Flashy American tops Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale

The 2016 Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale was held Monday and Tuesday under suitably wintry conditions. 437 horses were offered over the course of the two days, led by Flashy American, who sold for $395,000 when she went through the ring mid-afternoon during Tuesday’s session.

Hip 426, 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale
Hip 426

Flashy American (Hip 426) is a graded stakes winner who won stakes at four different tracks during the course of her career. She sold in foal to Kentucky Derby winner Orb, whose first foals are due this year. Offered by Taylor Made Sales Agency as agent, Flashy American was purchased by Blue Sky Stable. Neil Howard of Gainesway signed the ticket for the seven-year-old daughter of Flashy Bull.

“It was all about quality,” Howard said. “You look for [mares] that fit your program and she fit.” While breeding plans for Flashy American are not definite, Howard suggested she would most likely to be bred to Gainesway’s two-time leading sire Tapit.

“There is a real desire for quality,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning of the sale. “It’s the same trends that we’ve seen in recent years, and I expect those [trends] to continue in 2016. It’s a fair market place.”

Among racing/broodmare prospects, two stakes winning fillies shared top-billing when sold for $330,000 each. Achiever’s Legacy (Hip 519), a G1 placed stakes winning daughter of City Zip, was purchased by Lael Stable from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Shortly thereafter, Rockbridge Bloodstock, agent purchased Stoweshoe (Hip 522), a stakes winning full sister to MG2W Taris from the consignment of Hunter Valley Farm, agent.

Hip 431, 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale
Hip 431

Mares in foal to the late Scat Daddy also proved popular, accounting for two of the sale’s top top prices. Funfair (Hip 431), a six-year-old stakes winner by more than ready, brought $350,000 when offered in foal to Scat Daddy a few hips after the sale topper. That mare was purchased by Olin Gentry, agent from the consignment of Darby Dan Farm, agent. “The Scat Daddy had a lot to do with it,” Gentry admitted. “She is a nice mare.”

Monday’s session topper, Maggie d’Oro (Hip 55), also sold in foal to Scat Daddy. The unraced daughter of Medaglia d’Oro brought $210,000 during the afternoon of the first session. She was consigned by Select Sales, agent and purchased by Green Lantern Stables.

Also among the top prices was Dorothy’s Spirit (Hip 403), a daughter of Scat Daddy who sold for $190,000 in foal to multiple Grade 1 winner Verrazano, whose first foals arrive this year. Dorothy’s Spirit is a half sister to Im a Dixie Girl, dam of the talented three-year-old Grade 1 winner Mor Spirit.

Hip 318, 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale
Hip 318

“Losing Scat Daddy was a real loss to the North American racing and breeding market,” remarked Browning. “It was a loss to the industry.”

The sale’s top priced yearling (Hip 318) was a colt Hip from the second crop of CashCall Futurity (G1) winner Violence. Out of the With Approval mare Bala, the colt drew a top bid of $100,000 when selling to Marc Ricker, agent. A half brother to G2W/MGSW Bay to Bay, the colt was consigned by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services, agent.

Overall, 341 horses sold for $8,260,600, good for an average of $24,225. The median was $9,500 and the RNA rate was 22%. Full results are available online.

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