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Wednesday, April 08, 2020


Breeders can stand up to Gov. Wolf at Shippensburg University

Racig generic 3Governor Wolf will be speaking at Shippensburg University on Monday, March 9.

If you are a breeder, a hay or feed salesman, a tack shop owner, a veterinarian, a farrier or anyone else that profits from the horse industry in the area, the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association encourages you to attend.

Media outlets will be at the event, and having people from the industry there to counter his misinformation is imperative.

Gov. Wolf is illegally trying to raid Horsemen's Funds which were put into a trust just so that that couldn't happen.

If Gov. Wolf succedes, it could kill horse racing in Pennsylvania, which would not only wipe our breeding farms throughout the state but would also hurt thousands who profit from sales to the horse industry.

It's a great way to let your voice be heard and your story told to the local news.

The Governor will be speaking at 10 a.m. on March 9 at Shippensburg University, Stewart Hall, 11871 Old Main Dr., Shippensburg, Pa.

Breeding programs in Pennsylvania and Maryland are rewarding breeders with higher sales prices

TIMONIUM, Md--The Fasig-Tipton Midlanic Yearling Sale, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, concluded with an increase of 12 percent for the average price, which rose to $24,253 from $21,653 last year.

hip237 lydiawilliamsThe sales topper, hip 237 Eleven yearlings by 11 different sires sold for six figures or more, and the sale topper was Hip 237, a colt from the second crop of Freshman Sire Honor Code, which sold for $190,000.

 "It was a really good sale," said Marshall Silverman of New Freedom, Pa., who, as agent, was one of the largest consignors at the sale. "It was stronger the first day, but it drew a pretty good crowd."

One of the yearlings that he sold was a half-bother to stakes winner Call Paul, bred by Beezie Paterston and Vicky Schowe, that brought $55,000.

"He's a nice horse," said Silverman of the colt, hip number 22 by Bullsbay out of Avani Force. "He's a good mover."

"It's the same old market," said Silveman, referring to the fact that the horses with the best combination of pedigree and conformation brought the highest prices. "It's not that the other horses are bad horses. A lot of those lesser priced horses are still going to be good race horses."

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17 Pa-breds sell at Keeneland Yearling Sale that saw record $8..2 million for a filly

LEXINGTON, Ky.--The marathon Keeneland Yearling Sale Sept. 9-22 saw a record price of $8.2 million for an American Pharoah filly and an average price of $126,096,

Keeneland Hip 498Keeneland Hip 498, an American Pharoah filly out of Leslie's Lady, set a record price at $8.2 millionOf the 24 Pa-bred yearlings that went through the ring, 12 in the first 10 sessions sold for an average of $71,333.

The sale was divided into 13 sessions, arranged in six books, starting with the top yearlings in book one and dropping down with each successive book.

Seven Pa-breds did not reach their reserve, and the total average price for the 17 sold was $54,000.

The get of Union Rags sold well, with a bay filly by Union Rags who is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Point of Honor, by Curlin, getting the action started early on day two of Book 1, selling for an even $1 million to Godolphin.

Three other Union Rags yearlings sold for $750,000, $725,000 and $250,000.

A filly by Triple Crown winner and leading freshman sire American Pharoah and out of Broodmare of the Year Leslie's Lady sold for $8.2 million, surpassing the $4.4 million Shadwell paid for Moon's Whisper in 2000 as the highest price for a yearling filly at Keeneland.

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Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale broke the record for average and median prices

SARATOGA, N.Y.--The Fasig-Tipton Selected yearling Sale Aug. 5,6 set new records for average and median prices of $411,459 and $350,000 with a small group of just three Pa-breds excelling to sell for a beating-the-average price of $466.33.

Hip13 MedagliadOro GoodbyeStranger PMHip 13 by Medaglia d'Oro out of  Goodbye Stranger (Photo by Patricia McQueen)The Saratoga sale just keeps going up, with this year's average price rising 11.4 percent over last year's record average of $369,376.

Fasig-Tipton President and CEO Boyd Browning, Jr. summed it up. "Quality sells."

For the East coast representatives, a Pa-bred Medaglia d'Oro filly out of Goodbye Stranger, by Broad Brush, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, sold for $450,000 to Mike Ryan, Agent.

A second Pa-bred, a filly by Hard Spun out of Wembley, by Bernadini, consigned by South Point Sales Agency, was bought by Coffee Pot Stables for $360,000 and the third, a filly by Distorted Humor out of Amber Grace, by Elusive Quality, consigned by Warrendale Sales, Agent, sold for $180,000 to Quarter Pole Enterprises.

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Ricky and Wendy Hendriks buy three at Fasig-Tipton sale

LEXINGTON, Ky.-- Ricky and Wendy Hendriks of Unionville and Kennett Square, Pa. between them bought three horses at Fasig-Tipton's July Selected Horses of Racing Age on July 8.

Wendy Porter Ricky and McLane HendriksWendy Hendriks, left, with Ricky's son Porter, Ricky Hendriks and his son McLaneWendy bought  hip number 557, Supervillain, a 3-year-old by Super Saver out of an Empire Maker mare, bred by D.D. Matz, for $24,000.

Supervillain has started four times, finishing sixth twice and eighth twice, after starting slowly in his races.

"We've had great luck buying horses that broke slowly and then making them into jumpers," said Wendy Hendriks. "I saw Supervillain and loved the way he moved."

"He may run on the flat a couple of times, but the plan is to make him a jumper," said Hendriks.

Wendy and Ricky, in partnership with Ken Kachel, bought hip number 585, Trace, a 4-year-old mare by Ghostzapper out  of an Arch mare, for $57,000.

Trace has started 13 times with one win, one second, three thirds and four fourths, having run in allowance races since breaking her maiden in a maiden special weight race at Ellis Park last year in her fourth start.

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Patti Miller bought two Pa-breds at Fasig-Tipton 2 y.o Timonium sale

TIMONIUM, Md.--The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Timonium on May 20, 21, records were set, including a new sale record of $1.8 million.

Fasig Timonium 2019$1.8 million Into Mischief fillyTwelve Pa-breds sold for an average of $37,500, and Patti Miller for EQB bought the two highest priced Pa-breds.

"I bought a couple of very nice Pa-breds," said Miller.

Hip number 118, Our Dixie Blue, a bay filly by Wiegelia out of Dixiewood, by Dixie Union consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC, was bought by Miller for $120,000.

"My client is partial to Dixie Unions," said Miller. "She is a very, very nice horse. Wiegelia is not the most fashionable sire, but I liked this one. The trainer in New York though she was a lovely filly."

Miller bought hip number 536, a bay filly by Shakleford out of Thicket, by Successful Appeal, consigned by Q Bar J Thoroughbreds LLC, agent, for $55,000.

"Successful Appeal was the first horse I bought when I first started as an agent," said Miller. "I've always though he was very underrated. This filly is a little flat in the knees. She's going to a partnership of guys, and she's going to be trained by Steve Klesaris at Parx."

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Pa-breds sell for over average at Fasig-Tipton Mixed sale

TIMONIUM, Md.--Two Pa-bred weanlings by Peace and Justice consigned by Northview Stallion Station, Agent topped the Fasig-Tiptpn Midlantic December Mixed & Horses of Racing Age on Dec. 4.

Fasig Tiptpn Midlantic LocationA colt from the first crop of Peace and Justice, out of Frolicking Gal, by Discreet Cat , hip number 141, was bought by LEB for $87,000

The dark bay or brown colt was bred in Pennsylvania by A1A Racing.

Hip number 145, another Peace amd Justice colt, out of High Step Arch, by Arch, was bought by Nick Salllusto, Agent, for $80,000.

That colt, the second-highest price of the day, was also bred in Pennsylvania by A1A Racing.

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Marshall Silverman, agent, sells top colt at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings

TIMONIUM. Md.--Marshall Silverman of New Freedom, Pa., as agent sold the highest priced colt at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale at Timonium on Oct. 1-2.

Fasi TiptonThe top colt, hip 427, sold late in the Tuesday session, was bought by Pleasant Valley Farm for $145,000 from the consignment of Silverman, agent for Bayne & Christina Welker.

The bay colt is by Shackleford, the sire of the 2018 G1 winner Promised Fulfilled, and is out of 100 percent winner producer Teruko, by Coronado’s Quest.

Teruko has produced seven winners from as many to race, including multiple stakes winner Safe Trip.

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American Pharoah get bring top price at Keeneland

 LEXINGTON, KY.--Two yearlings sired by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah brought over $1 million at the Sept. 10-23 Keeneland sale.

2.2 mil American P$ 2.2 million American Pharoah coltIt didn’t take long for the fireworks to start in earnest at the Keeneland September sale.

On Monday afternoon, Sept. 10, Hip 91, a son of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah, brought a final bid of $2.2 million from Godolphin, who beat Team Coolmore for the colt.

Bred by Hn R Nothhaft Horseracing and consigned by Woods Edge Farm, the chestnut is out of the Indian Charlie mare stakes-winning and graded-placed Kindle, who is a half-sister to Tonopah (Rock Hard Ten), a Group 3 winner in Australia.

This is the extended family of French champion juvenile filly Play It Safe (Ire).

The highly anticipated first crop of yearlings by 2015 Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah, who won the 2015 G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland to close his career, and the participation of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin highlighted Monday’s opening session of the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Godolphin paid $2.2 million for a colt by American Pharoah to top the session and record the highest price for a thoroughbred sold at public auction in North America to date this year.

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Fasig-Tpton Yearling Select Sale, with five selling for $1 million or more, sets a record for total sales

SARATOGA, N.Y.--The Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling Sale, Aug. 6,7 in Saratoga had five yearlings, two by Triple Crown winner America Pharoah and three by Medaglia d'Oro, sell for $1 million or more, with Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stable of West Grove, Pa., buying one of them, a Medaglia d'Oro filly out of Varacity, by Distorted Humor for $1 million early in the sale Tuesday evening.

Jackson said they bought the filly  to eventually add to their broodmare band.

Hip15 Saratoga2018Hip15, a Pa-bred colt by Distorted Humor bought by EQB's Patti MillerFasig-Tipton set a record for sales,with total sales of $62,794,000 for 170 yearlings sold, beating the previous record of $62.412,000, set in  2001 for 162 yearlings sold.

The average price of $369.376 was 8.7 percent over last year's $339,712 but under the record  average price of $385,259, also set in 2001.

Seven Pa-breds went through the ring, with three sold for an average of $176,000 and four not reaching their reserves.

EQB's Patti Miller of West Grove, Pa., bought two, including a Pa-bred colt by Distorted Humor out of La Boheme, by Giant's Causeway for $120,000.

"I actually bought nine, but seven were for a new client who signed the tickets himself," said Miller. "It was a good sale, a very strong sale. It was a tribute to Bill Gates."

Graves, a long time Fasig-Tipton executive who was Midlantic sales director, died earlier this year, but he had been instrumental in putting together the catalog of top yearlings that sold in Saratoga,

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Blackstone's colt by Street Sense sold for $350,000 at the Fasig-Tipton July sale that posted gains

LEXINGTON, Ky.--A Pa-bred colt by Street Sense bred by Blackstone Farm LLC brought $350,000 at Fasig-Tipton's July 10 sale in Lexington.

catalog07102018thumbThe colt, hip numbr 312, out of Mahkama, by Bernardiini, the Breeders' Cup nominated colt was consigned by Michael & Julia O'Quinn Agent and bought by Godolphin.

The July Sale posted gains across the board, with increases in gross, average, and median over last year’s sale and the highest average since 2007, while the gross and median were the highest since 2015.

The average was $100,829 as opposed to the 2017 average of $93,645, with 196 sold this year with 86 not sold against 172 sold last year, when 72 were not sold.

Seven Pa-breds went through the ring, with two not sold.

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Union Rags colt sells for $925,000 at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-0ld in training sale

TIMONIUM, Md.--A colt by Union Rags out Taglewood Tale, by Tale of the Cat, sold for $925,000, claiming the top spot briefly when he was sold to Michael Lund Peterson from the consignment of Bobby Dodd, agent.

UnionRags photo by SarahAndrewThat colt worked an eighth in 10 flat on Sunday.

Sold as Hip 561, he represented a successful pinhook for his sellers, who purchased him for $90,000 at last year’s New York Bred Yearlings Sale in Saratoga.

But the Union Rags colt only claimed the top spot briefly, as four horses later the sale topper came towards the end of the second session.

The colt by Medaglia d’Oro, hip 565, 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, and he worked an eighth in 10:1 during the Sunday session of the under tack show.

Five of Union Rags' get went through the ring, and, not counting the $925,000 colt, averaged 62,750

The highest priced Pa-bred was a colt by Griesan Fire outof Avani Force consigned by Grassroots Traning & Sales LLC that was bougth by Gary Young, agent for Mike Dubb, for $210,000.

In all, 28 Pa-breds went through the ring with five not sold, and they averaged $58,782.

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

Overall, 333 horses sold for a total of $24,868,500, good for an average of $74,680, which was a drop from last year's average of $76.476.

The median increased 8.6 percent to $38,000 from $35,000 last year.

This year, 333 2-year-olds sold for $24,868,500 while last year 330 sold for $25,237,000, and there were 97 not solds this year as compared to 82 not solds last year.

But on the good side, 92 horses sold for $100,000 or more, up from 78 six-figure sales in 2017.


OBS Sale & Fasig-Tipton Sale continue trend that is hard on the middle market

Following the prevailing trend in sales, both the 2-year-old in training sales at the Ocala Breeders Sale on March 13-14 and the Fasig-Tipton sale at Gulfstream Park on March 28 sent a few consignors home delighted but left the majority shaking their heads.

The 2-year-olds with top pedigrees and excellent conformation are bringing huge prices, but below that top group it's becoming increasingly harder to sell any horse for the price the consignor feels the horse should bring.

Russell Jones"The whole market is narrowing," said former bloodstock agent Russell Jones, whose Walnut Green was one of the nations top bloodstock agencies before he sold it.

"The middle section is being squeezed," said Jones. "The top end has always been good, and the bottom end has always been bad, but now the middle is having trouble."

Total sales at both sales were done, and average sales were also down at OBS, but average sales were up at Fasig-Tipton.

At OBS, 301 horses were sold in 2017 and 261 were sold in 2018, but with 102 not sold in 2018, the RNAs were down from 113 ot sold in 2017.

At the Fasig-Tipton sale, 166 horses were catalogued, but only 91 went through the sales ring, of which 61 were sold and 30 were not sold.

The get of Union Rags, in most cases, and Pa-breds, in some cases, sold better than average.

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Pin Oak Lane adds graded stakes winner Royal Artillary to its stallion roster

NEW FREEDOM, Pa.--Royal Artillery is the latest of two stallions that have taken up residence at Dr. William Solomon’s Pin Oak Lane Farm in New Freedom, Pa., to stand their first seasons in 2018.

Royal ArtillaryRoyal ArtillaryRoyal Artillery, a 5-year-old son of top sire and rising sire of sires War Front., is owned by a partnership between Crystal Lane Racing and Pin Oak Lane.

Royal Artillery is the only graded/group stakes winner by War Front to stand in the Mid-Atlantic region and enters stud for $4,000, with discounts available with multiple bookings ($3,000 for two mares, or $2,000 for three or more mares).

Royal Artillery was a stakes winner at 3, winning the 2016 Rose of Lancaster Stakes-G3 at a mile and five-sixteenths over the Haydock turf in England in course record time, as well as finishing third in the Prix Guillaume d’Ornano-G2 at Deauville in France.

Raced by the powerful stable of Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith and trained by John Gosden, Royal Artillery was purchased as a weanling for $450,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale.

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Songbird sells for $9.5 million, Md.-bred For Royalty sells for $2.1 million

Songbird, the 4-year-old filly who is a two-time Eclipse Award winner owned by Wilmington auto dealer Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farms, Inc., sold for $9.5 million at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale on Nov. 6, and two days later Thornmar Farm's Md-bred For Royalty sold for $2.1 million at the Keeneland November Sale.

Hip 120 Songbird ring b FTKNOV17 WEB photo Fasig TiptonHip 120, Songbird Songbird was bought by Mandy Pope, who in 2012 also purchased Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, by Saint Liam, from Porter, for $10 million at the Fasig-Tipton sale.

Pope has spent millions buying prospective broodmares but so far has not reaped large rewards.

Jane Lyon of Summer Wind Farm bought the 10-year-old For Royalty during the second Book 1 session of the Keeneland auction.

Songbird, Medaglia d’Oro out of Ivanavinalot, by West Acre, was a $400,000 graduate of Fasig-Tipton's 2014 Saratoga Yearling Sale and was campaigned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm,

She won her four 2-year-old starts by a combined 22 lengths, capped by winning the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and won the 2-year-old Eclipse Award.

She missed the 2016 GI Kentucky Oaksdue to a minor illness, but Songbird then ran her winning streak to 11 with victories in the GI CCA Oaks, GI Alabama Stakes and GI Cotillion Stakes before dropping a nose decision to Beholder in the GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Despite that loss, she still had won enough to win a second Eclipse.

This year, as a 4-year-old, she won the GI Ogden Phipps Stakes and the GI Delaware Handicap before missing by a neck to future GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Forever Unbridled, by Unbridled’s Song, in the GI Personal Ensign Stakes in August.

Songbird totaled 13 wins from 15 starts and earned of $4,692,000.

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Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale average up, two sell for $150,000

TIMONIUM, Md.--A colt by Data Link and a filly by Tale of the Cat each sold for $150,000 to top the sale at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale, Oct. 2-3 in Timonium, Md., that saw average prices rise to $25,177 over last year's average of $24,017.

With over 500 yearlings catalogued, Fasig-Tipton added a partial day, Monday to the sale, starting that day at 4 p.m.

colt by super Ninety NineColt by super Ninety Nine  out of As    Long As IttakesSuper Ninety Nine, who stands at Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md., was the Leading Sire of first crop foals at the sale, with his highest priced yearling, out of As Long As Ittakes, selling to Dean Purdom for $45,000.

"There were 10 Super Ninety Nine yearlings catalogued, and they averaged around $25,000," said Mike Pons, who, with his brother Josh, in 1981 took over the management of the farm founded by their grandfather, Adolphe Pons.

"Super Ninety Nine is a beautiful chestnut," said Pons. "His breeding is very like that of Leading Sire Tapit, who is by Pulpit out of an Unbridled mare. Super Ninety Nine is by Pulpit out of a mare by Unbridled Song, a son of Unbridled. We're exited to have him."

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