First New York-Bred Yearlings Well-Received at Fasig-Tipton July Sale

By Sarah Mace

The Fasig-Tipton July Selected Yearlings sale kicked off the 2024 yearling sales season Tuesday with an appetizing preview of what may be on offer from this year’s New York-bred yearling class. A pair of New York-bred youngsters, a filly and a colt, sold in the single-session auction comfortably above the sale average, which came in at $112,461 (up 14% from $98,724 last year). The sale the median was $90,000, which matched sale records set in 2006 and 2022 (and is up 17% from the $77,000 median a year ago).

The New York-bred topper was Hip 63, a well-connected bay filly from the first crop of Tacitus bred by Apache Farm LLC and purchased by Susan Moulton for $200,000 from the consignment of Perrone Sales, Agent.

Foaled on January 30, 2023 at Apache Stables (North) in Mount Morris, the filly is out of Passe, an unraced daughter of Dixie Union whose offspring are led by stellar racemare and producer Wonder Gal. Wonder Gal won three stakes races and placed in eight more (four times at the Grade 1 level). After retiring with earnings of more than $900,000, she went on to produce Eclipse Award 2022 Champion two-year-old filly Wonder Wheel, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and earner of nearly $1.6 million.

The strong female family of the sale filly continues under the second dam, stakes winner and graded stakes performer Gal on the Go. A successful producer, Gal on the Go’s five winners are led by Social Queen, a multiple graded stakes winner by Dynaformer. Social Queen, in turn, is the dam of Grade 1 winner and millionaire Force the Pass, by Speightstown. The filly’s third dam, Gypsy, is a half-sister to Perfect Drift, earner of $4.7 million.

Passe foaled a colt by Speaker’s Corner on March 7, 2024.

The second New York-bred yearling to sell on Tuesday was Hip 58, a grey or roan colt from the first crop of Knicks Go, purchased by Black Type/Swinbank Stables for $130,000. Bred by Jerry Bilinski, DVM in partnership with Lou Corrente, the youngster was foaled on March 8, 2023 at Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, and was consigned on Waldorf Farm’s behalf by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Virtual inspection.

Hip 58, a colt by Knicks Go bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinksi and Lou Corrente, sold for $130,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale. Photo courtesy of Taylor Made Sales Agency.

The colt’s first dam is More Than Magic, a placed runner by More than Ready and producer of five winners from eight foals to start, led by Hopeful Princess, a graded stakes performer as a juvenile. Second dam Magical Meadow produced six winners, including Grade 3 winner Street Magician. Two of Magical Meadow’s daughters are stakes producers. Wouldthisbemagic produced multiple Finger Lakes stakes winner I’m Stoked, and Past as Prelude is the dam of Future Is Now, who recently made headlines as the Grade 2 Intercontinental winner at the historic Belmont Stakes festival in Saratoga on June 7, 2024. The colt’s third dam is also a stakes winner with abundant black type among her descendants.

After this enticing appetizer, the yearling sales circuit heads to New York for The Saratoga Sale, which takes place August 5-6 in Saratoga Springs, followed shortly thereafter by the highlight of the year for many New York breeders: the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale, which will be held in Saratoga Sunday and Monday, August 11-12.

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