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Practical Joke colt brings six figures at OBS sale

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Hip 74, a colt by Practical Joke bred, foaled and consigned by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, brought $105,000 at Tuesday’s OBS October selected yearling sale. McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds Photo.

By Tom Law

A New York-bred colt by Practical Joke commanded the eighth-highest bid during the two-day OBS October selected and open yearling sale that wrapped up Wednesday in Ocala.

Calumet Farm went to $105,000 to purchase Hip 74, a half-brother to five winners out of the Elusive Quality mare Truly Charming, during Tuesday’s selected session. Bred and foaled by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs and consigned by McMahon of Saratoga, the colt was one of nine six-figure yearlings that sold Tuesday and one of 11 overall.

Truly Charming, a half-sister to stakes winner Whirlin Curlin and Lexington Street, is the dam of New York-bred winners Saturday Appeal, First Ranger, Momma Giovanna, True Charm and Macho Boy. Purchased in foal to Any Given Saturday for $50,000 by Joe McMahon at the 2009 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Truly Charming did not produce a foal in 2020 or 2021 and was bred to Hard Spun this past season.

During the opening selected session, eight of the 14 New York-breds offered were sold for a total of $248,500, an average price of $31,063 and median of $25,000. Overall, OBS reported sales on 41 of the 50 yearlings offered for $767,000, an average price of $18,707 and median of $15,000.

A pair of New York-bred yearling fillies sold for $45,000 apiece within minutes of each other during Wednesday’s open session.

Hip 295, a daughter of New York-bred champion Palace out of the Quiet American mare Quiet Kiss, sold to Michael Nentwig, Raymie Lightner, agent. Bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds LLC and Spruce Lane Farm, the half-sister to stakes-placed winner Theitalianamerican was consigned by Colin Brennan Bloodstock, agent.

Hip 305, a daughter of Hard Spun out of the unraced Not For Love mare Rock ‘n Wolin, sold to Johnny Boy Sacco, agent. Bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and Brian Moore, the filly was consigned by Fast Horses. The filly sold originally sold for $18,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale in August.


Munnings colt leads NY-breds at Midlantic yearling sale

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

New York-breds sold well at the two-day Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale that wrapped up Tuesday. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

A colt by Munnings from the family of stakes winner Justin Squared and Grade 1 winner Spoken Fur commanded a final bid of $120,000 Tuesday to lead all New York-breds at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale in Timonium, Md.

New Day Training Center signed for Hip 506, a gray or roan colt out of the Pioneerof the Nile mare Compulsion.

Consigned by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services LLC, agent, and bred by Newtownanner Stud, the colt is the first foal out of Compulsion, a half-sister to 2016 Chick Lang Stakes winner Justin Squared and stakes-placed $213,866-earner My Name Is Michael.

Compulsion is out of the Vindication mare Graciously Soft, a half-sister to 2003 Mother Goose and Coaching Club American Oaks winner Spoken Fur and multiple Grade 3 winner and $724,905-earner Unbridled’s Note.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 72 of the 94 New York-bred yearlings offered during the two sessions for a total of $1,743,200, an average price of $24,211 and median of $20,000. The numbers compared favorably to last year’s results for New York-breds – 90 yearlings sold for $2,318,600, an average price of $24,762 and median of $19,000.

Thorostock LLC signed for the second-most expensive New York-bred, going to $67,000 to purchase Hip 194 during Monday’s opening session.

Consigned by Indian Creek, agent, the colt by leading New York second-crop sire War Dancer is the second foal out of the More Than Ready mare Ten Seventy. Rick Howard bred the War Dancer colt, along with his 2-year-old unraced Frost Giant half-brother Cool Giant, who is in training at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland.

War Dancer, an 11-year-old son of War Front, stands for $7,500 at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions in Stillwater.

Keeneland September closes with strong NY-bred numbers

Saturday, September 25th, 2021

The Keeneland September sale wrapped up Friday.

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

A strong Keeneland September Yearling Sale for New York-breds continued to the end with Book Five’s New York offerings led by a $140,000 filly.

Purchased by Gary O’Meara as agent for Frank Bertolino, she was offered as Hip 2990.

Consigned by Taylor Made Sales, the filly is the first foul out of the unraced Malibu Moon mare Turning Tide and was bred by Fred Hertich III and John Fielding in New York.

Hertrich purchased Turning Tide for $130,000 at the 2018 Keeneland November Sale before breeding her to Violence and shipping her to New York. The yearling hails from a strong Juddmonte Farm family with Turning Tide a half-sister to Grade 3-placed Laurel River.

They are out of Calm Water, a full-sister to three-time Grade 1 winner Emollient. Her dam Soothing Touch also produced stakes winner and dual Grade 1-placed Hofburg in addition to stakes winner and Grade 2-placed Courtier.

Turning Tide has stayed a member of the New York breeding pool with a weanling New York-bred filly by Audible. She went to Grade 1 winner Gift Box this year.

Golconda Stables purchased the second-most expensive New York-bred of Book Five, going to $90,000 to acquire a daughter of Lookin At Lucky from the Sequel New York consignment. She is the second foal for Levetta, whose first foal is a Kentucky-bred Kantharos 2-year-old filly. Magnolia Bloodstock purchased Levetta, carrying the Lookin At Lucky yearling, for $24,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky February mixed sale with Sequel Thoroughbreds joining in on the mare’s ownership and co-breeding the yearling.

Levetta is a half-sister to stakes winner Backdoor Kenny and stakes-placed Dinar with the trio out of Internal Affair. Those under this filly’s third dam include stakes winners Mountain Range, Irish Presence and Royal Vindication with stakes-placed Mrs Petoski her granddam’s full-sister.

Levetta produced a colt from the final New York crop of the late Laoban this year. She returned to Classic Empire, the sire of Friday’s Joseph A. Gimma Stakes winner Classy Edition.

The 51 New York-bred yearlings sold throughout Keeneland September averaged $98,490 with a median of $65,000 and were led by a $650,000 City of Light colt bred by Anlyn Farms. The New York-breds registered the same median as the overall sale and saw yearlings from the state bring a gross of $5,023,000.

The next opportunity to purchase New York-bred yearlings is the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearlings sale in Maryland Oct. 4-5 with 106 of the 513 cataloged foaled in New York.

The sales return to New York for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall sale Oct. 18 where 291 weanlings and broodmares will be offered.

Calumet buys two NY-breds from Keeneland Book Four

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

The Keeneland September yearling sale continues through Friday. Keeneland Photo.

Calumet Farm looked to expand its powerhouse racing stable with two New York-bred yearling purchases from Book Four at the Keeneland September yearling sale Monday and Tuesday in Lexington, Ky.

The far-flung Kentucky operation of owner Brad Kelley – fourth on the national earnings list this year with more than $4.5 million – spent $190,000 to buy Hip 1979, a Laoban colt consigned by Woods Edge Farm and bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds and Dean Purdom. The dark bay colt, the leading New York-bred of the book, had sold for $120,000 at Keeneland January. His dam Making a Point, an unraced daughter of Freud and the stakes-placed Point Reyes, has produced two winners from three foals to race including five-time winner and $197,784 earner Moonachie. Moonachie, a son of Central Banker, has won three times this year – once each at Aqueduct, Finger Lakes and Saratoga.

Calumet went to $160,000 to buy Hip 1995, a Speightstown colt from Eaton Sales. Bred by Joe Fafone, the bay colt is a half-brother to winners Gold Pass and Iona Mobe. Their dam, Miss Vigilance, raced just once, but is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Man From Wicklow and Grade 2 winner Wild Heart Dancing.

Buffolo Bloodstock bought the highest-priced New York-bred filly of Book Four, going to $175,000 to purchase Hip 2086 from Michael and Julia O’Quinn’s consignment. Bred by Magic Cap Stables, the daughter of Practical Joke and the Tale of the Cat mare Snap Cat sold for $87,000 at Keeneland January. The dark bay filly is from the family of stakes winners March X Press and Harlan’s Honor.

Early in Monday’s session, Quarter Pole Enterprises spent $150,000 on Hip 1927, a Goldencents colt from the Woods Edge consignment. Bred by Spruce Lane Farm et al, the bay colt sold for $55,000 at Keeneland January. His dam Ida Clark won twice and has produced four winners, led by stakes winner and course record setter Black Stetson. A son of More Than Ready, Black Stetson won the 2018 Bridgetown Stakes at Aqueduct in a quick 1:07.84 for 6 furlongs on the turf. The family also includes graded winner For Rubies and stakes winner Chasin Tiger.

The seven New York-breds to sell in Book Four also included an $85,000 Laoban filly to Pick View; a $65,000 Laoban filly to Joel Politi; and a $60,000 Maclean’s Music colt to Michael Lewis. A Bolt d’Oro filly didn’t meet her reserve at $70,000.

New York-breds averaged $126,429 (median of $150,000) with the overall Book Four averaging $74,987 and hitting a median of $52,000.

The sale continues through Friday.

Army Mule colt reaches $225,000 to top NY-breds in Keeneland Book Three

Monday, September 20th, 2021

Jacob West bought a New York-bred colt by Army Mule in Book Three. Keeneland photo

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

New York-breds proved popular during Book Three of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale Saturday when seven of the 11 sold brought six figures.

In all, the 11 sold from averaged $134,727 with a median of $140,000 and gross of $1,482,000.

An Army Mule colt offered by Woods Edge Farm showed the way at $225,000, on a purchase by West Bloodstock for Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable. Hip 1175, out of three-time winner Miss Nancy and bred by Mashnee Stable, sold for $100,000 at Keeneland January when part of the Hidden Brook consignment.

The colt carries a strong family with granddam Silky Omega a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Magnificent Song and four other stakes performers, including Group 2-placed Great Barrier Reef. Another one of Silky Omega’s siblings, Mindful Music, produced Venezuelan champion 2-year-old filly The Mindfulangel. Miss Nancy foaled a New York-bred Laoban filly on Feb. 7 and returned to Tiz The Law.

Mashnee bought Miss Nancy (carrying the Army Mule colt) for $17,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga mixed sale in 2019, and she has more than paid for herself.

“They sold the Army Mule colt for a nice profit, but we sold him for $100,000 as a weanling so no complaints on our side,” said Schuster. “We’re a small operation, with four or five mares, and we keep one a year to race and sell the others. It’s been going well. The New York breeding program really makes it work.”

Mashnee, which keeps its mares in Saratoga with McMahon Thoroughbreds, sold 75 percent of Miss Nancy to a partner but plans to keep adding to the broodmare band.

Nobody had a better Saturday than Chester and Mary Broman’s star mare Stolen Star, whose grandson by Candy Ride (Hip 1504) sold for $220,000 to Ed and Susie Orr right about the same time her son Captain Bombastic won the Polynesian Stakes at Laurel Park. Consigned by Sequel New York on behalf of the Bromans, Hip 1504 is the first foal out of Stolen Star’s multiple Grade 2 winning New York-bred daughter Highway Star, who won 10 races, placed in two Grade 1 stakes and earned $1.3 million. The generations of excellence started when the Bromans purchased broodmare Unbridled Star (carrying Stolen Star) in 2002. In addition to Stolen Star, who placed in four stakes, Unbridled Star produced stakes winners Friend Or Foe and Star Grazing.

Highway Star foaled a New York-bred Curlin colt this year and was bred back to Into Mischief.

Agent Joe Hardoon purchased the highest-priced New York-bred filly of the book when he went to $200,000 to land a daughter of Accelerate from the Eaton Sales consignment. The first foal out of stakes-winning Laudation, Hip 1132 was bred by SF Bloodstock in New York. Her breeder sent her through the ring at Keeneland November, where she fetched $75,000 from Newday Training Center before returning nearly a year later in this spot.

Laudation is one of two stakes winners for multiple Grade 2 winner Rite Moment alongside multiple stakes winner Moment is Right. The filly’s catalog page includes seven stakes winners and nine stakes performers, led by her granddam. Laudation had a Kentucky-bred Twirling Candy filly this year and visited City of Light.

Sunday, a $150,000 colt by Mo Town led the way. Purchased by Kinsman Farm from the Taylor Made consignment, the Hidden Lake Farm-bred was making his second appearance in the Keeneland ring after selling in January for $95,000. A half-brother to one winner from one to race, Hip 1833 is out of winning Tale of the Cat mare Coral Beach, a half-sister to Chilean champion Desert Power.

Third dam Coral Sea is the dam of Grade 2 winner Cool Coal Man and stakes winner Kathleens Reel from her 10 winners. Coral Sea is out of a stakes-placed full-sister to Canadian champion Northernette and European champion and influential sire Storm Bird.

Coral Beach has a weanling colt from the second crop of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds’ Redesdale to come.

Through six sessions, a $650,000 colt purchased by M.V. Magnier Wednesday leads all New York-breds. The 20 New York-breds sold through Sunday averaged $175,600 with a median of $150,000 and a gross of $3,512,000.

The sale continues through Friday with sessions starting at 10 a.m. daily.

Uncle Mo colt sells for $160,000 at September sale

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Business continued to be strong Thursday at the Keeneland September. yearling sale. Keeneland Photo.

By Tom Law

A colt by leading sire Uncle Mo led the way for the Empire State Thursday at the Keeneland September yearling sale, selling for $160,000 during the second of two Book 2 sessions in Lexington.

M.B.S., agent, purchased Hip 842, the second foal out of the Bernardini mare Possessive from the family of Grade 1 winner and young sire Klimt. Bred by Pine Ridge Stables Ltd. and foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, the colt was consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.

The colt is a half-brother to Yono, also bred by Pine Ridge Stables and a $100,000 yearling at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale. Second in his first start Aug. 20 at Ellis Park, the 2-year-old Kentucky-bred Quality Road colt is entered back in a maiden special weight Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Hip 842 was one of two New York-breds through the ring Thursday. Overall, seven of the 10 New York-bred yearlings have sold for $1,730,000, an average price of $247,142.

Keeneland takes a break from selling Friday before Book 3 resumes at 11 a.m. Saturday.

City of Light colt brings $650,000 at Keeneland

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

Hip 723, a colt from the first crop of City of Light, led all New York-breds Wednesday at Keeneland September on a $650,000 bid from M V Magnier. Woods Edge Farm/ThoroStride Photo.

By Tom Law

A New York-bred colt from the first crop of Pegasus World Cup and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner City of Light commanded a bid of $650,000 from one of the world’s leading buyers during Wednesday’s third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

Coolmore’s M V Magnier landed the winning bid for Hip 723, a colt out of the Mr. Greeley mare Gracilia who is a half brother to New York-bred stakes winner More Mischief and stakes-placed Myawaya from the family of champion New York-bred and Grade 2 winner Sharp Humor. Gracilia is also the dam of three other winners.

Bred by Anlyn Farms and consigned by Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm, agent, the colt is the eighth foal out of Gracilia. Foaled at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater, the colt originally sold for $235,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale.

The sale of the City of Light colt led a big day for New York-breds as Book 2 of the September sale got underway.

Keeneland reported sales on six of the eight New York-bred yearlings for a total of $1,570,000, an average price of $261,667 and median of $210,000.

Five of the six landed six-figure bids, including another colt from the first crop of champion West Coast and half-brother to multiple New York-bred champion Pauseforthecause who sold for $300,000.

Hip 551, a half brother to New York-bred champion Pauseforthecause, sold for $300,000 Wednesday at Keeneland. Sequel New York/ThoroStride Photo.

Jacob West’s West Bloodstock, acting on behalf of Repole Stable and St. Elias, signed the ticket for Hip 551. Bred by Chester and Mary Broman and foaled at their Chestertown Farm in Chestertown, the colt is out of the stakes-winning Touch Gold mare Spritely. Becky Thomas’ Sequel New York consigned the colt for the Bromans.

Foaled Feb. 6, 2020, the West Coast colt is the eighth out of the $463,378-earner Spritely, a $480,000 yearling who later sold in foal to Bernardini to Chester Broman for $850,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The resulting foal, a filly, never made it to the races but four of Spritely’s foals are winners from five to race.

Pauseforthecause leads that group. A daughter of Giant’s Causeway bred and raced by the Bromans, Pauseforthecause earned New York-bred champion honors in the dirt female and female sprinter categories in 2019. She went 3-2-2 in nine starts that season, including victories in the Iroquois Stakes at Belmont Park and Garland Of Roses Stakes at Aqueduct. She placed in six other stakes during her career and retired with seven wins in 25 starts and $546,093 in earnings.

Spritely is also the dam of the stakes-placed $42,288-earner Tossup and winners Power Generation, Superego and Surface Strike. She delivered a colt by City of Light in March and is back in foal to Not This Time.

Hip 620, a colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Bolt d’Oro, landed bid of $270,000 as Book 2 opened Wednesday at Keeneland. Sequel New York/ThoroStride Photo.

Solis/Litt, agent, went to $270,000 to purchase the session’s second highest-priced New York-bred, Hip 620, a colt from the first crop of multiple Grade 1 winner Bolt d’Oro.

Bred by Sequel Stallions NY and Lakland Farms, foaled at Sequel New York in Hudson and consigned by Sequel New York, the colt is the third foal out of the winning Majesticperfection mare Avendesora. A half sister to stakes winner and $542,031-earner Your Bluffing and Echo Bluff, the dam of Grade 1 Hopeful winner Currency Swap, Avendesora is the dam of the 3-year-old Hard Spun gelding Major Spin and 2-year-old Union Jackson gelding Last Minute Mario.

The September sale continues Thursday with the second of two Book 2 sessions starting at 11 a.m.

Positive results flow at Saratoga New York-bred sale

Monday, August 16th, 2021

Hip 419, a daughter of Munnings out of stakes winner Freudie Anne, sold for $350,000 to top Monday’s session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred sale. Susie Raisher Photo.

By Mary Eddy

The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale made a roaring return Sunday and Monday with increases in all metrics compared to the last edition of the state’s premier market for state-breds in 2019.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 203 of the 258 yearlings offered over the two sessions for $18,566,500, up 14.6 percent from the $16,200,000 for 186 yearlings sold at the 2019 sale. This year’s average price also rose 5 percent, from $87,097 to $91,461 this year, while median increased 16.7 percent to $70,000. The sale’s buyback rate came in at 21.3 percent, compared to 30.1 percent in 2019.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 141 of the 176 yearlings offered during Monday’s afternoon session for $12,069,000, an average price of $85,596 and median of $60,000.

Conor Foley of Oracle Bloodstock signed the final session’s biggest ticket on behalf of GMP Stables, Vekoma Racing and West Paces for Hip 419, a Munnings filly who hammered for $350,000. Out of the dual stakes-winning Freud mare Freudie Anne, the filly is a full sister to a Munnings colt who sold for $100,000 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in 2019.

From the family of Grade 1 La Brea Stakes winner I Ain’t Bluffing, Foley thought the filly was one of the most attractive offerings in the catalog.

“I thought she was one of the top three fillies in the sale,” he said. “We’re really excited. She’s one of the best athletes in the sale. She’s going to go to the races and be trained by Danny Gargan. Hopefully in a year, she’ll be walking out of the winner’s circle at Saratoga. We thought she would cost about that. She’s a very nice physical… we are excited to get her.”

Pleased with his purchase, Foley said the New York-bred sale consistently offers standout yearlings each year.

“The quality here is very good,” he said. “You’re buying New York-breds to win open races. The (New York-bred) program has gone way up.”

Consigner Adrian Regan of Hunter Valley Farm said the success the filly’s dam found at Saratoga Race Course in the New York Stallion Series Stakes added to her appeal.

“I don’t think it was any harm that her mother did all of her running across the road here,” he said. “She won here six years ago,” said Regan.

The filly’s sire, Munnings, has seen his stud fee double since 2019 with high demand for his progeny at auction. The filly was popular throughout the week at her consigner’s barn.

“Munnings has taken off in the last year, with results on the track and at the sales,” Regan said. “She’s a beautiful, athletic, well-balanced mover. She behaved brilliantly. Every show was as good as her previous show. She was by far our most popular yearling this week.”

Hunter Valley Farm had previously consigned her at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale in February where she sold for $130,000 to Peter Pugh of Cherry Knoll Farm. The filly was bred by Fergus Galvin, Marc Detampel, Jayne Johnson and Adrian Wallace and foaled at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs.

Jon Green of D.J. Stable LLC took home Hip 528, a colt by leading third-crop sire Constitution for $300,000. Bred by Fred W. Hertrich III and John D. Fielding, the colt is out of the five-time winning Medaglia d’Oro mare Rare Medal, who Hertrich and Fielding also bred. The dam has produced Combat Medal, a Unified colt who sold for $150,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May 2-year-olds in training sale.

Attending the sale with Hip 528 in mind, Green said he has big plans for the dark bay colt.

“He reminded us of a lot of the great colts that we have seen on Saturdays,” said Green. “He’s a big, scopey two-turn kind of horse. We came here looking to get a top colt and he fit the bill. He checked all the boxes for us.”

Hoping to replicate the success he found with Mark Casse and horses like champion 2-year-old filly Jaywalk and Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby winner Helium, Green is planning on sending the colt to the barn of the Hall of Fame conditioner.

“The plan right now is to ultimately have him at Mark Casse’s barn. He’ll go back to Kentucky and get a little R and R,” Green said. “It takes so much out of these horses. He’ll be there for about six or eight weeks and then he’ll head down to Ocala and start getting into the program.”

“The sale has been so strong that if you want to come away with a good horse, you have to spend a little bit of money. We had 11 horses on our list and this was only the second one we even got a bid on. That’s how strong the sale has been.”

While Green plans to run his horse in open company, he praised the New York-bred program and the security it provides in its strong incentives.

“We really like to have the safety net of knowing that we can run against New York-breds,” he said. “The money is much better in New York and we have year-round racing for our program. So it lends itself to us owning New York-breds.”

Stuart Angus of Taylor Made Sales Agency was pleased to see the colt in the hands of Green, a longtime client of their farm.

“We were lucky that Mr. Green got him,” Angus said. “He keeps a bunch of horses with us in Kentucky and we are sending the horse back there to take care of him before he gets broken and trained.”

Taylor Made, which began consigning horses at the New York-bred sale in 2012, has seen success with horses Angus said are exciting prospects.

“I remember bringing the first group of horses here for the Taylors and we just kept evolving from that to get this quality stock now,” he said. “With the race program here in New York and the money it provides, it’s exciting. There’s a lot of people who want New York-breds.”

The popularity of freshman sire Accelerate at the New York-bred sale continued as a colt by the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner sold late in the sale to David and Chris Stack for $300,000.

Out of the stakes-placed Marquetry mare Ten Halos, Hip 591 was a $100,000 RNA the Keeneland November sale last year and is a half-brother to the winning Liaison mare Three Halos. Three Halos sold for $150,000 in foal to Candy Ride at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in 2016.

“When we saw (the colt), we just thought that he was the one,” said Chris Stack. “He looked me right in the eye… when they look you in the eye, they’re intelligent… we have our fingers crossed.”

Hip 591 was consigned by Paramount Sales and bred by SF Bloodstock.

Leading the way for those conceived in the Empire State was Hip 404, a son of the late Laoban, who stood at Sequel Stallions. Team D went to $225,000 to secure him out of the Bluewater Sales consignment. The colt out of E Storm, who hails from the family of Weekend Surprise, was bred by Southern Equine Stables  – both of his siblings of racing age are winners.

Additional reporting by Tom Law and Susie Raisher

Strong start to Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale

Sunday, August 15th, 2021

Opening session topper, Hip 341, brings $495,000 at the New York-bred yearling sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law and Mary Eddy

Four yearlings commanded final bids of $300,000 or more Sunday evening to top a strong opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 62 of the 82 yearlings offered during the first of two sessions for $6,497,500, an average price of $104,798 and median of $80,000. The opening totals compared favorably to the opening night of the 2019 New York-bred yearling sale, which was not held in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2019 opening session saw 66 yearlings sell for $5,972,500, an average price of $90,492 and median of $75,000.

The 2021 versus 2019 comparisons show an increase of 8.8 percent in total receipts, a bump of 15.8 percent in average price and a 6.7 gain in median.

The session’s top-priced horse went through the ring about midway through the session. Hip 341, a filly by Uncle Mo out of the winning Distorted Humor mare Averymerrymoment, brought a final bid of $495,000 from Dream Maker Racing.

Bred by Mia Gallo, Mary Kopley, Michael Newton, and Elizabeth Weese, foaled at Blue Stone Farm in Cambridge and consigned by Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency, agent, the filly is the seventh foal out of Averymerrymoment and a half-sister to six winners including the stakes-placed Satisfy.

Bloodstock agent David Ingordo purchased the second-highest priced yearling of the night, going to $335,000 on behalf of trainer John Sadler for Hip 385, a filly by Accelerate out of the winning Bernardini mare Delay of Game.

Impressed with what he’s seen from her sire so far, Ingordo said he came to the sale with yearlings from Accelerate in mind.

“We bought a beautiful colt by him in July and we saw this filly and she’s got everything you’d want to have,” Ingordo said. “She has a strong female family, she’s got the New York-bred (condition) to fall back on if we need it, but she looks like an open-company horse. She’s an excellent representation of Accelerate.”

Bred by EKQ Stables, foaled at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag and consigned by St George Sales, agent, the filly is a half-sister to Spa Ready, a $260,000 purchase at the 2019 Keeneland September yearling sale and a winner in her debut last September at Belmont Park for Wise Racing and trainer Chad Brown. She finished fourth in the Tempted Stakes in early November and returned with a runner-up effort in allowance company at Monmouth Park in early August.

Committed to landing the winning bid, Ingordo said he paid more for the filly than anticipated, but that horses like her are worth it.

“The Accelerates are like himself,” he said. “They’re really balanced, really good individuals, have a ton of class. This filly oozed class. She’s been by the ring all night and didn’t turn a hair… She’s a good horse, and she costs what a good horse costs. The market is really strong. She was expensive, but we love her.”

The other two $300,000 yearlings sold early in the opening session.

Maverick Racing and Siena Farm took home Hip 314, a daughter of Grade 1 Carter Handicap winner Army Mule for $300,000.

Foaled at Old Saratoga Equine Services in Schuylerville and out of the twice-winning Hard Spun mare Whispering Angel, she is a half-sister to Grade 2 Louisiana Derby winner Wells Bayou. Bred and sold by Kip O’Neill of Windylea Farms in Hoosick Falls, the filly hails from the family of dual classic winner Big Brown and multiple Grade 1-winning champion Hidden Lake.

“We’re happy with the number,” O’Neill said. “We thought she would fall somewhere in that range and would have been surprised if she didn’t get over $200,000. When you’re a (New York) breeder, you have to come to this sale. This filly was accepted in (the select sale), but she may have been overshadowed there. She really fit in this sale.”

Consignor Francis Vanlangendonck of Summerfield Sales said the filly had been popular with prospective buyers throughout the week.

“We showed her a lot, a lot of vetting and a lot of people interested in her,” he said. “We were looking forward to her going through the ring. It was more than we expected. They want good horses and they’re willing to pay for them. They recognize good horses. The Army Mules have been athletic horses and have sold well. So far, the expectations are high.”

Hip 330, a colt by leading sire Into Mischief, landed his $300,000 final bid from Tom McGreevy, agent for Breeze Easy LLC.

Bred by Oak Bluff Stables, foaled at Stonewall Farm in Granite Springs and consigned by Winter Quarter Farm, the colt is out of the stakes-winning Langfuhr mare Akilina and is a half-brother to Japanese stakes winner Rieno Tesoro and Grade 2-placed stakes winner Governor Malibu.

Hip 379, a colt by Redesdale out of the winning Lemon Drop Kid mare Dakota Kid, brought the highest price for a yearling by a New York-based stallion on a final bid of $140,000 from Dean and Patti Reeves’ Reeves Thoroughbred Racing.

Bred by Ron Bowden, foaled at The New Hill Farm in Hoosick Falls consigned by The New Hill Farm, agent, the colt is a half to the unraced 2-year-old Freud colt Dakota Gold purchased by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing for $83,000 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale. Redesdale, a son of Speightstown and the winner of three of four starts, stands for $3,000 at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs.

Time To Shine: New York-breds make return after disrupted 2020

Saturday, August 14th, 2021

The sales grounds were packed Friday in advance of this weekend’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

By Tom Law

No offense to our friends from Kentucky and Maryland – and they probably wouldn’t be all that offended anyway since many are here for more than sightseeing and socializing – but there’s nothing like Saratoga.

Especially when it comes to selling New York-breds.

“Those yearlings were the most compromised group of horses from the pandemic last year, without any question,” said Boyd Browning Jr., Fasig-Tipton’s president and chief executive officer two days out from the start of the Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale. “It’s a unique setting here with the New York-breds, there are 300 New York-breds, in Saratoga in the middle of the race meet, with New York-bred owners and New York-bred trainers all around.

“There was no way you could replicate that environment in Kentucky, Maryland or anywhere else and we just couldn’t get to Saratoga last year. So, they were the most impacted group.”

The New York-bred sale returns – just like its big brother, the Saratoga select sale – to the docket for 2021 after being shelved due to the coronavirus pandemic last year.

Fasig-Tipton did its best to accommodate sellers at both Saratoga sales, and its July sale, with the Select Yearling Showcase. The New York-bred portion of that sale saw 20 yearlings sell for six figures with three bringing $200,000 or more. Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 73 New York-breds for $5,572,000, an average price of $76,329 and median of $70,000.

The Midlantic Eastern fall sale in early October also featured a dedicated portion to New York-breds and 88 yearlings sold for $2,279,600, an average price of $25,905 and median of $19,000.

Those statistics don’t come close to the numbers realized in recent editions of the Saratoga New York-bred sale, which saw 186 yearlings sell for $16,2000,000 million in 2019 and 172 yearlings sell for $18,492,000. The sale’s averages those years came in at $87,097 and $107,512 respectively.

Everyone – horses and humans – is ready for the return of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga NY-bred sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

“The atmosphere here has a big presence,” said Najja Thompson, executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. “Of course you have Saratoga Race Course right next door, the premier meet in the country throughout the summer. You have New York trainers right here, so many farms right here in the Saratoga region.

“We were kind of at a disadvantage having to be in Kentucky and in Maryland with no sale in New York. Plus, all the restrictions due to Covid at the time. To have the sale return is going to be a phenomenal feeling. From everything I’ve heard they love the book and everything they’re seeing, it’s quality across the board.”

Potential buyers hit the sales grounds hard Saturday morning in search of that quality. The sales grounds were packed despite the steamy conditions. By the afternoon foot traffic slowed a bit and yearlings enjoyed being hosed down between shows.

Fasig-Tipton cataloged 307 yearlings for the two-session sale, with the first 100 set to go through the ring starting at 7 p.m. Sunday. The second session coincides with the dark day at Saratoga Race Course and the final 207 yearlings cataloged will sell starting at noon.

That format was introduced for the 2019 sale, which saw six of the top eight most expensive yearlings sell the second day. The 2019 topper, a filly by Malibu Moon out of the winning Street Sense mare Savvy Sassy, sold to Larry Best’s OXO Equine for $775,000. Named Brattle House, the broke her maiden in her debut last November and finished second in the Maddie May Stakes, both at Aqueduct, for Best and trainer Christophe Clement.

Don Robinson’s Winter Quarter Farm consigned Brattle House and offers her half sister, Hip 551, a daughter of Flatter, on Day 2 this year for co-breeders Clement and Oak Bluff Stables.

The second highest-priced horse in 2019 also sold on Day 2, a filly by Outwork out of the unraced Tiznow mare Light And Variable, purchased by Travis Durr, agent for All About The Girls, Jeremiah Englehart’s JCE Racing and Travis Durr. Named Samborella, she finished third in her debut last July at Saratoga before a victory in the Seeking the Ante Stakes on Saratoga Showcase Day late in the meet.

The action in the ring should be as heated as the sales grounds this week for the Saratoga New York-bred sale Sunday and Monday. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

New York-breds were well received at this week’s 100th Saratoga select sale. Five of the six through the ring sold for $2 million – an average price of $400,000 and median of $300,000. That average jumped 26.7 percent from $315,625 for the eight sold at the 2019 sale, while median rose slightly from $292,500.

“Phenomenal numbers,” Thompson said. “Looking forward it gives you the momentum heading into the New York-bred sale that everybody sees the value in New York-breds and what they can bring to the track.”

Browning agreed that the continued strength of the New York-bred breeding and racing program adds to the appeal of the second sale on the Saratoga calendar.

“The program continues to be unbelievable for owners, trainers and breeders,” Browning said. “My expectation is, based on everything we’ve seen at the yearling sales to date, the 2-year-old sales in the spring, and the general atmosphere here in Saratoga, it should be really strong.

“It was mobbed out here today. Mobbed. Every indication is it will be an upbeat, enthusiastic sale. The quality of horses continues to improve every year. The New York breeders keep doing a better job, the program has gained in popularity and recognition throughout the United States.”