Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale Expanded to Two Days

Fasig-Tipton has expanded its Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale to two days as a result of a high volume of entries.  The sale, originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 3, will now be held over two days – Monday, October 2 and Tuesday, October 3.  The catalogue will consist of 495 entries.

The Monday session will begin at 4 pm and offer hips 1-150.  The Tuesday session will begin at 10 am and offer hips 151-495.

“As a result of a fantastic sale last year and the success of recent sales graduates like Stellar Wind, this year’s catalogue has grown by 32% over last year,” said Midlantic Sales Director Paget Bennett.  “By adding the extra session to Monday afternoon, buyers and sellers will be able to conduct their business without having to alter their travel arrangements.”

The catalogue will be available online later this week.

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

Eclipse Champion Finest City to be offered at Fasig-Tipton November Sale

FINEST CITY, 2016 Eclipse Champion Female Sprinter, will be offered at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale on November 6 in Lexington, Kentucky.  She will be consigned by trainer Ian Steele Kruljac on behalf of owner Seltzer Thoroughbreds.

FINEST CITY defeated seven G1 winners, including defending champion WAVELL AVENUE and PAULASSILVERLINING, in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on her way to Eclipse Award honors.  The multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire also established a new track record for 6 ½ furlongs in winning the 2016 Great Lady M Stakes (G2) at Los Alamitos.

“Finest City has been a dream to care for,” said Kruljac. “Her brilliance, durability, versatility and personality have given us a lifetime of memories.  She has battled the best mares of her generation on any surface and at any distance.”

A versatile and consistent performer at the highest levels, FINEST CITY has earned black type in 10 graded stakes races at four different race tracks.  A multiple graded stakes winner at 6 ½ and 7 furlongs on dirt, FINEST CITY is also multiple G1 placed on dirt at distances ranging from 1 mile to 1 1/8 miles.  She was also beaten just a head in last year’s John C. Mabee S. (G2) on turf.

A five-year-old daughter of City Zip, FINEST CITY is out of the multiple stakes performer Be Envied, who is also a multiple stakes producer.  Her deep female family includes grade 1 winning two-year-olds BURNING ROMA and SQUANDER.

FINEST CITY will make her final start in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at Del Mar, where she will defend her title.

“We are blessed to have one more chapter to write in this year’s Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint before she goes to auction and begins a well deserved career as a broodmare – and passes on her brilliance for years to come,” added Kruljac.

Commented Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning: “Finest City is a truly special offering – an Eclipse Champion and Breeders’ Cup Champion with the looks and pedigree to match.  We’re honored that her connections have chosen our November Sale for such an exceptional racemare.”

For further information:

Evan Ferraro
(859) 255-1555

Records Fall at The New York Bred Sale

Hip 589, 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York Bred Sale
Hip 589 c. Cairo Prince sold for $500,000 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Records fell Sunday night as the 2017 renewal of The New York Bred Sale closed with gains across the board, the result of a $500,000 colt and historic totals in gross, average, and median.

“We had a tremendous week,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “The New York Bred Sale was record-breaking in all aspects. There was a great feel to the sale both nights.”

The sale-topper, a colt by popular first-crop yearling sire Cairo Prince (Hip 589), lit up tote late in the session when sold for $500,000 at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion, a record for The New York Bred Sale (video). The colt was purchased by Ciaran Dunne’s Wave Bloodstock from the consignment of RFHF Bloodstock, agent.

Overall, 182 yearlings sold for a total of $16,214,000, good for an average of $89,088 and a reported median of $69,500 – all records for The New York Bred Sale. The gross represented an increase of 18.6% over last year’s sale; the average and median were up 15.3% and 15.8%, respectively. The RNA rate fell 7.3% from 2016.

A filly by More Than Ready (Hip 459) became the sale’s top-priced filly when sold for $315,000 to Bradley Thoroughbreds, agent for Sheep Pond Partners early in the session. Consigned by Bluewater Sales, Hip 459 was the third most expensive filly ever purchased at this sale.

“The good news is it was a really good week,” concluded Browning. “The bad news is it’s going to be tough to raise the bar on both sales next year.”

Full results are available online.

Live Blog: The New York Bred Sale, Session 2 (2017)

Follow along as we recap the top hips of session 1 of the New York Bred Sale!

The New York Bred Sale has ended. [results]

Hip 589 c. Cairo Prince-Garden City (Carson City) // $500,000

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Hip 589 c. Cairo Prince // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 589, a colt from the first crop of Cairo Prince, sold for $500,000 during the second session of The New York Bred Sale, the highest price ever achieved by a yearling offered at this sale. The gray or roan colt was purchased by Waves Bloodstock from the consignment of RFHF Bloodstock, agent.

This colt is a half-brother to six winners from as many to race out of the Carson City mare Garden City, including stakes placed winner Horse and the City. The immediate family further includes champions Inside Information and Smuggler and Grade 1 winners Educated Risk and Evilasio.

Hip 589 was bred in New York by Hidden Lake Farm and 3C Joint Ventures.

Hip 572 f. Violence-Fear This (Ghostzapper) // $250,000

Hip 572, a filly by successful freshman sire Violence, sold for $250,000 during the second session of The New York Bred Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Cary Frommer from the consignment of Hunter Valley Farm, agent.

This filly is out of the unraced Ghostzapper mare Fear This, herself a daughter of graded stakes winner Susan’s Angel. This is the immediate family of graded stakes winner Seacliff and stakes winners Copingaway, Eloquack, Esplendita, Spicy Stuff, Fierce Heart, Rucker Canyon, and Correct Call.

Hip 572 was bred in New York by Christopher Shelli.

Hip 485 f. Cairo Prince-Two Hearts (Deputy Minister) // $230,000

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Hip 485 f. Cairo Prince // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 485, a filly by popular first-crop yearling sire Cairo Prince, sold for $230,000 during the second session of The New York Bred Sale. The grey or roan filly was purchased by Kenneth McPeek, agent for Walking L Thoroughbreds from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, agent.

This filly is a half-sister to five winners from as many to race out of the winning Deputy Minister mare Two Hearts, including stakes-placed winner Embracing Hearts. The immediate family includes Grade/Group 1 winners Field Cat, Hennessy, Pearl City, Hold That Tiger, and Editor’s Note.

Hip 485 was bred in New York by Joseph Picozzi and Saratoga Glen Farm.

Hip 459 f. More Than Ready-St Francis Wood (Irish River-FR) // $315,000

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Hip 459 f. More Than Ready // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 459, a filly by More Than Ready, sold for $315,000 during the second session of The New York Bred Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Bradley Thoroughbreds, agent for Sheep Pond Partners from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, agent.

This filly is a half-sister to four winners out of the stakes-placed winning Irish River (FR) mare St Francis Wood, including stakes winner Saratoga Dreamer. St Francis Wood is a full sister to English stakes winner Abbey Bridge. This is the immediate family of Grade 1 winner Interco.

Hip 459 was bred in New York by Aynsford Holdings.

Hip 450 c. Tiznow-Southern Charmer (Dixie Union) // $250,000

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Hip 450 c. Tiznow // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 450, a colt by Horse of the Year Tiznow, sold for $250,000 as the first offering of the second session of The New York Bred Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds from the consignment of Summerfield, agent.

This colt is out of the stakes-placed winning Dixie Union mare Southern Charmer, who is also the dam of multiple winner First Charmer. Southern Charmer is out of graded stakes winner Power Play, making her a half-sister to stakes winner Vegas Play and to stakes-placed winner Skipper’s Mate, dam of graded stakes winner Frac Daddy. This is the immediate family of graded/group stakes winners Camargo (IRE) and Gala Spinaway.

Hip 450 was bred in New York by Thomas Mina.

Strong Market Continues at The New York Bred Sale

Hip 371, 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York Bred Sale
Hip 371 c. City Zip // Fasig-Tipton Photo

The market strength evidenced earlier this week during The Saratoga Sale continued Saturday evening during the first session of The New York Bred Sale, which saw increases in average and median over last year’s sale.

Tonight’s session saw 93 yearlings change hands for a total of $8,155,000 good for an average of $87,688 and a median of $75,000, increases of 13.5% and 25% respectively, over last year’s totals. The RNA rate for the session was down 8.3% from last year’s overall RNA rate.

“We hit the trifecta again tonight from a sales perspective,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “Average was up, median was up, RNA rate was down. I think we saw a continuation of the same trends as we saw in the select sale earlier in the week.”

The top price of the night was a colt by the late City Zip (Hip 371) from the consignment of Indian Creek, which was purchased for $350,000 by Mike Ryan, agent for Kindred Racing (video). That price tag is good for fourth most expensive colt in this sale’s history.

Also selling well was a colt from the third crop of Maclean’s Music (Hip 357), whose first crop includes this year’s Preakness S. (G1) victor Cloud Computing. Offered by Vinery Sales, the colt was purchased for $275,000 by Vineyard Ventures.

A filly from the third crop of Saratoga Sale grad Union Rags (Hip 428) took the lead in the distaff division late in the session when sold for $270,000. Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, the robust filly was purchased by Robert Masiello.

The top five hips of the session were by five different sires, including the late City Zip, successful young sires Maclean’s Music and Union Rags, popular first-crop yearling sire Cairo Prince, and established sire First Samurai.

Promisingly, the session gross of $8,155,000 eclipsed last year’s single-session half-way point of $6,836,250 by 19.3%.

“We’ve very pleased,” continued Browning. “On a two-night sale, or a multiple day sale, we don’t ever ‘declare victory’ until it’s over, but certainly it’s off to a good start.”

The New York Bred Sale continues August 13 at 6:30 PM.

Session results are available online.

Live Blog: The New York Bred Sale, Session 1 (2017)

Follow along as we recap the top hips of session 1 of the New York Bred Sale!

Session 1 of The New York Bred Sale has ended. Results are available online.

Hip 428 f. Union Rags-Seattle Society (A.P. Indy) // $270,000

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Hip 428 f. Union Rags // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 428, a filly from the third crop of Belmont S. (G1) winner Union Rags, sold for $270,000 during the first session of The New York Bred Sale. The chestnut filly was purchased by Robert Masiello from the consignment of Hunter Valley Farm, agent.

This filly is a half-sister to two winners out of the A.P. Indy mare Seattle Society, including graded stakes placed winner Society Beau. Second dam is Grade 2 winner Westerly Breeze, a half-sister to stakes winner Jacksonport and to Grade 1 placed winner Ocean View, dam of graded stakes winner Officer Rocket (GB).

Hip 428 was bred in New York by Mares Rule III.

Hip 371 c. City Zip-Nick’s Honor (Jump Start) // $350,000

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Hip 371 c. City Zip // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 371, a colt by the late City Zip, sold for $350,000 during the first session of The New York Bred Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Mike Ryan, agent for Kindred Racing from the consignment of Indian Creek, agent.

This colt is a half-brother to four winners out of the Jump Star mare Nick’s Honor, who has also produced New York stakes winners The Lewis Dinner and Kelli Got Frosty and stakes placed winners Princess Phoebe and Frosty Girl. He is from the immediate family of Grade 1 winner Rightly So and six-time stakes winner Gallant Step.

Hips 371 was bred in New York by James Lamonica, Lee Sacks, and Soave Stables.

Hip 357 c. Maclean’s Music-My Canary (Mineshaft) // $275,000

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Hip 357 c. Maclean’s Music // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 357, a colt from the third crop of Maclean’s Music, sire of this year’s Preakness S. (G1) winner Cloud Computing from his first crop, sold for $275,000 during the first session of The New York Bred Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Vineyard Ventures from the consignment of Vinery Sales, agent.

This colt is the second foal out of the Mineshaft mare My Canary. Her first foal and this colt’s half-sister, Purring Valentine, is twice placed in her first two starts at 2. Immediate family further includes champion Diva’s Debut, as well as stakes winners Capdiva, Seismic Report, Swift and Bold, Liberty Lover, Diabolical King, and Aracelis Baby M.

Hip 357 was bred in New York by David W. Kamp and Dr. Patricia S. Purdy.

Hip 329 c. Cairo Prince-Krakowviak (Tale of the Cat) // $225,000

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Hip 329 c. Cairo Prince // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 329, a colt by popular first-crop yearling sire Cairo Prince, sold for $225,000 during the first session of The New York Bred Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by J.J. Crupi, agent for Crupi 17, from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent for Gallagher’s Stud.

This colt is a half-brother to three winners out of the winning Tale of the Cat mare Krakowviak, including stakes-placed winners Hidden Vow and Morning Calm and recent winner Warspite. Krakowviak is a half-sister to eight other winners, including  graded stakes winner Antoniette, dam of multiple G1 winner Switch and of stakes winner Keystone Gulch, and to stakes winner French Charmer. This colt’s immediate family also includes Champions Gold and Ivory and Anees and other Grade/Group 1 winners Gregorian and Questing (GB).

Hip 329 was bred in New York by Gallagher’s Stud.

 

Recording-setting Saratoga Sale ‘Exceeds Expectations’

Hip 186, 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale
Hip 186 c. Orb sold for $1,000,000 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

The Saratoga Sale concluded its two-night run on Tuesday with gains across the board and an historical high in median, bolstered by a deep buying bench with purchasers from North America, Europe, Australia, Japan, and Dubai.

“We had had high expectations coming into the sale and we exceeded those expectations,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “I’ve been doing this a long time. I honestly can’t recall ever seeing a closer relationship at an upper end horse sale [between] the average and the median that we’ve seen over the last two nights. Horses were exceeding reserves by two, three, four times in many instances.”

Whereas established sire Curlin was responsible for the first session’s top colt and filly, first and second crop sires accounted four of the top six prices on the night, with spots set aside a full brother to Grade 1 winning Saratoga Sale graduate Avenge (War Front) and a filly from the final crop of the much-missed Scat Daddy.

A million-dollar son of freshman sire Orb (Hip 186) topped the session when purchased by Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock from the consignment of Gainesway (video). The popular chestnut yearling is the first foal out of graded stakes winner Flashy American (Flashy Bull), who sold with Hip 186 in utero at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale for $395,000. The colt was later offered at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton November Sale as a selected weanling, where he fetched $310,000.

Coming in a close second was a War Front colt (Hip 226), which fetched $995,000 as the penultimate offering of the session (video). The colt is a full brother to last term’s Rodeo Drive S. (G1) winner Avenge, a $650,000 purchase at the 2013 Saratoga Sale, and a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Lira. He was purchased by Godolphin from the consignment of Gainesway.

The top-priced filly of the session (and sale), was an $825,000 filly (Hip 198) by first-crop yearling sire Strong Mandate, who won the Hopeful S. (G1) here at Saratoga by nearly 10 lengths as a two-year-old. Live Oak Plantation purchased the filly from the consignment of Baccari Bloodstock, agent (video).

An $800,000 filly by the late Scat Daddy (Hip 132) and $750,000 yearlings by freshman sire Animal Kingdom (Hip 129, colt) and Orb (Hip 181, filly) rounded out the session’s top offerings.

“When we tell somebody we want a horse, they trust us,” continued Browning. “The foundation of any auction company is its integrity, its work ethic, its willingness to go the extra mile. I think we saw some of the rewards of that this week.”

Over the course of the two nights, 156 yearlings changed hands for a total of $52,995,000 a 16% increase over last year’s renewal, which saw 156 yearlings sell for $45,570,000. The sale produced an average of $339,712, up 16% from $292,115 in 2016, and good for second highest average in the history of The Saratoga Sale. The $300,000 median was the highest ever at this sale, eclipsing last year’s median of $237,500 by 26%. The RNA rate was 19.6% down 2.9% from 2016.

Full results are available at www.fasigtipton.com.

 

Live Blog: The Saratoga Sale, Session 2 (2017)

Join us as we recap the top hips of the first session of the 2017 Saratoga Sale!

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Hip 226 c. War Front-Lerici // $995,000

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Hip 226 c. War Front // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 226, a colt by War Front, sold for $995,000 as the penultimate offering of The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Godolphin from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.

This colt is a full brother to Avenge, a $650,000 graduate of the 2013 Saratoga Sale who captured last term’s Rodeo Drive S. (G1) at Santa Anita. He is also a half-sibling to multiple stakes winner Lira. The immediate family further includes Grade/Group 1 winners Mashaallah, Folk Art, and Local Talent.

Hip 226 was bred in Kentucky by Tada Nobutaka.

Hip 198 f. Strong Mandate-Graeme Six // $825,000

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Hip 198 f. Strong Mandate // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 198, a filly from the first crop of Hopeful S. (G1) winner Strong Mandate, sold for $825,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Live Oak Plantation from the consignment of Bacarri Bloodstock, agent.

This filly is a half-sister to four winners from as many to race out of the graded stakes winning Graeme Hall mare Graeme Six, including graded stakes winners Cali Star and Delightful Joy and recent stakes winner Seymourdini.

Hip 198 was bred in Kentucky by Three Chimneys Farm and Besilu Stables.

Hip 186 c. Orb-Flashy American // $1,000,000

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Hip 186 c. Orb // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 186, a colt by popular young sire Orb, sold for $1,000,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The chestnut colt was purchased by Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.

This colt is the first foal out of the graded stakes winning Flashy Bull mare Flashy American. That mare sold carrying this colt at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale for $395,000. He colt was offered at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton November Sale as a selected weanling, where he fetched $310,000. He is from the immediate family of multiple graded stakes winner I’m Already Sexy.

Hip 186 was bred in Kentucky by Gainesway Thoroughbreds, Brian Graves, Kidder-Cole, et al.

Hip 181 f. Orb-Fashion Cat // $750,000

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Hip 181 f. Orb // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 181, a filly from the second crop of Kentucky Derby (G1) Orb, sold for $750,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Solis/Litt from the consignment of Four Star Sales, agent.

This filly is a three-quarter sister to Saratoga Special S. (G2) winner Corfu, by Malibu Moon, out of the winning Forest Wildcat mare Fashion Cat. Fashion Cat, who has produced three winners to date, is a half-sister to three-time Grade 1 winner and $3,000,000 earner Peace Rules and to multiple stakes winner Wild Fashion.

Hip 181 was bred in Kentucky by SF Bloodstock.

Hip 165 f. Tapit-Colonial Flag // $675,000

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Hip 165 f. Tapit // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 165, a filly by three-time leading sire Tapit, sold for $675,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay filly was purchased by Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.

This filly is the first foul out of multiple graded stakes placed stakes winner Colonial Flag, by Pleasant Tap. Colonial Flag is a half-sister to three other winners, including Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) winner Shared Account. Her immediate family further includes graded stakes winners Pok Ta Pok, Eagleton, Sapphire n’ Silk, Shaniko, and Golden Itiz.

Hip 165 was bred in Kentucky by Alpha Delta Stables.

Hip 163 c. Malibu Moon-Cloud Jumper // $700,000

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Hip 163 c. Malibu Moon // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 163, a colt by Malibu Moon, sold for $700,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Spendthrift Farm, which stands Malibu Moon, from the consignment of Four Star Sales, agent.

This colt is second foal out of the unraced Street Cry (IRE) mare Cloud Jumper, a daughter of multiple stakes winner Storm Beauty. Cloud Jumper is a half-sister to five winners, including graded stakes winner Buffum and multiple stakes winner Stormy West. This is the immediate family of Horse of the Year Dayjur, champion Sky Beauty, and Grade 1 winners Maplejinsky, Pleasant Home, and Tale of Ekati.

Hip 163 was bred in Pennsylvania by Burshwood Stable.

Hip 132 f. Scat Daddy-Auction (IRE) // $800,000

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Hip 132 f. Scat Daddy // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 132, a filly by Scat Daddy, sire of four winners during the prestigious Royal Ascot meet this past June, sold for $800,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock from the consignment of Hunter Valley Farm, agent.

This filly is the first foal out of the Mr. Greeley mare Auction (IRE), a stakes-placed winner in England. That mare is out of multiple group stakes winner Exhibit One, who also produced multiple graded stakes-placed winner Maitres d’Art. The immediate family includes European champion and Two Thousand Guineas (G1) winner Zafonic and graded/group stakes winners Zamindar and Daring Love.

Hip 132 was bred in Kentucky by Samac.

Hip 129 c. Animal Kingdom-Art Teacher // $750,000

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Hip 129 c. Animal Kingdom // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 129, a colt from the second North American crop of champion Animal Kingdom, sold for $750,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by OXO Equine from the consignment of Gainesway.

Animal Kingdom is currently the second leading first crop sire by number of blacktype stakes winners, which include undefeated Debutante S. winner Sunny Skies and last weekend’s Graduate S. winner Continental Divide.

This colt is a half-brother to one winner from as many to race out of the unraced Master Command mare Art Teacher, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Indian Firewater. He is from the immediate family of graded stakes winners Four Flings and Rugged Bugger.

Hip 129 was bred in Kentucky by by T.F. VanMeter.

Hip 114 c. Uncle Mo-Zetta Z // $700,000

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Hip 114 c. Uncle Mo // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 114, a colt by champion Uncle Mo, sold for $700,000 early in the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by OXO Equine from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

The second foal of the Bernardini mare Zetta Z, this colt is a descendant of Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner Unbridled Elaine. That mare is responsible for graded stakes winners Etched, Emotionless, and Out of Bounds. Unbridled Elaine is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Glitter Woman, who produced Grade 1 winner Political Force, and to Gwenjinsky, who produced three stakes winners, including multiple Grade 2 winner Lead Story.

Hip 114 was bred in Kentucky by CASA Farms.

Curlin Colt, Filly Popular During ‘Spectacular’ First Session of The Saratoga Sale

The Saratoga Sale got off to an spectacular start Monday night, with average and median eclipsing last year’s figures and an exceptionally low RNA rate.

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Hip 45, a colt by Curlin, sold for $1,000,000 to top the first session of The Saratoga Sale // Fasig-Tipton Photo

A colt by Curlin (Hip 45) proved most popular Monday night during the first session of The Saratoga Sale, breaking the seven-figure mark when hammered down for $1,000,000 to Eric Fein (video). The colt, offered by Denali Stud for breeder Stonestreet Farm, is out of Princess Rooney H. (G1) winner River’s Prayer (Devon Lane), who has already produced three winners.

One hip earlier, a son of Medaglia d’Oro (Hip 44) offered by Gainesway came near the top mark when sold for $900,000 to the partnership of Mike Repole and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. Towards the close of the session, an Into Mischief half-brother (Hip 98) to graded stakes winners Ami’s Holiday and Ami’s Mesa brought $850,000. The colt was purchased by Lael Stable from the consignment of Warrendale Sales, agent for breeder Tall Oaks.

Curlin was also responsible for the session’s top filly when his daughter (Hip 34) out of a half-sister to Grade 1 winning juvenile Sky Diva sold for $750,000 to Juddmonte Farms. The session’s leading lady was consigned by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services.

“We’re obviously very pleased with the opening session of the 2017 Saratoga Yearling Sale,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “[We’re] very encouraged by RNA rate of about 18% tonight, which is pretty spectacular in a select marketplace. It’s certainly a very good start: average up, median up, RNA rate down. It’s kind of the trifecta that you hope for from a sales perspective.”

Among first crop yearling sires, Will Take Charge took the lead late in the session when his son (Hip 107), the first foal of stakes winner Winter Brook (Any Given Saturday) was picked up by Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock for $475,000. The colt was consigned by Dromoland Farm.

“It’s only halftime,” added Browning. “A lot of work to do tomorrow night, but a really exciting group of horses to have on offer tomorrow night, so we’re very pleased at the halfway point of the sale.”

Overall, 75 yearlings changed hands for a total of $24,425,000, yielding a healthy average of $325,667, 11% higher than the 2016 sale, and a median of $300,000, an increase of 26% over last year. Fourteen horses brought $500,000 or more. The session’s RNA rate was 18.5%.

Session results are available at www.fasigtipton.com.

The Saratoga Sale continues tomorrow, August 8 at 6:30PM.

 

 

 

Live Blog: The Saratoga Sale, Session 1 (2017)

Join us as we recap the top hips of the first session of the 2017 Saratoga Sale!

Session 1 has ended. Results are available at www.fasigtipton.com.

Hip 98 c. Into Mischief-Victorious Ami // $850,000

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Hip 98 c. Into Mischief // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 98, a son of Into Mischief, sold for $850,000 during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Lael Stable from the consignment of Warrendale Sales, agent for Tall Oaks.

This colt is a half-sibling to four winners out of the stakes winning Victory Gallop mare Victorious Ami, including graded stakes winners Ami’s Holiday and Ami’s Mesa. Victorious Ami is a half-sister to Galloping Ami, dam of graded stakes winning champion Amis Gizmo, graded stakes winner Ami’s Flatter, and stakes winner Aragorn Ami.

Hip 98 was bred in Ontario by Tall Oaks Farm.

Hip 81 c. Uncle Mo-Teak Totem // $650,000

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Hip 81 c. Uncle Mo // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 81, a colt by champion Uncle Mo, sold for $650,000 during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by John C. Oxley from the consignment of Baccari Bloodstock, agent.

This colt is out of the stakes winning Northern Afleet mare Teak Totem, dam of five winners, including Grade 2 winner Adios Charlie. Team Totem is a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Teaks North and to multiple Grade 2 winner Wooden Phone.

Hip 81 was bred in Kentucky by SF Bloodstock.

Hip 49 c. Malibu Moon-Royal Irish Lass // $650,000

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Hip 49 c. Malibu Moon // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 49, a colt by prolific sire Malibu Moon, sold for $650,000 during The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Woodford Racing from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent for Brandywine Farm.

This colt is a half-sibling to three winners, including this year’s Robert B. Lewis S. (G3) winner Royal Mo, a talented three-year-old which also placed in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), and to stakes winner Tara from the Cape. The colt’s second dam is multiple graded stakes winner Irish Linnet, who produced seven winners, including stakes winners Irish Art and Blushing Irish.

Hip 49 was bred in Kentucky by  Brandywine Farm and Spendthrift Farm.

Hip 45 c. Curlin-River’s Prayer // $1,000,000

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Hip 45 c. Curlin // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 45, a colt by four-time champion Curlin, sold for $1,000,000 to during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The chestnut colt was purchased by Eric Fein from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised.

This colt is a half-sibling to three winners out of the Grade 1 winning Devon Lane mare River’s Prayer. He is from the immediate family of stakes winners Never Roung, Lexington Laugh, and Desert Whirlwind.

The colt was bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.

Hip 44 c. Medaglia d’Oro-Rigoletta // $900,000

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Hip 44 c. Medaglia d’Oro // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 44, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro sold for $900,000 during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Mike Repole and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.

 

This colt is out of the Grade 1 winning Concerto mare Rigoletta, who also produced recent Affirmed S. (G3) winner, who placed in both the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and the Kentucky Derby (G1) earlier this year. Hip 44 is from the immediate family of champion and multiple Grade 1 winner Musical Romance.

The colt was bred in Kentucky by Thoro-Bred Stables.

Hip 34 f. Curlin-Purple Cat // $750,000

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Hip 34 f. Curlin // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 34, a filly by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, sold for $750,000 during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Juddmonte Farms from the consignment of Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services, agent.

 

This filly is the third foal of the winning Bluegrass Cat mare Purple Cat. That mare is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Sky Diva and Grade 1-placed multiple stakes winner Quick Little Miss.  Hip 34’s immediate family also includes multiple Grade 1 winner Pure Clan and graded stakes winners Gather the Clan (IRE), Greater Good, and What A Summer.

The filly was bred in New York by Newtown Anner Stud.

Hip 26 c. Union Rags-Passion Du Coeur // $650,000

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Hip 26 c. Union Rags // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 26, a colt from the third crop of Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Union Rags, sold for $650,000 during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Robert Baker and William Mack from the consignment of VanMeter-Gentry Sales.

This colt is a half-brother to four winners from as many to race out of the winning Distorted Humor mare Passion Du Coeur, a full sister to multiple stakes winner Distorted Passion. That mare is the dam of last term’s Lake George S. (G2) winner and multiple graded stakes winner winner Mrs McDougal. Hip 26 is from the immediate family of Grade 2 winner Warbling.

The colt was bred in Kentucky by Elm Tree Farm.