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Two Laoban juveniles bring six figures to open OBS April sale

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

Hip 4, a daughter of Laoban purchased for $150,000 by agent Donato Lanni for Joe Bucci, finishes Day 1 at OBS April as top priced New York-bred filly. Photo provided.

A pair of New York-breds by Laoban who each breezed an eighth in :10 during presale workouts commanded six-figure bids to highlight the first day of selling Tuesday at the OBS Spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Ocala.

Hip 237, a colt by Laoban and half-brother to six winners, sold for $240,000 to West Point Thoroughbreds and St. Stephen Stable to finish the session as the most expensive New York-bred. Bred by Mustang Farms, Inc., and consigned by Halcyon Hammock Farm, agent, the colt is out of the Tale of the Cat mare Starship Kitty. He was foaled at Sequel Thoroughbreds New York in Hudson.

Starship Kitty, a winner in maiden special weight company in 2009 at Calder Race Course and earner of $23,950, is the dam of stakes-placed winner and $298,579-earner Starlite Mission and five other winners. Starship Kitty is out of Starship Voodoo, an unraced daughter of Roar and half-sister to Grade 1 winner and stakes producer Voodoo Dancer.

The other six-figure New York-bred sold Tuesday – Hip 4, a filly by Laoban – went through the ring in the opening minutes and was purchased by Donato Lanni, agent for Joe Bucci, for $150,000.

Consigned by Becky Thomas’ Sequel Bloodstock, agent, and bred by and foaled at her Sequel Thoroughbreds LLC, the filly is out of the Bernardini mare Paper Kite. A half-sister to Grade 2 winner Storm Mesa and stakes winner She Be Classy, Paper Kite is the dam of two winners led by $61,639-earner Saratoga Promise.

OBS reported sales on 17 of the 26 New York-breds offered for $1,032,500 during Tuesday’s opening session, an average of $60,735.

The sale continues at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with hips 305 to 608 scheduled to go through the ring.


Fillies lead the way for NY at Gulfstream Sale

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Hip 85, a daughter of Practical Joke, sells for $500,000 at Wednesday’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

A half-sister to Sunday’s Haynesfield Stakes winner My Boy Tate and a filly from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Practical Joke each sold for $500,000 to lead the draft of New York-breds that passed through the ring during the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale of 2-year-olds in training Wednesday in Halladale Beach, Florida.

The pair, who finished as the co-third most expensive fillies, sold within minutes before the midpoint of the sale conducted in the Gulfstream paddock.

Hip 74, a bay daughter of Bernardini out of the winning Sharp Humor mare Backslash who breezed an eighth in :10.1 during presale workouts Monday, sold first to Stonestreet Stables LLC for $500,000.

Hip 74, a half brother to recent Haynesfield winner My Boy Tate, breezes before selling for $500,000 at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent, the half-sister to $582,288-earner and five-time stakes winner My Boy Tate was co-bred by Michelle Nevin and Godolphin and foaled at Rockridge Stud in Hudson. She sold for $165,000 to Quarter Pole Enterprises at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling Showcase in Lexington.

Backslash produced three other winners – Charlie McCoy, Linkappleyard and Slash Gordon – and she’s the dam of the unraced 3-year-old Micromanage colt named Michael Scott and a yearling filly by Frosted. She was bred to Congrats in 2020.

Hip 85, a dark bay or brown daughter of Practical Joke out of the winning Speightstown mare Caribbean Lady, was purchased by China Horse Club for $500,000.

Consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, agent, the filly bred by Pine Ridge Stables Ltd. breezed an eighth in :10.2. Foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, the filly sold for $90,000 to Knollwood Stables at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling Showcase.

My Boy Tate’s half sister by Bernardini breezes in :10.2 before the Gulfstream Sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

Caribbean Lady, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner and $672,872-earner Halory Leigh, is the dam of the winning Super Saver mare Island Queen and two other placed runners. She’s also the dam of a yearling filly by Mendelssohn foaled in New York and was bred to Lookin At Lucky in 2020.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 11 of the 14 New York-breds offered at the Gulfstream Sale for $2,475,000, an average of $225,000 and median of $150,000.

Hip 183, a filly from the second crop of last year’s leading freshman sire and Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, brought the third highest price for a New York-bred. Breeze Easy LLC went to $445,000 to purchase the filly out of the Jump Start mare Nick’s Honor, the dam of New York-bred stakes winners The Lewis Dinner and Kelli Got Frosty and stakes-placed winners Frosty Gal and Princess Phoebe.

Consigned by Tom McCrocklin, agent, the filly was bred by James Lamonica, Lee Sacks, Soave Stables, Barry Malkin, Ken Sacks and partners. The filly breezed a quarter-mile in :21.2 during Monday’s under-tack show.


Frosted colt brings $240,000 at OBS March sale

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Wednesday’s top-selling NY-bred at the OBS March sale – colt by Frosted bred by Spruce Lane Farm et al. OBS Photo.

By Tom Law

A New York-bred colt from the second crop of Met Mile and Whitney winner Frosted sold for $240,000 during Wednesday’s second and final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training.

Cromwell Bloodstock purchased Hip 528, a gray or roan out of the winning Tiznow mare Graceful Rage from Niall Brennan Stables, agent. The colt breezed an eighth in :10 during pre-sale workouts and finished as the sale’s second most expensive New York-bred.

Bred by Spruce Lane Farm et al, the colt sold as a weanling for $75,000 at the 2019 Keeneland November breeding stock sale before later selling for $40,000 to Colin Brennan at the Keeneland September yearling sale.

The clearance rate for New York-breds over the two session proved extremely strong – 92 percent – when 23 of the 25 2-year-olds offered were reported sold. The 23 New York-breds sold for $2,025,000, an average price of $88,044.

Overall, OBS reported a buyback rate of 16.2 percent, much improved from 38.8 percent in 2020. The 326 2-year-olds sold for $38,265,000, up significantly from the $27,349,500 for 295 sold last year. The sale’s average price was $117,377.

The second most expensive New York-bred during Wednesday’s session was Hip 494, a colt by Street Sense who sold for $160,000 to J S Company Ltd. Consigned by Brandon and Ali Rice’s RiceHorse Stable, agent, the colt breezed a quarter-mile in :21 prior to the sale.

Bred by Final Furlong Racing Stable, the colt was offered but list as an RNA for $110,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale. He’s the third foal out of the stakes-placed Freud mare Fenwick Hall, a full sister to multiple New York-bred stakes winner Miss Narcissist.

The most expensive New York-bred filly at the sale also went through the ring Wednesday – Hip 376, a daughter of Central Banker purchased for $120,000 by trainer Linda Rice, agent for Black Swan Stable.

Consigned by Steven Venosa’s S G V Thoroughbreds LLC, agent, the filly is the second foal out of the winning Hook and Ladder mare Bella Lady. Bred and foaled at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, the filly sold as a yearling last year to J and D Stables for $19,000 at the OBS October mixed sale.

The sale’s most expensive New York-bred sold during the first session Tuesday when Carolyn Wilson went to $260,000 to purchase Hip 211, a colt by Flatter out of the winning More Than Ready mare She’s Ready Made. Consigned by Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables Inc., agent, the colt was bred by Maurice and Samantha Regan’s Newtown Anner Stud.


Flatter colt sells for $260,000 at OBS March

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

Hip 211, New York-bred colt by Flatter who breezed a quarter in :20.3, sold for $260,000 during Tuesday’s opening session of the OBS March sale. OBS Photo.

By Tom Law

A New York-bred Flatter colt who turned in one of the fastest quarter-mile pre-sale workouts commanded one of the top prices during Tuesday’s opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s March sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Selling as Hip 211 out of Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables Inc. consignment, the colt sold for $260,000 to Carolyn Wilson to highlight the day for the Empire State. Out of the winning More Than Ready mare She’s Ready Made, a full sister to stakes winner and $220,399-earner Miss Southern Miss, the colt breezed in :20.3 during the sale’s under-tack show.

Bred by Maurice and Samantha Regan’s Newtown Anner Stud, the chestnut colt is the fifth foal out of She’s Ready Made and sold last year for $100,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale out of the Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services consignment.

Two of She’s Ready Made’s three foals to race are winners bred in New York – Fled, a full brother to the $260,000 colt; and She Takes Charge, a mare by Take Charge Indy.

The sale of Hip 211 led strong returns for New York-breds on the day. OBS reports sales on 12 of the 13 offered for a total of $1,102,000, an average price of $91,833.

Wavertree also sold Hip 178, a New York-bred colt by Midshipman for $210,000 during the opening session. High Point Bloodstock purchased the colt bred by Bertram and Diana Firestone and out of the Thunder Gulch mare Regal Approach.

The 10th foal out of the $118,721-earner and half sister to Grade 3 winner Mr Maybe, the colt was reported sold as a weanling for $27,000 to James B. Keogh at the 2019 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. He breezed a quarter in :20.4 during pre-sale workouts.

The sale continues with the second and final session starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday.


Freudie Anne’s second foal brings $130,000 at FTK winter sale

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

Fasig-Tipton’s winter mixed sale wrapped up Tuesday in Lexington. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

A short yearling filly out of multiple stakes winner Freudie Anne, a finalist for champion New York-bred honors in 2014, landed a bid of $130,000 Tuesday to become the most expensive New York-bred sold at the two-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale in Lexington.

Cherry Knoll Farm purchased the filly, a daughter of Munnings added to the sale in late January and selling as Hip 635. Bred by Fergus Galvin, Marc Detampel, Jayne Johnson and Adrian Wallace – many of the partners who campaigned Freudie Anne – and foaled at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, the filly was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent.

Freudie Anne earned New York-bred championship consideration during her 2-year-old season, when she won three of four starts including the East View Stakes. The daughter of Freud added another stakes win at 3 in Saratoga Race Course’s Statue of Liberty division of the New York Stallion Series along with three more victories through 2017.

Freudie Anne’s first foal, a colt by Munnings bred by the same partnership, sold for $100,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling Showcase.

Traffic – equine and human – stayed busy this week at the Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

The top-selling New York-bred yearling colt at the sale also went through the ring during Tuesday’s final session. Hip 430, a son of former leading New York-based freshman sire Laoban, earned that honor when Chris White landed him for $80,000.

Bred by Southern Equine Stables LLC and foaled at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater, the colt is the third foal out of the Medaglia d’Oro mare E Storm. He’s a half brother to the winning 4-year-old Bodemeister colt Big Royal Lineage and a full brother to the placed Laoban filly Esotica.

Southern Equine also bred E Storm out of their winning Storm Cat mare Surprises Welcomed bought for $3 million at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Bluewater Sales, agent, which sold a $55,000 colt by Laoban for Southern Equine Monday, also consigned the Laoban-E Storm colt. E Storm, back in foal to Laoban and consigned as Hip 429 by Bluewater, was purchased Tuesday by Brookstone Farm for $20,000.


Connect filly brings $78,000 at FTK winter sale

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale started Monday and continues Tuesday. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

A filly from the second crop of Grade 1 winner Connect brought the third most expensive price for a short yearling during Monday’s opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale in Lexington.

David W. Ranson went to $78,000 to buy the filly, selling as Hip 253. Bred by and foaled at H&H Farm in Fort Edward and consigned by Vinery Sales, agent, the filly also ended the session as the second most expensive short yearling filly.

She’s the first foal out of the winning Flatter mare Unreal Baby, a half sister to stakes winner Run Time and stakes-placed winners Arraignment and Street Tease from the family of Flower Alley and Japanese Group 1 winners Tosen Ra and Spielberg.

Hip 8, a son of former New York-based stallion Laoban, sold for $55,000 and finished the day as the top-priced New York-bred yearling colt of the session. Norevale Farm/Glennscreek purchased by half brother to Grade 3 winner and $221,218-earner Ready Intaglio out of the Bluewater Sales LLC, agent, consignment.

Bred by Southern Equine Stables LLC and foaled at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater, the colt is out of the More Than Ready mare Mama Maxine, a half sister to Grade 1 winner Ce Ce, Grade 2 winner Papa Clem and six other winners.

The sale continues with the final session starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.


New York-bred Laoban filly tops OBS winter mixed sale

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

Hip 805, New York-bred yearling filly by Laoban, tops OBS winter mixed sale on bid of $175,000. Judit Seipert Photo.

By Tom Law

Worth the wait.

Such was the case for McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds Wednesday during the second and final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s winter mixed sale and specifically for Hip 805. The New York-bred short yearling daughter of Laoban wound up the last horse through the ring – after originally not being cataloged or even included in an addendum because she was entered late – and the sale’s most expensive when all was complete in Ocala.

Sand Hill Stables went to $175,000 for Hip 805, a filly out of the Grand Reward mare Best Reward, to top the sale.

McMahon of Saratoga sold the filly, foaled at its farm in Saratoga Springs and bred by the late Ken LeJeune.

“It was wild,” McMahon of Saratoga’s Joe McMahon said Thursday from the farm, where he watched the sale. “A lot of drama.”

The sale-topping filly, who ended a strong run for New York-breds in the open session, landed in the OBS winter sale after LeJeune passed away suddenly Dec. 4 after a brief illness. The longtime horseman, who also worked in the industry for four decades as a jockey, trainer and bloodstock agent, worked with McMahon for about 15 years.

“He and I had been trading horses for years,” McMahon said. “Buying and selling horses, he’d send mares up here to foal, we would send yearlings down there to be broken. Then, all of a sudden he’s got two mares here and I have two yearlings down there and he passed away.

“I talked it over with his wife Carey and we decided to we had to get the horses in the sale, but it had already closed. It was going to go in the online section but that didn’t work either. So they ended up adding the horse in the last minute, maybe two weeks ago.”

The filly wound up being the last horse through the ring and was announced as selling without reserve prior to bidding.

“They started her at $2,000 and Ryan (Mahan, OBS auctioneer) had to work very hard,” McMahon said with a laugh. “I think he got it up to $5,000 increments until it was around $80,000 or $90,000 but it was $2,000 forever.”

Best Reward placed in three stakes during her career and earned $164,496. Her first two foals, by McMahon of Saratoga-based stallion Central Banker, are winners and her third, a 3-year-old Laoban colt named Johnny Fontaine, sold as a yearling for $50,000 and is in training.

Best Reward’s fourth foal, an unnamed 2-year-old filly by Central Banker, sold for $25,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale, and she’s back in foal due in March to McMahon of Saratoga’s Solomini. LeJeune bred or co-bred all of Best Reward’s foals.

“It’s great that it all worked out with that horse,” McMahon said. “It was really something. I think Laoban was a longshot in the first place. And to have it come out like that for Kenny’s family was just like, the greatest.”

The sale-topping filly also ended a strong run for New York-breds in the open session, which short yearlings sell for $67,000, $65,000 and $60,000.

McMahon also sold another Laoban New York-bred, Hip 652, that brought $67,000 from Dailey Bloodstock LLC. Bred by Seidman Stables and foaled at McMahon of Saratoga, the colt is out of the winning Forestry mare Double Dinghy Day. From the family of graded stakes-placed producer Windson, $485,345-earner Pinson and stakes winner Falconese, the colt is also a half brother to three winners from four foals to race for Double Dinghy Day.

Hip 673, a New York-bred colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Army Mule, sold for $65,000 at Rosewood Stable. Bred by Four Winds Farm LLC and Eagle View Farm LLC and consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield, agent, the colt is out of the unraced Souvenir Copy mare Fife. Foaled at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, the colt is a half-brother to four winners led by $112,160-earner Mumbo.

Another New York-bred short yearling colt by Army Mule, Hip 647, sold for $60,000 to Tami Bobo and Fernando De Jesus of First Finds. Bred by and foaled Saratoga Glen Farm LLC in Schuylerville and consigned by Stuart Morris, agent, the colt is the first foal out of the winning Dialed In mare Dial the Doctor from the family of champion, classic winner and leading sire Unbridled.

A short yearling filly by Hard Spun, Hip 90, sold for $67,000 to DKW Racing to finish as the top-selling New York-bred during Tuesday’s consignor preferred session. Bred by Michael Shanley, foaled at Song Hill Farm in Mechanicville and consigned by C & S Thoroughbred Sales, agent, the colt is the first foal out of the winning Pioneerof the Nile mare Cleo from the family of graded stakes winners Prospective Saint, Ruling Angel and Nigon’s Eclipse.


Pair of $95,000 short yearlings close out Keeneland

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Keeneland wrapped its January horses of all ages sale last week. Keeneland Photo.

By Tom Law

Five G Ranch scooped up two short yearlings for $95,000 during last week’s final session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, a strong finish to the first major North American auction of the year for horses bred, foaled or with ties to New York.

The pair were also among three that finished the day tied as most expensive short yearlings of last Thursday’s session.

The first to bring $95,000 was Hip 1370, a colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Mo Town out of the winning Tale of the Cat mare Coral Beach.

Bred by and foaled at Hidden Lake Farm in Stillwater and consigned by Mulholland Springs, agent, he is the second foal out of Coral Beach from the family of Chilean champion Desert Power, Grade 2 winner Cool Coal Man, stakes winner Kathleens Reel. Coral Beach won two of 14 starts with two seconds for $72,382 in earnings.

Hip 1479, a New York-bred filly from the first crop of 2017 Preakness Stakes winner Cloud Computing, also brought $95,000. Bred by Saratoga Glen Farm and Beals Racing Stable, foaled at Saratoga Glen Farm in Schuylerville and consigned by Stuart Morris, agent, the filly is the third foal out of the winning Birdstone mare Literary Lady.

Literary Lady, purchased carrying the Cloud Computing filly in utero for $4,000 at last year’s Keeneland November breeding stock sale, won four of 19 starts and earned $53,074. She’s the dam of two other foals – a now 3-year-old unraced New York-bred colt by Upstart named Up for Adventure in training at Belmont Park and a newly turned 2-year-old unnamed colt by War Dancer.

Five G Ranch bought another short yearling out of the Stuart Morris consignment in the final session, going to $50,000 for a colt foaled in New York from the first crop of multiple graded stakes winner Good Samaritan.

Bred by and foaled at Saratoga Glen Farm, the colt is out of the winning Candy Ride mare Uman Candy. He’s a half-brother to an unnamed 2-year-old colt by Exaggerator that sold for $25,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale.

The sales of those short yearlings from first-crop sires came a day after another foaled in New York from the first crop of Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming brought $55,000. Bloodstock agent Steve Young purchased that colt, Hip 1096, from the consignment of Bedouin Bloodstock, agent.

Bred by SF Bloodstock LLC and foaled at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, the colt is the first foal out of the winning Paynter mare Miminegash. The winner of one of six starts and $22,418, Miminegash is a half sister to champion female sprinter and Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Judy the Beauty and five other winners out of the stakes-winning Holy Bull mare Holy Blitz. Miminegash sold in foal to Cataline Cruiser for $13,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale.

The sales of those short yearlings also followed strong opening sessions of the January sale. Check out the links below to read about the first and second sessions:

Day 1: More Than Ready shot yearling sells for $175,000 at Keeneland

Day 2: Four NY-breds bring six-figure prices at Keeneland


Four NY-breds bring six-figure prices at Keeneland

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

New York-breds continued to be in demand Tuesday at Keeneland January. Keeneland photo.

By Tom Law

Bidding remained strong for New York-breds Tuesday during the second session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale with four selling for six-figure prices, including a half sister to state-bred champion and Grade 1 winner Palace.

Thorndale Farm in Millbrook, N.Y., bought the session’s top-priced New York-bred, going to $155,000 to buy Edith Court in foal to champion and Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. Selling as Hip 609 by James M. Herbener Jr., agent, Edith Court is a 7-year-old daughter of Pomeroy out of the End Sweep mare Receivership bred by the Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust.

Receivership is the dam of 2014 Alfred G. Vanderbilt and Forego winner Palace, who was named champion New York-bred male sprinter that season during his career that included 12 wins and more than $1.5 million in earnings.

Edith Court is the dam of an unnamed 2-year-old filly by Empire Maker who sold for $200,000 at last year’s Keeneland January sale and a yearling filly by City of Light that sold Tuesday for $170,000.

Crawford Farm landed the session’s second most expensive New York-bred, going to $150,000 to buy racing or broodmare prospect Kept True. A homebred for Jeffrey Treadway’s Treadway Racing Stable, the 5-year-old stakes-winning daughter of Yes It’s True went through the ring with a record of 5-2-2 from 14 starts and $323,659 in earnings. Kept True won last year’s Broadway Stakes at Aqueduct and placed in three other stakes during her career with trainer Leah Gyarmati.

Kept True, who is out of the stakes-placed Henny Hughes mare Well Kept, sold as Hip 681 and was consigned by Hidden Brook, agent. She last raced Sept. 5, finishing fifth in an allowance-optional sprinting on the grass at Belmont Park.

Two short yearlings rounded out the day for the Empire State by selling for $100,000 apiece.

Hip 696, a full brother to Grade 3 winner Leavem in Malibu and Grade 1-placed Danzig Moon, went first to Wallace Ave Bloodstock.

Bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski, foaled at his Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and consigned by Stuart Morris, agent, the colt is by Malibu Moon out of the Danzig mare Leaveminthedust. She’s produced six other winners, including 2020 3-year-old winner and former $400,000 yearling Abilene Trail. Bilinski purchased Leaveminthedust carrying the Malibu Moon colt in utero for $55,000 at the 2019 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Hidden Brook also consigned the other $100,000 short yearling, a colt foaled at Old Saratoga Equine Services in Schuylerville from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Army Mule purchased by Brady Bloodstock. Bred by Mashnee Stables LLC, the colt is the first foal out of the Arch mare Miss Nancy.

Miss Nancy retired after the 2018 season with a record of 3-1-4 from 15 starts and earnings of $202,795. McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent, purchased Miss Nancy, carrying the Army Mule colt in utero, for $17,000 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale. Miss Nancy also sold Tuesday, in foal to former New York-based second-crop sire Laoban, for $90,000 to Atlantic Bloodstock.


More Than Ready short yearling sells for $175,000 at Keeneland

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Keeneland’s January horses of all ages sale started Monday. Keeneland Photo.

By Tom Law

A short yearling colt by More Than Ready foaled in New York commanded a final bid of $175,000 during Monday’s opening session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington.

Bred by Kingsport Farm, LLC, and foaled at Fort Christopher’s Thoroughbreds in Fort Edward, the colt sold as Hip 168 to Rosemont Farm 2020, LLC. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the colt is a half brother to an unnamed 2-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Malibu Moon also bred by Kingsport Farm.

Kingsport Farm purchased Brandy, a winner of one of four starts for $23,045, in foal to Malibu Moon for $470,000 at the 2018 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

The More Than Ready colt finished the day as one of two short yearlings that sold for six figures, along with Hip 342, a colt by Laoban who brought a bid of $120,000 from Cavalier Bloodstock.

Bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds and Dean Purdom, foaled at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs and consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, the colt is out of the unraced Freud mare Making a Point. Making a Point is the dam of the winning full siblings Moonachie and M J Power, both by Central Banker and co-bred by McMahon of Saratoga and Purdom.

The opening session saw seven of nine New York-bred or New York-foaled short yearlings sell for $555,000, an average price of $79,286. The session also featured two high-priced RNAs in Mrs. Orb and Ava K.

Mrs. Orb, winner of the La Verdad Stakes Jan. 3 at Aqueduct for Ruggeri Stable, Richard Coburn, Script R Farm and trainer and co-owner Mike Miceli, was listed as not sold on a final bid of $295,000. The 6-year-old daughter of Orb went through the ring with a record of 6-8-3 from 23 starts and earnings of $439,520.

Ava K., a 13-year-old daughter of Dixie Union selling as Hip 400D out of the St George Sales consignment, went back to the barn as a $220,000 RNA. A stakes winner and earner of $201,467, Ava K. was offered in foal to Uncle Mo. She’s the dam of two winners – Cairo Healer and Ava K’s Girl, both by Giant’s Causeway.