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Russiarussiarussia brings $35,000 at Keeneland

Friday, November 18th, 2022

Russiarussiarussia, a winner on the grass in June at Belmont Park, sold for $35,000 during Thursday’s Keeneland horses of racing age sale. Coglianese/NYRA Photo

Russiarussiarussia, a winning 3-year-old New York-bred daughter of Bernardini, sold for $35,000 Thursday at the Keeneland horses of racing age sale in Lexington.

Danny Caldwell, a frequent leading owner in the Southwest region including at Remington Park, Oaklawn Park and Prairie Meadows , purchased Russiarussiarussia from ELiTE, agent. Offered as Hip 5188, Russiarussiarussia was bred by Vineyard Racing LLC and Godolphin and is out of the winning Medaglia d’Oro mare Katama. She was foaled at Hickory Hill Farm Thoroughbreds in Fort Edward.

A $70,000 purchase at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Showcase and a $310,000 buy at the 2021 OBS April sale of 2-year-olds in training, Russiarussiarussia went 1-1-2 in six starts for owner Doubledown Stables Inc. and trainer Chad Brown. She won a 1 1/16-mile turf maiden June 4 at Belmont Park before a third in an allowance at the same distance on the turf at Saratoga in mid-July.

Russiarussiarussia is one of three winners out of Katama, along with Katama Bay and Bump. She is also the dam of the 2-year-old New York-bred colt Makar, who has placed twice in two starts on the NYRA circuit including Thursday at Aqueduct. Katama is the dam of a yearling New York-bred colt by Palace Malice bred by Vineyard Racing LLC.

Russiarussiarussia was one of the five New York-breds sold at the sale from eight through the ring for a total of $82,000 and an average price of $16,400.


NY-breds contribute to positive Keeneland November

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

Stakes-placed Risky Mischief sold for $475,000, the highest price for a New York-bred at the Keeneland November sale. Photo courtesy of Paramount Sales.

By Tom Law

A dozen New York-bred weanlings sold for six figures and six New York-bred broodmares brought $200,000 or more to help factor into the positive returns realized during the 10-day Keeneland November breeding stock sale that wrapped up Wednesday in Lexington.

The stakes-placed Risky Mischief and graded stakes winner Robin Sparkles led the way for the Empire State, selling back-to-back during the opening session Nov. 7.

Risky Mischief, offered as Hip 145 by Paramount Sales, agent, sold for $475,000 to Breeze Easy LLC. Bred by Sanford Bacon and foaled at Birsh Family Farm in Amsterdam, the 5-year-old daughter of Into Mischief out of stakes winner Risky Rachel from the family of multiple New York-bred stakes winners Dancin Renee and Say Florida Sandy. She was sold in foal to Charlatan.

Grade 3 winner Robin Sparkles sold for $450,000 at Keeneland. Susie Raisher/NYRA Photo.

Robin Sparkles, offered as Hip 146 by Denali Stud, agent, sold for $450,000 to Candy Meadows LLC as a racing or broodmare prospect. Bred by Hibiscus Stables and foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, the 5-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality won nine of 18 starts and earned $531,793 for owner Michael Schraeder and trainer Bruce Brown.

Those two were part of a group of broodmares, broodmare prospects, racing prospects and others that fared well at the sale, as Keeneland reported sales on 52 of the 61 through the ring for $3,545,900, an average price of $68,190 and median of $30,000.

Keeneland also reported sales on 38 of the 51 New York-bred weanlings through the ring for $2,646,000, an average price of $69,632 and median of $47,500.

That group was led by Hip 953, a colt by Candy Ride that sold for $250,000 to Cavalier Bloodstock during the third session Nov. 9. Bred by Joe Fafone and out of the unraced Any Given Saturday mare Sweet Love, the colt was consigned by Eaton Sales, agent. The colt is the fourth foal out of the full sister to graded stakes winner and $661,130-earner Adventist and half-sister to stakes winners Dijeerr, Isn’t He Clever and Sharp Writer.

Hip 101, a filly by Munnings bred by Pine Ridge Stables LTD, sold for $230,000 at Keeneland. Photo courtesy of Taylor Made Sales Agency.

The second highest-priced New York-bred weanling sold during the opening session – Hip 101, a filly by Munnings who brought $230,000 from Bolter Bloodstock. Bred by Pine Ridge Stables LTD, foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the filly is out of the Into Mischief mare Magic Mischief, a half-sister to graded stakes winner Temple City.

The sales of those New York-breds and others helped propel Keeneland to significant gains. Keeneland reported 2,245 horses sold for $210,027,700, an increase of 3.2 percent from last year’s $203,585,500. The overall average price came in at $93,554, up 13.5 percent from last year’s $82,423, while median dropped slightly from $37,000 in 2021 to $35,000 in 2022.

Hip 3514, a weanling filly foaled in New York and from the first crop of Honor A. P., brought the co-highest price overall during Wednesday’s final session on a bid of $45,000 from Upper Mill Stable. Bred by Arindel, foaled at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater and consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the filly is out of the winning Midshipman mare First Salute.

Selling continues for one more day Thursday at Keeneland with the horses of racing age sale starting at noon ET.


Tale of the Cat mare highlights Book 5 at Keeneland

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

Stakes-placed Bertranda, in foal to Belmont Stakes winner Tapwrit, sold for $37,000 during Monday’s session of the Keeneland November sale. Photo courtesy of Buckland Sales.

Thread the Needle, a winning New York-bred daughter of Tale of the Cat selling in foal to Knicks Go, landed a final bid of $45,000 Monday to highlight the Book 5 offerings at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Consigned by Lisa and Tim Turney, agent, as Hip 2985, Thread the Needle was purchased by Expoline Co. Ltd.

Bred by James Lamonica, Lee Sacks and Soave Stables and foaled at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, Thread the Needle originally sold as a weanling for $175,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. She later brought $230,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale before going 1-3-1 in nine starts with earnings of $75,938.

A half-sister to New York-bred stakes winners The Lewis Dinner and Kelly Got Frosty and the New York-bred stakes-placed duo of Frosty Gal and Princess Phoebe, Thread the Needle is out of the Jump Start mare Nick’s Honor. Thread the Needle is the dam of a yearling filly by Cairo Prince bred by Andrew Warren.

Hip 2672, the stakes-placed Boys At Tosconova mare Bertranda, sold for $37,000 to K.O.I.D. during Monday’s session. Offered in foal to Tapwrit from Zach Madden’s Buckland Sales consignment, the 8-year-old is out of Princess Maura.

A $15,000 purchase at both the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale and 2016 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale of 2-year-olds in training, Bertranda won seven of 54 starts with 10 seconds and 10 thirds for earnings of $409,179 over five seasons. She finished third in the 2017 Christiana Stakes at Delaware Park.

Bred by Gus Schoenborn and foaled at Questroyal North in Stillwater, Bertranda is out of the winning Cape Canaveral mare Princess Maura. Bertranda is the dam of a New York-bred yearling filly by Leofric bred by Titletown Racing Stables and Blake Cox.

The final session of the Keeneland November sale begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Keeneland will conduct its November horses of racing age sale starting at noon Thursday.


Pair of six-figure weanlings highlight Keeneland Book 4

Monday, November 14th, 2022

Hip 1852, a colt by Liam’s Map, sold for $150,000 during Saturday’s session at the Keeneland November sale. Photo courtesy of Lane’s End.

Weanling colts by Liam’s Map and Tom’s d’Etat commanded six-figure bids to lead the way for New York during Book 4 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington.

Both colts, now part of a group of 10 who have brought $100,000 or more since the sale began Nov. 7, sold during Saturday’s sixth session.

Hip 1852, a son of Liam’s Map out of the stakes-placed Lemon Drop Kid mare, sold for $150,000 to Reeves Thoroughbred Racing.

Bred by Chesapeake Farm and W. S. Farish, foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and consigned by Lane’s End, agent, the gray or roan colt is a half-brother to five winners. Bitter Lemon is also the dam of the 2-year-old Army Mule filly Lemon Bomb, who has placed in her two starts this fall.

Hip 2163, a colt by Tom’s d’Etat, contributed to the six-figure haul at Keeneland when he sold for $130,000 Saturday. Photo courtesy of Taylor Made Sales Agency.

Hip 2163, a colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Tom’s d’Etat out of the winning Maclean’s Music mare Starry Rose, sold for $130,000 to Always Dreaming.

Bred by Pine Ridge Stables LTD, foaled at Rockridge Stud in Hudson and consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the colt is the second foal out of the mare and a half-brother to the 2-year-old Malibu Moon filly Moon Rose who has started twice and is in training at Gulfstream Park.

The sale continues with the start of Book 5 at 10 a.m. Monday and runs through Wednesday.


Uncle Mo mare, Liam’s Map colt highlight Book 3 at Keeneland

Saturday, November 12th, 2022

Pandamom, who won or placed in six of her 10 starts and earned more than $100,000 on the NYRA circuit, sold for $200,000 Thursday at Keeneland November. Coglianese Photo.

Pandamom, a New York-bred winning daughter of Uncle Mo, landed a bid of $200,000 Thursday to highlight Book 3 of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Hunter Valley Farm purchased the 5-year-old mare, selling as Hip 1271 out of the Winter Quarter Farm consignment.

Bred and raced by Oak Bluff Stables and out of the Langfuhr mare Akilina, Pandamom went 1-3-2 in 10 starts and earned $100,294 for trainer Christophe Clement on the NYRA circuit. Pandamom sold in foal to Liam’s Map.

Hip 1304, a colt by Liam’s Map and half-brother to New York-bred stakes winner Cause We Are Loyal, sold for $190,000 to Buccaneer Stables during Thursday’s session.

Bred by The New Hill Farm and W.S. Farish and consigned by Lane’s End, agent, the colt is out of the unraced Not For Love mare Rock ‘n Wolin. Cause We Are Loyal, one of four winners produced by the mare, won the 2017 Seeking the Ante Stakes at Saratoga, placed in another stakes and earned $200,251 during her career.

The November sale continued with the start of Book 4 Saturday and runs through Wednesday, with sessions starting at 10 a.m. ET.


Candy Ride colt brings $250,000 to top Keeneland Book 2

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

Demand for New York-breds continues to be strong at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington. Keeneland Photo.

By Tom Law

A colt by Candy Ride sold for $250,000 during Wednesday’s third session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, the highest price for any New York-bred weanling through the first two books of the auction.

Cavalier Bloodstock purchased Hip 953, a colt foaled in New York and out of the unraced Any Given Saturday mare Sweet Love. Bred by Joe Fafone and consigned by Eaton Sales, agent, the colt is the fourth foal out of the full sister to graded stakes winner and $661,130-earner Adventist and half-sister to stakes winners Dijeerr, Isn’t He Clever and Sharp Writer.

Sweet Love is the dam of two New York-bred winners from three foals to race – the 4-year-old Brody’s Cause gelding B C Glory Days and the 3-year-old Candy Ride colt Tin Pan Alley, who cost $295,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Showcase in 2020. She is also the dam of the 2-year-old Malibu Moon filly Luna Loca, who cost $60,000 at this year’s OBS April sale.

The Candy Ride colt is the fourth six-figure New York-bred weanling to sell thus far at the November sale. The group also includes Hip 101, a filly by Munnings out of the Into Mischief mare Magic Mischief that sold for $230,000 during Monday’s opening session. Bolter Bloodstock purchased the filly, who was bred by Pine Ridge Stables LTD, foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

Hip 657, Banksamillion, a 3-year-old daughter of Central Banker in foal to Horse of the Year Authentic, also sold Wednesday for $110,000 to Windylea Farm-New York LLC. Bred by Peter Moore, Adrian Regan and Fergus Galvin and out of the winning Yes It’s True mare Shopit, Banksamillion was consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.

The November sale continues with the first of two Book 3 sessions at 10 a.m. Thursday.


G1-placed, stakes producer Summer Solo brings $400,000 at Keeneland

Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

The Grade 1-placed Arch mare Summer Solo sold for $400,000 in foal to Essential Quality Tuesday at Keeneland. Photo courtesy of Stone Farm.

By Tom Law

Summer Solo, a Grade 1-placed New York-bred mare who produced stakes winner Maedean and two other winners, sold for $400,000 during the first day of Book 2 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Tuesday in Lexington.

China Horse Club Inc. purchased the 11-year-old daughter of Arch, who was sold in foal to two-time champion and classic winner Essential Quality as Hip 566. Bred and campaigned by Sarah Leigh and out of the Caerleon mare Summer Solstice, Summer Solo won three of four starts with a third in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational in 2014.

Consigned by Stone Farm, agent for Payson Stud, Summer Solo is the dam of winners Georgia Clay, Maedean and Gone Rogue, along with recent starters Smooth Sailing and Solo Album. Maedean, a daughter of Tapit, won the 2019 Tempted Stakes and finished second in the Grade 2 Demoiselle at Aqueduct. She sold in foal to Nyquist for $500,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale.

Irish Constitution, a multiple stakes-placed daughter of Constitution, also brought six figures Tuesday when she went to Newgate Farm and SF Bloodstock for $310,000. Offered as Hip 403 out of the Mill Ridge Sales consignment, the 4-year-old out of the D’Wildcat mare D’Wild Ride was 2-2-1 in 10 starts with $142,575 in earnings. She finished second in the 2020 Joseph A. Gimma Stakes at Belmont Park and 2021 Union Avenue Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.

Bred by SF Bloodstock, foaled at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag and a $165,000 purchase at the 2019 Keeneland September yearling sale, Irish Constitution was sold in foal to Candy Ride.

Hip 534, a colt from the first crop of War of Will bred by Berkshire Stud, sold for $140,000 Tuesday at Keeneland. Photo courtesy of Mill Ridge Sales.

Hip 534, a colt from the first crop of Preakness winner War of Will, brought the day’s highest price for a New York-bred weanling.

Big Bear Bloodstock went to $140,000 to purchase the colt out of the unraced Quiet American mare Sheboygan. Bred by Berkshire Stud and foaled at River Valley Farm in Gansevoort, the colt was consigned by Greenfields Farm, agent for Berkshire Stud.

Sheboygan is the dam of five New York-bred winners, including the stakes-placed Dreaming of Cara, the $210,189-earner Pecatonica and 10-time winner Born in Brooklyn.


Risky Mischief, Robin Sparkles highlight Keeneland opener

Tuesday, November 8th, 2022

Stakes-placed Risky Mischief sold for $475,000 Monday, the highest price for a New York-bred on Day 1 of the Keeneland November sale. Photo courtesy of Paramount Sales.

By Tom Law

Stakes-placed Risky Mischief sold for $475,000 and graded stakes winner Robin Sparkles brought $450,000 to highlight the first day of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Monday in Lexington.

The two mares were sold back-to-back, with Risky Mischief going first as Hip 145 to Breeze Easy LLC. Consigned by Paramount Sales, Risky Mischief is a 5-year-old daughter of Into Mischief out of stakes winner Risky Rachel from the family of multiple New York-bred stakes winners Dancin Renee and Say Florida Sandy. She was sold in foal to Charlatan.

Bred by Sanford Bacon and foaled at Birsh Family Farm in Amsterdam, Risky Rachel originally sold for $350,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale. She won four of 10 starts for owner Jeff Drown and trainer Jeremiah Englehart, earning $233,100 during a career highlighted by a debut victory at Saratoga Race Course in 2019 and a third in the Autumn Days Stakes at Aqueduct in 2020.

Hip 146, Robin Sparkles sold next to Candy Meadows LLC as a racing or broodmare prospect out of the Denali Stud consignment.

Robin Sparkles, winner of the Grade 3 Caress this summer at Saratoga, sold for $450,000 Monday at Keeneland. Susie Raisher/NYRA Photo.

Bred by Hibiscus Stables and foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, the 5-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality won nine of 18 starts and earned $531,793 for owner Michael Schraeder and trainer Bruce Brown.

Robin Sparkles scored her biggest victory this summer at Saratoga, defeating a field that included eventual Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Caravel in the Grade 3 Caress Stakes going 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf. Robin Sparkles won two other stakes during her career – the 2021 Mount Vernon at Belmont Park and the 2022 Politely at Monmouth Park.

Bolter Bloodstock purchased the most expensive New York-bred weanling during Monday’s session, going to $230,000 for Hip 101, a filly by Munnings.

Hip 101, a filly by Munnings bred by Pine Ridge Stables LTD, sold for $130,000 Monday at Keeneland. Photo courtesy of Taylor Made Sales Agency.

Bred by Pine Ridge Stables LTD, foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the filly is out of the Into Mischief mare Magic Mischief, a half-sister to graded stakes winner Temple City.

Keeneland reported sales on three New York-bred racing or broodmare prospects, or broodmares for $1,155,000, an average price of $385,000. Three New York-bred weanlings also sold during the opening session for $450,000, an average price of $150,000.

The Keeneland November sale continued at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the first session of the two-day Book 2.


NY-breds add to Fasig-Tipton November’s seven-figure haul

Monday, November 7th, 2022

Varda, a New York-bred daughter of Distorted Humor who won the Grade 1 Starlet in 2020, sells for $1.15 million Sunday at the Night of the Stars. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

Grade 1 winner Varda and New York-bred champion and multiple stakes winner Make Mischief were two of the plethora of seven-figure broodmares and broodmare prospects that sold during Sunday’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sales’ blockbuster Night of the Stars in Lexington.

Varda, selling as Hip 251 out of the Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa consignment, commanded the highest price for a New York-bred on a bid of $1.15 million from Spendthrift Farm.

The 4-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor sold as a racing or broodmare prospect. Varda is out of the winning Sky Mesa mare She’ll Be Right, the dam of four other winners including the stakes-placed duo of Big Family and Getouttamyway.

Bred by Masters 2013 and Distorted Humor Syndicate and foaled at Song Hill Thoroughbreds in Mechanicville, Varda sold for $100,000 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale and $700,000 at the 2020 OBS April sale of 2-year-olds in training sale.

Varda went through the ring Sunday with a record of 2-1-3 in six starts, including a win in the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes in 2020 at Los Alamitos. She also placed in this year’s Grade 1 Beholder, Grade 2 Santa Margarita and Grade 2 Santa Maria at Santa Anita Park.

New York-bred champion and multiple stakes winner Make Mischief also sold for seven-figures, bringing $1 million from Stonestreet at the Night of the Stars. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

Make Mischief, a stakes winner on dirt and turf who most recently won the Yaddo Handicap this summer on Saratoga Showcase Day, sold for $1 million to Stonestreet. Offered as Hip 203 from the Bluewater Sales consignment, the 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief raced for owner Gary Barber and trainer Mark Casse. She was sold as a broodmare prospect after a record of 7-4-4 in 21 starts and $753,650 in earnings.

Multiple graded stakes-placed at 2, Make Mischief won the Maddie May Stakes at Aqueduct and finished third in the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont Park and Grade 2 Eight Belles at Churchill Downs at 3. She also finished second in the Fleet Indian at Saratoga and third in the Empire Distaff at Belmont to earn champion New York-bred 3-year-old filly honors in 2021.

Make Mischief won three of six starts in 2022, including the Critical Eye Handicap on dirt at Belmont and the Yaddo on turf at Saratoga.

Bred by Avanti Stable and foaled at Song Hill Thoroughbreds, Make Mischief is out of the winning Speightstown mare Speightful Lady.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 12 of the 16 New York-breds through the ring for a total of $4,007,000, an average price of $333,917 and median of $187,500.

Those figures helped contribute to spectacular returns at the sale, which saw 170 horses sell for $101,289,000 – the second highest gross in history behind only last year’s $103,699,000. The overall average price came in at $595,818 with the median at $250,000.

Hip 181, a colt by Not This Time bred by Windylea Farm – New York LLC, brought the highest price for a New York-bred weanling on a bid of $200,000 from The Shires LLC. Foaled at Old Saratoga Equine Services in Schuylerville and consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent, the colt is out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare She’s a Truckin. Out of the multiple stakes-winning A. P Jet mare Avery Hall, She’s a Truckin is a half-sister to Sheza Smoke Show, the dam of Grade 1 winner Princess Noor.

The fall mixed sales season continues with the opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale at 1 p.m. Monday.


Omaha Beach colt sparks October sale finale

Friday, October 28th, 2022

New York-breds were in demand during this week’s record-breaking Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

A New York-bred colt from the first crop of Omaha Beach sold for $300,000 to highlight the final session of the record-breaking Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale Thursday in Lexington.

Donato Lanni, agent for SF/Starlight/Madaket, signed for Hip 1337. Bred by Deann Baer and Greg Baer DVM, foaled at Sugar Plum Farm in Saratoga Springs and consigned by Burleson Farms, agent, the colt is out of the stakes-producing Fusaichi Pegasus mare My Peg. A full-sister to Grade 1-placed sire Pegasus Wind, My Peg is the dam of multiple stakes winner and $246,310-earner Two Last Words and stakes winner and $117,879-earner Russian Influence.

My Peg is also the dam of the placed 2-year-old Goldencents gelding Mas Oro and a weanling colt by New York-based stallion War Dancer born May 15.

The Omaha Beach colt was one of six New York-bred yearlings to sell for six figures at the sale, along with Hip 984, a daughter of Flatter out of Hard to Stay Notgo bred by Chester and Mary Broman, that brought $260,000 during Wednesday’s penultimate session.

Hip 1417, a filly by Hard Spun out of stakes winner Pantsonfire bred by Richard Nicolai, sold for $115,000 Thursday. Photo courtesy of Bluewater Sales.

Fasig-Tipton reported 26 of 28 New York-breds through the ring Thursday sold for $1,198,500, an average price of $46,096 and median of $34,500. Overall, 75 of the 98 New York-breds offered were sold for $2,819,700, an average price of $37,596 and median of $20,000.

Hip 1417, a filly by Hard Spun, brought the second highest price Thursday on a bid of $115,000 from McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent. Bred by Richard Nicolai, foaled at Carlland Stables in Avon and consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent, the filly is the first foal out of the Grade 3-winning Irish-bred Sir Percy mare Pantsonfire.

Winner of the Grade 3 Astra Stakes in 2019 at Santa Anita Park and placed in three other stakes, Pantsonfire was purchased as a broodmare prospect by Nicolai’s Fortune Farm for $70,000 at the 2019 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. She is also the dam of a New York-bred weanling filly by Gun Runner born March 26.

Fasig-Tipton reported records for total sales ($55,426,500 on 1,100 yearlings), average price ($50,338) and median ($25,000).