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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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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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Union Rags filly sells for $200,000 at OBS 2 Year Olds in Training Sale

A Union Rags filly, hip number 61, sold for $200,000 at the Ocala Breeders Sale  2 Year Olds in Training June 13-14 sale at which the top price was $400,000 for a colt by First Dude.

Union Rags 1Union RagsThe filly is out of I'm Mom's Favorite, by Indian Charlie, who is a stakes winner, having won the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlicco on May 17, 2013.

Her filly by Union Rags was consigned by Harris Training Center LLC, agent, and was bought by Linda Rice, agent.

A second Union Rags, hip number 80, a bay colt out of Jessi Take Change, sold for $35,000 and was bought by Zach Madden, agent, for Loooch Racing Table.

Eight Pa-breds went through the ring at the June sale, with five selling and three not reaching their reserves.

Hip number 760, a bay filly by Super Saver out of Circumspect, by Discreet Cat, brought $120,000, the highest price of the five Pa-breds.

The filly was bred by Blackstone Farm LLC, consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds and bought by Larry C. Brookshire.

Hip number 159, a gray or roan colt by Tale of the Cat out of Midnight Ramble, by Unbridled's Song who was bred by Michael Moran of Unionville, Pa., brought $100,000,

Moran had sold the colt as a yearling.  Top Line Sales,, agent was the consignor at the OBS sale, and Calumet bought the colt.

A chestnut colt by Bob and John out of Tia Chela, by Jump Start, hip number 430 bred by Xanthus Farms Inc., was consigned by Classic Equine, agent and bought by K.O.I.D. Co., Ltd. for $37,000.

A dark bay or brown filly by Stonesider out of Twoformeoneforyou, by Toccet, also bred by Xanthus Farm, was consigned by  Golden Thoroughbred Training and Sales, agent was bought by Victor Ellis Collazo for $15,000.

A third co colt bred by Xanthus Farms Inc., a dark bay or brown 2-year-old by Andiron out of Romanova, by Burning Rome consigned by Las Palmas Farm, was bought by W J H Racing for $6,000.

In all, 424 2 year olds sold for a total of $15,216,900 for an average of $35,889, which was up 23.9 percent over the previous year's sale at which 619 sold for an average of $28,968,

The Pa-breds sold for a total of $308,00 for an average of $61,600, well over the average for the entire sale.

 

 

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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