10/23/2015 12:42PM

Fasig-Tipton November: As usual, star power abounds

Barbara D. Livingston
Grade 1 winner Aubby K, along with her weanling, will be among the stars on offer at Fasig-Tipton November.

The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected fall mixed sale, already known for setting the night ablaze with numerous seven-figure horses, gets a reflected glow this year with the proximity of the Breeders’ Cup.

The Fasig-Tipton sale is set for the evening of Nov. 1 at the sale company’s Newtown Paddocks base in Lexington, Ky. It will begin less than 24 hours after the Breeders’ Cup concludes at Keeneland, about a 20-minute drive away.

“I think it’ll hopefully lead to some increased principals being in attendance at the sale, with the Breeders’ Cup in close proximity,” Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning said. “There will always be some great stories that emerge from the Breeders’ Cup that create an interest and stimulus for sales, and that’s one of the reasons that the November sales are generally in close proximity to the Breeders’ Cup. … You hope that you get some outstanding performances that translate into pretty immediate dividends for the owners of those horses 24 to 48 hours later.”

This year’s catalog numbers 188 – and could still grow, as selected supplemental entries will be accepted through the Breeders’ Cup on Oct. 30 and 31. The sale begins in the evening with weanlings offered first, in a format that debuted last year.

“The buyers seem to really like [that format],” Browning said. “That way they can focus on certain segments of the catalog. Whether you’re a weanling buyer or looking to buy mares, it just gives them a better focus. It worked well last year, so we decided to do it again this year.”

The catalog is highlighted by six fillies or mares who are likely to start at the Breeders’ Cup before being offered as racing or broodmare prospects.

Multiple Grade 1 winner Stephanie’s Kitten (pointing to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf) is seeking her second Breeders’ Cup victory after winning the 2011 Juvenile Fillies Turf. She will then take a second trip through the Fasig-Tipton ring, after being a $3.95 million buyback in 2014. Other Breeders’ Cup contenders entered at Fasig-Tipton include Grade 1 winners Tepin (Mile), Watsdachances (Filly and Mare Turf), and Dame Dorothy (Filly and Mare Sprint), and multiple graded stakes winners La Verdad (Filly and Mare Sprint) and Stormy Lucy (Filly and Mare Turf).

Other horses in the catalog with ties to the Breeders’ Cup include Unfold the Rose, dam of Stephanie’s Kitten; Grade 2 winner Ivanavinalot, the dam of leading Juvenile Fillies contender Songbird; stakes-placed Dawn Raid, the dam of Juvenile contender Exaggerator; All in With Aces, dam of Classic hopeful Hard Aces; and Double Tapped, a winning full sister to defending Distaff winner Untapable.

Other standouts in the broodmare or racing/broodmare prospect portion of the catalog include Steelin’, the dam of champion Shanghai Bobby; More Hennessy, the dam of 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hootenanny and in foal to international titan Galileo; Grade 1 winner Let Faith Arise, in foal to leading sire Tapit; Orchardof the Nile, a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and Triple Crown sire Pioneerof the Nile; Renda, the dam of late multiple Grade 1 winner Rock Fall; and Trophee, a winning half-sister to two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Treve. Other Grade 1 or Group 1 winners in the book include Angela Renee, Aubby K, Belle Gallantey, Callback, Condo Commando, Embellish the Lace, Molly Morgan, Peace and War, Spanish Queen, Starship Truffles, Sweet Reason, and Viva Rafaela. Grade 1 winner Jack Milton, a son of prominent commercial sire War Front, will be offered as a stallion prospect.

“It’s one of the premier sales that we work on year-round, and it’s become a major source of pride for Fasig-Tipton,” Browning said of the strength of the catalog. “I think we’ve got a really good group of horses gathered up for 2015, and we’re hopefully looking forward to some nice updates around the Breeders’ Cup and lots of interest and enthusiasm in Central Kentucky.”

Weanlings on offer at Fasig-Tipton include foals out of aforementioned Grade 1 winners Aubby K and Starship Truffles, and half-siblings to Grade 1 winners Constitution, Ice Box, The Big Beast, and Willy Beamin. Sires represented by first-crop weanlings in the catalog include a trio of classic winners – 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb, and 2013 Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow.

The 2014 Fasig-Tipton November sale saw 108 horses sell for total receipts of $63,678,000, with an average price of $589,611 and a median price of $200,000. The buyback rate was 29 percent.

The 2013 Kentucky Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar was the sale-topper, going for $3.1 million to Shadai Farm of Japan. In all, 23 horses sold for seven figures. The top weanling was a $500,000 Tapit colt.

– additional reporting by Joe Nevills