Record-Setting Curlin Colt Tops Strong Renewal of Midlantic 2YO Sale

Record-setting sale-topper Hip 388.

A chestnut colt by Curlin (Hip 388) led the way at the 2017 edition of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale when sold for $1,500,000 during the second and final session of the sale on Tuesday. The price tag was both a record for this sale and for a Thoroughbred sold at public auction in the state of Maryland. This increasingly popular sale produced a seven-figure sale-topper for the third consecutive year.

The sale-topper, whose physical was strongly reminiscent of his sire, was purchased by Breeze Easy & John C. Oxley from the consignment of Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent. The seller purchased the colt from the 2016 Fasig-Tipton July Sale, which he sold for a sale-topping $475,000 when offered by St George Sales.

Several other colts proved popular on the day, including an $850,000 Distorted Humor half-brother to Grade 1 winner Lochte (Hip 490, purchased by Simon Callaghan, agent from the consignment of Eddie Woods, agent); an $800,000 Ghostzapper colt out of a full sister to graded stakes winners Kauai Katie and Winding Way (Hip 516, purchased by Baoma Corp from the consignment of Cary Frommer, agent); and a $710,000 colt from the first crop of Orb (Hip 373, purchased by Dennis O’Neill from the consignment of Crupi’s New Castle Farm).

The sale’s top-selling filly was the first session’s top-priced offering, a Smart Strike filly (Hip 79) offered by Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent which fetched $525,000 from Xavier International Bloodstock, agent.

All told, 78 two-year-olds sold for six figures or more, compared to 69 in 2016.

In total, 330 horses changed hands for a total of $25,237,000, good for a 9.1% increase over last year’s gross of $23,136,400 for 337 sold. The average was $76,476, an 11.4% increase over $68,654 in 2016, while the median was $35,000 up 9.4% from $32,000 last year. The RNA rate was 19.9%, compared to 25.9% in 2016.

Fillies Popular During First Session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale

Hip 79 sold for $525,000 to top Monday’s session.

Led by a filly by the late Smart Strike, a trio of six-figure fillies topped the first session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale held Monday in Timonium, Maryland.

Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds offered the session-topper, a Smart Strike filly catalogued as Hip 79. She was purchased for $525,000 by Xavier International Bloodstock. The chestnut filly worked an eighth in 10:0 during the final day of last week’s under tack show. Her dam, the stakes winner Salty Response, is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Salty Strike, herself by the sire of Hip 79.

Into Mischief, Leading Sire of Two-Year-Olds in 2016, sired the co-second priced offerings: Hip 34, offered by Wes Carter, agent for Carolyn Vogel, sold for $425,000 to Donato Lanni, agent for an undisclosed buyer; Hip 123 was purchased for the same price by Speedway Stables from the consignment of McKathan Bros., agent.

In total, 38 two-year-olds eclipsed the six-figure mark, including a trio of $300,000+ colts: Hip 195, a Blame half-brother to recent Grade 2 winner Arklow, which sold for $375,000 to Charles Boden Thoroughbreds, agent from the consignment of Crupi’s New Castle Farm; Hip 13, a Curlin colt from the Bobby Dodd consignment which caught the eye of Charles Zacney for $350,000; and Hip 262, a colt from the first crop of Orb which sold for $310,000 from the consignment of Niall Brennan Stables, agent for Jake Ballis, agent.

162 horses sold for a total of $11,537,500, compared to 157 sold for $10,715,700 during the first session in 2016. The average was $71,219, up 4.3% from $68,253 average in the first session last year, and the median of $40,000 was good for a 17.6% increase from last year’s first session median of $34,000. The RNA rate was 25.0%, down from 31.4% during the first session last year.

The Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale resumes Tuesday at 11AM. Results are available online.

Spectacular Gulfstream Sale Posts Gains Across the Board

Hip 57 sold for $1.5 million // Fasig-Tipton Photo

The Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale realized gains across the board during its successful third renewal on March 1 at Gulfstream Park. Led by a trio of seven-figure juveniles, the sale posted gains in gross, average, and median.

The top-priced offering of the evening was Hip 57, a daughter of Uncle Mo which sold for $1,500,000 to OXO Equine from the consignment of Cary Frommer, agent. Frommer purchased the filly for $250,000 at the Fasig-Tipton July Selected Yearling Sale. OXO Equine also signed for a $1,100,000 More Than Ready colt (Hip 156) offered by Frommer late in the sale. Frommer paid $235,000 for the colt last July.

The third seven-figure two-year-old was Hip 135, a speedy colt by Bernardini offered by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent. Eaton Sales, agent for M.V. Magnier purchased the colt for $1,450,000. Hartley/De Renzo purchased the colt for $350,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale.

Overall, 74 juveniles sold for $25,115,000, up 16.3% from 66 sold for $21,590,000 in 2016. The $339,392 average was good for a 3.8% increase over last year’s average of $327,121, while the median rose 8.0% to $270,000 from $250,000 in 2016. The RNA rate was a historical sale low of 14.9%.

Full results are available online.

Stars Align at The November Sale

Baffled sold for $3.5 million. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

The offerings of The November Sale’s star-studded catalogue shone Monday night at the Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, KY. With a catalogue billed as featuring “quality on every page,” Fasig-Tipton’s premier breeding stock event exceeded the expectations of buyers, consignors, and management. Bolstered by a deep international buying bench and the selected sale’s North American supporters, this year’s November Sale posted gains across the board.

“This is a special sale,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “When you have special horses to sell, at the end of the night, you have pretty special results.”

The top price of the evening was $3.5 million for Baffled (Hip 104), the dam of multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Constitution. Offered in foal to Constitution’s sire, Tapit, Baffled was purchased by Bridlewood Farm & Don Alberto Corp from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency.

“She’s got all, looks, triple graded stakes producer, in foal to the best stallion in America,” remarked Bridlewood’s George Isaacs. “We’re trying to develop a serious breeding program and she’s the goods. A little more than I wanted to pay, but the good ones cost.”

Baffled is also the dam of graded stakes winners Boynton and Jacaranda. The latter, offered as Hip 154, realized $2 million later in the evening when sold to Reynolds Bell, agent for Alpha Delta. Jacaranda was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm.

Curalina sold for $3 million. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

As she did so often in her career, Curalina (Hip 123) led an exception field of racing and/or broodmare prospects when sold for $3 million. Offered as a broodmare prospect, three-time G1 winner and millionaire Curalina was purchased by Shadhai Farm from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, agent. Curalina’s dam Whatdreamsrmadeof (Hip 100), offered by Brookdale Sales for Casa Farms and carrying a full sibling to Curalina, realized $1.65 million earlier in the evening when purchased by Summer Wind Equine.

Other prominent offerings included 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) victress Stopchargingmaria (Hip 87), who brought $2.8 million as a broodmare prospect, and Love the Chase (Hip 59), dam of California Chrome, who sold for $1.95 million in foal to North America’s Leading Sire Tapit. Stopchargingmaria joined the broodmare band at Three Chimneys Farm, while John McCormack signed for Love the Chase. Both mares were consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

Hip 25, a filly by Champion sire Galileo (IRE) earned the highest price of selected weanlings offered when sold for $550,000 early in the sale. By globally proven sire Galileo out of a Street Cry (IRE) daughter of Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour, the filly’s international pedigree proved popular, and she was ultimately purchased by French-based company Meridian International from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.

“It begins with the quality product that our consignors entrust in us,” Browning said when asked about the quality and composition of this year’s catalogue. “When someone places their confidence in you, that’s the greatest compliment you can get. But it’s also a responsibility. We take that responsibility really seriously.”

All told, 88 horses changed hands for a total of $54,152,000, an increase of 24% from 2015, when 92 horses were sold for $43,666,000. The average was $615,364, an increase of 29.7% from $474,630 in 2015. Significantly, the median was $377,500, up 59.6% from $235,000 in 2015. The RNA rate fell by 6.4%. Fifteen fillies and mares sold for $1 million or more.

China Horse Club and SF Bloodstock made their presence felt on the buyer side, combining to purchase a total of 13 horses. China Horse Club spent $5,520,000 on five hips, topped by $2.4 million G1 winner Embellish the Lace, sold carrying her first foal, by Uncle Mo. SF Bloodstock added eight to their stable grossing $3,845,000, topped by this year’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Cathryn Sophia, purchased for $1.4 million.

Full results are available online.


Bernardini Colt Tops Final Session of The October Sale

Hip 1034, 2015 Fasig-Tipton October Sale
Hip 1034 (Fasig-Tipton Photo)

Yearlings by BERNARDINI accounted for the top-priced colt and filly of the third session of The October Sale on October 26, 2016. At $350,000, the session-topping colt tied Monday’s session-topper for top price in the sale overall.

Hip 1034
, a BERNARDINI colt out a winning SMART STRIKE mare sold for $350,000 mid-day on Wednesday to take the session lead and tie Monday’s top seller (video). The bay colt was purchased by Stonestreet Stables from the consignment of Brookdale Sales, agent. The yearling is from the immediate family of multiple G1 winning A.P. INDY mare SECRET STATUS.

Colts by two-time Leading Sire TAPIT and current Leading Freshman Sire UNION RAGS took the next two spots on the session leader board. De Meric Sales as agent purchased Hip 942, a son of TAPIT out of graded stakes winner CHEROKEE QUEEN for $300,000 from the consignment of South Point Sales Agency. Midwest Thoroughbreds grabbed up Hip 1214, a colt by UNION RAGS out of a half-sister to Classic winner SHACKLEFORD for $285,000 from the consignment of Darby Dan Farm.

The top filly on the day was Hip 1013, a filly by BERNARDINI out of a full sister to multiple G1 winner VOODOO DANCER which sold for $280,000 to W.D. North Thoroughbreds, agent from the consignment of Bridie Harrison, agent for Peter Blum Thoroughbreds.

“Overall, we had a solid and consistent marketplace, which I think is what you’re hoping for in October,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “There was a very strong market for quality individuals. Probably more encouraging was a strengthening to an extent of the middle and lower end of the market. Certainly it had a better feel this year. It seemed like there was an increase in the number of buyers.”

The sale, which ran over three days this year, saw 777 yearlings change hands for a total of $25,691,500. The average price was $33,065 and the median $14,500, both comparable to the 2015 sale, which was held over four days. The RNA rate was down 5.7% from 2015.

The leading consignor was Taylor Made Sales Agency, which sold 33 yearlings for $2,064,700. Representing JSM Equine, Justin Casse as agent was the leading buyer, purchasing three yearlings for a total of $600,000.

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Young Sires Rise to the Top During Session 2 of The October Sale

Hip 759 | Fasig-Tipton Photo

While the top five prices during the first session of The October Sale went to yearlings by established sires, yearlings by first- and second-crop sires accounted for three of the top five prices during the second session.

Hip 759, a colt from the first crop of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner ORB sold for $300,000 to take the session lead late in the day on Tuesday. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Team D from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. The session-topping yearling is out of a full sister to a multiple stakes winner, from the immediate family of Champion SONGBIRD.

Colts by second-crop sires GEMOLOGIST (Hip 561, $290k) and BODEMEISTER (Hip 574, $210k) were among the session’s top five prices; the remainder of the top five (all colts) were accounted for by established sires MORE THAN READY (Hip 428, $230k) and KITTEN’S JOY (Hip 551, $170k).

The session’s top-priced filly was Hip 576, a filly by UNCLE MO which sold for $140,000 to the McKathan Brothers from the consignment of Paramount Sales, agent. That filly is a half-sister to four winners, including stakes winner SMUGGLER’S HOLD.

Through two sessions, 497 yearlings have changed hands for a total of $15,469,100, good for an average of $31,125. The second session’s RNA rate was comparable to the first session’s, down from 2015. The median through two sessions was $12,000.

The October Sale concludes Wednesday, October 26 with a final session beginning at 10 am.

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Sire Power on Display During Session 1 of The October Sale

In a repeat of his showing at the Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale on October 4, CURLIN was represented by the session topper on the first day of The October Sale when Hip 293 hammered down for $350,000 in Lexington, KY. Joe Minor’s JSM Equine purchased the colt, who is a half-brother to MSW/GSP ROCK CANDY, via agent Justin Casse from the consignment of VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent.

Earlier in the session, a filly (Hip 144) by MEDAGLIA D’ORO took the lead for the fillies when sold to Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm for $300,000. Purchased via Tom McGreevy, agent from the consignment of Brookdale Sales, agent, the attractive filly is out of the G1 winning UNBRIDLED’S SONG mare MAGNIFICENT SONG.

Hip 204, a colt by MEDAGLIA D’ORO also broke the $300,000 mark mid-day when purchased by that price by Alex and Jo Ann Lieblong from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency. That colt is a half-brother to three winners from as many to race out of the G1-Princess Rooney H. winner MISTICAL PLAN, by GAME PLAN.

In the first session, 246 yearlings changed hands for a total of $8,306,400, good for an average of $33,766. The RNA rate was down from last year’s first session. During today’s session, 21 horses sold for $100,000 or more, up from 15 in the first session last year.

The October Sale continues Tuesday, October 25 at 10 am. Hips 417-832 will be offered on Tuesday, with the remainder of the catalogue to be offered beginning at 10 am on Wednesday, October 26.

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Fillies and Mares Lead the Way at the Saratoga Fall Sale

Hip 85 (Photo: Sharon Castro)

A quartet of six-figure fillies and mares highlighted this year’s renewal of the Saratoga Fall Sale held Monday, October 17 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Chester Broman paid top price for Coronation Street (Hip 85), a three-year-old unraced daughter of Street Cry (IRE) who sold for $150,000. Consigned by Sequel New York, Coronation Street is carrying her first foal, by multiple G1 winner Alpha. Out of the G2W/MGSW daughter of Malibu Moon, Sara Louise, Coronation Street is a full sister to multiple winner Mrs. Hudson.

Broman also went to $100,000 for Fingers Crossed (Hip 96), a winning Elusive Quality mare also carrying her first foal, also by Alpha, consigned by Sequel New York. Fingers Crossed is a full sister to stakes winner Ruthless Quality. Her second dam is Champion 3YO Filly and MG1W Ajina.

The top weanling was Hip 200, a gray or roan filly by Into Mischief purchased for $125,000 by Linda Rice, agent from the consignment of Catalyst Bloodstock, agent. The filly is the first foal of stakes-placed winner Roses Plus, and was bred in New York.

Rounding out the top four was Hip 270, a bay filly by The Factor, purchased for $100,000 by Texx Co from the consignment of RFHF Bloodstock, agent for Hidden Lake Farm and Kingsport Farm. The filly, whose second dam Candy Cane (ARG) is a full sister to popular sire Candy Ride (ARG), was also bred in New York.

Overall, 164 horses changed hands for a total of $2,780,600. The average was $16,955 and the median $8,500. The $150,000 sale topper exceeded 2015’s top price by 7.1%. Four horses sold for $100,000 or more, the same as in 2015. Fifteen horses sold for $50,000 or more, up 25.0% from last year.

Full results are available here.

Curlin Colt Lights Up at Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale

Hip 323. Photo: Lydia A. Williams

A Curlin colt rocketed into the lead at the Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale late in the day on Tuesday when hammered down for $450,000 at the Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD. Cash Is King’s Charles Zacney purchased Hip 323, a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Awesome Flower out of a half-sister to Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Well Armed, from the consignment of Becky Davis, agent. The final price was good for second most expensive yearling ever purchased at the Midlantic Fall Sale.

Zacney had stretched to $290,000 earlier in the day to snag Hip 187, the 2016 renewal’s top-priced filly, a daughter of the record-setting young sire Uncle Mo. “I’ve been eyeing her all day,” Zacney told the TDN after jumping in late to place the winning bid on the filly. “I’m a closer.” The top filly was consigned by Darby Dan Farm, agent.

The sale showed significant improvement on the 2015 edition, perhaps bolstered by the success of Stellar Wind, Cathryn Sophia (who Zacney purchased at this sale in 2012), and Bradester, a trio of 2016 Grade 1 winners who went through the ring at this sale as yearlings.

Overall, 268 yearlings changed hands for a total of $6,436,600, a 23.1% increase over 2015. The average of $24,017 was good for a 25.9% increase over last year. The RNA rate of 17.0% represented a drop 8.3% from 25.3% in 2015. The median held steady at $10,000.

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Record-Setting Sale Topper Leads New York Bred Yearlings

Hip 458 sold for $450,000. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

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.