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.
The 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.
HIP NUMBER 65, a filly by Maclean's Music out of Spinning Looks, by Hard Spun, bred by Crane Thoroughbred Services LLC, was bought post sale by Tom McCrocklin for $85,000; hip number 140, a filly by Oxbow out of Alexandria Wa, by Bluegrass Cat bred by Blackstone Farm LLC was bought for $50,000 by Hidden Brook Farm; hip number 195, a col by Maclean's Music out of Deelieful Star, by Afternoon Deelites was bought by Rockhouse Bloodstock for $40,000; and hip number 292, a filly by Goldencents out of Lady Liam, by Saint Liam was bought by Lawrence M. Smith for $23,500.
The Sale ended Tuesday evening with the sales topper coming through the ring just one from the end.
A colt by Flatter (Hip 348), the penultimate yearling offered, drew the top bid of the day, selling for $520,000.
Named Silvertonguedevil, Hip 348 was purchased by Al Rashid Stable from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent.
The bay colt is the third foal out of the Curlin mare No Curfew, already the dam of two winners.
No Curfew is a daughter of stakes winner Misty Hour, by Miswaki, making her a half-sister to seven winners, including G2 winner India, who produced Group 1 winner Mozu Ascot, and stakes winner Pilfer, who produced G1 winners To Honor and Serve and Angela Renee.
“Overall, I’m very pleased with the results today,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “There was tremendous competition for the quality offerings and, fortunately, we had plenty of quality offerings in the catalogue this year from start to finish.”
THE TOP priced filly on the day was a daughter of Strong Mandate (Hip 231), purchased for $435,000 by Alex and Jo Ann Lieblong from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent.
The filly, from her G1 winning sire’s second crop, is out of Fly the Flag, a Giant’s Causeway half-sister to champion Storm Flag Flying.
This well-bred filly is from the deep Phipps family of that mare, champion Personal Ensign, and G1 winners My Flag, Miner’s Mark, Traditionally and Mr Speaker.
As the first event on the yearling sales calendar, the July Sale often features top quality offerings by exciting new and young sires, and this year was no different.
Buyers flocked to the pavilion to see the first selected offerings of nearly 30 first crop sires, including 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah and multiple G1 winner Constitution, both graduates of Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sales.
The leading first crop sire by average was Palace Malice, by Curlin.
Of five yearlings offered by the 2013 Belmont S. (G1) winner, four sold for a total of $750,000, good for an average and median of $187,500.
His 2016 stud fee was $20,000.
Of Palace Malice yearlings sold, a filly out of Southern Belle (Hip 60) led the group, selling for $275,000 to Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners from the consignment of Select Sales, agent for Machmer Hall.
Among 14 second crop sires with yearlings catalogued, Will Take Charge led with four yearlings sold from four offered grossing $930,000 and averaging $232,500, with a median of $240,000.
Of that group, a filly out of La Belle (Hip 291) sold best, bringing $260,000 from Jay Em Ess Stable.
Hip 291 was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
Will Take Charge’s 2016 stud fee was $30,000.
“There was widespread competition throughout,” Browning said. “I would characterize it as a very successful start to the 2018 yearling sales season.”
Overall, 196 yearlings changed hands for a total of $19,762,500, up 22.7 percent from last year when 172 horses sold for $16,107,000. The average rose 7.7 percent to $100,829 from $93,645, while the median increased 7.1 percent to $75,000 from $70,000 in 2017.
The RNA rate was 30.7 percent.
ON THE DAY before, the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale closed Monday evening in Lexington, KY., with the highest gross in the sale’s history.
My Miss Tapit (Hip 485), a stakes winner by three-time leading sire Tapit topped the sale when sold for $700,000 halfway through the session.
The 4-year-old filly was purchased by Breeze Easy from the consignment of ELiTE, agent.
A stakes winner last year and third in the Princess Rooney S. (G2) on June 30, My Miss Tapit was previously campaigned by owner Mathis Stable and trainer Todd Pletcher.
She has four wins and a third from six career starts with earnings of $132,555 to date.
The sale topper eclipsed last year’s top price, when G2 winner Distinta sold for $600,000.
“We had another successful horses of racing age exercise today,” said Browning. “We had lots of horses that had lots of appeal domestically, and a few internationally. It really helps when you have consignments from racing operations such as Stonestreet, WinStar, the Phippses/Claiborne. We saw ELiTE’s introduction to the marketplace last year, which certainly added a jolt of energy and I think raised the bar in the horses of racing age sales arena. Taylor Made has always done a good job attracting top products, and other folks are beginning to see the virtues and reality and the strength of the marketplace.”
Phipps-bred Fire Away (Hip 443) was the top-selling male on the day, bringing $450,000 from Joseph Brocklebank, agent for Form Bloodstock.
The 6-year-old graded stakes winning War Front horse was consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent, making their first foray into the horses of racing age market a successful one.
Claiborne also offered multiple graded stakes placed winner Revved Up (Hip 504), a 5-year-old Candy Ride (ARG) horse out of champion Storm Flag Flying, who was purchased by Empire Thoroughbreds, agent for Kingsport Farm for $350,000.
Both Fire Away and Revved Up are from the immediate family of champion Personal Ensign, G1 winner My Flag, and Storm Flag Flying.
“I thought horses sold very fairly,” said Browning. “I think overall, consignors and buyers are happy with the level of commerce that took place.”
Overall, 100 horses sold for a total of $9,318,000, a 15.3 percent increase over $8,083,000 paid for 84 horses in 2017.
The average was $93,180, while the median was $50,000 and the RNA rate was 16.0 percent.