maiden special weight at 6 furlongs on the dirt Nov. 19 at Aqueduct.

Safalow’s Mission is the fifth foal out of the winning City Zip mare Mosaico, a full sister to multiple stakes winner and $134,302-earner Citizen. Mosaco is the dam of two winners – stakes-placed $632,928-earner My Roxy Girl and the 3-year-old New York-bred Laoban gelding Re Created. My Roxy Girl, a 6-year-old New York-bred mare by Emcee, has a record of 10-13-11 from 52 starts.

Sold Tuesday as Hip 267, Safalow’s Mission made his third trip through a Fasig-Tipton sales ring after bringing $9,500 at the 2019 Saratoga fall mixed sale and $25,000 at this year’s Midlantic May sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Safalow’s Mission was one of three six-figure purchases overall at the December mixed sale. He was also one of the 22 New York-breds that sold from 27 offered for a total of $551,000, an average price of $25,045 and median of $11,250.

Northview Stallion Station also sold the second most expensive New York-bred of the sale for Besecker – the winning 2-year-old Classic Empire filly Classic Lynne, who brought $80,000 from Jordan Wycoff. Bred by Mt. Sackville Bloodstock, foaled at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag and a $70,000 graduate out of the Midlantic May sale this year, Classic Lynne won a state-bred maiden race on the turf Oct. 8 at Belmont before a fifth in the Maid of the Mist Stakes on Empire Showcase Day Oct. 30 at Belmont.

Classic Lynne, who sold as Hip 342, is the sixth foal and fifth winner out of the Grade 3-placed winning Bwana Charlie mare Tristanme.

Ella Speed, a weanling filly foaled at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater from the first crop of champion and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Vino Rosso, sold to Brookstone Farm for $50,000. Bred by Classic Bloodstock, Mike Reilly Jr. and Colleen Smith, consigned by Sally Thomas, agent, and sold as Hip 189, the filly is the first foal out of the winning Candy Ride mare Dearest Ella.


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