08/10/2017 11:06AM

New York-breds hold their own at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale

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A $750,000 filly by Curlin was the most expensive New York-bred to sell at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.

A handful of New York-bred yearlings could have gone through the ring this weekend at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale and likely would have stood out in the catalog.

But instead, with New York-breds a hot commodity as they succeed in graded and group stakes worldwide, 11 statebreds went through the auction ring against “open company” at the elite Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale Monday and Tuesday and acquitted themselves well. Of the 11 offered, eight sold, fetching an average price of $303,750.

“Some folks would rather have the opportunity to be in the select sale with their New York-breds, other people would prefer to be what they perceive to be a standout in the New York sale,” Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning said. “Oftentimes, it’s just personal preference by the seller and consignor to say, ‘I think this is going to be more effectively marketed here.’ There are some horses that could go to either sale, and more often than not, it’s just their decision.”

The New York-breds in the select sale were led by a $750,000 Curlin filly purchased by Juddmonte Farms. The filly, whose dam is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Sky Diva and to Grade 1-placed Quick Little Miss, was bred by Newtown Anner Stud in Millbrook, N.Y., and was consigned as agent by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services.

Blake-Albina also consigned the second-most-expensive horse in the group, a filly by the recently deceased City Zip, who began his stud career in New York before moving to Kentucky. The filly was a $325,000 purchase by noted bloodstock agents Alex Solis and Jason Litt. Other major outfits to pick up New York-breds included Three Chimneys Farm (a $225,000 Will Take Charge filly) and Spendthrift Farm (a $235,000 Super Saver colt).

Since the start of 2015, prominent New York-breds on the track have included Eclipse Award champion La Verdad and Grade 1/Group 1 winners Effinex, Haveyougoneaway, Mind Your Biscuits, and Princess Violet. Those top a plethora of graded stakes winners who have given the program steam nationally heading into this renewal of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred sale, set for Saturday and Sunday in Saratoga Springs.

There were 296 yearlings cataloged for the sale, including 10 by Freud, New York’s perennial leading sire. The Sequel Stallions resident’s group includes full sisters to stakes winners Fourstar Crook and Dr. Shane. Prominent Kentucky stallions represented in the catalog include classic sires Awesome Again, Curlin, Distorted Humor, Malibu Moon, Pioneerof the Nile, and Uncle Mo.

The 2016 renewal of the New York-bred yearling sale was a memorable one for the severe weather that dropped a tree on a barn – there were no injuries to horses or humans – and forced the cancellation of the first session of the sale, with the full catalog offered as a single session the following day.

The sale was led by a $450,000 Uncle Mo colt sold to Cheyenne Stables. However, after posting gains in five consecutive years, last year’s sale posted an 8 percent decline in gross, a 5 percent decline in average, and an 8 percent drop in median compared to the record figures of 2015.