The November Sale: Breeders’ Cup Winners

The Fasig-Tipton November Sale has catalogued 23 Grade 1 winners or producers in 2017! Over the next few days, we’ll profile each of racing’s leading ladies to be offered at The November Sale.

Today’s post features Champions and Breeders’ Cup winners Songbird, Tepin, Catch a Glimpse, and Finest City.

SONGBIRD (Hip 120)
Medaglia d’Oro – Ivavinalot
O: Fox Hill Farms | T: Jerry Hollendorfer
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Songbird is a two-time champion by international sire Medaglia d’Oro, and his best progeny by lifetime earnings. She earned more than $4,600,000 in 15 starts, of which she won 13. She won nine Grade 1 stakes in her three-year career, and 12 graded stakes in total. After crushing her maiden special weight opponents by 6 ½ furlongs at first asking, the impressive Songbird raced exclusively in graded stakes company.


Eclipse Award Champion 2YO Filly (2015)
Eclipse Award Champion 3YO Filly (2016)

Stakes Record

1st Del Mar Debutante S. (G1)
1st Chandelier S. (G1)
1st Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)
1st Santa Anita Oaks (G1)
1st Coaching Club American Oaks (G1)
1st Alabama S. (G1)
1st Cotillion S. (G1)
1st Ogden Phipps S. (G1)
1st Delaware H. (G1)
1st Las Virgenes S. (G2)
1st Summertime Oaks (G2)
1st Santa Ysabel S. (G3)
2nd Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1)
2nd Personal Ensign S. (G1)

Fun Fact

Songbird averaged nearly five lengths victorious in her 13 career wins, often under a hand ride!

On November 6

Songbird will be offered as Hip 120 at The November Sale, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

TEPIN (Hip 130)
Bernstein – Life Happened
In Foal to Curlin
O: Robert Masterson | T: Mark Casse
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A two-time champion by Bernstein, Tepin is an exceptionally accomplished runner who was a graded stakes winner at two on the dirt and a multiple Grade/Group 1 winner on turf at four and five. With 13 wins in 23 starts, and an additional six placings, Tepin has won Grade or Group 1 events in three countries on two continents, defeating the best of her generation of both sexes. She earned more than $4,400,000 in a truly historical career. She is carrying her first foal, by Curlin.


Eclipse Champion Turf Female (2015, 2016)

 Stakes Record

1st Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) (2015)
1st Queen Anne S. (G1)
1st Woodbine Mile S. (G1)
1st Just a Game S. (G1)
1st First Lady (G1) (2015)
1st Jenny Wiley S. (G1)
1st Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S. (G2) (2015, 2016)
1st Hillsborough S. (G2)
1st Delta Downs Princess S. (G3)
1st Endeavor S. (G3)
2nd Breeders’ Cup Mile (2016)
2nd Diana S. (G1)
2nd First Lady S. (G1) (2016)
2nd Ballton Spa S. (G2)
2nd San Clemente H. (G2)
3rd Rags to Riches S.

 Fun Fact

Tepin is the first North American-based horse to win the Queen Anne S. (G1) at the prestigious Royal Ascot meet.

 On November 6

Tepin will be offered as Hip 130 at The November Sale, consigned by ELiTE.

City Zip – Halo River
O: Gary Barber, Michael Ambler, & Windways Farm | T: Mark Casse
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Catch a Glimpse is a three-time champion by the late City Zip. She is one of his four Breeders’ Cup Champions sired over the course of three years, putting her in the category with fellow champions Dayatthespa, World All Week, and Finest City. She has won eight of 15 starts and earned more than $1,800,000 to date.


Sovereign Award Horse of the Year (2015)
Sovereign Award Champion Grass Mare (2015)
Sovereign Award Champion 2YO Filly (2015)

 Stakes Record

1st Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1)
1st Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1)
1st Natalma S. (G2)
1st Herecomesthebride S. (G3)
1st Appalachian S. (G3)
1st Edgewood S. (G3)
1st Penn Mile S. (G3)
2nd Lake Placid S. (G3)
2nd Sand Spring S.

 Fun Fact

Catch a Glimpse defeated males in the Penn Mile S. (G3) in a field that included this year’s Arlington Million (G1) winner Beach Patrol and graded stakes winners Airoforce and Oscar Nominated.

 On November 6

Catch a Glimpse will be offered as Hip 157 at The November Sale, consigned by Bluewater Sales.

City Zip – Be Envied
O: Seltzer Thoroughbreds | T: Ian Kruljac
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Champion Finest City is five-year-old daughter of City Zip who, like Catch a Glimpse, is one of his impressive four Breeders’ Cup Champions over the course of 2014-2016. This iron mare has started 19 times to date, with at least five starts each year from age three through five, and has won or placed 15 times. Starting exclusively in graded stakes company since March of her four-year-old season, Finest City has earned over $1,200,000 and has not been off the board in 2017.


Eclipse Award Champion Female Sprinter (2016)

Stakes Record

1st Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1)
1st Great Lady M S. (G2) (2016)
1st Santa Monica S. (G2)
2nd Santa Margarita S. (G1)
2nd Humana Distaff S. (G1)
2nd Santa Monica S. (G2) (2016, 2017)
2nd John C. Mabee S. (G2)
3rd Vanity Mile S. (G1)
3rd Beholder Mile S. (G1)
3rd Great Lady M S. (2017)

Fun Fact

Finest City defeated 2015 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint victress Wavell Avenue in the 2016 renewal, securing herself the Eclipse Award for Champion Female Sprinter.

 On November 6

Finest City will be offered as Hip 171 at The November Sale, consigned by Ian Kruljac.

Success Story: The October Sale

Since the 2016 edition of The October Sale, sale grads have run rampant, capturing graded stakes across the country and in Canada. Among those graded stakes are five Grade 1 wins, courtesy of The October Sale’s five newest Grade 1 victors: Annals of Time, Girvin, La Coronel, Mor Spirit, and Zipessa.

Annals of Time

Annals of Time has never been off the board in five career starts, in which he has won three times. After finishing third in the Hill Prince S. (G3) in the fall of his three-year-old season, Annals of Time stepped up immediately into Grade 1 company. In his first start at the highest level, Annals of Time captured the Hollywood Derby (G1) by 1 ½ lengths over multiple Grade 1 winner Beach Patrol. After a break, he recently returned to win an allowance at Belmont.

Breeder Monticule consigned the bay son of hot turf sire Temple City to the 2014 October Sale, where he was purchased for $80,000 by Nick de Meric, agent.

Annals of Time is campaigned by owner Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence and trainer Chad Brown. He has earned $337,000 to date.


A four-time winner in nine career starts, Girvin opened his account with a maiden win on his first outing at two, and claimed his spot in the Kentucky Derby (G1) starting gate with subsequent wins in the Risen Star S. (G2) and the Louisiana Derby (G2). However, his biggest score came this summer at Monmouth Park, when he captured an exceptionally hard fought renewal of the Haskell Invitational S. (G1) over a packed field which included McCracken, Practical Joke, and Irish War Cry.

The dark bay or brown son of Tale of Ekati was offered at the 2015 October Sale by Legacy Bloodstock. He was purchased for $130,000 by Grand Oaks.

Girvin is campaigned by owner Brad Grady and trainer Joe Sharp, and has earned $1,586,392 to date.

La Coronel

The October Sale’s newest Grade 1 winner, three-year-old La Coronel’s biggest score came just recently, on October 14, when led gate-to-wire to capture the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S. (G1). Prior to that impressive victory against older fillies and mares, La Coronel was already a three-time graded stakes winner, having captured the Jessamine S. (G3) in her stakes debut at two and the Appalachian S. (G3) and Edgewood S. (G3) earlier this year.

This talented young daughter of Colonel John was consigned to the 2015 October Sale by Nardelli Sales, where she was purchased for $37,000 by Teresa & David Palmer, agent. La Coronel races for owner John Oxley and trainer Mark Casse and has earned $585,560 to date.

Mor Spirit

A Grade 1 winner at two and a graded stakes winner at three, Mor Spirit captured the Steven Sexton Mile S. (G3) this spring at four before advancing to his greatest victory yet. Going a mile on the dirt, Mor Spirit blew away his competition by 6 ¼ lengths, clear of a full field of 12 which included Grade 1 winner Denman’s Call and graded stakes winners Sharp Azteca, Tom’s Ready, and Mohaymen, among others.

Consigned to the 2014 October Sale by Allied Bloodstock, the dark bay or brown son Eskendereya sold for $85,000 to Red Wings. He would later realize $650,000 at the following year’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale when purchased by Bernard Schiappa and Michael Lund Petersen.

Mor Spirit is campaigned by owner Petersen and trainer Bob Baffert. He has won or placed in 11 of 13 career starts, including six wins, and has earned $1,658,400 to date.


Zipessa showed her class and earned G1 honors on her latest outing, capturing the First Lady S. (G1) with ease over the likes of Hawksmoor, Roca Rojo, Dona Bruja, and Dickinson. Zipessa had previously captures the Dr. James Penny Memorial S. (G3) and placed in the Rodeo Drive S. (G1) behind Avenge and the Beverly D S. (G1) behind Sea Calisi and Al’s Gal.

Zipessa, an attractive chestnut daughter of the late City Zip, was offered at the 2014 October Sale by St George Sales. She was purchased for $67,000 by Marette Farrell, agent.

A winner and a winner at two, three, and four, Zipessa has earned $783,550 for owner Empyrean Stables and trainer Michael Stidham, and is a contender for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf on November 4. Thereafter, she will be offered at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale as Hip 139.

Find Your Own Success Story!

The 2017 October Sale will be held Monday through Thursday, October 23-26 at 10:00 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky> The full catalogue is available online now at

Into Mischief Colt Most Popular at Record-Setting Saratoga Fall Sale

A weanling colt by popular sire Into Mischief topped a record-setting renewal of The Saratoga Fall Sale on Monday.

The top colt (Hip 200) is a half-brother to multiple stakes placed winner Darling Sky out of the Broad Brush mare Darling Mambo, was purchased for $170,000 by Mahoney Eden Manor & Classic Bloodstock from the consignment of RFHF Bloodstock, agent for Hidden Lake Farm/Kingsport Farm.

The top weanling filly (Hip 108) is a daughter of Tiznow out of a multiple stakes placed daughter of graded stakes winner Unbridled Hope. The filly, from the family of graded stakes winners Sugar Shock and Bearpath, sold for $150,000 to Triple A Thoroughbreds from the same consignment as the sale-topping colt.

The sale’s top broodmare was High Pitch (Hip 69), who was purchased for $150,000 by John Kimmel, agent for John McClutchy, from the consignment of Sequel New York. High Pitch, a four-year-old winning daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, is carrying her first foal, a colt or filly by Hard Spun.

A filly by Freud (Hip 292), proved the most expensive of the handful of yearlings on offer when sold for $40,000 to Honey Bee from the consignment of Vinery Sales, agent for Trinity Farm.

Overall, 143 horses sold for a total of $3,251,500,  good for an average of $22,738 and median of $12,000 both records for this sale. The average was a 34.1% improvement over the 2016 renewal, while the median increased 41.2%. Five horses sold for $100,000 or more, topping four last year.

Full results are available online.

First Group of Supplemental Entries Added to The November Sale

Fasig-Tipton has added an initial six supplemental entries to the catalogue for the 2017 November Sale to be held on Monday, November 6 in Lexington, Kentucky.  These supplemental entries are catalogued as hips 193-198:

  • BRAHMS CAT (Hip 193): Graded stakes placed and multiple stakes placed daughter of WILDCAT HEIR. Finished third in this year’s G2 Forward Gal S. to G1 winner PRETTY CITY DANCER and multiple graded stakes winner TEQUILITA.  Her 2nd and 3rd dams are both stakes winners and stakes producers.  Consigned as a racing/broodmare prospect by Paramount Sales, agent.
  • ONE TRUE KISS (Hip 194): Multiple graded stakes placed at two and three, including a third place finish in Sorrento S. (G2) to G1 winner GOMO and multiple graded stakes winner PRETTY N COOL.  Family of G1 winners GIRVIN and YES IT’S TRUE. Consigned as racing/broodmare prospect by Darby Dan Farm, agent.
  • SHEHADMEFROMHELLO (Hip 195): Daughter of Empire Maker is the dam of SEPARATIONOFPOWERS, 3 ½ length winner of Frizette S. (G1) on October 8. A 100% winner-producer, she is offered in foal to successful young sire KANTHAROS. Consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent.
  • QUIDURA (Hip 196): Daughter of elite sire DUBAWI won Canadian S. (G2) in her most recent start, and is also twice G1 placed in 2017.  Multiple graded stakes winner of nearly $500,000 hails from an exclusive German family.  A four-time winner who has never been worse than third in 7 of 8 career starts, she is entered in this Sunday’s E.P. Taylor S. (G1) at Woodbine. Consigned as racing/broodmare prospect by Brookdale Sales, agent.
  • ROCK ‘N WOLIN (Hip 197): Young stakes producing mare is dam of two-year-old filly CAUSE WE ARE LOYAL, a Saratoga stakes winner this year with earnings of $153,480.  Carrying a foal from the first crop of the brilliant graded stakes winner SPEIGHTSTER.  Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.
  • MORETHANJUSTHELLO (Hip 198): Four-year-old daughter of MORE THAN READY is a half-sister to the impressive recent Frizette S. (G1) winner SEPARATIONOFPOWERS.  A multiple winner on the New York circuit of nearly $125,000, she is being offered as a broodmare prospect by South Point Sales Agency, Agent.

These entries may now be viewed online. Print versions of all supplemental entries will be available on the Fasig-Tipton grounds at sale time.

Fasig-Tipton will continue to accept approved November Sale entries up until the Breeders’ Cup.

For further information:
Evan Ferraro

The ‘Stars’ Align at The November Sale

NovemberSale_cover_FINALFasig-Tipton has catalogued 192 entries for The November Sale, the company’s selected mixed sale to be held in Lexington, Kentucky on Monday, November 6.  The single-session sale will begin at 4 pm.

“This is an outstanding catalogue from top to bottom – there is depth, diversity, and quality,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.

“The evening will begin with 81 selected weanlings – the strongest group of foals we have put together in many years – and then move into a top rung collection of racing stars and high class broodmares,” Browning continued.  “In total, this year’s catalogue features 50 graded stakes winners or producers, 22 of which are Grade 1, three Eclipse Champions and four Breeders’ Cup winners.  Nearly eighty percent of the racing/broodmare prospects and broodmares catalogued are black type earners or producers.”

The catalogue may now be viewed online, including Fasig-Tipton’s unique Enhanced Catalogue.

The Enhanced Catalogue provides continuously updated catalogue pages, Daily Racing Form past performances, and race replays; an Alan Porter pedigree analysis for all racing/broodmare prospects and broodmares; as well as photos, statistics, and other resources.  Additionally, all Grade 1 winning females off the racetrack or carrying their first foals are profiled with individual feature videos.

Print catalogues will be available beginning October 17.  The catalogue will also be available via the Equineline sales catalogue app.

The November Sale will also offer a supplemental catalogue once again.  Fasig-Tipton will accept selected entries for the supplement through the Breeders’ Cup.

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





Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale Posts Across the Board Gains

Held over two days for the first time since 2011, the Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale, bolstered by increased entries and success of recent graduates, posted across the board gains upon conclusion Tuesday evening.

Cairo Prince, whose first crop of yearlings sold exceptionally well over the summer selected sales, topped the Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale with Hip 294, a colt which sold for $300,000 to Eisaman Equine from the consignment of Becky Davis, agent. Out of the Curlin mare Current Event, Hip 294 is a half-brother to three-year-old winner Untaken, and is from the immediate family of Grade 1 winners Stephen Got Even and Artemis Agrotera.

The sale’s top filly was Hip 119, a Maryland-bred daughter of Lookin At Lucky which sold for $175,000 to Springhouse Farm from the consignment of Candyland, agent. The filly is a half-sister to stakes winners Steady Warrior and Steady N Love.

Overall, 312 yearlings sold for $7,855,100, an increase of 22% over 2016, when 323 yearlings changed hands for $6,436,600. The average was $25,177, up 4.8% from $24,017 last year, and the median was $14,000, a 40% increase over $10,000. The average and median were second highest in this sale’s history. Fifteen yearlings changed hands for $100,000 or more, up from 11 in 2016.

Full results are available online.

Midlantic December Mixed Sale moved to December 5; Horses of Racing Age Supplement Added

Fasig-Tipton has adjusted the sale date of its upcoming Midlantic December Mixed Sale.  The sale will now be held on Tuesday, December 5, one day later than originally scheduled.  The date has been changed to avoid conflicting with live racing at Laurel Park, as the track recently announced that it will begin racing on Mondays through mid-December.

“We’ve pushed our sale back a single day so that all prospective buyers will be able to attend the sale,” said Midlantic Director of Sales Paget Bennett.

Fasig-Tipton will also add a supplement of Horses of Racing Age to this year’s sale.  Fasig-Tipton will accept Horses of Racing Age entries through November 21, and entries will be posted online on Fasig-Tipton’s website until time of sale.  A printed supplement of the Horses of Racing Age will be available on the sales grounds at sale time.

“We are excited to add a supplement of Horses of Racing Age to this year’s sale,” said Bennett.  “The Midlantic region offers the highest concentration of racing in the country, and coupled with the current renaissance of Maryland racing, we feel that the timing for this is ideal.  By taking entries closer to sale time, it allows sellers to get final starts in for horses and ensures that we provide buyers with the largest catalogue of ‘in-form’ racehorses as possible.”

The Midlantic December Mixed Sale will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland.

For further information:
Paget Bennett

Catalogue for The October Sale Now Online

OctoberSaleCoverAngledFasig-Tipton has catalogued 1,459 yearlings for The October Sale, to be held on October 23-26 in Lexington, Kentucky. The four continuous sessions, conducted on Monday-Thursday, will begin each day at 10 am.

“Both buyers and sellers have had tremendous success at October in recent years, generating a catalogue that is 16% larger in 2017,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “We have good quality across the board, and the sire power has ticked upwards once again as well. Every active sire currently ranked in the Top 20 on the general sire list is represented in this catalogue.”

“Our sales graduates are flying,” continued Browning. “Led by recent Grade 1 winners Girvin, Mor Spirit, and Annals of Time, October grads have notched more than 90 stakes wins in the last 12 months.”

The catalogue may now be viewed online. Print catalogues will be available beginning October 6.

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

Catalogue for The Saratoga Fall Sale Now Online

sfs17-miFasig-Tipton has catalogued 298 entries for The Saratoga Fall Sale, the company’s mixed sale to be held on Monday, October 16 in Saratoga Springs, New York.  The sale will be conducted in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion and begin at 10 am.

Hips 1-90 will consist of broodmares and racing and/or broodmare prospects; hips 91-280 are weanlings; and hips 281-298 are all yearlings.

“We have good quality in this year’s catalogue,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.  “There are a number of mares in foal to leading national and regional sires that should draw significant interest.  Additionally, this sale has developed into an excellent weanling market – we have nearly 190 weanlings catalogued this year – and the sire power is very good.”

The catalogue may now be viewed online and via the equineline sales catalogue app.  Print catalogues will be available by September 22.

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

Final Crop of Scat Daddy Shines at Inaugural Turf Showcase

Yearlings from the final crop of Scat Daddy proved popular at the inaugural Turf Showcase held Sunday at Fasig-Tipton. Scat Daddy was the leading sire at Royal Ascot this year, siring four winners, including three Group 1 winners.

A pair of Scat Daddy colts sold for $250,000 to share top billing. Hip 50, the first foal of the stakes winning Rockport Harbor mare Harbingerofthings, was purchased by Lothenbach Stables from the consignment of Vinery Sales, agent for Spendthrift Farm. Hip 84, the first foal of Danehill Dancer’s Luvly Rita, was purchased by De Meric Stables, agent from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

The sale’s top-priced filly was Hip 12, a full sister to multiple stakes winner Kitten’s Cat, which sold for $200,000 to Cheyenne Stables from the consignment of Taylor Made. That priced was matched a third Scat Daddy colt, Hip 85, also offered by Taylor Made, and purchased by Hunter Valley Farm and by a son of Malibu Moon, Hip 168, purchased by Tom McGreevy, agent for Michael C. Stinson from the consignment of Darby Dan Farm, agent.

“We really didn’t know what to expect coming into the night, and I think we learned some things, both positive and some areas [for] improvement,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning on the sale’s inaugural session. “There was a great group of buyers here. One thing we learned on the buyer side of things is [that] it takes time to change behavior. It was an interesting evening.”

Overall, 74 yearlings were sold for gross receipts of $5,035,000. The average and median were $68,041 and $52,400 respectively. Eighteen offerings sold for $100,000 or more.