Juvenile Colt by Volatile Leads New York-Breds at F-T Midlantic Opener

By Sarah Mace

A grey/roan colt by Volatile, who brought $250,000 from Cash is King/Alex Gregory, led the New York-bred offerings in Monday’s first session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The two-day auction is being held May 20-21 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

After 41 New York-bred juveniles passed through the ring in Session 1, 28 sold (including one private sale) for total receipts of $1,233,000. Midway through the sale the New York-bred average sat at $44,036, with a median price of $38,000. It seems noteworthy that owners/consignors are insisting on getting value for their best New York-bred 2-year-olds, as evidenced by a handful of attractive offerings who failed to meet their reserves after attracting final bids ranging from $120,000 to $490,000.

Leading a quartet of New York-breds to sell for six figures on Monday was Hip 136 by Volatile. Bred by Hidden Lake Farm, LLC in Stillwater, he was foaled at the farm on May 7, 2022.

Hip 136, a colt by Volatile bred by Hidden Lake Farm, brought $250,000 Monday at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale. Photo courtesy of LG.

The youngster’s dam is Lexington Girl, a daughter of Storm Cat who was a winner in Japan. The veteran broodmare has produced 11 winners from 13 foals to start, with collective earnings of more than $1 million. Among the five of her offspring to earn six figures on the racetrack are stakes winners Whirling Curlin, by Curlin ($304,894), and Lexington Street, by Street Sense ($145,217).

The top colt’s second dam is multiple graded stakes winner Nannerl, by Valid Appeal, who produced a pair of Grade 2 winning offspring, Magicalmysterycat and Burmilla, both siblings to Lexington Girl by Storm Cat.

The Volatile colt was a pinhooking success for consignor LG, Agent, who plucked him out of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearling Sale for $27,000 from the Mulholland Springs consignment. On Monday, Cash is King/Alex Gregory won the bidding at $250,000. The colt completed a furlong in 10 3/5 in the under-tack show (video).

The top New York-bred juvenile filly at Monday’s session was Hip 23, a daughter of Vino Rosso who fetched a final bid of $190,000 from Mark Glatt, Agent, after breezing a furlong in 10 3/5 in the under-tack show (video).

Hip 23, a daughter of Vino Rosso bred by Christopher Shelli, sold for $190,000 Monday in Timonium. Photo courtesy of de Meric Sales.

The bay filly is a graduate of the 2023 Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale, where she was purchased by DJR from the Fort Christopher’s Thoroughbreds consignment for $45,000. Bred by Christopher Shelli and foaled on February 24, 2022 at Fort Christopher’s Thoroughbreds in Fort Edward, she was consigned in Timonium by De Meric Sales, Agent. Virtual Inspection.

The sale filly’s dam is Fear This, an unraced daughter of Ghostzapper who has produced five winners from six foals to start. Her top earner is Gambler’s Fallacy, by Violence, who has tallied five victories and more than $170,000 in purse earnings. The filly’s second dam is Susan’s Angel, by Cape Town, a Grade 3 winner who is also a half-sister to stakes winner Copingaway. Fourth dam Eloquack is a stakes winner and multiple stakes producer.

Completing the six-figure quartet of New York-breds from the first session are Hip 53 and Hip 114, a filly and a colt.

Hip 53 is a bay filly by Instilled Regard from the family of three-time champion Susan’s Girl. (Virtual Inspection) Bred by Sequel Stallions New York, LLC and foaled at Sequel Stallions on May 14, 2022, the youngster breezed 10 2/5 under tack before being purchased by Morris Bailey for $100,000 from the consignment of Sequel Bloodstock, Agent IV. (Under tack video) This was her first time through the auction ring.

The filly is out of Gloomy I’m Knot, a winner by D’wildcat and the dam of two winners from five foals to start. Her first was stakes winner and graded performer Fusaichi Red, by Fusaichi Pegasus. The star of the family is the filly’s fourth dam Susan’s Girl, by Quadrangle. Eclipse Champion 3-year-old filly in 1972 and Champion Older Mare in 1973 and 1975, the hardy runner won 29 of 63 starts and compiled an earnings bankroll of over $1.2 million. As a broodmare, Susan’s Girl went on to produce multiple Grade 1 winner and sire Copelan and stakes winner and sire Paramount Jet.

The final member of the top quartet of New York-bred juveniles is Hip 114, a bay colt from the first crop of Thousand Words bred by Allen C. Hallett and foaled at his Hallett Thoroughbreds in Cato on March 29, 2022. (Virtual Inspection) Another graduate of the 2023 Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale, the colt was purchased there by Captiva Bloodstock for $47,000. After breezing 10 3/5 for consignor Julie Davies LLC, Agent, in Timonium, he was purchased Zilla Racing Stables on a final bid of $100,000. (Under-tack video).

The colt’s dam is New York-bred Kelly’s Prize, a seven-time winner by Pure Prize co-bred by Allen Hallett and Briggs/Cromartie. The producer of one winner from two foals to start, Kelly’s Prize is a half-sister to multiple New York-bred stakes winner Super Surprise, by Giant Surprise, who earned over $460,000.

The colt’s second dam Miz Lynne Kelley earned six figures in her own right and is out of My Trip, a multiple group performer in France. Kelly’s Prize delivered a filly by Idol on May 2, 2024.

The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale resumes with its second and concluding session on Tuesday.

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