Sires of Champions Prove Popular at Saratoga Sale

Hip 191 (Fasig-Tipton Photo)

For the second night in a row, a Medaglia d’Oro filly lit up the tote board, this one soaring all the way to seven figures to lead the session and the sale. Hip 191, a filly by the sire of champion fillies Rachel Alexandra and Songbird and out of the stakes winning Thunder Gulch mare Whisper to Me sold for $1,450,000 to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm mid-way through the session on Tuesday night.

The sales-topping filly is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Overheard (Macho Uno), both bred by Mrs. Josephine Abercrombie’s Pin Oak Stud. On the filly’s public offering, consignor Denali Stud’s Craig Bandoroff said, “She is big and strong, with a lot of quality. The only reason she is here is that Mrs. Abercrombie owns the dam and two daughters.”

“She was the stand-out horse in the sale,” said Pope of the dark bay or brown filly. “She has an unbelievable amount of class.”

Hip 140, a colt by champion sire and sire of champions, Tapit, stole the show early, bringing $1,250,000 shortly after the start of the second session. That price was good for top-priced colt of both the session and the sale. The gray or roan colt is a full brother to Grade 2 placed winner Royal Obsession, who sold at the 2014 Saratoga Sale for $1,000,000.

The colt was purchased from the consignment of Gainesway, agent by powerhouse partnership Stonestreet Stables & MV Magnier, who teamed up for Monday night’s session topper, a $950,000 colt by Pioneerof the Nile also consigned by Gainesway.

John Moynihan, bloodstock advisor to Stonestreet, signed the ticket on behalf of the partnership. “He’s a beautiful Tapit,” he said. “He’s one of the best ones I’ve ever seen… he’s probably one of the two best horses in the sale.”

Offerings by three-time leading sire Tapit proved popular, accounting for six of the sale’s top 15 prices. Last year’s champion freshman sire Uncle Mo and Medaglia d’Oro each had two among the top 15. Established sires Pioneerof the Nile, Ghostzapper, War Front, Malibu Moon, and Speightstown rounded out the remainder of the top 15.

Over the course of the sale, 156 yearlings sold for a total of $45,570,000, good for an average of $292,115 and median of $237,500. The RNA rate for the second session was 15.6%. Twenty-nine horses sold for $500,000 or more, up from 26 in 2015.

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