01/02/2018 11:39AM

$1.6 million juvenile Sassicaia to stand at Elite Thoroughbreds in Louisiana

Debra A. Roma
Sassicaia (inside) wins the Grade 3 Toboggan Stakes in 2016.

Sassicaia, a Grade 3 winner and seven-figure auction graduate, has been retired from racing and will make his stallion debut at Elite Thoroughbreds in Folsom, La., for the 2018 breeding season.

The 7-year-old son of Bernardini will stand for $2,000.

Sassicaia finished his ontrack career with four wins in 20 starts for earnings of $307,127, highlighted by a victory in the Grade 3 Toboggan Stakes at Aqueduct. He raced for owner Robert LaPenta and was trained by Chad Brown and Rudy Rodriguez.

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Bred in Kentucky by Masaichiro Abe, Sassicaia is out of the winning Forestry mare Hishi Aspen, and he is his dam’s one winner from four runners.

The extended family features champion Timber Country, Grade 1 winner Northern Aspen, English Group 1 winner Hamas, French Group 1 winner Fort Wood, Venezuelan Group 1 winner Germanico, and English Group 2 winner Bianconi.

Sassicaia was the most expensive offering of the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-year-olds in training sale, going to Steven Young as agent to LaPenta for $1.6 million.

“Sassicaia demonstrated speed and talent from an early age, as he showed when topping the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale, which he went on to maintain during a successful and durable career,” said bloodstock agent Chad Schumer, who brokered the deal. “Not only that, he has a pedigree out of the top drawer, being a Bernardini from the famed Fall Aspen family. We are confident that he has all the attributes to excel in the Louisiana market.”

The stallion is in the process of being syndicated and a number of lifetime breeding rights are available.

Also joining the Elite Thoroughbreds roster in 2018 is Catalina Red, who is advertised for $3,000.

The 6-year-old Munnings horse won five of 13 starts for $549,885, including victories in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes and the Inaugural Stakes, Pasco Stakes, Jackson Bend Stakes, and the Sprint Stakes. He also finished third in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.

Anthony Lenci campaigned Catalina Red, and he was trained by Chad Stewart and Jorge Navarro.

Catalina Red was bred in Florida by France and Irwin Weiner, and is out of the stakes-placed Freud mare Lovely Dream, whose two foals to race are both winners, including stakes-placed Whiskey Bravo.