Leinster yearling, winning filly Shelly top OBS opener

Wednesday, January 24th, 2024

Hip 7, a colt by Leinster bred by Amy Dunne and Beth Bayer, sold for $43,000 during Tuesday’s OBS winter mixed sale in Ocala. Photo courtesy of Beth Bayer, agent.

A colt from the first crop of multiple graded stakes winner Leinster and Shelly, a winning 4-year-old daughter of Twirling Candy, highlighted returns for New York-breds during the opening day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s winter mixed sale Tuesday.

Hip 7, the short yearling colt by Majestic Warrior’s son Leinster out of the Grand Reward mare Greatest Reward, sold for $43,000 to Machmer Hall during the opening day’s consignor preferred session. He finished the session as the sixth most expensive yearling colt.

Bred by Amy Dunne and Beth Bayer, foaled at Sequel New York in Hudson and consigned by Beth Bayer, agent, the colt is a half-brother to three-time winner and $77,704-earner Sunny San Leon and the 2-year-old Catalina Cruiser filly Beth Almighty.

The consignor preferred session also saw a pair of yearlings by New York-based sires fare well.

Hip 47, a colt by 2023 leading New York freshman sire Solomini, sold for $25,000 to Big Toe Stables LLC. Bred by Rhapsody Farm LLC and Rebecca Coleman-Provo, foaled at Rhapsody Farm in Plymouth and consigned by Ordonez Thoroughbreds, agent, the colt is out of the winning Orb mare Radiant Beauty.

Solomini, a 9-year-old Grade 1-placed son of Curlin, stands for $7,500 at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs. He topped the New York freshman sire list last season with progeny earnings of $1,446,938, which also made him the leading first-crop sire in the Northeast and seventh in North America.

Hip 57, a filly by three-time leading New York-based sire Central Banker, sold for $20,000 to Legion Bloodstock, agent for Barbara Minshall. Also bred by Rhapsody Farm LLC and Rebecca Coleman-Provo and foaled at Rhapsody Farm, the filly is out of the Mizzen Mast mare Sailonsilvergirl.

A $7,000 purchase out of last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale, the filly was consigned at OBS by Danielle Loya’s Silver Oaks Farm, agent.

Central Banker, a 14-year-old son of Speightstown who stands for $7,500 at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, topped New York’s general sire list in 2021, 2022 and 2023. He finished 2023 with $4,125,217 in progeny earnings.

Shelly, offered as Hip 273 out of the Summerfield consignment during the horses of racing age portion of the opening session, sold for $32,000 to Windylea Farm LLC.

Bred by Stable 63 LLC and Doheny Racing Stable and foaled at Song Hill Thoroughbreds in Mechanicville, the filly is out of the multiple graded stakes-winning Dr Fong mare Testa Rossi. Offered as a racing or broodmare prospect, Shelly went through the ring with a record of 1-1-0 in four starts and $40,522 in earnings. She scored her win in a $30,000 state-bred maiden claiming race Jan. 13 at Aqueduct for owners Michael Doheny and Thomas Coleman and trainer Chad Brown.

The sale concludes with the open session at noon Wednesday.

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