Bolt d’Oro colt among top lots at Timonium opener

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Hip 30, a New York-bred colt by Bolt d’Oro, sold for $675,000 to highlight Monday’s opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale of 2-year-olds in training. Photo courtesy of Pike Racing.

By Tom Law

A colt from the first crop of multiple Grade 1 winner Bolt d’Oro landed a final bid of $675,000 to highlight the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale of 2-year-olds in training Monday in Timonium, Md.

Spendthrift Farm and Frank Fletcher Racing purchased the colt out of the stakes-placed and stakes-producing Aldebaran mare Shine Softly. Bred by Mark Toothaker and Keith Crupper and foaled at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, the colt sold as Hip 30 out of the Pike Racing consignment. He finished the day as the second highest-priced juvenile through the ring.

Al Pike purchased the colt for $90,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale and the colt was also reported sold as a weanling for $65,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale. He will reportedly be trained by Brad Cox.

One of six New York-bred juveniles to sell for six figures Monday, the colt is a half brother to stakes winner and $214,328-earner The Grass Is Blue and five other winners.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 38 of the 46 New York-breds offered in the opening session for a total of $2,918,000, an average price of $76,789 and median of $38,750.

Hip 203, a daughter of Grade 1 winner Frosted, brought top price for a New York-bred filly Monday at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale. Photo courtesy of Scanlon Training & Sales.

Hip 203, daughter of third-crop sire Frosted out of the Indian Charlie mare Auspicious, commanded a final bid of $330,000 from Lane’s End Bloodstock, agent for West Point Thoroughbreds, to finish the day as the top-selling filly.

Bred by Danzel Brendemuehl Classic Mares, foaled at Mahoney Eden Manor in Saratoga Springs and a half-sister to last year’s Albany Stakes runner-up and $110,560-earning New York-bred Bobby Bo, the filly named Longlive the Queen was consigned by Scanlon Training & Sales, agent. Scanlon Training & Sales purchased the filly for $130,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-brd yearling sale.

The filly is the eighth foal out of Auspicious, who is also the dam of three-time winning New York-bred City Zip gelding and $144,600-earner Fort Worth, winning New York-bred Flatter mare Missbigtimes.

Hip 112, a filly from the first crop of multiple Grade 1 winner City of Light, sold to R. Dalyn Jones, agent for JDT Racing, on a bid of $275,000 to bring the third most expensive price for a New York-bred on the day.

Bred by Lindy Farms of Connecticut LLC and Preferred Equine, foaled at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag and consigned by de Meric Sales, agent, the filly is out of the stakes-winning French-bred Dyhim Diamond mare To My Valentine. Purchased by de Meric Sales for $105,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale, the filly is a half-sister to nine-time winner and the $172,388-earning No Nay Never Irish-bred gelding Never Have I Ever.

The opening session also featured a pair of fillies by 2021 leading New York sire Central Banker that were both foaled at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs and sold for more than the New York-bred average.

Gatsas Stables LLC secured Hip 212, a filly out of the Freud mare Bay’s Nanny. Consigned by Coastal Equine LLC, agent, the filly was bred by Seidman Stables. She sold as a short yearling for $22,000 at last year’s OBS winter mixed sale.

West Bloodstock, agent for Repole Stable, purchased Hip 157, a filly out of the Broken Vow mare Wild and Windblown. Consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, agent, the filly was bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds and sold as a short yearling for $4,500 at the 2021 OBS winter mixed sale and $13,000 at the 2021 OBS October yearling sale.

Central Banker stands at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds.

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

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