Fasig-Tipton sales grads were among the best in their class once more in 2016, with six Eclipse Award finalists awaiting the announcement on January 21 at Gulfstream Park. The six finalists represent five sales and include weanling, yearling, and two-year-old sale grads.
Graduate: 2014 Saratoga Sale
Finalist: Horse of the Year, Champion 3YO Filly
Reigning Eclipse Champion 2YO Filly Songbird did not rest on her laurels for a moment in her sophomore campaign. Racing exclusively in graded company last term, Songbird dispatched all comers but one, winning her first seven starts by a combined 38 ½ lengths. She tallied victories in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), Alabama S. (G1), Cotillion S. (G1), Las Virgenes S. (G2), Summertime Oaks (G2), and Santa Ysabel S. (G3). Her shortest margin of victory was 3 ¾ lengths, recorded in both the Santa Anita Oaks and Santa Ysabel S. at her home base of Santa Anita. Her lone loss was to three-time Eclipse Champion and current finalist for Champion Older Female Beholder, who edged Songbird by the barest nose in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) after a prolonged battle of more than a furlong.
Songbird collected $2,210,000 in purse money last year for owner Fox Hill Farm. That sum was good for best earnings by a female in North America last year, and fourth of either sex, behind only the three current finalists for Champion 3YO Male.
Songbird was purchased by Fox Hill Farm at the 2014 Saratoga Sale from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency. She is campaigned by Fox Hill Farm and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Songbird was bred in Kentucky by John Antonelli.
Graduate: 2014 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale, 2016 November Sale
Finalist: Champion 3YO Filly
An undefeated stakes winner at two, whose combined margin of victory in two starts was 29 lengths, Cathryn Sophia opened her sophomore season with wins in the Forward Gal S. (G2) and the Fasig-Tipton Davona Dale S. (G2). Second runner-up in a blanket finish in her first try at the highest level, the Ashland S. (G1), Cathryn Sophia proved her class in Kentucky Oaks (G1), flying home first by 2 ¾ lengths over a field of 13 which included three G1 winners. Cathryn Sophia closed up her three-year-old campaign with a win in the Princess of Sylmar S. and placings in both the Acorn S. (G1) and the Cotillion S. (G1).
Cathryn Sophia was purchased by Charles Zacney at the 2014 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale from the consignment of Chanceland Farm. She campaigned for Zacney’s Cash is King and trainer John Servis. She most recently sold for $1.4 million at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton November Sale.
Graduate: 2015 Gulfstream Sale
Finalist: Champion 3YO Male
Champion 2YO of his class in 2015, Nyquist took that form into his sophomore season, winning the Kentucky Derby (G1), Florida Derby (G1), and San Vicente S. (G2), and placing in the Preakness S. (G1). His efforts were good for earnings of $3,575,000, ranked second in North American earnings last year.
Nyquist was purchased by Dennis O’Neill at the 2015 Gulfstream Sale, from the consignment of Niall Brennan Stables. He campaigned for owner Reddam Racing and trainer Doug O’Neill.
Graduate: 2013 Saratoga Sale, 2013 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale
Finalist: Champion Older Female
Champion 3YO Filly in 2015, Stellar Wind continued to show exceptional class in 2016. After finishing second to Beholder in the Vanity Mile S. (G1), Stellar Wind turned the tables on the future Hall of Famer, defeating that rival in back-to-back starts in the Clement L. Hirsch S. (G1) and the Zenyatta S. (G1).
Stellar Wind is a two-time Fasig-Tipton sale grad. She was purchased by Vernan Lee Stables at the 2013 Saratoga Sale from the consignment of Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, and again from the 2013 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale by Barbara Houck from the consignment of Marshall Silverman. Stellar Wind races for owner Hronis Racing and trainer John Sadler.
Graduate: 2012 Saratoga Sale
Finalist: Champion Turf Female
Tepin, Eclipse Champion Turf Female at four in 2015, continued to show exceptional form as a five-year-old in 2016. In eight starts last year, all graded stakes, Tepin found the winner’s circle six times, including winning three G1 races in three different countries: the Jenny Wiley S. (G1) in her native country, the Queen Anne S. (G1) at Royal Ascot, and the Woodbine Mile S. (G1) in Canada. Tepin also came home first in the Hillsborough S. (G2), Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S. (G2), and Endeavor S. (G3). Additionally, she was first but one in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) and the First Lady S. (G1). Tepin earned $1,476,360 in 2016 for owner Robert Masterson, and was the top-earning turf filly or mare in North America.
Tepin was purchased by Robert Masterson at the 2012 Saratoga Sale from the consignment of Select Sales. She races for Masterson and trainer Mark Casse. Tepin was bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall.
Graduate: 2011 November Sale, 2012 New York-Bred Sale, 2016 November Sale
Finalist: Champion Female Sprinter
A stakes winner at four, Haveyougoneaway found her best stride at five in 2016. She was first or second in seven of eight starts last year, including wins in the Ballerina S. (G1), Honorable Miss H. (G2), American Beauty S., Spring Fever S., and Dancin Renee S.
Haveyougoneaway is now a three-time Fasig-Tipton sales graduate. She was purchased by John Greathouse Bloodstock as a weanling at the 2011 November Sale from the consignment of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds. The following year she was offered by Four Star Sales at the New York-Bred Sale, where she was purchased by the partnership fo Tayloe & Greathouse. This past November, she visited the November Sale ring again, selling for $1.1 million as a racing and/or broodmare prospect.