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Weanlings by Practical Joke top Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall sale

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

A pair of weanlings — a colt and a filly — from the first crop of Practical Joke, each out of a stakes producer, topped the offerings at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall sale at the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion Tuesday. The top-selling mare was Spa Treatment, a Chester and Mary Broman homebred. The annual auction, inaugurated in 2012, was well-attended and grossed a shade above last year’s total sale receipts. In 2018 the sale had a breakout year, setting records in all categories. The 2019 major indicators were more in line with (and even outperformed) the 2017 results.

The sale topper, the weanling colt by Practical Joke, sold as Hip 238 to Steven Weston for $160,000 from the consignment of RFHF Bloodstock LLC, agent. Bred by Hidden Lake Farm LLC in partnership with 3C Thoroughbreds and West Point Thoroughbreds and foaled on February 12, the bay youngster is out of stakes producer Singing Doe, a placed Florida-bred daughter of Running Stag. Hidden Lake purchased the mare for $35,000 at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale.

The top colt is a half-brother to three winners, topped by Pain and Misery by Bob and John, a multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer on dirt with earnings of over $550,000. His dam Singing Doe is a half sister to Awesome I Am, a multiple stakes winner at Aqueduct trained by John Terranova. The colt’s third dam is Grade 2 Schuylerville winner Distinct Habit, who went on to become a stakes producer. Singing Doe has been bred back to Practical Joke.

The weanling filly by Practical Joke, Hip 260, came in a close second behind the top-seller, fetching $150,000 when hammered down to Exclusive Equine Investments. She was consigned by her breeder, The New Hill Farm LLC.

A chestnut foaled on April 9, the filly is out of Unicorn Kid (Lemon Drop Kid) and a half-sister to four winners, including by a pair of stakes winners. Pure Lemon, a mare by Eskendereya, is a multiple graded stakes winner in Puerto Rico and champion imported mare. Unicorn Kid’s Crafty Unicorn by Friends Lake won an OBS Championship Stakes. The female family through the fourth dam is peppered with additional black type. Unicorn Kid has been bred to Cairo Prince this year.

The top mare at the sale was Spa Treatment (Hip 59), a homebred winner by Bernardini for Chester and Mary Broman who was consigned on couple’s behalf by Sequel New York. Coming in as the third top-seller overall, she was purchased by Springhouse Farm for $140,000 in foal to Maclean’s Music on a February 15 cover.

Spa Treatment is out of Silver Knockers (Silver Deputy), a Maryland-bred stakes winner and Grade 1 stakes performer purchased by Chester Broman for $320,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. She is a half-sister to three winners, led by juvenile stakes winner Manipulated by Malibu Moon, who won the Funny Cide stakes on Saratoga Showcase Day in 2015. The Maclean’s Music foal in utero will be her first.

In all 134 lots of 216 offered changed hands at Tuesday’s sale (including 15 private sales) for a 38% RNA percentage, up from last year’s 32.4% buyback rate. The sales total of $3,384,700 was a few ticks above last year’s receipts of $3,381,200, but with a larger catalogue and more horses sold, the average and median dipped from year to year. The $25,259 average was off 14.1% from $29,402 last year. The 2019 $15,000 median dipped 25% from $20,000 last year.

Against the backdrop of the record-setting 2018 edition of the Saratoga fall sale, the 2017 results put 2019 in a more realistic context. In 2017, 144 head sold with a 39.0% buyback percentage, the sale grossed $3,265,000, and posted an average and median price of $22,674 and $12,000, both below this year’s indicators.

Filly by Dialed In brings second-highest price at OBS October open yearling sale

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

A bay New York-bred filly by Dialed In from the family of Upstart fetched the second-highest price overall at Wednesday’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 October open yearling sale when Patrice Miller, EQB, Inc., agent, made a winning bid of $70,000.

Bred by Jonathan Thorne and foaled on February 1, 2018, Hip 434 was already a veteran of the sales ring. As a weanling, the bay was purchased by trainer Linda Rice for $60,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton fall mixed sale. Returning to action at the sales company’s preferred New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga this summer, she was purchased by Lambholm at a markdown for $22,000, before bringing $70,000 on Wednesday.

The Dialed In filly is the third foal out of Fujiana, a winning New York-bred mare by Fusaichi Pegasus. Her lone foal to start to date, Thirsty Gal by Stay Thirsty, is a multiple winner. Fujiana’s half-sister Josh’s Madelyn (Quiet American) is a Grade 2 winner, who has earned nearly $500,000. Thorne purchased Fujiana for $50,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. She currently has a weanling filly by American Freedom and was bred this year to Sharp Azteca.

The filly’s second dam is stakes performer Intend to Win. Her daughter Party Silks produced New York-bred multiple graded stakes winner, millionaire and young sire Upstart. There is abundant black type also under the filly’s stakes-winning third dam Intently.

During the session, 46 New York-bred yearlings successfully changed hands of 58 offered (including three private sales) for a strong buyback percentage of 20.7%, which outperformed the overall 25.7% RNA rate.

The average price for a New York-bred yearling at the session was $12,102 and the median was $8,500. These results were on par with the overall sale indicators, where the average and median were, respectively, $12,671 and $8,000.

Colt by Runhappy is top New York-bred at select session of OBS October yearling sale

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

At Tuesday’s select session of the two-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 October yearling sale, a colt by Runhappy bred by Highclere brought the top price of 14 New York-breds to change hands. Insignia Bloodstock signed the ticket for $110,000. The average price for an Empire State-bred in the session was $36,286 while the median came in at $30,000. For the session as a whole, the average was $46,324 – up 12.3% from 2018– and the median was $35,000, up 25%. The New York-bred buyback rate of 33.3% came in a shade below with the overall RNA percentage for the session of 34.9%.

The solidly-built Highclere-bred colt, offered as Hip 188, is a bay from the first crop of Runhappy foaled on May 11, 2018. Consigned on behalf of the breeder by Stuart Morris, the session’s top consignor, he became the seventh top seller of the select session with Insignia Bloodstock’s winning bid of $110,000. [OBS walking video]

Out of Tazarine, a Kentucky-bred multiple winner by Cat Thief, the colt is a half-brother to stakes performer Moms Choice by Kitten’s Joy. His second dam, a graded stakes performer by Java Gold, produced Resplendency, a stakes winner and Grade 1 performer and producer. Tazarine was bred this year to Bolt d’Oro.

The leading New York-bred filly of the select session was a bay daughter of Liam’s Map bred by Jerry Bilinski and Marty Zaretsky. Consigned, like the top colt, by Stuart Morris, agent, Hip 75 was purchased by Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt for $85,000. Foaled on March 9, 2018, she sold this summer at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale to Bluebird Bloodstock for $30,000. [OBS walking video]

The most recent reported foal out of Hanna’s Harmony, the sale filly is a half-sister to stakes winner Classy Zip (City Zip) and stakes performer Frozen Hannah (E Dubai). Jerry Bilinski bought Hanna’s Harmony at the 2014 Keeneland November breeding stock sale for $65,000. She has produced five winners from five foals to start and has been bred this year to Bustin Stones.

The sale continues with an open session on Wednesday, October 9, beginning at 10:30 a.m., with Hips 301–722.

Kantharos colt out of stakes producer heads NY cohort at F-T Midlantic fall yearlings sale

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

By Sarah Mace

A grey/roan colt by Kantharos out of stakes producer Prominent topped the 41 New York-breds who sold at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall yearlings sale on Monday and Tuesday. The top New York-bred colt and filly both sold in Tuesday’s second session which compassed hips 151 through 435. An abbreviated session Monday included the first 150 yearlings in the catalogue.

Patrick Welsh’s Seagull Capital (Tim Hills, agent) went to $130,000 to purchase Hip 278, a Kantharos colt from the consignment of Indian Creek, agent. He brought the co-third highest price of the sale. Bred by Fifth Avenue Bloodstock and foaled on May 14, 2018, the youngster is out of Prominent, a Kentucky-bred daughter of El Prado (IRE) and the dam of New York-bred stakes winner She’s All Ready by Girolamo. Living up to her name with a maiden victory at Saratoga for Nirvana Stables and trainer Jim Ryerson, She’s All Ready wheeled right back to win the Seeking the Ante at the Spa in her second start. After picking up a half-dozen additional stakes placings, she retired with over $400,000 in earnings. Prominent has produced two additional winners and was bred this year to Distorted Humor. The colt’s second dam Biblionic is also a stakes winner.

The top New York-bred filly, Hip 320 by Lemon Drop Kid, was the co-third top-selling filly of the sale. Purchased by Three Diamonds Farm for $100,000, the February 17 dark bay/brown filly was bred by Hibiscus Stables and consigned by Indian Creek, agent.

The filly’s dam Salt Water Reign is a producer of three winners. The mare’s first foal, Sound Django by Desert Party, earned over $220,000. Another six-figure earner is Mike’s Girl by Scat Daddy. Salt Water Reign foaled a full sister to the sale filly this year and has been bred back to Midnight Lute. The filly’s second dam is Top Ruhl, a stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-placed runner.

In all 41 New York-breds sold of 66 offered, translating into a 37.9% buyback percentage. The New York-bred average was $21,680 and the median was $10,000. Overall, the sale posted a RNA rate of 21.3%. The average and median prices, respectively, were $24,253 (+12% from $21,653 in 2018) and $14,000 (-6.7% from $15,000 in 2018).

Keeneland Book 4 boosts clearance rate for New York-bred yearlings

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Keeneland Photo

By Sarah Mace

At the conclusion of bidding Monday, halfway through the 2019 Keeneland September yearling sale (Books 1-3 and Sessions 1-7), the total number of New York-breds sold was 12 with nine buybacks, which had driven the RNA percentage to an uncomfortable 42.9%. On Tuesday and Wednesday (Book 4) all but one of the 16 New York-bred yearlings offered found new homes. The obvious demand for these middle-market Empire State-bred yearlings has generated a much more palatable post-Book 4 cumulative RNA percentage of 27.0% for the group.

The other key Empire State-bred indicators remain solid. The average New York-bred yearling price is $85,833 while the cumulative New York-bred median is $75,000. Overall at Keeneland the cumulative average and median stand at $183,319 and $100,000, respectively, through Book 4. To date the overall buybacks are 27.5%.

The top New York-bred colt and filly of Book 4 both sold in Wednesday’s Session 9.

Repole Stable went to $90,000 to take home the male topper, a bay by Goldencents from a strong female family who was offered as Hip 2819 from the Sequel New York consignment. Bred by Sequel in partnership with Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC, the April 22, 2018 colt is the second foal out of Cool Ten Grand, an unraced Kentucky-bred daughter of Malibu Moon who was purchased by the colt’s breeders for $40,000 at the 2018 Keeneland January sale. Cool Ten Grand is a full sister to Grade 2 Peter Pan winner Freedom Child. The sale colt’s third dam is Grade 1 winner City Band, producer of stakes winners Weather Warning and Foolishly (also a stakes producer).

The top filly of Book 4 was Hip 2767, also consigned by Sequel, this time on behalf of top New York breeders Chester and Mary Broman. The winning bidder was Glen Hill Farm who paid $75,000 for the dark bay or brown daughter of Medaglia d’Oro. She is the third foal out of Broman homebred Beautiful But Blue, a multiple stakes winner and Grade 1-placed runner by El Corredor whose first foal, Rachel’s Blue Moon, is already a winner. The filly’s second dam is four-time stakes winner Beautiful America, a daughter of Dixie Brass who was bred in New York by Thomas C. Ryba, campaigned by the Bromans and earned $523,927.

The top colt and filly of Wednesday’s Session 8 were offspring of Mineshaft and young sire Tonalist.

Wednesday’s top colt, Hip 2409, a chestnut colt by Mineshaft who is a half-brother to New York-bred multiple graded stakes winner Flipcup, went to Jerry Crawford for Donegal Racing for $75,000 from the consignment of Woods Edge Farm (Peter O’Callaghan). Bred by Saratoga Glen Farm LLC and Beals Racing Stable LLC, the youngster is out of Dream Affair, by Touch Gold, who was unraced but has produced six winners from six foals to start, including two New York-bred stakes winners.

Dream Affair’s star foal is Flipcup (Milwaukee Brew), a winner of five stakes races, topped by the Grade 3 Maple Leaf at Woodbine and Grade 3 Arlington Matron, and earner of nearly $700,000. Dream Affair is also the dam of stakes winner Pat’s No Fool. The Mineshaft colt’s second dam is stakes winner Fleet Wahine.

Session 8’s top filly was a chestnut daughter of Tonalist whose first and second dams are stakes winners and went to Eric Antonio Delvalle for $65,000 (Hip 2563). Foaled on March 20, 2018, she was bred by Robert S Evans and is the first foal out of out of Notte D’Oro, who was purchased by Evans for $450,000 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall mixed sale and went on to become a stakes winner on turf and multiple stakes-placed runner. The filly’s second dam is stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-placed May Night who, in addition to Notte D’Oro produced multiple graded winner Red Rifle, the earner of $946,832. Notte D’Oro produced a full-brother to the sale filly this year and has been bred back by Evans to Tonalist.

The Keeneland yearling sale will continue through September 22, with sessions beginning each day at 10:00 a.m.

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Halfway home at Keeneland: NY-bred indicators strong with majority of yearlings still to come

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Keeneland photo

By Sarah Mace

The 2019 Keeneland September yearling sale reached its halfway point at the conclusion of trading Monday, the second and final session of Book 3 which spanned Sunday and Monday (Sessions 6 and 7 overall). With just 20.2% of the total New York-bred yearling cohort offered in Books 1-3 (21 of 104), most of the New York-bred contingent has yet to meet the auctioneer In all 83 are catalogued for Books 4-6.

To this point, the total number of New York-breds sold is 12. With nine buybacks through Session 7, the RNA percentage is high (42.9%), but the other indicators are also high. The average price for a New York-bred yearling through the first three books came in at $229,167, while the median was $190,000. Keeneland’s cumulative average and median are $240,511 and $170,000. Five of the New York-bred RNAs attracted final bids between $145,000 and $285,000.

The top New York-bred colt and filly of Book 3 were both sold on Sunday (Session 6).

The top-selling New York-bred colt of Book 3, Hip 1351, is a chestnut yearling by Speightstown from an accomplished European female family bred by Vivien Malloy’s Edition Farm. Foaled on May 15, 2018 and consigned by Denali Stud on Edition’s behalf, the colt went to Global Equine Group LTD for $100,000.

The colt’s dam is the unplaced Salonsun, a German-bred mare by Monsun who is a full sister to stakes winner Monblue, a half to stakes winner and group performer Salon Soldier and stakes performer Sommernachtstraum. The colt’s second dam, Salonblue won two stakes races, is Group 3-placed and a half-sister to a Group 3 winner Peppertree Lane, stakes winner Salon Honor and stakes performer Salon Turtle. Salonsun produced a colt this year by A Shin Forward, a New York-bred turf star in Japan bred by Mrs. Malloy.

Christophe Clement went to $60,000 to secure the top-selling New York-bred filly of Book 3, Hip 1569, a bay yearling by Tiznow. Bred by Tiznow Syndicate and Saratoga Glen Farm, LLC, the April 6, 2018 filly is out of Distorted Blaze, an unraced daughter of Distorted Humor who has already been a successful producer with five winners from five foals to start.

Leading Distorted Blaze’s offspring is graded winner Joes Blazing Aaron (Graeme Hall), a resilient turf runner with 10 wins under his belt from 50 starts and $473,291 in the bank when he retired in 2016. Distorted Blaze also the dam of graded stakes performers Danse Grecque, Tiz Sardonic Joe, who is a full to the sale filly, and Majestic Hussar. The filly’s second dam is Grade 3 winner Suspect Terrain.


Top New York-breds pop in Book 2 at Keeneland, led by $650,000 Into Mischief colt

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Hip 1239 (Keeneland photo)

By Sarah Mace

A select group of top New York-bred yearlings commanded hefty price tags when Keeneland resumed business on Friday following the three sessions of Book 1 (Monday through Wednesday) and a Thursday dark day. Book 2 of the auction company’s annual September sale, which spanned Friday and Saturday (Sessions 4 and 5 overall), produced fresh New York-bred colt and filly toppers. The average price for 10 New York-bred youngsters sold through the first two books came in at a robust $259,000.

The overall New York-bred top-seller to date emerged during Saturday’s Session 5, when the powerhouse partnership of SF / Starlight / Madaket went to $650,000 for a bay Into Mischief colt catalogued as Hip 1239. He was one of four New York-breds to change hands in Session 5, all for $125,000 and up, and the co-second top colt of the day.

Bred and consigned by Sequel Stallions New York, LLC, the Into Mischief yearling was foaled relatively late, on May 24, 2018. His dam is Keysong, by Songandaprayer, who was purchased in 2015 by Alpha Partners I for $75,000 out of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Sequel’s Becky Thomas said, “The mares that I bring to New York are mares that I would bring anywhere. I try to produce winners. She is a very pretty Songandaprayer mare — she’s really racy. She is a big, scopey mare. So I thought it was a good cross for Into Mischief. Into Mischief is one of those sires that all along the way, I’ve tried to breed to. He’s a wonderful sire.”

A multiple winner and winner-producer, Keysong is out of stakes winner Key to the Cat and a half-sister to stakes winner Miss Catalyst. Keysong has a juvenile Alpha colt named Prota who has not yet started, no 2019 foal, and was bred to The Lieutenant this year.

“This was a horse that [Stonestreet’s] John Moynihan identified as a horse they loved also,” said SF’s Tom Ryan. “Into Mischief [currently leading the general sire list] is a very established stallion that everyone wants a piece of at the moment.” Ryan indicated that colt will go to California to the barn of trainer Bob Baffert.

The top-selling filly thus far was offered on Friday as Hip 621, a bay filly from the first crop of Runhappy, who was hammered down to Steve Young, Agent, for $325,000.

Bred by Hidden Lake Farm, LLC and Fred Rosen, the sale filly was foaled on April 19, 2018, and consigned by Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm, Agent. Hip 621 is the second foal out of Sentimental Lass, a precocious New York-bred race mare by top-tier New York sire Freud. She first sold as a short yearling in January at the Keeneland sale where she was purchased by AROC Bloodstock for $170,000.

Sentimental Lass, who was bred by Windhorse Thoroughbreds LLC and raced in the colors of J Z B Racing Stable, LLC, won the Maid of the Mist at two, placed in an open black type event at three, and earned more than $160,000 before retiring to broodmare duty. Out of a stakes-winning Cherokee Run mare Scottish Bubbly, Sentimental Lass is also a half-sister to stakes winner Chasing Bubbles. She has been bred this year to Classic Empire.

The top filly of Saturday’s session went to Jim and Susan Hill for $220,000. A bay by Quality Road out of a producer of five winners, the filly was consigned by James B. Keogh (Grovendale), Agent XII and offered as Hip 1073. Bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski and Harry Patten, Hip 1073 turned heads first as a short yearling at the Keeneland January sale, where she went to K. M. C. F. F. Stable for $200,000.

The filly’s dam As Promised, a placed Kentucky-bred mare by Century City (IRE) campaigned by Darlene Bilinski and Harry Patton, is out of stakes winner Roan Promise (Wise Exchange) and has produced five winners from six starters, led by top-earner Flattermefabulous ($141,528). As Promised is a half-sister to stakes winners Daytime Promise (Five Star Day) – also a graded stakes performer – and Promiseville (Alwasmi). Promiseville went on to produce Small Promises, the Sovereign Award-winning Champion Older Mare of 2002.

Alex Solis and Jason Litt paired up to buy the top colt of Friday’s session four, Hip 671 by Uncle Mo, who is out of another solid and precocious New York-bred race mare, Temper Mint Patty (Congrats). Bred by Repole Stable, Inc. and consigned by Lane’s End, Agent, the colt hammered down for $200,000.

Repole bought Temper Mint Patty (Congrats), who was bred Gallagher’s Stud, at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected horses of racing age sale for $350,000 after she recorded a second stakes victory for owner Mark Stanley in the New York Oaks. As a juvenile she won Belmont’s Joseph A. Gimma and over the course of two seasons earned $415,916

The sale colt’s second dam is stakes-winning turf router His Beauty, a Gallagher’s Stud homebred by Gallagher’s Adcat. Under the fourth dam we find Deja, a multiple turf stakes winner in France. Temper Mint Patty has an unraced juvenile filly by Uncle Mo, a weanling colt by Overanalyze and was bred this year to Outwork.

Through the first five sessions of the Keeneland yearling auction (Books 1 and 2), 10 New York-bred youngsters sold of 16 offered for a relatively high 37.5% buyback percentage. The other indicators, however, are very strong: the average price came in at $259,000, while the median was $210,000.

The final bids for the RNAs were strong, six figures in all  but one case, and topping out at $210,000. This could suggest seller confidence that the yearlings will increase in market value by the time they are two, whether as sale prospects or runners, given the lucrative juvenile stakes programs for New York-breds on the NYRA and Finger Lakes circuits.

The New York-bred yearlings of Keeneland Book 3 will be offered on Sunday and Monday, with sessions beginning at 10:00 a.m.

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New York-bred yearlings hit a pair of home runs in Keeneland’s Book 1

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Keeneland photo

By Sarah Mace

Two New York-bred yearlings found new homes for healthy price tags during the three blockbuster sessions of Keenland’s first book at the sale company’s annual September yearling sale (Monday-Wednesday). A third New York-bred went unsold on final bid of $285,000.

The top New York-bred seller of Book 1 was Hip 403, who was purchased by Brick City Thoroughbreds for $310,000 from the consignment of Eaton Sales, Agent, in Wednesday’s third session.

A bay colt by Quality Road from the family of Bodemeister, Hip 403 was bred by Albert Fried Jr. and foaled on March 26, 2018. The colt’s dam is Front and Center, a placed runner by Dynaformer who was purchased by Fried at the 2017 Keeneland November breeding stock sale for $75,000 with the sale colt in utero.

Out of multiple graded stakes winner Parade Queen, Front and Center is a half-sister to two stakes winners, led by Untouched Talent, a graded stakes winner and the dam of millionaire and successful sire Bodemeister. Front and Center delivered a colt by War Dancer on March 23, 2019 and has been bred to Shaman Ghost. An attractive sales prospect from the start, the Quality Road colt brought $310,000 as a weanling at the 2018 Keeneland November sale.

Also offered in Wednesday’s session was Hip 452, a dark bay/brown colt by into Mischief, who RNA’d on final bid of $285,000. Bred by William Butler and the first foal out of multiple winning New York-bred In Spite of Mama (Speightstown), the well-regarded colt was also a buy-back at last year’s Keeneland’s November sale when bid up to $300,000.

The lone New York-bred to go through the ring on Tuesday’s second day of trading also attracted strong interest. Hip 287, a bay filly by Quality Road foaled March 27, 2018, went to Don Robinson, Agent, for $250,000. Bred by Albaugh Family Stables LLC and consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent CLXIV, Hip 287 is the first foal out of Cahirciveen, a New York-bred winner by Giant’s Causeway owned and bred by Waterville Lake Stable and trained by Christophe Clement. Albaugh bought the mare in foal for $200,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November sale. She currently has a weanling colt by Union Rags and is not currently in foal after being bred to Cairo Prince.

Following Thursday’s dark day at Keeneland, sale sessions start at 10 a.m. each day from Friday through Sunday, September 22. Books 2-6 will each be spread out over two sessions.


NY-Bred yearling sale concludes strong run in Saratoga with sales-record $775,000 topper

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

A trio of outstanding fillies led the second and concluding session Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale Monday, topped by a sales-record youngster: a filly by Malibu Moon who was hammered down for $775,000. While the key indicators for the auction were strong, they gave ground slightly from the record-breaking edition of the sale of 2018.

Of 266 New York-bred yearlings offered over the two sessions, 186 were sold (including 14 private sales) for total receipts of $16,200,000. Last year 172 individuals brought $18,492,000. The 2019 buy-back rate of 30.1% improved slightly over 34.6% a year ago. This year’s average yearling price of $87,097 dipped 19% from last year’s record average of $107,512. The median price was down 21.1% to $60,000 from $76,000 in 2018. Approximately one-third of the yearlings (59) brought six figures this year and 19 youngsters sold for $200,000 and up.

Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, Jr. said, “It was another strong edition of the New York-bred sale in 2019. Virtually every buyer I ran into today was complaining that they couldn’t get anything bought or that they were having to pay significantly more money than they wanted to for the horses they were bidding on.”

Continued Browning, “The RNA rate showed a pretty significant improvement this year compared to last year which probably led to a decrease in the average price and the median. All in all, we were coming off an unbelievable jump last year compared to 2017.”

He concluded, “The buyer base continues to be very, very good for this sale and continues to improve. I thought it was a very strong marketplace, similar to last year. The New York program has matured and, in my mind, is the finest state-bred program in the country.”

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As has been the case in the bloodstock market at large for several years now, there was fierce competition at the very top of the market for the most desirable offerings.

Hip 592, a bay filly by Malibu Moon bred by Oak Bluff Stables, LLC, in partnership with Christophe Clement, set a new sales record when she brought $775,000 from Larry Best’s OXO Equine. Winter Quarter Farm consigned the filly for Oak Bluff Stable LLC. The previous record was set last year when a bay colt by Pioneerof the Nile bred by Jonathan Thorne’s Thorndale Farm in Millbrook and now named Rift Valley was hammered down for $600,000.

The record-setting filly is the second (and most recent reported) foal out of Savvy Sassy, an Ontario-bred six-figure earner by Street Sense. Savvy Sassy last changed hands when purchased by John Donaldson, bloodstock agent for Richard Leahy’s Oak Bluff Stable, for $80,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November sale. Her first foal by Bayern named Bourbon Bay brought $205,000 at the New York-bred yearling sale last year and has not yet started. Savvy Sassy is a half-sister to Southdale, a multiple graded stakes winner and S S Pinafore, dam of graded winner Plainsman. The sale filly’s third dam is stakes winner Pinafore Park, who earned over $400,000.

“I’ve never shopped the New York sale before,” Best said after signing the ticket for the filly. “I didn’t even intend to shop today. But I had nothing to do this afternoon, so I came over and looked at some horses and that one caught my eye. It’s a beautiful day. I had other business to do this morning, got done early and felt like I’d come over and look. And here we are.”

He continued, “I love Malibu Moon as a broodmare sire. So I look at it from a breeding standpoint, long-term. If she wins some races, that would be really special, but I don’t see very many Malibu Moon fillies that I just fall in love with. This was one that is very athletic, she has a shot at the track, but after racing, I’ll use her as a broodmare. There is a consistency of quality in the filly.”

Fasig-Tipton photo

Also making a big splash on Monday was Hip 495, a bay filly from the first crop of Outwork foaled on March 21, 2018 who fetched $500,000. Consigned by Denali Stud, Agent IX, the filly went to Anna Seitz Ciannello’s All About the Girls Racing and JCE Racing for Travis Durr.

Bred by WinStar Farm, LLC where Outwork stands, the half-million dollar filly is the third foal out of Light and Variable, an unraced mare by Tiznow, whose first foal, Bye Bye Hong Kong by Street Sense sold for $862,759 at Tattersalls as a juvenile and has gone on to become a stakes winner in England. Light and Variable’s second foal is also a winner. Herself a $490,000 yearling when bought by SF Bloodstock at Keeneland in 2013, Light and Variable is out of a full sister to successful sire Bluegrass Cat and is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Nonna Mela. The third dam is a sister to Girolamo and appearing under the fourth dam are luminaries Imagining, Accelerator and Super Saver.

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Tracy Farmer went to $320,000 to take home the third standout filly in the session and fourth top-seller overall. Hip 617, a bay yearling by Twirling Candy, was bred by Kingsport Farms, LLC and consigned on their behalf by Fort Christopher’s Thoroughbreds LLC.  The January 31 filly is out of Soul Search, a multiple graded stakes-placed runner and earner of over $330,000 by A. P. Indy. All seven of her foals of racing age have started and won. The sale filly’s half-sister by War Front filly, Journey Home, is a graded stakes winner.

The 2019 New York-bred sale also introduced the first crop of three young New York sires: Laoban (Sequel Stallions New York), War Dancer (Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC) and the late Effinex.

Five colts and one filly by Laoban changed hands over the two sessions and the undoubted star of the group was Hip 506. Alex and Jo Ann Lieblong obtained the bay February 11 colt with a winning bid of $170,000. Bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, LLC, Hip 506 is out of Malibu Mystique, a winning Maryland-bred by Malibu Moon who has produced four winners from four foals to start. Her Weigelia filly Brenda’s Way is a stakes winner and her Teuflesberg filly Miss Mystique is a stakes performer. The colt sold as a weanling at Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga fall mixed sale for $65,000.

Four fillies by War Dancer sold, led by Hip 480 who went to Ken McPeek, Agent, from Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield consignment for $75,000. Bred by Sugar Plum Farm LLC, the February 16 filly is the first foal out of Kimberly Jean, by More than Ready.

Six yearlings from the lone crop of Effinex sold over the two sessions, topped by Hip 494 out of stakes performer Letshootpool who went to Zilla Racing / Oracle Bloodstock, Agent for $60,000

Of the older New York sires with six-figure yearlings, stalwart Freud led the pack with four yearlings bringing prices from $100,000 to $150,000 — the price tag paid by Calumet Farm for Hip 309, a dark bay colt out of Tiffany Twisted bred by SF Bloodstock, LLC.

Big Brown (Hip 500) and Majestic City (Hip 522) each had six-figure yearlings.

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Top New York-bred colt and filly fetch $300,000-plus at Fasig-Tipton opener

Monday, August 12th, 2019

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By Sarah Mace

New York-bred yearlings made a fine showing in the “short” opening session of the two-day Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale on Monday evening. The top colt and filly were hammered down for $340,000 and $300,000 respectively, while seven youngsters sold for more than $200,000. Just over a third of the yearlings to change hands (23) brought six figures.

Fasig-Tipton adopted a new format for the annual sale this year. Typically conducted over two evening sessions on Saturday and Sunday, this year the sale began with a Sunday session beginning at 7:00 p.m. and covering approximately one-third of the catalogue (Hips 301-420 or 120 head). The second session, which is comprised of Hips 421-632 (or 211 horses), is scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon on Monday to capitalize on the new dark day in Saratoga’s racing schedule. Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, Jr. said that the adjustment was a response to feedback from buyers and sellers. “With a lot going on, including the races, the sale has reached a level of importance that buyers and sellers felt they needed more time to look,” Browning said.

Over the course of the auction’s first session 66 youngsters sold of 97 offered (including 5 private sales) for a 31.96% buyback percentage. The average price on day one was $90,492 and the median price came in at $75,000.

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The top-seller in Session 1 was Hip 342, a bay March 29 colt by Constitution from the family of Micromanage. Purchased by trainer John Terranova on behalf of an undisclosed client for $340,000, the colt was bred by Newtown Anner Stud and consigned by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services LLC, Agent I.

The colt’s dam is Akris Queen, a winning Kentucky-bred daughter of Arch. Akris Queen is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Indescribable and graded stakes winner and New York sire Micromanage, whose first foals are hitting the racetrack this year. Another stakes-winning half-sibling is Elaflaak. Akris Queen has produced two winners from two foals to start and foaled a filly by Flatter this year. She has been bred to Good Samaritan.

“We’re really happy we got him and our client was as well,” said Terranova, who trained Akris Queen. “We thought he was the best horse in the sale, and we’ve seen Constitution get off to a hot start with 2-year-olds on the track. The mare’s got a big pedigree, and it’s nice to see her throwing a good-looking colt like that.”

“With everything lining up with the sire getting as hot as he has been currently, this horse’s physical was really, really strong,” said Nick Sallusto, part of the consignment team.

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The top filly of Monday’s session, Hip 380, hails from the first crop of Runhappy and brought $300,000. Oracle Bloodstock signed the ticket on behalf of Reeves Racing/R.A. Hills, Corms. She was consigned by Gainesway on behalf of (as it happens) Fasig-Tipton’s Boyd T. Browning Jr. and Partners. Billy Terrell and Browning are the breeders of record.

The bay February 3, 2018 filly is the second foal out of Charismata, a stakes-placed runner by Curlin and a half-sister to stakes winner and six-figure earner Little Dancer (Successful Appeal). The second dam Jack’s Little Girl is a stakes producer, and abundant black type appears under fourth dam, graded winner Honoria. Charismata produced a Bernardini colt this year and has been bred to Army Mule.

Patti Reeves, who signed the ticket, said, “We loved her from the start and we love the incentive program for New York-breds. We had a feeling she would be in high demand. We like Runhappy a lot and I love what [owner Jim McIngvale] did from a marketing standpoint.”

A filly and a colt consigned by Denali Stud on behalf of Mrs. Vivien Malloy’s Edition Farm and Mrs. Marlene Brody’s Gallagher’s Stud, respectively, sold for $260,000 and $250,000 during the session

The Edition Farm yearling, a dark bay filly by Twirling Candy foaled on May 17, 2018 went to JCE Racing/Travis Durr for $260,000 as Hip 353. As a daughter of Awesome Bull, producer of five winners from five foals to start, the filly is a third generation product of the Edition Farm breeding program.

Mrs. Malloy purchased the filly’s third dam Mine Tonight, a multiple stakes-winning, Washington-bred daughter of Upper Nile at the 1999 Keeneland November sale for $300,000 in foal to Awesome Again. Mine Tonight produced eight winners, including a pair of stakes winners and her Awesome Again foal, Miney’s Awesome, became the sale filly’s second dam. A multiple winner for Edition Farm, she is the dam of Awesome Bull, the sale filly’s dam. She delivered a filly by Edition Farm-bred A Shin Forward this year.

The Gallagher’s Stud yearling from the Denali consignment was Hip 417, a bay Ghostzapper colt foaled on April 5, 2018, and purchased by Randy Bradshaw Agent for $250,000. The colt is out of Excellent News, a California-bred multiple winner by Rahy who earned over $200,000. Excellent News, out of stakes performer Mstoyou, is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Here’s to You. The colt’s second dam is stakes winner and stakes producer. Excellent News, originally a $250,000 juvenile purchase by Kaleem Shah, was resold by Gallagher’s at last year’s Keeneland November sale.

Other noteworthy sales of the night, each crossing the $200,000 threshold were Hips 387, 357 and 335.

Hip 387, a bay colt bred by Donald Schupak’s Anjes Farm and consigned by Thomas J. Gallo Sales Agency Agent XI, sold to SGV Thoroughbreds LLC for $235,000. Foaled on March 24, 2018, the youngster is by Distorted Humor and third foal out of accomplished New York-bred race mare Clear Pasaj, a multiple stakes winner and earner of over $350,000 also bred by Anjes Farm. Clear Pasaj has already produced a winner, Opportunist by Ghostzapper, who brought $400,000 as the top colt in the opening session of last year’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred sale. The colt’s second dam is Saintly Scholar, an unraced Kentucky-bred daughter of Danzig, purchased for Schupak by Gallo.

Hip 357, a chestnut filly by Sky Mesa bred by Sugar Maple Farm and H. Lewis Rapaport went to Bradley Thoroughbreds, Agent for $230,000 from the St. George Sales consignment. The filly is out of successful producer Bedside Manner by Dr. Blum who is responsible for nine winners, including Skyway, who won the Grade 2 Best Pal for John Oxley and multiple stakes-winning sprinter Ava K. Barren this year, Bedside Manner has been bred back to Sky Mesa.

Finally, Hip 335, a chestnut colt by Nyquist out of Yanquee Reign, who was consigned by Fort Christopher’s Thoroughbreds LLC Agent on behalf of breeder Kingsport Farm, went to Grand Oaks for $220,000. As buyers were informed before the bidding began, this colt as foaled in New York but did not meet the criteria to become registered New York-bred. [This was also the case for Hip 369 from the same consignment.]

“It was a solid opening session to the New York-Bred sale,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, Jr. “There was lots of interest across the board. We continue to see the strength of the New York-bred market. It was on display again tonight.”

The Fasig-Tipton New York-bred auction resumes on Monday at 12:00 noon.