Nyquist: Gulfstream Sale Success Story

On March 4, 2015, future Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Nyquist entered the paddock at Gulfstream Park, announced simply as “a bay colt by Uncle Mo out of Seeking Gabrielle.” After a solid 10:2 work two days prior, the handsome bay colt was popular among potential buyers, drawing a final bid of $400,000 from Doug O’Neill, agent. Nyquist was consigned by Niall Brennan Stables.

Nyquist made his first start for new owner Reddam Racing only three months selling at Gulfstream Park. On June 5, Nyquist won his debut at Santa Anita in what was then just 0.06 seconds off the track record for five furlongs. He made the jump directly to graded stakes company two months later, running away with the Best Pal S. (G2) at Del Mar by 5 ¼ lengths. Nyquist broke through at the top level in his next start, winning the Del Mar Futurity (G1) by 3 ¾ lengths before annexing the FrontRunner S. (G1) three weeks later at Santa Anita.

With four wins in as many starts in California, Nyquist shipped for the first time to Kentucky for the Breeders’ Cup Championships. Under gray skies, Nyquist was bumped hard twice as he broke from the far outside 13 post, raced wide throughout, swung into the six path on the final turn, and dug in doggedly to capture the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).

Unbeaten in five starts as a juvenile, Nyquist took a brief winter break, during which he was named Eclipse Champion 2YO Male of 2015 by an astounding 255 votes. He returned to his home base at Santa Anita for his sophomore debut, which he dispatched future Grade 1 winner Exaggerator by 1 ½ lengths in the San Vicente S. (G2).

Nyquist returned to Gulfstream Park in April 2016 to go head-to-head with fellow unbeaten sophomore Mohaymen, who had annexed the two G2 Derby preps at Gulfstream in January and February. In a race that was touted as a heavyweight fight, Nyquist captured the Florida Derby (G1) easily, leading from the second call on to win the race by 3 ¼ lengths.

On May 7, Nyquist went to lucky post 13 to contest the Run for the Roses. After patiently tracking the pace from the outside, Nyquist took the lead in the stretch and never looked back. He won by 1 ¼ lengths over a field which included no less than 14 then-or-future graded/group stakes winners, including G1 winners Exaggerator, Gun Runner, Body’s Cause, Mor Spirit, Creator, and Outwork.

Nyquist retired with a record of eight wins in 11 starts and earnings of $5,189,200. He is currently standing his first season at stud at Darley in Lexington, KY.

The 2017 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training will be held Wednesday, March 1 at 4 PM in the paddock at Gulfstream Park. The under tack show will be conducted on the main track beginning at 10 AM on Monday, February 27. The catalogue is available online.

A ‘Stellar’ Year for Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale Grads

What do last year’s Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, this term’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) victress, and this year’s Stephen Foster H. (G1) winner have in common?

They all sold at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale.

With no fewer than three Grade 1 winners among its currently performing graduates, the Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale boast 60 stakes wins since the beginning of 2015, led by 2015 Eclipse Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Stellar Wind, 2016 Kentucky Oaks (G1) victress Cathryn Sophia, and 2016 Stephen Foster H. (G1) winner Bradester.

Stellar Wind

 A graduate of the 2013 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale, Virginia-bred Stellar Wind began her career in Maryland, where she broke her maiden at Laurel Park in her second start. Relocated to California for the winter, Stellar Wind began to truly shine at Santa Anita. She checked all the boxes in her first start in graded company, winning the Santa Ysabel S. (G3) by an easy 2 ¾ lengths.

Stellar Wind leapt into the spotlight in April when capturing the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) by 5 ¼ lengths after a difficult start and a three-wide trip. After making the best of an extremely wide trip in the Kentucky Oaks (G1), Stellar Wind returned to her winning ways in the Summertime Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita where she prevailed by a nose after racing four-wide throughout. She won the Torrey Pines S. (G3) from the inside by 4 ¼ lengths in her final start before the Breeders’ Cup. She came up just a neck short to Stopchargingmaria in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) after taking the turn seven wide and hooking up with the eventual winner in a gritty duel to the wire.

Honored as the Eclipse Champion Three-Year-Old Filly for her efforts, Stellar Wind took a break and returned to California full of swagger. A gutsy runner who never once backed down from the competition, Stellar Wind took on three-time Champion Beholder in the Vanity Mile S. (G1), giving that older foe a run for her money in early June. In late July, Stellar Wind was able to turn the tables in the Clement L. Hirsch S. (G1), finishing a half-length ahead of the future Hall of Famer with the remainder of the field, including two Group 1 winners, nearly 10 lengths back. With her victory, Stellar Wind became the first horse to beat Beholder in more than two years.

Stellar Wind is the 6th highest earning filly among her foal crop. She is expected to go up against Beholder again in the Zenyatta S. (G1) on October 1.

Cathryn Sophia

A graduate of the 2014 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale, Cathryn Sophia kicked off her career with four straight wins, including two graded stakes. This Maryland-bred began her career in Pennsylvania, where she dispatched eight other juvenile fillies by nearly 13 lengths in a maiden special weight at Parx.

Bumped up to stakes company in her second start, Cathryn Sophia demolished her contemporaries by more than 16 lengths in the Gin Talking S. at Laurel Park. Shipped to Florida for the winter, Cathryn Sophia broke slowly in the Forward Gal S. (G2), winning nevertheless by a margin of 5½ lengths under a hand ride. Racing wide, she took the Davona Dale S. (G2) by 7 lengths in her next start.

After coming up just short in her first try over eight furlongs, Cathryn Sophia entered the gate for a wide-open Kentucky Oaks (G1). Overcoming a wide post and doubters alike, Cathryn Sophia cruised in the Oaks, saving ground to the inside before swinging wide to join the leaders and winning under a hand ride. Returning to Pennsylvania, she captured the Princess of Sylmar S. by 6½ lengths. She has also placed in the Acorn S. (G1) and the Cotillion S. (G1) this year.

Never off the board in seven career starts, Cathryn Sophia is the second highest-earning filly of her foal crop in 2016, behind only the incomparable Songbird.


 A graduate of the 2011 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale, Bradester took a little longer to get going than his female cover stars. On the board in his first eight starts, with three wins in maiden and allowance company, Bradester broke through at four when winning the Mineshaft H. (G3). After runner-up finishes to Itsmyluckyday in the Salvator Mile S. (G3) and to Valid in the Monmouth Cup S. (G2), Bradester captured the Ack Ack H. (G3) in the fall of his four-year-old season.

At five, Bradester returned to clear up some unfinished business, this time winning both the Salvator Mile S. (G3) and the Monmouth Cup S. (G2), both times defeating rival Valid. Returning to Monmouth to open his six-year-old season, Bradester brought home the Majestic Light S. in what would be a prelude to his biggest score. Leading the way from the four path, Bradester fought valiantly and prevailed in the Stephen Foster H. (G1) at Churchill Downs over a field which included Grade 1 winners Majestic Harbor and Effinex and Canadian Champion Older Horse Are You Kidding Me. He followed that win with a facile victory in his third running of the Monmouth Cup S. (G2).

A sound and consistent racehorse, Bradester has raced 25 times to date, with 10 wins, 6 seconds, and 2 thirds. He is a winner at ages 3, 4, 5, and 6 with earnings in excess of $1.1 million.

Find Your Own Success Story!

The 2016 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale will be held Tuesday, October 4 at 10 a.m. at the Maryland Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD. The full catalogue is available online now at www.fasigtipton.com.

2016 Saratoga Cover Story: Part 3/3

What does it take to be a cover horse? Let this year’s class of Saratoga Sale cover horses show you!

Graded Stakes won by 2016 Saratoga Sale cover horses so far in 2016:

Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 (G2) – Le Bernardin
Las Virgenes S. (G2) – Songbird
Endeavor S. (G3) – Tepin
Santa Ysabel S. (G3) – Songbird
Gulfstream Park H. (G2) – Blofeld
Hillsborough S. (G2) – Tepin
Santa Anita S. (G1) – Songbird
Bay Shore S. (G3) – Unified
Jenny Wiley S. (G1) – Tepin
Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S. (G2) – Tepin
Peter Pan S. (G2) – Unified
Woody Stephens S. (G2) – Tom’s Ready
Queen Anne S. (G1) – Tepin
Summertime Oaks (G2) – Songbird
CCA Oaks (G1) – Songbird
Clement L. Hirsch S. (G1) – Stellar Wind

In Case You Missed It: Part 1 Part 2

2016 Saratoga Cover Story: Part 2/3

What does it take to be a cover horse? Let this year’s class of Saratoga Sale cover horses show you!

Graded Stakes won by 2016 Saratoga Sale cover horses in the second half of 2015:

Vanderbilt H. (G1) – Rock Fall
Haskell Invitational S. (G1) – American Pharoah
Torrey Pines S. (G3) – Stellar Wind
Del Mar Debutante S. (G1) – Songbird
Summer S. (G2) – Conquest Daddyo
Chandelier S. (G1) – Songbird
Vosburgh S. (G1) – Rock Fall
First Lady S. (G1) – Tepin
Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) – Tonalist
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) – Songbird
Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) – Tepin
Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) – American Pharoah
Cigar Mile H. (G1) – Tonalist

Check back later today for part 3!

In Case You Missed It: Part 1

2016 Saratoga Cover Story: Part 1/3

What does it take to be a cover horse? Let this year’s class of Saratoga Sale cover horses show you!

Graded Stakes won by 2016 Saratoga Sale cover horses in the first half of 2015:

Las Virgenes S. (G1) – Callback
Donn H. (G1) – Constitution
Santa Ysabel S. (G3) – Stellar Wind
Rebel S. (G2) – American Pharoah
Santa Anita Oaks (G1) – Stellar Wind
Arkansas Derby (G1) – American Pharoah
Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2) – Tepin
Kentucky Derby (G1) – American Pharoah
Westchester S. (G3) – Tonalist
Preakness S. (G1) – American Pharoah
True North S. (G2) – Rock Fall
Just A Game S. (G1) – Tepin
Belmont S. (G1) – American Pharoah
Summertime Oaks (G2) – Stellar Wind

Check back later today for parts 2 and 3!

Saratoga Success: 2015 Eclipse Champions

You’ve seen them sell… now watch them run!

Relive the exciting 2015 Eclipse championship seasons of Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings AMERICAN PHAROAH, SONGBIRD, TEPIN, and STELLAR WIND below!

AMERICAN PHAROAH (2013 Saratoga Sale)
2015 Horse of the Year
2015 Eclipse Champion 3YO Colt

2015 Triple Crown Winner

American Pharoah‘s 2015 wins: Rebel S. (G2), Arkansas Derby (G1), Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness S. (G1), Belmont S. (G1), Haskell Invitational S. (G1), Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1)

SONGBIRD (2014 Saratoga Sale)
2015 Eclipse Champion 2YO Filly

Songbird‘s 2015 wins: Maiden Special Weight, Del Mar Debutante (G1), Chandelier S. (G1), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)

TEPIN (2012 Saratoga Sale)
2015 Eclipse Champion Turf Female

Tepin‘s 2015 wins: Allowance, Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S. (G2), Just A Game S. (G1), First Lady S. (G1), Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1)

STELLAR WIND (2013 Saratoga Sale)
2015 Eclipse Champion 3YO Filly

Stellar Wind‘s 2015 wins: Santa Ysabel S. (G3), Santa Anita Oaks (G1), Summertime Oaks (G2), Torrey Pines S. (G3)

The Saratoga Sale will be held August 8-9, 2016. Check out the sale guide and catalogue here.

Triple Threat: Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale Success Story

A native of India whose string of talented racehorses is based in California, owner-entrepreneur Kaleem Shah is no stranger to travel, especially in search of quality horse flesh. Along with a pair of extremely qualified agents – trainer Bob Baffert and advisor Donato Lanni – Shah has made a habit of plucking future Grade 1 winners from the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The trio of horsemen has found their most recent Midlantic successes in Grade 1 winners Eden’s Moon, Bayern, and Dortmund.

“We Seem to Get Lucky in May”

Speaking by phone a few weeks ahead of the 2016 Midlantic 2YO Sale, Shah attributed his success to a combination of luck and the skill of his advisors. “I’ve been very lucky at [the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training] Sales.” Shah went on to name Lanni and Baffert as “instrumental” in his success. “Those two deserve all the credit,” he said.

Shah noted that while Eden’s Moon and Dortmund “jumped out” in the breeze show, all three of his recent G1 winners showed a lot of early promise, which was evident in part due to the dirt track at Timonium. “Bob [Baffert] always tells me, when you see them work on a dirt track, you get a much better idea,” Shah said. “Some of the other sales where they don’t work on dirt, it can be hit or miss.”

On the timing of the sale, Shah’s advisor Donato Lanni said simply, “We seem to get lucky in May… I think it’s a good time of year, in May, to watch two-year-olds perform. You know there’s good horses out of that sale every year.” He also noted that having the sale around Preakness time adds to the attraction.

Eden’s Moon

In 2011, Baffert set his sights on a bay filly by popular sire Malibu Moon. Offered as Hip 5 by Bridlewood Farm as agent, Baffert secured the sale’s top-priced filly for $390,000 on behalf of his client Shah. Out of Eden’s Causeway, a winning daughter of Giant’s Causeway, the filly impressed with a quarter mile breeze in 21:3 at the under tack show and a pedigree which featured champion Paradise Creek and Grade 1 winners Forbidden Apple, Wild Event, and David Junior under her second dam. Shah named his promising new filly Eden’s Moon.

Eden’s Moon was second in her two-year-old debut, best of the rest behind future multiple graded stakes winner Reneesgotzip. In her second try a few weeks later, Eden’s Moon sped away from the competition to secure an 11 ½ length maiden win. Shah’s filly got her revenge on Reneesgotzip in the Las Virgenes S. (G1) next time out, besting her rival by 3 ¼ lengths. Eden’s Moon raced six more times as a three-year-old, winning the San Clemente H. (G2) and placing in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), Hollywood Oaks (G2), and Indiana Oaks (G2). She retired after a successful sophomore campaign with earnings of $387,216.


In 2013, Shah went to $320,000 to purchase a dark bay or brown son of Offlee Wild from Eddie Woods, agent. Then known as Hip 145, the colt worked a quarter in 21:3. The third foal out of the unraced Thunder Gulch mare Alittlebitearly, the colt was already half-sibling to two winners. Deep in his pedigree were Grade 1 winners Althea, Balletto (AUE), Acoma, Ketoh, Ali Oop, and exceptional sire Arch.

Named Bayern after the German football club, the Midlantic grad got off the mark right, breaking his maiden at first try over a field which included future multiple graded stakes winner Hoppertunity. Bayern followed up his maiden win with an allowance score, then took aim at several of the top races for three-year-olds, coming home first in the Haskell Invitational S. (G1), Woody Stephens S. (G2), and Pennsylvania Derby (G2). Bayern took on older horses for the first time in November of his sophomore season, winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) by a nose. On that day, Bayern defeated Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness S. (G1) winner California Chrome, Belmont S. (G1) winner Tonalist, and until-then unbeaten champion Shared Belief. Bayern was first by earnings in 2014 and retired with a bankroll of $4,454,930.


While Bayern was flashing his stuff as a three-year-old, Shah returned to the wellspring of the Midlantic two-year-old sale, where agent Donato Lanni placed a top bid of $140,000 on Hip 383, a chestnut colt by Big Brown. A son of the stakes-winning Tale of the Cat mare Our Josephina, the colt worked 10:1 at the under tack show. His catalogue page was dominated by third dam Lakeville Miss, a champion juvenile, multiple grade 1 winner, and grade 1 producer.

Following in a tradition that served him well, Shah named his new colt after German football club Dortmund. Like Bayern, Dortmund came flying out of the gate, breaking his maiden by 4 ¾ at first try. Dortmund strung together an opening streak of six wins, including wins in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1), Santa Anita Derby (G1), San Felipe S. (G2), and Robert B. Lewis S. (G3). Dortmund placed in the Kentucky Derby (G1) in a battle of unbeaten Fasig-Tipton sales grads which was won by eventual Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah.

Dortmund got back on track with wins in the Native Diver S. (G3) and the Big Bear S., and remains in training with Bob Baffert. To date, Dortmund has earned $1,712,480 and boasts eight wins from 10 starts.

Watch Eden’s Moon, Bayern, and Dortmund strut their stuff on the track:

The 2016 Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will be held May 23-24 at the Maryland Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD, with sale sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m. The under tack show will be held over three days, from May 17-19, beginning daily at 8 a.m. The full catalogue is available online now at www.fasigtipton.com.

Find your own success story at:
The Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale
May 23-24, 2016
Under Tack Show: May 17-19, 2016
Timonium, MD

Rhumb Line: Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale Success Story

As a racehorse, Rhumb Line was useful. A chestnut filly by Mr. Greeley, Rhumb Line didn’t start as a juvenile. She won her first time out as a sophomore and followed that score with two allowance wins at Belmont later that spring. After a three-for-three opening parlay, Rhumb Line was sent to the post in the Mother Goose S. (G1), where she suffered her first defeat to eventual multiple Grade 1 winner Spoken Fur. Rhumb Line retired in January 2004 with three wins in nine starts and career earnings just shy of $100,000.

Rhumb Line was consigned to the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale by Mill Ridge Sales as agent. On Valentine’s Day, she entertained possible buyers from Barn 1 at Fasig-Tipton’s Lexington headquarters. She had a decent pedigree, with a scattering of black type throughout, but none under her first dam, Rose Rhapsody. In fact, Rhumb Line was that mare’s best runner. Not bred in 2004, Rhumb Line would be offered as hip 470, a broodmare prospect.

Despite a first dam devoid of black type, Michael Hernon saw something he liked in the five-year-old Mr. Greeley mare. “Upon initial inspection, I immediately liked Rhumb Line,” said Hernon. “She struck me as an impressive broodmare prospect.” He went to $20,000 to secure Rhumb Line for his broodmare band. Hernon’s investment paid off by fall of the following year, when he sold Rhumb Line’s first foal. Hernon would eventually sell the mare, but not before he successfully sold her first five foals.

Hernon chose a series of talented young sires for his new broodmare, with Rhumb Line producing foals from the early crops of Grade 1 winners Officer (third crop), Tapit (second, third, and fifth crops), and Corinthian (first crop). The last foal bred by Hernon was by Birdstone, whose three-year-olds of 2010 included Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Mine That Bird.

Rhumb Line produced two graded stakes winners under Hernon’s care. The first was her 2008 filly by Tapit. Hernon sold that filly as a weanling. She was purchased again the following year as yearling by Jerry and Ann Moss, of Zenyatta fame, and named Zazu.

Zazu was a multiple Grade 1 winning sophomore who earned $691,985 from four wins in 12 starts, including the 2011 Las Virgenes S. (G1), Lady’s Secret S. (G1), and Hollywood Oaks (G2). Zazu’s sophomore success put Rhumb Line on the map – and on buyers’ minds – but the success of her 2008 filly wouldn’t become a factor until 2011.

The second of Rhumb Line’s graded stakes winners was a full brother to Zazu born in 2010, a yearling purchased by Ben Glass, agent for Gary and Mary West. The colt, later named Flashback, would win the Robert B. Lewis S. (G2) and place in two Grade 1 events as a three-year-old.

Rhumb Line sold for $2 million at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton November Sale

In the fall of Zazu’s spectacular sophomore season, Hernon considered the success of his February Sale bargain purchase and decided to offer her at public auction, in foal to Tapit. That November, he let her go for a considerable profit to a group that included Australian agent Neil Bowden.

Hernon’s luck didn’t end with his efforts. As S.F. Bloodstock, Bowden and his partners sold Rhumb Line’s 2012 Tapit colt for seven figures before selling the mare (again in foal to Tapit) to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale.

To date, Rhumb Line has produced five winners from six starters, including two graded black-type winners, one black-type winner, and one graded black-type placed winner. Her offspring have earned $1,253,479 running in the United States, Canada, and England.

The 2016 Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale will be held February 8-9, with sessions beginning daily at 11 am. The full catalogue, including supplemental entries and past performances, is available online now at www.fasigtipton.com.

Find your own success story at:
The Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale
February 8-9, 2016
Lexington, KY

Photo credits: Fasig-Tipton Photo