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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.

Two New York-breds bring six figures to open Midlantic sale

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Hip 6, a New York-bred colt from the first crop of Cupid, sells for $160,000 to highlight opening session of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law and Joe Clancy

Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic fall yearling sale got off to a quick start Monday afternoon thanks to a pair of New York-breds bringing six-figure bids in the opening minutes.

The fourth yearling through the ring, a colt from the first crop of Tapit’s Grade 1-winning son Cupid, wound up topping not only the opening segment for New York-breds but the entire first session on a bid of $160,000 from the Minnesota-based Xtreme Racing Stables LLC. Sold as Hip 4, the colt out of the Stravinsky mare Gottah Penny was bred by Christopher Shelli and Caliburn Farm and foaled at Shelli’s Fort Christopher’s Thoroughbreds in Fort Edward.

Alan Quartucci bought the colt as a weanling for $52,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale and he was consigned by Eaton Sales.

Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales specifically targeted the sale in Timonium for the session topper, liking the extra time with the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale off the table. He also opted to not sell the colt in Fasig-Tipton’s Select Yearling Showcase or the Keeneland September sale.

“He needed time,” McDonald said. “Then we did not want to be up against it early in the Fasig-Tipton (Kentucky) sale and we didn’t want to crack the yearling market in September. We just thought he’d be a standout here and we thought we’d get some New York trainers and they’ve been here.

“He’s a nice horse. I’ve had him on the farm since Alan bought him. He was a dumpy, little horse back in March and he just stretched and got longer and turned inside out around June, July and we thought he would be a standout here and he was. He is pretty. He just grew up and became a pretty horse.”

The Cupid colt, and another that sold two hips later, helped lead the New York-bred segment of the latest stop on the shifted and altered late summer and early fall yearling sales calendar.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 88 of the 119 New York-breds offered on Day 1 of the sale in Timonium, Md., for total receipts of $2,279,600. The average price for New York-breds Monday came in at $25,905 with a median of $19,000 and low buyback rate of 26 percent.

Matt Cutair’s Cutair Racing, with Joe Migliore handling the bidding from the back ring, landed the second most expensive New York-bred of the day when it went to $120,000 for Hip 6, a filly by Overanalyze and half-sister to recent Grade 2 Vosburgh Stakes runner-up and 2020 stakes winner Funny Guy.

Funny Guy, an earner of $553,145, won the John Morrissey Handicap this summer and the 2019 Albany Stakes at Saratoga for trainer John Terranova. The session-topping filly is out of the stakes-winning Distorted Humor mare Heavenly Humor, who is also the dam of stakes winner Super Humor, stakes-placed Three Jokers and five other winners. Each of her eight foals of racing age are winners.

Jon Taisey’s Hibiscus Stables bred and sold the filly, who was born at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham.

“She was going to sell at Saratoga originally,” Taisey said. “I think (the later date) probably helped us a little bit. We got a couple good updates. Her brother Funny Guy was fourth the Forego in that crazy rainstorm at Saratoga and he ran second in the Vosburgh two weeks ago. I think it helped us but down in Timonium compared to the money that’s in Saratoga at that sale it might have evened itself out at the end of the day.”

Hibiscus bought Heavenly Humor for $25,000 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale, carrying Funny Guy. They later sold Funny Guy for $10,000 and Three Jokers for $50,000. The Overanalyze filly was foaled at Waldorf Farm in Chatham.

“She’s a great horse, she vetted perfect, scoped perfect, has a really good head on her shoulders,” Taisey said. “I wish she was a little bit bigger at this point in time, but we sold Funny Guy down here at the same sale three years ago now and we were lucky to get $10,000 for him then. They brought him back to the OBS sale and he brought 45 so it goes to show you that even with all the horsemen in the world nobody has a crystal ball.”

Sackatoga Stable, which campaigns New York-bred Belmont and Travers Stakes winner Tiz the Law, purchased two of the six most expensive state-bred yearlings in the opening session. Barclay Tagg, who trains Tiz the Law for Sackatoga, picked out both yearlings.

Sackatoga’s first purchase was Hip 97, a colt by Central Banker from leading New York breeders Chester and Mary Broman’s best families, for $70,000. Bred by Sequel NY, Cheryl Prudhomme and the Bromans, the colt is out of the winning Fusaichi Pegasus mare Submerge, a half sister to Grade 1 winner Artemis Agrotera from the family of Stephen Got Even and Baroness Direct.

The colt, the top-selling yearling of the day by a New York-based stallion, was consigned by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, agent.

The next for Sackatoga came about an hour later when it went to $92,000 to purchase Hip 138, a filly by Fast Anna named Tap Fast Anna. Co-bred by Harry Landry and Carl Mathiew and consigned by Harry Landry Bloodstock, agent, the filly is out of the unraced Tapit mare Dance by Em.

“Everything’s hard to buy, isn’t it?” Tagg said. “I guess they’re a little bit further along so you know more, or you know a little more anyway. I send them somewhere else to break, so I don’t see them until next January or February or March so it’s not that different. We buy a few every year. Jack buys a few every year. We try to do a very thorough job of it and get the best for the buck. That’s the work you do here. The catalog is a lot of work too. Buying horses is a lot of work no matter what.”

Trainer Mark Hennig was active during the opening session, purchasing three yearlings for longtime client Alan Brodsky and one for new client Little Blue Bird Stable.

Hennig found the shopping and buying “relatively easy.”

“We got what we wanted,” he said. “I didn’t feel like we were scrambling around or had to settle for something we didn’t want.”

Brodsky’s purchases included Hip 2, a colt by Distorted Humor out of the Smart Strike mare Good Omen, for $70,000 out of the Paramount Sales consignment. Hennig usually shops the sales with his owner but didn’t this time around.

“This is when Alan Brodsky likes to fill the coffers,” Hennig said. “We’ve been patient and waited around. Alan wasn’t able to be here which was a shame because he gets a lot of out the sales, likes to be here and he’s actually a lot of help. He’s picked up on this and does a good job. He’s a big help to me.

“We wound up with a Distorted Humor colt form the family of Curlin, a nice Lookin At Lucky filly from the family of Merry Meadow and an Overanalyze filly. … There’s some nice horses in the pedigrees. I try to form a list of what we’re going to look at before we come to the sale. Obviously, you don’t end up with much off that list at the end of the day just because of vettings and other things, but you pick up some that just catch your eye too. I didn’t feel like we were starving for horses, there were plenty of good horses here.”

Maryland sale offers another Showcase for New York-breds

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Fasig-Tipton’s Timonium sales pavilion will be busy Monday and Tuesday for the Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

New York-breds – at center stage for significant parts of the year with major players in the spring classics and then leading off country’s first major yearling auction of 2020 – play a key role again at the latest stop on the late summer-early fall yearling sales Monday in Timonium, Md., for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall sale.

The two-day Midlantic sale leads off with 120 New York-breds (after scratches through Sunday) in the opening session, which starts at 1 p.m. ET and less than 48 hours after the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes is run at nearby Pimlico Race Course.

Five other New York-bred yearlings are cataloged to sell at the second session, which starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

New York-breds were placed in the “Showcase” portion of the opening session purposely, to again fill a void of Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga New York-bred sale, canceled this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Fasig-Tipton’s Select Yearling Showcase – a combination of the Kentucky-based company’s July, August select and New York-bred sales – also led off with a 164-hip portion dedicated to New York-breds.

Several consignors that included McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Vinery Sales, Harry Landry Bloodstock, Royal Bloodstock, Hibiscus Sales and Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services either didn’t go to the Kentucky sale or brought smaller consignments. They, along with other frequent sellers at the Saratoga New York-bred sale, have yearlings cataloged in Monday’s session.

“We pointed horses for Timonium,” said Hanzly Albina, partner with Ron Blake in Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services. “We took fewer yearlings we would have taken to New York typically to the (Kentucky) Showcase. The reality is a lot of New Yorker’s couldn’t come down to that sale, it was too much for them to do. We thought that going in, so we held some back.

“When they announced the Showcase for Maryland we were pretty excited. We thought that would make sense, a lot of people in New York hadn’t had a chance to get to an auction, this was one they could get to. You’re going to get less people coming in, so maybe it’s a little safer and they’ll feel more comfortable in Maryland. Plus you get the people in Maryland and Virginia, who are going to come up because this is their sale, right?”

Blake-Albina sold the third most expensive yearling at last year’s Saratoga New York-bred sale, Hip 342, a colt by Constitution out of the Arch mare Akris Queen, for $340,000.

Signed for by trainer John Terranova and named Breadman, the colt won his debut in a 1-mile state-bred maiden special weight Sept. 26 at Belmont Park in 1:35.88.

“He was our highest priced horse,” Albina said. “He sold very well, like an open-company horse and he proved that he is. Which is really what we’re talking about with a New York-bred. We’re not talking about a reduced level of racing, not at the high level. You look at Tiz the Law, he’s been unbelievable, probably the best horse in the country. Now Breadman looks like an open-company horse and there’s a lot of them out there.”

Albina and Blake hope for similar success with their Midlantic sale consignment, which includes Hip 123, a filly by Goldencents from the family of Grade 1 winner and sire To Honor and Serve.

Laoban, New York’s leading freshman sire and one of the hottest young stallions in America, has six yearlings still slated to sell in the opening New York-bred showcase portion. Based at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, where he commanded an advertised $5,000 stud fee in 2020, Laoban sired unbeaten Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades winner Simply Ravishing, allowance winner Dreamer’s Disease and Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity runner-up Keepmeinmind over the weekend at Keeneland.

Laoban, fourth on North America’s freshman sire list with progeny earnings already of more than $587,000 and five winners, is the sire of Hip 34, a colt out of the Bernardini mare Marshtini from the family of Valid Expectations; and Hip 118, a colt out of the Wild Desert mare Adriatic Dream and a half brother to multiple stakes-placed Niko’s Dream. Both colts are consigned by McMahon of Saratoga.

Other New York-breds to watch in the Showcase portion include Hip 2, a colt by Distorted Humor out of the Smart Strike mare Good Omen, a half sister to the dame of Horse of the Year and leading sire Curlin, from Paramount Sales’ consignment; Hip 8, a colt by Bodemeister out of the Mutakddim mare Humunt, a half sister to Teuflesberg, from the Indian Creek consignment; and Hip 39, a colt by Empire Maker out of the stakes-winning and stakes-producing Cape Town mare Mischief Maker, from the Vinery Sales consignment.

NY-breds continue to sell well at Keeneland

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

New York-breds continued to bring top dollar at Keeneland through Book 4 sessions. Keeneland Photo.

By Tom Law

Led by a Constitution colt that sold for $335,000 and four others that brought six figures through the close of Book 4 Monday, New York-breds continued to draw significant interest and dollars toward and past the midpoint of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington.

Joseph Burke purchased the colt by Constitution, selling as Hip 1235 out of Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm consignment, early in Friday’s fifth session to start Book 3. From the immediate family of multiple Group/Grade 1 winner and leading sire Candy Ride, the colt is the fourth foal out of the stakes-winning Teuflesberg mare Wizardry.

Bred by Twin Creeks Farm, the colt was offered as a weanling and sold for $82,000 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale. He was listed as sold to Cavalier Bloodstock at the Fasig-Tipton sale.

Jeff Weiss’ Rosedown Racing landed another top-dollar New York-bred late in Saturday’s sixth session to close Book 3, going to $200,000 to secure a filly by Grade 1 winner Practical Joke.

Selling as Hip 1913 out of the Sequel New York consignment, the filly is out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Queen of The Night. Bred by Sequel Stallions New York LLC and NYP Bloodstock, the filly is the eighth foal out of the half sister to European champion Falbrav.

Donato Lanni, the sale’s most prolific buyer through Monday with 30 purchases for more than $12.5 million, found a New York-bred he liked in Hip 1300 and paid $165,000 for the Candy Ride colt.

Lanni signed for the colt on behalf of SF Racing, Starlight Stables and Madaket Stables. Bred by Pine Ridge Stables and consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the colt is out of the Any Given Saturday mare Choice Pearl, a half sister to Grade 1 winner Awesome Humor from the family of Constitution, Emcee and Marzo.

The eighth session Monday, which closed Book 4, saw Sterling Sheehan added another six-figure New York-bred to the results sheet. Sheehan went to $100,000 to secure Hip 2763, a colt by Flatter out of the winning More Than Ready mare She’s Ready Made. Consigned by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services LLC, agent, the colt was bred by Newtownanner Stud.



Pair of NY-bred colts bring $300,000 in Book 2 at Keeneland

Friday, September 18th, 2020

The sun set on Book 2 of the Keeneland September yearling sale Thursday, when a pair of New York-bred colts sold for $300,000. Keeneland Photo.

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

A pair of colts purchased by prominent buyers for $300,000 apiece and Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Bar of Gold’s first foal brought $450,000 in a private sale to top the New York-bred offerings in Book 2 of the Keeneland September yearling sale Wednesday and Thursday in Lexington.

D.J. Stable purchased Hip 874, a colt by Tapit out of the Medaglia d’Oro mare Bar of Gold. Sequel New York consigned the colt on behalf of his breeders, Chester and Mary Broman.

The $300,000 colts came within 60 hips of each other during Thursday’s session with the Indian Creek-consigned half-brother to Grade 3 winner and sire Super Ninety Nine entering the ring first as Hip 972.

Bringing $300,000 from Albaugh Family Stables and West Point Thoroughbreds, the colt was bred by Viking Bloodstock. The March-born son of Exogenetic has been in high demand from the start. By first crop sire Mastery, he was a $150,000 purchase by Indian Creek this year at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

Also the dam of multiple stakes winner Elusive Horizon and the granddam of Korean stakes winner New Legend, Exogenetic was purchased by Tracewood Farm for Viking Bloodstock for $180,000 in 2015 with this colt her first New York-bred.

The Broman’s successful broodmare Khancord Kid saw another big day in the sales ring Thursday when her Medaglia d’Oro full brother to Grade 1 winner Bar of Gold, Hip 1029, sold for $300,000 from Sequel New York’s consignment to BSW/Crow Bloodstock.

The sale of the Medaglia d’Oro colt marked the fourth time from four yearlings through the ring that the Grade 3-winning mare’s foals have brought $300,000 or more. Khancord Kid has produced three stakes horses from three to race with two New York stakes runners in addition to Bar of Gold.

The colt is a second generation Broman-bred with Chester Broman buying his unraced granddam Confidently for $1 million at the 2000 Keeneland January sale. A full sister to stakes winner and sire Yankee Gentleman out of Grade 1 winner Key Phrase, Confidently produced five winners from six to race led by Khancord Kid and her stakes-placed half-brother Crackerjack Jones.

Four of the six New York-breds sold from the 15 offered during the Book 2 sessions fetched six figures. The group averaged $174,167 with its median of $197,500, more than $45,000 higher than the overall Keeneland Book 2 median of $150,000.

New York-breds start fast at September sale

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

A son of Beautiful But Blue, third in the 2012 Test Stakes at Saratoga, sold for $400,000 to highlight Book 1 New York-breds at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Susie Raisher Photo.

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

New York-breds continued to be well received during the Book 1 portion of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sunday and Monday, with three through the ring that sold for an average of more than $386,000.

The first New York-bred of the sale kicked Monday’s proceedings off strongly as Hip 63 brought $400,000. Sold through Sequel Bloodstock for breeders Chester and Mary Broman, the colt by Curlin was purchased by part of the partnership that bought Kentucky Derby winner Authentic at the sale two years ago with Donato Lanni signing the ticket for SF Racing, Starlight Stables and Madaket Stables with the former the pair that signed the ticket on Authentic.

The colt is a second generation Broman bred with the pair purchasing his stakes winning New York-bred granddam Beautiful America privately before her 2002 debut. The dam of three winners from three to race, Beautiful America’s best foal was multiple New York-bred stakes winner Beautiful But Blue, who also placed in the Grade 1 Test Stakes.

Beautiful But Blue has two winners from two runners with the mare also having an unraced 2-year-old New York-bred Medaglia d’Oro daughter named Gun Control to come.

The other two New York-breds in Book 1 sold during Tuesday’s session with the Three Amigos buying the Ghostzapper filly sold as Hip 242 for $400,000. Consigned by Dromoland Farm, the Pine Ridge Stables-bred out of the stakes-placed Lady of the Nile is the third foal for her dam.

Pine Ridge purchased that mare for $100,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November breeding stock sale with the mare’s first foal being recent New York-bred maiden winner Chocolate Cookie at Saratoga Race Course on the closing Sunday of the 2020 meeting. Lady of the Nile also has a New York-bred Uncle Mo 2-year-old.

The final through the ring in Book 1 was Hip 290, bringing $360,000 with Jacob West’s West Bloodstock signing the ticket for Repole Stables and St Elias Stable.

Purchased from Sequel New York, who consigned the colt on behalf of the Bromans, Becky Thomas explained her decision on sending the Modest Maven colt by Into Mischief and others in her Keeneland draft instead of Fasig-Tipton’s Select Yearling Showcase before the sales kicked off.

“The first couple of horses in Books 1 and 2 would have been Fasig-Tipton Saratoga main sale,” she said. “But without that I needed the biggest base of buyers because Tapit has a very high stud fee, so does Into Mischief, so those owners need to have the biggest buyer base with the deepest pockets. So I thought if [buyers] weren’t coming in for the Derby, they were going to plan for Keeneland’s Book 1 and 2 and 3 so I gave some of those horses a bigger buying base. I was looking at stud fees vs. the biggest buyer base that we could have.”

The Modest Maven colt is the first foal out of a half-sister to Grade 2-placed Lassofthemohicans, with their dam a half-sister to Hall of Famer and two-time champion sprinter Housebuster. The unraced six-year-old Modest Maven was a $1 million 2-year-old purchase for Chester Broman at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May 2-year-olds in training sale.

The mare also has a New York-bred Frosted colt born in April and returned to that stallion this year.

In all, the New York-breds averaged $386,667 in Book 1. There are 138 New York-bred yearlings scheduled to sell at the 2020 Keeneland September sale with 20 selling in Book 2 sessions Wednesday and Thursday.

New York-breds remain in demand on Day 2 at Fasig-Tipton

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Hip 338, a New York-bred filly by Constitution out of the unraced Unbridled’s Song mare Samsational, sold for $375,000 after a private sale Thursday at Fasig-Tipton. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

Nine New York-breds went through the ring during the second and session of Fasig-Tipton’s Select Yearling Showcase and showed that demand remains strong for racing prospects from the Empire State.

Six of the nine yearlings offered found new homes for total receipts of $1,065,000, an average price of $177,500 and median of $135,000. Combined with the yearlings offered during preferred portion of Wednesday’s opening session, a total of 79 New York-bred yearlings sold over two days for $6,637,000, an average price of $84,013 and median of $75,000.

Comparisons aren’t truly accurate since a significant number of New York-bred yearlings are usually sold in August at Saratoga, but the average and median price figures for 2020 were on par with those from 2019. Fasig-Tipton reported an average price of $87,097 for the 186 yearlings that sold at the 2019 Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale, along with a median of $60,000.

Fasig-Tipton did not conduct sales in Saratoga this summer due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, instead shifting and consolidating its July select, Saratoga select and New York-bred yearling sales into the Select Yearling Showcase in Lexington and held a few days after the rescheduled Kentucky Derby.

The two most expensive New York-breds sold at the Showcase went through the ring Thursday – Hip 338 for $375,000 after a private sale and Hip 450 for $300,000.

Agents Alex Solis Jr. and Jason Litt, bidding as Solis/Litt for the Roth family’s LNJ Foxwoods, secured Hip 338, a filly by Constitution of the unraced Unbridled’s Song mare Samsational. Bred by Newtownanner Stud and consigned by Ron Blake’s and Hanzly Albina’s Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services, agent, the filly is the fourth foal out of Samsational, a half sister to Grade 1 winner and one-time Kentucky Derby favorite I Want Revenge and two stakes-placed runners.

Fellow agent Donato Lanni, bidding for SF Racing, Starlight Stable and Madaket Stable, landed Hip 450, a colt by More Than Ready whose pedigree traces to Phipps family stalwarts Fantastic Find, Blitey, Dancing Spree, Heavenly Prize and others.

Consigned by Shack Parish’s Indian Creek, agent, the colt is out of the Forest Wildcat mare Wild Grace. Jay Hanley, who partners frequently with Sol Kumin of Madaket including campaigning champion Lady Eli, bred the More Than Ready colt.

Sackatoga lands Tiznow colt for $300,000 at Fasig-Tipton

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Hip 135, a colt by Tiznow and half brother to stakes winner Bye Bye Bernie, sold for $300,000 to highlight New York-bred preferred yearling portion of Fasig-Tipton’s Select Yearling Showcase Wednesday. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

The New York-bred preferred portion of Fasig-Tipton’s Selected Yearling Showcase Wednesday saw a familiar face purchase the most expensive yearling of the section when Sackatoga Stable’s Jack Knowlton went to $300,000 to purchase a colt by Tiznow.

Bred by Barry Ostrager and selling as Hip 135, the $120,000 weanling at the Keeneland November breeding stock last year was signed for by Knowlton on behalf of Sackatoga Stable. Purchased from the Hunter Valley Farm consignment, the colt is out of stakes placed Gilded Time mare Eternal Grace.

The dam of stakes winner Bye Bye Bernie and two other stakes horses, Eternal Grace was bought by Ostrager carrying this colt for $50,000 during the 2018 Keeneland November sale. Eternal Grace’s family is no stranger to the new York-bred program with her half-sister We Kept Her a resident of New York and the dam of New York-bred Grade 3 Discovery Stakes winner Control Group.

Eternal Grace had a second New York-bred foal March 30 when she delivered a filly by Majestic City.

Overall, 20 of the New York-bred offerings went for six figures with three breaking the $200,000 mark.

Hip 71, a colt by Candy Ride bred by Joe Fafone, brought the second highest price at $295,000 from agent Demi O’Byrne. The colt is the second foal out of the unraced Any Given Saturday mare Sweet Love, a full sister to graded stakes winner Adventist and a half-sister to three other stakes winners.

Sequel New York’s evergreen sire Freud co-topped all New York-based stallions with a $75,000 colt consigned by Vinery Sales as agent for Allen Hallett. Named Elusive Freud and selling as Hip 141, the Hallett-bred colt was purchased by Calumet Farm.

Follow My Luck was purchased by Hallet at the Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga October mixed sale in 2015 for $24,000 carrying a Cross Traffic filly that has provided the mare her first winner from her first foal of racing age. Elusive Freud is the third foal for the mare, who also has an unraced 2-year-old New York-bred Goldencents colt named Lucky Cents who sold for $27,000 at last years’ Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale with the mare foaling a Destin colt this year.

Freud was joined by Sequel stallion Laoban at the $75,000 mark with that first-crop sire leading all New York freshmen with three winners and tying for third in the nation by number of stakes horses with two.

Hip 12, a colt by Laoban, was purchased Northshore Bloodstock, for $75,000 from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, whose Meg Levy bred Laoban’s stakes winner Simply Ravishing. The second foal out of the Street Sense mare Lapinski, the April 28-born colt was bred by Milfer Farm and sold to Bluewater Sales as a short yearling this year for $50,000. The colt has the support of a strong family behind him with his dam a half-sister to stakes winner Sunset Wish and a granddaughter of Grade 1 winner Cara Rafaela, who is also the dam of Bernardini.

The colt was the second big-money offering for Lapinski, with her New York-bred 2-year-old Spun For Lulu selling at the OBS March sale for $170,000 this year. The mare also has a Cloud Computing colt at foot, who was born in late April.

Fasig-Tipton reported 73 New York-bred yearlings sold on Day 1 for a total of $5,572,000, an average price of $76,329 and median of $70,000. While there were fewer horses cataloged than last year, the median for this year’s sale was up $10,000 from the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale.

While the dedicated New York-bred section of the sale is complete, nine New York-foaled yearlings are cataloged for the second session that begins at 10 a.m. Thursday.


NY-breds lead off delayed yearling sales season

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Fasig-Tipton hosts the Select Yearling Showcase in Lexington Wednesday and Thursday. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

When Fasig-Tipton Co. decided to cancel its summer Saratoga yearling sales, officials from the auction house knew it would be important to reschedule them for New York owners and breeders.

That plan turned into a two-day Select Yearling Showcase combining multiple Fasig-Tipton sales to show off some of the brightest prospects in the country Wednesday and Thursday in Lexington.

The sale kicks off with a 164-hip New York-bred section full of yearlings from well-known New York families. After discussions, the decision was made to hold it in Kentucky due to travel restrictions potentially making it hard for buyers to travel to a later New York sale.

“There’s still travel restrictions in place in New York,” Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning Jr. said. “We had a mixed sale in New York that we have canceled and combined with the Midlantic sale because the reality is that I can’t go to New York today without a 14-day quarantine. It was impossible to get buyers from out of the state of New York to New York to participate in the auction process and we don’t know when those restrictions will be lifted. It was essential to provide those breeders and those people who own New York-breds a viable market and that’s what we’ve done with this showcase.”

For Browning, the New York market represents a significant part of the industry with New York-bred sales not only important to Fasig-Tipton but all of American racing.

“It’s part of our core at Fasig-Tipton, it’s part of what we are,” he said. “I would argue that it’s likely the best state-bred program of its kind in the United States. It’s critical to a huge portion of our customer base and very important to New York racing. A significant portion of the racing that takes place at NYRA is out of the New York-bred program and it’s in everyone’s best interest to make sure we have a viable market and make that program as strong as possible.”

A strong group of yearlings assembled for the New York-bred section has gotten even stronger since the catalog was released. A big August of racing provided more than 50 New York-bred yearlings with updates to their pedigrees in the last few weeks.

The most well known updates are to the two yearlings closely related to Tiz the Law, who won the Grade 1 Travers Stakes in August before finishing second in the Kentucky Derby Saturday. New York-bred races can take credit for many of the updates seen throughout the section – and the sale – with multiple stakes performances in its races boosting catalog pages.

One update comes from one of the most consistent horses in Saratoga this summer – dual stakes-placed My Boy Tate. That runner and his Big Brown half-brother have provided their Bernardini half-sister, consigned as Hip 102 with Vinery, multiple updates. While Big Brown’s Slash Gordon didn’t earn black-type in his lone stakes run, the colt did finish fourth in his own Saratoga New York-bred stakes debut a little over a week ago.

Last week’s Saratoga Showcase card saw Hip 147 receive a timely update. That came from the filly’s three-quarter sister Ice Princess, who finishing second in the Fleet Indian Stakes. Outside of New York, Monmouth Park’s Grade 3 Matchmaker Stakes gave Hip 120 a big boost with his dam’s half-sister Beautiful Lover finishing third, giving the stakes winner two graded stakes seconds this year.

Fasig-Tipton kicks off a sales calendar that will see buyers going to at least four sales in only a month. Consignor Becky Thomas admits she is concerned about buyer fatigue, but as both a buyer and a seller she’s thankful to Fasig-Tipton for giving New York breeders a place to sell their yearlings.

After seeing the uncertainty surrounding the 2-year-old sales, she praised Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland for working together to hold the sales.

“Thank goodness Fasig gave us a solution to all breeders to be able to have a sale,” she said. “We’re really fortunate to have a sale. When we were at our 2-year-old sale at OBS we didn’t know if our sale would happen. It was really, really scary. We had buyers defecting, they were scared … then we were on a hiatus until June to see were we going to have another sale? The April sale didn’t martialize and then we were in June with horses who should have sold in April, so during COVID our industry has bonded together and Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland have both worked really hard.”

With some out-of-state and international buyers unable to attend the Kentucky sales for a variety of reasons in these unprecedented times, Browning said he isn’t exactly sure what will transpire from buyers. However, with the quality of horses assembled both in the New York section and the overall sale, he expects having plenty of successful graduates to grace future catalog covers.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say we have some concerns,” he sad. “It would be unrealistic not to expect reduced international participation at the 2020 yearling sales despite efforts to do everything you can to be as inclusive as possible between walking videos and bidding online, but there’s just no question that the travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, whether it be here and abroad, will result in fewer international participants on the sales grounds.

“We’re cautiously optimistic but we’re also realistic about the marketplace that we’re working within as well. But [buyers can] expect to have quality competition and anticipate that a year or two down the road seeing successful sales graduates come out of the Showcase.”

The Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling Showcase kicks off on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. with the New York-bred section leading the first 330 yearlings through the ring. The sale continues Thursday at 10 a.m. with Hips 331 – 662.

Fasig-Tipton Consolidates Saratoga Fall and Midlantic December Mixed Sales for 2020

Monday, August 10th, 2020

For Immediate Release

Fasig-Tipton Consolidates Saratoga Fall and Midlantic December Mixed Sales for 2020

Due to the current travel restrictions put in place by the state of New York to combat the spread of COVID-19, Fasig-Tipton will not conduct The Saratoga Fall Sale as originally scheduled on October 20 in Saratoga Springs, New York.  Instead, for this year, Fasig-Tipton will combine the auction with its Midlantic December Mixed and Horses of Racing Age sale, which will now be held over two days on December 7 and 8.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Travel Advisory requires any individuals that travel to New York – from any of the states currently listed – to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in the state.  There are currently 35 states/territories listed under this travel advisory, including horse racing regions Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, California, and Texas.

“The current travel advisory requirements make it virtually impossible for many buyers from out of state to attend an auction in Saratoga,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.  “We do not know what the duration or scope of the New York Travel Advisory will be in October.  Combining our Saratoga Fall and Midlantic December sales into a two-day auction in Maryland is the prudent and logical course of action at this point in time.”

The Midlantic December Mixed and Horses of Racing Age sale will be conducted on Monday and Tuesday, December 7-8, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland.  Entries for the main catalogue will close on September 18.  The entry deadline for the Horses of Racing Age Supplement is November 13.

Entry Forms are available at

For further information:
Evan Ferraro