Medaglia d’Oro Sets Gold Standard at Record-Breaking Saratoga Sale

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The Saratoga Sale closed Tuesday night with across-the-board gains, posting the highest gross, co-highest median, and second-highest average in sale history.

Hip 196, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro took the lead midway through the session, selling for $1,350,000 to the partnership of West Point Thoroughbreds, Robert Masiello, Chris Larsen, and Siena Farm from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent (video). The colt is the first foal out of the stakes winning Wildcat Heir mare Coco’s Wildcat, from the immediate family of champion Songbird, who sold for $400,000 at the 2014 edition of this sale.

“I’m pleased to report that the 2018 Saratoga Sale established a new record for gross sales,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “It doesn’t happen without the trust and confidence of the best breeders, best pinhookers, [and] best consignors in the world.”

Hip 204, a Medaglia d’Oro half-sister to classic winner Exaggerator was the top filly, purchased for $1,300,000 by Phoenix Thoroughbreds from the consignment of Warrendale Sales, agent (video). The dark bay or brown filly is out of stakes placed winner Dawn Raid, by Vindication, responsible for three winners, including 2016 Preakness S. (G1) winner Exaggerator. That horse was a multiple Grade 1 winner at three and a multiple graded stakes winner at two, and retired with earnings of nearly $3.6 million.

Medaglia d’Oro set the pace during the second session, accounting for all three of the top yearlings sold on Tuesday. The son of El Prado (IRE) sired seven Grade 1 winners in 2017 – a North American record matched only by breed-shaping sires Danzig, Mr. Prospector, and Storm Cat – including Saratoga Sale graduates Songbird and Bolt d’Oro and Breeders’ Cup champions Talismanic and Bar of Gold. At this year’s Saratoga Sale, he was responsible for seven yearlings sold for $5,495,000, with an average and median of $785,000 and $635,000, respectively. Only War Front, with two yearlings sold from two offered, boasted a higher average ($787,500).

In addition to the top colt and filly, Medaglia d’Oro sired Hip 143, a filly out of Veracity from the family of her sire’s multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Elate, was purchased for $1,000,000 by Lael Stable from the consignment of Indian Creek, agent (video). A colt and filly by first crop sire American Pharoah also sold for seven figures yesterday, bringing the total of million-dollar yearlings at this year’s sale to five, up from two sold at that threshold in 2017.

American Pharoah’s first crop of yearlings continued to be in high demand during the second session, and he led his sire class by gross and average over the course of the sale, with 10 of 12 sold for $5,435,000, averaging $552,500 each. Verrazano also retained his first session advantage over first crop two-year-old sires of 2018, with three offered and sold for $1,050,000, good for an average of $350,000.

The Fasig-Tipton family was missing a member this year, as it was the first Saratoga Sale without the late Bill Graves, whose horsemanship and innovation shaped the growth of the Saratoga Sale since the early 1990’s.  He was actively inspecting and recruiting yearlings for the sale this spring, working tirelessly to put this year’s Saratoga catalogue together up until his passing on May 30.

“[A record-breaking sale] doesn’t happen without a tremendous team,” said Browning. “I think we have the best team in the world at Fasig-Tipton, across the board. It’s a collection of people who truly care about the business, about the company, about the people we sell for, and about it each other. We were obviously missing, in person, a key member of our team. But I think he was with us. He was with us throughout the selection process, helped put the catalogue together. It’s humbling. It’s invigorating. We’re proud of the accomplishment.”

Over the two sessions, 170 yearlings sold for a total of $62,794,000, up 18.5% from $52,995,000 in 2017 and eclipsing the record of $62,412,000 set in 2001. The average was $369,376, an increase of 8.7% over $339,712 last year, and second in sale history only to the 2001 record of $385,259. The median matched last year’s record high of $300,000. The RNA rate was 21%.

Full results are available online.

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Hip 241 c. Honor Code-Hollywood Story ($850,000)

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Hip 241, a colt from the first crop of champion Honor Code out of multiple Grade 1 winner Hollywood Story sold for $850,000 late at The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by CRK Stable from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.

This colt is out of multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Hollywood Story (Wild Rush), whose five winners from six to race include stakes winner Miss Hollywood (Malibu Moon), multiple graded stakes placed winner Hollywood Star (Malibu Moon), and winning stakes horse Hoorayforhollywood (Storm Cat). This is the immediate family of Grade 1 winner Honey Nov.

Hip 241 was bred in Kentucky by George Krikorian.

Hip 239 c. Hard Spun-Helena Bay (GB) ($875,000)

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Hip 239, a colt by Hard Spun out of Helena Bay (GB) sold for $875,000 at The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by China Horse Club/Maverick Racing from the consignment of Runnymede Farm, agent.

 

This colt is out of the winning Johannesburg mare Helena Bay (GB), most notably the dam of Pacific Classic (G1) winner Collected (City Zip), a multiple graded stakes winner with earnings of nearly $3 million. This is the immediate family of champion Agnes Digital and multiple champion and leading sire Blushing Groom (FR).

Hip 239 was bred in Kentucky by Runnymede Farm, Inc. & Peter J. Callahan.

Hip 225 f. American Pharoah-Funny Feeling ($875,000)

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Hip 225, a filly from the first crop of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah out of Funny Feeling sold for $875,000 at John C. Oxley from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent.

 

This filly is a half-sister to graded stakes placed winner Gato Del Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) out of the stakes winning Distorted Humor mare Funny Feeling. That mare is a full sister to Grade 1 winner and sire Jimmy Creed and a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Pussycat Doll, who has also produced multiple stakes winners. Second dam is Grade 1 winner Hookedonthefeelin. The immediate family also includes multiple Grade 1 winner Midnight Lucky.

Hip 225 was bred in Kentucky by Summer Wind Equine.

Hip 204 f. Medaglia d’Oro-Dawn Raid ($1,300,000)

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Hip 204, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro out of Dawn Raid sold for $1,300,000 at The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Phoenix Thoroughbred from the consignment of Warrendale Sales, agent.

 

This filly is out of the stakes placed winning Vindication mare Dawn Raid, making her a half-sister to Exaggerator (Curlin), classic winner and multiple Grade 1 winning earner of nearly $3.6 million, including the 2016 Preakness S. (G1). Dawn Raid is herself a half-sister to champion and multiple graded stakes winner Embur’s Song and to stakes winner Ten Flat. This is the immediate family of Grade 1 winner Island Sand.

Hip 204 was bred in Kentucky by Joseph B. Murphy.

Hip 196 c. Medaglia d’Oro-Coco’s Wildcat ($1,350,000)

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Hip 196, a colt by prolific sire Medaglia d’Oro out of stakes winner Coco’s Wildcat sold for $1,350,000 to take the lead midway through the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by West Point, R. Masiello, C. Larson, and Siena from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

 

This colt is the first foal out of Coco’s Wildcat, a graded stakes placed stakes winner by Wildcat Heir. That mare is out of a full sister to graded stakes winners Friel’s For Real and Ryan’s For Real, as well as being a full or half-sister to two other stakes winners. This is the immediate family of champion Songbird, by this colt’s sire, a $400,000 graduate of the 2014 Saratoga Sale who went on to earn nearly $4.7 million.

Hip 196 was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, LLC.

Hip 143 f. Medaglia d’Oro-Veracity ($1,000,000)

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Hip 143, a filly by the exceptional Megadlia d’Oro out of Veracity was the first yearling to break seven figures during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay filly was purchased for $1,000,000 by Lael Stable from the consignment of Indian Creek, agent.

 

This filly is the first foal out of the winning Distorted Humor mare Veracity. That mare, out of Grade 2 winner Yell, is a full sister to stakes winner Cheery, most notable the dam of multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Elate, by this filly’s sire Medaglia d’Oro. Third dam is Grade 2 winner Wild Applause, who is a full or half-sister to five other graded stakes winners, including Grade 1 winners Hero’s Honor and Sea Hero.

Hip 143 was bred in Kentucky by Fifth Avenue Bloodstock.

Hip 142 f. Tapit-Kid Majic ($850,000)

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Hip 142, a daughter of popular sire Tapit it out stakes producer Kid Majic sold for $850,000 during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The chestnut filly was purchased by Hugo Merry Bloodstock from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.

 

This filly is a half-sister to three winners out of the stakes placed winning Lemon Drop Kid mare Kid Majic, who has also produced champion female sprinter Miss Mischief (Into Mischief). Second dam is stakes winner Call Her Majic, dam of four winners including Grade 1 winning juvenile and sire J P’s Gusto. This is the immediate family of champion Proud Spell.

Hip 142 was bred in Kentucky by H. Allen Poindexter & Tapit Syndicate.

Hip 137 f. Tapit-Twirl (IRE) ($875,000)

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Hip 137, a filly by three-time Leading Sire Tapit out of Twirl (IRE) sold for $875,000 early during the second session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay filly was purchased by James Delahooke, agent for Bobby Flay Thoroughbreds from the consignment of Dromoland Farm, agent.

 

This filly is out of the Galileo mare Twirl, a stakes winner in her native Ireland and group stakes placed there and in England, and a stakes placed runner in North America. That mare is a full sister to Misty For Me (IRE), a multiple Group 1 winner in England and France and the dam of multiple Group 1 winners U S Navy Flag and Roly Poly, as well as of graded stakes winner Cover Song. Twirl is also a full sister to Group 2 winner Ballydoyle (IRE).

Hip 137 was bred in Kentucky by St. Elias Stables LLC.

Pharoah, Fillies on Top at The Saratoga Sale

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First crop sire and Triple Crown champion American Pharoah was responsible for the top two prices at The Saratoga Sale on Monday evening. A graduate of the 2013 Saratoga Sale, American Pharoah’s first crop yearlings were highly anticipated, and they did not disappoint.

The session topper was a $1,200,000 daughter of American Pharoah out of multiple Grade 1 winner Life At Ten (video), who benefited from a major update when her two-year-old half-sister Bohemian Queen (Animal Kingdom) broke her maiden first time out at Woodbine earlier in the day. Sold as Hip 26, the bay filly was the first yearling to reach seven figures and held her lead over the rest of her class throughout the session. Hip 26 was purchased by Larry Best’s OXO Equine from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.

“[It] was a very encouraging start to the sale tonight,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “We thought we had good horses, and buyers responded favorably across the board.”

The top priced colt Hip 62, also by American Pharoah, who sold for $1,000,000 from the consignment of Summerfield Sales, agent for Sunnyfield Farm (video). He was purchased by Bob Baffert, agent for MV Magnier. The colt is a New York-bred out of Party Silks, whose most notable offspring is multiple Grade 2 winning millionaire Upstart, a graduate of the 2012 New York Bred Yearlings sale.

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Hip 62 | Fasig-Tipton Photo

Well-related fillies were in hot demand during the first session, accounting for seven of the top 10 prices on the evening. Fillies from rich family and half-sisters to Grade 1 winners were popular, with three selling for $850,000 or more, including session topping Hip 26; Hip 82, a $950,000 daughter of Into Mischief from the family of Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour purchased by OXO Equine from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent; and Hip 39, a $850,000 Curlin filly out of a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Liam’s Map and graded stakes winning juvenile Not This Time purchased by White Birch Farm from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent.

“We had some spectacular fillies on offer tonight. It may have been kind of filly heavy tonight, and I think we’ve probably got a stronger colt group tomorrow,” Browning noted. “The buyers are demanding quality whether it happens to be colts or fillies and are willing to give significant prices for both colts and fillies.”

Half-siblings to Grade 1 winners also sold well on the night, led by Hip 93, a Candy Ride (ARG) half-sister to champion Classic Empire which sold for $775,000 to John C. Oxley, who campaigned Classic Empire, from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, agent; Hip 27, a War Front half-sister to 2012 Saratoga Sale grad and two-time champion Tepin which sold for $750,000 to Solis/Litt from the consignment of Eaton Sales, agent; and Hip 105, a $750,000 Verrazano half-sister to recent Test S. (G1) winner Separationofpowers purchased by Bridlewood Farm from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, agent.

American Pharoah was the session’s leading first crop sire with six of seven sold for an average of $536,667 ($3,200,000 gross). Verrazano led second crop sires with two of two sold for an average of $450,000 ($900,000 gross).

Overall, 83 yearlings sold for $28,965,000, up 19% from $24,425,000 during the first session in 2017. The $348,976 average was a 7% increase $325,667 at 2017’s opening session, and the $300,000 median tied the sale record set last year. The RNA rate was 22%.

The Saratoga Sale resumes tomorrow at 6:30 PM.

Full results are available online.

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Hip 108 c. Into Mischief-Silky Serenade ($750,000)

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Hip 108, a colt by Into Mischief out of Silky Serenade sold for $750,000 at The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Spendthrift Farm from the consignment of Summerfield, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised.

 

This colt is out of the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Silky Serenade, whose two-year-old Restless Rider (Distorted Humor) recently won the Debutante S. at Churchill Downs. Silky Serenade is a half-sister to multiple Grade 2 winner Private Vow. Third dam is graded stakes winner Sacque (GB).

Hip 108 was bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC.

Hip 105 f. Verrazano-Shehadmefromhello ($750,000)

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Hip 105, a filly from the second crop of multiple Grade 1 winner Verrazano out of Grade 1 producer Shehadmefromhello sold for $750,000 at The Saratoga Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Bridlewood from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, agent.

 

This filly is a half-sister to four winners from as many to race out of the winning Empire Maker mare Shehadmefromhello, also the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Separationofpowers, recent winner of the Test S. (G1) at Saratoga as well as of the Frizette S. (G1) at Belmont as a juvenile last year. The immediate family features stakes winners under each of the first four dams.

Hip 105 was bred in Kentucky by Three Diamonds Farm.

Hip 93 f. Candy Ride (ARG)-Sambuca Classica ($775,000)

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Hip 93, a filly by Candy Ride (ARG) out of Sambuca Classica sold for $775,000 at The Saratoga. The chestnut filly, by the sire of Horse of the Year Gun Runner, was purchased by John C. Oxley from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, agent.

 

This filly is one of five winners from five foals out of the Cat Thief mare Sambuca Classica, making her a half-sister to Eclipse Champion Two-Year-Old colt Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) and to multiple stakes winners Antytime Magic (Fusaischi Pegasus) and Uptown Twirl (Twirling Candy). The immediate family includes champion and multiple Grade 1 winner Revidere.

Hip 93 was bred in Kentucky by China Horse Club International Limited.

Hip 82 f. Into Mischief-Reve d’Amour ($950,000)

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Hip 82, a filly by Into Mischief out of Reve d’Amour sold for $950,000 at The Saratoga Sale. The bay filly was purchased by OXO Equine from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent.

 

This filly is the second foal out of the Warrio’s Reward mare Reve D’Amour, whose first foal is already placed at two this year. Reve d’Amour is out of Group 2 winner and multiple group stakes winner Smolensk, making her a half-sister to eight winners, including Grade 1 placed graded stakes winner Can the Man (by this filly’s sire Into Mischief) and multiple stakes winner Martha’s Moon.

Third dam is Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Blush With Pride, notably the dam of Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour. Better Than Honour set a world record when sold for $14 million at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton November Sale. That mare is the dam of two Belmont S. (G1) winners Jazil and Rags to Riches (champion), as well as Grade 2 winner Casino Drive. She is also the granddam of Grade 1 winner Streaming. This rich immediate family also includes Grade/Group 1 winners Peeping Fawn (champion) and Thewayyouare.

Hip 82 was bred in Kentucky by Three Chimneys Farm, LLC.

Hip 65 f. War Front-Pine Needles ($825,000)

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Hip 65, a filly by prolific sire War Front out of Pine Needles sold for $825,000 at The Saratoga Sale. The bay filly was purchased by Steven W. Young, agent from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Town & Country Horse Farms, LLC.

 

This filly is the first foal out of Pine Needles, a graded stakes placed winner by Giant’s Causeway. Pine Needles is out of Meridiana (GER), a Group 1 winner in Europe and Grade 2 winner and multiple graded stakes winner in the United States. That mare is the dam of no less than seven winners, including stakes winners Chamois and Infinite Wisdom.

Hip 65 was bred in Kentucky by Town & Country Horse Farms, LLC, Pollock Farms, and Hugh Owen.

Hip 62 c. American Pharoah-Party Silks ($1,000,000)

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Hip 62, a colt from the first crop of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah out of multiple stakes producer Party Silks sold for $1,000,000 half-way through the first session of The Saratoga Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Bob Baffert, agent for MV Magnier from the consignment of Summerfield, agent for Sunnyfield Farm. American Pharoah is a graduate of the ’13 Saratoga Sale.

 

Dam is Party Silks, by Touch Gold, dam of three to race, all winners. This colt is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner and multiple graded stakes winner Upstart (Flatter), a ’13 New York Bred Yearlings sale grad with career earnings of more than $1.7 million, and to stakes placed winner New York Hero (Mineshaft). Party Silks is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Josh’s Madelyn. The immediate family includes champion Plantagenet and graded stakes winners Percipient, Zaungast, and Gone For Real.

Hip 62 was bred in New York by Mrs. Gerald A. Nielsen.

Hip 39 f. Curlin-Minnie Macy ($850,000)

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Hip 39, a filly by Curlin sold for $850,000 at The Saratoga Sale. The bay filly was purchased by White Birch Farm from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent.

 

This filly is the third foal out of Minnie Macy (A.P. Indy), and is a full sister to two-year-old filly Virginia Eloise, who broke her maiden by five lengths at Del Mar on July 4 in her career debut. Minnie Macy is out of graded stakes winner and multiple stakes winner Miss Macy Sue, making her a half sister to three winners: multiple Grade 1 winner Liam’s Map; Grade 1 placed graded stakes winning juvenile Not This Time; and Grade 2 placed stakes winner Taylor S.

Hip 39 was bred in Kentucky by St. Elias Stables, LLC.

Hip 27 f. War Front-Life Happened ($750,000)

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Hip 27, an filly by top sire War Front out of multiple graded stakes winner producer Life Happened sold for $750,000 at The Saratoga Sale. The bay filly was purchased by Solis/Litt from the consignment of Eaton Sales, agent.

 

This filly is out of Life Happened, by Stravinsky, a 100% winner producer from five foals to race, including two millionaires. Hip 27 is a half-sister to Tepin (Bernstein), two-time Eclipse Champion with nearly $3.5 million earned and Grade/Group 1 winner in three countries, with notable wins in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) and the Queen Anne S. (G1) at the prestigious Royal Ascot Meet. This filly is also a half-sister to multiple Grade 2 winner Vyjack (Into Mischief), earner of more than $1.4 million over six seasons on the track. Those talented half-siblings are both Fasig-Tipton graduates: Tepin is a graduate of the ’13 Saratoga Sale, while Vyjack sold at the ’11 July Sale and ’12 Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale.

Hip 27 was bred in Ireland by Life Happened Syndicate.

Hip 26 f. American Pharoah-Life at Ten ($1,200,000)

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Hip 26, a filly from the first crop of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah out of multiple Grade 1 winner Life At Ten sold for $1,200,000 to become the first seven-figure sale at the 2018 Saratoga Sale. The chestnut filly was purchased by OXO Equine from the consignment of Gainesway, agent. American Pharoah is a graduate of the ’13 Saratoga Sale.

 

This filly is out of Life At Ten, by Malibu Moon, winner of the Beldame S. (G1) and Ogden Phipps H. (G1), in addition to four other stakes, two of them graded. That impressive racemare earned $1,277,515 in eight career wins. As a broodmare, she has produced three winners from as many to race, including Grade 2 placed winner Singing Bullet (Hard Spun) and Bohemian Queen (Animal Kingdom), who broke her maiden just this afternoon at Woodbine.

This exceptional pedigree includes champion, Grade 1 winner, and successful sire Rubiano; Grade 2 winner and three-time Leading Sire Tapit; and influential sire Relaunch.

Hip 26 was bred in Ontario by Adena Springs.

 

Success Starts at Saratoga: Lawn Jockeys

LawnJockeys2.pngThe lawn jockeys in front of the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion at Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga are a longstanding tradition recognizing a selection of Grade/Group 1 Fasig-Tipton graduates sold at The Saratoga Sale and New York Bred Yearlings sale.

Each year, the lawn jockeys are painted in the silks of some of Fasig-Tipton’s top graduates and placed in front of the pavilion to greet visitors to the sales grounds. This year’s lawn jockey class features the silks of seven recent Grade/Group 1 winners, including (clockwise from top left):

MIND YOUR BISCUITS, multiple G1 stakes winner and the top earning New York bred of all time, in the colors of J Stables LLC, & Head of Plains Partners LLC, & Summers, Summers, Kisber, et al. Mind Your Biscuits was consigned to the 2014 New York Bred Yearlings sale by Select Sales.;

BOLT D’ORO, multiple G1 stakes winner in the colors of Mick Ruis & Wendy Ruis. Bolt d’Oro was consigned to the 2016 Saratoga Sale by Denali Stud;

AUDIBLE, winner of the 2018 G1 Florida Derby in the colors of WinStar Farm, with China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners LLC, and Starlight Racing, consigned to the 2016 New York Bred Yearlings sale by Winter Quarter Farm; and BATTLE OF MIDWAY, winner of the 2017 G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in the colors of WinStar Farm with Don Alberto Stable, consigned to the 2015 Saratoga Sale by Gainesway;

RUSHING FALL, winner of the 2017 G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in the colors of e Five Thoroughbreds. Rushing Fall was consigned to the 2016 Saratoga Sale by Taylor Made Sales Agency;

MOONSHINE MEMORIES, multiple G1 stakes winner in the colors of Bridlewood Farm, with Mrs. John Magier, Derrick Smith, & Michael Tabor. Moonshine Memories was consigned to the 2016 Saratoga Sale by Lane’s End;

AVENGE, winner of the 2016 and 2017 G1 Rodeo Drive S. in the colors of Ramona S. Bass LLC. Avenge was consigned to the 2013 Saratoga Sale by Gainesway.

Visit the lawn jockeys out front of the Saratoga sales pavilion!

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Saratoga Sale catalogue now available online

Saratoga_catalogue_front_desaturated.pngFasig-Tipton has catalogued 255 selected yearlings for the 98th Saratoga Sale, to be held on Monday and Tuesday, August 6 and 7, in Saratoga Springs, New York.  Sessions will begin each evening at 6:30 pm in the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion.

“Sire power, outstanding conformation, and depth of pedigree – it’s all at Saratoga this year,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.  “Every current leading North American sire is represented in this year’s catalogue.  Thirty-eight yearlings catalogued are siblings to graded or group stakes winners, 16 of which are Grade 1 winners.”

In data recently released by The BloodHorse MarketWatch, Saratoga is once again the top ranked North American yearling sale by percentage of Grade 1 winners and graded stakes winners produced from horses sold.

This year’s catalogue cover features six Grade 1 winners – AVENGE, BATTLE OF MIDWAY, BOLT D’ORO, MOONSHINE MEMORIES, RUSHING FALL, and STORMY LIBERAL – all of which have captured Grade 1 victories since last year’s sale.

“Three of our cover horses – Battle of Midway, Rushing Fall, and Stormy Liberal – all won Breeders’ Cup races last year at Del Mar,” continued Browning.  “The amount of top level success that comes from this sale, which averages 200 to 250 yearlings catalogued each year, is not only remarkable but demonstrates the high concentration of quality offered annually at Saratoga.”

Buyers will also find a new sales barn when they arrive on the grounds this year.  This spring, Fasig-Tipton broke ground on a new barn, numbered Barn 10, which will be utilized for the first time at this sale.  Barn 10 is located on the south side of George Street, across from the sales pavilion.

The catalogue may now be viewed online, and will also be available via the equineline sales catalogue app.  Print catalogues will be available beginning July 5.

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

Recording-setting Saratoga Sale ‘Exceeds Expectations’

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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.