Medaglia d’Oro, Union Rags Bring Strong Finish to Midlantic Two-Year-Old Sale

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Hip 565 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

For the fourth consecutive year, it was a seven-figure juvenile that topped the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale.

The sale topper came towards the end of the second session. Hip 565, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro, lit up the board to the tune of $1,200,000 on Tuesday evening. Dennis O’Neill purchased the top-priced colt from the consignment of Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent. The colt is the first foal out of the graded stakes winning Tapit mare Tapicat. He worked an eighth in 10:1 during the Sunday session of the under tack show (video).

Four hips earlier, Hip 561, a colt by Union Rags, claimed the top spot briefly when sold to Michael Lund Peterson for $925,000 from the consignment of Bobby Dodd, agent. That colt worked an eighth in 10 flat on Sunday (video). Hip 561 represents a successful pinhook for his sellers, who purchased him for $90,000 at last year’s New York Bred Yearlings Sale.

Overall, 333 horses sold for a total of $24,868,500, good for an average of $74,680. The median increased 8.6% to $38,000 from $35,000 last year. Ninety-two horses sold for $100,000 or more, up from 78 six-figure sales in 2017.

Results are available online.

More Than Ready Colt Ready to Go at Midlantic Sale

A colt by More Than Ready shot to the lead late Monday afternoon and held on to top the first session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale held in Timonium, MD.

Offered as Hip 204 by Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds, the colt by More Than Ready was purchased by Mr. Ed Savant, Jr. for $750,000. Out of Canadian champion Embur’s Song, Hip 204 worked a co-fastest eighth in 10:1 during Wednesday’s under tack show (video).

First crop sire Mucho Macho Man sired the session’s second highest price. Hip 278, a colt by the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner out of Itsagiantcauseway, sold for $625,000 late in the session. He was purchased by Michael Lund Peterson from the consignment of Kirkwood Stables after working a quarter in a sharp 21:1 during the second session of the under tack show (video).

The session’s top filly was Hip 246, a daughter of Bernardini out of Great Look (a full sister to multiple graded stakes winner Winning Cause, a graduate of this sale in 2012). The filly was purchased by Charles Zacney from the consignment of Paul Sharp after working an eighth in 10:2 on Wednesday (video).

Overall, 171 horses sold for $12,066,000, including 46 six-figure sales. The average was $71,151 and the median was $36,000.

The Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale continues tomorrow at 2 PM.

Results are available online.

$1.2 Million Pair Shine at The Gulfstream Sale

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Hip 9 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

This year’s renewal of The Gulfstream Sale featured three seven-figure two-year-olds, including two which tied for the top spot when sold for $1,200,000 each. The auction also posted the second highest average and median in the sale’s history, and the highest in both categories since the move to Gulfstream Park four years ago.

Hip 9, a filly by Medaglia d’Oro, got the bidding started early when sold for $1,200,000 off a 10 flat work (video). By the sire of champion fillies Songbird and Rachel Alexandra, Hip 9 was purchased by Stonestreet Stables LLC from the consignment of Niall Brennan Stables, agent. The dark bay or brown filly is from the family of Grade 1 winning millionaire Dream Supreme and Grade 1 winning juvenile and proven sire Majestic Warrior.

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Hip 77 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Also dropping the hammer at $1,200,000 was Hip 77, a colt by popular juvenile sire Into Mischief. Hip 77, who also worked in 10 flat (video), was purchased by OXO Equine from the consignment of Eddie Woods, agent. The bay colt’s immediate family includes Grade 1 winners Irish Smoke and Book Review.

“It was an extremely strong marketplace at the upper end, said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “There were multiple bidders on the horses that performed well, vetted well, made good videos.”

Hip 31, a colt by the late Scat Daddy, came in a close third, selling for $1,000,000 to Todd Pletcher, agent for M V Magnier. Consigned by SGV Thoroughbreds, Hip 31 worked in 10 flat during Monday’s under tack show (video).

Another highlight of the sale was Hip 54, a filly from the second crop of Orb, who laid down a 21 flat quarter mile on the dirt during the under tack show (video), the fastest work at that distance since the sale relocated to Gulfstream Park in 2015. She was amply rewarded for that effort this evening when sold for $900,000 to Donato Lanni, agent for Baoma Corp. The speedster was consigned by Tom McCrocklin, agent.

Notably, 14 horses sold for $600,000 or more, up from eight in 2017. “[There was] great attendance and distribution of the buying population across the board,” Browning added. “All in all, I thought it was a strong horse sale… it bodes well for our next sale in Timonium in May.”

Overall, 59 two-year-olds sold for a total of $23,495,000, good for an average of $385,164, a 13.5% increase from $339,392 in 2017. The median was up 9.3% to $295,000 from $270,000 in 2017. Both the average and median were the second highest in this sale’s history, and the highest since the sale moved to Gulfstream Park in 2015.

Full results are available online.

Girl Talk Tops Solid Renewal of Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale

Hip 574, 2018 Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale
Hip 574 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

The Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale ended Tuesday with gains across the board over last year’s edition and a decreased RNA rate. The sale was bolstered by 24 six-figure offerings, including yearlings, broodmares, and racing/broodmare prospects alike.

Girl Talk (Hip 574), a five-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, topped the session and the sale when sold for $310,000 to Rock Ridge Thoroughbreds as the last hip through the ring late Tuesday afternoon. The stakes placed winning daughter of Grade 2 winner One Caroline was offered as a racing and/or broodmare prospect by Denali Stud, agent for Ramona Bass LLC and Cheyenne Stables LLC.

“You can really sell a good horse right now,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “There’s a lot of demand and the one thing that continues to be encouraging at the upper end of the marketplace is the number of bidders on both the foals and the mares.”

Also selling well on the day was Tricky One (Hip 498), a four-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song. Offered as a broodmare prospect by Gainesway, that filly fetched $275,000 from buyer International Equities Holding. Tricky One is a winning daughter out of the stakes winning Pulpit mare Simplify and a half-sister to stakes winner Simple Surprise.

A Tiznow colt (Hip 419) topped the yearlings on offer when sold for $260,000 to Jack Johnston.  Offered by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services, agent for C & S, Hip 419 is a half-brother to three winners, including two stakes horses, from the immediate family of Grade 1 winning millionaire Star Standard.

A yearling son of Into Mischief (Hip 368) from the immediate family of champion Cozzene also came in over the bicentennial mark, selling for $220,000 to De Meric Stables, agent from the consignment of Stuart Morris, agent.

Browning noted that outstanding conformation came at a “significant premium” during the two-day sale, regardless of whether the horse on offer was a yearling, broodmare, or racing/broodmare prospect.

Overall, 364 horses sold for a gross of $10,436,800, up 9.8% from last year’s total. The average was $28,673, a 5.9% increase from 2017, while the median was up 16.7% to $10,500. The RNA rate fell 2.8% to 22.7%.

Full results are available online.

Accomplished Fillies and Mares Top First Session of Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale

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Hip 68 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Stakes winning broodmare prospects and in-foal mares were the most popular commodities during the first session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale on Monday. The session saw multiple six-figure sales for yearlings, broodmares, and racing/broodmare prospects.

The session topper was multiple stakes winner Bling On the Music (Hip 68), purchased for $260,000 by International Equities Holdings from the consignment of Baccari Bloodstock, agent. Winner of the Gold Rush Futurity and Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at two, Bling On the Music was also third in open company as a juvenile, finishing third in the Pocahontas S. (G2) on the way to career earnings of $153,167. She was sold as a broodmare prospect.

Multiple stakes winner Great Soul (Hip 211), a five-year-old daughter of Great Notion from the immediate family of graded stakes winner Street Magician, also sold well, fetching $220,000 as a racing/broodmare prospect from buyer Donato Lanni, agent. Great Soul was consigned by Indian Creek, agent.

The top in-foal mare of the day was Coy Cat (Hip 119), a stakes winning and stakes producing daughter of Hold That Tiger which sold for $150,000 in foal to Into Mischief. The mare was purchased by SF Bloodstock from the consignment of Bill Murphy, agent.

A daughter of Distorted Humor out of multiple stakes winner Gilded Gold (Hip 189) led the day’s yearlings when sold for $105,000 to Machmer Hall. The dark bay or brown filly is a half-sister to stakes winner Thieves Gold from the immediate family of graded stakes winners Hope for a Breeze, Gigantic Breeze, and Dr. Kashnikov. She was consigned by Denali Stud, agent.

A colt by Violence out of multiple graded stakes winner Classic Elegance (Hip 110) came a close second, selling for $100,000 to James R. Layden from the consignment of Buckland Sales, agent. That colt is from the immediate family of Grade 1 winner Believe You Can and graded stakes winners Basket Weave, Chorwon, Rush Bay, and Itsaknockout.

Overall, 181 horses sold for $4,134,200, good for an average of $22,841. The median was $10,000.

Full results are available online.

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

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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.