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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the second night in a row, a Medaglia d’Oro filly lit up the tote board, this one soaring all the way to seven figures to lead the session and the sale. Hip 191, a filly by the sire of champion fillies Rachel Alexandra and Songbird and out of the stakes winning Thunder Gulch mare Whisper to Me sold for $1,450,000 to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm mid-way through the session on Tuesday night.
The sales-topping filly is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Overheard (Macho Uno), both bred by Mrs. Josephine Abercrombie’s Pin Oak Stud. On the filly’s public offering, consignor Denali Stud’s Craig Bandoroff said, “She is big and strong, with a lot of quality. The only reason she is here is that Mrs. Abercrombie owns the dam and two daughters.”
“She was the stand-out horse in the sale,” said Pope of the dark bay or brown filly. “She has an unbelievable amount of class.”
Hip 140, a colt by champion sire and sire of champions, Tapit, stole the show early, bringing $1,250,000 shortly after the start of the second session. That price was good for top-priced colt of both the session and the sale. The gray or roan colt is a full brother to Grade 2 placed winner Royal Obsession, who sold at the 2014 Saratoga Sale for $1,000,000.
The colt was purchased from the consignment of Gainesway, agent by powerhouse partnership Stonestreet Stables & MV Magnier, who teamed up for Monday night’s session topper, a $950,000 colt by Pioneerof the Nile also consigned by Gainesway.
John Moynihan, bloodstock advisor to Stonestreet, signed the ticket on behalf of the partnership. “He’s a beautiful Tapit,” he said. “He’s one of the best ones I’ve ever seen… he’s probably one of the two best horses in the sale.”
Offerings by three-time leading sire Tapit proved popular, accounting for six of the sale’s top 15 prices. Last year’s champion freshman sire Uncle Mo and Medaglia d’Oro each had two among the top 15. Established sires Pioneerof the Nile, Ghostzapper, War Front, Malibu Moon, and Speightstown rounded out the remainder of the top 15.
Over the course of the sale, 156 yearlings sold for a total of $45,570,000, good for an average of $292,115 and median of $237,500. The RNA rate for the second session was 15.6%. Twenty-nine horses sold for $500,000 or more, up from 26 in 2015.
The first session of the Saratoga Sale was packed with sire power, with leading sires Tapit and Uncle Mo accounting for several of the session’s top prices. However, it was Pioneerof the Nile, sire of Triple Crown winning Saratoga Sale grad American Pharoah, and consistent sire Ghostzapper, who accounted for the session’s top priced colt and filly.
The session’s top price belonged to Hip 111, a colt by Pioneerof the Nile which brought $950,000 when purchased by Stonestreet and M. V. Magnier from the consignment of Gainesway, agent. The session-topping colt is a half-brother to graded stakes winner Ocean Knight (Curlin), also owned by Stonestreet.
Hip 61, a filly by Ghostzapper, led the way for the fillies when purchased for $800,000 by Tom Haughey’s PTK Racing from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, agent. Out of Grade 2 winner Ivanavinalot, the top-priced filly is a half sister to undefeated champion Songbird (Medaglia d’Oro), herself a graduate the 2014 edition of the Saratoga Sale.
“She was great-looking and well-bred, and she’s a half to Songbird,” Haughey said of his purchased. “My daughter and my trainer and I all looked at her and we all loved her.”
At the end of the first session, 11 yearlings had sold for $500,000 or more, including Hip 27, a colt by leading sire Tapit which sold for $750,000. That colt, purchased by China Horse Club from the consignment of Top Line Sales, agent, is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Corfu (Malibu Moon).
Michael Wallace, who signed the ticket for Hip 27 on behalf of the buyer, wasn’t fazed by the price. “Colts like that deserve to make that sort of money,” said Wallace. “It’s very hard to breed a product like that and get everything so right. If you can achieve those goals, you deserve to be well-paid.”
Among those yearlings bringing half a million or more were two successful pinhooks of expensive weanlings. Hip 27, above, was a $390,000 purchase nine months ago. Hip 46, an Uncle Mo colt purchased for $650,000 by China Horse Club from the consignment of Dromoland Farm, agent, cost $370,000 last November.
Overall, 73 horses changed hands for a total of $21,215,000. The session average was $290,616 and the median was $240,000. The buyback rate was 29.8 percent.