11/02/2016 10:56AM

Dams of California Chrome, Arrogate figure to boost Fasig-Tipton Kentucky mixed sale

Benoit & Associates
California Chrome, unbeaten this year to become North America's richest racehorse, is the favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic. Two days later, his dam Love the Chase will go through the auction ring at Fasig-Tipton.

With several stars on offer, the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale will try to come back swinging from last year, when gross and average declined sharply from the 2014 sale.

The catalog for this year’s one-night event, set for Monday, Nov. 7, at Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks headquarters in Lexington, Ky., numbered 164 horses with less than three weeks to sale day – and could still grow. The company will accept selected supplemental entries through the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 4 and 5.

The group currently on offer includes broodmares Love the Chase and Bubbler, whose sons California Chrome and Arrogate will go head-to-head in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5, as well as Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia.

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“I think it’s a tremendous catalog in terms of quality throughout,” Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning said. “It’s a wonderful collection of fillies and mares, either on the racetrack or coming off the racetrack, and dams of some of the most prominent horses racing. It’s pretty cool to have the dams of the two horses that are probably going to be the favorite and the second favorite in the Classic, in the dams of California Chrome and Arrogate in the catalog.

“It’s something we take a great deal of pride in, attracting horses of this caliber. I think the buyers have confidence coming here to buy. Some of the premier stock in the world is offered here every year.”

The 2015 edition of the Fasig-Tipton November sale finished with 92 horses sold for gross receipts of $43,666,000, led by Grade 1 winner Angela Renee, who sold for $3 million to Don Alberto Corporation. The gross was down 31 percent from the 108 horses sold for $63,678,000 in 2014. The average price finished at $474,630, down 20 percent from $589,611 last year. The median price did rise 18 percent, from $200,000 to $235,000. The buyback rate was 34 percent, up from 29 percent in 2014.

In keeping with the format of the past two years, this year’s sale begins with a group of selected weanlings before moving into broodmares and racing or broodmare prospects for the rest of the night. According to Fasig-Tipton, the catalog currently includes 60 graded stakes winners or producers.

Among those graded winners is Cathryn Sophia, whose five stakes victories included this year’s Kentucky Oaks. The daughter of Street Boss is consigned as a racing or broodmare prospect by Taylor Made Sales, as agent for owner Chuck Zacney.

“I have a few mares that I breed to Afleet Alex,” Zacney told Daily Racing Form in October. “But I’m enjoying racing again, and Cathryn Sophia does have some value to her. I’ve decided to take some chips off the table and put her through the sale. We have some nice 2-year-olds, and we’ve bought some yearlings. I’m excited about the future.”

Love the Chase, dam of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, could help fuel the market on both ends. The mare, carrying a Tapit foal bred on a similar cross as her champion son, is consigned by Taylor Made Sales, as agent for owner Perry Martin. Martin has said that he is opting to sell Love the Chase at auction to build capital to buy broodmares to support California Chrome at stud. California Chrome is expected to stand at Taylor Made Farm in 2017.

Bubbler, in foal to popular young sire Into Mischief, is consigned by her owner, Clearsky Farm. The mare’s value rose sharply in August when her son Arrogate romped by 13 1/2 lengths in the Travers Stakes, establishing a track record at Saratoga.

Other standouts in the Fasig-Tipton catalog include Stopchargingmaria and Wavell Avenue, winner of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Filly and Mare Sprint, respectively. Stopchargingmaria was retired from racing at the end of the summer, while Wavell Avenue is expected to defend her victory at the Breeders’ Cup. She is one of several in the catalog expected to run at Santa Anita before shipping to the sale grounds, along with Grade 1 winners Curalina and Haveyougoneaway, both contenders for the Filly and Mare Sprint.

– additional reporting by Joe Nevills