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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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Union Rags' get average $149,000 at Keeneland Yearling Sale, 20% over average sale price

LEXINGTON, Ky.--Twenty-eight colts and fillies by Union Rags went through the ring at the Keeneland September Yearling Sales, Sept. 11-23, selling for an average of $149,000, well above the average sales price of the sale, which, at $120,487, set a new record for an average.

Gross sales surpassed $300 million, up 12.81 percent over 2016, with record average and median prices and 13 horses selling for $1 million or more.

Hip 69 top sellerThe top priced yearling was hip number 68, a filly by Tapit who is a full sister to G1 winner  Cupid that was bought by M. V. Magnier for $2.7 million, and for the second consecutive year Tapit was the leading sire, with his 17 yearlings averaging $950,000.

The top selling Union Rags colt, hip number 1023 out of Baby J, a graded stakes winner by J Be K, that was bought by Shadwell Estate Co. for $650,000.

Two of his colts sold for $475,000, one of which, hip number 1018, was bought by Patti Miller, agent, for EQB, for Zayat Stables.

"He is a really nice colt, and we really liked him," said Miller. "He jumped through all my hoops."

"He's in Ocala now, with the American Pharoah team," said Miller, referring to the group that handled the Triple Crown winner. "Hopefully, he'll be as nice as American Pharoah."

"It was a very strong sale," said Miller. "A frighteningly strong sale. It kept its momentum the whole way. I've never seen anything like it."

The other $475,000 colt, hip number 863, was bought by Xavier International Bloodstock.

"Overall, it was a good sale for the get of Union Rags," said Russell Jones, former owner of the bloodstock agency Walnut Green who is now assisting Union Rags' owner, Phyllis Wyeth, who is a cousin of Jones' wife Donnan.

"But, considering the results of his get at the racetrack last weekend, it could have been even better," said Jones, commenting on the results at tracks that occurred after all the Union Rags' colts and fillies had been sold.

"Paradise Woods won a G1 stakes in California by over five lenths, and two maidens won in the East," said Jones, referring to three of the six wins of Union Rags' get over the last three days of September. "He's on such a roll at the racetrack."

Paradise Woods won the $300,000, G1 Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares three years and up at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Sept. 30, winning under a hand ride by 5 1/2 lengths to become Union Rags' top performer, now with two G1 stakes in her resume.

Two 2 year olds, Navajo and Saguaro, won Maiden Special Weight races, Navajo at  mile at Belmont Park on Oct. 1 and Saguaro at 6 furlongs at Laurel Park on Sept. 30.

Also winning in late September were 2-year-old Hot Dixie Dame in a 5 furlong maiden claiming at Delaware Park on Sept. 27 and 3 year olds Battle Ready, in a 7 furlong maiden claiming at Brlmont on Sept. 30 and Midnight Union in a 6 furlong claiming race at Penn National on Sept. 29.Belmont on


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Pa-breds and Union Rags bring top dollar at hugely successful Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yealing Sale

Both Pa-breds and the get of Union Rags sold extremely well at the hugely successful Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings Sale in Saratoga on Aug. 7-8 that saw big increases in total sales, in average price and in median price as well as a big drop in yearlings not sold.

Hip number 26 a bay colt by Union RagsHip number 26 a bay colt by Union RagsThe top Pa-bred sold was hip number 163, a bay colt by Malibu Moon out of Cloud Jumper, by Street Cry (Ire) that sold for $700,000 to Spendthrift Farm LLC, and a bay colt by Union Rags out of Passion Du Coeur, by Distorted Humor, hip number 26, was bought by Robert Baker and William Mack for $650,000.

"There were eight of Union Rags' get in the Selected Sale, and seven of them found new homes," said Russell Jones, a highly respected bloodstock agent who sold his agency, Walnut Green, to Mark Reid and later retired, but now he helps his wife Donnan's cousin, Phyllis Wyeth, who bred and raced Union Rags, winner of the Belmont Stakes, and later retired him to stud.

"All of them brought fair prices and in some cases exceptional prices," said Jones. "Two were bought by Hartley/De Renzo thoroughbreds. Hartley and De Renzo are two very, very good pin hookers from Ocala, so that's a real endorsement."

The two bought by Hartley/De Renzo were hip number 4, a bay colt out of Majestic Jewel, by Cindago, who brought $370,000, and hip number 203, a bay colt out of Heavenly Pride, by Sky Mesa, who sold for $200,000.

"I thought the best colt was hip number 26, who was bought by Wayne Lucas for $650,000 for Robert Baker," said Jones. "It's a breakthrough when Wayne Lucas starts buying your yearlings."

"Steve Young bought hip number 58 for $285,000," said Jones. "The rest of the Union Rags' get were about average, but not stars, I think there are better ones to come in the fall sales. The one that sold for $650,000 is a very nice horse."

"Overall, it was a very good sale," said Jones of the Selected Yearlings Sale. "You had to be a bad horse not to sell well. But boutique sales like Saratoga are not prime indicators of the market. We'll get a better feeling for the market after the fall sales."

The Selected Sale was followed the next week by a New York-bred sale, and Jones said that was a strong sale, too.

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No Dozing adds to Union Rags' string of stakes winners

Union Rags was the number one first-crop sire of G1 winners last year, and his get are continuing to add to his total in 2017.

UnionRags photo by SarahAndrewUnionRags photo by SarahAndrewBred by Phyllis Wyeth and owned by her Chadds Ford Stable, Union Rags won the Belmont Stakes, trained by Michael Matz.

His 3-year-old son No Dozing, out of Stay Awake by Pulpit, won the Concern Stakes at Laurel on July 22.

Bred by Mr. & Mrs. M. Roy Jackson and owned by their Lael Stables, No Dozing is trained by Arnaud Delacour and was ridden by Daniel Centano.

He won the 7 furlong race by 4 lengths over Frank V. Demarco's Honor the Fleet, trained by Louis Albertrani and ridden by Steve Hamilton, with DARRS Inc.'s Proforma, trained by Michael Stidham and ridden by Sheldon Russel another 1 1/2 lengths back in third.

No Dozing broke last but sped to the early lead. He was challenged by Honor the Fleet entering the turn and dueled with that one until mid-stretch, where he began to draw clear.

No Dozing also placed second in the G3 Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on May 6, third in the G3 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 15 and second in the G2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 26, 2016.

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