NY-bred wean­lings dom­i­nate F-T Saratoga fall mixed sale

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Ni­cole Russo

The New York-bred pro­gram, with state­bred run­ners find­ing suc­cess at the high­est lev­els of rac­ing world­wide, has re­sulted in the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred year­ling sale post­ing record re­newals sev­eral years in a row. Those look­ing to get a jump on that vi­brant mar­ket will have an op­por­tu­nity to do so at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale on Mon­day, as the ma­jor­ity of the cat­a­log is made up of New York-bred wean­lings.

There are 226 horses cat­a­loged for the sin­gle-ses­sion sale, which takes place at Fasig-Tipton’s Humphrey S. Fin­ney Pav­il­ion ad­ja­cent to Saratoga Race Course. Of those, 170 are wean­lings, all foaled in New York.

Effinex was among the New York-breds who car­ried the ban­ner na­tion­wide in re­cent years, and 13 wean­lings from his only crop are on of­fer at Fasig-Tipton. Effinex won five graded stakes, in­clud­ing the Grade 1 Clark Hand­i­cap at Churchill Downs, fin­ished sec­ond to Triple Crown win­ner Amer­i­can Pharoah in the Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic, and earned more than $3.3 mil­lion. He re­tired to stud in his home state, but stood only one sea­son be­fore dy­ing in his stall of a pul­monary aneurysm.

The cat­a­log also in­cludes seven wean­lings by New York’s peren­nial lead­ing sire Freud, in­clud­ing a half­brother to mul­ti­ple stakes win­ner Twisted Tom.

Last year’s Saratoga fall mixed sale fin­ished with 144 horses sold for gross re­ceipts of $3,265,000, re­sult­ing in an av­er­age price of $22,674, a spike of 34 per­cent from the 2016 edi­tion of the sale. The me­dian of $12,000 was a gain of 41 per­cent.

Mixed sale is Bar­retts fi­nale

Bar­retts looks to go out with a bang in its fi­nal sale for the fore­see­able fu­ture, as the auc­tion com­pany con­ducts its fall sale of year­lings and horses of all ages on Tues­day in Pomona, Calif.

Fasig-Tipton and Santa Anita an­nounced over the sum­mer that they have formed a part­ner­ship and will con­duct a ju­ve­nile sale in June 2019 in Cal­i­for­nia, as well as a year­ling auc­tion in late Septem­ber. The auc­tions will re­place the events pre­vi­ously run by Bar­retts. Bar­retts, owned by the Los An­ge­les County Fair, is not ex­pected to con­duct sales in 2019.

There are 286 horses cat­a­loged for Tues­day’s sale. Of those, 231 are year­lings, and will be of­fered at the start of the ses­sion, which be­gins at 11 a.m. Pacfic. The re­main­der of the cat­a­log is pri­mar­ily made up of brood­mares, but also in­cludes rac­ing or brood­mare prospects, geld­ings and colts, and a hand­ful of wean­lings.

The year­ling por­tion of the sale is high­lighted by prog­eny from the fi­nal crops of two of Cal­i­for­nia’s most suc­cess­ful sires.

Peren­nial lead­ing sire Un­usual Heat was eu­th­a­nized in May 2017 at Har­ris Farms due to com­pli­ca­tions of arthri­tis-in­duced lamini­tis. He had been pen­sioned the prior fall. Un­usual Heat’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Bar­retts cat­a­log are led by a filly who is a full sis­ter to his Grade 1-placed stakes win­ner Bel Air Siz­zle, as well as stakes win­ner Amer­ica’s Friend and Grade 2-placed Starspan­gled­heat. Un­usual Heat is also rep­re­sented by a filly whose dam is a half-sis­ter to Grade 1 win­ner Hard­est Core.

Lucky Pul­pit, the sire of two-time Horse of the Year Cal­i­for­nia Chrome, died of a car­diac event on open­ing day of the 2017 breed­ing sea­son at Har­ris. The stal­lion’s year­lings cat­a­loged in­clude a filly who is a half-sis­ter to Grade 3-placed stakes win­ner Raised a Se­cret, and a filly out of a half-sis­ter to Grade 1 win­ner The Usual Q.T.

The mixed por­tion of the cat­a­log is high­lighted by a pair of stakes-pro­duc­ing brood­mares. Star­let Sky, of­fered in foal to Roi Char­mant, is the dam of stakes win­ner Qiaona. Drama Cat, the dam of stakes placed What­sallthe­drama, is in foal to first-year Cal­i­for­nia stal­lion Stan­ford.

Stakes win­ner Ring True will be of­fered at Bar­retts in foal to Ken­tucky sire Gold­en­cents, North Amer­ica’s lead­ing fresh­man sire. The cat­a­log in­cludes two other stakes-placed brood­mares in Fifth Av­enue and Ochoa.

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