New Yorkers Wrap OBS June with a Bang as Vekoma Filly Brings $330,000

By Sarah Mace

The group of New York-bred juveniles who participated in this year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training set off the biggest fireworks late. Deep into the concluding session of the three-day auction, Swinbank Stables went to $330,000 for a New York-bred Vekoma filly out of stakes winner Grace’s Treasure. The top-selling New York-bred of the sale was also the top filly of the concluding session and fourth top-seller overall.

With 85 New York-bred juveniles offered over the course of the sale, 63 individuals found new owners (including seven post-sale transactions), for a final RNA rate of 25.9%. New York-bred sales totaled $1,740,600, which generated a cumulative average price of $27,629 and a median price of $12,000. For the sale as a whole, the cumulative average came in at $36,747 with a median price of $20,000. Total RNAs sale-wide were 19.7%.

Unveiled late in Friday’s session, Hip 1017 is a chestnut youngster bred by Dirico R&B, LLC and foaled on February 6, 2022 at Scott and Patricia Ahlschwede’s River Valley Farm in Gansevoort. The $330,000 Vekoma filly turned heads as a yearling when purchased by Hidden Brook for $160,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Yearling Sale in Saratoga Springs. Consigned at OBS by Hidden Brook, Agent IV, she clearly impressed future owner Swinbank Stables when she breezed a speedy furlong in :10 1/5 in the under-tack show on Saturday, June 9.

Hip 1017, a filly by Grade 1-winning freshman sire Vekoma bred by Hidden Brook, sold for $330,000 during the OBS June finale. Photo courtesy of Hidden Brook.

The New York-bred topper is out of Grace’s Treasure, a stakes winner by Rockport Harbor who was purchased by Joseph DiRico for $100,000 at the 2020 Keeneland January Sale. She is the producer of three foals, one of racing age who has not yet started. The filly’s second dam, winner Sher Win Forest, is a half-sister to graded winner City Attraction and stakes performer Vicarian. The extended family under the fourth dam features graded winners Hold Old Blue, Til Forbid and Mister Mardi Gras, along with stakes winners Cinch, Red and White, Stitzy, Frosty View and Shakeira.

Grace’s Treasure currently has a yearling colt by Gun Runner and foaled a filly by Candy Ride (ARG) on March 13, 2024.

The top New York-bred colt of OBS June’s concluding session was Hip 906, a bay colt from the first crop of New York-based sire Honest Mischief who was purchased by High Point Bloodstock for Richard Greeley for $110,000. Honest Mischief stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson for a 2024 stud fee of $6,500.

Bred by Robert Harris, the colt was foaled on April 7, 2022 at Dan Barraclough’s Saratoga Glen Farm in Schuylerville. He was consigned by the breeder’s Harris Training Center LLC for his maiden voyage through the auction ring. Before the bidding began, the Honest Mischief colt put himself on the map as one of 11 horses tied for the fastest furlong breeze in :9 4/5. His breeze took place on June 9 in the final under-tack session.

The colt is the final foal out of Memories of Mom, by Include, who, according to her breeder, died shortly before her Honest Mischief colt was weaned. Of three starters, the mare has produced two winners. Harris purchased Memories of Mom for $9,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September sale. “I didn’t give anything for her,” Harris elaborated in an interview with TDN. “She could really run. I ended up partnering up with Mr. [Alex] Lieblong on her. She got hurt in her second or third start and he told me he would give me his half back.”

As to the sale colt himself, Harris said, “We felt he would work good. I bred and raised him. He was foaled in New York and he came to the farm [in Williston] after he was weaned. He’s been a real straightforward horse. We had him in one of the earlier sales, but we hit a little bump in the road. Nothing major, but we felt like we needed to give him more time, so we did and it’s paid off for us.”

The colt’s pedigree page is replete with graded and group winners under the third dam, Sha Tha by Mr. Prospector. A stakes winner with multiple group placings, Sha Tha is a half-sister to Brier Creek, a group winner in England. The most successful of Sha Tha’s progeny was State Shinto, a highweight in France at three.

The finale of the 2024 juvenile sales season will take place on June 26 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic June Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. Click here for New York-bred hips and links to catalogue pages.

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