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Fasig-Tipton consolidates July, Saratoga, NY-Bred yearling sales into Kentucky Showcase; Fall Mixed to offer some selected NY yearlings

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Fasig-Tipton press release

Fasig-Tipton will consolidate its July, Saratoga, and New York Bred yearling sales into one selected yearling auction – the 2020 Selected Yearlings Showcase – to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, September 9-10, at its Lexington, Kentucky facility.  The company came to the decision after evaluating the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic for the last several weeks.

“We are excited to offer our buyers and sellers a selected yearling venue in Kentucky,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.  “We envision this catalogue will include yearlings that would traditionally fit our Saratoga Sale, as well as those that would fall in the upper echelons of our July and New York Bred yearling sales.”

The July, Saratoga, and NY Bred Selected Yearling Sales will return to their traditional dates in 2021.  The company intends to conduct the remainder of its 2020 auction calendar as scheduled, including its upcoming Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale on June 29-30 in Timonium, Maryland.

Fasig-Tipton will also offer a group of selected New York Bred yearlings as part of the Saratoga Fall Mixed Sale, to be held on October 20 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

“2020 has been a difficult year so far, and we are all being forced to make decisions that we never envisioned having to make,” said Browning.  “We waited as long as possible to come to these determinations, conducting our due diligence to ensure that we make informed decisions that are in the best interests of our buyers and sellers.”

“The two-year-old sales season needs to conclude before yearling sales begin – which makes a traditional July Sale unfeasible,” elaborated Browning.  “Our two Saratoga auctions are tied closely to the race meet.  We desperately want to see a traditional Saratoga race meet as much as anyone.  However, the details for the race meet – including whether spectators will be permitted – are understandably not finalized.  We are at a point in time where we must provide our sellers with a definitive schedule so that they can make sales plans for their yearlings.”

Browning continued: “We considered several different dates in August and early September for a Kentucky sale, but the September 9 and 10 dates make the most sense from a variety of perspectives.  For the travel convenience of buyers, as well as coordination of potential health and safety protocols, our sale and Keeneland September are best served to be positioned closer together.  Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland have been in steady contact with one another and are working together in a cooperative effort to do what’s best for our industry during these challenging times.”

“Keeneland is committed to do everything possible to help our industry navigate these extraordinary times,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “These past few weeks, we have had many conversations with Fasig-Tipton about constructive efforts to benefit the industry, including scheduling of sales and consistent safety protocols. We will continue to work together on policies and measures to keep participants safe and provide assurances to our customers as we move forward.”

All yearlings catalogued in the Selected Yearlings Showcase will be approved on pedigree and physical conformation by Fasig-Tipton’s selection team over the next several weeks, ahead of the sale’s June 15 entry deadline.

Nominations for the Selected Yearlings Showcase are now open at  Yearlings already nominated to Fasig-Tipton’s July, Saratoga, and NY Bred Yearlings Sale do not need to re-nominate.  There is no fee to nominate.

To learn more about Fasig-Tipton’s 2020 Selected Yearlings Showcase sale, please visit

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New York-breds conclude solid run at OBS March

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

By Sarah Mace

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company went full steam ahead through uncharted waters this week, holding its two-day March sale of 2-year-olds in training on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17-18, against the backdrop of turbulent financial markets and the spreading COVID-19 virus. Despite uncertainties for all aspects of our industry and daily life that run the gamut from A to Z, connections of the top New York-bred offerings were rewarded by strong buyer interest in the top lots.

The top-selling New York-bred of the auction was purchased in Tuesday’s opening session when Larry Best’s OXO Equine LLC went to $330,000 for Hip 167, a dark bay / brown Chester and Mary Broman-bred Medaglia d’ Oro filly who is a full sister to Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint heroine Bar of Gold (read more). The quartet of six-figure sellers on Tuesday, was joined by an additional trio on Wednesday, including a filly by New York-based sire Big Brown (Irish Hill and Dutchess Views Stallions).


Sequel Bloodstock consigned both the top New York-bred colt and filly on Wednesday. The New York-bred topper was Hip 417, a bay colt by Ghostzapper with a strong pedigree who was purchased by C. Clement, Nick Esler Agent, for $200,000. A speedy youngster, the bay posted a :9 4/5 furlong in the under tack show. [UNDER TACK VIDEO]

Bred by Kathleen Schweizer and Daniel Burke, the Ghostzapper juvenile is the first foal out of Smoke Signals, a Kentucky-bred multiple winner and stakes-placed runner by Street Sense whom Burke purchased for $250,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November sale.

The colt’s second dam is the accomplished runner Unspoken Word (Catienus), a multiple stakes winner and Grade 1 La Brea Stakes runner up. His third dam, stakes winner Silent Emotion is also the dam of graded winner Emotional Kitten. In 2019 Smoke Signals produced a filly by Kitten’s Joy and was bred to Nyquist.


The top-selling New York-bred filly was Hip 670, a dark bay / brown juvenile from the second crop of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah who was purchased by Gary Contessa, Agent, for $180,000. Bred by Sequel, her consignor, she clocked a furlong in:10 1/5 in the under tack show. [UNDER TACK VIDEO]

The filly is out of the unraced Kentucky-bred Corey’s Holiday, by Harlan’s Holiday, who last changed hands via public auction when purchased by Sallusto & Albina for $155,000 at the 2016 OBS spring sale of 2-year-olds.

Corey’s Holiday is also a full-sister to multiple graded stakes winner and New York-bred fan favorite Notacatbutallama, who was bred by Happy Hill Farm, campaigned by Repole Stable and retired with $789,359 in earnings. The filly’s second dam also produced stakes-placed producer Jazzminegem.


The third six-figure earner and top-selling New York-sired juvenile of the concluding session was Hip 368, a daughter of Big Brown. Consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent XII, she went to Joe DiRico, Nick Esler, Agent, for $115,000 after posting a furlong breeze in :10 2/5 in the under tack show. [UNDER TACK VIDEO]

The Big Brown filly is a second generation New Yorker. Breeder William C. Schettine campaigned her dam Rosa Salvaje who was bred in the state by New Dawn Stud. She went on to become a Saratoga stakes winner on turf for trainer Lisa Lewis and earned over $200,000. The filly’s second dam, Navarro Rose, is a CA-bred stakes-placed runner. Rosa Salvaje has already produced a winner from two foals to start and has a yearling filly by Mastery. She was not bred in 2019.


Of 43 New York-bred juveniles offered over two days, 27 changed hands (including four private sales to date) for a buyback rate of 37.2%. The New York-bred average and median came in at $71,519 and $40,000 respectively.

For the entire sale, which (understandably) saw a decline across-the-board, the average price was $95,885 compared with $144,603 in 2019 while the median price was $50,000 compared with $80,000 a year ago. The buyback percentage was 39.6%; it was 23.9% in 2019.

OBS director of sales Tod Wojciechowski said an announcement about OBS’s 2-year-old sales schedule going forward would likely come next week. “We’ll get together early next week. There’s still a lot of news on the horizon, and still a lot of things in turmoil in the world… We’ve been asked quite a bit. For right now, our answer is that the April sale is on the books, but certainly we have to look at everything that’s going on and try to come up with a plan that works well for everyone.”

Top New York-breds at OBS March opener are beacons of optimism in uncertain times

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

By Sarah Mace

Thoroughbred auctions, particularly springtime auctions of “race-ready” 2-year-olds in training, are founded on hopes and dreams. In the past two weeks our lives have been upended because of the spread of COVID-19 – up to and including the postponement of the iconic Kentucky Derby from the first Saturday in May to the first Saturday in September.

Despite turbulent financial markets and a national landscape that is shifting rapidly from one day to the next, Tuesday’s March 17 opening session Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company March sale of 2-year-olds in training illustrated that, when given the opportunity to buy a top-tier New York-bred, prospective owners are still eager to feed their hopes and dreams by opening their checkbooks.

Of the 24 New York-bred juveniles who went through the ring, 14 found new homes, including one via private sale. The $70,786 average price for Empire-State breds and $32,000 median were anchored by four six-figure sellers.

The New York-bred star of the day was Hip 167, a dark bay / brown Medaglia d’ Oro filly from Chester and Mary Broman’s breeding program who is a full sister to Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint heroine Bar of Gold. Last year’s OBS March record-setting sale topper was Broman-bred Chestertown, who brought $2 million and is slated to start in next weekend’s $1 million Louisiana Derby.

Hip 167, who was consigned on behalf of the Bromans by Sequel Bloodstock, went to Larry Best’s OXO Equine LLC for $330,000, the sixth top price of the session and second top-selling filly. Bloodstock agent Mike Ryan signed the ticket. The Bromans reportedly stayed in for a percentage. The filly, who is currently named Espresso Kid, turned in a speedy :10 flat furlong in the under tack show last Thursday. [Hip 167 WALKING VIDEO; Hip 167 UNDER TACK VIDEO]

Ryan told the, “To be honest, we were delighted to get her at that. If she runs, she’ll be worth a fortune. But, if not, she’ll never be worth less than what she brought today because of her pedigree.”

“She was absolutely beautiful,” Sequel’s Becky Thomas told the TDN. “[She and Bar of Gold] are different kind of fillies. This filly is quick. Bar of Gold was real tall, leggy and stretchy. She was a different made kind of horse. They are both very Medaglia looking in terms of color though, both being dark bay or brown. Larry Best got a really, really great value. The market is obviously very compromised with what’s happening right now and Mr. Broman is very realistic on reserves. We were sure that she was going to sell. We’re really happy that Mr. Best got her. Mr. Broman isn’t dispersing his mares at this time. We know that she’ll get a great shot, that part was really good, but it is bittersweet.”

Espresso Kid’s dam is Khancord Kid, a Broman homebred by Lemon Drop Kid who captured the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes on turf at Gulfstream Park turf in 2010. Chester Broman purchased Khancord Kid’s dam Confidently, an unraced daughter of Storm Cat, at Keeneland’s 2000 January sale of horses of all ages for $1 million. Confidently’s dam is Grade 1 winner Key Phrase and she is a half-sister to sire Yankee Gentleman.

Khancord Kid’s first foal, sprint star Bar of Gold earned $1,551,000. The mare has produced two other winners, both stakes performers: Land Mine (Mineshaft) and Homeland by American Pharoah. She produced a full brother to the sales filly in 2019 and was bred to Justify last spring.


John Kimmel went to $170,000 for an unnamed client for another dark bay / brown filly: Hip 184, a daughter of Hard Spun bred by Milfer Farm Inc. from the family of Bernardini. Consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent I, the filly she posted a furlong breeze in :10 1/5. [UNDER TACK VIDEO]

Filly is the first foal out of Lapinski (Street Cry [IRE]), a winner at two and half-sister to stakes winner Sunset Wish. The star-studded third generation of the filly’s pedigree is headed by Grade 1 winner and 2006 Broodmare of the Year Cara Rafaela, a half-sister to Abaginone and dam of champion and sire Bernardini. Milfer Farm bought Lapinski for $82,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November sale.


A pair of New York-bred juvenile colts fetched $100,000 at the sale opener, including the top New York-sired offering, Hip 166 by Mission Impazible (Sequel Stallions New York) who was purchased by Michael Behrens and David Kandasamy’s California-based after turning in a sharp work in in :10 1/5. [UNDER TACK VIDEO]

Bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds and Twin Creeks Farm, and consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, Hip 166 is the most recent reported foal out of Kettle’s Sister, an unplaced Maryland-bred by More Than Ready who has produced four winners from seven foals to start, led by her second offspring, Vinceremos by Pioneerof the Nile, winner of the 2003 Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes and runner up in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby. A full sister to the sale colt, New York-bred Paz the Bourbon, has collected a pair of stakes placings. Second dam Safe at the Plate is a half-sister to champion sprinter Safely Kept, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in 1990. According to the TDN, the colt will go to Todd Pletcher and Twin Creeks will stay in as a partner.


Dennis O’Neill scooped up the other $100,000 New York-bred colt, Hip 169, a bay by Blame who breezed an eighth in:10 1/5 for de Meric Sales. [UNDER TACK VIDEO]

Bred by Fred W. Hertrich III, the youngster was previously purchased as a short yearling by Pewter Stable at the Keeneland January sale for $35,000. He is the second foal out of Knox County Zip, a Kentucky-bred winner by City Zip whose first foal, Trickle In by Temple City, is already a multiple winner on turf.

The colt’s second dam is stakes winner Menifeeque, who went on to produce graded winner and multiple graded stakes-placed runner Thank You Marylou by Birdstone.

The sale resumes on Wednesday for its second and concluding session at 10:30 a.m.

Tiznow filly leads New York-breds at F-T Kentucky winter mixed

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

When the curtain rang down on the two-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale on Tuesday, the New York-bred cohort was topped by a six-figure short yearling filly by Tiznow bred by Hidden Lake Farm LLC et al.

The median price of $12,000 for 37 New York-breds sold solidly outperformed the $8,500 median of the sale overall, and the New York-bred buyback percentage of 24.3% was several ticks better than the sale RNA rate of 24.9%. The cumulative sale average of $29,539, which was bolstered by a handful of high-profile transactions, outpaced the $18,397 average for the New Yorkers.

Robert Lambe (Fasig-Tipton photo)

The Tiznow filly who earned the New York-bred boasting rights went to Robert Lambe for $100,000 during Monday’s opening session. Lambe had previously bought into the filly as a weanling when she sold for $67,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale to Royal Bloodstock Sales from the consignment of RFHF Bloodstock.

As Lambe told, “I was in when she was a weanling and owned a little piece of her. I liked her so I decided I would come in on the whole thing. I just owned 10%.” He continued, “Physically she grew up real nice and she’s nice to be around. She has a good mind. Her family is OK but it’s really all about her physical.”

Sold as Hip 274, the Tiznow filly was bred by bred by Hidden Lake Farm LLC, River Valley Farm and Tiznow Syndicate. The bay is out of Southern Alibi (Elusive Quality), a Kentucky-bred placed runner by Elusive Quality who has produced four winners to date, including stakes-placed Sneaky Kitten by Kitten’s Joy. Southern Alibi is also a half-sister to Grade 2 Go For Wand winner Nerfertini and stakes winner In the Navy Now. Hidden Lake Farm purchased Southern Alibi at the 2016 Keeneland November sale for $22,000. She was bred to Always Dreaming in 2019.

The top New York-bred male at the auction – also selling Monday – was a short yearling by New York sire Laoban from the family of Bernardini, who was hammered down to Bluewater sales, Agent, for $50,000. Laoban, whose first crop are juveniles of 2020, stands at Sequel Stallions New York for a stud fee of $5,000.

Offered by Legacy Bloodstock as Hip 86, the Laoban colt was bred by Milfer Farm Inc. and is just the second foal out of Lapinski, a winner by Street Cry (IRE). Milfer Farm purchased the mare, who is a half-sister to stakes winner Sunset Wish, for $82,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November sale.

The star power in the colt’s pedigree appears in the third generation. Third dam Cara Rafaela, a multiple graded stakes winner, went on to produce sire and champion Bernardini and the remainder of the female family is peppered with black type.

With the final breeding stock sale in the books, attention will turn in March to the always-exciting juvenile sales market.


War Dancer colt goes to My Purple Haze at OBS winter mixed

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

War Dancer (Courtesy Sugar Plum Farm)

By Sarah Mace

Chris Englehart, acting on behalf of My Purple Haze Stables, purchased a short yearling by New York sire War Dancer for $40,000 in Wednesday’s open session of the 2020 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Winter Mixed sale.

Hip 685, a bay foaled on May 29, 2019, is out of successful producer I Drink Alone by Intidab. A New York-bred winner in her own right, I Drink Alone has produced four winners from four foals to start headlined by three stakes winners. Bustin It, a colt by Bustin Stones, won the Rockville Centre Stakes as a juvenile and has earned over $300,000. A gelded full brother Bust Another earned nearly $400,000 and won the Mike Lee Stakes in 2016. May Shares, a filly by Stonesider, won an open turf stakes at Belmont.

War Dancer, a multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire by War Front, stands as part of the Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions roster at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater for a 2020 stud fee of $7,500.

The War Dancer, who earned $1,068,927, won or placed in nine graded stakes, including the $500,000 Virginia Derby. His first foals are 2-year-olds of 2020

Summer At the Spa tops horses of racing age at OBS winter mixed

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

NYRA/Coglianese Photos

By Sarah Mace

Ralph M. Evans went to $125,000 to purchase 3-year-old filly Summer At the Spa, who emerged as the top-seller in the Horses of Racing Age Session at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2020 Winter Mixed sale. The two-day auction on January 28-29 featured a consignor preferred session Tuesday immediately followed by a horses of racing age section and an open session Wednesday.

Summer At the Spa, who is from the first crop of Summer Front, won her lone start at two, a 6-furlong turf maiden special weight at Aqueduct on November 23, by rallying from far back to defeat a field of 10 for trainer James Toner and owner Michael J. Ryan.

Bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Summer At the Spa first sold for $60,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale at Saratoga to Burkhardt Stable. At two she was purchased by Upstate Stable for $55,000 at the OBS April 2019 spring sale of 2-year-olds.

Summer At the Spa, who was consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent XIV, is the first foal out of Myself, an unplaced Kentucky-bred daughter of Giant’s Causeway. Second dam is graded stakes performer Obsequious by Fusaichi Pegasus. This is also the family of British-bred multiple grade 1 winner and horse of the year User Friendly who earned the equivalent of $1.7 million.

Trainer Jonathan Thomas, who signed the ticket on Evans’ behalf, told the Blood-Horse, “She’s a lightly-raced New York-bred that’s hopefully going to cycle back into the turf (racing) season. She was good enough to win first time out and she’s coming out of Jimmy Toner’s barn, for whom we have a lot of respect for as a caretaker and Niall (Brennan) sold her, in whom we have a lot of confidence.”

New York-breds put up solid numbers at Keeneland January 2020

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

Keeneland Photo

By Sarah Mace

The 68 New York-breds who sold at the five-day Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale (Jan. 13-17) generated solid cumulative results that were largely on par with the figures for the auction overall. As polarization in the North American bloodstock market has led us to expect, a handful of New York-breds, all short yearlings, stood out from the crowd, bringing prices from $150,000 to $280,000.

The annual auction, which Keeneland’s vice president of racing and sales Bob Elliston pronounced “a solid January sale” returned to “normal” this year. In 2019 the key indicators were inflated by the blockbuster sale of champion Abel Tasman for $5 million, accounting for more than 10% of total sales that year.

Gross sales for the 2020 auction totaled $42,480,500 (compared to $48,280,100 in 2019). The cumulative average was $38,409 and the median was $14,000 (down from $50,768 and $20,000). The 2020 buy-back rate was 20.8%.

The New York-bred cohort of 68, which sold for a total of $2,474,300, posted an average price of $36,387 and $13,000 median. New York-bred buybacks, which tracked low early, crept up in the latter sessions, ending at 23.6%.

The New York-bred top-seller was a $280,000 Candy Ride colt bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski and purchased by team Clement in the second and concluding session of Book 1 on Tuesday (read more). The New York-bred star of Book 2 was a chestnut colt by popular young WinStar sire Constitution who was purchased by Solis/Litt for $210,000 on Wednesday as Hip 908.

Bred by Fred W. Hertrich III, the Constitution colt was foaled on February 2, 2019 and consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent VIII. He is the first foal out of Tiz Willy, a Kentucky-bred placed runner by Tiznow, whom Hertrich acquired for the bargain price of $7,500 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale.

Jason Litt, who signed the ticket, said, “We bought him for some clients and we’ll either bring him back to sell him or race him. Constitution is the hot horse and he’s a lovely bodied boy. We’re excited to have him.”

Out of stakes winner City Fair by Carson City, first dam Tiz Willy is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Win Willy, by Monarchos and stakes / graded stakes performer My Arch Enemy. City Fair is a sister to Lorenzon, who set a track record for six furlongs at Zia Park.

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

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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.