What do last year’s Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, this term’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) victress, and this year’s Stephen Foster H. (G1) winner have in common?
They all sold at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale.
With no fewer than three Grade 1 winners among its currently performing graduates, the Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale boast 60 stakes wins since the beginning of 2015, led by 2015 Eclipse Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Stellar Wind, 2016 Kentucky Oaks (G1) victress Cathryn Sophia, and 2016 Stephen Foster H. (G1) winner Bradester.
A graduate of the 2013 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale, Virginia-bred Stellar Wind began her career in Maryland, where she broke her maiden at Laurel Park in her second start. Relocated to California for the winter, Stellar Wind began to truly shine at Santa Anita. She checked all the boxes in her first start in graded company, winning the Santa Ysabel S. (G3) by an easy 2 ¾ lengths.
Stellar Wind leapt into the spotlight in April when capturing the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) by 5 ¼ lengths after a difficult start and a three-wide trip. After making the best of an extremely wide trip in the Kentucky Oaks (G1), Stellar Wind returned to her winning ways in the Summertime Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita where she prevailed by a nose after racing four-wide throughout. She won the Torrey Pines S. (G3) from the inside by 4 ¼ lengths in her final start before the Breeders’ Cup. She came up just a neck short to Stopchargingmaria in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) after taking the turn seven wide and hooking up with the eventual winner in a gritty duel to the wire.
Honored as the Eclipse Champion Three-Year-Old Filly for her efforts, Stellar Wind took a break and returned to California full of swagger. A gutsy runner who never once backed down from the competition, Stellar Wind took on three-time Champion Beholder in the Vanity Mile S. (G1), giving that older foe a run for her money in early June. In late July, Stellar Wind was able to turn the tables in the Clement L. Hirsch S. (G1), finishing a half-length ahead of the future Hall of Famer with the remainder of the field, including two Group 1 winners, nearly 10 lengths back. With her victory, Stellar Wind became the first horse to beat Beholder in more than two years.
Stellar Wind is the 6th highest earning filly among her foal crop. She is expected to go up against Beholder again in the Zenyatta S. (G1) on October 1.
A graduate of the 2014 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale, Cathryn Sophia kicked off her career with four straight wins, including two graded stakes. This Maryland-bred began her career in Pennsylvania, where she dispatched eight other juvenile fillies by nearly 13 lengths in a maiden special weight at Parx.
Bumped up to stakes company in her second start, Cathryn Sophia demolished her contemporaries by more than 16 lengths in the Gin Talking S. at Laurel Park. Shipped to Florida for the winter, Cathryn Sophia broke slowly in the Forward Gal S. (G2), winning nevertheless by a margin of 5½ lengths under a hand ride. Racing wide, she took the Davona Dale S. (G2) by 7 lengths in her next start.
After coming up just short in her first try over eight furlongs, Cathryn Sophia entered the gate for a wide-open Kentucky Oaks (G1). Overcoming a wide post and doubters alike, Cathryn Sophia cruised in the Oaks, saving ground to the inside before swinging wide to join the leaders and winning under a hand ride. Returning to Pennsylvania, she captured the Princess of Sylmar S. by 6½ lengths. She has also placed in the Acorn S. (G1) and the Cotillion S. (G1) this year.
Never off the board in seven career starts, Cathryn Sophia is the second highest-earning filly of her foal crop in 2016, behind only the incomparable Songbird.
A graduate of the 2011 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale, Bradester took a little longer to get going than his female cover stars. On the board in his first eight starts, with three wins in maiden and allowance company, Bradester broke through at four when winning the Mineshaft H. (G3). After runner-up finishes to Itsmyluckyday in the Salvator Mile S. (G3) and to Valid in the Monmouth Cup S. (G2), Bradester captured the Ack Ack H. (G3) in the fall of his four-year-old season.
At five, Bradester returned to clear up some unfinished business, this time winning both the Salvator Mile S. (G3) and the Monmouth Cup S. (G2), both times defeating rival Valid. Returning to Monmouth to open his six-year-old season, Bradester brought home the Majestic Light S. in what would be a prelude to his biggest score. Leading the way from the four path, Bradester fought valiantly and prevailed in the Stephen Foster H. (G1) at Churchill Downs over a field which included Grade 1 winners Majestic Harbor and Effinex and Canadian Champion Older Horse Are You Kidding Me. He followed that win with a facile victory in his third running of the Monmouth Cup S. (G2).
A sound and consistent racehorse, Bradester has raced 25 times to date, with 10 wins, 6 seconds, and 2 thirds. He is a winner at ages 3, 4, 5, and 6 with earnings in excess of $1.1 million.
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The 2016 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale will be held Tuesday, October 4 at 10 a.m. at the Maryland Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD. The full catalogue is available online now at www.fasigtipton.com.