By Sarah Mace
It wasn’t until midway through the fourth and final session of this week’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearlings Sale (Monday-Thursday, October 24-27) that Hip 1337, a chestnut colt by Omaha Beach bred by Deann Baer and Greg Baer DVM, had his date with the auctioneer. Before exiting the ring, he was hammered down for $300,000, earning the title of New York-bred sale topper.
Posting increases in all key indicators, the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky auction punctuated a strong yearling sales season from beginning to end. Meanwhile, as buyers finished their orders, New York-breds held their own, with fillies finding special favor. Hip 984, a daughter of Flatter, brought $260,000 in Wednesday’s third session to emerge as the top-selling New York-bred filly. A filly by Big Brown topped the New York-sired lots.
Donato Lanni, acting as agent for a powerhouse partnership of SF/Starlight Racing/Madaket, signed the $300,000 ticket for Hip 1337. A member of Omaha Beach’s’ first crop and consigned for his breeders by Burleson Farms, Agent, the chestnut was foaled on May 12, 2021 at Sugar Plum Farm in Saratoga Springs.
The sale colt’s dam My Peg, a placed runner by Fusaichi Pegasus, received two opportune catalogue updates on both of her winning progeny. Her first foal, Two Last Words, already a multiple stakes winner by Commissioner, scored his sixth career victory on October 11. Her second foal, Russian Influence, a stakes winner by Into Mischief, added a third victory to his resume.
Out of a stakes performer, My Peg is also a full sister to juvenile winner and Grade 1 stakes performer Pegasus Wind, and a half-sister to winning stakes performer Ryejee’s Dancer. The colt’s third dam, Agotaras, is a stakes winner, graded performer and stakes producer. My Peg foaled a colt by War Dancer in 2022 and has been bred to Yaupon.
Wednesday’s third session saw the top New York filly change hands when Hip 984 went to Mike Ryan, Agent for $260,000. The dark bay or brown Flatter filly was bred by Chester and Mary Broman, foaled at the couple’s Chestertown Farm on February 12, 2021 and consigned, like the male topper, by Burleson Farms, Agent.
The Bromans bred the filly’s stakes-winning dam Hard to Stay Notgo, who has already produced two successful runners. Makin My Move, by Carpe Diem, joined the stakes winners’ club on October 7 with a victory in the Honey Bee Stakes at Meadowlands, and has earned over $200,000 to date. Hard to Stay Notgo’s Uncle Mo filly, Gotta Go Mo, who brought $425,000 as a two-year-old in training at OBS March in 2019, is a stakes performer.
The Bromans purchased the sale filly’s second dam Whichwaydidshego, by Storm Cat, for $425,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November sale. Including to Hard to Stay Notgo, Whichwaydidshego has produced six winners, led by stakes winners Mark My Way and Haul Anchor. Further down the page, the pedigree is top notch. Third dam, stakes winner Spunoutacontrol, is the dam of Fed Biz. Under the fourth dam, the extended family can boast Preach, Pulpit, Minardi, Tale of the Cat and Johannesburg.
A pair of New York-bred fillies selling Wednesday each brought more than $150,000 for their connections.
Hip 794, a dark bay or brown daughter of Gun Runner bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski and foaled at his Waldorf Farm on April 11, 2021, went to De Meric Sales for $180,000. A $100,000 RNA as a short yearling at the 2022 Keeneland January sale, she is the second foal out Draft, a winning daughter of Dialed In purchased by Bilinski at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton New York Fall Mixed sale for $27,000. Draft is a half-sister to graded winner and stakes producer Times’s Mistress. With no foal in 2022, she was bred to Yaupon. [Virtual Inspection]
Bringing $160,000 from Rice Horse, Agent, was Hip 418, a dark bay or brown filly by Bolt d’Oro. Bred by Caliburn Farm, LLC and foaled at Shorthill Farm in Ballston Spa on March 9, 2021, she was offered by Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield consignment. A graduate of the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Fall Mixed sale, where she went to Kentucky River Racing for $72,000, the filly is out of Above Fashion, a stakes winner by Paddy O’Prado. Second dam Holy Fashion is also as stakes winner, as is third dam Looking for a Win. Above Fashion produced a Vino Rosso colt in 2022 and has been bred to McKinzie. [Virtual Inspection]
With fewer than ten hips left in the sale’s final session, Tonja Terranova went to $55,000 to obtain a filly by Big Brown, the top-priced New York-sired yearling at the auction. Bred by Coffee Pot Stables and foaled at River Valley Farm in Gansevoort on February 9, 2021, the filly is out of Ruby Dusk, a multiple winner by Harlan’s Holiday campaigned by Coffeepot Stables. The headliner of the pedigree is the filly’s third dam Summer Colony. The multiple graded stakes winner and earner of $1.4 million went on to produce stakes winner Summer Laugh. Her winning daughter Summer Humor, second dam to the sale filly, produced stakes performer Summer’s Indy, who has earned over $260,000. [Virtual Inspection] Big Brown, Grade 1 Kentucky Derby hero and sire of millionaires Dortmund and Somelikeithotbrown, stands at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC in Stillwater for a 2022 fee of $5,000.
Breeders’ Cup weekend, November 4-5, will elide into the high-profile bloodstock sales. Fasig-Tipton’s boutique Kentucky Fall Mixed Sale will take place on Sunday, November 6. Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale begins a 10-day stand on Monday, November 7. Click here for a listing of New York-breds catalogued, with notes on their registration status and links to catalogue pages on NYBreds.com.