NY-bred trio light up board at Keeneland sale

Wednesday, September 13th, 2023

Hip 355, a colt by Candy Ride bred by Joe Fafone, sold for $525,000 Tuesday at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Photo courtesy of Woods Edge Farm.

A trio of New York-breds led by a Candy Ride colt that sold for $525,000 helped contribute to the strong opening of the Keeneland September yearling sale Monday and Tuesday in Lexington.

Hip 355, the Candy Ride colt out of the unraced Any Given Saturday mare Sweet Love, led the way on that $525,000 bid from Barry Berkelhammer, agent for Albaugh Family Stables. Bred by Joe Fafone and foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, the colt was a $250,000 purchase as a weanling by Cavalier Bloodstock at last year’s Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Consigned Tuesday by Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm, the colt is the fourth foal out of the full-sister to Grade 3 winner Adventist and half-sister to Group 3 winner Dijeerr, Isn’t He Clever and Sharp Writer. Sweet Love is the dam of three winners – B C Glory Days, Luna Luca and Tin Pan Alley. Tin Pan Alley is a full sibling to the $525,000 Candy Ride colt and sold for $295,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Showcase.

Hip 219, a daughter of Munnings bred by Pine Ridge Stables, brought the highest price for a NY-bred filly at $350,000 Tuesday at Keeneland September. Photo courtesy of Woods Edge Farm.

The highest-priced New York-bred filly of Book 1 – which consists of the first two sessions of the September sale – and second most expensive New York-bred overall also sold Tuesday when Jacob West’s West Bloodstock went to $350,000 on behalf of Mike Repole’s Repole Stable for Hip 219, a daughter of Munnings.

Bred by Pine Ridge Stables, LTD, foaled at Waldorf Farm and also consigned by Woods Edge Farm, the filly is the third foal out of the Into Mischief mare Magic Mischief. The filly, who sold as a weanling for $230,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale to Bolter Bloodstock, is a half-sister to the 2-year-old New York-bred Omaha Beach colt Magic Beach who finished fourth in his debut Sept. 3 at Saratoga Race Course.

Repole ended the day as the session’s leading buyer with 11 purchased for $4.79 million. He also bred the session-topping Into Mischief colt that brought $3 million.

“I’m trying to be the No. 1 buyer and No. 1 seller at the same sale,” Repole said. “It’s just a great sale. I love the game whether it’s claiming a $25,000 horse or buying stallions or buying mares or weanlings, 2-year-olds. I just have a lot of fun with the game.”

Pine Ridge Stables also bred the top-priced New York-bred to sell in Monday’s opening session – Hip 4, a colt by Triple Crown winner Justify that brought $275,000 from Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds.

The colt is the fifth foal out of the Rockport Harbor mare Whisper Wisdom, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Connect and stakes winner Tani Maru. The colt was foaled at Waldorf Farm.

Whisper Wisdom is the dam of the New York-bred stakes-placed, $440,658-earner Curlin’s Wisdom and the 2-year-old New York-bred Into Mischief colt Quiet Wisdom who finished second in his debut Aug. 12 at Saratoga for owners Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable and trainer Todd Pletcher. Quiet Wisdom sold at last year’s Keeneland September sale for $275,000.

The sale of those three New York-breds helped contribute to the two-day total of $118,465,000 brought in for 229 yearlings. Keeneland reported an average price of $517,314 and median price of $400,000 for Book 1.

The sale continues with the first of two sessions that make up Book 2 at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

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