08/10/2012 3:44PM

Fasig-Tipton sale-topper headed to familiar environs

Barbara D. Livingston
A Medaglia D'Oro filly out of Wait A While selling for $1.575 million topped the Fasig-Tipton yearling sale.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Alan Cohen seemed a little conflicted after his filly Wait No More, a Medaglia d’Oro daughter of Cohen’s champion Wait a While, topped Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga select yearling sale. Despite having sent her through the ring for $1,575,000, Cohen says he’s not sure he can part with many other foals, especially those out of Wait a While.

“We always thought we’d sell one or two, so that’s it, no more!” he said with a broad smile not long after the sale. “They ain’t getting another Wait a While.”

At least the filly’s likely trainer is a familiar face. Todd Pletcher, who bid on behalf of an unidentified client via his cell phone, trained Wait a While for Cohen and said the champion’s daughter will head to Ocala for breaking at Pletcher’s father’s farm. Cohen also has sent his young stock to J.J. Pletcher’s facility for their early training. Todd’s stepmother, realtor Joan Pletcher, brokered the deal when Cohen and his wife, Karen, bought their property, 470-acre Arindel Farm, also in Ocala.

“When he’s on the farm, he’s present for every foal that’s born,” Arindel’s manager Jolane Weeks said of Cohen.

Cohen, a 57-year-old pharmaceuticals executive, consigned the Saratoga sale-topper through the Three Chimneys agency. He has 36 mares at Arindel, including Lava Man’s dam, Li’l Ms. Leonard; Bustin Stones’s dam, Shesasurething; Dialed In’s dam, Miss Doolittle; Amen Hallelujah’s dam, Sara’s Success; Oprah Winney’s dam, Mere Presence; and Liquidity’s, dam Boa.

“They’re all pretty much graded stakes winners or graded stakes producers,” Cohen said.

“Arindel wants to breed good horses, and we want to put our best horses on the market,” said Weeks. “The ones that aren’t commercial we will keep and race. This filly was the best, and we put her out there to give other people a chance to own a piece of a champion.”

Asked whether Wait a While’s foals resemble the illustrious Maria’s Mon mare, Cohen and Weeks nodded. “They’re all highly intelligent,” Weeks said, “to the point that they’ll open their stall doors. All three of the Wait a Whiles have had to have special chains on their doors.

“We’ve had some ups and owns with her,” Weeks added of the Medaglia d’Oro filly, “but she came through like a true champion. She showed herself well, she’s a beautiful mover, and she’s going to make somebody a lot of money one day.”

Arindel’s sale-topper came into Saratoga’s auction ring with a scar on her right knee and what Three Chimneys sale director Guinness McFadden called “a little ding” on her left hock, the result of a paddock accident back in Ocala. But they didn’t appear to put bidders off. Nor will they affect her performance, Cohen and Weeks believe.

“It turned out great, and that’s the bottom line,” said Weeks. “We were afraid it might affect her sale at first, but once she walks her walk, you don’t even notice the scar. A good horseman is going to look for the athlete. A scar’s not going to make any difference in the winner’s circle.”

Romans tries his hand

Trainer Dale Romans tested Saratoga’s auction waters as a consignor for the first time last week, selling three of the five horses he offered for a combined $655,000. They were a $325,000 Bernardini-Uninhibited Song filly that G.T. C., LLC, bought; a $180,000 Exchange Rate-Western Vision colt that went to Peter Deutsch; and a $150,000 War Front-Al Max Diner filly that sold privately to Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds after failing to reach her reserve in the auction ring. Two other fillies, a Mr. Greeley-Very Very daughter and another by Kitten’s Joy out of Phantom Punch, were buy-backs at $145,000 and $170,000, respectively.

Romans and his wife, Tammy, debuted as consignors last November, where they consigned a mare Romans trained, Grade 1 winner C. S. Silk, to Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky mixed sale and got $1 million for her from Town & Country Farms. His other consignee, Grade 1 winner Sassy Image, was a buy-back at $1,475,000. Romans said he found the sales experience both enjoyable and relatively simple.

“It’s mostly for fun,” Romans said. “I just like being at the sales, and I bought a little farm. I like having a farm, and the farm and the sales work hand-in-hand together. I like everything about being around horses: selling, buying, I want to do a little everything.”

The Romanses’ 100-acre farm near Lexington, Ky., doesn’t have a name yet, Romans said, but it’s already stocked with 35 mares.

◗ Michael Tabor’s Belle Royale, who retired at 4 last month with a tendon injury, has been sold to an unidentified farm, according to the Blood-Horse. A Val Royal filly, Belle Royale won a pair of stakes this year, the Grade 1 Gamely and the listed American Beauty Stakes, bringing her record to 10 wins and 7 seconds from 26 starts. She earned $358,231.

◗ Conformation photos are now up online for the Aug. 21 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s select yearling sale. The photos and catalog are available at www.obssales.com. The select sale, which starts at 1 p.m., will precede a two-day open sale Aug. 22-23 starting daily at 10:30 a.m. All take place at the OBS facility in Ocala, Fla.

◗ Catalogs are available online for the 577-horse Tattersalls October Book 1 yearling sale in Newmarket, England, and the 514-horse Tattersalls Ireland September yearling sale in Co. Kildare, Ireland. The October Book 1 sale is Oct. 9-11, and its catalog is at www.tattersalls.com. The catalog for the Irish sale, which runs Sept. 25-26, is at www.tattersalls.ie.