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

July Selected Horses of Racing Age Catalogue Grows to 165 Entries

HORA_catalogue_front_v2Fasig-Tipton’s July Selected Horses of Racing Age catalogue has grown to 165 accepted entries.  Thirteen entries have been added since the catalogue first went online this past Wednesday.

These new entries are catalogued as hips 553-565.

All entries may now be viewed in the sale’s enhanced online catalogue.  The enhanced catalogue features pedigrees, race videos, statistical links, Ragozin “sheet” numbers, real-time past performances, as well as an assessment of each horse by the Daily Racing Form’s national handicapper Mike Watchmaker.

Print catalogues will be available on-site at Fasig-Tipton by Friday, July 6.

The July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale will take place Monday, July 9 beginning at 4 pm.  It will be followed by The July Sale of Selected Yearlings the next day, beginning at 10 am.

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

July Selected Horses of Racing Age Catalogue Now Online

HORA_catalogue_front_v2.jpgFasig-Tipton has catalogued 152 initial entries for its July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale, to be held on Monday, July 9 in Lexington, Kentucky, beginning at 4 pm.  It will precede the July Selected Yearling Sale that will take place the following day beginning at 10 am.

The number of entries catalogued in the Horses of Racing Age Sale is expected to grow substantially as Fasig-Tipton will continue to review and accept nominations up until sale time.

“This is our largest H.O.R.A. catalogue to date, with 43% more entries catalogued at this initial release date compared to last year,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.  “We encourage all prospective buyers to stay tuned for more entries in the lead up to the sale, as there are several more in the pipeline.”

This year’s catalogue cover features recent graded stakes winning graduates BULLARDS ALLEY (G1 Canadian International S.), IVY BELL (G2 Inside Information S.), FEAR THE COWBOY (G3 Harlan’s Holiday S.), and GO NONI GO (G3 Bourbonette Oaks).

“Since this sale was first held in 2013, sale graduates have made nearly 5,000 starts, and earned $29 million,” Browning continued.  “The sale has also produced an impressive 28% stakes horses and more than 50 stakes wins.”

Entries may be reviewed via the sale’s user-friendly enhanced online catalogue, which features pedigrees, race videos, statistical links, Ragozin “sheet” numbers, real-time past performances, as well as an assessment of each horse by the Daily Racing Form’s national handicapper Mike Watchmaker.

Prospective buyers may also sign up for email alerts to receive pedigree and race-record updates, as well as notifications of new sale entries as they are accepted up until sale time.

The July Selected Horses of Racing Age catalogue will also be available via the equineline sales catalogue app. Print catalogues will be available on the sales grounds by July 6.

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

July Sale Catalogue Grows

JulySale_catalogue_front_FINAL_pngFasig-Tipton has catalogued 349 selected yearlings for The July Sale, to be held on Tuesday, July 10, at the company’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Kentucky.  The sale will begin at 10 am.

“July was a very healthy market last year, and as a result, consignors have responded with increased quality and quantity,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.  “This year’s catalogue is our largest for July in nearly a decade, and boasts a significant uptick in sire power, as well.”

This year’s catalogue cover features 2017 Starlet S. (G1) winner DREAM TREE, who is undefeated at two and three.  She is the latest success story to come from July, which is annually a top ranked North American yearling sale by percentage of Grade 1 winners, graded stakes winners, and two-year-old winners.

Nominations are also open for Fasig-Tipton’s popular July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale, which will be held the day prior to The July Sale, on Monday, July 9. Fasig-Tipton will accept nominations for the Horses of Racing Age Sale through late June.

“The July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale was one of the strongest sales on the auction calendar last year,” continued Browning.  “The sale’s timing makes it very popular with buyers looking to load up their racing stables ahead of the major summer race meetings.”

The July Sale catalogue may now be viewed online and via the Equineline catalogue app.  Print catalogues will be available beginning June 12.

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

Celebration of the Life of William E. Graves to be streamed live on fasigtipton.com

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Bill Graves

Today’s celebration of the life of longtime Fasig-Tipton senior vice-president William E. “Bill” Graves will be streamed live on fasigtipton.com.  The program, which will be conducted in Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky sales pavilion, will begin at 2:30 pm.

The event will begin with opening remarks from Fasig-Tipton’s Terence Collier, and followed by tributes from Bill’s friends and colleagues Walt Robertson, Dennis Lynch, John Williams, Boyd Browning, Michael Levy and Bayne Welker.

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

William E. Graves (1948-2018)

William E. Graves
1/10/1948 – 5/30/2018

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Bill Graves (right), with his son Brian // Photo: Joe DiOrio

Fasig-Tipton is deeply saddened to report the passing of the respected and much-loved Thoroughbred horseman, Bill Graves. A senior vice-president with more than 26 years service with the Thoroughbred auction company, Bill passed away after a short illness on May 30 at University of Kentucky Hospital. Bill’s son, Brian, director of public sales for Gainesway Farm, was at his side for his final days.

A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Bill developed a formidable reputation as an elite competitor on the national show horse circuit. He competed at the top levels with much success. He was inducted into the Virginia Horse Show Association’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

In his early 20’s, Bill came to Lexington to begin a lifetime career with Thoroughbreds. He quickly showed exceptional skill as a yearling showman in Saratoga and Kentucky. He started Graves Stable with his late wife, Michele, and they were routinely leading consignors at Fasig-Tipton’s premier two-year-olds in training sales at Calder Race Course in Florida.

In 1992, Bill was recruited by Fasig-Tipton to review and manage its Selected Yearling Sales process. His talent and ability for finding exceptional quality were unparalleled. Much of the growth of the company’s yearling sales in Kentucky and Saratoga resulted directly from Bill’s eye for superior yearlings and his ability to recruit them from existing consignors and from many clients new to Fasig-Tipton’s selected auction schedule.

Though a lifetime of achievements, Bill was unquestionably proudest of the accomplishments of his son, Brian, as a horseman, and, with his wife, Leslie, as the parents of Bill’s three treasured grandchildren, Will, Catherine, and Carson. He is also survived by his brother, Reed Graves, and by his sister, Elizabeth (Ditty) Stone, both of Lynchburg, Virginia, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home at 463 East Main Street in Lexington on Saturday, June 2 from 5:00-7:00 pm.

A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held in the sales pavilion at Fasig-Tipton on Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY, on Monday, June 4 at 2:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, 821 Corporate Drive, Lexington, KY 40503.

For further information
Terence Collier
(859) 255-1555

Medaglia d’Oro, Union Rags Bring Strong Finish to Midlantic Two-Year-Old Sale

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Hip 565 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

For the fourth consecutive year, it was a seven-figure juvenile that topped the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale.

The sale topper came towards the end of the second session. Hip 565, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro, lit up the board to the tune of $1,200,000 on Tuesday evening. Dennis O’Neill purchased the top-priced colt from the consignment of Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent. The colt is the first foal out of the graded stakes winning Tapit mare Tapicat. He worked an eighth in 10:1 during the Sunday session of the under tack show (video).

Four hips earlier, Hip 561, a colt by Union Rags, claimed the top spot briefly when sold to Michael Lund Peterson for $925,000 from the consignment of Bobby Dodd, agent. That colt worked an eighth in 10 flat on Sunday (video). Hip 561 represents a successful pinhook for his sellers, who purchased him for $90,000 at last year’s New York Bred Yearlings Sale.

Overall, 333 horses sold for a total of $24,868,500, good for an average of $74,680. The median increased 8.6% to $38,000 from $35,000 last year. Ninety-two horses sold for $100,000 or more, up from 78 six-figure sales in 2017.

Results are available online.

Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training: Session 2 Live Blog

Follow along as we recap the top hips of the first session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale!

The sale has ended. Results are available online.

Hip 565 c. Medaglia d’Oro-Tapicat ($1,200,000)

Hip 565, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro, sold for $1,200,000 during the second session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale. The bay colt was purchased by Dennis O’Neill from the consignment of Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds after working a 10:1 eighth during Sunday’s under tack show [video].

This colt is the first foal of Florida Oaks (G3) winner Tapicat, by Tapit. The immediate family includes champion Track Robbery, Grade 1 winner and sire Cat Thief, and Grade 1 winner Pohave.

Hip 561 c. Union Rags-Tanglewood Tale ($925,000)

Hip 561, a colt by Union Rags, sold for $925,000 during the second session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The bay colt, named Tangled Union, was purchased by Michael Lund Peterson from the consignment of Bobby Dodd, agent. He worked an eighth in 10 flat during Sunday’s under tack show [video].

This colt is the second foal out of the winning Tale of the Cat mare Tangelwood Tale. Her first foal, a three-year-old full brother to Hip 561, is a multiple winner this year. The immediate family includes champion Housebuster, as well as graded stakes winners Be Gentle, Harvard Avenue, Quero Quero, Deep Sleep, Something Extra, and Nicole H.

Hip 533 c. Tiznow-Southern Charmer ($425,000)

Hip 533, a colt by Horse of the Year Tiznow, sold for $425,000 during the second session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Linda Rice, agent from the consignment of Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds after working an eighth in 10:2 on Sunday [video].

This colt is a half-brother to two winners from as many to race out of the stakes-placed winning Smart Strike mare Southern Charmer. That mare is out of graded stakes winner Power Play, who also produced stakes winner Vegas Play and Skipper’s Mate, dam of multiple graded stakes winner Frac Daddy. He is from the immediate family of graded/group stakes winners Camargo (IRE) and Gala Spinaway.

Hip 515 c. Flashback-Silver Sal ($275,000)

Hip 515, a colt from the first crop of Flashback, sold for $275,000 during the second session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The chestnut colt was purchased by Mr. Ed Savant, Jr. from the consignment of SBM Training & Sales. He worked an eighth on Sunday in 10:2 [video].

This colt is the second foal out of the winning Bob and John mare Silver Sal, who has already produced a winner. Silver Sal is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Golden Set. The immediate family also includes graded stakes winner Cobra King and stakes winners Straight Story and Families Flying.

Hip 468 c. Into Mischief-Reina Maria ($340,000)

Hip 468, a colt by Into Mischief, sold for $340,000 during the second session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Charles Zacney from the consignment of Cary Frommer, agent after working a 10:1 eighth during Sunday’s under tack show [video].

This colt is the second foal out of the winning Songaprayer mare Reina Maria, herself a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Secret Compass. The immediate family also includes stakes winners Smoke Mountain, Addy’s Appeal, Winning Move, and Stage Stop.

Hip 427 c. Bodemeister-Plum ($300,000)

Hip 427, a colt by Bodemeister, sold for $300,000 during the second session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale. The bay colt was purchased by Steven Young, agent from the consignment of Cary Frommer, agent. He worked an eighth in 10:2 during Sunday’s under tack show [video].

Out of the stakes winning Pure Prize mare Plum, this colt is a half-brother to current winner Spectacular Plum. This registered Maryland-bred is from the immediate family of multiple stakes winner Munchkin Michele.

Hip 418 c. Cairo Prince-Perfect Pegasus ($350,000)

Hip 418, a colt from the first crop of Cairo Prince, sold for $350,000 during the second session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The bay colt was purchased by West Bloodstock from the consignment of Bobby Dodd after working an eighth in 10:2 during Sunday’s under tack show [video].

This colt is the second foal out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Perfect Pegasus, a half-sister to graded stakes winner Perfect Officer. He is from the immediate family of Grade/Group 1 winners Full of Hope (GB), Westbury, and Koko Mambo.

Hip 384 c. Maclean’s Music-My Canary ($325,000)

Hip 384, a colt by Maclean’s Music, sold for $325,000 during the second session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The bay colt, named Better B Gud to Me, was purchased by Mike Ryan, agent from the consignment of De Meric Sales. He worked an eighth in 10:1 during Wednesday’s under tack show [video].

This colt is the second foal out of the Mineshaft mare My Canary. He is from the immediate family of champion Diva’s Debut and stakes winners Capdiva, Seismic Report, Swift and Bold, and Sunny Premier.

Hip 370 c. Justin Phillip-Miss Wined Up ($275,000)

Hip 370, a colt from the second crop of Justin Phillip, sold for $275,000 during the second session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale. The chestnut colt was purchased by Ro Ro stable from the consignment of Top Line Sales after working a 10:1 eighth during Wednesday’s under tack show [video].

This colt is out of the Roman Ruler mare Miss Wined Up, a half-sister to graded stakes winner Midnight Hawk and stakes winner Mayor Marv, and a daughter of Grade 1 placed stakes winner Miss Wineshine.

Hip 310 c. Morning Line-Latitude Forty ($300,000)

Hip 310, a colt from the second crop of Morning Line, sold for $300,000 early in the second session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Turnpike Partners from the consignment of Wes Carter after working a quarter in 21:4 during Wednesday’s under tack show [video].

This colt is a half-brother to three winners of the multiple stakes winning Chester House mare Latitude Forty. He is from the immediate family of Grade 2 winning juvenile Night in Reno and multiple group stakes winner Holst.

More Than Ready Colt Ready to Go at Midlantic Sale

A colt by More Than Ready shot to the lead late Monday afternoon and held on to top the first session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale held in Timonium, MD.

Offered as Hip 204 by Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds, the colt by More Than Ready was purchased by Mr. Ed Savant, Jr. for $750,000. Out of Canadian champion Embur’s Song, Hip 204 worked a co-fastest eighth in 10:1 during Wednesday’s under tack show (video).

First crop sire Mucho Macho Man sired the session’s second highest price. Hip 278, a colt by the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner out of Itsagiantcauseway, sold for $625,000 late in the session. He was purchased by Michael Lund Peterson from the consignment of Kirkwood Stables after working a quarter in a sharp 21:1 during the second session of the under tack show (video).

The session’s top filly was Hip 246, a daughter of Bernardini out of Great Look (a full sister to multiple graded stakes winner Winning Cause, a graduate of this sale in 2012). The filly was purchased by Charles Zacney from the consignment of Paul Sharp after working an eighth in 10:2 on Wednesday (video).

Overall, 171 horses sold for $12,066,000, including 46 six-figure sales. The average was $71,151 and the median was $36,000.

The Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale continues tomorrow at 2 PM.

Results are available online.

Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training: Session 1 Live Blog

Follow along as we recap the top hips of the first session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale! Session 1 has ended. Results are available online.

Hip 278 c. Mucho Macho Man-Itsagiantcauseway ($625,000)

Hip 278, a colt from the first crop of Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Mucho Macho Man, sold for $625,000 during the first session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The chestnut colt was purchased by Michael Lund Peterson from the consignment of Kirkwood Stables after working a quarter in 21:1 during Wednesday’s under tack show [video].

Out of the winning Giant’s Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway, this filly is from the immediate family of champions Forever Together and Peaks and Valleys, as well as successful sire Broken Vow and graded stakes winners Winged Victory, I Three Wed, Alternation, Eleusis, Fatima, Cryptograph, and Equality.

Hip 246 f. Bernardini-Great Look ($325,000)

Hip 246, a filly by Bernardini, sold for $325,000 during the first session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Charles Zacney from the consignment of Paul Sharp, agent after a 10:2 work during Wednesday’s under tack show [video].

This filly is out of Great Look (Giant’s Causeway), an unraced sister of multiple graded stakes winner Winning Cause, who graduated from this sale in 2012. She is from the immediate family of Grade/Group 1 winners Emerging Talent, Twilight Agenda, Refuse to Bend (IRE), Media Puzzle, and Rich Tapestry (IRE).

Hip 204 c. More Than Ready-Embur’s Song ($750,000)

Hip 204, a colt by More Than Ready, shot to the lead when sold for $750,000 during the first session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Mr. Ed Savant, Jr. from the consignment of Hartley/de Renzo Thoroughbreds after a 10:1 work during Wednesday’s under tack show [video].

This colt is out of Canadian champion Embur’s Song, by Unbridled’s Song, a multiple graded stakes winner, and is a half-brother to the winning Speightstown filly Lyrics. The dam is a half-sister to Dawn Raid (Vindication), dam off multiple Grade 1 winning multimillionaire Exaggerator. The immediate family also includes Grade 1 winning millionaire Island Sand.

Hip 146 c. Maclean’s Music-Cheyenne Autumn ($300,000)

Hip 146, a colt by Maclean’s Music, sold for $300,000 during the first session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Steve Young, agent from the consignment of Scanlon Training & Sales after a 10:1 work during Tuesday’s under tack show [video].

This colt is the second foal out of the unraced Indian Charlie mare Cheyenne Autumn, whose second dam is Test S. (G1) winner Missed the Storm. The immediate family includes champions Chris Evert, Chief’s Crown, Winning Colors, and Deep Sky, as well as Grade 1 winners Classic Crown, Sightseek, Tates Creek, Etoile Montante, and Tap Dance City.

Hip 106 f. Uncle Mo-Bisbee’s Prospect ($300,000)

Hip 106, a filly by Uncle Mo, sold for $300,000 during the first session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale. The dark bay or brown filly was purchased by Augustin Stables from the consignment of De Meric Sales after a 10:2 work during Tuesday’s under tack show [video].

This filly is a half-sister to five winners from as many to race out of the stakes winning Smart Strike mare Bisbee’s Prospect. She is from the immediate family of graded stakes winners Buy the Barrel, Demarcation, Fishy Advice, and Mauk Four.

Hip 88 c. Fed Biz-Ascot Momma ($280,000)

Hip 88, a colt from the first crop of Fed Biz, sold for $280,000 during the first session of the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale. By Fed Biz, a multiple Grade 2 winner and multiple track record setter, the dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Olin Gentry, agent from the consignment of Wavertree Stables after a 10:2 work during Tuesday’s under tack show [video].

This colt is the first foal out of the Purge mare Ascot Momma, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Five Star Momma. He hails from the immediate family of graded stakes winner England’s Rose and stakes winners The Bourse, Frozen Dinner, and Sneak a Cold Treat.