Recording-setting Saratoga Sale ‘Exceeds Expectations’

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Hip 186 c. Orb sold for $1,000,000 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

The Saratoga Sale concluded its two-night run on Tuesday with gains across the board and an historical high in median, bolstered by a deep buying bench with purchasers from North America, Europe, Australia, Japan, and Dubai.

“We had had high expectations coming into the sale and we exceeded those expectations,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “I’ve been doing this a long time. I honestly can’t recall ever seeing a closer relationship at an upper end horse sale [between] the average and the median that we’ve seen over the last two nights. Horses were exceeding reserves by two, three, four times in many instances.”

Whereas established sire Curlin was responsible for the first session’s top colt and filly, first and second crop sires accounted four of the top six prices on the night, with spots set aside a full brother to Grade 1 winning Saratoga Sale graduate Avenge (War Front) and a filly from the final crop of the much-missed Scat Daddy.

A million-dollar son of freshman sire Orb (Hip 186) topped the session when purchased by Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock from the consignment of Gainesway (video). The popular chestnut yearling is the first foal out of graded stakes winner Flashy American (Flashy Bull), who sold with Hip 186 in utero at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale for $395,000. The colt was later offered at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton November Sale as a selected weanling, where he fetched $310,000.

Coming in a close second was a War Front colt (Hip 226), which fetched $995,000 as the penultimate offering of the session (video). The colt is a full brother to last term’s Rodeo Drive S. (G1) winner Avenge, a $650,000 purchase at the 2013 Saratoga Sale, and a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Lira. He was purchased by Godolphin from the consignment of Gainesway.

The top-priced filly of the session (and sale), was an $825,000 filly (Hip 198) by first-crop yearling sire Strong Mandate, who won the Hopeful S. (G1) here at Saratoga by nearly 10 lengths as a two-year-old. Live Oak Plantation purchased the filly from the consignment of Baccari Bloodstock, agent (video).

An $800,000 filly by the late Scat Daddy (Hip 132) and $750,000 yearlings by freshman sire Animal Kingdom (Hip 129, colt) and Orb (Hip 181, filly) rounded out the session’s top offerings.

“When we tell somebody we want a horse, they trust us,” continued Browning. “The foundation of any auction company is its integrity, its work ethic, its willingness to go the extra mile. I think we saw some of the rewards of that this week.”

Over the course of the two nights, 156 yearlings changed hands for a total of $52,995,000 a 16% increase over last year’s renewal, which saw 156 yearlings sell for $45,570,000. The sale produced an average of $339,712, up 16% from $292,115 in 2016, and good for second highest average in the history of The Saratoga Sale. The $300,000 median was the highest ever at this sale, eclipsing last year’s median of $237,500 by 26%. The RNA rate was 19.6% down 2.9% from 2016.

Full results are available at www.fasigtipton.com.

 

Live Blog: The Saratoga Sale, Session 2 (2017)

Join us as we recap the top hips of the first session of the 2017 Saratoga Sale!

The Saratoga Sale has ended. Results are available at www.fasigtipton.com.

Hip 226 c. War Front-Lerici // $995,000

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Hip 226 c. War Front // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 226, a colt by War Front, sold for $995,000 as the penultimate offering of The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Godolphin from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.

This colt is a full brother to Avenge, a $650,000 graduate of the 2013 Saratoga Sale who captured last term’s Rodeo Drive S. (G1) at Santa Anita. He is also a half-sibling to multiple stakes winner Lira. The immediate family further includes Grade/Group 1 winners Mashaallah, Folk Art, and Local Talent.

Hip 226 was bred in Kentucky by Tada Nobutaka.

Hip 198 f. Strong Mandate-Graeme Six // $825,000

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Hip 198 f. Strong Mandate // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 198, a filly from the first crop of Hopeful S. (G1) winner Strong Mandate, sold for $825,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Live Oak Plantation from the consignment of Bacarri Bloodstock, agent.

This filly is a half-sister to four winners from as many to race out of the graded stakes winning Graeme Hall mare Graeme Six, including graded stakes winners Cali Star and Delightful Joy and recent stakes winner Seymourdini.

Hip 198 was bred in Kentucky by Three Chimneys Farm and Besilu Stables.

Hip 186 c. Orb-Flashy American // $1,000,000

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Hip 186 c. Orb // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 186, a colt by popular young sire Orb, sold for $1,000,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The chestnut colt was purchased by Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.

This colt is the first foal out of the graded stakes winning Flashy Bull mare Flashy American. That mare sold carrying this colt at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale for $395,000. He colt was offered at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton November Sale as a selected weanling, where he fetched $310,000. He is from the immediate family of multiple graded stakes winner I’m Already Sexy.

Hip 186 was bred in Kentucky by Gainesway Thoroughbreds, Brian Graves, Kidder-Cole, et al.

Hip 181 f. Orb-Fashion Cat // $750,000

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Hip 181 f. Orb // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 181, a filly from the second crop of Kentucky Derby (G1) Orb, sold for $750,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Solis/Litt from the consignment of Four Star Sales, agent.

This filly is a three-quarter sister to Saratoga Special S. (G2) winner Corfu, by Malibu Moon, out of the winning Forest Wildcat mare Fashion Cat. Fashion Cat, who has produced three winners to date, is a half-sister to three-time Grade 1 winner and $3,000,000 earner Peace Rules and to multiple stakes winner Wild Fashion.

Hip 181 was bred in Kentucky by SF Bloodstock.

Hip 165 f. Tapit-Colonial Flag // $675,000

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Hip 165 f. Tapit // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 165, a filly by three-time leading sire Tapit, sold for $675,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay filly was purchased by Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.

This filly is the first foul out of multiple graded stakes placed stakes winner Colonial Flag, by Pleasant Tap. Colonial Flag is a half-sister to three other winners, including Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) winner Shared Account. Her immediate family further includes graded stakes winners Pok Ta Pok, Eagleton, Sapphire n’ Silk, Shaniko, and Golden Itiz.

Hip 165 was bred in Kentucky by Alpha Delta Stables.

Hip 163 c. Malibu Moon-Cloud Jumper // $700,000

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Hip 163 c. Malibu Moon // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 163, a colt by Malibu Moon, sold for $700,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Spendthrift Farm, which stands Malibu Moon, from the consignment of Four Star Sales, agent.

This colt is second foal out of the unraced Street Cry (IRE) mare Cloud Jumper, a daughter of multiple stakes winner Storm Beauty. Cloud Jumper is a half-sister to five winners, including graded stakes winner Buffum and multiple stakes winner Stormy West. This is the immediate family of Horse of the Year Dayjur, champion Sky Beauty, and Grade 1 winners Maplejinsky, Pleasant Home, and Tale of Ekati.

Hip 163 was bred in Pennsylvania by Burshwood Stable.

Hip 132 f. Scat Daddy-Auction (IRE) // $800,000

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Hip 132 f. Scat Daddy // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 132, a filly by Scat Daddy, sire of four winners during the prestigious Royal Ascot meet this past June, sold for $800,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock from the consignment of Hunter Valley Farm, agent.

This filly is the first foal out of the Mr. Greeley mare Auction (IRE), a stakes-placed winner in England. That mare is out of multiple group stakes winner Exhibit One, who also produced multiple graded stakes-placed winner Maitres d’Art. The immediate family includes European champion and Two Thousand Guineas (G1) winner Zafonic and graded/group stakes winners Zamindar and Daring Love.

Hip 132 was bred in Kentucky by Samac.

Hip 129 c. Animal Kingdom-Art Teacher // $750,000

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Hip 129 c. Animal Kingdom // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 129, a colt from the second North American crop of champion Animal Kingdom, sold for $750,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by OXO Equine from the consignment of Gainesway.

Animal Kingdom is currently the second leading first crop sire by number of blacktype stakes winners, which include undefeated Debutante S. winner Sunny Skies and last weekend’s Graduate S. winner Continental Divide.

This colt is a half-brother to one winner from as many to race out of the unraced Master Command mare Art Teacher, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Indian Firewater. He is from the immediate family of graded stakes winners Four Flings and Rugged Bugger.

Hip 129 was bred in Kentucky by by T.F. VanMeter.

Hip 114 c. Uncle Mo-Zetta Z // $700,000

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Hip 114 c. Uncle Mo // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 114, a colt by champion Uncle Mo, sold for $700,000 early in the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by OXO Equine from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

The second foal of the Bernardini mare Zetta Z, this colt is a descendant of Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner Unbridled Elaine. That mare is responsible for graded stakes winners Etched, Emotionless, and Out of Bounds. Unbridled Elaine is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Glitter Woman, who produced Grade 1 winner Political Force, and to Gwenjinsky, who produced three stakes winners, including multiple Grade 2 winner Lead Story.

Hip 114 was bred in Kentucky by CASA Farms.

Curlin Colt, Filly Popular During ‘Spectacular’ First Session of The Saratoga Sale

The Saratoga Sale got off to an spectacular start Monday night, with average and median eclipsing last year’s figures and an exceptionally low RNA rate.

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Hip 45, a colt by Curlin, sold for $1,000,000 to top the first session of The Saratoga Sale // Fasig-Tipton Photo

A colt by Curlin (Hip 45) proved most popular Monday night during the first session of The Saratoga Sale, breaking the seven-figure mark when hammered down for $1,000,000 to Eric Fein (video). The colt, offered by Denali Stud for breeder Stonestreet Farm, is out of Princess Rooney H. (G1) winner River’s Prayer (Devon Lane), who has already produced three winners.

One hip earlier, a son of Medaglia d’Oro (Hip 44) offered by Gainesway came near the top mark when sold for $900,000 to the partnership of Mike Repole and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. Towards the close of the session, an Into Mischief half-brother (Hip 98) to graded stakes winners Ami’s Holiday and Ami’s Mesa brought $850,000. The colt was purchased by Lael Stable from the consignment of Warrendale Sales, agent for breeder Tall Oaks.

Curlin was also responsible for the session’s top filly when his daughter (Hip 34) out of a half-sister to Grade 1 winning juvenile Sky Diva sold for $750,000 to Juddmonte Farms. The session’s leading lady was consigned by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services.

“We’re obviously very pleased with the opening session of the 2017 Saratoga Yearling Sale,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “[We’re] very encouraged by RNA rate of about 18% tonight, which is pretty spectacular in a select marketplace. It’s certainly a very good start: average up, median up, RNA rate down. It’s kind of the trifecta that you hope for from a sales perspective.”

Among first crop yearling sires, Will Take Charge took the lead late in the session when his son (Hip 107), the first foal of stakes winner Winter Brook (Any Given Saturday) was picked up by Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock for $475,000. The colt was consigned by Dromoland Farm.

“It’s only halftime,” added Browning. “A lot of work to do tomorrow night, but a really exciting group of horses to have on offer tomorrow night, so we’re very pleased at the halfway point of the sale.”

Overall, 75 yearlings changed hands for a total of $24,425,000, yielding a healthy average of $325,667, 11% higher than the 2016 sale, and a median of $300,000, an increase of 26% over last year. Fourteen horses brought $500,000 or more. The session’s RNA rate was 18.5%.

Session results are available at www.fasigtipton.com.

The Saratoga Sale continues tomorrow, August 8 at 6:30PM.

 

 

 

Live Blog: The Saratoga Sale, Session 1 (2017)

Join us as we recap the top hips of the first session of the 2017 Saratoga Sale!

Session 1 has ended. Results are available at www.fasigtipton.com.

Hip 98 c. Into Mischief-Victorious Ami // $850,000

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Hip 98 c. Into Mischief // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 98, a son of Into Mischief, sold for $850,000 during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Lael Stable from the consignment of Warrendale Sales, agent for Tall Oaks.

This colt is a half-sibling to four winners out of the stakes winning Victory Gallop mare Victorious Ami, including graded stakes winners Ami’s Holiday and Ami’s Mesa. Victorious Ami is a half-sister to Galloping Ami, dam of graded stakes winning champion Amis Gizmo, graded stakes winner Ami’s Flatter, and stakes winner Aragorn Ami.

Hip 98 was bred in Ontario by Tall Oaks Farm.

Hip 81 c. Uncle Mo-Teak Totem // $650,000

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Hip 81 c. Uncle Mo // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 81, a colt by champion Uncle Mo, sold for $650,000 during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by John C. Oxley from the consignment of Baccari Bloodstock, agent.

This colt is out of the stakes winning Northern Afleet mare Teak Totem, dam of five winners, including Grade 2 winner Adios Charlie. Team Totem is a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Teaks North and to multiple Grade 2 winner Wooden Phone.

Hip 81 was bred in Kentucky by SF Bloodstock.

Hip 49 c. Malibu Moon-Royal Irish Lass // $650,000

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Hip 49 c. Malibu Moon // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 49, a colt by prolific sire Malibu Moon, sold for $650,000 during The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Woodford Racing from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent for Brandywine Farm.

This colt is a half-sibling to three winners, including this year’s Robert B. Lewis S. (G3) winner Royal Mo, a talented three-year-old which also placed in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), and to stakes winner Tara from the Cape. The colt’s second dam is multiple graded stakes winner Irish Linnet, who produced seven winners, including stakes winners Irish Art and Blushing Irish.

Hip 49 was bred in Kentucky by  Brandywine Farm and Spendthrift Farm.

Hip 45 c. Curlin-River’s Prayer // $1,000,000

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Hip 45 c. Curlin // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 45, a colt by four-time champion Curlin, sold for $1,000,000 to during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The chestnut colt was purchased by Eric Fein from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised.

This colt is a half-sibling to three winners out of the Grade 1 winning Devon Lane mare River’s Prayer. He is from the immediate family of stakes winners Never Roung, Lexington Laugh, and Desert Whirlwind.

The colt was bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.

Hip 44 c. Medaglia d’Oro-Rigoletta // $900,000

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Hip 44 c. Medaglia d’Oro // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 44, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro sold for $900,000 during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Mike Repole and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.

 

This colt is out of the Grade 1 winning Concerto mare Rigoletta, who also produced recent Affirmed S. (G3) winner, who placed in both the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and the Kentucky Derby (G1) earlier this year. Hip 44 is from the immediate family of champion and multiple Grade 1 winner Musical Romance.

The colt was bred in Kentucky by Thoro-Bred Stables.

Hip 34 f. Curlin-Purple Cat // $750,000

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Hip 34 f. Curlin // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 34, a filly by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, sold for $750,000 during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Juddmonte Farms from the consignment of Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services, agent.

 

This filly is the third foal of the winning Bluegrass Cat mare Purple Cat. That mare is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Sky Diva and Grade 1-placed multiple stakes winner Quick Little Miss.  Hip 34’s immediate family also includes multiple Grade 1 winner Pure Clan and graded stakes winners Gather the Clan (IRE), Greater Good, and What A Summer.

The filly was bred in New York by Newtown Anner Stud.

Hip 26 c. Union Rags-Passion Du Coeur // $650,000

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Hip 26 c. Union Rags // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 26, a colt from the third crop of Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Union Rags, sold for $650,000 during the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Robert Baker and William Mack from the consignment of VanMeter-Gentry Sales.

This colt is a half-brother to four winners from as many to race out of the winning Distorted Humor mare Passion Du Coeur, a full sister to multiple stakes winner Distorted Passion. That mare is the dam of last term’s Lake George S. (G2) winner and multiple graded stakes winner winner Mrs McDougal. Hip 26 is from the immediate family of Grade 2 winner Warbling.

The colt was bred in Kentucky by Elm Tree Farm.

Saratoga Success Story: Fabulous Fillies

2017-0717_Fasig_TDN Fab Fillies.jpgThe Saratoga Sale, held in Saratoga Springs, New York, is annually the top ranked sale in North America by percentage of Grade 1 winners sold.

When it comes to the fillies who have graduated from the Saratoga Sale, it’s not just lady luck. It is a combination of pedigree, physical, and refined selection by skilled horsemen that starts when they walk into the ring at The Saratoga Sale, and culminates in the winner’s circle.

Tepin

 Eventual two-time champion Tepin was purchased for $140,000 out of the 2012 Saratoga Sale consignment of Select Sales, where her consistency and laid-back personality drew Robert E. Masterson to the Bernstein filly.

“Deuce Greathouse and David Greathouse, Deuce’s father, were the first two to see her,” Masterson said about the yearling Tepin at the Saratoga Sale. “They loved her disposition, they loved the way she walked. She was a great mover. I saw her later that day. Same thoughts that they had. You know we saw her several times after that. You like to see a horse after it’s been out so many times, and how it acts, and how it’s disposition is later on in the day after it’s been handled so much and walked so much. She always carried herself the same way. There was never any change in her.”

Tepin hinted early on at her superior potential while winning the Delta Downs Princess (G3) on the dirt during her two-year-old season. But it wasn’t until she switched over to turf that Tepin truly found her stride.

At four, Tepin fired off a front-running victory in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2) before clinching her first Grade 1 title in the Just a Game S. (G1) at Belmont. After a nose and a head second in the Diana S. (G1) and Ballston Spa S. (G2), it would be more than a year before another horse put their head in front of Tepin’s.

That fall, Tepin rattled her competition with a decisive 7-length score in the First Lady S. (G1) before showing the boys how it’s done in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), winning that race by 2 ¼ lengths. Tepin’s four-year-old season earned her the first of two consecutive Eclipse Awards for Champion Grass Mare.

Tepin carried her streak into 2016, kicking off her five-year-old season with wins in the Endeavor S. (G3) and Hillsborough S. (G2) at Tampa Bay. She returned to Kentucky to capture the Jenny Wiley S. (G1) and successfully defend her title in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2).

Tepin’s next appointment was oversees at Royal Ascot, where she represented the United States with aplomb as she bested colts and won the Queen Anne S. (G1) – the first American-based horse to do so. Hopping from the United Kingdom to Canada, Tepin won her second consecutive race outside of the United States when taking the Woodbine Mile (G1) by ½ length.

“In Woodbine, Canada when we were getting the trophy for winning the Woodbine Mile, we had to stop the reception because the people were shouting Tepin’s name so loud,” Masterson recalled. But above all the triumphs, Masterson stated that winning at Royal Ascot was the most memorable moment of Tepin’s career.

“First of all, we had no expectations of winning, but we wanted to go and try, and we thought that she’d done everything we wanted her to do, and it would be a great opportunity to take an American horse over there and run and perform well. But to win was simply amazing. I mean it was just unexpected, and a great trial.”

The spectacular distaffer closed out her career with runner up finishes in the First Lady S. (G1) and the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), in which she was a game second by ½ length to record-setting winner Tourist. Tepin capped her phenomenal final year on the track with a second Eclipse Award for Champion Grass Mare and retired with earnings of $4,437,918.

“It’s a once in a lifetime experience in the horse business. It’s very difficult to ever get a horse like that, and have the opportunity to have one like that, and to cherish all the time with her was just outstanding.”

Stellar Wind

A $40,000 purchase by Vernan Lee Stables from the 2013 Saratoga Sale consignment of Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, Stellar Wind ultimately found the west coast more to her liking.

After breaking her maiden late in her two-year-old season, Stellar Wind shipped to Santa Anita to win her graded stakes debut in her first outing at three. A 2 ¾ length winner of the Santa Ysabel S. (G3), Stellar Wind went on to win the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) by more than five lengths.

After a successful spring in California, Stellar Wind soared through her summer, capturing the Summertime Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita and Torrey Pine S. (G3) at Del Mar before finishing a neck second to multiple Grade 1 winner Stopchargingmaria in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). Stellar Wind exited her three-year-old campaign with an Eclipse Award for Champion 3YO Filly.

At four, Stellar Wind found herself hard up against the great mare Beholder, to whom she finished second in the Vanity Mile S. (G1). She returned with a vengeance a month later to best that counterpart in the Clement L. Hirsch S. (G1) and Zenyatta S. (G1).

Stellar Wind returned in top form this year, winning the Apple Blossom H. (G1) at Oaklawn and Beholder Mile (G1), named after her rival of the previous year, at Santa Anita. She remains in trainer with John Sadler for owner Hronis Racing.

 

 Avenge

Consigned by Gainesway to the 2013 Saratoga Sale, Avenge was purchased for $650,000 by agent Steven W. Young, who admired the filly’s pedigree and overall physical appearance.

“Obviously she’s by War Front, who I couldn’t possibly have more respect for than I do him,” Young said in a recent phone interview. “On paper she comes from an old Claiborne Farm family, and was an offshoot of horses that did very well for Lane’s End also. Then you go to her physically, she was very strong over her back, she had a great shoulder, great balance. Physically she’s always been special, and she was special then.

“[Owner Ramona Bass] liked her immediately. As I said she was a beautiful filly that stood over ground and had a lot of good aspects from both sides of her family. Ramona liked her a lot the first time she saw her.”

A stakes winner at Santa Anita at three, Avenge really came into her own at four, when she notched her first graded stakes win in the John C. Mabee S. (G2) at Del Mar over eventual Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) winner Finest City. A month later, Avenge got the jump on the rest of the field right at the start of the Rodeo Drive (G1) and never looked back, cruising from gate to wire on the lead to win by ¾ length.

“We’re fortunate enough that most of the people that I buy for, they’re not my clients, they’re my friends,” Young said. “When you have a horse that you pay that kind of money for come to fruition on the racetrack, it makes everything worth the effort and the time, and it’s very, very special.”

Twice Grade 1-placed behind the exceptional Lady Eli since the Rodeo Drive, Avenge is currently in training with Richard Mandella for owner Ramona Bass.

Songbird

Consigned to the 2014 Saratoga Sale by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, Songbird was a $400,000 buy for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm.

A year later, Songbird took flight in her very first start, winning a maiden special weight at Del Mar by 6 ½ lengths. She immediately followed that with a move up to Grade 1 company in the Del Mar Debutante (G1), blowing away the field in a swift 5 ¼ length victory. Twenty-one days later she contended the Chandelier S. (G1), and even after being bumped at the start, she pulled ahead of her rivals and led the field from gate to wire, dominating by 4 ½ lengths.

Those victories set her up for the most dominating score of her career to that point, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), where she triumphed over fellow Grade 1 winners Rachel’s Valentina and Nickname, along with a number of other talented graded stakes winning fillies, by 5 ¾ lengths. At the end of her two-year-old season, Songbird was honored with the distinction of Eclipse Award 2015 Champion 2YO Filly.

With expectations high as she soared into her sophomore year, Songbird did not disappoint, knocking down seven consecutive graded stakes races – four of which were Grade 1events – and never finished less than 3 lengths ahead of her competitors.

Starting at her home base on the west coast, she won the Las Virgenes S. (G2), Santa Ysabel S. (G3), Santa Anita Oaks (G1), and the Summertime Oaks (G2), before taking the east coast by storm. Undaunted by the ominous “Graveyard of Champions” title that is synonymous with Saratoga, Songbird won the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) by 5 ¼ lengths before blowing away the field of the Alabama (G1) by 7.

Her win in the Cotillion S. (G1) at Parx was followed by a valorous performance in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Santa Anita. The stretch run was one of the most exciting in the Breeders’ Cup to date, as Songbird set the pace and led the field into the stretch, digging in with determination to face the challenge of four-time champion Beholder, and only losing by the barest nose in the final bow of the older mare’s racing career.

After being awarded another champion title, Eclipse Award for Champion 3YO Filly, along with a well-deserved six-month rest from the races at WinStar Farm, Songbird fired off dual Grade 1 victories. In her four-year-old debut, she won the Ogden Phipps S. (G1) at Belmont on June 10, and followed that score with a win in the Delaware Handicap (G1) a month later at Delaware Park. To date, she has earned $4,562,000 for owner Fox Hill Farm and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

 

Find Your Own Success Story!

 The 2017 Saratoga Sale of Selected Yearlings will be held Monday and Tuesday, August 7 and 8 at 6:30 p.m. the Fasig-Tipton Sales Paddocks in Saratoga Springs, New York. The full catalogue is available online now at http://www.fasigtipton.com.

 

Saratoga Success Story: Find Your ‘Jewel’ at Saratoga!

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Tapwrit wins the Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 9, 2017.

The Saratoga Sale, annually the top ranked sale in North America by percentage of Grade 1 winners sold, is known for offering the “cream of the crop” each year at its trackside location in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Over the past six years, graduates of The Saratoga Sale have captured every jewel of the prestigious Triple Crown. Saratoga grads have won an astonishing third of all Triple Crown races since 2012, exceptional for a sale which offers less than one percent of the total foal crop annually.

“Test of the Champion”

Including American Pharoah’s historic run in 2015, Saratoga Sale graduates have also captured four of the last six renewals of the “Test of the Champion.”

Tapwrit – 2017 Belmont S.

This handsome Tapit colt gained the attention of the racing industry long before he hit the track when selling for $1,200,000 at the 2015 Saratoga Sale. He was purchased by the partnership of Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Robert LaPenta from the consignment of Denali Stud.

“Tapwrit was the complete package during the inspection process at The Saratoga Sale,” said Aron Wellman, front man for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. “He was a robust colt with tons of scope, yet he was extremely well balanced and had a rhythmic, athletic walk. He had terrific bone to support his considerable frame and he was superb from a conformational perspective.”

Tapwrit broken his maiden in November of his two-year-old season, following that score up shortly thereafter with a win in the Pulpit S. at Gulfstream Park. In his second start at three, he nabbed his first graded stakes win, pulling away to a 4 ½ length victory in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2).

After suffering a notably rough trip in the Kentucky Derby, Tapwrit took the Preakness off to prep for the Belmont. On June 10, the big gray colt swung off the rail to power home to a 2 length victory over the favored Irish War Cry.

“He came through for us,” said Wellman of Tapwrit’s Belmont success. “Seeing Tapwrit cross the fire first in the Belmont was a euphoric feeling… It was a dream script that morphed into reality and every facet of the journey from the moment we laid eyes on him until the moment he walked into the winners’ circle after winning the Belmont was sensational.”

Campaigned by owners Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Robert LaPenta and trainer Todd Pletcher, Tapwrit has earned $1,143,902.

American Pharoah – 2015 Triple Crown

The most notable of these Triple Crown race victories came in 2015, when American Pharoah, a Pioneerof the Nile colt who sold to David Ingordo for $300,000 at the 2013 Saratoga Sale, captured all three jewels of the Triple Crown over five exciting weeks beginning the first weekend in May. The plain bay colt was purchased by agent David Ingordo from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency.

At two, American Pharoah made a splash at the top level in only his second start, winning the Del Mar Futurity (G1) by 4 ¾ lengths and the FrontRunner S. (G1) by 3 ¼ lengths, both over future graded stakes winner Calculator. The FrontRunner field also featured next-out Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red and future Grade 1 winner Lord Nelson.

At three, American Pharoah started twice at Oaklawn Park to prepare for his “Run for the Roses,” capturing the Rebel S. (G2) by 6 ¼ lengths and the Arkansas Derby (G1) lengths in a pair of no-doubters.

On the first Saturday in May, American Pharoah captured a notorious hard-fought renewal of the Kentucky Derby (G1), finishing a head in front of graded stakes winner Firing Line and previously undefeated Grade 1 winner Dortmund (both graduates of Fasig-Tipton sales).

The Preakness S. (G1) two weeks later was run in a downpour on a track labeled “sloppy.” To counter the poor conditions, American Pharoah was gunned at the start and led at every call, eventually lengthening his lead to a handy 7 lengths at the wire.

On June 6, 2015, with the hopes of racing fans heavy on his back, American Pharoah galloped into racing history in the Belmont, triumphing by 5 ½ lengths over future Grade 1 winners Frosted and Keen Ice. The future Hall of Famer captured the hearts of racing fans across the country and thrust the sport into the national headlines from coast to coast.

American Pharoah would capture eight Grade 1 stakes and nine graded stakes in his career, including the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). The first Triple Crown winner since 1978, he also earned Horse of the Year, Eclipse Champion 2YO Colt, and Eclipse Champion 3YO Colt honors.

Watch American Pharoah capture the 2015 Triple Crown:

Tonalist – 2014 Belmont S.

This big bay Tapit colt fetched a final bid of $145,000 at the 2012 Saratoga Sale when offered by Sweezy & Partners.

A newcomer to the Triple Crown series, Tonalist broke his maiden in January of his three-year-old season and captured the Peter Pan S. (G2) by 4 lengths over future graded stakes winner Commissioner on May 10 prior to his start in the Belmont.

Coming from off the lead, as was his wont, Tonalist surged to win the Belmont by a head, once again over Commissioner, to end eventual two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome’s Triple Crown bid.

Tonalist’s dam is by Pleasant Colony, who came up short to finish third in the Belmont in 1981 on his way to Eclipse Champion 3YO Colt honors. Pleasant Colony was bred and raced by Buckland Farm, helmed by Thomas Mellon Evans, whose son Robert “Shel” Evans owns Tonalist.

The younger Evans spoke with Daily Racing Form shortly after Tonalist’s Belmont victory. “It was quiet after he didn’t win,” he remarked about Pleasant Colony’s placing in the Belmont. Of Tonalist, he added, “He’s 17 hands, a great big boy, sort of like his grandfather… I’ve been in the game a long time, and I know you have to be patient, take care of the horse, and that’s what we [Evans and trainer Christophe Clement] did… Christophe had him just right.”

Tonalist returned victorious to Belmont in the fall, capturing the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) by 1 ¾ lengths over a packed field featuring current or future Grade 1 winners and V. E. Day.

The big bay continued to show his affinity for “Big Sandy” with a win in the Westchester S. (G3) in his four-year-old debut. He then successfully defended his Jockey Club Gold Cup title by 4 ¾ lengths over Grade 1 winners Wicked Strong, Effinex, and Constitution. In the final win of his exceptional career, Tonalist gamely outfinished his rivals for a neck victory in the Cigar Mile (G1).

Campaigned by owner Evans and trainer Clement, Tonalist recorded seven wins in 16 starts and earned $3,647,000.

Union Rags – 2012 Belmont S.

IEAH Stables purchased this future multiple Grade 1 stakes winning Indian Charlie colt out of the 2010 Saratoga Sale for $145,000 from the consignment of Paramount Sales.

A precocious two-year-old, Union Rags broke his maiden in July and jumped right into graded stakes company, winning the Saratoga Special S. (G2) a month later, over a field that included future Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Trinniberg. Next out, he drew off to a ¼ length win in the Champagne S. (G1) at Belmont Park, defeating future Grade 1 winner Alpha. Union Rags closed to finish a head shy of eventual Eclipse Award Champion 2YO Colt Hansen in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), defeating current or future Grade 1 winners Creative Cause, Dullahan, Take Charge Indy, and Drill.

Union Rags romped by 4 lengths in his three-year-old debut, capturing the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth S. (G2) easily. Placed in the Florida Derby (G1) and coming off an unlucky trip in the Kentucky Derby, Union Rags pounced on next-out Grade 1 winner Paynter late after being blocked on the rail to capture the Belmont S. by a neck.

Owner & Breeder Phyllis Wyeth put it most simply in a post-race interview with The New York Times: “It was my dream and he made it come true.”

Union Rags was owned by Chadds Ford Stable and trained by Michael Matz. The multiple graded stakes winner retired with five wins from eight starts and earnings of $1,798,800.

Find Your Own Success Story Jewel!

The 2017 Saratoga Sale of Selected Yearlings will be held Monday and Tuesday, August 7 and 8 at 6:30 p.m. the Fasig-Tipton Sales Paddocks in Saratoga Springs, New York. The full catalogue is available online now at www.fasigtipton.com.

Saratoga Sale Catalogue Now Available Online

Saratoga_cover_front_FINALFasig-Tipton has catalogued 227 selected yearlings for its 97th Saratoga Sale, to be held August 7-8 in Saratoga Springs, New York.  Sessions will begin each evening at 6:30 p.m in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion.

“Our consignors have supported us with outstanding quality once again this year,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.  “Buyers will find the very best of this year’s yearling crop when they arrive at Saratoga, including several offerings from some new faces in the consignor and breeder ranks.”

“Saratoga continues to produce the sport’s biggest and brightest stars,” continued Browning.  “Belmont Stakes winner TAPWRIT is remarkably the fourth Belmont winner in the last six years to have been offered at Saratoga, and Eclipse Champions SONGBIRD, STELLAR WIND, and TEPIN are some of the finest fillies and mares we have seen in some time.”

In data recently released by The BloodHorse MarketWatch, The Saratoga Sale yet again ranks at the top of all major North American yearling sales by percentage of Grade 1 winners, Graded Stakes Winners, and Stakes Winners produced from horses sold.

The catalogue may now be viewed online and via the equineline sales catalogue app.  Print catalogues will be available beginning June 30.

For further information:
Evan Ferraro
(859)255-1555

Sires of Champions Prove Popular at Saratoga Sale

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Hip 191 (Fasig-Tipton Photo)

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.

Live Blog: The Saratoga Sale, Session 2

Follow along live as we recap the top hips of The Saratoga Sale!

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Hip 221 f. Tapit-Boston Lady ($600k)

Hip 221, a full sister to a Grade 1 placed runner by TAPIT, sold for $600,000 during the second session of the Saratoga Sale. The bay filly was purchased by Sport Thoroughbreds from the consignment of James M. Herbener, Jr., agent.

This filly is a full sister to Normandy Invasion, a Grade 1 placed winner and track record setter. Hip 221 hails from the immediate family of graded stakes winners Gulls Cry, Nemain, and Navesink. The filly was bred in Kentucky by Fox Hill Farm.

Hip 201 c. Scat Daddy-Alegendinmyownmind (GB) ($525k)

Hip 201, a colt by the late SCAT DADDY, sold for $525,000 during the second session of the Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Justin Casse, agent from the consignment of Eaton Sales, agent.

Out of the Cape Cross mare Alegendinmyownmind (GB), this colt is from the immediate family of Grade 1 winners Together (IRE), Jan Vermeer, and Imperial Beauty. He was bred in Kentucky by Tada Nobutaka.

Hip 199 c. Speightstown-A Bit of Humor ($600k)

Hip 199, a colt by SPEIGHTSTOWN sold for $600,000 during the second session of the Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Kenji Ryotokuji from the consignment of Fairlawn Farm.

This colt is out of A Bit of Humor, a winning full sister to multiple stakes winner Saratoga Humor. Hip 199 was bred in Kentucky by the consignor, Fairlawn Farm.

Hip 191 f. Medaglia d’Oro-Whisper to Me ($1.45M)

Hip 191, a filly by MEDAGLIA D’ORO, sire of champion Saratoga Sale grad SONGBIRD, took the session and sale lead when sold for $1,450,000 during the second session of the Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent.

Hip 191 is out of the stakes winning Thunder Gulch mare Whisper to Me, who has produced three winners to date, including Grade 2 winner Overheard. She hails from the immediate family of Grade 1 winners Chris Evert, Classic Crown, Winning Colors, Tap Dance City, and Confessional. The filly was bred in Kentucky by Pin Oak Stud.

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Hip 191 f. Medaglia d’Oro sold for $1,450,000. (Fasig-Tipton Screenshot)

Hip 189 f. Medaglia d’Oro-West Coast Swing ($550k)

Hip 189, a filly by MEDAGLIA D’ORO, sold for $550,000 during the second session of the Saratoga Sale. The bay filly was purchased by Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm from the consignment of Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent.

The filly is out of Grade 2 placed stakes winner West Coast Swing, dam of two winners to date. Hip 189 is from the immediate family of Canadian champion and broodmare of the year, Classy ‘N Smart, from whom descend Grade 1 winners Sky Classic, Always A Classic, Dance Smartly, Dancethruthedawn, Moreno, and the influential sire Smart Strike. The filly was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm.

Hip 181 f. Tapit-Upperline ($500k)

Hip 181, a filly by leading sire TAPIT sold for $500,000 during the second session of the Saratoga Sale. The gray or roan filly was purchased by John C. Oxley from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

Hip 181 is the second foal out of multiple graded stakes winner Upperline (Maria’s Mon). That mare’s first foal is a current two-year-old winner in Ireland. The filly’s immediate family includes Grade 1 winners Ivyanna and An Act. She was bred in Kentucky by Town & Country Horse Farms.

Hip 179 f. Malibu Moon-Unenchantedevening ($650k)

Hip 179, a filly by popular sire MALIBU MOON sold for $650,000 during the second session of the Saratoga Sale. The bay filly was purchased by Bridlewood Farm & M.V. Magnier from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent.

Out of the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Unenchantedevening, this filly is a half-sister to five winners from as many to race, including graded stakes placed stakes winner Indian Evening. Hip 179 hails from the immediate family of Horse of the Year Favorite Trick. The filly was bred in Kentucky by Summer Wind Farm.

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Hip 179 f. Malibu Moon sold for $650,000. (Fasig-Tipton Photo)

Hip 168 f. Tapit-Super Espresso ($750k)

Hip 168, a filly by TAPIT sold for $750,000 during the second session of the Saratoga Sale. The bay filly was purchased by Sallusto & Albina, agents from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, agent.

This filly’s dam is graded stakes winner Super Espress, by Medaglia d’Oro, making her a full sister to current three-year-old winner Espresso Time. Hip 168 comes from an exceptionally deep family which includes Grade 1 winners Althea, Balleto (UAE), Acoma, Arch, Bayern, Ali Oop, Ketoh, and Aldiza. The filly was bred in Kentucky by B. Flay Thoroughbreds.

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Hip 168 f. Tapit sold for $750,000. (Photo courtesy of Bluewater Sales)

Hip 164 c. Tapit-Storm Dixie ($800k)

Hip 164, a TAPIT half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Princess of Sylmar sold for $800,000 during the second session of the Saratoga Sale. The gray or roan colt was purchased by China Horse Club from the consignment of Hunter Valley Farm, agent.

Out of Storm Dixie, a stakes placed winning daughter of Catientus, Hip 164 is from the immediate family of graded stakes winner Rhythm Band and Canadian champion Youcan’tcatchme. The colt was bred in Kentucky by Barronstown Stud and was purchased as a weanling for $500,000 last November.

Princess of Sylmar was purchased for $3,100,000 by Shadai Farm from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton November Sale.

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Hip 164 c. Tapit sold for $800,000. (Fasig-Tipton Photo)

Hip 148 c. Frankel (GB)-She Be Wild ($500k)

Hip 148, a colt by European champion FRANKEL (GB) sold for $500,000 during the second session of the Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Jim McIngvale from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, agent.

The colt’s dam is champion She Be Wild, winner of the 2009 G1-Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. His immediate family further includes Grade 1 winner Carson Hollow and graded stakes winners Portcullis and Part the Seas. Hip 148 was bred in Kentucky by Nancy Mazzoni.

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Hip 148 c. Frankel (GB) sold for $500,000. (Photo courtesy of Bluewater Sales)

Hip 140 c. Tapit-Rote ($1.25M)

Hip 140, a colt by leading sire TAPIT took the session and sale lead when sold for $1,250,000 early during the second session of the Saratoga Sale. The gray or roan colt was purchased by Stonestreet Stables and M.V. Magnier from the consignment of Gainesway.

Out of the winning Tiznow mare Rote, Hip 140 is a full brother to Royal Obsession, a multiple winner who was second in this year’s G2-Gazelle S. That filly sold for $1,000,000 during the 2014 edition of the Saratoga Sale. The colt’s immediate family includes Grade 1 winner Magnificent Song and graded stakes winners Prod, Nijana, Lech, Savina, and Devious Intent. The seven-figure colt was  bred in Kentucky by Marbat, LLC.

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Hip 140 c. Tapit sold for $1,250,000. (Fasig-Tipton Photo)

Pioneerof the Nile Colt Tops First Session of Saratoga Sale

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Hip 111, a colt by Pioneerof the Nile, sold for $950,000. (Fasig-Tipton Photo)

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.