07/14/2014 5:48PM

Fasig-Tipton July: Hillaby to Stonestreet for $500,000


Hillaby, a daughter of 2007 Canadian Horse of the Year Sealy Hill, set the bar on Monday evening at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky summer selected horses of racing age sale, selling to Stonestreet Stables for $500,000. Shortly afterward, her half-sister Paradise Alley sold for $320,000 to Bridlewood Farm.

Both fillies sold as part of the dispersal of prominent owner and breeder Eugene Melnyk’s racing and breeding stock, which was handled as agent by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

Hillaby, a 4-year-old Distorted Humor filly, has raced four times over three seasons of racing, winning two starts and never finishing worse than third for earnings of $91,892. She is undefeated in 2014, winning a maiden special weight on Polytrack at Woodbine by 5 ¾ lengths on May 17, then following with a 3 ¼-length victory on the Woodbine turf in a June 7 allowance.

“She looks like she’s sitting on the verge of being a stakes horse,” Stonestreet bloodstock adviser John Moynihan said. “She’s got a great pedigree. She’s by Distorted Humor, who’s a great broodmare sire, so we plan on her winning stakes.”

Hillaby will remain in the barn of trainer Mark Casse, who conditioned the filly for Melnyk prior to the dispersal. No future breeding plans had been discussed for the filly at the time of purchase.

Paradise Alley, a 3-year-old Flower Alley filly, has won two of four starts for earnings of $68,779.

Trained by Josie Carroll for three of her four starts, Paradise Alley broke her maiden in her third career race, taking a maiden special weight at Woodbine on May 11 by 2 1/4 lengths. Like her older sister, Paradise Alley is also undefeated this year, following her maiden victory with a 1 1/4-length win in an optional claiming race on June 14.

Sealy Hill earned Canadian Horse of the Year honors in 2007, as well as champion 3-year-old filly and turf female, during a campaign highlighted by sweeping the Canadian filly Triple Crown.