NY-breds play big role at Keeneland January

Friday, January 13th, 2023

Stakes-placed winner Ack Naughty, the dam of Practical Move, brought the highest price for a New York-bred at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. Keeneland Photo.

By Tom Law

Nine New York-breds sold for six figures – including a pair of mares that brought $500,000 and $425,000 – during the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale that wrapped up with strong returns Thursday.

Six of the nine six-figure buys were broodmares, broodmare prospects or racing prospects, with the group led by Ack Naughty for $500,000 during the first session. Chester and Mary Broman purchased Ack Naughty, selling as Hip 420B, with Becky Thomas handling the bidding for the perennial leading breeders in the Empire State. The 11-year-old daughter of Afleet Alex is the dam of recent Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity winner Practical Move and was offered in foal to New York-bred champion Upstart.

Bred by Waterville Lake Stables Ltd LLC and foaled at Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains, Ack Naughty won four of 15 starts with seven seconds and a third and earned $310,450. Practical Move is her second foal, and Thomas hinted at where she might be headed later this year when breeding season gets underway.

“Mr. Broman has one of the original breeding rights to Into Mischief, so I have a feeling she might be going to Into Mischief,” Thomas said.

Consigned by ELiTE, agent, Ack Naughty is out of the General Meeting mare Dash for Money and is a half-sister to stakes winners So Lonesome and No Spin from the family of champion Vino Rosso, Grade 2 winner Commissioner and Grade 3 winner Laugh Track.

Determined Stud purchased stakes-placed Dream Passage in foal to top sire Gun Runner for $425,000. Photo courtesy of Mulholland Springs.

Hip 804, the stakes-placed $461,801-earning New York-bred Dream Passage, commanded the $425,000 bid during the second session. Matt Dorman’s Determined Stud purchased the 9-year-old daughter of Stormy Atlantic, who sold in foal to top sire Gun Runner. Bred by Wellspring Stables LLC and out of the stakes-placed Raffie’s Majesty mare Raffie’s Dream, Dream Passage was consigned by Mulholland Springs, agent.

Keeneland reported sales on 105 New York-breds over the four sessions for a total of $4,051,300, an average price of $38,584 and median of $15,000.

New York-bred “short” yearlings fared well at the sale with 49 of the 61 through the ring sold for $1,498,100, an average price of $30,573 and median of $16,000.

The final session saw 18 New York-breds sell for $158,200, an average price of $8,789 and median of $6,250.

Hip 1336, a short yearling filly by Thousand Words, brought the highest price for a New York-bred during the final session on a bid of $26,000.

Carlos Cole Bloodstock purchase the filly, who was bred by Kenny Toye, foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and is out of the unraced Stormy Atlantic mare Mermaid Sara. The filly was consigned by Stuart Morris, agent for Waldorf Farm. Mermaid Sara is the dam of four winners.

Hip 1312, a short yearling colt by New York-based sire Honest Mischief, sold for $25,000 to Borah during the final session.

Bred and consigned by Sparks View Farm and foaled at Cedar Ridge Farm in Pine Plains, the colt is out of the winning Brahms mare Love to Gamble. She’s the dam of four winners, including the stakes-placed duo Love to Score and Quality Bet, and a 2-year-old New York-bred Palace Malice colt that sold for $17,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale.

Honest Mischief, a 7-year-old son of Into Mischief out of the Seattle Slew mare Honest Lady, stand for $6,500 at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson.


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