Successful Return to December for Midlantic Mixed Sale

Returning to its customary December slot on the calendar for the first time since 2014, the Midlantic December Mixed Sale posted gains in gross, average, and median over its contemporary, the Midlantic Winter Mixed Sale held this January.

Multiple stakes placed winning three-year-old Carradine (Hip 256) topped the sale when sold for $105,000 to Linda Rice, agent from the consignment of Crane Thoroughbreds, agent for the dispersal of Harry Weisleder/DASL Stable. New York-bred Carradine, by Grasshopper, a winner at two and three, was third in the Damon Runyon S. at two and second in the Gander S. earlier this year.

Caradine’s dam, Summer Moon (Hip 218), by Maria’s Mon, was the most popular broodmare to go through the ring. She was purchased in foal to Bodemeister for $48,000 by Ed Price from the same consignment as her colt. Summer Moon has produced three winners from as many to race

The top selling racing/broodmare prospect was Ingrid (Hip 269), a three-year-old daughter of Gemologist. She was purchased for $75,000 by James Keogh (Grovendale), agent from the consignment of Marshall W. Silverman, agent for Black Swan Stable. A winner at two and three, Ingrid is a half-sister to six other winners, including Grade 1 winner Sean Avery and stakes placed winner Stayclassysandiego, dam of multiple Grade 2 winner Pretty N Cool.

The highest priced weanling on the day was Hip 160, a daughter of the late City Zip, which sold for $80,000. Douglas Arnold, agent purchased the chestnut filly from the consignment of Gracie Bloodstock, agent for Joe-Dan Farm. Hip 160 is the second foal out of multiple stakes winner Geeky Gorgeous (Devil His Due). In foal to Hey Chub, that mare was offered by the same consignor as Hip 61 earlier in the session, when she was purchased for $39,000 by Aaron Sones.

In total, 221 horses sold for a total of $2,448,200 up 170% from $906,400 in January. The average rose 73% to $11,078 from $6,428 earlier this year, and the median increased 43% to $5,000 from $3,500. The RNA rate was 21%.

Full results are available online.

Songbird, Tepin Star at Record-Breaking November Sale

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Songbird // Fasig-Tipton Photo

The stars aligned for a record-breaking sale Monday night at Fasig-Tipton, led by the sales of multiple champions Songbird and Tepin, and featuring two million-dollar weanlings.

Two-time champion filly and nine-time Grade 1 winner Songbird topped the sale when sold for $9,500,000 midway through the evening. Offered as Hip 120 by Taylor Made Sales Agency, the four-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was purchased by Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm. Songbird is the second most expensive broodmare prospect sold at auction; the most expensive was Havre de Grace, purchased for $10,000,000 at this sale in 2012, also to Pope.

“We had a remarkable catalogue and we had remarkable results tonight,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.

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Tepin // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Also popular was two-time champion turf female Tepin, who fetched a price of $8,000,000. Offered as Hip 130 by ELiTE, Tepin was purchased in foal to Curlin by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier. Tepin is the second most expensive broodmare sold at this auction.

A pair of weanling fillies tied for a new sale record early in the evening when sold for $1,000,000 each.

The first through the ring was Hip 21, a daughter of Street Sense who is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Callback. That filly was purchased by Reynolds Bell, agent for Alpha Delta from the consignment of Paramount Sales, agent. The second was Hip 46, a filly from the first crop of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. That filly, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Bodemeister, was purchased by Narvick International from the consignment of Eaton Sales.

“The buzz in the pavilion tonight and in the back walking ring was just exceptional,” added Browning. “We were fortunate enough to have a great deal of quality on offer tonight. All in all, we’re just ecstatic.”

Overall, 19 horses sold for $1,000,000 or more, up from 15 in 2016. The gross was $74,200,000, a new record for The November Sale, up 37% from last year. The average was $645,217, up 4.9% from 2016, while the $250,000 median tied for second best at this sale all time. The RNA rate was 18.4%.

Results are available online.

 

Medaglia d’Oro on Top at Record-Setting October Sale

Chris Baccari sells hip 736 for buyer Mark Casse 2017 Fasig-Tipton October Sale
Hip 736 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

A record-setting renewal of The October Sale ended Thursday with an historical high in gross and average.

In sum, 981 yearlings sold for $35,812,900, good for an average of $36,507 and median of $12,000. Gross was up 39.4% over 2016, while average rose 10.4%. The previous record gross and average were attained in 2014, when 837 yearlings sold for $30,006,200, averaging of $35,850.

A colt by internationally successful sire Medaglia d’Oro topped the sale when sold for $700,000 during the sale’s third session. Offered as Hip 736 by Baccari Bloodstock, agent, the popular colt was purchased by Mark Casse, agent.

“There were a lot of happy faces and a lot of people who really had meaningful and significant sales this year,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “That’s probably the most encouraging thing from our perspective. You can bring a legitimate horse here and get paid real money.”

Medaglia d’Oro was also responsible for the sale’s top filly, Hip 967, who was purchased for $350,000 by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent.

Colts by Violence, Curlin, and Into Mischief sold for $400,000 or more during the four-day sale, all eclipsing last year’s top price of $350,000. Into Mischief was popular during the final session, accounting for three of the top six prices on the day.

Two colts shared topped billing during session four when sold for $400,000. First through the ring was Hip 1178, a colt by Into Mischief purchased by Mike Ryan, agent from the consignment of Dromoland Farm. The second was Hip 1265, a son of Curlin purchased by Mark Casse, agent from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent. The session’s top filly was a $260,000 daughter of Into Mischief purchased by  Tracy Farmer from the consignment of Four Star Sales, agent.

On the overall gains, Browning added, “It gives everybody confidence in the marketplace moving forward to further assess sales placement, to make sure they get the right horses in the right places. If you have a horse that might need a little more time from a maturity standpoint, you don’t have to push. You’ll be rewarded for doing the right thing by the horse and bringing it to a venue like this.”

Overall, 110 horses sold for six figures or more compared to 71 last year, with 35 topping the $200,000 mark, an increase over 17 last year. The RNA rate was 22.6%.

Results are available online

Medaglia d’Oro Pure Gold During Third Session of The October Sale

Chris Baccari sells hip 736 for buyer Mark Casse 2017 Fasig-Tipton October Sale
Hip 736 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

The session topper – and current sale topper – showed his class early during the third session of The October Sale. Hip 736, a colt by proven international sire Medaglia d’Oro, sold for $700,000 to agent Mark Casse shortly after the session began (video). The dark bay or brown colt, a half-brother to two graded stakes winners out of a stakes winning half-sister to Leading Freshman Sire of 2016 Dialed In, was consigned by Baccari Bloodstock, agent. The price was the second highest paid for a colt in the history of The October Sale.

Baccari Bloodstock also consigned Hip 950, a Curlin colt from the family of champion Paradise Creek which drew the session’s second highest price when sold to Baoma Corp for $400,000.

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners went to $350,000 to secure the session’s top filly, Hip 967, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro out of Grade 1 winner Emma’s Encore. The session’s top filly was consigned by Lane’s End, agent.

Over the course of the session, 261 yearlings sold for $10,804,100, good for an average of $41,395 and median of $12,000. Thirty-five horses sold for $100,000 or more, including 12 which sold above $200,000. The gross through the first three sessions was $25,698,600 for 728 yearlings sold, eclipsing the 2016 sale total of $25,691,500 for 777 yearlings.

The October Sale continues with its fourth and final session October 26 at 10 am.

Results are available online.

 

Violence Colt Tops Second Session of The October Sale

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Hip 452 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

A colt from the second crop of successful freshman sire Violence topped the second session of The October Sale when sold mid-afternoon Tuesday. Offered as Hip 542 by Taylor Made Sales Agency, the colt was purchased by John C. Oxley for $500,000 (video). That price was good for top five (tie) at this sale all.

“[It was a] good day today,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “We saw lively bidding, frankly, from the beginning to the end. It was a pretty solid marketplace.”

Colts by established sires Into Mischief (Hip 506), Medaglia d’Oro (Hip 383), Speightstown (Hip 726), and Street Sense (Hip 603) and by hot first crop yearling sire Cairo Prince (Hip 456) also sold well, exceeding the $200,000 mark.

Two yearlings accounted for top-priced filly, each bringing $200,000. First through the ring was Hip 517, a filly by ultra consistent sire More Than Ready, purchased by agent Mike Ryan from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency. The second was Hip 629, a daughter of European Horse of the Year Giant’s Causeway, purchased by Winchester Place Thoroughbreds from the consignment of Paramount Sales, agent.

On the timing of the sale compared to earlier and selected sales, Browning remarked, “The beauty of the October marketplace is it gives sellers an alternative. Not all horses mature at the same time. It gives folks a legitimate opportunity and a legitimate alternative so that they can bring a quality horse here, present it to quality buyers, and receive a fair price.”

In the session, 237 yearlings sold for a total of $8,415,000, good for an average and median of $35,506 and $12,000, respectively.  Twenty-six hips in Session 2 fetched $100,000 or more.  The session RNA rate was 24.5%.

Results are available online.

 

Ghostzapper Yearlings Lead Solid Opening Session of The October Sale

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Hip 96 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Proven sires proved popular during the first session of The October Sale on Monday, October 23. The top filly and colt were both by Ghostzapper, currently #6 on the General Sires list, represented by 2017 Grade 1 winners Paulassilverlining and Shaman Ghost.

Jay Em Ess Stable paid the session’s top price of $275,000 for Hip 96, a daughter of Ghostzapper out of a Birdstone half-sister to stakes winners Silent Bird and A Brilliant Idea. The dark bay or brown filly, the second foal of her dam, was consigned by Legacy Bloodstock.

Hip 63, the session’s top colt, also by Ghostzapper, went for $180,000 to Superfine Farm. The dark bay or brown colt, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, is out of a half-sister to graded stakes winner La Traviata, the dam of Group 1 winners Seventh Heaven (IRE) and Crusade.

Between the top colt and filly was Hip 131, a filly by three-time Leading Sire Tapit which sold for $250,000 to Mathis Stable from the consignment of Gainesway, agent. That filly is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Winning Cause out of a half-sister to graded stakes winner Society Hostess.

Over the course of the session, 230 yearlings changed hands for a total of $6,479,500. The average was $28,172 and the median was $10,000. Twenty-two horses sold for $100,000 or more.

“It’s too early to tell much,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning of the overall numbers. “I’m not going to make any dramatic statements [comparing today’s session to last year’s sale]. We’ve got a lot of horses left to sell.”

The top yearling by a Freshman Sire of this year was Hip 34, a daughter of Orb who went for $140,000 to Madison River Thoroughbreds from the consignment of Runnymede Farm. The top price for a first-crop yearling sire was Hip 195, a filly by Shakin It Up which sold for $120,000 to the Moss Group from the consignment of Catalyst Bloodstock.

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.

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.

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.

Records Fall at The New York Bred Sale

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Hip 589 c. Cairo Prince sold for $500,000 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Records fell Sunday night as the 2017 renewal of The New York Bred Sale closed with gains across the board, the result of a $500,000 colt and historic totals in gross, average, and median.

“We had a tremendous week,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “The New York Bred Sale was record-breaking in all aspects. There was a great feel to the sale both nights.”

The sale-topper, a colt by popular first-crop yearling sire Cairo Prince (Hip 589), lit up tote late in the session when sold for $500,000 at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion, a record for The New York Bred Sale (video). The colt was purchased by Ciaran Dunne’s Wave Bloodstock from the consignment of RFHF Bloodstock, agent.

Overall, 182 yearlings sold for a total of $16,214,000, good for an average of $89,088 and a reported median of $69,500 – all records for The New York Bred Sale. The gross represented an increase of 18.6% over last year’s sale; the average and median were up 15.3% and 15.8%, respectively. The RNA rate fell 7.3% from 2016.

A filly by More Than Ready (Hip 459) became the sale’s top-priced filly when sold for $315,000 to Bradley Thoroughbreds, agent for Sheep Pond Partners early in the session. Consigned by Bluewater Sales, Hip 459 was the third most expensive filly ever purchased at this sale.

“The good news is it was a really good week,” concluded Browning. “The bad news is it’s going to be tough to raise the bar on both sales next year.”

Full results are available online.