Knicks Go colt, Tacitus filly fare well at FTK July sale

Tuesday, July 9th, 2024

Buyers scoured the sales grounds for potential purchases this week at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

The only two New York-bred yearlings offered at Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale commanded seven-figure bids that both came in significantly higher than the overall auction’s average price.

Hip 63, a filly by Tacitus bred by Apache Farm LLC, sold for $200,000 to Susan Moulton. Consigned by Perrone Sales, agent, the filly is out of the unraced Dixie Union mare Passe and is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner and $904,800-earning New York-bred Wonder Gal.

Winner of the 2015 Empire Distaff Handicap at Belmont Park and the 2017 Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct and placed in three Grade 1 stakes, Wonder Gal is the dam of 2022 champion 2-year-old filly and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades winner Wonder Wheel.

Passe is also the dam of Forgone, a 3-year-old New York-bred son of Hard Spun who cost $600,000 at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale and two-time winner Freefall.

Hip 58, a colt by Knicks Go bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinksi and Lou Corrente, sold for $130,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale. Photo courtesy of Taylor Made Sales Agency.

Hip 58, a colt from the first crop of Horse of the Year Knicks Go bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski and Lou Corrente, sold for $130,000 to Maddie Mattmiller, agent for Black Type and Swinbank Stables. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the colt is out of the More Than Ready mare More Than Magic.

More Than Magic is the dam of five winners, including 2020 Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes third-place finisher Hopeful Princess.

The two New York-breds sold for an average price of $165,000, which came in 46.7 percent more than the overall sale’s average of $112,461. Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 154 of the 231 yearlings offered during the one-day sale for a total of $17,319,000. That total was down 16.5 percent from last year when 210 yearlings sold for $20,732,000, while the median rose 16.9 percent to $90,000.

The next major yearling sales come during the Saratoga Race Course meeting in Saratoga Springs – the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings August 5-6 and the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred sale August 11-12.

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