10/27/2015 1:42PM

Average, buyback rate up at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale


The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale saw increased activity at the top of the market and a higher average sale price on Monday, with fewer horses going through the ring and higher buyback rate compared with last year.

The single-day sale finished with 162 horses sold for total revenues of $2,833,900, down 11.6 percent from last year’s two-day auction when 193 horses sold for a total of $3,206,100. The average sale price rose 5.3 percent to $17,493, from $16,612, while the median remained unchanged at $10,000. The buyback rate finished at 46 percent, up from 42 percent during last year’s edition.

At the top of the market, four horses sold for six figures, bettering the lone one to do so in 2014. Twelve horses changed hands for $50,000 or more, trailing the 14 to meet or exceed that price point last year.

A weanling colt from the first crop of Shanghai Bobby topped this year’s sale, going to Hunter Valley Farm for $140,000.

Bred in New York by Hidden Lake Farm and Anthony Grey, the gray or roan colt is out of the stakes-winning Cure the Blues mare Electric Shock whose six winners from nine foals to race include stakes-placed runners Fish Trappe Road, Electric Temptress, Electric Chant, and All Electric. His extended family includes Grade 1 winner Taste of Paradise and Grade 3 winners Scottish Monk and Scott the Great.

RF HF Bloodstock consigned the colt as agent, and handled five of the sale’s top ten offerings.

The Shanghai Bobby colt led an active auction for weanlings, which accounted for the top nine prices of the sale, and 15 of the top 17. Furthermore, four of the day’s top five weanlings came from the first crops of their respective sires.

A pair of broodmares tied for the highest price among the non-weanlings, each selling for $50,000.

Michael Lischin and Nathan Lacomb purchased Justenufappeal, a stakes-winning Exchange Rate mare in foal to Mission Impazible.
The 7-year-old mare has produced foals by To Honor and Serve and Graydar, and is a half sibling to Grade 3 winner Dr. Park, Grade 2-placed stakes winner Kelly Leak, and Grade 2-placed Privilaged, all out of the winning World Appeal mare Hasty Appeal. Sequel Stallions New York consigned the mare as agent.

On the racetrack, Justenufappeal won three of eight starts and earned $111,200, highlighted by a win in the Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields and two additional stakes placings in California. Her extended family includes Canadian champion Truth of it All, Grade 1 winners I Ain’t Bluffing and Borrego, and Grade 2 winner Powerful Punch and Acting Happy.

Also tying for the co-highest-priced broodmare was stakes winner Man Stuff, a 6-year-old Belong to Me mare who sold to St. Elias, with J.J. Crupi acting as agent.

The mare sold in foal to Gemologist and will produce what would be her first foal. Man Stuff is out of the unplaced Siphon mare Espresso Song, whose six winners from six runners includes Grade 3-placed Mallory Square. Champion Jewel Princess, Grade 2 winner My Princess Jess, and Grade 3 winner El Caballo are in her extended family.

Man Stuff won three of 12 starts during her racing career and earned $167,758, including a win in the Sweet Briar Too Stakes at Woodbine. She was consigned at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale by Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent.