Mendelssohn filly leads at OBS April opener

Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

Hip 197, a filly by Mendelssohn bred by David and Christine Stack, sold for $210,000 Tuesday at the OBS April sale. Photo courtesy of Niall Brennan Stables.

A filly by Mendelssohn from the family of graded stakes winners Caroline Thomas and Bit of Whimsy sold for $210,000 to highlight the New York-bred returns during Tuesday’s opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April 2-year-olds in training sale.

Phil Hager’s Taproot Bloodstock signed for Hip 197, named Tralee Girl, on behalf of trainer Christophe Clement.

Bred by David and Christine Stack and foaled at Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater, the filly is the first foal out of the Pioneerof the Nile mare Kerry Girl. Unplaced in one start, Kerry Girl is out of Grade 2 winner and $406,387-earner Caroline Thomas, who is out of Grade 1 winner Bit of Whimsy.

Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent, Tralee Girl turned in an eighth-mile breeze in :10 during presale workouts. She originally sold for $50,000 to Ryston Stables at last year’s OBS October yearling sale.

Tralee Girl was one of six New York-breds to sell for $100,000 or more during the opening session. OBS reported sales on 15 of the 20 New York-breds offered Tuesday for a total of $1,349,000, an average price of $89,933.

Hip 253, a filly by Vino Rosso bred by Gold Square, sold for $190,000 Tuesday at the OBS April sale. Photo courtesy of Wavertree Stables.

Hip 253, a filly by Vino Rosso who breeze in 9.4 during presale workouts, sold for $190,000 to Carolyn Wilson. Bred by Gold Square LLC and foaled at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, the filly is the first foal out of the winning Super Ninety Nine mare Little Miss Raelyn.

Consigned by Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables Inc., agent, the filly originally sold for $65,000 to Bronco Bloodstock at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale.

Lucky Man Racing LLC paid the highest price for a New York-bred colt during the opener, going to $140,000 for Hip 37, a colt by Tapiture. Bred by Phillips Racing Partnership, Christopher Elser and George Elser and foaled at Song Hill Thoroughbreds in Mechanicville, the colt is out of the winning Kitten’s Joy mare Full of Joy. A half-brother to stakes-placed winner Thirty Four Coupe, the colt breezed an eighth in :10 during presale workouts.

Consigned by Harris Training Center LLC, agent, the colt sold for $30,000 to HTC at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale.

Hip 204, a daughter of Solomini who breezed in 9.4 during presale workouts, commanded the top price for a juvenile by a New York-based stallion on a bid of $95,000 from Clear Stars Stable. Bred by Torie Gladwell, foaled at Stonegate Stables in Fort Edward and consigned by Top Line Sales, the filly is the second foal out of the Into Mischief mare Kiska.

Solomini, a 9-year-old son of Curlin who currently ranks third on the New York general sire list, stands for $7,500 at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs.

The sale continues with the second of four sessions at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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