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Top-tier New York-bred short yearlings find success in Book 1 at Keeneland January

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Hip 478 (Keeneland Photo)

By Sarah Mace

A quartet of New York-bred short yearlings brought sale prices of $150,000 and up in Book 1 of the five-day Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, which runs from Jan. 13-17. All four changed hands on the second of two sessions comprising the opening book. The topper was a $280,000 Candy Ride colt bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski who was snapped up by team Clement for an undisclosed client to become the fourth top-priced yearling of the session.

The immediate family of the top-selling Candy Ride colt, who sold as Hip 478, is familiar. Out of Sweet Aloha (Western Cat), the colt is a half-brother to New York-bred multiple stakes winners Filibustin (Bustin Stones) and Indy’s Lady (Take Charge Indy). Sweet Aloha, a winner in her own right, has produced four winners from four foals to start. The colt’s third dam is a half-sister to champion 2-year-old Capote, multiple Grade 1 winner Exceller and four more stakes winners.

Foaled on April 6, 2019, the colt was consigned by Stuart Morris on behalf of Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm. Signing the ticket was Miguel Clement, assistant to trainer Christophe Clement, his father. The younger Clement praised the yearling first as an individual in his own right. “I thought this was probably the best colt here in the sale, so it was a no-brainer for us. He’s a very exciting horse and we’re very lucky to get him. Hopefully he goes to the stable and Christophe will take it from there.”

Clement then explained that the colt’s New York-bred status made him worth the premium price-tag. “We bid more, without a doubt, because it was a New York-bred… As you know, the stable is very much into the New York-bred program. So, it’s exciting and hopefully we can see him on the racecourse. We actually think (being a New York-bred) is very appealing. The New York-bred program is a great program. We strongly advise many of our owners if they breed, to make them (eligible), for our sake it makes it beneficial for them to be New York-breds. It’s a great state-bred program.”

Consigner Stuart Morris said, “The colt was very, very well received. He sold well past his reserve. I thought he could be in that price range but it’s hard to get any horse into that price range in the market. He’s a lovely colt. And he’s in great hands with Christophe, but there were bidders all over the house on him; he was a very well-received colt.”

Another pair of colts, one by Constitution and one by Mastery, also brought strong final bids on Tuesday.

Hip 405, a bay by Constitution bred by Questroyal Stable, Inc and Hidden Lake Farm, LLC, went to Empire Bloodstock from the consignment of Mulholland Springs, Agent XXI, for $175,000. Foaled on April 4, 2019, he was a $97,000 buyback as a weanling at the Fasig-Tipton fall mixed sale in Saratoga.

The colt’s dam is multiple winner Personal Sunset (Belong to Me), who has produced two winners from two foals to race. She is a half-sister to stakes winner Dancingall Theway and full-sister to stake-placed Christies Treasure. The colt’s second dam Roses at Sunset is a sister to Valid Wager, a multiple graded stakes winner and sire; this is also the family of Purge and Namaste’s Wish. Questroyal Stable bought Personal Sunset a year ago a the Keeneland January sale for $22,000.

Clarmont Bloodstock Club went to $150,000 for Hip 643, a bay from the first crop of Mastery bred by Viking Bloodstock and foaled on March 8, 2019. Consigned by Indian Creek Agent, the youngster is out of Exogenetic (Unbridled’s Song), a half-sister to Exogenous whose stellar career was tragically cut short as a result of a freak paddock accident before the 2001 Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Exogenetic’s progeny have a long and impressive record in the sales ring. She has also produced six winners from eight foals to start, led by graded stakes winner Super Ninety Nine, who earned nearly $400,000, and multiple stakes winner Elusive Horizon. The mare last changed hands at public auction when purchased by Trace Wood Farm for $180,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November breeding sale.

The top New York-bred filly of Book 1 was Hip 421, is a March 8, 2019 daughter of Practical Joke, whose first foals are yearlings of 2020, from the family of McKinzie. Empire Thoroughbreds signed the ticket for $150,000 on behalf of Kingsport Farm.

Bred and consigned by Sequel Stallions NY in partnership with Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC, she is the second foal out of winner Ribbon Cutter (Elusive Quality), who was purchased by the breeders at the 2018 Keeneland November sale for $72,000. The filly’s third dam, multiple graded winner, Runway Model is the dam of McKinzie, a $3.3 million earner last seen finishing second to Vino Rosso in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November as the post-time favorite.

In Keeneland January’s opening book, 31 New York-breds sold for a total receipts of $1,866,000. The New York-bred average price stands at $60,194 while the median came in at $40,000. The cumulative average and median for the sale thus far were $69,326 and median $37,000. To date the New York-bred RNA rate is 18.4%, significantly lower than 27.5% for the sale at large.

The offerings of Book 2, spanning three sessions, will be sold Wednesday-Friday, with trading beginning at 10:00 a.m. each day.

Racing prospects take center stage for team New York at Keeneland November Book 5

Friday, November 15th, 2019

Hudson H. (Coglianese Photos)

By Sarah Mace

A pair of current runners took center stage for team New York in Book 5 of the 2019 Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale. Both sold at Wednesday’s Book 5 opener (Session 8), which featured a segment devoted to racing / stallion prospects. Recent stakes winner Build to Suit led the duo bringing $190,000 from Mike Ryan, agent. Somethingtotellyou, a juvenile colt from the first crop of Honor Code, was bid up to $160,000 before going to John McCormack Bloodstock LLC. Meanwhile, through five books, the New York-bred median price is outperforming the sale median.

Offered as Hip 3142, Build to Suit is a 5-year-old chestnut ridgling by Dominus who was bred by Spendthrift Farm. From the family of Mine that Bird and Dullahan, he was purchased originally as a yearling by LRK Stable at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale for $140,000. On Wednesday his $190,000 price tag him made him the co-third top-priced racing / stallion prospect of the session.

Trained by Chad Brown, Build to Suit has been campaigned jointly by William H. Lawrence and Seth Klarman. After a highly successful 15-year partnership, the men decided several years ago to go different ways. Klarman will continue to participate on a large scale. Lawrence intends to downsize. Build to Suit was one of eight final horses owned jointly by the partners and consigned on their behalf by ELiTE Sales.

Build to Suit is relatively lightly raced for a 5-year-old. Breaking his maiden, and winning through both New York-bred allowance conditions at three, he was out of action between October 2017 and January 26, 2019, when he returned to win an open allowance right off the bench. Sidelined again until August 4, he strung together three strong outings recently, finishing second in his stakes debut in the John Morrissey, winning another allowance and, to cap the series, dominating the Hudson Handicap on Empire Showcase Day. With six wins from 10 starts, along with a pair of seconds and a pair of thirds, he has earned $342,850. Ryan said that Build to Suit will return to Chad Brown’s barn.

The ridgling issues from a strong family. He is a half-brother to Bolo, by Temple City, winner of the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile and Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes (twice). Half-brother Let Me Go First, by Paddy O’Prado, is graded stakes placed. His dam Aspen Mountain, a placed Kentucky-bred runner by Chief Seattle, has produced six winners in all. Out of stakes performer Aspenelle (Vice-Regent), Aspen Mountain is a half-sister to black-type winner Golden Sunray and to Mining My Own, the dam of Mine That Bird and Dullahan.

The other New York-bred headliner from the Book 5 opener was Somethingtotellyou, a bay juvenile colt from the first crop of Honor Code, who went to John McCormack Bloodstock LLC on a $160,000 winning bid. Offered as Hip 3110 from the WinStar Racing consignment, he can boast several successful sires in his family tree.

Bred by Lawrence Goichman, Somethingtotellyou turned heads at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, when purchased by 4-H Farm for $260,000. Landing in the barn of Todd Pletcher for St. Elias Stable, the youngster has started twice, breaking his maiden at second asking at Aqueduct a week ago, on November 11.

Somethingtotellyou’s dam is Dean Henry, a Goichman homebred who won the 2009 Saratoga Dew Stakes. The first of three winners from three foals to start out of Dean Henry is stakes-placed Bonita Cat. Dean Henry is also a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Read the Footnotes, who had a successful stallion career in New York. Additionally this is the family of sires Royal and Regal, Stravinsky and Dowsing. Dean Henry has a yearling colt by Creative Cause and has been bred this year to West Coast.

Through the first five books of the Keeneland November sale (Sessions 1-9), 84 New York-breds have sold (of 113 offered) for an average price of $69,068 and median price $38,500. The latter is outperforming the $37,000 median for the auction overall. The overall average stands $90,863. The 25.7% RNA rate of New York-breds is a few ticks above the 22.75% RNAs for the overall sale.

Book 6, which will conclude the Keeneland November sale, will be held Friday through Sunday. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. Click here for New York-bred hips and registration status.


NY-bred Kantharos filly top weanling in second session of Keeneland November Book 4

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Keeneland photo

By Sarah Mace

The top-selling weanling of Tuesday’s Session 7 of the 2019 Keeneland November sale, and the top-New York-bred of Book 4, was Hip 2598, a filly by Kantharos bred by Adrian Regan and Fergus Galvin. Consigned by Galvin’s Hunter Valley Farm, the chestnut, who was foaled on February 5, 2019, was purchased by Pink N Blue Stable for $160,000. The filly’s dam Cassidy’s Reward was purchased with the filly in utero for $50,000 at the same sale last year and brought to New York to foal. This was her first foal.

Galvin elaborated. “We were really drawn to the cover sire more than anything. She was a resident New York mare when we bought her, so I sent her back up to my father-in-law, Joe McMahon [at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds] and foaled her out in New York. She’s now back in Kentucky and back in foal to Kantharos.”

Galvin also commented on the filly’s ‘New York-bred appeal.’ “[The weanling’s New York-bred status] adds value to pretty much any horse. You’re running for a great program. You have the nice New York yearling sale up there in the summer. It’s definitely an appeal for pinhookers to resell and for end-users. The buyer has options for both, I think.”

Galvin’s said of the Kantharos weanling “She’s beautiful, with a great shape and a smooth mover. She really stood out among the weanlings in our barn.”

First dam Cassidy’s Reward (by Warrior’s Reward) is a Louisiana-bred winner by Warrior’s Reward out of stakes performer Look Upon. She is a half-sister multiple stakes winning New York-bred Shine Upon, by Congaree, who was bred by Berkshire Stud. Shine Upon went on to produce Tiz Time to Shine, winner of the Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes in 2014. Cassidy’s Reward is also a half-sister to multiple graded stakes performer Keep the Peace. The filly’s third dam is stakes winner Notice Me. This is also the extended family of stakes winners Kona Way, Give Notice Brigand and Sky Music.

Through the first four books of this year’s Keeneland November sale (seven sessions of 12), the cumulative indicators for the New York-bred cohort are solid.

The New York-bred average price is $78,248 and, as expected for a sale weighted early toward superstar seven-figure horses, the overall cumulative sale price is higher: $111,392. More significant, the New York-bred median price of $45,000 median is close to the overall median of $50,000. With 67 head sold of 88 offered the New York-bred buyback percentage is 23.9%, a tick below the cumulative RNA rate of 24.0%

Books 5-6 of the Keeneland November sale, will be held Wednesday through Sunday. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. Click here for New York-bred hips and registration status.

New York-bred weanlings come to the fore in Book 3 of Keeneland November

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Keeneland Photo

By Sarah Mace

The first two books of the 2019 Keeneland November breeding stock sale were distinguished by outstanding results for top-flight New York-bred broodmares and racing prospects. In Book 3, the New York-bred weanling cohort came to the fore. The New York-bred weanling toppers were a colt by Liam’s Map and a Munnings filly, who sold on Saturday (Session 4). Sunday brought two more six-figure weanlings – a filly by Classic Empire and Munnings colt. The top New York-bred broodmare mare of Book 3 was 3-year-old Munnings’ Finest who is in foal to City of Light.

In the Book 3 opener Saturday, Stonebriar Equine went to $170,000 to purchase Hip 1359, a bay by Liam’s Map, who currently sits fourth on the first crop sire leaderboard. The youngster was the top-selling New York-bred weanling colt of Book 3 and the fourth highest-priced weaning of the session.

Bred by Lambholm, foaled on March 22, 2019 the Liam’s Map colt was offered by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield consignment. He is the first foal out of Bitterroot, a Maryland-bred winner by Not For Love purchased by Lambholm for $50,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic select yearling sale. Bitterroot is a full-sister to stakes winner Clubman and a half-sister to stakes winner I Stand Alone, along with two more stakes performers. Further down the pedigree page, the colt’s fourth dam is a half-sister to multiple European champion and sire Alleged. This is also the family of graded / group winners Per Quod, Joes Blazing Aaron, Evidently and Taking Risks.

The top weaning filly of Book 3, also selling on Saturday, was Hip 1510, a chestnut by Munnings from the family of Nyquist. Bred by Milfer Farm Inc., the February 28 foal was purchased by Canaan Creek Stables from the consignment of Legacy Bloodstock, Agent III, for $150,000. The filly’s dam is multiple graded stakes winner Just Jenda, who was purchased in foal by Milfer Farm for $32,000 at last year’s Keeneland November Sale. The mare, who won seven stakes, topped by three graded scores, has produced three winners from three foals to start, led by Jenda’s Agenda, her first registered foal, who is a stakes winner.

The family under the filly’s third dam, stakes winner Fulbright Scholar, is chock-full of luminaries. She herself is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Bachelor Beau. Her multiple graded stakes-winning daughter Seeking Regina is the second dam of Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. She herself produced Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap winner and millionaire Sahara Sky and New York-bred graded stakes winner Seeking the Sky (bred by Stonewall Farm).

Sunday’s trading saw two more six-figure New York-bred weanlings change hands.

Hip 1709, Session 5’s top New York-bred weanling, is a chestnut filly from the first crop of Classic Empire bred by Mt. Sackville Bloodstock and foaled on April 4, 2019. Windylea Farm NY, LLC signed the ticket for $115,000. Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, the Classic Empire filly is out of graded stakes-placed runner Tristanme, who has already produced three winners. The Florida-bred mare last changed hands at the 2016 at the Keenland November sale when purchased by Millicent Bloodstock for $18,000. Tristanme is a half-sister to stakes winners Regiment, also a multiple graded stakes-placed runner, and Eternal Cup.

Session 5’s top-selling colt was Hip 1887, a March 6, 2019 chestnut son of Munnings and the first foal out of accomplished New York-bred race mare Freudie Anne who went to Vermillion Stables for $100,000. He was bred by a partnership of Fergus Galvin, Marc Detampel, Jayne Johnson and Adrian Wallace, and consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent. Freudie Anne, by Freud, raced for four seasons and won eight of 25 starts with two seconds and three thirds, earning nearly $400,000. At two, she won the East View stakes and at three took the Statue of Liberty division of the New York Stallion Stakes series. She is also a half-sister to Frostie Anne, another New York-bred multiple stakes winner and earner of nearly $600,000.

New York’s top broodmare in Book 3, selling on Sunday in foal to City of Light on a March 8 cover, was Munnings’ Finest (Hip 1580) who went to Valerie Dailey for $165,000 from the Taylor Made Consignment. A successful pinhooking venture, she was purchased earlier this year by Mark Taylor at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale for $60,000.

Bred by the Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust Dated 2/28/02, Munnings’ Finest is out of Wonderously, an unraced Kentucky-bred by Awesome Again, Munnings’ Finest did not race either, but was well-received when offered as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale, bringing $200,000 from Alex and JoAnn Lieblong. This will be her first foal. Munnings’ Finest is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Baffle Me and stakes performer Locksley Hall. Her stakes-winning second dam Defer West produced graded stakes winners Forest Music and Shooter, while Forest Music went on to produce a pair of stakes horses.

Through the first three books of this year’s Keeneland November sale, 45 New York-breds have sold (of 62 offered) for an average price of $103,533 and median of $80,000. The New York-bred RNA percentage through Book 3 of the sale (five of seven sessions) is 27.42%.

The cumulative sale average is $146,415. The $80,000 median is identical to the New York-bred median. Overall buybacks sit at 26%.

Book 4 of the Keeneland November sale, spanning Hips 1940-2761G, will take place on Monday and Tuesday. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. Click here for New York-bred hips and registration status.

NY-bred fillies & mares popular in Keeneland Book 2; Pioneerof the Nile weanling on top

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

March X Press (Coglianese Photos)

By Sarah Mace

Keeneland’s Book 2, which spanned Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8 (sessions two and three), featured a group of very well-received New York-bred racing / broodmare prospects.

The topper was March X Press, a 4-year-old stakes winner by Shanghai Bobby out of Indian Rush who sold Friday for $330,000. Thursday’s priciest New York-bred female was Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes winner Sue’s Fortune who fetched $300,000. The top-selling New York-bred weanling of the sale to date changed hands in Session 2 when Rascal Bloodstock signed a $200,000 ticket for a Pioneerof the Nile filly bred by Highclere Inc. Other mares popular with bidders were On the Good List and Miss Horoscope, each commanding $230,000.

Consigned by ELiTE, agent, and offered as Hip 711 in foal to Tapit on a February 23 cover, March X Press went to Newgate Farm for $330,000. This was her second trip through the Keeneland November sales ring. In 2018, also consigned by ELiTE, she was purchased by Jackpot Farm for $275,000.

Bred by Pine Ridge Stables and foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, March X Press brought $90,000 from Golconda Stables at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale. March X Press’s signature victory came in the 2017 Bolton Landing Stakes at Saratoga. With two additional stakes placings, she is one of two stakes winners out of Indian Rush. Harlan’s Honor by Harlan’s Holiday won Monmouth’s Colleen Stakes in 2014 and also placed in two more stakes races. Indian Rush is a Kentucky-bred stakes-placed turf runner who earned just shy of $100,000.

Sue’s Fortune, G2 Adirondack (Coglianese Photos)

On Thursday, Breeze Easy, LLC paid $300,000 for that session’s top New York-bred broodmare / racing prospect, Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes winner Sue’s Fortune, by Jump Start (Hip 432). Lane’s End consigned the 3-year-old, who is a homebred for Richard Nicolai’s Fortune Farm and has been trained by Jeremiah Englehart. A winner of three of six starts with one second, the filly has earned $221,700. Sue’s Fortune is out of Kentucky-bred winner Democrat Taxes, by Catienus, who is a full sister to multiple stakes winner Talking Treasure, a New York-bred homebred for Ken and Sarah Ramsey.

The top-selling New York-bred weanling of Book 2 came on Thursday when Rascal Bloodstock signed the ticket for $200,000 to take home Hip 330, a bay filly by Pioneerof the Nile. Bred by Highclere Inc. in partnership with Springtown Show Stables and Pioneerof the Nile Syndicate, she was foaled on May 26, 2019.

Out of Murky Waters (by Storm Creek), the filly is a half-sister to three winners, topped by to Red Vine, a stakes winner by Candy Ride who, inter alia, ran second to Tonalist in the 2015 Grade 1 Cigar Mile. The filly’s second dam is multiple stakes winner Fort Pond, who went on to produce multiple graded stakes winner, millionaire and sire Fort Prado and stakes winner Cammack. Murky Waters last changed hands at public auction, when purchased by Morris Bloodstock Services for $75,000 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall mixed sale. The sale filly was consigned by Stuart Morris, agent for Highclere and Partners.

Two more New York-bred racing /broodmare prospects from Book 2 deserve particular mention.

In Thursday’s trading On the Good List (Hip 343) was purchased by West Bloodstock on behalf of Repole Stables for $230,000. A 2-year-old daughter of Speightstown, who has not yet started, On the Good List was bred by Jeffery J. Drown. When originally offered as a yearling, she went to DJ Stables for $175,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale.

At Keeneland she was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Out of Gift List by Bernardini, On the Good List is a half-sister to Dunbar Road, by Quality Road, winner of this year’s Grade 1 Alabama Stakes. Stakes-winning second dam Private Gift also produced a multiple stakes-winning A. P. Indy filly named Secret Someone. Quality runs deep in this family and there is abundant black type under the third dam, multiple Grade 1 stakes performer Private Stakes.

Matching that $230,000 price tag on Friday, courtesy of buyers Frederick & May, was Miss Horoscope, by Astrology, who was offered as Hip 721 by Warrendale Sales, agent, in foal to Hard Spun on an April 8, 2019 cover. Five-year-old Miss Horoscope foaled a filly by Runhappy this year.

Bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds and JMJ Racing, Miss Horoscope was unplaced on the racetrack but issues from a very productive immediate female family. Her dam, Chimichurri (by Elusive Quality), who in 2005 went to Stonestreet Mares for $2.1 million, was purchased by New York Breeding Venture I in 2013 for $52,000 (and has since been resold). A graded stakes winner and Grade 1-placed runner, Chimichurri produced Loving Vindication, the dam of Canadian two- and three-year-old filly champion and Horse of the Year Wonder Gadot. Loving Vindication is also the dam of stakes winner Solemn Tribute. Another daughter of Chimichurri, Chimayo, is the dam of Grade 1 Beholder Mile winner Secret Spice. Yet another daughter Claire’s Song produced Elusive Mischief.

Book 3 of the Keeneland November sale, covering Hips 1101-1938 spans Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10. Click here for New York-bred hips and registration status.

New York-bred broodmares fetch $200,000 and up at Keeneland November Book 1

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Keeneland photo

By Sarah Mace

A pair of young in-foal broodmares consigned by Don Robinson’s Winter Quarter Farm brought $200,000 and up in the opening session of the 2019 Keeneland November which began its 12-day stand on Wednesday, November 6.

That’s Smart, a 4-year-old Smart Strike mare catalogued as Hip 118, topped the duo when she went to Nesco II for $210,000. She is in foal to Hard Spun on an April 25, 2019 cover.

A winning homebred for Waterville Lake Stables, That’s Smart is out of Final Escrow, a multiple stakes-placed daughter of Bernardini. That’s Smart’s second dam Escrow Agent (by El Gran Senior) produced Grade 1 winner and sire Vicar and stakes winner Sheepscot who, for her part, is a multiple stakes producer as the dam of Group 1 placed Astronomer Royal and graded stakes winner Navesink River.

Earlier in the session, Fred W. Hertrich, III went to $200,000 to buy Peril, a 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper out of accomplished New York-bred stakes mare and producer Akilina and from the family of Audible. Catalogued as Hip 49, Peril is in foal to City of Light on a May 6, 2019 cover.

A winning homebred for Richard Leahy’s Oak Bluff Stables Peril sports a pedigree page that is a veritable Who’s Who of New York-bred luminaries. Her dam Akilina (by Langfuhr), also bred by Oak Bluff, is a multiple open stakes winner on turf and earner of more than $300,000. An outstanding producer, Akilina’s four winners from four foals to race have amassed cumulative earnings of $2.1 million, led by Rieno Tesoro, a multiple stakes winner in Japan by Speightstown who has earned $1.3 million. Governor Malibu by Malibu Moon is a stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-placed runner. Out of Fahamore, Akilina is also a half-sister to Blue Devil Bel, the dam of Grade 1 winner and millionaire Audible who will take up stud duties at WinStar Farm in the 2020 breeding season.

Book 2 of the Keeneland November sale will span Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8 and cover hips 275-1100. Click here for New York-bred hips and registration status.

NY-Bred dam of Dennis’ Moment brings $1.4 million at Fasig-Tipton’s “Night of the Stars”

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

$1.4 million sale of Transplendid elicits a standing ovation when she closes out F-T November and signals the retirement of veteran announcer Terence Collier (Fasig-Tipton photo)

By Sarah Mace

Transplendid, a 9-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality bred in New York by Dr. William B. Wilmot & Dr. Joan M. Taylor, lit up the bid board to conclude the Fasig-Tipton November “Night of the Stars” sale Tuesday when Eaton Bloodstock made a winning bid of $1.4 million on behalf of Sugar Valley Farm. The mare’s second foal Dennis’ Moment, currently one of the top juveniles in the country, went off as the odds-on favorite in last weekend’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile before a disastrous break took him entirely out of the race. Top New York-bred broodmare/racing prospects Giant Zinger and Bonita Bianca also brought top-shelf prices, while the top New York-bred weanling was a filly by California Chrome bred by the California Chrome Syndicate in partnership with Anthony Russo and Leslie Russo.

The last horse through the ring on Tuesday, Transplendid was offered by Ballysax Bloodstock on behalf of Geoff Nixon’s Grantley Acres as Hip 221. A winner on grass for Stuart Grant’s The Elkstone Group, she is out of Doyenne (by Deputy Minister), a Kentucky-bred winner purchased by Dr. William B. Wilmot & Dr. Joan M. Taylor’s Stepwise Farm for $300,000 at 2001 the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Doyenne has changed hands twice since.

Transplendid RNA’d as a yearling at Keeneland for $45,000. When offered next at the Keeneland November sale in 2015, she was purchased in foal by Nixon for $50,000. The resulting Verrazano foal brought $650,000 as a yearling in 2017. Her second foal Dennis’ Moment sold for $400,000. Dennis’ Moment, who is campaigned by Albaugh Family Stables and trained by Dale Romans, won the Grade 3 Iroquois before his hard-luck trip in the Breeders’ Cup.

Said Nixon, “We’re ecstatic with [the sale] result. That was full circle. Transplendid was the first mare that I bought back in 2015. The first foal out of the mare was the first we sold for six figures and now we sold the mare for seven figures. So it was first, first and first.”

Transplendid also has a pair of accomplished half-siblings. Kentucky-bred Time’s Mistress (by Mr. Greeley) won the Grade 3 Miss Preakness in 2007 and earned over $250,000, while hardy New York-bred Most Happy Fella (by Ecton Park) placed in a pair of stakes and earned $432,791 in a 71-race career. Dennis’ Moment is her lone foal to start. Transplendid’s second dam is graded winner Seewillo.

Transplendid was not only the last horse through the ring on Tuesday. Her sale rang down the curtain on the 40-year career of veteran Fasig-Tipton announcer and director of marketing Terence Collier who is retiring.

Leading the New York-bred racing/broodmare prospects was Hip 123, Giant Zinger. Consigned by Denali Stud, agent, the 6-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway went to Mike G. Rutherford, who won the bidding war with an offer of $450,000.

Bred by Gallagher’s Stud, Giant Zinger is out of Hostess, a multiple graded stakes winner by Chester House who earned $383,918 and set a course record for 1 3/8 miles over the Saratoga inner turf in the Grade 3 Glens Falls Handicap. Hostess is a half-sister to the dam of Grade 1 stakes winner and millionaire Cupid, multiple graded stakes winner Heart Ashley, graded winner Ashley’s Kitty and stakes winner Indianapolis.

After Giant Zinger RNA’d at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale for $225,000 she raced in the colors of Shirl and Mary Ann Penney’s Team Penney Racing. In 15 starts she ran up her record to two wins, three seconds and four thirds from 15 starts and earned $181,187. She meanwhile collected a pair of placings in the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Stakes and Grade 3 Orchid Stakes.

Accomplished New York-bred race mare Bonita Bianca, offered as a racing or broodmare prospect on Tuesday as Hip 99 from the Elite consignment, brought $330,000 from Don Alberto Corporation. The 5-year-old daughter of Curlin has notched six stakes victories in the New York-bred ranks, led by her 6-length romp in the Empire Distaff in 2018. The same year she captured the Union Avenue at Saratoga. In 2017 she won the New York Oaks at Finger Lakes, and, as a juvenile, took the Maid of the Mist and East View. Campaigned for four seasons by Michael Dubb, Michael Caruso’s Bethlehem Stables LLC and Michael Imperio, in all she has chalked up seven wins, one second and three thirds in 21 starts, and earned $673,067.

Bred by Dormellito Stud and foaled at Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater, Bonita Bianca was purchased by Dubb for $97,000 at the 2016 OBS March juvenile sale. Her dam is Friendly Michelle, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Artax who won the Grade 1 Prioress and Grade 3 La Troienne Stakes in 2004. At the Keeneland November sale in 2006 Friendly Michelle sold to Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings for $1.15 million. In 2013 at Keeneland Steven Rowan bought Friendly Michelle for $42,000 with Bonita Bianca in utero. Friendly Michelle has produced six winners.

The top New York-bred weanling filly and colt in the session, both offered through the Taylor Made Sales Agency, brought $117,000 and $95,000 respectively.

The filly, Hip 59, is a chestnut youngster from the second crop of California Chrome bred by the California Chrome Syndicate in partnership with Anthony Russo and Leslie Russo. Foaled on April 26, 2019, the filly is a half-sister to Listenlindalisten, an Ontario-bred multiple stakes winner by Court Vision. The filly’s dam, Queen Ofthe Dawn (by Sun King) is a half-sister to Mr. Sinatra, a winner of five graded stakes. Queen Ofthe Dawn’s half-sister Numerous Moves is the dam of multiple stakes winner We’re in the Money, and her half-sister Stroll Fast is the dam of stakes winners Alpine Lass and Alpine Lad.

Calumet Farm signed the $95,000 ticket for the top New York-bred weanling colt of the group, Hip 28. A bay by Honor Code, whose first runners hit the track this year, the colt was bred by Barry R. Ostrager and foaled on February 1, 2019. The colt is out of Jb’s Golden Regret (by Banker’s Gold), a Kentucky-bred stakes winner who was purchased by Ostrager for $17,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. She has a perfect record as a producer with seven winners from seven foals to start, topped by New York-bred stakes winner Retonova (by Boys at Tosconova) and New York-bred stakes performers Gypsum Johnny (by City Zip) and E J’s Legacy (by Freud). The colt’s third dam is stakes winner Chores at Dawn. J B’s Golden Regret has been bred this year to West Coast.

Mixed sales action now moves across town to Keeneland, the site of Keeneland Sales’ annual November Breeding Stock. The sale’s 12-day stand runs from November 6-17.


New Yorkers continue to pop in second half of F-T KY October, led by a new topper in finale

Friday, October 25th, 2019

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By Sarah Mace

The New York-bred cohort saved the best for last at the four-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. There were a number of Empire State-bred standouts peppered throughout the second half of the sale, but fairly early on in the trading at Thursday’s final session, Castleton Lyons went to $200,000 to acquire an Into Mischief filly bred by Pine Ridge Stables who vaulted to the top of the pack.

Hip 1238 is a bay foaled on March 18, 2018 and was consigned on behalf of Pine Ridge Stables by Gerry Dilger’s Dromoland Farm. At the Keeneland September yearling sale she RNA’d for $140,000.

The topper is out of Shesabitdistorted (by Distorted Humor) who is an unraced full-sister to Grade 2 Swale Stakes winner Sharp Humor, who was bred in New York by Patricia Purdy. Shesabitdistorted, who last changed hands publicly when she went to Bluegrass Equine Bloodstock for $27,000 at Keeneland November in 2012, has produced four foals to race, all winners and has been bred this year to Goldencents. Group I Two Thousand Guineas winner and sire Shadeed appears under the fourth dam.

The top New York-bred yearling colt in final day of trading was Hip 1428, a bay February 27, 2018 foal by Distorted Humor who was bred by Saratoga Glen Farm LLC et al. Flying Colors Stable purchased him from the Stonehaven Steadings consignment for $120,000 in a private sale. This was the colt’s third trip through the sales ring. He brought $155,000 as a weanling at the 2018 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. In September he RNA’d on a final bid of $175,000 at Keeneland September.

Out of an unraced daughter of Uncle Mo, Tia Tamina, who is a half-sister to a stakes performer, the colt has a number of distinguished names under the third and fourth dams. Under the third dam we find P.G. Johnson Stakes winner Changeisgonnacome and stakes winner Little Miss Pamela. This is also the family of the current top New York-bred sophomore filly Newly Minted. Graded winners Miss Union Avenue and her son Union Avenue appear under the fourth dam.

Wednesday’s third session produced other New York-bred standouts. The top-seller of the group in session three (and seventh best-selling colt of the day) was Hip 876, a bay colt by Cairo Prince out of Kentucky-bred stakes performer Miss Emelina, by Big Brown. Shepherd Equine Advisors signed a ticket for $120,000 on behalf of Sanders and Hirsch – the same team that bought Monday’s New York-bred topper (Hip 388) for $170,000.

Bred by H&H Farms, Inc. and foaled on May 4, 2018, the Cairo Prince colt had RNA’d when offered twice previously this year, bringing a top bid of $50,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale and $75,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga. His consigner on Wednesday was Vinery Sales, agent. His dam Miss Emelina is out of stakes performer and is a half-sister to stakes winner and graded stakes performer Omniscient, by Pulpit. Third dam Miss Valid Pache and fourth dam Mepache are stakes winner, and this is the family of multiple graded stakes winner and sire Valid Expectations and stakes winner and sire Littleexpectations. H&H Farms purchased Miss Emelina for $19,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

The top New York-bred filly of session 3 was Hip 940, who was hammered down to Hidden Brook Farm, agent for $95,000. Bred by Mia Gallo, Michael Newton, Kenneth L. Ramsey and Sarah K. Ramsey and consigned by Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm. The pedigree of May 23, 2018 chestnut filly points unambiguously to turf. Sired by Kitten’s Joy, she is out of Nehantic Kat, a New York-bred graded stakes winner on the green.

There is abundant additional black type in the female line, including the filly’s second dam, stakes winner Knightly Thunder and, under the fourth dam, graded winner Belfast Becky who produced stakes winners Thatsusintheolbean and Valid Belfast. Nehantic Kat has produced three winners to date, has a weanling colt by Munnings and was bred this year to English Channel.

Also selling on Wednesday was  a Tiznow colt from the family of A Shin Forward, who brought six figures, Hip 909. Bred by Edition Farm in partnership with the Tiznow Syndicate and foaled on May 16, 2018, the colt went to Q Bar J Thoroughbreds for $100,000 from the Four Star Sales consignment.

The colt is out of Morning Gallop, a multiple stakes-placed runner bred by the legendary John Hettinger, campaigned for six seasons by Alan Brodsky and trained by Mark Hennig. She has already produced a pair of winners, led by John’s Island, a Posse gelding who placed in two restricted stakes and earned $413,910. Morning gallop is a half-sister to Wake Up Kiss, also bred in New York by John Hettinger, and the dam of Edition Farm’s A Shin Forward, a Group I winner in Japan and a sire, who relocated recently to stand in New York.

As the curtain fell on the 2019 yearling sales season with this marathon sale, New York-breds held their own. Overall, the cumulative sale average of $37,955 was several ticks higher than the New York-bred average of $31,618. The $13,000 sale median, however, was virtually on a par with the $12,500 median for the New York-breds. A total of 82 New Yorkers changed hands from 118 offered translating into an RNA percentage of $30.5%, higher the overall buyback rate of the sale which came in at 24.5%.

Session two of F-T October yearling sale brings fresh New York-bred filly topper

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

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By Sarah Mace

In Tuesday’s second session of the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale, a $120,000 grey/roan filly from the first crop of Frosted emerged as the new top-selling New York-bred female. The priciest New York-sired yearling to date is a Laoban filly. Halfway through the sale’s four-day stand, the New York-bred median price is outperforming the cumulative sale median.

Hip 667, the top New York-bred filly, was bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski, foaled on February 12, 2018, and consigned by Gainesway, agent. New York-based trainer Mark Hennig signed the ticket for $120,000 on behalf of a client. As a weanling, the filly brought $240,000 at the 2018 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

The Frosted filly’s dam is Jeanne’s Honor, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Honor and Glory who has produced seven winners, including stakes winner Going to Kukaro (her second foal by Speightstown) and stakes performer Ten K Cat (her third foal by Tale of the Cat). Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm purchased Jeanne’s Honor with the Frosted filly in utero for $75,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The filly’s second dam is Grade 1 winner Jeanne Jones, by Nijinsky, who also produced multiple stakes winner Roman Treasure and stakes performer Beautiful Gem.

The top New York-bred colt on Tuesday was Hip 508, a dark bay/brown individual currently named Shenu from the second crop of Triple Crown winner and dual champion American Pharoah. Purchased by Byron Rogers / Star Bloodstock for $90,000 from the consignment of Royal Bloodstock Sales LLC, agent, the yearling RNA’d for $140,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Mixed sale in 2018.

Bred by Mare Madness LLC and foaled on April 12, 2018, the American Pharoah colt is the fourth foal produced by Gitchee Goomie, a New York-bred graded stakes winner on turf by City Zip. Bred by Barry Ostrager, campaigned by Patsy C. Symons and trained by Rick Violette, Gitchee Goomie retired with $680,520 in earnings. She has changed hands at public auction four times since, most recently when purchased by Mare Madness III for $100,000 at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter mixed sale.

The top New York-sired yearling at the halfway point of the Fasig-Tipton sale is Hip 650, a grey/roan filly from the first cop of Laoban. Bred by Sequel Stallions NY – where Laoban stood for a stud fee of $7,500 in 2019 – in partnership with Harry L. Landry, the February 12, 2018 filly brought $60,000 from Scanlon Training and Sales. She sold previously to Atlantic Bloodstock for $17,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton fall mixed sale in Saratoga. In Kentucky she was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent.

The filly’s dam is Irish Ridge, by Cactus Ridge, who joined Harry Landry’s broodmare band when he purchased her for $12,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale. Irish Ridge has produced two winners from three foals to start, led by an important catalogue update from Irish Danzing (by Danza), who finished third in the Joseph A. Gimma stakes in his second start on September 18 to stakes winners Naked Avenger and Fierce Lady.

Halfway through the sale, the cumulative average and median are $38,398 and $15,000, with a 26.1% RNA rate. Among the New York-breds, 39 have sold of 63 offered (including five private sales) for an RNA rate of 38.1%. The New York-bred average sits at $33,846, while the median of $20,000 sits 33% above the general sale median.


New York-bred pair fetch six figures at Fasig-Tipton’s October yearling sale opener

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

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By Sarah Mace

Two New York-bred colts hammered for six figures in Monday’s opening session of the four-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. Both are late April foals, supporting the notion that this final yearling sale on the 2019 calendar is an ideal destination for horses foaled later in the season.

The New York-bred topper was Hip 388, a dark bay colt by Street Sense from a strong female family. Bred by Graceville Breeding, foaled on April 21, 2018 and consigned by Indian Creek, agent, the youngster was purchased for $170,000 by Shepherd Equine Advisors on behalf of Sanders and Hirsch.

The yearling is out of Emotional Words, by Curlin, who is already the producer of one winner and a placed runner from two foals to start. His second dam is multiple stakes winner and Grade 1 performer Unspoken Word by Catienus and third dam, stakes winner Silent Emotion, is the dam of Grade 2 winner and multiple graded stakes performer Emotional Kitten.

Additionally, appearing under the topper’s stakes-winning fourth dam Coax Classic is the dam of Cannonball. A Ken and Sarah Ramsey-bred multiple stakes winning New York-bred, Cannonball built up an international reputation with trainer Wesley Ward, placing in Group 1 company at Ascot, competing in the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin and wrapping up his career with another trainer in Australia, while competing at the top levels at Flemington and Randwick.

The other six-figure colt of the group is Hip 244, a son of Constitution who went to Easy Money for $135,000 from the consignment of Select Sales, agent. Bred by Wolf Pen LLC and foaled on April 25, 2018, the bay is the fourth foal out of winner City Run, by Cherokee Run. City Run is out of stakes winner Foolishly by Broad Brush and is a half-sister to St Liams Halo a multiple stakes winner. The colt’s third dam is Grade 1 winner and multiple stakes producer City Band. Female family black type extends also to the stakes winning fourth dam Wedding Ban.

The top New York-bred yearling filly of the session was Hip 237, a dark bay/brown daughter of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah out of Choice Pearl, by Any Given Saturday. Bred by Pine Ridge Stables Ltd, the February 11, 2018 foal was consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, and purchased by Gulfstream Gallop LLC / Kirkwood, agent, for $75,000. Pine Ridge Stables purchased Choice Pearl at the 2013 Keeneland November breeding stock sale for $165,000.

The filly’s second dam, stakes winner Horns Gray, by Pass the Tab, is responsible for exceptional offspring through the second generation. A half-sister to two stakes winners, she is the dam of Awesome Humor, winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway and Grade 2 Adirondack, etc. Awesome Humor went on to produce stakes winner Thetrashmanscoming. Horns Gray’s daughter Surf Club is the dam of Grade 1 Forego Stakes winner and New York sire Emcee. Last but hardly least, her graded stakes performer Baffled, is the dam of Constitution, who currently sits second in the rankings of first crop sires.

In the first session of the sale 16 New York-breds sold of 32 offered (including two private sales) for an average price of $35,344 and $12,000 median. The overall session average was $39,627 while the median came in at $15,000.