Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 171 selected yearlings for the inaugural edition of The Turf Showcase, Presented by Woodbine Racetrack. The sale will be held on Sunday, September 10 beginning at 4 pm at Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Turf Showcase, Presented by Woodbine Racetrack, is the first North American sale consisting entirely of yearlings with “turf appeal.” All yearlings catalogued have been approved on both conformation and pedigree by Fasig-Tipton.
“We are very pleased with the quality of this catalogue for the inaugural sale,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “These yearlings have sire power, depth of pedigree, and physical conformation that will appeal to a broad range of domestic and international buyers.”
“In North America this year, 40% of all graded stakes races will be conducted on turf, along with nearly 7,000 races,” continued Browning. “Internationally, U.S. Breds continue to excel on the world’s biggest stages. This sale represents a perfect opportunity for buyers from around the globe to find yearlings that suit their racing programs – in a convenient, single sale session.”
The catalogue may now be viewed online and via the equineline sales catalogue app. Print catalogues will be available in early August.
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The 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 www.fasigtipton.com.
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.
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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.
Fasig-Tipton has shifted the sale date of its upcoming Midlantic Mixed Sale. The sale, which had been held in late January the past two years, will return to its traditional date and be conducted on Monday, December 4 of this year.
“We received feedback from many of our core consignors, who feel that positioning the sale in early December is better timing for the overall marketplace,” said Midlantic sales director Paget Bennett. “There is a lot of momentum in the Midlantic region right now, and we strongly encourage sellers to take advantage of that momentum by supporting this sale with their breeding stock this December.”
The Midlantic December Mixed Sale will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland.
Entries will close Monday, September 25.
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Woodbine Racetrack will be the presenting sponsor of Fasig-Tipton’s inaugural Turf Showcase Sale to be held on September 10 in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Turf Showcase, Presented by Woodbine Racetrack, is the first North American yearling sale exclusively for horses with “turf appeal.” Woodbine recently announced the construction of a second turf course to compliment its heralded E.P. Taylor Turf Course.
“Woodbine Entertainment is proud to partner with a forward thinking organization like Fasig-Tipton, a name synonymous with the most esteemed in Thoroughbred racing,” said Jonathan Zammit, Woodbine’s Vice-President of Thoroughbred Racing. “Both organizations recognize the growing popularity of turf racing in North America and Fasig-Tipton’s innovative turf pedigree sale concept fits well with Woodbine’s exciting investment in our grass racing program as we add a second turf course in 2019 to go along with our world-renowned E.P. Taylor Turf Course.”
Woodbine’s lucrative turf racing program includes five internationally renowned Grade 1 races.
“We are thrilled to partner with such a first-class racing operation in Woodbine, which offers one of the finest turf racing programs in the sport and attracts strong international participation,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “This is a perfect partnership, as our new Turf Showcase sale is also designed to be international in nature, and is representative of the ever-increasing prevalence of turf racing and breeding in North America.”
The Turf Showcase, Presented by Woodbine Racetrack, will be held on Sunday, September 10 at Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Kentucky. Catalogues will be available in early August.
With roots dating back to 1881, Woodbine Entertainment Group is the largest horse racing operator in Canada, showcasing world-renowned horse racing at Woodbine Racetrack (Toronto), home of North America’s oldest stake race, the iconic Queen’s Plate, and Mohawk Racetrack (Milton), host of the storied Pepsi North America Cup. WEG is the single operator of Teletheatres and Account Wagering, available through http://www.HPIbet.com, in Ontario.
Formed in 1898, Fasig-Tipton is North America’s oldest Thoroughbred Auction House. With headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, the company conducts 13 sales annually in Lexington; Saratoga Springs, New York; Hallandale Beach, Florida; and Timonium, Maryland.
A filly by exceptional sire Medaglia d’Oro lit up the board late in the session during The July Sale on Tuesday, hammering down for a record-tying $1,000,000.
Offered as Hip 290 by Bluewater Sales, the sale topping filly was purchased by Lawrence Best’s OXO Equine. The filly is the first foal out of Hung the Moon, a young stakes winning mare by Malibu Moon. The price equals a record set in 1982 when a filly by Northern Dancer out of Bold Melody (Bold Ruler) sold for $1,000,000 and is good for tie-fourth best all time inclusive.
“You’re always thrilled to have a horse break out and kind of get through the ‘glass ceiling’ like the million dollar filly did late today,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “It just demonstrates the strength of the market [and] if you put good horses in front of quality buyers, anything can happen. She was a lovely filly.”
This renewal of The July Sale posted gains across the board, with the sale topper more than doubling last year’s top price ($475,000 for a Curlin colt out of Franscat) and 18 yearlings sold for $200,000 or more versus 17 in 2016, with 49 fewer horses offered.
“Obviously, a [very] good day,” remarked Browning. “Average was up, gross was up, median was up, RNA rate’s down… The market’s still [good], but there’s still some discipline. It’s not runaway, it’s not overly heated. There’s still some selectivity in the marketplace… It’s a healthy market. It sure bodes well for the rest of the yearling sales upcoming this year.”
The sale’s top colt (Hip 194) was a yearling from the second crop of 2013 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Orb, which sold for $310,000 to Kenny McPeek, agent for Fern Circle from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.
Among first-crop sires, Airdrie Stud’s Cairo Prince led the class with eight yearlings sold from as many offered for an average of $141,875, more than 14 times his 2015 stud fee, including two colts sold for more than $250,000.
Overall, 172 horses sold for $16,107,000, an improvement of 2.2% over last year, when 183 horses sold for $15,756,500. The average was $93,645, an 8.8% increase over $86,101 in 2016. The median, $70,000, was 16.7% better than $60,000 last year. The RNA rate was eight points lower than in 2016.
Hip 290, a filly by exceptional sire Megadlia d’Oro, sold for $1,000,000 late in the day at The July Sale. The bay filly was purchased by OXO Equine from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, agent.
This filly is the first foal out of stakes winner Hung the Moon, by Malibu Moon. Second dam is the stakes winning Crafty Prospector mare Sigrun, dam of graded stakes winner Whimsy. The immediate family also includes graded stakes winner Bay to Bay.
Hip 290 was bred in Kentucky by Southern Equine Stables.
Hip 251, a filly by Maclean’s Music, sire of Grade 1 winner Cloud Computing in his first crop, sold for $230,000 during The July Sale. The bay filly was purchased by Cheyenne Stables from the consignment of Hunter Valley Farm, agent.
This filly is the first foal of the winning Elusive Quality mare Elusive Act. Third dam is Grade 1 winner Creaking Board (GB), sister to Group/Graded Stakes winners Dyhim Diamond (IRE), and Dakhla Oasis. The immediate family includes graded stakes winners Crowd Pleaser and Dynamic Holiday.
Hip 251 was bred in Kentucky by Hunter Valley Farm, Jayne Johnson, and John Wade.
Hip 248, a colt by Maclean’s Music, sire of this year’s G1-Preakness S. winner Cloud Computing in his first crop, sold for $270,000 during The July Sale. The chestnut colt was purchased by William K. Wener from the consignment of Nardelli Sales, agent.
This colt is a half-brother to four winners out of the stakes winning Eltish mare El Bank Robber, including Grade 2 placed winner Rprettyboydfloyd. Third dam is stakes winner Mythical Mood, dam of six winners, including Marco Be Good, dam of graded stakes winner Marco Be Good.
His 248 was bred in Kentucky by Kim Nardelli, Rodney Nardelli, and Ernie Wells.
Hip 235, a colt by Into Mischief, sold for $300,000 during The July Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds from the consignment of Paramount Sales, agent.
This colt is a half-brother to three winners out of the winning Cherokee Run mare Diamond Fancy Free, a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and sire First Samurai. The family includes other Grade 1 winners Jeranmino and A Huevo, as well as graded stakes winners Kantharos, Fear the Cowboy, and Ikigai.
Hip 235 was bred in Kentucky by Gabriel Duignan, Bruce Pieratt, Patsy Pieratt, Patrick Costello, and Petulama.
Hip 225, a colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winning juvenile Strong Mandate, sold for $240,000 during The July Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Steven W. Young, agent from the consignment of Four Star Sales, agent.
This colt is a half-brother to three winners out of the Mr. Greeley mare Comeon Dixie, including stakes placed winner Mineswept. Comeon Dixie is a half-sister to Grade/Group 2 winners Limehouse and Blues and Royals. The immediate family further includes graded/group stakes winners Blue Jean Baby, I am Kamino Mago, and Nevisian Lad.
Hip 225 was bred in Kentucky by Connie Brown, Phyllys Adair, and Bill Adair.
Hip 194, a colt from the second crop of G1-Kentucky Derby winner Orb, sold for $310,000 to take the lead mid-afternoon during The July Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Kenneth McPeek, agent for Fern Circle from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.
This colt is out of the five-time winning Arch mare Aurora Prospect, already the dam of winner Solon’s Warning. Second dam is takes winner Screen, a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winning track record setter Scan. The immediate family further includes champion Caerleon, Grade 1 winner Vision, and graded/group stakes winners Merce Cunningham, Bonaire (GB), Lundy’s Liability (BRZ), Yonger, Just Pretending, and The Leopard.
Hip 194 was bred in Kentucky by Heather M. Takahashi.
Hip 185, a filly by Hard Spun, sold for $200,000 during The July Sale. The bay filly was purchased by John C. Oxley from the consignment of Stuart Morris, agent.
This filly is out the A.P. Indy mare A P Mink, a daughter of stakes winner Fortune Pending. That mare produced seven winners, including graded stakes winner Palmeiro and multiple stakes winner Slews Final Answer, who produced multiple graded stakes winner Dynaflew and stakes winner Slews Answer. This is the family of Grade 1 winner Try Something New and graded stakes winner Raymi Coya.
Hip 178, a colt by Uncle Mo, sold for $240,000 during The July Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Northway Bloodstock from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.
This colt is out of the stakes winning Northern Afleet mare Afleet Lass, making him a half-brother to winner Honor the Fleet, recently third in the G3-Pegasus S. at Monmouth Park. Second dam is Breeze Lass, a half-sister to graded stakes winner Sam Who who produced 11 winners, including Irmadohememra, dam of champion and multiple Grade 1 winner Juno (BRZ).
Hip 178 was bred in Kentucky by Gainesway Thoroughbreds.
Hip 168, a filly by Malibu Moon, sold for $250,000 during The July Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Jerry Crawford for Donegal Racing from the consignment of Vinery Sales, agent for Kendall E. Hansen.
This filly is the second foal of Write When Ready, a five-time winning daughter of More Than Ready. Second dam is Epistle, by Deputy Minister, a full sister to Grade 1 winner Well Chosen, who produced Grade 1 winner Telling, and a half-sister to graded stakes winner In Contention. The immediate family also includes Grade 1 winner Golden Ticket and graded stakes winners Academy Award, Statuette, Good Mood, Magical Feeling, and Multiple Choice.
Hip 168 was bred in Kentucky by Kendall E. Hansen, MD Racing.
Hip 165, a filly by Uncle Mo, sold for $200,000 during The July Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Crupi’s New Castle Farm from the consignment of Baccari Bloodstock, agent.
This filly is the first foal of stakes placed 10-time winner Winiliscious, by Lawyer Ron. This dam is stakes winner Coesse Express, dam of graded stakes winner Fly’n Bryan and of Coesse Gold, dam of multiple stakes winner Tappin for Gold. The immediate family also includes graded stakes winners Small Virtu and Mr. Sinatra.
Hip 152, a colt from the first crop of multiple Grade 2 winner Cairo Prince, sold for $265,000 during The July Sale. The bay colt was purchased by WCI Investments from the consignment of Stuart Morris, agent for Highclere.
This colt is a half-brother to four winners from as many to race out of the Out of Place mare Turtle Beach, including Grade 1 placed winner Putthebabiesdown. Second dam is Satin Promise, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Rose’s Cantina. Satin Promise produced five winners, including stakes winners Promise of War and Baldwin County, and Satinet, dam of stakes winners Britt’s Jules and Probation Ready.
Hip 137, a colt from the first crop of multiple Grade 2 winner Cairo Prince, sold for $260,000 during The July Sale. The gray or roan colt was purchased by Jay Em Ess Stable from the consignment of Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent.
This colt is the second foal out of the graded stakes placed winning Medaglia d’Oro mare Tesoro de Amor, a half-sister to graded stakes winner Mr. Livingstone. The immediate family includes graded stakes winners Voodoo Lily, Spellbound, and Kid Cruz.
Hip 137 was bred in Kentucky by Brereton C. Jones.
Hip 131, a colt by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, sold for $200,000 during The July Sale. The gray or roan colt was purchased by Kenneth Mc from the consignment of Baccari Bloodstock, agent.
This colt is a half-brother to four winners out of the stakes winning Malibu Moon mare Surf Light. Third dam is Silent Bullet, dam of nine winners, including stakes winners Silent Valay, Amerrica’s Bullet, Valay Bullet, and Bullet Valay. The immediate family further includes Grade 1 winner Track Barrow and graded stakes winners Romantic Lead and Angela’s Love.
Hip 131 was bred in Kentucky by Seclusive Farm and Chester Prince.
Hip 103, a filly from the first crop of multiple Grade 1 winner Verrazano, sold for $230,000 at The July Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by John Brocklebank, agent from the consignment of Runnymede Farm, agent.
This filly is a half-sister to three winners from as many to race out of the winning Speightstown mare She’s a Wow. Third dam is French stakes winner Charlotte Amalie (FR), dam of Grade 2 winner Badouizm and stakes winners Esteemed Friend and Red Monsson, as well as winner Bally Five, dam of Grade 2 winner Yarrow Brave.
Hip 103 was bred in Kentucky by Epic Thoroughbreds.
Hip 80, a colt by Into Mischief, sold for $200,000 at The July Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Lothenbach Racing from the consignment of Vinery Sales, agent for Spendthrift Farm.
This colt is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Queen Briana, a full sister to multiple graded stakes winner and sire Rockport Harbor. Third dam is stakes winner Regal Pennant, who produced six winners, including Grade 2 winner Regally Appealing and this colt’s second dam, Regal Miss Copelan.
Hip 71, a colt from the first crop of multiple Grade 2 winner Cairo Prince, sold for $160,000 during The July Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Grand Oaks from the consignment of Allied Bloodstock, agent.
This colt is the second foal of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Perfect Pegasus, a half-sister to track record setting graded stakes winner Pefect Officer. The immediate family includes Group 1 stakes winners Full of Hope (GB), Westbury, and Koko Mambo.
Hip 69, a colt by two-time Horse of the Year Tiznow, sold for $260,000 during The July Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Maverick Racing and China Horse Club from the consignment of Perrone Sales Ltd., agent for Apache Farm LLC et al.
This colt is a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 placed stakes winner Wonder Gal. Second dam is stakes winner Gal on the Go, who produced multiple graded stakes winner Social Queen, herself the dam of Grade 1 winning millionaire Force the Past. The immediate family further includes Grade 1 winner and multimillionaire Perfect Drift.
Hip 69 was bred in Kentucky by Apache Farm and WinStar Farm.
Hip 64, a filly by Uncle Mo, sold for $160,000 during The July Sale. The bay filly was purchased by Quarter Pole Enterprises from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, agent.
This filly is a half-sister to two winners from as many to race out of the stakes winning Red Bullet mare Paint Me Red. Second dam is stakes winner Queen St. West, a half-sister to graded stakes placed stakes winner Becky Sharp.
Hip 22, a colt from the third crop of multiple Grade 1 winner Shackleford, sold for $240,000 during The July Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Sagamore Farm from the consignment of Baccari Bloodstock, agent.
This colt is a half-brother to six winners from as many to race out of the stakes winning Yes It’s True mare Lunargal, including graded stakes placed winner Random Walk. Lunargal is a full sister to stakes winner Lunarlady and a half-sister to graded stakes winners Lunarpal and Astrology.
Hip 22 was bred in Kentucky by Crystal Ball Stables, LLC.
The July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale celebrated its fifth year Monday night with a banner renewal that posted significant gains across the board.
“It kind of felt like this was a little bit of a breakthrough,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “It says, ‘This is an established sale.’ It fills a great niche and a need in the marketplace. It’s a great opportunity for people to buy and sell horses.”
The sale featured two offerings which exceeded last year’s top price ($575,000 for Grade 1 winner Stormy Lucy): Grade 2 winner Distinta (Hip 423), who topped the sale at $600,000 when sold to Medallion Racing from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, and multiple stakes winner Adorable Miss (Hip 403), who was purchased by Bluewater Sales, agent for $585,000 from the consignment of newcomer Elite Sales.
Nine horses sold for $200,000 or more, up from five in 2016. Three horses eclipsed the $500,000 mark, attained only by the sale topper last year. The top colt, Benefactor (Hip 409) sold for $275,000, nearly doubling the top price for a colt in 2016 ($150,000).
“Obviously, we’re very pleased with the results of the sale today,” said Browning. “It’s really no secret. At the end of the day when you have a nice group of horses, it really gives you an opportunity to attract the proper buyers and create an atmosphere that’s conducive to a strong sale, and it was certainly a strong marketplace tonight.”
Notably, Elite Sales and WinStar Racing offered their first consignments with success: Elite Sales sold 11 of 12 offered for $2,799,000, while WinStar Racing sold all seven of their offerings for a total of $741,000.
“It’s meaningful that we had some new faces that supported the sale this year with some quality horses. That means the world to [Fasig-Tipton],” continued Browning.
Overall, 84 horses sold for $8,083,000, good for an increase of 60.1% over 72 sold for $5,048,500 in 2016. The average was $96,226, a 37.2% percent improvement on last year’s average of $70,118, and the $56,000 median was 33.3% percent higher than $42,000 in 2016. The RNA rate was 15.2%, down from 20.9% last year.
Hip 522, stakes winning juvenile Rose to Fame, sold for $195,000 at the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. The chestnut filly was purchased by Amy N. Moore from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
A two-year-old by second-crop sire Gemologist, Rose to Fame has two wins in two starts this year, including a win in the Brave Raj S. at Gulfstream Park. She has earned $85,380 to date.
Rose to Fame is a half-sister to three other winners, including multiple graded stakes placed winner Dazzling Gem. She is from the immediate family of champion Honor Code and Grade 1 winner Sophisticat.
Hip 500, stakes placed winner Upper Room, sold for $225,000 at the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Phil Bongiovanni/F. Lyons, agent from the consignment of WinStar Racing, agent.
A three-year-old son of Harlan’s Holiday, Upper Room has won or placed in six of seven starts, and has not been off the board this year in five starts. He was second in the Parx Derby at Parx earlier this year and has career earnings of $57,990 to date.
Upper Room is a half-brother to two other winners out of the stakes winning Not For Love mare For Royalty: Grade 1 winner Constellation and stakes-placed winner Back Flip. Second dam is stakes winner Taft Little Queen, a full sister to stakes winner Irish Cherry, who produced multiple Grade 1 winner Spun Sugar. Second dam also produced champion El Viento and Grade 2 winner Kiss to Remember.
Hip 496, stakes placed winner Total Tap, sold for $180,000 at the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Toby Sheets, agent from the consignment of Gainesway, agent.
A three-year-old son of Candy Ride (ARG), Total Tap is a two-time winner who was second in the Prairie Mile S. at Prairie Meadows and third in the Northern Spur S. at Oaklawn Park earlier this year. He has earned $116,600 to date.
Total Tap is the first foal out of the winning Tapit mare Easy Tap, a half-sister to graded stakes winners Til Forbid and Hold Old Blue and stakes winners Cinch and Red and White, as well as to Coragil, dam of graded stakes winners Softly and Coragil Cat.
Hip 484, stakes winner Somethingelse, sold for $275,000 at the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. The chestnut filly was purchased by Robert Masiello and West Point Thoroughbreds from the consignment of Four Star Sales, agent.
A four-year-old daughter of Lesroidesanimaux (BRZ), Somethingelse has four wins in her career, including a victory in the Ginger Punch S. at Gulfstream Park earlier this year. She has placed in three other stakes and earned $207,040 to date.
Somethingelse is the first foal of the winning Maria’s Mon mare Gamecents. That mare is a half-sister to stakes winner Cohiba Miss, who produced multiple stakes winner Lady Cohiba. She is from the immediate family of Horse of the Year A.P. Indy; champions Lemon Drop Kid and Gay Mecene; Grade/Group 1 winners Wolfhound and Summer Squall; and Broodmare of the Year Weekend Surprise.
Hip 468, stakes placed winner My Sweet Stella, sold for $222,000 at the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. The bay filly was purchased by D. Wayne Lukas, agent from the consignment of Elite Sales, agent.
A three-year-old daughter of Eskendereya, My Sweet Stella is a two-time winner who was second in the Dixie Belle S. and Martha Washington S. at Oaklawn Park earlier this year. She has earned $137,966 to date.
My Sweet Stella is out of the winning Songandaprayer mare Megalicious, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Abbondanza. Her second dam is stakes winner Katie McLaury.
Hip 462, multiple graded stakes winner Made You Look, sold for $190,000 at the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Three Chimneys Farm from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
A three-year-old colt by More Than Ready, Made You Look won the G2-With Anticipation S. at Saratoga at two and won the G3-Dania Beach S. at Gulfstream Park earlier this year. He has earned $270,797 to date.
Made You Look is the first foal of the Unbridled’s Song mare Night and Day, a daughter of champion and multiple Grade 1 winner Serena’s Song. Serena’s Song also produced Group 1 winner Sophisticat; graded stakes winners Grand Reward, Harlington, and Schramsberg; and stakes winners Serena’s Tune and Serene Melody. She is from the immediate family of champion Honor Code.
Hip 458, stakes-placed winner LADY ALEXANDRA, sold for $375,000 at the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. The bay filly was purchased by Heider Family Sales from the consignment of Elite Sales, agent.
This three-year-old daughter of More Than Ready has three wins from six starts in her career. She is a winner at two and three and was third in the Ginger Brew S. at Gulfstream Park earlier this year. She has earned $150,250 to date.
Lady Alexandra is out of the King’s Best mare Lophorina (GB), whose dam is the world-trotting Nureyev mare Flagbird, a Group 1 winner in Italy, Group stakes winner in France and Ireland, Grade 1-placed in the United States, Group 2-placed in England, and a winner in the United Arab Emirates. She is from the immediate family of Horse of the Year and exceptional sire Mineshaft, Grade 1 winner and Broodmare of the Year Prospetors Delite, and Grade 1 winners Tomisue’s Delight and Runup the Colors.
Hip 455, Kathy’s Song sold for $190,000 at the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. The bay filly was purchased by David Meah, agent from the consignment of Elite Sales, agent.
A three-year-old by Candy Ride (ARG), Kathy’s Song is a half-sister to three other winners, including stakes-placed winner Distillery. A two-time winner, Kathy’s Song has earned $65,210 to date.
Kathy’s Song is out of the A.P. Indy mare Strawberry Sense, a full sister to graded stakes winner Scipion and a half-sister to champion Vindication and stakes winner In Step, dam of Grade 2 winner Hemsworth. Her second dam is graded stakes winner Strawberry Reason, by Strawberry Road (AUS).
Hip 451, stakes-placed winner Insta Erma, sold for $290,000 at the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. The bay filly was purchased by David Meah, agent from the consignment of Elite Sales, agent.
A four-year-old daughter of Pioneerof the Nile, Insta Erma is a two-time winner who was second earlier this year in the Lady Canterbury S. at Canterbury Park. She has earned $153,452 to date.
Insta Erma is a half-sister to seven other winners, including stakes winner Mordi’s Miracle, who is graded stakes placed, and graded stakes placed winner Emmajestic. Her dam, graded stakes placed winner Enchanted Woods, by Woodman, is a half-sister to stakes winner Grand Appointment. She is from the immediate family of stakes winners Donerail Court, Advancing Star, Darby Fair, Souvenir Copy, and Dance Sequence.
Hip 440, multiple stakes winner Happy Mesa, sold for $525,000 at the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Out of This World Racing from the consignment of Elite Sales, agent.
A three-year-old filly by Sky Mesa, Happy Mesa won the Selima S. last year at two and captured the Hilltop S. at Pimlico earlier this year. She has earned $168,055, with three wins and two seconds in eight career starts. She is a winner on both dirt and turf.
Happy Mesa is the first foal of the stakes-placed winner Happy Choice, by Broken Vow, a half sister to stakes winner No Use Denying. She is from the immediate family of champions Chris Evert, Chief’s Crown, Winning Colors, and Grade 1 winners Classic Crown and Tap Dance City, and Missed the Storm.
Hip 423, Grade 2 winning distaffer Distinta, sold for $600,000 at the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. The chestnut mare was purchased by Medallion Racing from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
A five-year-old by champion Summer Bird, Distinta won the G2-Inside Information S. earlier this year and was recently second in the G2-Princess Rooney S., both at Gulfstream Park. She is a four-time winner of $346,715 to date.
A half-sister to four other winners out of the Storm Cat mare Miss Kitty, Distinta is from the immediate family of Horse of the Year Dr. Fager and graded stakes winners Judge T C, Zanetti, and Desert Clearance.
Hip 419, Grade 1-placed stakes winner Closing Bell, sold for $185,000 at the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. The bay or brown horse was purchased by Preferred Equine, agent from the consignment of WinStar Racing, Agent.
A five-year-old by three-time leading sire Tapit, Closing Bell won the Dueling Grounds Derby at Kentucky Downs at three and was second in the G1-Secretariat S. at Arlington Park. He placed in the G2-Muniz Memorial H. at four, and is a winner this year at five. He has earned $558,114 to date.
Closing Bell is a half-brother to six other winners, including Grade 1 winner Mani Bhavan and Grade 2 winner Hear the Ghost. His dam, the Coronado’s Quest mare Rehear, is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Turkappeal, dam of graded stakes winner Pink Champagne and stakes winner Z Appeal.
Hip 411, stakes winner Bronson, sold for $275,000 at the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. The gray or roan colt was purchased by Three Diamonds Farm from the consignment of Elite Sales, agent.
A three-year-old by Medaglia d’Oro, Bronson is the winner of this year’s English Channel S. at Gulfstream Park, and was recently runner-up in the Not Surprising S. at the same venue. He has earned $142,310 to date.
Bronson is a half-brother to four other winners, including Grade 2 winners Moulin de Mougin and Schiaparelli and multiple stakes winner Alexis Tangier. His dam, graded stakes winner Cambiocorsa, is a full sister to multiple graded stakes winner California Flag.
Hip 403, multiple stakes winner Adorable Miss, got the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale rolling early when sold for $585,000 as the third horse through the ring. The bay filly was purchased by Bluewater Sales, agent from the consignment of Elite Sales, agent.
A three-year-old by Kitten’s Joy, Adorable Miss is the winner of this year’s Martha Washington S. and Honey Rider S. at Gulfstream Park, and boasts earnings of $151,590 to date. A three-time winner in four starts, this talented young filly have never been off the board.
Adorable Miss is a full sister to graded stakes winner Noble Beauty out of the Mineshaft mare Money Huntress, a daughter of Grade 1 winner Favorite Funtime.
DREAMIN, winner of the Saylorville S. at Prairie Meadows this past Thursday, has been added to the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale as Hip 526 with Darby Dan Farm, agent.
DREAMIN defeated graded stakes winner I’M A LOOKER in a final time of 1:08.80 and earned a 90 Beyer speed figure in the win. The four-year-old filly has now won three starts in row, two of which are stakes victories. Also a stakes winner at two, she hails from a female family that includes graded stakes winners SPEED DIALER, TRICKY CREEK, PARADE GROUND, PARADE LEADER and Canadian Champion WAVERING GIRL.
DREAMIN will be available for inspection tomorrow morning, on Monday, July 10.
The July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale will take place tomorrow evening beginning at 5 pm. The catalogue may be viewed online and via the equineline sales catalogue app. Print catalogues are available on-site at Fasig-Tipton.
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