F-T Midlantic Finale: Uptick in NY-Bred Indicators, Honest Mischief Juveniles Prominent

By Sarah Mace

Interest in New York-breds bourgeoned at Tuesday’s second and final session of the 2024 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, held May 20-21 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Along with a new sale topper, a $325,000 Mitole filly, and a new top colt, the key indicators for New York-breds were up from Monday’s opener. The clearance rate also improved and, when all was said and done, a round dozen New York-bred juveniles fetched six figures. Among these were a trio of progeny from first-crop New York sire Honest Mischief, whose most successful offspring brought $260,000.

To summarize, over the two sessions, 74 of 87 New York-bred lots offered successfully changed hands (including four private sales), for an RNA rate of 14.9%, which outperformed the RNA of the overall sale (17%.). The average price for a New York-bred came in at $62,020 and the median settled at $42,000.

The new New York-bred sale topper was Hip 367, a bay filly by Mitole purchased by KSI for $325,000. Bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in partnership with Jeff Gardella, and foaled at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds on March 18, 2022, the youngster is a graduate of the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale, where her Timonium consignor Grassroots Training and Sales LLC, Agent, purchased her for the relatively modest price tag of $25,000. She completed her furlong breeze in a speedy 10 seconds flat (video).

Hip 367, a filly by Mitole bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds and Jeff Gardella, sold for $325,000 to highlight Tuesday’s Midlantic May sale finale. Photo courtesy of Grassroots Training and Sales.

The Mitole filly is out of Tizjet, a winner and stakes-placed runner by Tiznow with three foals to start. She last changed hands at public auction when purchased by McMahon & Hill Bloodstock at the 2021 Keeneland November sale for $30,000. The luminaries of this family appear for the most part under the fourth dam, Long Silence. A winner in England and full sister to group winner Fair Judgement, Long Silence went on to produce Dake, a stakes winner, and Wood Sprite, a stakes winner and dam of both Ailalea, a graded stakes winner, and Sprightly, a stakes winner and graded stakes performer.

A new top-selling New York-bred colt also emerged during Tuesday’s session: Hip 284, a chestnut colt by Volatile bred by Beals Racing Stable, LLC and Saratoga Glen Farm LLC. He was purchased by ABC Racing for $280,000. Virtual Inspection. From the family of multiple Grade 1 winner It’s Tricky and veteran of the sales scene, the Volatile colt brought $40,000 as a weanling from Colt Pike at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton New York Fall Mixed Sale before selling to Kings Equine for $50,000 the following year at the 2023 Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale. In the under-tack show at Timonium, his consignor Kings Equine, Agent, sent him out for a sharp furlong work in 10 seconds flat (video).

Foaled on February 27, 2022 at Saratoga Glen, the colt is out of Scat’s Lassie, a winner by Scat Daddy bred in New York by Eaton and Thorne, Inc. and purchased by Saratoga Glen for $12,000 at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton New York Fall Mixed Sale with the sale colt in utero. Scat’s Lassie, a half-sister to stakes winner and producer Zippy Shannon, is also represented by a yearling colt by Honest Mischief and a 2024 foal by Mind Control. The colt’s third dam, stakes winner Glennorthern, produced multiple stakes winner and sire Northern Wolf and winner-producer Northern Fleet, dam of graded winner Catboat, who went on to produce multiple Grade 1 winner It’s Tricky.

The top-priced juvenile by a New York-based sire at the Midlantic sale was Hip 389, a bay colt from the first crop of Honest Mischief. Honest Mischief, by Into Mischief, stands for a 2024 stud fee of $6,500 at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson. This standout juvenile, who was also the third-top-priced New York-bred at the sale, turned out to be one of a trio of offspring by the young New York sire to garner six figures at the auction.

Hip 389, a colt by Honest Mischief bred by Burleson Farms, McKenzie Bloodstock and Sequel Thoroughbreds, sold for $260,000 Tuesday at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic. Photo courtesy of Sequel Bloodstock.

Hip 389 was purchased by a three-headed partnership of Clay Scherer, Kerri Radcliffe and Lady Sheila for $260,000. Virtual inspection. Like the New York-bred filly and colt toppers, the youngster impressed when he breezed a panel in 10 seconds flat in the under-tack show (video).

Bred by Burleson Farms, McKenzie Bloodstock & Sequel TB, he was foaled at Sequel Stallions and consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, Agent III. His dam Vibrato is an unraced daughter of Unbridled’s Song who has already produced two winners from as many starters, led by Navit, who won a pair of stakes races at Camarero Race Track in Puerto Rico.

Vibrato was purchased by Sims/Thomas/Burleson at the 2016 Keeneland November sale for $70,000. She is out of Cuff Me, a multiple New York-bred stakes winner, and currently has a yearling colt by Instagrand and a 2024 colt who is a full brother to hip 389.

An Honest Mischief filly (Hip 432) also drew robust bids, ultimately being hammered down to Donato Lanni, Agent, for $190,000. She sold twice in 2023 for $20,000 and $23,000, respectively, at Keeneland January and Keeneland September, before leaving a bigger mark at the Midlantic sale.

Bred in partnership by Sequel Thoroughbreds and Cypress Creek Equine and foaled at Sequel Stallions, Hip 432 breezed a furlong in 10 1/5 seconds in Maryland for her consignor Kings Equine, Agent (video). Her dam is All in Time, and unraced daughter of Curlin who has produced two winners from two foals to start. The filly’s third dam is Grade 1 winner Point Ashley, whose graded-stakes-winning half-sister is a multiple stakes producer.

The third of the Honest Mischief standouts, another colt, was Hip 527. Bred by Sequel Stallions New York, LLC in partnership with The New Hill Farm, where he was foaled on March 31, 2022, he sold as a weanling at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton New York Fall Mixed Sale to Bronco Bloodstock for $35,000. Consigned in Maryland by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent I, he was purchased for $140,000 by Harmash Racing following a furlong breeze in 10 1/5 seconds (video).

The colt’s dam Cove, a winner by Pine Bluff, has produced five winners from six starters, including a graded stakes performer. She is a half-sister to multiple graded winner Rolling Sea and a pair of stakes performers.

Finally, two additional New York-bred juveniles, a colt and filly, joined the six-figure club on Tuesday: Hip 553, a grey or roan filly by Maclean’s Music who brought $190,000; and Hip 308, a dark bay or brown colt by Instagrand who drew a winning bid of $165,000.

Hip 553, the Maclean’s Music filly, was bred by Lady Sheila Stable III, LLC and foaled at Edition Farm in Hyde Park. As a yearling, the gray/roan juvenile brought $170,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred Sale in 2023 when purchased by Lehigh Bloodstock. Offered by Wavertree Stables Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent II, at the Midlantic sale, she was haltered by Legion Bloodstock/ Gracie Bloodstock, Agent after breezing an eighth of a mile in 10 1/5 seconds (video).

The filly’s pedigree page is littered with black type. She is the second foal from winner and six-figure earner Downtown Mama, by Speightstown, whose only foal to start, Downtown Mischief, is a multiple stakes winner. Second dam Alpha Mama, a full sister to Grade 1 winner Marylebone, who is also a graded stakes producer, is the dam of Grade 2 winner Alpha Kitten, who has two daughters that are stakes producers. A host of stakes horses appear under third dam Desert Queen and fourth dam Seen and Silent. Downtown Mama, who was herself a $440,000 purchase by Linda Rice as juvenile, currently has a yearling colt by Violence and was bred last year to Uncle Mo.

Hip 308, a dark bay or brown colt by Instagrand bred by Forty Oaks Farm & Pug Hart and foaled on April 20, 2022 at Waldorf Farm, was purchased by Legacy Racing for $165,000 from the consignment of Eddie Woods, Agent XXIX. He breezed a furlong in 10 2/5 seconds (video) and has steadily gained value in three dates with the auctioneer, previously bringing $15,000 from Solomon Smith at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale and $105,000 at Keeneland September from Don’t Stop Me Now Stable. Virtual inspection.

He is the second foal out of Sistas Ready, a winner by More than Ready, whose first foal Vista No has already won a pair of stakes races. Forty Oaks Farm purchased the mare for $9,000 at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, and she has been resold. The colt’s second dam is a graded stakes performer and producer, and third dam Last Approach is a Grade 2 winner.

The next opportunity for New York-bred juveniles to strut their stuff under tack and in the auction ring will be at OBS June, which will take place in Ocala, Florida June 12-14. Click here to see the New York-bred offerings and their registration status under the Ocala tab.

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