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Pair of $95,000 short yearlings close out Keeneland

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

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

By Tom Law

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Four NY-breds bring six-figure prices at Keeneland

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

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

By Tom Law

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

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

By Tom Law

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Laoban weanling sells for $150,000 at Midlantic sale

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

Hip 182, a New York-bred weanling colt by Laoban, brings $150,000 Tuesday at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

New York-breds were in demand at Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale in Timonium, Md., with the three most expensive weanlings and third highest-priced older horse through the ring coming from the Empire State.

Former New York-based freshman sire Laoban sired the sale-topping weanling, Hip 182, purchased by Machmer Hall for $150,000.

Bred by Team Millennium Stable and consigned by Vinery Sales, agent, the registered New York-bred colt is out of the Stonesider mare Dixie Gem from the family of Grade 2 winner Thunder Achiever, Grade 3 winner Pure Gossip and stakes winner Lady Vi.

Laoban, who started his stud career at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson before being relocated to WinStar Farm for the 2021 season, ranks second on the North American freshman sire list with the earners of $1,507,915 through Tuesday. The 7-year-old son of Uncle Mo sired 70 foals in his first crop and he’s already the sire of 11 winners from 33 foals to race led by Grade 1 winner Simply Ravishing and Grade 2 winner Keepmeinmind.

Hip 208, a Frosted filly foaled in New York, brings second highest price for a weanling at $77,000. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

The sale of the Laoban colt, along with a Frosted colt and a Laoban filly, helped spark the sales results for New York-breds. Fasig-Tipton reported 36 of the 53 New York-breds offered sold for a total of $616,400, an average price of $17,122 and median of $3,750.

Peter Pugh, agent, for Cherry Knoll Farm purchased the second most expensive New York-bred and fourth highest priced horse in the sale, Hip 208, a weanling colt by multiple Grade 1 winner Frosted for $77,000.

Foaled in New York, bred by Mahoney Eden Manor LLC, Classic Bloodstock LLC and Fitzgerald Bloodstock LLC and also consigned by Vinery Sales, the colt is out of the stakes-placed Henny Hughes mare Hennyville. He’s a half brother to the winning 3-year-old New York-bred Liam’s Map filly All Over the Map.

Vinery also consigned the third most expensive weanling of the sale, a filly by Laoban selling as Hip 140, went to Jamie Ness, agent, for $60,000. Bred by John Lauriello, the filly is out of the winning Stormy Atlantic mare Stormy Salute and is from the family of stakes winner and $209,268-earner Honour Colony and Grade 3 winner Lindsay Jean.

Turbo Drive, a stakes-placed New York-bred son of Teuflesberg, sells for $65,000 to Irv Naylor. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

Turbo Drive, a winner on the grass at Saratoga Race Course in 2020, could be headed for a career in steeplechasing after leading jumps owner Irv Naylor purchased the 3-year-old New York-bred gelding for $65,000.

Selling as Hip 251 and the fifth most expensive horse in the sale, the son of Teuflesberg out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Lemme finished third in an open-company allowance on the grass at Aqueduct Dec. 4 after winning a $40,000 claiming race going 1 mile on the turf at Churchill Downs Oct. 31.

Bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds and consigned by Marshall Silverman, agent, Turbo Drive sold for $80,000 to the Wycoff family’s Three Diamonds Farm at the 2019 OBS March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training. He raced for Three Diamonds and trainer Mike Maker and compiled a record of 3-3-4 from 16 starts, including a second in the Cab Calloway division of the New York Stallion Series this past summer at Saratoga, and earnings of $203,510.

 

 


Good Magic colt sells for $360,000 at Keeneland

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Hip 670, weanling colt foaled in New York from first crop of champion Good Magic, sells for $360,000 Wednesday at Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Keeneland Photo.

By Tom Law

A weanling colt foaled in New York from the first crop of champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Good Magic sold for $360,000 to highlight Wednesday’s third session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Selling as Hip 670 and consigned by Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, the colt out of the Bernstein mare Inlovewithlove was purchased by Larry Best’s OXO Equine LLC. Bred by SF Bloodstock, the colt is a half brother to multiple graded stakes winner and $570,312-earner Lovely Bernadette.

“I tend to go earlier now for (weanlings) as opposed to waiting for them to be yearlings,” Best said. “You take more risk, but you are not spending the same amount of money. You might get two or three shots on goal for what you’d be paying at the yearling sales.

“I am trying to diversify with different sires. This one is by Good Magic and was good looking. Physically, this was about as good as you are going to get for a weanling. I expected to get him for $250,000 or $300,000. I had to go a little higher, but the right people were on it.”

SF Bloodstock purchased Inlovewithlove in foal Curlin, for $230,000 at the 2018 Keeneland November sale. The subsequent foal, a colt by Hall of Famer and Horse of the Year Curlin, sold for $425,000 at the recent Keeneland September yearling sale. Lovely Bernadette also sold for $750,000 at the 2018 Keeneland November sale.

OXO Equine also purchased 2019 champion New York-bred 3-year-old filly Newly Minted, selling as Hip 750, for $180,000 during Wednesday’s session.

Consigned by Mill Ridge Sales and selling as a broodmare prospect, the 4-year-old daughter of Central Banker won six of 12 starts and earned $516,738 for owners Beach Haven Thoroughbreds.

A $110,000 2-year-old in training purchase, Newly Minted won five of eight starts during her championship campaign. Trained by Linda Rice, Newly Minted won the Fleet Indian, Bouwerie and the Park Avenue division of the New York Stallion Series in 2019.

Grade 3-placed Munchkin Money, a 7-year-old New York-bred daughter of Freud who finished second in the 2019 Yaddo Stakes at Saratoga, sold for $220,000 Wednesday.

Selling as Hip 737 out of the ELiTE consignment, Munchkin Money sold in foal to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

A half sister to stakes winner Here Comes Rita, Munchkin Money won seven of 29 starts with six seconds and three thirds for $449,115 in earnings. She finished second in the Grade 3 Marshua’s River in January at Gulfstream Park for trainer Christophe Clement and owners Sweet Home Stables, Mark Parkinson, Brian Martin, Steven Bouchey and Tony Weintraub.

Broodmare shoppers at the fall mixed sales figure to be able to take advantage of changes to New York rules regarding residency requirements for dams of New York-bred foals, including mares purchased at auction on or after Nov. 1, 2019. The rules are expected to become final upon publication in the State Register of New York on or about Nov. 18, and shall have retroactive effect with regard to eligible mares purchased at public auction sales occurring on or after Nov. 1, 2019.

The new rules establish definitions for resident mares and non-resident mares and set forth program eligibility requirements for their foals. Under the new rules, a resident mare would be a mare that is continuously in residence in New York State from date of conception in New York State or within 120 days after her last cover in the year of conception occurring outside of New York State and that remains in the State until foaling the following year, with no breed-back required. Mares that maintain their New York State resident status can be covered each season by a stallion located anywhere in the world.

non-resident mare would be a mare that does not qualify as a resident mare. However, under the new rules, a non-resident mare that is purchased in foal through public auction will be deemed to be a resident mare for all purposes if all of the following conditions are satisfied: (1) the mare is purchased for at least $50,000 in the public auction, (2) the mare is present in New York State within 15 days after the sale is concluded, (3) the foal from public auction mare is foaled in New York State and (4) the mare thereafter is continuously in residence in New York State from within 120 days after her last cover in the year of conception of another foal and remains in residency until foaling.

The Keeneland November breeding stock sale continues with the fourth session starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.

 


New York-bred weanlings sell well at FTK November sale

Monday, November 9th, 2020

Fasig-Tipton opened the mixed sales season Sunday night and two NY-bred foals landed six-figure bids. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

Weanlings foaled in New York and from the first crops of Grade 1 winners City of Light and Mendelssohn commanded six-figure bids early in Sunday’s blockbuster Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale in Lexington.

Hip 10, a son of 2018 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and 2019 Pegasus World Cup winner City of Light, led the way when he brought $235,000 from Brady Bloodstock.

Bred by Anlyn Farms, foaled at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater and consigned by Ballysax Bloodstock, agent, the colt is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Gracilia and is a half brother to 2020 stakes winner More Mischief and stakes-placed Myawaya and four other winners. More Mischief, a $350,000 purchase as a 2-year-old in training, won the Biogio’s Rose Stakes in February at Aqueduct and has compiled a record of 4-2-2 from 10 starts with $255,493 in earnings.

Gracilia, who placed once in four starts, is out of the Hansel mare Bellona and is a half sister to New York-bred Grade 2 winner sire Sharp Humor.

Hip 9, a filly by 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and 2018 U.A.E. Derby winner Mendelssohn, brought the second most expensive price for a New York weanling when American Equistock Inc. went to $110,000.

Bred by Magnolia Mares, LLC and Pony Express Sales Inc., foaled at Sequel Stallions in Hudson and consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the bay filly is the second foal out of the Smart Strike mare Good Omen.

Good Omen, unplaced in two starts for her breeders Gary and Mary West, is out of the Saint Liam mare Deputy Saint, a half sister to Hall of Famer, two-time Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Curlin. Magnolia Bloodstock purchased Good Omen for $40,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky February mixed sale.

Good Omen’s first foal, a New York-bred by Distorted Humor bred by Magnolia Mares, Rita Masters and Distorted Humor Syndicate, sold for $70,000 to Alan Brodsky at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale in October.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on four of the five weanlings foaled in New York for a total of $485,000, an average price of $121,250 and median of $92,500.


Classic Empire colt brings $310,000 at October sale

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Hip 1398, a colt by Classic Empire from the family of Johannesburg and graded stakes winner Stanford, sold for $310,000 Thursday at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

A colt foaled in New York from the first crop of champion Classic Empire from the family of international champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Johannesburg sold for $310,000 to top Thursday’s final session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale in Lexington.

Consigned by St George Sales, agent, Hip 1398 was purchased by bloodstock agent Mike Ryan. Bred by EKQ Stables Corp. and foaled at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, the colt is the second foal out of the winning Bernardini mare Delay of Game.

EKQ Stable purchased Delay of Game, in foal to Street Sense, for $90,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The subsequent foal, a filly named Spa Ready who brought $260,000 as a yearling, provided a significant update for the family when she won a maiden special weight at first asking Sept. 27 at Belmont Park for owner Wise Racing and trainer Chad Brown.

Delay of Game is also the dam of a weanling New York-bred filly by Accelerate and was bred back to Hard Spun in 2020. Delay of Game is out of the Storm Cat mare Show Me the Roses, the granddam of graded stakes winner Stanford and stakes winner Hedge Fund and a half sister to 2001 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Johannesburg.

Thursday’s session-topper, the fifth highest-priced horse in the sale, led all New York-bred or foaled yearlings over the four-day sale and was one of four that sold for six figures.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 17 of the 19 New York-breds offered Thursday for $698,500, an average price of $41,088 and median of $25,000. Over the four sessions 68 New York-breds sold for a total of $2,139,700, an average of $31,466 and median of $19,000.

Two of the four six-figure yearlings sold during Tuesday’s opening session, including Hip 282, a colt by Liam’s Map purchased by Marshall Gramm’s Ten Strike Racing and Rick Keuber for $220,000. Bred by Loch Grove Farm and foaled at Song Hill Thoroughbreds in Mechanicville, the colt is the first foal out of the unraced Bodemeister mare Locked On. Noel Murphy’s Castle Park Farm consigned Hip 282.

Hip 335, a filly by Cupid and half-sister to Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile winner and Breeders’ Cup Mile pre-entrant Ivar, sold for $110,000 during the opening session. Dave Stack bought the filly, who is out of the Smart Strike mare May Be Now, from the consignment of Perrone Sales Ltd., agent for breeder Apache Farm.

The other six-figure New York-bred sold during the second session when Phil Hager’s Taproot Bloodstock went to $100,000 on behalf of Shirl and Mary Ann Penney’s Team Penney Racing for Hip 728, a filly by Central Banker and half-sister to last year’s Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes runner-up Shoplifted. Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm and bred by Peter Moore, Adrian Regan and Fergus Galvin, the filly is out of the winning Yes It’s True mare Shopit.


Central Banker filly brings $100,000 at FT Kentucky

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

Trade continued to be strong for New York-breds Tuesday at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

A New York-bred half-sister to stakes winner and last year’s Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes runner-up Shoplifted sold for $100,000 during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale Tuesday in Lexington.

Phil Hager’s Taproot Bloodstock purchased the daughter of New York-based stallion Central Banker, selling as Hip 728 out of the Hunter Valley Farm consignment, on behalf of Shirl and Mary Ann Penney’s Team Penney Racing. Bred by Peter Moore, Adrian Regan and Fergus Galvin, the filly is out of the winning Yes It’s True mare Shopit.

Shopit, a half-sister to stakes winner Fifth Avenue and to the dam of leading turf sprinter Imprimis, is the dam of five winners from five foals to race. Shoplifted leads that group with a record of 2-1-3 from 10 starts and $510,000 in earnings. He finished third in this year’s Grade 1 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park and third in the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Seventh in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park, Shoplifted followed up that effort with a win in the Remington Springboard Mile Stakes at Remington Park last December.

“Mike McMahon said this mare is one of the finest one’s to have been bred to Central Banker, and Phil really loved her,” said Shirl Penney, a former New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. board member and longtime supporter of the state breeding program who has campaigned stakes winners Sweet Vendetta, Flipcup, Stonesintheroad and others. “She will got to Bill Mott once ready, coming back up from Kinsman in Ocala, where she is today.”

The Penneys, who live in Saratoga Springs not far from Saratoga Race Course, are excited to bring some partners into the mix.

“You see she is from the family of Fifth Avenue and I have a home on Fifth Ave in Saratoga Springs,” Penney said. “We have brought in a few minority partners who are our neighbors on Fifth Ave.  We are all excited about seeing her running around in our back yard next year!”

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 24 of the 30 New York-bred yearlings offered during the second session for $553,000, an average price of $23,042 and median of $13,500. Overall, 35 of the 50 New York-breds offered have sold for $948,700, an average of $27,106 and median of $10,000.

The Kentucky October yearling continues with two additional sessions Wednesday and Thursday, both starting at 10 a.m. ET.


New York-bred Liam’s Map colt sells for $220,000

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

Hip 282, New York-bred colt by Liam’s Map, sells for $220,000 Monday at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

A New York-bred colt by Liam’s Map whose pedigree traces to one of the most productive Phipps families sold for $220,000 and the fourth highest price during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale Monday in Lexington.

Marshall Gramm’s Ten Strike Racing, which about 48 hours prior won the $175,000 Empire Distaff Handicap with Lucky Move, and Rick Kueber purchased Hip 282 out of Noel Murphy’s Castle Park Farm consignment.

Bred by Loch Grove Farm and foaled at Song Hill Thoroughbreds in Mechanicville, the colt is the first foal out of the unraced Bodemeister mare Locked On.

A half-sister to Grade 2 winner Quiet Temper, Locked On is out of the Easy Goer mare and Grade 1 winner Furlough’s full sister Loping Along. Furlough and Loping Along are out of Blitey, also the dam of Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Dancing Spree, Grade 1 winner Fantastic Find, Grade 2 winner and producer Dancing All Night and the dam of Hall of Famer Heavenly Prize.

Locked On also produced a New York-bred filly by Liam’s Map in 2020 and was bred back to that stallion this past season. Liam’s Map made other headlines in New York Monday afternoon when Blue Gator, a 2-year-old New York-bred from his second crop won the $218,075 New York Breeders’ Futurity at Finger Lakes.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 11 of the 20 New York-breds offered during Monday’s session for $395,700, an average price of $35,973 and median of $7,500.

Another New York-bred, Hip 335, landed a six-figure price in the session when Dave Stack paid $110,000 for a half-sister to recent Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile winner Ivar. Consigned by Perrone Sales Ltd., agent for breeder Apache Farm, the filly is from the first crop of Cupid out of the Smart Strike mare May Be Now.

May Be Now is the dam of four winners from four foals to race, including 2020 2-year-old winner Hard Strike. Ivar provided a significant catalog update when he earned a berth in next months’ Breeders’ Cup Mile with a victory in the Shadwell Oct. 3 at Keeneland Race Course. The Brazilian-bred son of Agnes Gold has won five of seven, including two of four in the U.S., and earned $579,413.

The Kentucky October yearling continues with three additional sessions Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, all starting at 10 a.m. ET.


NY-bred Into Mischief filly brings $200,000 at OBS

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Hip 248, New York-bred filly by leading sire Into Mischief, sells for $200,000 Tuesday at OBS Selected Yearling Sale. Photo provided by Stuart Morris/Joe DiOrio.

By Tom Law

A New York-bred filly by North America’s leading sire sold for $200,000 Tuesday, the second-highest price of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s selected yearling sale.

Colt Pike Bloodstock signed for the filly by Into Mischief, selling as Hip 248 late in the selected portion of Day 1 of the reconfigured OBS October sale, which also featured a 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age segment. Consigned by Stuart Morris, agent, the filly is out of the stakes-placed Indian Charlie mare Indian Rush, dam of stakes winners March X Press and Harlan’s Honor.

Bred by Pine Ridge Stables Ltd. and foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, the filly was previously offered and listed as not sold on a final bid of $140,000 at the recent Keeneland September yearling sale.

Into Mischief is the sire of 2020 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic last year’s champion female sprinter Covfefe and the earners of more than $14.1 million in 2020. Indian Rush produced a colt by Into Mischief in 2020 and is in foal to Florida Derby winner Audible.

The second most expensive New York-bred during the selected yearling section Tuesday was Hip 227, a filly by leading freshman sire Laoban who brought $27,000 from Red Oak Farm Inc. Bred by Sequel Stallions and Sandee Schultz and consigned by Love’s Equine LLC, agent, the filly is out of the unraced Smarty Jones mare Betty’s Baroness, a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Excellent Meeting and stakes winners Crowning Meeting and Crown of Crimson.

The OBS sale continues with the second and final session of open yearlings starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.