07/07/2016 4:16PM

Animal Kingdom, Orb among top runners debuting yearlings at Fasig-Tipton sale


A solid and sizeable group of first-year yearling sires led by three American classic winners debuts as the North American yearling sale season gets underway with the Fasig-Tipton July selected yearling sale Tuesday in Lexington, Ky.

“It’s a great opportunity to create a favorable mindset with these young stallions,” Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning said. “It’s always been an opportunity to show off a good physical horse. There’s a lot of demand in the world that we live in and a lot of optimism for new stallions. It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase some really good individuals by some popular young stallions.”

First-year stallions represented in the sale catalog are headlined by 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and 2013 Derby winner Orb, with two yearlings each, and 2013 Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow, with eight representatives.

Orb was foaled and raised at Claiborne Farm and returned there for stud duty after a racing career in which he won the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby and finished third in the Belmont Stakes. The son of Malibu Moon is coming off a solid showing in the weanling market last year, as 16 youngsters from his first crop were sold for an average price of $120,313.

Animal Kingdom was one of the most versatile runners of recent years; in addition to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup, the champion placed in multiple Grade 1 stakes on turf, including a runner-up effort to two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and won a Grade 3 race on Polytrack. These are Animal Kingdom’s first Northern Hemisphere yearlings, as the Darley stallion began his career on Southern Hemisphere time in Australia before standing in Kentucky for the first time in 2014. The son of Leroidesanimaux had 12 weanlings sold last year for an average of $99,696.

The gritty Oxbow, a son of Awesome Again standing at Calumet Farm, won the Preakness and was second in the Belmont Stakes while competing in the same crop as Orb. His five weanlings sold last year averaged $89,000. Also with his first yearlings at Fasig-Tipton July is Spendthrift Farm’s Awesome Patriot, Oxbow’s full brother.

Other standouts represented for the first time this season are Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and champion Shanghai Bobby, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day.

First-year sires with a major presence in the catalog include a quartet of Grade 1 winners, as Taylor Made Stallions’ Graydar has 13 cataloged, Spendthrift’s Flat Out and Hill ‘n’ Dale’s Violence each have 10, and WinStar Farms’ Paynter has seven. Also represented by their first yearlings at the July sale are Alternation, Corfu, Data Link, Denman, El Padrino, Fast Bullet, I Want Revenge, Jimmy Creed, Justin Phillip, Keep Up, Liaison, Morning Line, Overanalyze, Point of Entry, Poseidon’s Warrior, Power Broker, Prospective, Raison d’Etat, Soldat, and Take Charge Indy.