Glory, a multiple graded stakes-placed winning daughter of Tapit, sold for $300,000 to Abdullah Saeed Almaddah as the last offering of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The five-year-old mare was offered as a racing/broodmare prospect by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Fox Hill Farm.
Glory is from the immediate family of Grade 1 winners Dress to Thrill (IRE), Free Eagle, and Vert de Grece. She won three times and earned over $200,000 for owner Fox Hill Farm and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Playmates Arch, a full sister to Grade 1 winner Archarcharch, sold for $210,000 to T. Ocampo, agent for Silesia Farm during the second session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. She was offered in foal to Carpe Diem by James B. Keogh’s Grovendale, agent.
A full sister to Grade 1 winner Archarcharach, this four-year-old Arch mare is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Balance of Power and graded stakes winner Run Sully Run. She is carrying her first foal by Carpe Diem, multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire of more than $1.5 million, whose first foals arrive in 2017.
Bahama Halo, stakes-placed winning daughter of More Than Ready, sold for $200,000 to Town & Country Farm during the second session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The three-year-old racing/broodmare prospect was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
A winner at two, Bahama Halo earned $82,847 in eight starts for owner Let’s Go Stable and trainer Todd Pletcher. She is out of the Grade 2-placed winning Empire Maker mare Bahama Bound, herself a daughter of Grade 2 winner Summer Wind Dancer.
Dr. Zic, a Grade 1 winner in foal to multiple G1 winning millionaire Constitution, sold for $185,000 to Calumet Farm during the second session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The 11-year-old broodmare was consigned by James B. Keogh’s Grovendale, agent.
Winner of the Madison S. (G1) at four, Dr. Zic earned more than $365,000 during her five-win career. She is foal to Constitution, a Grade 1 winning son of Tapit whose first foals are weanlings of 2017.
Dr. Zic is from the immediate family of Champions Northernette, Storm Bird, and Pas de Response, and Grade 1 winner Green Tune.
Sastrugi, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Morning Line, sold for $165,000 to Robert E. Courtney, Jr. during the second session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The three-year-old racing/broodmare prospect from the first crop of G1 winner Bodemeister was consigned by St George Sales, agent.
This to-date unraced filly is a half-sister to Morning Line, a G1 winner and multiple graded stakes-winning earner of more than $1.25 million. His first foals are two-year-olds of 2017. The immediate family further includes Grade 2 winners November Snow and Bounding (AUS).
Hip 492, a yearling colt by successful young sire Uncle Mo, sold for $172,000 to Artic Bloodstock during the second session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The bay colt was consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent.
This short yearling is the first foal of the winning Stormy Atlantic mare Infliction, a half-sister to Grade 3-placed stakes winner Rock Candy. The colt hails from the immediate family of Grade 1 winners Seattle Meteor, Pleasant Stage, Marsh Side, Changeintheweather, and Declassify.
Cinnamon Spice, a winning daughter of Candy Ride (ARG), sold for $700,000 to International Equities Holding early in the second session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The six-year-old was offered as a racing/broodmare prospect by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Fox Hill Farm.
Cinnamon Spice won four of nine starts and earned $144,820 for owner Fox Hill Farm and trainer Larry Jones. She is a half-sister to Grade 1 winning juvenile Violence, whose first foals are two-year-olds of 2017.
Cinnamon Spice’s impressive female family includes Champion Sky Beauty and Grade 1 winners Maplejinsky, Tale of Ekati, Pleasant Home, Point of Entry, and Pine Island.
Super Majesty, a Grade 3 Winner by Super Saver, led all offerings during the first session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale when sold for $475,000 to Hill ‘n’ Dale Bloodstock, agent for Baoma Corp in the early afternoon of February 6 (video). Consigned as Hip 238, the winner of the 2015 Dogwood S. (G3) was offered as a broodmare prospect by Darby Dan Farm, agent. Super Majesty’s $475,000 price tag was a 20.3% increase over last year’s sale topper.
Donato Lanni signed the ticket for the session topper on behalf of Charles and Susan Chu’s Baoma Corp. “The good ones always bring more,” Lanni told the Daily Racing Form. “I thought she stood out here. She’s a pretty mare.” Lanni further indicated that Super Majesty would visit 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Consignor Darby Dan Farm’s Carl McEntee was pleased with the result. “It was fantastic. I’m very pleased for the owners, LNJ Foxwoods. It’s one of their first really big offerings at the sales, and I’m delighted for them.”
The session’s top selling broodmare was She’s All In, who sold for $325,000 to RML, agent (video). Offered as Hip 96, the 2012 Sixty Sails H. (G3) winner sold in foal to Grade 2 winner Magna Graduate. The mare was consigned by Vinery Sales, agent for the dispersal of Rockin Z Ranch. She’s All In sold carrying her second foal, having produced a Temple City filly in 2016.
Hip 157, a colt by The Factor, topped the short yearlings on offer when sold for $135,000 to Blue Sky Stables (video). Consigned by Stuart Morris, agent, the high-priced yearling is from the immediate family of Grade 1 winner Vettori. He was bred in Kentucky by Highclere. The colt’s $135,000 sale price was good for a 35% increase over the 2016 sale’s top-priced yearling.
“There was plenty of activity,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “There is certainly a vibrant market even in February. Somebody has a nice broodmare prospect or a nice mare in foal, they can bring her here with complete confidence and know that there [are] going to be plenty of buyers to compete for her, or for a short yearling, or for any horse of quality.”
Overall, 164 hips changed hands for a total of $4,702,300 during Monday’s session, up 34.4% from 2016’s first session, when 184 hips sold for $3,294,500. The session average was $28,673, up 54.5% from $17,905 during the first session last year, while the $9,750 median was good for a 21.9% increase from $8,000 on this day in 2016. Twelve hips sold for $100,000 or more, compared to five during the first session last year.
The Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale continues Tuesday, February 7 at 10 a.m. Session 1 results and full catalogue are available online.
Hip 281, a colt by Leading Freshman Sire of 2016 Dialed In, sold for $130,000 to Whitehorse Stables, LLC during the first session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The colt was consigned by St George Sales, agent.
The dark bay or brown colt is a half-brother to three winners from as many to race, including stakes winner Proforma. His immediate family further includes graded stakes winners Just Wicked, Forlana, and McCann.
Hip 281 was bred in Kentucky by Reggie Beeson & Tim Beeson.
Candida, a winning daughter of Congrats, sold for $150,000 to International Equities Holding at the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The four-year-old filly was consigned as a broodmare prospect by Gainesway, agent.
A winner for owner Coyle Boys Stable and trainer Linda Rice, Candida is a half-sister to eight winners, including Lucky Pulpit, sire of two-time Horse of the Year and all-time North American earner California Chrome.
Candida is from the immediate family of G1 winners Seattle Song and Unbridled’s Song, as well as graded stakes winners Lucky Spell, Merlins Charm, D’Accord, Eh Cumpari, and Blanc Bonheur.
Bamboche, a daughter of three-time Leading Sire Tapit and Grade 1 winner Diplomat Lady, sold for $275,000 to International Equities Holding during the first session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The five-year-old mare was offered in foal to successful young sire Uncle Mo by Bluewater Sales, agent.
A half-sister to three winners out of Hollywood Starlet S. (G1) victress Diplomat Lady, Bamboche hails from the immediate family of graded stakes winner Zulu Land and stakes winners Playcaller, Cagna, Buster Rose, Dream Play, and Gangbuster.
Super Majesty, a Grade 3 winning daughter of Super Saver, sold for $475,000 to Hill ‘n’ Dale Bloodstock, agent for Baoma Corp during the first session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The five-year-old was offered as a broodmare prospect by Darby Dan Farm, agent.
A three-time winner of $166,760 in nine starts, Super Majesty’s best performance came in the 2015 Dogwood S. (G3). Purchased by Solis & Litt, agents at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training, Super Majesty was campaigned by owners LNJ Foxwoods and trainer Steve Asmussen.
Out of the stakes winning Go For Gin mare Gins Majesty, herself graded stakes placed, Super Majesty is a half-sister to two other winners. Her dam is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Dancing in Silks, and the immediate family further includes graded stakes winners Rocky Marriage and Hey Byrn.
Vickie Wins, a winning daughter of Unbridled’s Song, sold for $270,000 to Bayern Partnership during the first session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The bay filly was offered as a broodmare prospect by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.
A four-year-old filly, Vickie Wins earned $73,384 in seven career starts for owners Jerry Durant & Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings and trainer Steve Asmussen. She is a daughter of Grade 1 winner Mistical Plan, who has produced three winners from as many to race, including current promising three-year-old Big Gray Rocket. The immediate family further includes Grade 1 winners Da’ Tara and Private Persuasion.
Hip 157, a yearling colt by The Factor, sold for $135,000 to Blue Sky Stables during the first session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The yearling was consigned by Stuart Morris, agent.
The gray or roan colt is a half-brother to two winners from as many to race out of the winning Cat Thief mare Tazarine, including stakes-placed winner Moms Choice. This colt hails from the immediate family of Grade 1 winner Vettori and graded stakes winners Eastern Dawn, Barkerville, Air Distingue, and Hero’s Tribute.
Hip 153, a yearling filly from the first crop of multiple Grade 2 winner Cairo Prince, sold for $90,000 to Austin & Brenda Paul during the first session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The yearling was consigned by St George Sales, agent.
The dark bay or brown filly is the second foal of the winning Ghostzapper mare Tart’s Knickers. That mare is the daughter of multiple graded stakes winner Go Go, who also produced stakes winner Champagne Taste.
Hip 153 was bred in Kentucky by Brereton C. Jones, Bret Jones, & Ben Henley.
Hip 140, a yearling colt by Maclean’s Music, sold for $85,000 to East Hickman Bloodstock during the first session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The colt was consigned by James M. Herbener, Jr., agent.
The bay colt is a half-brother to four winners from as many to race out of the stakes winning/Grade 2-placed Is It True mare Sweet Problem. This yearling hails from the immediate family of graded stakes winners Soviet Problem and Unzip Me.
Hip 140 was bred in Kentucky by James M. Herbener, Jr. and Dr. & Mrs. Patrick V. Ford, VMD.
Hip 134, a yearling colt by Into Mischief, sold for $105,000 to Cougar Ridge Stables during the first session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The colt was consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent.
The bay colt is a half-brother to four winners out of the winning Skywalker mare Skygusty, including Grade 2-placed stakes winner Rugula. The immediate family further includes graded stakes winners Terra Incognita, Nightmare Affair, and Martillo.
Hip 134 was bred in Kentucky by Martha Jane Mulholland & John Henry Mulholland.
She’s All In, a Grade 3-winning/Grade 1-placed daughter of Include, sold for $325,000 to RML, agent during the first session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The 10-year-old dark bay or brown mare was offered in foal to Grade 2 winner Magna Graduate by Vinery Sales, agent for the dispersal of Rockin Z Ranch.
A 16-time winner, She’s All In earned $1,102,489 in 38 starts for owner/breeder Robert Zoellner’s Rockin Z Ranch. A winner at 3, 4, 5, and 6, She’s All In most notably won the Sixty Sails H. (G3) in 2012 and finished second in the Delaware H. (G1) in 2013. She produced a filly by Temple City in 2016.
She’s All In is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Peach Brew, from the immediate family of stakes winners Voladora, Winnerwald, Miss Affair, Flying Mambo, Gigi’s Skyflyer, and Soonerette.
Scat Means Go, a graded stakes-placed daughter of the late Scat Daddy, sold for $180,000 to International Equities Holding during the first session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The five-year-old chestnut mare was offered as a broodmare prospect by South Point Sales Agency, agent.
A winner at three and third in the Eight Belle S. (G3) and the Sunland Park Oaks as a sophomore, Scat Means Go earned $142,054 in 21 starts. She was campaign by owner Katherine Cauthen and trainer Steve Asmussen.
Scat Means Go is a half-sister to two other winners out of the Proud Citizen mare Shenandoah Valley. Her immediate family includes stakes winners Knot So Clever, Albrannon, Lorie Darlin, Saint Augustus, and Shooped.
Scatladybdancing, a stakes-placed daughter of the late Scat Daddy, sold for $140,000 to Athens Wood during the first session of the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. The five-year-old chestnut mare was offered as a broodmare prospect by Darby Dan Farm, agent.
A winner at two and three and third in the Pretty Jenny S. during her sophomore campaign, Scatladybdancing earned $76,273 in 21 starts. She was campaigned by owner Jay Collier and trainer Carlos Silva.
Scatladybdancing hails from the immediate family of Group 1 winner No Nay Never and graded stakes winners Half a Year and Event of the Year.
Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 162 entries for The Gulfstream Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training, to be held on Wednesday, March 1, in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The sale, which be conducted in Gulfstream Park’s walking ring, will begin at 4 pm.
The under tack show is scheduled for Monday, February 27, beginning at 10 am.
“This sale has a lot of momentum coming off two highly successful renewals since moving to Gulfstream Park in 2015,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “This catalogue reflects that momentum, with increased numbers and outstanding quality.”
This year’s catalogue cover features 2015 sale graduate NYQUIST, who decisively captured last year’s G1 Kentucky Derby to become the latest Classic success for The Gulfstream Sale.
“There is no better advertisement for a sale than selling the Kentucky Derby winner,” continued Browning. “It’s a great testament to the quality of horses our consignors offer at Gulfstream, and to the success that buyers are finding from purchasing these horses off a proven dirt track. Prior to winning the Kentucky Derby, NYQUIST won the G1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream – thirteen months after he had performed over the very same racetrack in our under tack show.”
The catalogue is now available online and will also be available via the Equineline sales catalogue app. Print catalogues will be available by Monday, January 30.
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The latest additions to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Supplemental Catalogue are now available online.
The twenty-four new entries, catalogued as hips 617-640, include racing and/or broodmare prospects, in-foal mares, and short yearlings.
Among the racing/broodmare prospects catalogued are: stakes winner FIND JOY (Hip 621); ANDEAN (Hip 636), a stakes placed half-sister to G1 performer MR. Z.; and GLORY (Hip 640), a multiple graded stakes placed daughter of TAPIT.
The Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale will be held on Monday and Tuesday, February 6-7, in Lexington, Kentucky. The Supplemental Catalogue will be offered on Tuesday, February 7, following the conclusion of the main catalogue.
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Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 36 entries for the 2017 Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale supplemental catalogue. Those entries may now be viewed online.
Fasig-Tipton will continue to add supplemental entries through this coming Monday, January 23.
The supplemental catalogue, which will begin with hip 581, will be offered immediately following the conclusion of the main catalogue on Tuesday, February 7. Among those catalogued in the supplement is G1 Madison S. winner DR. ZIC, offered in foal to CONSTITUTION. She will be consigned by James B. Keogh (Grovendale), agent.
Print versions of the supplemental catalogue will be available on-site at Fasig-Tipton at sale time. The supplement will also be available via the equineline sales catalogue app.
The Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale will be held Monday and Tuesday, February 6 and 7, at Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Kentucky. Both sessions will begin daily at 10 am.
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Fasig-Tipton sales grads were among the best in their class once more in 2016, with six Eclipse Award finalists awaiting the announcement on January 21 at Gulfstream Park. The six finalists represent five sales and include weanling, yearling, and two-year-old sale grads.
SONGBIRD Graduate: 2014 Saratoga Sale Finalist: Horse of the Year, Champion 3YO Filly
Reigning Eclipse Champion 2YO Filly Songbird did not rest on her laurels for a moment in her sophomore campaign. Racing exclusively in graded company last term, Songbird dispatched all comers but one, winning her first seven starts by a combined 38 ½ lengths. She tallied victories in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), Alabama S. (G1), Cotillion S. (G1), Las Virgenes S. (G2), Summertime Oaks (G2), and Santa Ysabel S. (G3). Her shortest margin of victory was 3 ¾ lengths, recorded in both the Santa Anita Oaks and Santa Ysabel S. at her home base of Santa Anita. Her lone loss was to three-time Eclipse Champion and current finalist for Champion Older Female Beholder, who edged Songbird by the barest nose in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) after a prolonged battle of more than a furlong.
Songbird collected $2,210,000 in purse money last year for owner Fox Hill Farm. That sum was good for best earnings by a female in North America last year, and fourth of either sex, behind only the three current finalists for Champion 3YO Male.
Songbird was purchased by Fox Hill Farm at the 2014 Saratoga Sale from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency. She is campaigned by Fox Hill Farm and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Songbird was bred in Kentucky by John Antonelli.
CATHRYN SOPHIA Graduate: 2014 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale, 2016 November Sale Finalist: Champion 3YO Filly
An undefeated stakes winner at two, whose combined margin of victory in two starts was 29 lengths, Cathryn Sophia opened her sophomore season with wins in the Forward Gal S. (G2) and the Fasig-Tipton Davona Dale S. (G2). Second runner-up in a blanket finish in her first try at the highest level, the Ashland S. (G1), Cathryn Sophia proved her class in Kentucky Oaks (G1), flying home first by 2 ¾ lengths over a field of 13 which included three G1 winners. Cathryn Sophia closed up her three-year-old campaign with a win in the Princess of Sylmar S. and placings in both the Acorn S. (G1) and the Cotillion S. (G1).
Cathryn Sophia was purchased by Charles Zacney at the 2014 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale from the consignment of Chanceland Farm. She campaigned for Zacney’s Cash is King and trainer John Servis. She most recently sold for $1.4 million at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton November Sale.
NYQUIST Graduate: 2015 Gulfstream Sale Finalist: Champion 3YO Male
Champion 2YO of his class in 2015, Nyquist took that form into his sophomore season, winning the Kentucky Derby (G1), Florida Derby (G1), and San Vicente S. (G2), and placing in the Preakness S. (G1). His efforts were good for earnings of $3,575,000, ranked second in North American earnings last year.
Nyquist was purchased by Dennis O’Neill at the 2015 Gulfstream Sale, from the consignment of Niall Brennan Stables. He campaigned for owner Reddam Racing and trainer Doug O’Neill.
STELLAR WIND Graduate: 2013 Saratoga Sale, 2013 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale Finalist: Champion Older Female
Champion 3YO Filly in 2015, Stellar Wind continued to show exceptional class in 2016. After finishing second to Beholder in the Vanity Mile S. (G1), Stellar Wind turned the tables on the future Hall of Famer, defeating that rival in back-to-back starts in the Clement L. Hirsch S. (G1) and the Zenyatta S. (G1).
Stellar Wind is a two-time Fasig-Tipton sale grad. She was purchased by Vernan Lee Stables at the 2013 Saratoga Sale from the consignment of Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, and again from the 2013 Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale by Barbara Houck from the consignment of Marshall Silverman. Stellar Wind races for owner Hronis Racing and trainer John Sadler.
TEPIN Graduate: 2012 Saratoga Sale Finalist: Champion Turf Female
Tepin, Eclipse Champion Turf Female at four in 2015, continued to show exceptional form as a five-year-old in 2016. In eight starts last year, all graded stakes, Tepin found the winner’s circle six times, including winning three G1 races in three different countries: the Jenny Wiley S. (G1) in her native country, the Queen Anne S. (G1) at Royal Ascot, and the Woodbine Mile S. (G1) in Canada. Tepin also came home first in the Hillsborough S. (G2), Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S. (G2), and Endeavor S. (G3). Additionally, she was first but one in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) and the First Lady S. (G1). Tepin earned $1,476,360 in 2016 for owner Robert Masterson, and was the top-earning turf filly or mare in North America.
Tepin was purchased by Robert Masterson at the 2012 Saratoga Sale from the consignment of Select Sales. She races for Masterson and trainer Mark Casse. Tepin was bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall.
HAVEYOUGONEAWAY Graduate: 2011 November Sale, 2012 New York-Bred Sale, 2016 November Sale Finalist: Champion Female Sprinter
A stakes winner at four, Haveyougoneaway found her best stride at five in 2016. She was first or second in seven of eight starts last year, including wins in the Ballerina S. (G1), Honorable Miss H. (G2), American Beauty S., Spring Fever S., and Dancin Renee S.
Haveyougoneaway is now a three-time Fasig-Tipton sales graduate. She was purchased by John Greathouse Bloodstock as a weanling at the 2011 November Sale from the consignment of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds. The following year she was offered by Four Star Sales at the New York-Bred Sale, where she was purchased by the partnership fo Tayloe & Greathouse. This past November, she visited the November Sale ring again, selling for $1.1 million as a racing and/or broodmare prospect.
Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 580 entries for its 2017 Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, to be held on Monday and Tuesday, February 6 and 7, in Lexington, Kentucky. Sessions will begin daily at 10 am.
Hips 1 – 326 will be offered in the Monday session. Hips 327 – 580, as well as the supplemental catalogue, will be offered in the Tuesday session.
“Being the last mixed sale of the season, the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale offers buyers tremendous opportunities before the start of breeding season,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “Stakes credentialed racing and broodmare prospects, a quality contingent of in-foal mares, and 175 ‘short’ yearlings make this a can’t miss catalogue.”
The sale will also feature a supplemental catalogue that will be available online and on the sales grounds. Fasig-Tipton will continue to accept entries, on an approval basis, over the next two weeks.
The Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale catalogue may now be viewed online. Print catalogues will be available beginning Tuesday, January 17. The catalogue will also be available via the equineline sales catalogue app.
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Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic division has catalogued 229 entries for the 2017 Midlantic Winter Mixed Sale, an increase of 37% over the 2016 catalogue. The sale will be held on Sunday, January 29 at the Maryland State Fair Grounds in Timonium, Maryland, beginning at 11 am.
“Moving the sale date from December to late January produced very positive results in 2016, and as a result, consignors have supported us with increased numbers for 2017,” said Midlantic Sales Director Paget Bennett.
“The catalogue features significant quality, including a number of young stakes credentialed broodmares and broodmare prospects, as well as several siblings to prominent 2016 graded stakes winners,” continued Bennett. “A large group of ‘short’ yearlings, which includes several eligible for a variety of lucrative state-bred programs, should draw good interest as well.”
The catalogue may now be viewed online. Print catalogues will be available from all Fasig-Tipton offices by January 4. Fasig-Tipton will also accept supplemental entries up until sale time.
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The offerings of The November Sale’s star-studded catalogue shone Monday night at the Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, KY. With a catalogue billed as featuring “quality on every page,” Fasig-Tipton’s premier breeding stock event exceeded the expectations of buyers, consignors, and management. Bolstered by a deep international buying bench and the selected sale’s North American supporters, this year’s November Sale posted gains across the board.
“This is a special sale,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “When you have special horses to sell, at the end of the night, you have pretty special results.”
The top price of the evening was $3.5 million for Baffled (Hip 104), the dam of multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Constitution. Offered in foal to Constitution’s sire, Tapit, Baffled was purchased by Bridlewood Farm & Don Alberto Corp from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency.
“She’s got all, looks, triple graded stakes producer, in foal to the best stallion in America,” remarked Bridlewood’s George Isaacs. “We’re trying to develop a serious breeding program and she’s the goods. A little more than I wanted to pay, but the good ones cost.”
Baffled is also the dam of graded stakes winners Boynton and Jacaranda. The latter, offered as Hip 154, realized $2 million later in the evening when sold to Reynolds Bell, agent for Alpha Delta. Jacaranda was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm.
As she did so often in her career, Curalina (Hip 123) led an exception field of racing and/or broodmare prospects when sold for $3 million. Offered as a broodmare prospect, three-time G1 winner and millionaire Curalina was purchased by Shadhai Farm from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, agent. Curalina’s dam Whatdreamsrmadeof (Hip 100), offered by Brookdale Sales for Casa Farms and carrying a full sibling to Curalina, realized $1.65 million earlier in the evening when purchased by Summer Wind Equine.
Other prominent offerings included 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) victress Stopchargingmaria (Hip 87), who brought $2.8 million as a broodmare prospect, and Love the Chase (Hip 59), dam of California Chrome, who sold for $1.95 million in foal to North America’s Leading Sire Tapit. Stopchargingmaria joined the broodmare band at Three Chimneys Farm, while John McCormack signed for Love the Chase. Both mares were consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
Hip 25, a filly by Champion sire Galileo (IRE) earned the highest price of selected weanlings offered when sold for $550,000 early in the sale. By globally proven sire Galileo out of a Street Cry (IRE) daughter of Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour, the filly’s international pedigree proved popular, and she was ultimately purchased by French-based company Meridian International from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.
“It begins with the quality product that our consignors entrust in us,” Browning said when asked about the quality and composition of this year’s catalogue. “When someone places their confidence in you, that’s the greatest compliment you can get. But it’s also a responsibility. We take that responsibility really seriously.”
All told, 88 horses changed hands for a total of $54,152,000, an increase of 24% from 2015, when 92 horses were sold for $43,666,000. The average was $615,364, an increase of 29.7% from $474,630 in 2015. Significantly, the median was $377,500, up 59.6% from $235,000 in 2015. The RNA rate fell by 6.4%. Fifteen fillies and mares sold for $1 million or more.
China Horse Club and SF Bloodstock made their presence felt on the buyer side, combining to purchase a total of 13 horses. China Horse Club spent $5,520,000 on five hips, topped by $2.4 million G1 winner Embellish the Lace, sold carrying her first foal, by Uncle Mo. SF Bloodstock added eight to their stable grossing $3,845,000, topped by this year’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Cathryn Sophia, purchased for $1.4 million.