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

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Fasig-Tipton photo

By Sarah Mace

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

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

Robert Lambe (Fasig-Tipton photo)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

War Dancer (Courtesy Sugar Plum Farm)

By Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

NYRA/Coglianese Photos

By Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

Keeneland Photo

By Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top-tier New York-bred short yearlings find success in Book 1 at Keeneland January

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Hip 478 (Keeneland Photo)

By Sarah Mace

A quartet of New York-bred short yearlings brought sale prices of $150,000 and up in Book 1 of the five-day Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, which runs from Jan. 13-17. All four changed hands on the second of two sessions comprising the opening book. The topper was a $280,000 Candy Ride colt bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski who was snapped up by team Clement for an undisclosed client to become the fourth top-priced yearling of the session.

The immediate family of the top-selling Candy Ride colt, who sold as Hip 478, is familiar. Out of Sweet Aloha (Western Cat), the colt is a half-brother to New York-bred multiple stakes winners Filibustin (Bustin Stones) and Indy’s Lady (Take Charge Indy). Sweet Aloha, a winner in her own right, has produced four winners from four foals to start. The colt’s third dam is a half-sister to champion 2-year-old Capote, multiple Grade 1 winner Exceller and four more stakes winners.

Foaled on April 6, 2019, the colt was consigned by Stuart Morris on behalf of Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm. Signing the ticket was Miguel Clement, assistant to trainer Christophe Clement, his father. The younger Clement praised the yearling first as an individual in his own right. “I thought this was probably the best colt here in the sale, so it was a no-brainer for us. He’s a very exciting horse and we’re very lucky to get him. Hopefully he goes to the stable and Christophe will take it from there.”

Clement then explained that the colt’s New York-bred status made him worth the premium price-tag. “We bid more, without a doubt, because it was a New York-bred… As you know, the stable is very much into the New York-bred program. So, it’s exciting and hopefully we can see him on the racecourse. We actually think (being a New York-bred) is very appealing. The New York-bred program is a great program. We strongly advise many of our owners if they breed, to make them (eligible), for our sake it makes it beneficial for them to be New York-breds. It’s a great state-bred program.”

Consigner Stuart Morris said, “The colt was very, very well received. He sold well past his reserve. I thought he could be in that price range but it’s hard to get any horse into that price range in the market. He’s a lovely colt. And he’s in great hands with Christophe, but there were bidders all over the house on him; he was a very well-received colt.”

Another pair of colts, one by Constitution and one by Mastery, also brought strong final bids on Tuesday.

Hip 405, a bay by Constitution bred by Questroyal Stable, Inc and Hidden Lake Farm, LLC, went to Empire Bloodstock from the consignment of Mulholland Springs, Agent XXI, for $175,000. Foaled on April 4, 2019, he was a $97,000 buyback as a weanling at the Fasig-Tipton fall mixed sale in Saratoga.

The colt’s dam is multiple winner Personal Sunset (Belong to Me), who has produced two winners from two foals to race. She is a half-sister to stakes winner Dancingall Theway and full-sister to stake-placed Christies Treasure. The colt’s second dam Roses at Sunset is a sister to Valid Wager, a multiple graded stakes winner and sire; this is also the family of Purge and Namaste’s Wish. Questroyal Stable bought Personal Sunset a year ago a the Keeneland January sale for $22,000.

Clarmont Bloodstock Club went to $150,000 for Hip 643, a bay from the first crop of Mastery bred by Viking Bloodstock and foaled on March 8, 2019. Consigned by Indian Creek Agent, the youngster is out of Exogenetic (Unbridled’s Song), a half-sister to Exogenous whose stellar career was tragically cut short as a result of a freak paddock accident before the 2001 Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Exogenetic’s progeny have a long and impressive record in the sales ring. She has also produced six winners from eight foals to start, led by graded stakes winner Super Ninety Nine, who earned nearly $400,000, and multiple stakes winner Elusive Horizon. The mare last changed hands at public auction when purchased by Trace Wood Farm for $180,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November breeding sale.

The top New York-bred filly of Book 1 was Hip 421, is a March 8, 2019 daughter of Practical Joke, whose first foals are yearlings of 2020, from the family of McKinzie. Empire Thoroughbreds signed the ticket for $150,000 on behalf of Kingsport Farm.

Bred and consigned by Sequel Stallions NY in partnership with Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC, she is the second foal out of winner Ribbon Cutter (Elusive Quality), who was purchased by the breeders at the 2018 Keeneland November sale for $72,000. The filly’s third dam, multiple graded winner, Runway Model is the dam of McKinzie, a $3.3 million earner last seen finishing second to Vino Rosso in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November as the post-time favorite.

In Keeneland January’s opening book, 31 New York-breds sold for a total receipts of $1,866,000. The New York-bred average price stands at $60,194 while the median came in at $40,000. The cumulative average and median for the sale thus far were $69,326 and median $37,000. To date the New York-bred RNA rate is 18.4%, significantly lower than 27.5% for the sale at large.

The offerings of Book 2, spanning three sessions, will be sold Wednesday-Friday, with trading beginning at 10:00 a.m. each day.

Racing prospects take center stage for team New York at Keeneland November Book 5

Friday, November 15th, 2019

Hudson H. (Coglianese Photos)

By Sarah Mace

A pair of current runners took center stage for team New York in Book 5 of the 2019 Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale. Both sold at Wednesday’s Book 5 opener (Session 8), which featured a segment devoted to racing / stallion prospects. Recent stakes winner Build to Suit led the duo bringing $190,000 from Mike Ryan, agent. Somethingtotellyou, a juvenile colt from the first crop of Honor Code, was bid up to $160,000 before going to John McCormack Bloodstock LLC. Meanwhile, through five books, the New York-bred median price is outperforming the sale median.

Offered as Hip 3142, Build to Suit is a 5-year-old chestnut ridgling by Dominus who was bred by Spendthrift Farm. From the family of Mine that Bird and Dullahan, he was purchased originally as a yearling by LRK Stable at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale for $140,000. On Wednesday his $190,000 price tag him made him the co-third top-priced racing / stallion prospect of the session.

Trained by Chad Brown, Build to Suit has been campaigned jointly by William H. Lawrence and Seth Klarman. After a highly successful 15-year partnership, the men decided several years ago to go different ways. Klarman will continue to participate on a large scale. Lawrence intends to downsize. Build to Suit was one of eight final horses owned jointly by the partners and consigned on their behalf by ELiTE Sales.

Build to Suit is relatively lightly raced for a 5-year-old. Breaking his maiden, and winning through both New York-bred allowance conditions at three, he was out of action between October 2017 and January 26, 2019, when he returned to win an open allowance right off the bench. Sidelined again until August 4, he strung together three strong outings recently, finishing second in his stakes debut in the John Morrissey, winning another allowance and, to cap the series, dominating the Hudson Handicap on Empire Showcase Day. With six wins from 10 starts, along with a pair of seconds and a pair of thirds, he has earned $342,850. Ryan said that Build to Suit will return to Chad Brown’s barn.

The ridgling issues from a strong family. He is a half-brother to Bolo, by Temple City, winner of the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile and Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes (twice). Half-brother Let Me Go First, by Paddy O’Prado, is graded stakes placed. His dam Aspen Mountain, a placed Kentucky-bred runner by Chief Seattle, has produced six winners in all. Out of stakes performer Aspenelle (Vice-Regent), Aspen Mountain is a half-sister to black-type winner Golden Sunray and to Mining My Own, the dam of Mine That Bird and Dullahan.

The other New York-bred headliner from the Book 5 opener was Somethingtotellyou, a bay juvenile colt from the first crop of Honor Code, who went to John McCormack Bloodstock LLC on a $160,000 winning bid. Offered as Hip 3110 from the WinStar Racing consignment, he can boast several successful sires in his family tree.

Bred by Lawrence Goichman, Somethingtotellyou turned heads at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, when purchased by 4-H Farm for $260,000. Landing in the barn of Todd Pletcher for St. Elias Stable, the youngster has started twice, breaking his maiden at second asking at Aqueduct a week ago, on November 11.

Somethingtotellyou’s dam is Dean Henry, a Goichman homebred who won the 2009 Saratoga Dew Stakes. The first of three winners from three foals to start out of Dean Henry is stakes-placed Bonita Cat. Dean Henry is also a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Read the Footnotes, who had a successful stallion career in New York. Additionally this is the family of sires Royal and Regal, Stravinsky and Dowsing. Dean Henry has a yearling colt by Creative Cause and has been bred this year to West Coast.

Through the first five books of the Keeneland November sale (Sessions 1-9), 84 New York-breds have sold (of 113 offered) for an average price of $69,068 and median price $38,500. The latter is outperforming the $37,000 median for the auction overall. The overall average stands $90,863. The 25.7% RNA rate of New York-breds is a few ticks above the 22.75% RNAs for the overall sale.

Book 6, which will conclude the Keeneland November sale, will be held Friday through Sunday. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. Click here for New York-bred hips and registration status.


NY-bred Kantharos filly top weanling in second session of Keeneland November Book 4

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Keeneland photo

By Sarah Mace

The top-selling weanling of Tuesday’s Session 7 of the 2019 Keeneland November sale, and the top-New York-bred of Book 4, was Hip 2598, a filly by Kantharos bred by Adrian Regan and Fergus Galvin. Consigned by Galvin’s Hunter Valley Farm, the chestnut, who was foaled on February 5, 2019, was purchased by Pink N Blue Stable for $160,000. The filly’s dam Cassidy’s Reward was purchased with the filly in utero for $50,000 at the same sale last year and brought to New York to foal. This was her first foal.

Galvin elaborated. “We were really drawn to the cover sire more than anything. She was a resident New York mare when we bought her, so I sent her back up to my father-in-law, Joe McMahon [at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds] and foaled her out in New York. She’s now back in Kentucky and back in foal to Kantharos.”

Galvin also commented on the filly’s ‘New York-bred appeal.’ “[The weanling’s New York-bred status] adds value to pretty much any horse. You’re running for a great program. You have the nice New York yearling sale up there in the summer. It’s definitely an appeal for pinhookers to resell and for end-users. The buyer has options for both, I think.”

Galvin’s said of the Kantharos weanling “She’s beautiful, with a great shape and a smooth mover. She really stood out among the weanlings in our barn.”

First dam Cassidy’s Reward (by Warrior’s Reward) is a Louisiana-bred winner by Warrior’s Reward out of stakes performer Look Upon. She is a half-sister multiple stakes winning New York-bred Shine Upon, by Congaree, who was bred by Berkshire Stud. Shine Upon went on to produce Tiz Time to Shine, winner of the Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes in 2014. Cassidy’s Reward is also a half-sister to multiple graded stakes performer Keep the Peace. The filly’s third dam is stakes winner Notice Me. This is also the extended family of stakes winners Kona Way, Give Notice Brigand and Sky Music.

Through the first four books of this year’s Keeneland November sale (seven sessions of 12), the cumulative indicators for the New York-bred cohort are solid.

The New York-bred average price is $78,248 and, as expected for a sale weighted early toward superstar seven-figure horses, the overall cumulative sale price is higher: $111,392. More significant, the New York-bred median price of $45,000 median is close to the overall median of $50,000. With 67 head sold of 88 offered the New York-bred buyback percentage is 23.9%, a tick below the cumulative RNA rate of 24.0%

Books 5-6 of the Keeneland November sale, will be held Wednesday through Sunday. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. Click here for New York-bred hips and registration status.

New York-bred weanlings come to the fore in Book 3 of Keeneland November

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Keeneland Photo

By Sarah Mace

The first two books of the 2019 Keeneland November breeding stock sale were distinguished by outstanding results for top-flight New York-bred broodmares and racing prospects. In Book 3, the New York-bred weanling cohort came to the fore. The New York-bred weanling toppers were a colt by Liam’s Map and a Munnings filly, who sold on Saturday (Session 4). Sunday brought two more six-figure weanlings – a filly by Classic Empire and Munnings colt. The top New York-bred broodmare mare of Book 3 was 3-year-old Munnings’ Finest who is in foal to City of Light.

In the Book 3 opener Saturday, Stonebriar Equine went to $170,000 to purchase Hip 1359, a bay by Liam’s Map, who currently sits fourth on the first crop sire leaderboard. The youngster was the top-selling New York-bred weanling colt of Book 3 and the fourth highest-priced weaning of the session.

Bred by Lambholm, foaled on March 22, 2019 the Liam’s Map colt was offered by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield consignment. He is the first foal out of Bitterroot, a Maryland-bred winner by Not For Love purchased by Lambholm for $50,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic select yearling sale. Bitterroot is a full-sister to stakes winner Clubman and a half-sister to stakes winner I Stand Alone, along with two more stakes performers. Further down the pedigree page, the colt’s fourth dam is a half-sister to multiple European champion and sire Alleged. This is also the family of graded / group winners Per Quod, Joes Blazing Aaron, Evidently and Taking Risks.

The top weaning filly of Book 3, also selling on Saturday, was Hip 1510, a chestnut by Munnings from the family of Nyquist. Bred by Milfer Farm Inc., the February 28 foal was purchased by Canaan Creek Stables from the consignment of Legacy Bloodstock, Agent III, for $150,000. The filly’s dam is multiple graded stakes winner Just Jenda, who was purchased in foal by Milfer Farm for $32,000 at last year’s Keeneland November Sale. The mare, who won seven stakes, topped by three graded scores, has produced three winners from three foals to start, led by Jenda’s Agenda, her first registered foal, who is a stakes winner.

The family under the filly’s third dam, stakes winner Fulbright Scholar, is chock-full of luminaries. She herself is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Bachelor Beau. Her multiple graded stakes-winning daughter Seeking Regina is the second dam of Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. She herself produced Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap winner and millionaire Sahara Sky and New York-bred graded stakes winner Seeking the Sky (bred by Stonewall Farm).

Sunday’s trading saw two more six-figure New York-bred weanlings change hands.

Hip 1709, Session 5’s top New York-bred weanling, is a chestnut filly from the first crop of Classic Empire bred by Mt. Sackville Bloodstock and foaled on April 4, 2019. Windylea Farm NY, LLC signed the ticket for $115,000. Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, the Classic Empire filly is out of graded stakes-placed runner Tristanme, who has already produced three winners. The Florida-bred mare last changed hands at the 2016 at the Keenland November sale when purchased by Millicent Bloodstock for $18,000. Tristanme is a half-sister to stakes winners Regiment, also a multiple graded stakes-placed runner, and Eternal Cup.

Session 5’s top-selling colt was Hip 1887, a March 6, 2019 chestnut son of Munnings and the first foal out of accomplished New York-bred race mare Freudie Anne who went to Vermillion Stables for $100,000. He was bred by a partnership of Fergus Galvin, Marc Detampel, Jayne Johnson and Adrian Wallace, and consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent. Freudie Anne, by Freud, raced for four seasons and won eight of 25 starts with two seconds and three thirds, earning nearly $400,000. At two, she won the East View stakes and at three took the Statue of Liberty division of the New York Stallion Stakes series. She is also a half-sister to Frostie Anne, another New York-bred multiple stakes winner and earner of nearly $600,000.

New York’s top broodmare in Book 3, selling on Sunday in foal to City of Light on a March 8 cover, was Munnings’ Finest (Hip 1580) who went to Valerie Dailey for $165,000 from the Taylor Made Consignment. A successful pinhooking venture, she was purchased earlier this year by Mark Taylor at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale for $60,000.

Bred by the Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust Dated 2/28/02, Munnings’ Finest is out of Wonderously, an unraced Kentucky-bred by Awesome Again, Munnings’ Finest did not race either, but was well-received when offered as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale, bringing $200,000 from Alex and JoAnn Lieblong. This will be her first foal. Munnings’ Finest is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Baffle Me and stakes performer Locksley Hall. Her stakes-winning second dam Defer West produced graded stakes winners Forest Music and Shooter, while Forest Music went on to produce a pair of stakes horses.

Through the first three books of this year’s Keeneland November sale, 45 New York-breds have sold (of 62 offered) for an average price of $103,533 and median of $80,000. The New York-bred RNA percentage through Book 3 of the sale (five of seven sessions) is 27.42%.

The cumulative sale average is $146,415. The $80,000 median is identical to the New York-bred median. Overall buybacks sit at 26%.

Book 4 of the Keeneland November sale, spanning Hips 1940-2761G, will take place on Monday and Tuesday. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. Click here for New York-bred hips and registration status.

NY-bred fillies & mares popular in Keeneland Book 2; Pioneerof the Nile weanling on top

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

March X Press (Coglianese Photos)

By Sarah Mace

Keeneland’s Book 2, which spanned Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8 (sessions two and three), featured a group of very well-received New York-bred racing / broodmare prospects.

The topper was March X Press, a 4-year-old stakes winner by Shanghai Bobby out of Indian Rush who sold Friday for $330,000. Thursday’s priciest New York-bred female was Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes winner Sue’s Fortune who fetched $300,000. The top-selling New York-bred weanling of the sale to date changed hands in Session 2 when Rascal Bloodstock signed a $200,000 ticket for a Pioneerof the Nile filly bred by Highclere Inc. Other mares popular with bidders were On the Good List and Miss Horoscope, each commanding $230,000.

Consigned by ELiTE, agent, and offered as Hip 711 in foal to Tapit on a February 23 cover, March X Press went to Newgate Farm for $330,000. This was her second trip through the Keeneland November sales ring. In 2018, also consigned by ELiTE, she was purchased by Jackpot Farm for $275,000.

Bred by Pine Ridge Stables and foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, March X Press brought $90,000 from Golconda Stables at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale. March X Press’s signature victory came in the 2017 Bolton Landing Stakes at Saratoga. With two additional stakes placings, she is one of two stakes winners out of Indian Rush. Harlan’s Honor by Harlan’s Holiday won Monmouth’s Colleen Stakes in 2014 and also placed in two more stakes races. Indian Rush is a Kentucky-bred stakes-placed turf runner who earned just shy of $100,000.

Sue’s Fortune, G2 Adirondack (Coglianese Photos)

On Thursday, Breeze Easy, LLC paid $300,000 for that session’s top New York-bred broodmare / racing prospect, Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes winner Sue’s Fortune, by Jump Start (Hip 432). Lane’s End consigned the 3-year-old, who is a homebred for Richard Nicolai’s Fortune Farm and has been trained by Jeremiah Englehart. A winner of three of six starts with one second, the filly has earned $221,700. Sue’s Fortune is out of Kentucky-bred winner Democrat Taxes, by Catienus, who is a full sister to multiple stakes winner Talking Treasure, a New York-bred homebred for Ken and Sarah Ramsey.

The top-selling New York-bred weanling of Book 2 came on Thursday when Rascal Bloodstock signed the ticket for $200,000 to take home Hip 330, a bay filly by Pioneerof the Nile. Bred by Highclere Inc. in partnership with Springtown Show Stables and Pioneerof the Nile Syndicate, she was foaled on May 26, 2019.

Out of Murky Waters (by Storm Creek), the filly is a half-sister to three winners, topped by to Red Vine, a stakes winner by Candy Ride who, inter alia, ran second to Tonalist in the 2015 Grade 1 Cigar Mile. The filly’s second dam is multiple stakes winner Fort Pond, who went on to produce multiple graded stakes winner, millionaire and sire Fort Prado and stakes winner Cammack. Murky Waters last changed hands at public auction, when purchased by Morris Bloodstock Services for $75,000 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall mixed sale. The sale filly was consigned by Stuart Morris, agent for Highclere and Partners.

Two more New York-bred racing /broodmare prospects from Book 2 deserve particular mention.

In Thursday’s trading On the Good List (Hip 343) was purchased by West Bloodstock on behalf of Repole Stables for $230,000. A 2-year-old daughter of Speightstown, who has not yet started, On the Good List was bred by Jeffery J. Drown. When originally offered as a yearling, she went to DJ Stables for $175,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale.

At Keeneland she was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Out of Gift List by Bernardini, On the Good List is a half-sister to Dunbar Road, by Quality Road, winner of this year’s Grade 1 Alabama Stakes. Stakes-winning second dam Private Gift also produced a multiple stakes-winning A. P. Indy filly named Secret Someone. Quality runs deep in this family and there is abundant black type under the third dam, multiple Grade 1 stakes performer Private Stakes.

Matching that $230,000 price tag on Friday, courtesy of buyers Frederick & May, was Miss Horoscope, by Astrology, who was offered as Hip 721 by Warrendale Sales, agent, in foal to Hard Spun on an April 8, 2019 cover. Five-year-old Miss Horoscope foaled a filly by Runhappy this year.

Bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds and JMJ Racing, Miss Horoscope was unplaced on the racetrack but issues from a very productive immediate female family. Her dam, Chimichurri (by Elusive Quality), who in 2005 went to Stonestreet Mares for $2.1 million, was purchased by New York Breeding Venture I in 2013 for $52,000 (and has since been resold). A graded stakes winner and Grade 1-placed runner, Chimichurri produced Loving Vindication, the dam of Canadian two- and three-year-old filly champion and Horse of the Year Wonder Gadot. Loving Vindication is also the dam of stakes winner Solemn Tribute. Another daughter of Chimichurri, Chimayo, is the dam of Grade 1 Beholder Mile winner Secret Spice. Yet another daughter Claire’s Song produced Elusive Mischief.

Book 3 of the Keeneland November sale, covering Hips 1101-1938 spans Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10. Click here for New York-bred hips and registration status.

New York-bred broodmares fetch $200,000 and up at Keeneland November Book 1

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

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By Sarah Mace

A pair of young in-foal broodmares consigned by Don Robinson’s Winter Quarter Farm brought $200,000 and up in the opening session of the 2019 Keeneland November which began its 12-day stand on Wednesday, November 6.

That’s Smart, a 4-year-old Smart Strike mare catalogued as Hip 118, topped the duo when she went to Nesco II for $210,000. She is in foal to Hard Spun on an April 25, 2019 cover.

A winning homebred for Waterville Lake Stables, That’s Smart is out of Final Escrow, a multiple stakes-placed daughter of Bernardini. That’s Smart’s second dam Escrow Agent (by El Gran Senior) produced Grade 1 winner and sire Vicar and stakes winner Sheepscot who, for her part, is a multiple stakes producer as the dam of Group 1 placed Astronomer Royal and graded stakes winner Navesink River.

Earlier in the session, Fred W. Hertrich, III went to $200,000 to buy Peril, a 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper out of accomplished New York-bred stakes mare and producer Akilina and from the family of Audible. Catalogued as Hip 49, Peril is in foal to City of Light on a May 6, 2019 cover.

A winning homebred for Richard Leahy’s Oak Bluff Stables Peril sports a pedigree page that is a veritable Who’s Who of New York-bred luminaries. Her dam Akilina (by Langfuhr), also bred by Oak Bluff, is a multiple open stakes winner on turf and earner of more than $300,000. An outstanding producer, Akilina’s four winners from four foals to race have amassed cumulative earnings of $2.1 million, led by Rieno Tesoro, a multiple stakes winner in Japan by Speightstown who has earned $1.3 million. Governor Malibu by Malibu Moon is a stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-placed runner. Out of Fahamore, Akilina is also a half-sister to Blue Devil Bel, the dam of Grade 1 winner and millionaire Audible who will take up stud duties at WinStar Farm in the 2020 breeding season.

Book 2 of the Keeneland November sale will span Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8 and cover hips 275-1100. Click here for New York-bred hips and registration status.