10/17/2008 12:00AM

Fusaichi Pegasus weanling filly tops Spa sale


The fall mixed sale of the New York Breeders' Sales Company posted slight gains last Sunday at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The sale's gross receipts for 160 sold were $1,787,650 for an average price of $11,173, an increase of about 7 percent from last year. The corresponding sale in 2007 grossed $1,778,700 for 170 sold, averaging $10,463.

The top-priced horse, at $95,000, was a New York-bred weanling filly by Fusaichi Pegasus from the consignment of Five Oak Farm, agent, and purchased by Destined Farm. Bought during the selected weanling portion of the sale, she is out of Honor Lass, by Honor Glide.

Honor Lass is a half-sister to Vesta, winner of the Grade 3 Miss Preakness Stakes, and two other stakes-placed runners. The family also includes Lion Tamer, winner of the Grade 1 Cigar Mile.

The Fusaichi Pegasus filly's price was a sale record for a weanling, eclipsing the $85,000 figure for a Eurosilver colt in 2007.

The selected weanling session average dropped nearly 20 percent from last year. It grossed $1,407,000 for 75 sold, an average of $18,760. The corresponding weanling session in 2007 yielded an average of $23,334.

A New York-bred weanling colt by state sire Raffie's Majesty brought $60,000. Consigned by Moonestone Sales, LLC, agent, he was purchased by Diamond Point Racing.

He is the second foal of Moody Woman, by Charismatic.

Moody Woman is out of stakes winner Hello Moon, who is also the dam of multiple stakes winner Wilzada. The family includes Guadery, winner of the Grade 2 Astarita.

Raffie's Majesty stands at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y.

The New York Breeders' Sales Company began operations in 2004 and held its first auction over two days at Saratoga Race Course in late September that year.

It sold 101 horses for $574,100, averaging $5,684.

It went to a premier yearling format in 2005 on two August evenings during the Saratoga Thoroughbred meeting. The weanling component has been the emphasis of the sale since 2006. That year, the weanling average was $17,052, topped by a Kafwain filly at $60,000.

The last three auctions have been in mid-October at Saratoga.

Questroyal stallions enjoy the holiday

Columbus Day was good one for Questroyal stallions Roaring Fever and Jade Hunter.

Roaring Fever's first-crop runner My Reflection captured the feature allowance at Calder Race Course on Columbus Day. The five-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies was transferred from turf to dirt.

Bred in New York by Lynne Scace, who is also the owner and trainer, My Reflection was foaled at Liberty Stud in Ghent. She is out of Frans Reflection, by Aloha Prospector.

Roaring Fever, winner of the Alysheba Stakes and graded-stakes-placed, is by Storm Cat and is a full brother to millionaire and Grade 1 winner Raging Fever.

He stands at Dutchess Views Farm/Metropolitan Stud in Pine Plains, N.Y., under the management of Questroyal Stud.

The veteran Jade Hunter, who stands at Liberty Stud in Ghent, is the sire of Global Hunter, winner of the Lure Stakes at one mile on the Santa Anita turf.

Global Hunter's win sent Jade Hunter's progeny earnings for 2008 past the $1.6-million mark.

The sire of multiple champion filly Azeri, Jade Hunter is approaching the $40-million mark in career progeny earnings.

Tin Cup Chalice puts icing on memorable year

Tin Cup Chalice is now a graded stakes winner. The first New York-bred to sweep the Big Apple Triple and earn a bonus of $250,000, he captured the Grade 2 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park on Oct. 4.

Trained by breeder Michael Lecesse, who co-owns the son of Crusader Sword with Scott Van Laer, Tin Cup Chalice sent his career earnings to $868,680 with a record of 8-1-0 in 9 starts.

Among his victims in the Indiana Derby was multiple graded stakes winner Pyro.

Tin Cup Chalice is the 12th New York-bred to win a graded event in 2008.

He completed the Big Apple Triple with a front-running victory at Saratoga in the Albany Handicap at 1 1/8 miles.

That followed scores in the Mike Lee at seven furlongs and New York Derby at 1 1/16 miles, the latter at his Finger Lakes Race Track home base.

Tin Cup Chalice is out of Twice Forbidden, by Spectacular Bid, which makes him a half-brother to New York Derby winner Don Corleone.

Crusader Sword, winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes, stands at Foggy Bottom Farm in Geneseo, N.Y.