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Waldorf-bred colt sells for $310,000 at Keeneland January

Friday, January 14th, 2022

Hip 472, a colt by Uncle Mo out of the Smart Strike mare Canadian River, sold for $310,000 Wednesday at the Keeneland January sale. Keeneland Photo.

By Tom Law

A colt by Uncle Mo bred in New York by Dr. Jerry Bilinski and foaled at his Waldorf Farm in North Chatham elicited a bid of $310,000 Wednesday to lead all New York-breds through the first three of four sessions of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington.

Sand Hill Bloodstock purchased the short yearling colt, who is the second foal out of the unraced Smart Strike mare Canadian River and sold as Hip 472.  The colt was consigned by Stuart Morris, agent for Waldorf Farm.

Bilinski purchased Canadian River, a half-sister to Group 2 winner Montgomery’s Arch and stakes winner Welcome Inn, in foal to West Coast for $27,000 at the 2019 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The subsequent foal, a Kentucky-bred colt born in late January 2020, sold for $6,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale.

The Uncle Mo colt was one of five short yearlings to sell for six figures. Through the first three sessions, 31 of the 39 short yearlings offered have sold for a total of $1,946,000, an average price of $62,774 and median of $35,000.

Hip 235, Munnings’ Finest, sold in foal to Authentic for $300,000 during the opening session of the Keeneland January sale. Keeneland Photo.

Munnings’ Finest, a 6-year-old unraced daughter of Munnings, commanded a final bid of $300,000 to be the top-selling New York-bred broodmare or broodmare prospect through the first three sessions. Consigned by Sequel New York, agent, and sold as Hip 235, Munnings’ Finest was purchased by Andrew Cary’s Cary Bloodstock, agent for Coteau Grove Farms.

Munnings’ Finest a $200,000 purchase out of the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale, was sold in foal to 2020 Horse of the Year, champion 3-year-old male and Kentucky Derby winner Authentic.

Munnings’ Finest is the dam of an unnamed City of Light filly, bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds, Valerie Dailey and Louis Trudel. Dailey purchased Munnings’ Finest, carrying the City of Light filly, for $165,000 at the 2019 Keeneland November sale. Munnings’ Finest was bred by The Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust Dated 2/28/02 and foaled at Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort.

The January sale, which started a day late because of snowstorms in the Lexington area late last week, concludes with the fourth session at 10 a.m. Friday.


NY-bred Safalow’s Mission tops Midlantic mixed sale

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

Hip 267, the 2-year-old Mission Impazible gelding Safalow’s Mission, sold for $130,000 to top Tuesday’s Midlantic December mixed sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

Safalow’s Mission, a 2-year-old New York-bred gelding by Mission Impazible, commanded a bid of $130,000 to top Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale in Timonium, Md.

Trainer Linda Rice, agent, for Thelma & Louise Stable, purchased the sale-topping gelding from Northview Stallion Station (David Wade), agent for Joseph Besecker (Reduction of Racing Stock).

Bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds LLC and Bill Barone’s Sunny Crest Farm and foaled at Sunny Crest Farm in Slingerlands, Safalow’s Mission finished second in his career debut against open company Oct. 21 going 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track at Belmont Park before a third in a 6-furlong state-bred maiden special weight at 6 furlongs on the dirt Nov. 19 at Aqueduct.

Safalow’s Mission is the fifth foal out of the winning City Zip mare Mosaico, a full sister to multiple stakes winner and $134,302-earner Citizen. Mosaco is the dam of two winners – stakes-placed $632,928-earner My Roxy Girl and the 3-year-old New York-bred Laoban gelding Re Created. My Roxy Girl, a 6-year-old New York-bred mare by Emcee, has a record of 10-13-11 from 52 starts.

Sold Tuesday as Hip 267, Safalow’s Mission made his third trip through a Fasig-Tipton sales ring after bringing $9,500 at the 2019 Saratoga fall mixed sale and $25,000 at this year’s Midlantic May sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Safalow’s Mission was one of three six-figure purchases overall at the December mixed sale. He was also one of the 22 New York-breds that sold from 27 offered for a total of $551,000, an average price of $25,045 and median of $11,250.

Northview Stallion Station also sold the second most expensive New York-bred of the sale for Besecker – the winning 2-year-old Classic Empire filly Classic Lynne, who brought $80,000 from Jordan Wycoff. Bred by Mt. Sackville Bloodstock, foaled at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag and a $70,000 graduate out of the Midlantic May sale this year, Classic Lynne won a state-bred maiden race on the turf Oct. 8 at Belmont before a fifth in the Maid of the Mist Stakes on Empire Showcase Day Oct. 30 at Belmont.

Classic Lynne, who sold as Hip 342, is the sixth foal and fifth winner out of the Grade 3-placed winning Bwana Charlie mare Tristanme.

Ella Speed, a weanling filly foaled at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater from the first crop of champion and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Vino Rosso, sold to Brookstone Farm for $50,000. Bred by Classic Bloodstock, Mike Reilly Jr. and Colleen Smith, consigned by Sally Thomas, agent, and sold as Hip 189, the filly is the first foal out of the winning Candy Ride mare Dearest Ella.

 


November New York-bred demand holds up

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021

Bidding for New York-breds started strong at Fasig-Tipton’s sale and continued throughout the November sales season. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

Strong demand and realistic expectations helped spark strong sales of New York-breds at two of the world’s top mixed sales that wrapped up this month in Kentucky.

Riding the wave of momentum that started with a small and select sample at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale, New York-breds continued to sell well at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Keeneland reported sales on 98 of the 104 New York-breds offered at its November sale for a total of $5,720,700, an average price of $58,374 and median of $25,000.

The sale of New York-bred weanlings played a significant role in those returns, as all 32 that went through the ring were sold for a total of $2,255,700, an average price of $70,491 and median of $47,500.

In addition to those lofty returns, other highlights of the November sales season included:

  • Grade 1 winner Simply Ravishing, last year’s champion New York-bred 2-year-old filly, sold for $1.7 million to Katsumi Yoshida at the Fasig-Tipton November sale;
  • March X Press, a stakes winner in open company at 2 at Saratoga, sold for $560,000 in foal to Quality Road at Keeneland November;
  • 11 weanlings sold for $100,000 or more at the two sales, including nine at Keeneland;
  • Seven of the eight New York-breds offered at the Fasig-Tipton sale brought $2,787,000, an average price of $398,143 and median of $220,000;
  • Overall, 105 of the 112 offered at the two sales brought $8,507,000, an average price of $81,026.

“The final numbers at the Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland November Sales reflect the value and strength of the New York-bred program,” said Najja Thompson, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. “Coming off a year in which the entire industry was impacted, these results are a credit to our state’s breeders in addition to consignors and buyers who continue to capitalize on the lucrative opportunities to owning a New York-bred with the goal of investing to compete on the best circuit in the nation and beyond.”

Simply Ravishing brought the highest price for a New York-bred in November, selling for $1.7 million. Photo courtesy of Gainesway.

Simply Ravishing, the Grade 1-winning 3-year-old daughter of former Sequel New York resident Laoban, sold as Hip 233 at Fasig-Tipton and led the way in November. She was one of 26 broodmares, broodmare prospects or racing prospects that sold for $1 million or more during the Fasig-Tipton sale. Consigned by Gainesway, agent, Simply Ravishing is out of the More Than Ready mare Four Wishes.

Bred by Meg Levy and foaled at Stonegate Stables in Fort Edward, Simply Ravishing was a $50,000 purchase by trainer Kenny McPeek for Harold Lerner at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. She went on to win more than eight times that amount, starting with back-to-back victories in a turf maiden and the off-the-turf P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga in her first two starts at 2. Simply Ravishing added the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland in her next start, before a fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

March X Press, winner of a New York-bred maiden and the open-company Bolton Landing Stakes over a 14-day stretch in August 2017, commanded the highest price for a New York-bred at the Keeneland sale. Offered as Hip 540 and in foal to Quality Road, the 6-year-old daughter of Shanghai Bobby sold for $560,000 to Parks Investment Group. Lane’s End consigned March X Press, who did not produce a foal in 2021 and is the dam of a yearling colt by Tapit.

Bred by Pine Ridge Stables and foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, March X Press is out of the stakes-placed Indian Charlie mare Indian Rush and is a half-sister to stakes winner Harlan’s Honor.

Hip 263, a daughter of Munnings bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski, sold for $300,000 to lead the way in November. Photo courtesy of Stuart Morris.

The Keeneland sale’s most expensive weanling, a filly by Munnings sold as Hip 263, went for $300,000 to Brookstone Farm during the second session. Bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski, foaled at his Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and consigned by Stuart Morris, agent for Waldorf Farm, the filly is out of the Tiznow mare Storm Crossing.

Waldorf Farm purchased Storm Crossing, carrying in the Munnings filly in utero, for $200,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale. She’s the dam of five other Kentucky-bred foals, including a colt that sold for $125,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale, the 2-year-old Into Mischief colt that brought $750,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale and the multiple stakes-placed $268,499-earning 4-year-old Constitution filly Kansas Kis.

Scott and Evan Dilworth purchased the co-most expensive New York-bred weanling at the two sales, going to $185,000 for a colt by Liam’s Map that sold as Hip 1774. Bred by Pepin Breeders, foaled at Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort, consigned by Indian Creek, the colt is the first foal out of the winning Malibu Moon mare Malibu Rainbow.

A winner in maiden special weight company in 2019 at Gulfstream Park, Malibu Rainbow was purchased in foal to Liam’s Map by Beech-Grove Farm for $85,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale. She sold immediately after her 2021 Liam’s Map colt, again in foal to that sire, to Kaizen Sales, agent, for $170,000.

The $185,000 price matched that paid by D K W Racing for Hip 806, a colt from the first crop of Omaha Beach that sold during Keeneland’s third session. Bred by and foaled at Old Tavern Farm in Saratoga Springs and consigned by Summerfield, agent for Old Tavern Farm, the colt is out of the winning Empire Maker mare Comme Chez Soi.

A $325,000 yearling out of the Grade 1-winning Storm and a Half mare Downthedustyroad, Comme Chez Soi was purchased by Old Tavern’s Walt Borisenok in foal to Lemon Drop Kid for $210,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. The subsequent foal, the Kentucky-bred gelding Tom Management, was a $100,000 yearling and two-time winner for GMB Racing and trainer Al Stall Jr. Comme Chez Soi is also the dam of the New York-bred 4-year-old Malibu Moon filly Malibu Too and an unnamed 2-year-old New York-bred filly by Malibu Moon.

Fenway, a 3-year-old winning son of Into Mischief, landed the most expensive price for a New York-bred during the horses in training segment that wrapped up the final session. Sold as Hip 3744 by ELiTE, agent, Fenway was purchased by GMP Stables LLC for $100,000. Bred by and foaled at Sequel Stallions New York LLC in Hudson, Fenway is 1-1-1 in seven starts with $68,810 in earnings. He’s one of two winners out of the Songandaprayer mare Keysong.


New York-breds play key role at Keeneland November sale

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Hip 1774, weanling colt by Liam’s Map foaled in New York, sold for $185,000 Sunday at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Photo courtesy of Indian Creek.

By Tom Law

The Keeneland November breeding stock sale hit the halfway mark Sunday, already surpassing last year’s mark for total receipts with New York-breds playing a role through a steady stream of six-figure horses.

Three six-figure horses with New York ties went through the ring Sunday, including a weanling colt by Liam’s Map who commanded a final bid of $185,000 from Scott and Evan Dilworth. Bred by Pepin Breeders, foaled at Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort, consigned by Indian Creek and offered as Hip 1774, the colt is the first foal out of the winning Malibu Moon mare Malibu Rainbow.

A winner in maiden special weight company in 2019 at Gulfstream Park, Malibu Rainbow was purchased in foal to Liam’s Map by Beech-Grove Farm for $85,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale. She sold immediately after her 2021 Liam’s Map colt, again in foal to that sire, to Kaizen Sales, agent, for $170,000.

The $185,000 price matched that paid by D K W Racing for Hip 806, a colt from the first crop of Omaha Beach that sold during the third session Friday. Bred by and foaled at Old Tavern Farm in Saratoga Springs and consigned by Summerfield, agent for Old Tavern Farm, the colt is out of the winning Empire Maker mare Comme Chez Soi.

A $325,000 yearling out of the Grade 1-winning Storm and a Half mare Downthedustyroad, Comme Chez Soi was purchased by Old Tavern’s Walt Borisenok in foal to Lemon Drop Kid for $210,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. The subsequent foal, the Kentucky-bred gelding Tom Management, was a $100,000 yearling and two-time winner for GMB Racing and trainer Al Stall Jr. Comme Chez Soi is also the dam of the New York-bred 4-year-old Malibu Moon filly Malibu Too and an unnamed 2-year-old New York-bred filly by Malibu Moon.

Keeneland reported gross sales of $166,206,000 from 1,120 horses sold through Sunday’s session, a total that surpassed last year’s final tally of $151,017,300 for 10 sessions. The November sale’s average price so far is $148,398, up 13.2 percent from a year ago to this point, while median is up 26.7 percent to $95,000.

Keeneland also reported a low buy-back rate of 15.3 percent, which falls in line with an even better number for New York-breds through the ring. Thirty of the 32 New York-breds offered during the third, fourth and fifth sessions have sold, a 94 percent clearance rate.

Harlan’s Honor, winner of the 2013 Colleen Stakes at Monmouth and a half sister to March X Press, sold for $200,000 at Keeneland November. Photo courtesy of Gainesway.

The most expensive New York-bred during that run was Harlan’s Honor, a 9-year-old stakes-winning daughter of Harlan’s Holiday and half-sister to stakes winner March X Press. Consigned by Gainesway, agent, and offered as Hip 891 in foal to McKinzie, Harlan’s Honor was purchased by Jackpot for $200,000.

Bred by Marty Zaretsky, foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and a $165,000 purchase at the 2014 OBS April sale of 2-year-olds in training, Harlan’s Honor went 2-1-3 in 10 starts with $110,350 in earnings. She won her debut at Monmouth Park about two months after selling as a 2-year-old then the Colleen Stakes there in early August.

Harlan’s Honor, who also placed in two stakes as a 3-year-old, sold in foal to Liam’s Map for $300,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November sale. The subsequent foal, the filly Song River, is multiple stakes placed and the winner of a Saratoga allowance Sept. 5 and a Churchill Downs allowance-optional Saturday. She’s also the dam of the American Pharoah 3-year-old filly Credence Star, who sold as a yearling for $170,000 at the 2019 Keeneland September sale and then for $521,659 at the 2020 Tattersalls Craven breeze-up sale.

March X Press, winner of a New York-bred maiden and the open-company Bolton Landing Stakes over a 14-day stretch in August 2017, sold during the second session of the November sale for $560,000 to Parks Investment Group. Consigned by Lane’s End and offered as Hip 540 and in foal to Quality Road, the 6-year-old daughter of Shanghai Bobby is the most expensive New York-bred sold so far at the November sale.

The Keeneland November sale runs through Friday with sessions starting at 10 a.m. ET.


March X Press sells for $560,000 at Keeneland

Friday, November 12th, 2021

March X Press, winner over open company in the 2017 Bolton Landing at Saratoga, sold for $560,000 Thursday at Keeneland. Susie Raisher/NYRA Photo.

By Tom Law

March X Press, winner of a New York-bred maiden and the open-company Bolton Landing Stakes over a 14-day stretch in August 2017, made her fourth pass through the Keeneland sales ring since 2016 Thursday and brought the highest bid of any of the trips.

Offered as Hip 540 and in foal to Quality Road, the 6-year-old daughter of Shanghai Bobby sold for $560,000 to Parks Investment Group. Lane’s End consigned March X Press, who did not produce a foal in 2021 and is the dam of a yearling colt by Tapit.

Bred by Pine Ridge Stables and foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, March X Press is out of the stakes-placed Indian Charlie mare Indian Rush and is a half-sister to stakes winner Harlan’s Honor. She sold to Golconda Stables for $90,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale.

March X Press won two of nine starts for Golconda and placed in two other stakes with a pair of four-place finishes in graded stakes for trainer Todd Pletcher. She sold for $275,000 to Jackpot Farm at the 2018 Keeneland November sale then brought $330,000 from Newgate Farm while in foal to Tapit at the 2019 Keeneland November sale. The subsequent Kentucky-bred Tapit colt sold for $700,000 at the recent Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale.

March X Press wound up one of five six-figure New York-breds that sold during Thursday’s session that opened Book 2.

Hip 263, a daughter of Munnings bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski, sold for $300,000 Thursday at Keeneland. Photo courtesy of Stuart Morris.

Brookstone Farm paid the second most expensive price of the session, going to $300,000 for Hip 263, a weanling filly Munnings foaled in New York. Bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski, foaled at his Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and consigned by Stuart Morris, agent for Waldorf Farm, the filly is out of the Tiznow mare Storm Crossing.

Waldorf Farm purchased Storm Crossing, carrying in the Munnings filly in utero, for $200,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale. She’s the dam of five other Kentucky-bred foals, including a colt that sold for $125,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale, the 2-year-old Into Mischief colt that brought $750,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale and the multiple stakes-placed $268,499-earning 4-year-old Constitution filly Kansas Kis.

Gaelic Gold, a half-sister to multiple New York-bred stakes winner Sea Foam, sold for $275,000 to Dixiana Farms during Thursday’s session. Bred and owned by Waterville Lake Stables and consigned by Winter Quarter Farm, agent, the 4-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway was sold as Hip 454 in foal to Twirling Candy.

Mrs. Orb won the La Verdad Stakes to start her 2021 season. She sold for $185,000 Wednesday at Keeneland. NYRA Photo.

Multiple stakes winner and Grade 3-placed Mrs. Orb sold for $185,000 during opening Book 1 session of the sale Wednesday. Offered as Hip 185 as a racing or broodmare prospect, the 6-year-old daughter of Orb was purchased by SF – Newgate.

Campaigned by Ruggeri Stable, Richard Coburn, Script R Farm and Mike Micele and trained by Mike Miceli, Mrs. Orb was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Mrs. Orb is 7-8-5 in 28 starts with $556,280 in earnings. A finalist for New York-bred champion older dirt female in 2020, Mrs. Orb won the La Verdad Stakes in January at Aqueduct and the Caesar’s Wish Stakes in July at Pimlico, along with two other stakes placings this year.

The November sale continues with the third of 10 sessions starting at 10 a.m. Friday.


Simply Ravishing sells for $1.7 million at Fasig-Tipton November sale

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

Simply Ravishing was among the seven-figure purchases Tuesday at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale when she brought $1.7 million. Photo courtesy of Gainesway.

By Tom Law

Simply Ravishing, last year’s champion New York-bred 2-year-old filly, helped contribute to the stellar returns at Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale on a seven-figure bid late in the proceedings at the Newtown Paddocks in Lexington.

The Grade 1-winning 3-year-old daughter of former Sequel New York resident Laoban, selling as Hip 233, sold for $1.7 million to Katsumi Yoshida to be among the 26 broodmares, broodmare prospects or racing prospects that sold for $1 million or more during the sale. Consigned by Gainesway, agent, Simply Ravishing is out of the More Than Ready mare Four Wishes.

Bred by Meg Levy and foaled at Stonegate Stables in Fort Edward, Simply Ravishing was a $50,000 purchase by trainer Kenny McPeek for Harold Lerner at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. She went on to win more than eight times that amount, starting with back-to-back victories in a turf maiden and the off-the-turf P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga in her first two starts at 2.

Simply Ravishing won the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades last fall. Keeneland Photo.

Simply Ravishing burst on the national scene in her third start, taking the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland to punch her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies there a month later.

Simply Ravishing’s story gained notoriety in the late summer and fall, after word passed through the industry how her dam, Four Wishes, was purchased by Levy on her birthday for $500 after being abandoned at a boarding facility. She finished fourth in the Juvenile Fillies and then fourth again in the Grade 2 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs to end her 2-year-old season.

(Read more about Simply Ravishing in the 2020 NYTB Awards Program, Page 12)

Yoshida purchased two other high-priced mares during Tuesday’s sale, going to $2.9 million for Princess Noor, $1.6 million for Duopoly, $1.05 million for Mongolian Changa and $775,000 to Heavenhasmynikki.

Espresso Shot, a three-time finalist for New York-bred championship honors, sold for the next highest price for a New York-bred at $300,000. Spendthrift Farm LLC purchased the 5-year-old mare by Sequel’s active stallion Mission Impazible. Consigned by Ballysax Bloodstock, agent for Final Furlong Racing, Espresso Shot was sold as Hip 163 as a racing or broodmare prospect.

Espresso Shot, winner here in the 2020 Staten Island division of the NYSS, sold for $300,000 Tuesday at the November sale. Susie Raisher/NYRA Photo.

Bred by Twin Creeks Farm, Espresso Shot was a $69,000 purchase by Final Furlong Racing at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale. NY Final Furlong campaigned her with partners Maspeth Stables and Parkland Thoroughbreds and Espresso Shot compiled a record of 5-3-4 from 24 starts with $516,625 in earnings.

Trained by Jorge Abreu, Espresso Shot was a stakes winner at 2, 3, 4 and 5. She earned finalist honors in the New York-bred 2-year-old filly division after winning the East View Stakes at Aqueduct. She returned as a finalist at 3, a season that saw her win the Busher Stakes at Aqueduct and finish second in the New York Oaks at Finger Lakes.

Espresso Shot was also a finalist for champion female sprinter as a 4-year-old in 2020, after winning the Staten Island division of the New York Stallion Series. She won or placed in four of seven starts in 2021, including a victory in the Biogio’s Rose in March at Aqueduct and a third in the Iroquois Stakes on Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park in late October.

Espresso Shot was one of five other six-figure New York-bred purchases Tuesday, along with a pair of weanling fillies that sold on back-to-back trips through the ring for $220,000.

Hip 46, a filly from the first crop of multiple Grade 1 winner Omaha Beach and half-sister to Espresso Shot, sold first to Sewanne Investments.

Bred by Final Furlong Racing and Maspeth Stable, foaled at Schuylerville Thoroughbred Farm in Fort Edward and consigned by Ballysax Bloodstock, agent, the filly is out of the winning Medaglia d’Oro mare Glory Gold. In addition to Espresso Shot, Glory Gold is the dam of recent Maid of the Mist Stakes winner Venti Valentine and New York-bred winners Goldtown and Hokulea.

Hip 47, a daughter of Practical Joke and half sister to stakes winner More Mischief, sold for $220,000 at Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton November sale. Photo courtesy of Bluewater Sales.

Hip 47, a daughter of freshman sire Practical Joke and half-sister to multiple stakes winner More Mischief, sold to Scott and Evan Dilworth LLC.

Bred by Anlyn Farms, foaled at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater and consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent, the filly is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Gracilia. More Mischief, winner of the 2020 Biogio’s Rose at Aqueduct and second in the 2018 Joseph A. Gimma Stakes at Belmont, was also bred by Anlyn Farms and sold as a 2-year-old for $350,000. Gracilia is also the dam of stakes-placed Myawaya and fellow New York-bred winners Decorator Jenn, Killala Bay, and Scalpeen.

 


Pair of $120,000 NY-bred colts highlight October sale finale

Friday, October 29th, 2021

Hip 1558, a colt by Practical Joke bred by Empire Equines, was one of two New York-breds to sell for $120,000 during the October sale’s final session Thursday. Photo courtesy of Bluewater Sales.

By Tom Law

A pair of New York-bred yearling colts sold for $120,000 apiece Thursday to highlight the final day of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucy October sale in Lexington.

Hip 1516, a colt from the first crop of 2017 Preakness Stakes winner Cloud Computing, went through the ring first and was purchased by Jacob West’s West Bloodstock. Bred by and foaled at Milfer Farm Inc. in Unadilla and consigned by Legacy Bloodstock, agent, the colt is the third foal out of the winning Street Cry mare Lapinski.

Milfer purchased Lapinski in foal to Hard Spun for $82,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The resulting foal, the filly Spun for Lu Lu later sold as a yearling for $60,000 through Legacy Bloodstock at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale and then for $170,000 at the 2020 OBS March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training. Lapinski’s second foal, the unraced New York-bred Laoban gelding George’s Gambit, sold for $50,000 as a short yearling at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale.

Hip 1558, a colt by top freshman sire Practical Joke, also elicited a $120,000 bid from Calumet Farm. Bred by John and Sandy Crowe’s Empire Equines LLC, foaled at River Valley Farm in Gansevoort and consigned by Bluewater Sales LLC, agent, the colt is the sixth foal out of the stakes-placed Arch mare Lisvernane.

Fourth in the Shady Well Stakes in her debut and later second in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes – both at Woodbine – Lisvernane is the dam of New York-bred winners Gilda Marie (by Shackleford) and Lem Me Have It (by Frost Giant), both bred by Empire Equines. She’s also the dam of the 2-year-old Summer Front filly Samhradh, third in her debut for Empire Equines and trainer Tom Bush going 1 1/16 miles on the turf Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.

The two $120,000 yearlings Thursday brought the total of New York-breds that drew six-figure bids to seven for the entire sale.

The final session was the most productive for New York-breds with 20 of the 21 through the ring reported sold for $797,500, an average price of $39,875 and median of $25,000. Overall, Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 82 of the 90 New York-breds – a clearance rate of 91.1 percent – for $2,530,200. The average price came in at $30,856 while the median price was $20,000.

The most expensive New York-bred at the sale was Hip 1086, a daughter of champion and second-crop sire Nyquist who brought $135,000 on Day 3 from Nick Hines, agent for International Equine LLC. Bred by Wildwood Farm, foaled at Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort and consigned by Indian Creek, agent, the bay filly is out of the unraced Speightstown mare Court Dress. A half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and $5,179,803-earner Well Armed and Grade 3 winner and stakes producer Witty, Court Dress is the dam of four winners led by the stakes-placed $236,314-earner Estilo Femenino. She’s also the dam of the New York-bred 3-year-old Palace Malice gelding Masked Marauder, who won at the 2021 Saratoga meet; and the 5-year-old Street Sense gelding Runnin’ Ray, who won and placed this past summer at Saratoga along with a runner-up finish in an allowance race at Churchill Downs Oct. 2.


Strong demand for NY-breds continues at October sale

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Hip 1086, a NY-bred daughter of champion and classic winner Nyquist, sold for $135,000 Wednesday at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. Photo courtesy of Indian Creek.

By Tom Law

Two more New York-bred yearlings commanded six-figure final bids – bringing the overall total to four over three days – during Wednesday’s third session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale in Lexington.

Hip 1086, a daughter of champion and second-crop sire Nyquist with a few key updates to her catalog page leading up to the sale, led the way for the Empire State on Day 3 on a bid of $135,000 from Nick Hines, agent for International Equine LLC.

Bred by Wildwood Farm, foaled at Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort and consigned by Indian Creek, agent, the bay filly is out of the unraced Speightstown mare Court Dress. A half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and $5,179,803-earner Well Armed and Grade 3 winner and stakes producer Witty, Court Dress is the dam of four winners led by the stakes-placed $236,314-earner Estilo Femenino. She’s also the dam of the New York-bred 3-year-old Palace Malice gelding Masked Marauder, who won at the 2021 Saratoga meet; and the 5-year-old Street Sense gelding Runnin’ Ray, who won and placed this past summer at Saratoga along with a runner-up finish in an allowance race at Churchill Downs Oct. 2.

The $135,000 bid for the Nyquist filly makes her the top-selling New York-bred with one session remaining Thursday. She also helped continue strong returns for New York-breds at the sale.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 23 of the 25 New York-breds offered Wednesday for $594,000, an average price of $25,826 and median of $13,000. Overall, 62 of the 69 offered have been sold for $1,732,700, an average price of $27,947 and median of $17,000.

Gatsas Stables purchased the second most expensive New York-bred Wednesday – and second highest-priced overall through three sessions – when it went to $130,000 for Hip 1039, a colt by Empire Maker from the family of Grade 1 winner Awesome Humor.

Bred by Pine Ridge Stables LTD, foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, the colt is the fifth foal out of the Any Given Saturday mare Choice Pearl.

Purchased by Pine Ridge Stables while in foal to Unbridled’s Song for $165,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Choice Pearl is the dam of New York-bred winners Packed House (by Giant’s Causeway) and Becca Takes Charge (by Will Take Charge). She’s also the dam of the unraced New York-bred 2-year-old Candy Ridge colt Wave’s Edge, who sold for $165,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale; and the 3-year-old New York-bred filly I Love Pearls who brought $325,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale.

The October sale concludes with the final session starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.


Mission Impazible colt sells for $100,000 at October sale

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

Bidding was strong during Tuesday’s second session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

The New York-bred six-figure haul continued Tuesday during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale.

Hip 772, a colt by top New York-based sire Mission Impazible, led the way for the state on a $100,000 bid from West Point Thoroughbreds late in the session. Bred by Twin Creeks Farm and The New Hill Farm LLC, foaled at The New Hill Farm in Hoosick Falls and consigned by Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm, the colt is out of the stakes-winning Teuflesberg mare Wizardry.

The six-figure colt is the fifth foal out of Wizardry, a five-time winner who earned $139,882. She’s also the dam of the winning New York-bred Graydar mare Gray Witch and her 2019 colt by Constitution sold for $335,000 at the 2020 Keeneland September yearling sale through the Woods Edge consignment.

The $100,000 sale helped continue the strong momentum for New York-breds during Tuesday’s record-setting session. Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 21 of the 23 New York-breds offered for a total of $607,500, an average price of $28,929 and median of $20,000. Halfway through the sale, 39 of the 44 New York-breds through the ring have sold for a total of $1,138,700, an average price of $29,197 and median of $20,000.

The second most expensive New York-bred sold Tuesday was Hip 402, a filly by the late and former leading New York-based freshman sire Laoban, who brought $65,000 from Deuce Greathouse and Pova Vida Racing.

Bred by Southern Equine Stables, foaled at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater and consigned by Bluewater Sales, the filly is the second foal out of the unraced Tapizar mare Winsanity. She’s a half-sister to the New York-bred Bodemeister gelding The Man to See who won an open maiden special weight Oct. 8 at Laurel Park in his second start.

The sale continues with the third session starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday.


FT October sale opener features six-figure Kantharos colt

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

Hip 136, a New York-bred colt by Kantharos bred by Rhapsody Farm, sold for $100,000 to highlight Monday’s opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. Photo provided by Four Star Sales.

By Tom Law

The final significant yearling sale of the season kicked off Monday in Lexington and featured 32 horses that sold for six figures, including a New York-bred colt by Kantharos that brought $100,000.

Andrew Cary’s Cary Bloodstock signed for the top New York-bred Monday, picking up Hip 136 on behalf of Steve Landers Racing LLC. Bred by and foaled at Rhapsody Farm in Plymouth and consigned by Four Star Sales, agent, the colt is the first foal out of the New York-bred Emcee mare Natural Mist.

Rhapsody Farm purchased the mare, carrying the Kantharos colt in utero, for $25,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky February mixed sale. Natural Mist is a half sister to 2015 New York Derby winner Force and both are from the family of Grade 2 winner Katahaula County, 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner More Than Real and 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Structor.

The Kantharos colt was originally listed as sold for $28,000 to Blue Chip Farm in August at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale.

The sale of Hip 136 helped contribute to the positive results overall in the opening session, which saw increases in total receipts, average price and median along with a drop in the RNA rate.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 18 of the 21 New York-breds offered in the opening session for a total of $531,200, an average price of $29,511 and median of $20,000. Those numbers compared favorably to the opening session last year, when 11 New York-breds sold for $395,700, an average price of $35,973 and median of $7,500.

The second most expensive New York-bred and top filly went to Hip 347, a daughter of top freshman sire Practical Joke, on an $80,000 bid from Patillo Equine.

Bred by Hidden Lake Farm LLC and Recapture LLC, foaled at Hidden Lake Farm in Stillwater and consigned by Mulholland Springs, agent, the filly is out of the winning Street Sense mare Ruedelarose. The Practical Joke filly is a half-sister to the New York-bred 3-year-old Animal Kingdom filly Roxy’s Kingdom who has placed twice and sold for $13,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale.

The sale continues with the second of four sessions starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Lexington.