Last year’s leading freshman sire Uncle Mo continued his domination in the sales ring Sunday when Mo Diddley, a dark bay or brown colt out of the stakes-placed Vindication mare Miss Bodine set a New York Bred Sale record when selling for $450,000 early Sunday evening.
Offered as Hip 458 by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds as agent, Mo Diddley was hammered down to Everett Dobson’s Cheyenne Stables. The colt’s extended family includes Grade 2 winner Icecoldbeeratreds and Canadian champion Bear Now. The colt was bred by Andy Beadnell.
“I just liked his presence,” said Dobson. “Obviously Uncle Mo is maybe the most exciting new sire we’ve had in this sport in many, many years, and it’s a New York bred and I like that.”
Other notable hips included Hip 385, a colt by City Zip which sold for $375,000 to Linda Rice, agent from the consignment of Indian Creek, agent and Hip 490, a Mineshaft half-brother to multiple graded stakes winner Upstart, who is a 2013 graduate of this sale. That colt was sold for $335,000 to Linda Rice from the consignment of Summerfield, agent for Sunnyfield Farm.
The sale’s top-priced filly was Hip 605, a daughter of Flatter out of the winning Forest Wildcat mare Wild Grace. The filly was purchased by Sheep Pond Partners for $260,000 from the consignment of Indian Creek, agent. The high-priced filly is from the immediate family of Grade 1 winner Fantastic Find.
Hip 605 was one of three fillies among the top 10 prices, which included yearlings by nine different sires: third crop sire Uncle Mo; second crop sires The Factor, Dialed In, and Gemologist; and established sires City Zip, Mineshaft, Flatter, Scat Daddy, and Into Mischief.
Among first crop sires, Orb led the way with Hip 319, a colt by Orb purchased by J.J. Crupi, agent from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency. Orb was also responsible for Hip 536, a filly purchased by Linda Rice from the consignment of RF HF Bloodstock, agent. Flat Out scored the third highest price for a first crop sire with Hip 454, a filly purchased for $130,000 by J.J. Crupi, agent for St. Elias from the consignment of Vinery Sales, agent for Windhorse Thoroughbreds.
Overall, 177 yearlings changed hands for a total of $13,672,500. Those numbers were good for an average of $77,246 and a median of $60,000. Seven horses sold for $250,000 or more, the same total as in 2015. The sale topper represented a 28.6% increase from last year’s top price of $350,000.
Due to dangerous weather conditions on Saturday night, the New York Bred Sale was conducted as a single session for the first time since 2001.