Catalogue for The Saratoga Fall Sale Now Online

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 226 entries for The Saratoga Fall Sale, the company’s mixed sale to be held on Monday, October 15 in Saratoga Springs, New York.  The sale will be conducted in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion and begin at 10 am.

Hips 1-56 will consist of broodmares and racing and/or broodmare prospects, and hips 57-226 are weanlings.  All weanlings catalogued were foaled in New York.

“This is an important sale for those who actively participate in the New York program,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.  “There is good quality among the broodmares, including several in foal to both proven and exciting young sires.  We also have an attractive group of foals on offer once again, with 170 catalogued and strong sire power represented.”

The catalogue may now be viewed online and will also be available via the equineline sales catalogue app.  Print catalogues will be available beginning September 18.

For further information:
Evan Ferraro
(859)255-1555

Lady Aurelia to be Offered at Fasig-Tipton November Sale

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Lady Aurelia wins the 2017 King’s Stand S. (G1) at Royal Ascot. Photo courtesy of Stonestreet.

Multiple Group 1 winner and Champion LADY AURELIA will be offered at this year’s Fasig-Tipton November Sale, to be held on November 4 in Lexington, Kentucky.  Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency will consign the four-year-old daughter of SCAT DADDY on behalf of Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet and co-owner Peter Leidel.

“Lady Aurelia is the embodiment of Stonestreet’s breeding program,” said Banke.  “A brilliant filly out of a Champion, she took on all comers across the globe at the pinnacle of our sport.  The first American-trained Cartier winner when she was named two-year-old filly of the year, her talent and raw speed were breathtaking.”

Trained throughout her career by Wesley Ward, LADY AURELIA showed brilliance from the start.  Following her 7 1/2 length debut win at Keeneland in April of her two-year-old year, her chart read: “… was unchallenged while shattering the track record.”

Making the trip to Royal Ascot for her second start, LADY AURELIA blistered the field by 7 widening lengths in the Queen Mary S. (G2), a performance that led jockey Frankie Dettori to exclaim: “To win a sprint by seven lengths at Royal Ascot, I’ve never seen anything like that, especially from a two-year-old.”  She followed her Queen Mary win with a commanding gate-to-wire victory in the Darley Prix Morny (G1) at Deauville that August.  Her masterful two-year-old campaign resulted in a Cartier Award as Europe’s Champion Two-Year-Old Filly.

Returning in the spring of her three-year-old year, LADY AURELIA claimed the Giant’s Causeway S. at Keeneland, and then bested males in Royal Ascot’s King’s Stand S. (G1) before being beaten a nose in the Coolmore Nunthorpe S. (G1) at York.  On the board in eight of ten career starts, LADY AURELIA is a stakes winner in three countries.

“Lady Aurelia is the embodiment of equine royalty,” said consignor John Sikura of Hill ‘n’ Dale.  “Her performances were historic and her wins emphatic at the highest levels of racing.  She is a grand physical specimen and Scat Daddy is arguably the most successful international sire we have seen in more than a decade. She is the rarest of champions and we are honored to represent her this November.”

Added Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning: “Lady Aurelia is a truly special offering based upon her accomplishments around the world, highlighted by two wins at Royal Ascot.  She has the potential to become a broodmare of historic proportions.”

“The racetrack successes of the horses we breed and raise are both our reputation and legacy,” continued Banke.  “We are a commercial breeder and were lucky enough to stay in after her sale as a yearling and enjoy her success with our partners.  We remain involved in the family through her dam and a half-sister, and I look forward to watching Lady Aurelia take her many talents to her broodmare career.”

To learn more about LADY AURELIA and the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, please visit shewillchangeeverything.com or follow @TheLadyAurelia on Twitter.

For further information:
Evan Ferraro
(859) 255-1555

Midlantic Fall Yearlings Catalogue Now Online

MidlanticFall_catalogue_front_FINAL_PNGFasig-Tipton has catalogued an initial 445 entries for its Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale, to be held on Monday and Tuesday, October 1 and 2.  The sale will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland.

Fasig-Tipton will also continue to accept supplemental entries for the sale through late September.

The Monday session will begin at 4 pm and offer hips 1-150.  The Tuesday session will begin at 10 am and offer hips 151-445, followed by all supplemental entries.

“Midlantic Fall continues to be prolific source of top class race horses,” said Midlantic Director of Sales Paget Bennett.  “This year’s catalogue cover features four recent grade 1 or graded stakes winning graduates – ARMY MULE, LONG ON VALUE, CALL PAUL, and STILL HAVING FUN – all of which have been leaders in their respective divisions.”

“The sale is also once again a top ranked North American yearling sale by percentage of winners, two-year-old winners, and repeat winners,” added Bennett.

The catalogue may now be viewed online. It will also be available via the equineline sales catalogue app. Print catalogues will be available from all Fasig-Tipton offices by September 7.

For further information:
Paget Bennett
(410)392-5555

Dam of Monomoy Girl and foal to be offered at Fasig-Tipton November Sale

DRUMETTE, the dam of four-time Grade 1 winner and leading Eclipse Champion three-year-old filly candidate MONOMOY GIRL, will be offered at this year’s Fasig-Tipton November Sale by Gainesway, agent.

The 10-year-old mare will be one of the first mares offered in foal to MASTERY, the undefeated Grade 1 winning son of CANDY RIDE.

A half-sister to graded stakes winner DRUM MAJOR from the family of Champion HEAVENLY CAUSE, DRUMETTE is a 100% percent winner-producer from three to foals to race.  Her third foal is the brilliant MONOMOY GIRL, undefeated in five graded stakes starts this year on dirt, including the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), Acorn S. (G1), and Ashland S. (G1).  As a two-year-old, MONOMOY GIRL won her first three career starts, including the Rags to Riches S. by more than six lengths at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Brad Cox, MONOMOY GIRL is currently preparing for a start in the Cotillion S. (G1) at Parx on September 22, with eyes on the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Churchill Downs this fall.

In total, the versatile MONOMOY GIRL is a winner of 8 of 9 career starts, including a debut victory at two over turf.  She boasts graded stakes victories at five different race tracks, and career earnings of more than $1.6 million.

Gainesway will also offer DRUMETTE’s weanling colt by Shackleford at the November Sale.

“We are appreciative of the opportunity to offer such an elite producer as Drumette at our November Sale,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.  “Monomoy Girl has established herself as the top three-year-old filly of her generation, making Drumette one of most exciting broodmares to come to public auction this year.”

The Fasig-Tipton November Sale will be held on Sunday evening, November 4.

For further information:
Evan Ferraro
(859)255-1555

Records Fall at New York Bred Yearlings Sale

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Records fell Sunday night at the New York Bred Yearlings sale as the sale posted the highest gross, average, and median in its history. Highlights of the successful renewal include a $600,000 Pioneerof the Nile colt, the most expensive yearling ever sold at this sale, and a $450,000 daughter of American Pharoah, who set a record price for a filly.

“It was a tremendous night,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “The last half of the session tonight was just electric.”

Hip 588, the session- and sale-topping colt by Pioneerof the Nile, sold for $600,000 midway through the night (video). Shortleaf Stable purchased the record colt from the consignment of his breeder, Jonathan Thorne of Thorndale Farm. The bay colt is a half-brother to three winners, two of them stakes horses, out of Score, a daughter of A.P. Indy out of multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire Educated Risk, from the immediate family of champion Inside Information. The sale replaced the previous record, set last year when a colt by Cairo Prince sold for $500,000.

The session’s top filly was Hip 573, a daughter of Into Mischief out of stakes winner Risky Rachel, who sold for $350,000 to Kindred Stables from the consignment of Paramount Sales, agent (video). The filly is the second foal out of Risky Rachel, whose first foal, a colt by Scat Daddy, sold for $1,000,000 at The Gulfstream Sale in March to Todd Pletcher, agent for M.V. Magnier from the consignment of SGV Thoroughbreds, agent. The only filly to sell for more at this year’s sale was record-setting daughter of American Pharoah (Hip 329), sold during the first session for $450,000.

Browning remarked on the achievements of what he called the “taproot families” of the New York breeding program: Jonathan Thorne, who bred and consigned the sale topper, and the Nielsens’ Sunnyfield Farm, who bred the record filly. “[Thorne] and his family [have been] longtime supporters and advocates and one of the foundational families… of the New York marketplace. “That would be a good trivia question: Who’s been breeding in New York longer, the Nielsens or the Thornes?”

The success of New York-breds has been in the spotlight in recent years, with the richest New York-bred of all time, Mind Your Biscuits, winning the Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) twice in the United Arab Emirates; Diversify winning the Whitney S. (G1) just down the road from the pavilion; and top runners like Florida Derby (G1) winner Audible and millionaire Fourstar Crook keeping the lucrative state-bred program in the headlines. Those four superstars are all recent graduates of the New York Bred Yearlings sale.

“There were certainly some new names on the results that hadn’t been active previously in the New York-bred marketplace,” added Browning. “I think that’s a direct result the [accomplishments of] New York-breds all over the world.”

Overall, 172 yearlings sold for $18,492,000, up 14.0% from last year, when 182 changed hands for a total of $16,214,000. The average of $107,512 represented a 20.7% increase from $89,088 in 2017, while the $76,000 median rose 9.4% from $69,500. The gross, average, median, and top price were all sale records, eclipsing the records set at last year’s renewal.  Thirty yearlings sold for $200,000 or more, up from 16 in 2017. The top filly replaced a record set in 2013, when a filly by Tapit sold for $430,000.

Results are available online.

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Hip 604 c. Into Mischief-Silken Lily ($320,000)

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Hip 604, a colt by Into Mischief sold for $320,000 at the New York Bred Yearlings sale. The bay colt was purchased by Michael Neatherlin from the consignment of Summerfield, agent for Sunnyfield Farm.

This colt is the second foal out of Silken Lily, a Grand Slam half-sister to Grade 2 winner, multiple graded stakes winner, and millionaire Upstart. The immediate further includes champions Yana and Plantagenet, as well as graded stakes winners Percipient, Zaungast, and Gone for Real.

Hip 604 was bred in New York by Mrs. Gerald A. Nielsen.

Hip 589 f. Hard Spun-Screwgie ($250,000)

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Hip 589, a filly by Hard Spun out of Screwgie sold for $250,000 at the New York Bred Yearlings sale. The bay filly was purchased by Deborah Easter, agent from the consignment of Winter Quarter Farm, agent.

This filly is the first foal out of the winning Smart Strike mare Screwgie. That mare is out of Grade 2 winner and multiple graded stakes winner Roshani. This is the immediate family of Grade 1 winners Hymn Book and Data Link, as well as graded stakes winners Old Goat, Strike the Bell, Kumari Continent, and Passion.

Hip 589 was bred in New York by Waterville Lake Stables, Ltd.

Hip 588 c. Pioneerof the Nile-Score ($600,000)

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Hip 588, a colt by Triple Crown sire Pioneerof the Nile set a new sale record when sold for $600,000 at the New York Bred Yearlings sale. The bay colt was purchased by Shortleaf Stable from the consignment of Thorndale Farm, agent. The price eclipsed the record set last year, when a colt by Cairo Prince, a son of Pioneerof the Nile, sold for $500,000.

This colt is out of the A.P. Indy mare Score, already the dam of three winners, including Grade 2 placed Timely Tally (Mr. Greeley) and stakes placed Dattt Melody (Unbridled’s Song). Score is a daughter of multiple Grade 1 winner Educated Risk, making her a half-sister to stakes winners Consequence and Strategy. This is the immediate family of champion, multiple Grade 1 winner, and multimillionaire Inside Information and of Grade 2 winner, millionaire, and sire Gone Astray.

Hip 588 was bred in New York by Jonathan Thorne.

Hip 577 c. Candy Ride (ARG)-Run to Mama ($250,000)

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Hip 577, a filly by Candy Ride (ARG) sold for $250,000 at the New York Bred Yearlings sale. The bay colt was purchased by Kindred Stables, LLC from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent for Edition Farm.

This colt is the first foal out of the winning Cherokee Run mare Run to Mama. This is the immediate family of Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) winner Two Altazano, as well as stakes winners Mine Tonight, Pooska Hill, and Minetonightsfirst.

Hip 577 was bred in New York by Edition Farm.

 

Hip 573 f. Into Mischief-Risky Rachel ($350,000)

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Hip 573, a filly by Into Mischief out of Risky Rachel sold for $350,000 at the New York Bred Yearlings sale. The bay filly was purchased by Kindred Stables, LLC from the consignment of Paramount Sales, agent.

This filly is the second foal out of six-time stakes winner Risky Rachel (Limehouse). Risky Rachel’s first foal, a colt by Scat Daddy, was purchased for $1,000,000 by Todd Pletcher, agent for M.V. Magnier at The Gulfstream Sale earlier this year from the consignment of SGV Thoroughbreds, agent. Risky Rachel is a daughter of graded stakes winner Dancin Renee, who is in turn a half-sister to Grade 2 winner and multiple graded stakes winner Say Florida Sandy, who won 33 times on the way to earnings of more than $2,000,000.

Hip 573 was bred in New York by Sanford Bacon.

Hip 560 f. Goldencents-Quite the Sis ($210,000)

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Hip 560, a filly from the second crop of Goldencents sold for $210,000 at the New York Bred Yearlings sale. By two-time Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner and Fasig-Tipton sale grad Goldencents, the bay filly was purchased by Thomas McGreevy, agent from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.

This filly is out of the Quite American mare Quite the Sis, who has already produced a winning three-parts sister to Hip 560 in Miss Jackson (Into Mischief). Quite the Sis is a half-sister to six winners, including stakes winner Stage Player and stakes placed Elaine’s Angel. This is the immediate family of graded stakes winner Tiz A Minister.

Hip 560 was bred in New York by Rhapsody Farm.

Hip 558 c. Awesome Again-Queen Buxley ($215,000)

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Hip 558, a colt by Awesome Again out of Queen Buxley sold for $215,000 at the New York Bred Yearlings sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Wapiti Farm from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Hip 558 was purchased at last year’s Saratoga Fall Sale by Katie Taylor for $80,000 from the consignment of Fort Christopher’s Thoroughbreds.

This colt is the first foal out of the winning Super Saver mare Queen Buxley. He is from the immediate family of Grade 1 winners Pool Land and Very Subtle, as well as graded stakes winners Broad Dynamite, Double Quick. Splash Point, Subtle Indian, Csaba, Edison, and Actin Good.

Hip 558 was bred in New York by Clark O. Brewster.

Hip 547 c. Blame-Pavati ($285,000)

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Hip 547, a colt by Blame out of Pavati sold for $285,000 during the second session of the New York Bred Yearlings sale. The bay colt was purchased by Sarazen Bloodstock from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Hip 547’s half-sister by Flatter, named Wheedle, was purchased at last year’s Saratoga Sale for $350,000 by Mike Ryan from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent and is currently training at Saratoga.

This colt is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Pavati, dam of two winners from as many to race, including multiple graded stakes placed three-time stakes winner Party Boat (Into Mischief). Pavati is a full sister to Unbridled Melody, whose five winners include multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Tourist, graded stakes placed stakes winner Michael With Us, and stakes winners Harlan’s Harmony and Mountain Music Man. This is the immediate family of champion Hishi Akebono, Grade 1 winner Agnes World, and graded stakes winners Mizz Money and One Mean Man.

Hip 547 was bred in New York by Fred W. Hertrich III.

Hip 530 c. City Zip-Nick’s Honor ($300,000)

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Hip 530, a colt by City Zip out of Nick’s Honor sold for $300,000 during the second session of the New York Bred Yearlings sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Randy Bradshaw, agent from the consignment of Indian Creek, agent. This colt’s full brother sold for $350,000 during last year’s New York Bred Yearlings sale to Mike Ryan, agent for Kindred Racing, from the same consignor, and is currently training with Niall Brennan.

This colt is out of the unraced Jump Start mare Nick’s Honor, already the dam of four winners, all stakes horses, including stakes winners The Lewis Dinner (Posse) and Kelli Got Frosty (Frost Giant). The immediate family includes Grade 1 winner Rightly So and six-time stakes winner Fallant Step.

Hip 530 was bred in New York by James Lamonica, Lee Sacks, and Soave Stables.

Hip 492 c. City Zip-Love Walked In ($180,000)

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Hip 492, a colt by the late City Zip sold for $180,000 during the second session of the New York Bred Yearlings sale. The chestnut colt was purchased by Robert Masiello from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Hip 492 was consigned to The November Sale last year by Royal Bloodstock, where he was purchased for $90,000 by Bloodstock Investments. His dam, with this colt in utero, was purchased for $63,000 at the 2017 Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale by Mare Madness II from the consignment of Denali Stud.

This colt is out of the unraced Storm Cat mare Love Walked In, who is already the dam of two winners. Love Walked In is out of champion Phone Chatter and is a full sister to Grade 2 winner Cat Chat, dam of Grade 1 winner In Lingerie and a half-sister to the dam of Grade 1 winner Dixie Chatter and graded stakes winner Rumor. This is the immediate family of Grade 1 winners Any Given Saturday, New Money Honey, and Afifa.

Hip 492 was bred in New York by Mare Madness.

Significant Demand for New York Bred Yearlings

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The first session of the 2018 New York Bred Yearlings sale ended Saturday night with increases in gross and average over the first session last year, and a record for a filly sold at this sale toppled by a daughter of popular first crop sire American Pharoah.

The session topper was Hip 329, a filly from the first crop of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah who set a New York Bred Yearlings sale record price for a filly when sold for $450,000 to Hartley/De Renzo from the consignment of Summerfield, agent for Sunnyfield Farm (video). The leading filly, bred by Joanne T. Nielson, is a half-sister to four winners, including two stakes winners, out of the Disrtored Humor mare Visions of Annette. That mare is also a half-sister to Jewel of the Night, dam of multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Evening Jewel, and to Maggie McGowan, who produced Grade 1 winner Denman’s Call.

“We saw continued strength at the upper end of the market tonight,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “The average over $100,000 [is] a record for any night of the New York Bred sale.”

The session’s top colt was Hip 384, a son of Ghostzapper, purchased for $400,000 by Tracy Farmer from the consignment of Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency, agent (video). The colt, bred by Anjes Farm, is the second foal out of Clear Pasaj, a multiple stakes winner by Smoke Glacken, and is from the immediate family of champion Gentle Thoughts and Grade/Group 1 winners Junius, Treizieme, and Bequest.

“There continues to be significant demand for what are perceived to be the higher quality offerings,” added Browning. “It’s still a selective marketplace and we’re going to see that selectivity continue all year long. I think we’ll continue to see strong demand for most of the horses.”

Overall, 80 New York-bred yearlings changed hands for $8,326,000, up 2.1% from last year’s first session, when 93 yearlings sold for $8,155,000. The average was $104,075, up 18.7%  from $87,688 during the first session in 2017, while the median held steady at $75,000. Thirteen yearlings sold for $200,000 or more, up from six during the first session last year.

The New York Bred Yearlings sale continues August 12, 2018 at 6:30 PM.

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Hip 393 c. Honor Code-Dean Henry ($260,000)

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Hip 393, a colt from the first crop of champion Honor Code sold for $260,000 at the New York Bred Yearlings sale. The bay colt was purchased by 4-H Farm, J.J. Crupi, agent from the consignment of Indian Creek, agent.

This colt is a half-brother to three winners from as many to race out of the stakes winning Empire Maker mare Dean Henry, most notable the dam of stakes placed winner Bonita Cat (Tale of the Cat). Dean Henry is a half-sister to multiple Grade 2 winner and sire Read the Footnotes. This colt is from the immediate family of champion Stravinsky and Grade/Group 1 winners Royal and Regal, Fire the Groom, and Dowsing.

Hip 393 was bred in New York by Lawrence Goichman.

Hip 384 c. Ghostzapper-Clear Pasaj ($400,000)

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Hip 384, a colt by Ghostzapper sold for $400,00 at the New York Bred Yearlings sale. The bay colt was purchased by Tracy Farmer from the consignment of Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency, agent.

This colt is the second foal out of Clear Pasaj, a multiple stakes winner by Smoke Glacken. This is the immediate family of multiple champion Gentle Thoughts and Grade/Group 1 winners in four countries, including that filly, Junius, Treizieme, and Bequest, as well as Grade/Group 2 winners Eastern Mystic (IRE), Go Blue or Go Home, and Opal Tiara.

Hip 384 was bred in New York by Anjes Farm.

Hip 356 c. Uncle Mo-Andraste ($310,000)

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Hip 356, a colt by champion racehorse and sire Uncle Mo sold for $310,000 at the New York Bred Yearlings sale. The bay colt was purchased by Jumpsucker Stable, LLC from the consignment of Winter Quarter Farm, agent.

 

This colt is out of the Pulpit mare Andraste, who has already produced three winners, including stakes placed winner Epping Forest (Exchange Rate). Dam is a half-sister to no less than 10 winners, including: multiple Grade 1 winner Vicar; stakes winner Sheepscot, who in turn produced Grade 1 winner Astronomer Royal and Grade 2 winner Navesink River; and four other stakes horses.

Hip 356 was bred in New York by Waterville Lake Stables, Ltd.

Hip 329 f. American Pharoah-Visions of Annette ($450,000)

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Hip 329, a filly from the first crop of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah out of Visions of Annette sold for $450,000 at the New York Bred Yearlings Sale, setting a new record price for a filly at this sale. The bay filly was purchased by Hartley/De Renzo from the consignment of Summerfield, agent for Sunnyfield Farm.

 

This filly is out of the Distorted Humor mare Visions of Annette, a half-sister to four winners, including stakes winners Saucey Evening and Petition the Lady. Dam is also a half-sister to Jewel of the Night, dam of multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Evening Jewel and stakes winner Deep Jewelry, and to Maggie McGowan, who produced Grade 1 winner Denman’s Call. This is the immediate family of Grade 1 winners General Challenge and Notable Career.

Hip 329 was bred in New York by Joanne T. Nielsen.

Hip 321 f. Malibu Moon-Tulipmania ($300,000)

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Hip 321, a daughter of Malibu Moon out of Tulipmania sold for $300,000 at the New York Bred Yearlings sale. The bay filly was purchased by White Birch Farm from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent for Gallagher’s Stud.

 

This filly is a half-sister to three winners out of the winning Empire Maker mare Tulipmania, including recent first-out two-year-old winner Market Bubble (Fed Biz). Tulipmania is herself is one six winners out of multiple stakes winner Eventail, who also produced graded stakes winner Straight Story and stakes winner Strong Souther. Third dam is responsible for five winners, including multiple Grade 1 winner and Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady, herself the dam of Grade 1 winners Will Take Charge and Take Charge Indy, as well as of Charming, who produced champion Take Charge Brandi.

Hip 321 was bred in New York by Gallagher’s Stud.

Hip 313 c. Empire Maker-Toasting ($225,000)

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Hip 313, a colt by Empire Maker out of Toasting sold for $225,000 early at the New York Bred Yearlings sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Tracy Farmer from the consignment of RFHF Bloodstock LLC, agent. He is from the first crop of Empire Maker since his return from stud duty in Japan.

 

This colt is the second foal out of Toasting, by Congrats, a multiple stakes winner who was third in the Frizette S. (G1) at two and three other times graded stakes placed on her way to earnings of more than $530,000. This is the immediate family of Horse of the Year Catch A Glimpse, champions Forest Glower and Taconeo (VEN), and Grade 1 winners High Yield and Warrior’s Reward.

Hip 313 was bred in New York by 3C Stables.

Medaglia d’Oro Sets Gold Standard at Record-Breaking Saratoga Sale

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The Saratoga Sale closed Tuesday night with across-the-board gains, posting the highest gross, co-highest median, and second-highest average in sale history.

Hip 196, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro took the lead midway through the session, selling for $1,350,000 to the partnership of West Point Thoroughbreds, Robert Masiello, Chris Larsen, and Siena Farm from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent (video). The colt is the first foal out of the stakes winning Wildcat Heir mare Coco’s Wildcat, from the immediate family of champion Songbird, who sold for $400,000 at the 2014 edition of this sale.

“I’m pleased to report that the 2018 Saratoga Sale established a new record for gross sales,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “It doesn’t happen without the trust and confidence of the best breeders, best pinhookers, [and] best consignors in the world.”

Hip 204, a Medaglia d’Oro half-sister to classic winner Exaggerator was the top filly, purchased for $1,300,000 by Phoenix Thoroughbreds from the consignment of Warrendale Sales, agent (video). The dark bay or brown filly is out of stakes placed winner Dawn Raid, by Vindication, responsible for three winners, including 2016 Preakness S. (G1) winner Exaggerator. That horse was a multiple Grade 1 winner at three and a multiple graded stakes winner at two, and retired with earnings of nearly $3.6 million.

Medaglia d’Oro set the pace during the second session, accounting for all three of the top yearlings sold on Tuesday. The son of El Prado (IRE) sired seven Grade 1 winners in 2017 – a North American record matched only by breed-shaping sires Danzig, Mr. Prospector, and Storm Cat – including Saratoga Sale graduates Songbird and Bolt d’Oro and Breeders’ Cup champions Talismanic and Bar of Gold. At this year’s Saratoga Sale, he was responsible for seven yearlings sold for $5,495,000, with an average and median of $785,000 and $635,000, respectively. Only War Front, with two yearlings sold from two offered, boasted a higher average ($787,500).

In addition to the top colt and filly, Medaglia d’Oro sired Hip 143, a filly out of Veracity from the family of her sire’s multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Elate, was purchased for $1,000,000 by Lael Stable from the consignment of Indian Creek, agent (video). A colt and filly by first crop sire American Pharoah also sold for seven figures yesterday, bringing the total of million-dollar yearlings at this year’s sale to five, up from two sold at that threshold in 2017.

American Pharoah’s first crop of yearlings continued to be in high demand during the second session, and he led his sire class by gross and average over the course of the sale, with 10 of 12 sold for $5,435,000, averaging $552,500 each. Verrazano also retained his first session advantage over first crop two-year-old sires of 2018, with three offered and sold for $1,050,000, good for an average of $350,000.

The Fasig-Tipton family was missing a member this year, as it was the first Saratoga Sale without the late Bill Graves, whose horsemanship and innovation shaped the growth of the Saratoga Sale since the early 1990’s.  He was actively inspecting and recruiting yearlings for the sale this spring, working tirelessly to put this year’s Saratoga catalogue together up until his passing on May 30.

“[A record-breaking sale] doesn’t happen without a tremendous team,” said Browning. “I think we have the best team in the world at Fasig-Tipton, across the board. It’s a collection of people who truly care about the business, about the company, about the people we sell for, and about it each other. We were obviously missing, in person, a key member of our team. But I think he was with us. He was with us throughout the selection process, helped put the catalogue together. It’s humbling. It’s invigorating. We’re proud of the accomplishment.”

Over the two sessions, 170 yearlings sold for a total of $62,794,000, up 18.5% from $52,995,000 in 2017 and eclipsing the record of $62,412,000 set in 2001. The average was $369,376, an increase of 8.7% over $339,712 last year, and second in sale history only to the 2001 record of $385,259. The median matched last year’s record high of $300,000. The RNA rate was 21%.

Full results are available online.

The Saratoga Sale (2018): Session 2 Live Blog

The Saratoga Sale has ended. Results are available online.

Hip 241 c. Honor Code-Hollywood Story ($850,000)

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Hip 241, a colt from the first crop of champion Honor Code out of multiple Grade 1 winner Hollywood Story sold for $850,000 late at The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by CRK Stable from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.

This colt is out of multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Hollywood Story (Wild Rush), whose five winners from six to race include stakes winner Miss Hollywood (Malibu Moon), multiple graded stakes placed winner Hollywood Star (Malibu Moon), and winning stakes horse Hoorayforhollywood (Storm Cat). This is the immediate family of Grade 1 winner Honey Nov.

Hip 241 was bred in Kentucky by George Krikorian.

Hip 239 c. Hard Spun-Helena Bay (GB) ($875,000)

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Hip 239, a colt by Hard Spun out of Helena Bay (GB) sold for $875,000 at The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by China Horse Club/Maverick Racing from the consignment of Runnymede Farm, agent.

 

This colt is out of the winning Johannesburg mare Helena Bay (GB), most notably the dam of Pacific Classic (G1) winner Collected (City Zip), a multiple graded stakes winner with earnings of nearly $3 million. This is the immediate family of champion Agnes Digital and multiple champion and leading sire Blushing Groom (FR).

Hip 239 was bred in Kentucky by Runnymede Farm, Inc. & Peter J. Callahan.

Hip 225 f. American Pharoah-Funny Feeling ($875,000)

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Hip 225, a filly from the first crop of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah out of Funny Feeling sold for $875,000 at John C. Oxley from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent.

 

This filly is a half-sister to graded stakes placed winner Gato Del Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) out of the stakes winning Distorted Humor mare Funny Feeling. That mare is a full sister to Grade 1 winner and sire Jimmy Creed and a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Pussycat Doll, who has also produced multiple stakes winners. Second dam is Grade 1 winner Hookedonthefeelin. The immediate family also includes multiple Grade 1 winner Midnight Lucky.

Hip 225 was bred in Kentucky by Summer Wind Equine.

Hip 204 f. Medaglia d’Oro-Dawn Raid ($1,300,000)

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Hip 204, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro out of Dawn Raid sold for $1,300,000 at The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Phoenix Thoroughbred from the consignment of Warrendale Sales, agent.

 

This filly is out of the stakes placed winning Vindication mare Dawn Raid, making her a half-sister to Exaggerator (Curlin), classic winner and multiple Grade 1 winning earner of nearly $3.6 million, including the 2016 Preakness S. (G1). Dawn Raid is herself a half-sister to champion and multiple graded stakes winner Embur’s Song and to stakes winner Ten Flat. This is the immediate family of Grade 1 winner Island Sand.

Hip 204 was bred in Kentucky by Joseph B. Murphy.

Hip 196 c. Medaglia d’Oro-Coco’s Wildcat ($1,350,000)

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Hip 196, a colt by prolific sire Medaglia d’Oro out of stakes winner Coco’s Wildcat sold for $1,350,000 to take the lead midway through the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by West Point, R. Masiello, C. Larson, and Siena from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

 

This colt is the first foal out of Coco’s Wildcat, a graded stakes placed stakes winner by Wildcat Heir. That mare is out of a full sister to graded stakes winners Friel’s For Real and Ryan’s For Real, as well as being a full or half-sister to two other stakes winners. This is the immediate family of champion Songbird, by this colt’s sire, a $400,000 graduate of the 2014 Saratoga Sale who went on to earn nearly $4.7 million.

Hip 196 was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, LLC.

Hip 143 f. Medaglia d’Oro-Veracity ($1,000,000)

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Hip 143, a filly by the exceptional Megadlia d’Oro out of Veracity was the first yearling to break seven figures during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay filly was purchased for $1,000,000 by Lael Stable from the consignment of Indian Creek, agent.

 

This filly is the first foal out of the winning Distorted Humor mare Veracity. That mare, out of Grade 2 winner Yell, is a full sister to stakes winner Cheery, most notable the dam of multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Elate, by this filly’s sire Medaglia d’Oro. Third dam is Grade 2 winner Wild Applause, who is a full or half-sister to five other graded stakes winners, including Grade 1 winners Hero’s Honor and Sea Hero.

Hip 143 was bred in Kentucky by Fifth Avenue Bloodstock.

Hip 142 f. Tapit-Kid Majic ($850,000)

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Hip 142, a daughter of popular sire Tapit it out stakes producer Kid Majic sold for $850,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The chestnut filly was purchased by Hugo Merry Bloodstock from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.

 

This filly is a half-sister to three winners out of the stakes placed winning Lemon Drop Kid mare Kid Majic, who has also produced champion female sprinter Miss Mischief (Into Mischief). Second dam is stakes winner Call Her Majic, dam of four winners including Grade 1 winning juvenile and sire J P’s Gusto. This is the immediate family of champion Proud Spell.

Hip 142 was bred in Kentucky by H. Allen Poindexter & Tapit Syndicate.

Hip 137 f. Tapit-Twirl (IRE) ($875,000)

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Hip 137, a filly by three-time Leading Sire Tapit out of Twirl (IRE) sold for $875,000 early during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay filly was purchased by James Delahooke, agent for Bobby Flay Thoroughbreds from the consignment of Dromoland Farm, agent.

 

This filly is out of the Galileo mare Twirl, a stakes winner in her native Ireland and group stakes placed there and in England, and a stakes placed runner in North America. That mare is a full sister to Misty For Me (IRE), a multiple Group 1 winner in England and France and the dam of multiple Group 1 winners U S Navy Flag and Roly Poly, as well as of graded stakes winner Cover Song. Twirl is also a full sister to Group 2 winner Ballydoyle (IRE).

Hip 137 was bred in Kentucky by St. Elias Stables LLC.