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Friday, June 23, 2017


Curlin colt at record $1.5 million tops Fasig-Tipton sale, Colt by Super Saver was the top Pa-bred

A record setting sale of a Curlin colt for $1.5 million topped a Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale May 22-23 in Timonium, Md., that recorded sales of over $25 million, over a nine percent increase over the previous year’s sale.

Ten Pa-breds were sold for a total of $375,000, an average of $37,500, with a colt by Super Saver being the top Pa-bred at $70,000.

The dark bay or brown colt by Super Saver out of Parallelogram, by Orientate, hip number 17, bred by Blackstone Farm LLC and consigned by Kirkwood Stables, Agent VI, was bought by Tom Foley, agent for $70,000.

The colt is a registered Pa-bred and is Breeder’s Cup nominated.

Maryland had 17 2-year-olds sell for a total of $675,000, for an average of $39,705, while Virginia had two sold for an average of $43,500.

The top Midlantic sold was Hip 521, a Maryland-bred.

The Maclean’s Music colt, out of the winning Yes It’s True mare Martini, consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds as agent, brought a winning bid of $120,000 from Tom O’Grady.

Of the 43 Midlantic-breds to go through the ring, 33 were sold, but the prices put them in the middle of the market at a time when only those 2-year-olds that have top breeding and conformation bring top dollar.


THE SALES toper was a chestnut colt by Curlin, hip 388, who sold for $1,500,000 during the second and final session of the sale on Tuesday.

The price was both a record for this sale and for a thoroughbred sold at public auction in the state of Maryland.

This increasingly popular sale produced a seven-figure sale-topper for the third consecutive year.

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Union Rags’ colt brings $1 million at OBS April sale, Eight Pa-breds average $124,500

​Hip number 899, a Union Rags colt out of the A.P. Indy mare Poco Mas, was bought for $1 million by trainer Jeff Mullins, who signed the ticket for Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal, during the third session of the Ocala Breeders Sales’ April 25-28 2-year-olds in training sale.

Union Rags 1Union RagsHip number 899 is a half-brother to Argentinian graded stakes winner and G1 stakes placed Carinosa, by Tiznow.

The bay colt’s dam is a half-sister to GI stakes winner Interpol, by English Channel.

​This 2-year-old was previously acquired for $60,000 by consignor Paul Sharp and Liz Crow as a Keeneland September yearling sale. He breezed a furlong in :10 1/5 during the under tack show.

​Seven Union Rags colts and fillies sold, including the $1 million colt, but without the $1 million sale, the other six averaged 62,500.

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D.D. Matz’ full brother to Tequilita sells at OBS for $685,000

The 2-year-old full brother to graded stakes winner Tequilita, hip number155, bred and owned by D.D. Matz, sold at the Ocala Breeding Sale on March 14 for $685,000 to Simon Callaghan.

UNION RAGS COLT OUT OF SANGRITA nUnion Rags colt out of SangritaHe was one of 10 Union Rags’ 2-year-olds sold over the two-day sale.

Three were not sold, and the remaining seven averaged $422,571 with hip number 323, a colt out of Alexandra Rylee, selling to Dennis O’Neill for $950,000 and hip number 488, a colt out of Delightfully So, selling to Steve Young, Agent, for $900,000.

He breezed an eighth in :10 flat.

The Matz’ hip number 155 colt is, like Tequilita, closely connected to the Matz family.

D.D.’s husband Michael trained both Union Rags and Sangria and trains Tequilita, who has won three races, including the Smart Halo Stakes and the G2 Forward Gal Stakes on Feb. 4 and placed second in three races, including the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks on April 1.

D.D. bred and raced their dam, the graded stakes winner Sangrita.

“He’s gorgeous,” said Matz of the Union Rags 2-year-old colt out of Sangria. “I didn’t want to sell him, but it’s our policy to sell the colts, and my kids are riding jumpers now, so I can’t keep them all.”

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Lord Shanakill, sire of a European Group 1 winner, stands at Pin Oak Lane

NEW FREEDOM, Pa.—William J. Solomon, VMD, was 2016’s second leading stallion owner, and that was without any foals of one of his outstanding stallions, Lord Shanakill, racing in this country in 2016.

Lord Shanakill, who has two crops of racing age running in Europe, arrived at Solomon’s Pin Oak Lane Farm from the Irish National Stud in January, 2016.

pinoaklane 2Lord Shanakill at Pin Oak Lane FarmHe is the sire of four stakes performers, three group/graded, from two crops of racing age and ranked second among Europe’s freshman sires by number of winners in 2014, with 16 worldwide.

His runners have amassed more than $1 million and include 2015 stakes performers My Dream Boat, winner of the Prix Perth-G3 in France; Great Dancer (Ire), third in the Hill Prince Stakes-G3 at Belmont Park; and Mister Brightside (Ire), second in Santa Anita’s Twilight Derby-G2 in his only U.S. start.

In 2016, My Dream Boat (Ire) won the E750,000 G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 15.

My Dream Boat won the 10 furlong event with a strong finish, beating the world’s number one rated racehorse, A Shin Hikari (Jpn), and Breeders’ Cup Turf winner, Found (Ire).

With earnings of over $800,000 and multiple graded wins, My Dream Boat moves to the elite class of international racing and put Lord Shanakill in the top tier of Mid-Atlantic sires.

The 4-year-old My Dream Boat also won the 1.25 mile Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes on April 22, 2016.

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