Curlin Colt, Filly Popular During ‘Spectacular’ First Session of The Saratoga Sale

The Saratoga Sale got off to an spectacular start Monday night, with average and median eclipsing last year’s figures and an exceptionally low RNA rate.

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Hip 45, a colt by Curlin, sold for $1,000,000 to top the first session of The Saratoga Sale // Fasig-Tipton Photo

A colt by Curlin (Hip 45) proved most popular Monday night during the first session of The Saratoga Sale, breaking the seven-figure mark when hammered down for $1,000,000 to Eric Fein (video). The colt, offered by Denali Stud for breeder Stonestreet Farm, is out of Princess Rooney H. (G1) winner River’s Prayer (Devon Lane), who has already produced three winners.

One hip earlier, a son of Medaglia d’Oro (Hip 44) offered by Gainesway came near the top mark when sold for $900,000 to the partnership of Mike Repole and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. Towards the close of the session, an Into Mischief half-brother (Hip 98) to graded stakes winners Ami’s Holiday and Ami’s Mesa brought $850,000. The colt was purchased by Lael Stable from the consignment of Warrendale Sales, agent for breeder Tall Oaks.

Curlin was also responsible for the session’s top filly when his daughter (Hip 34) out of a half-sister to Grade 1 winning juvenile Sky Diva sold for $750,000 to Juddmonte Farms. The session’s leading lady was consigned by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services.

“We’re obviously very pleased with the opening session of the 2017 Saratoga Yearling Sale,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “[We’re] very encouraged by RNA rate of about 18% tonight, which is pretty spectacular in a select marketplace. It’s certainly a very good start: average up, median up, RNA rate down. It’s kind of the trifecta that you hope for from a sales perspective.”

Among first crop yearling sires, Will Take Charge took the lead late in the session when his son (Hip 107), the first foal of stakes winner Winter Brook (Any Given Saturday) was picked up by Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock for $475,000. The colt was consigned by Dromoland Farm.

“It’s only halftime,” added Browning. “A lot of work to do tomorrow night, but a really exciting group of horses to have on offer tomorrow night, so we’re very pleased at the halfway point of the sale.”

Overall, 75 yearlings changed hands for a total of $24,425,000, yielding a healthy average of $325,667, 11% higher than the 2016 sale, and a median of $300,000, an increase of 26% over last year. Fourteen horses brought $500,000 or more. The session’s RNA rate was 18.5%.

Session results are available at www.fasigtipton.com.

The Saratoga Sale continues tomorrow, August 8 at 6:30PM.

 

 

 

Live Blog: The Saratoga Sale, Session 1 (2017)

Join us as we recap the top hips of the first session of the 2017 Saratoga Sale!

Session 1 has ended. Results are available at www.fasigtipton.com.

Hip 98 c. Into Mischief-Victorious Ami // $850,000

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Hip 98 c. Into Mischief // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 98, a son of Into Mischief, sold for $850,000 during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Lael Stable from the consignment of Warrendale Sales, agent for Tall Oaks.

This colt is a half-sibling to four winners out of the stakes winning Victory Gallop mare Victorious Ami, including graded stakes winners Ami’s Holiday and Ami’s Mesa. Victorious Ami is a half-sister to Galloping Ami, dam of graded stakes winning champion Amis Gizmo, graded stakes winner Ami’s Flatter, and stakes winner Aragorn Ami.

Hip 98 was bred in Ontario by Tall Oaks Farm.

Hip 81 c. Uncle Mo-Teak Totem // $650,000

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Hip 81 c. Uncle Mo // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 81, a colt by champion Uncle Mo, sold for $650,000 during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by John C. Oxley from the consignment of Baccari Bloodstock, agent.

This colt is out of the stakes winning Northern Afleet mare Teak Totem, dam of five winners, including Grade 2 winner Adios Charlie. Team Totem is a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Teaks North and to multiple Grade 2 winner Wooden Phone.

Hip 81 was bred in Kentucky by SF Bloodstock.

Hip 49 c. Malibu Moon-Royal Irish Lass // $650,000

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Hip 49 c. Malibu Moon // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 49, a colt by prolific sire Malibu Moon, sold for $650,000 during The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Woodford Racing from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent for Brandywine Farm.

This colt is a half-sibling to three winners, including this year’s Robert B. Lewis S. (G3) winner Royal Mo, a talented three-year-old which also placed in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), and to stakes winner Tara from the Cape. The colt’s second dam is multiple graded stakes winner Irish Linnet, who produced seven winners, including stakes winners Irish Art and Blushing Irish.

Hip 49 was bred in Kentucky by  Brandywine Farm and Spendthrift Farm.

Hip 45 c. Curlin-River’s Prayer // $1,000,000

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Hip 45 c. Curlin // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 45, a colt by four-time champion Curlin, sold for $1,000,000 to during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The chestnut colt was purchased by Eric Fein from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised.

This colt is a half-sibling to three winners out of the Grade 1 winning Devon Lane mare River’s Prayer. He is from the immediate family of stakes winners Never Roung, Lexington Laugh, and Desert Whirlwind.

The colt was bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.

Hip 44 c. Medaglia d’Oro-Rigoletta // $900,000

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Hip 44 c. Medaglia d’Oro // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 44, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro sold for $900,000 during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Mike Repole and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.

 

This colt is out of the Grade 1 winning Concerto mare Rigoletta, who also produced recent Affirmed S. (G3) winner, who placed in both the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and the Kentucky Derby (G1) earlier this year. Hip 44 is from the immediate family of champion and multiple Grade 1 winner Musical Romance.

The colt was bred in Kentucky by Thoro-Bred Stables.

Hip 34 f. Curlin-Purple Cat // $750,000

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Hip 34 f. Curlin // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 34, a filly by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, sold for $750,000 during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Juddmonte Farms from the consignment of Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services, agent.

 

This filly is the third foal of the winning Bluegrass Cat mare Purple Cat. That mare is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Sky Diva and Grade 1-placed multiple stakes winner Quick Little Miss.  Hip 34’s immediate family also includes multiple Grade 1 winner Pure Clan and graded stakes winners Gather the Clan (IRE), Greater Good, and What A Summer.

The filly was bred in New York by Newtown Anner Stud.

Hip 26 c. Union Rags-Passion Du Coeur // $650,000

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Hip 26 c. Union Rags // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 26, a colt from the third crop of Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Union Rags, sold for $650,000 during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Robert Baker and William Mack from the consignment of VanMeter-Gentry Sales.

This colt is a half-brother to four winners from as many to race out of the winning Distorted Humor mare Passion Du Coeur, a full sister to multiple stakes winner Distorted Passion. That mare is the dam of last term’s Lake George S. (G2) winner and multiple graded stakes winner winner Mrs McDougal. Hip 26 is from the immediate family of Grade 2 winner Warbling.

The colt was bred in Kentucky by Elm Tree Farm.

171 Yearlings Catalogued for Inaugural Turf Showcase, Presented by Woodbine Racetrack

turf17-mi.pngFasig-Tipton has catalogued 171 selected yearlings for the inaugural edition of The Turf Showcase, Presented by Woodbine Racetrack.  The sale will be held on Sunday, September 10 beginning at 4 pm at Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Turf Showcase, Presented by Woodbine Racetrack, is the first North American sale consisting entirely of yearlings with “turf appeal.”  All yearlings catalogued have been approved on both conformation and pedigree by Fasig-Tipton.

“We are very pleased with the quality of this catalogue for the inaugural sale,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.  “These yearlings have sire power, depth of pedigree, and physical conformation that will appeal to a broad range of domestic and international buyers.”

“In North America this year, 40% of all graded stakes races will be conducted on turf, along with nearly 7,000 races,” continued Browning.  “Internationally, U.S. Breds continue to excel on the world’s biggest stages. This sale represents a perfect opportunity for buyers from around the globe to find yearlings that suit their racing programs – in a convenient, single sale session.”

The catalogue may now be viewed online and via the equineline sales catalogue app.  Print catalogues will be available in early August.

For further information:
Evan Ferraro
(859)255-1555