Across the board gains at Fasig-Tipton NY sale
THE sole offering consigned by Gainesway at Fasig-Tipton's New York-bred Yearling Sale topped trading during the two days - and set a new record - when Gary Biszantz of Cobra Farm secured a daughter of Tapit for $430,000 on Sunday.
It is the second year running in which an offering by Tapit has topped the sale, with a colt by the Gainesway resident selling to Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm for $330,000 in 2012.
Pope, who last year parted with £10 million to secure Horse of the Year Havre De Grace at the company's November Select Sale in Kentucky, was also involved in bidding for the filly, as was trainer Wesley Ward.
Speaking to Thoroughbred Daily News after the sale, Biszantz said: "She is just a beautiful filly. Tapit is such a great sire and the dam does very well - all the right things.
"We have a breeding farm in Kentucky and we like to race our horses. We want to try to breed after they are done racing and she's the kind of filly who would be an inspiration for us. We can take her to a good sire and we really have a good horse."
Biszantz also added that the filly, who is out of the US stakes-winning More Than Ready mare Miss Challenge, will probably be trained by Christophe Clement, who sent out multiple Grade 1 winners Gio Ponti and Winchester.
It was bloodstock agent Steven Young who signed the ticket for Sunday's priciest offering, and he had been in action on Saturday when buying the opening session's top lot, a $300,000 War Front filly.
"She is by one of the best sires in America and she is a beautiful filly," Young said to TDN. Although not disclosing who the filly was for, Young did confirm she would be going into training with Todd Pletcher.
Bred and consigned by Sal and Colleen Simeone's Florida-based Sienna Farms, she is out of the Pleasant Tap mare Unrepentant.
Another $300,000 lot on Sunday completed a filly trifecta at the top of the board after Everett Dobson purchased a daughter of Speightstown consigned by Indian Creek.
"She is a very classic, elegant Speightstown and I love Speightstown - I think everyone does," Dobson told TDN. "He is a remarkable stallion. She looked like she had all the parts, she's a very powerful filly and we're going to have a lot of fun with her."
William Schettine landed a bid of $250,000 to buy the sale's most expensive colt, a son of Midnight Lute bred by Marlene Brody's Gallagher's Stud out of Tale Of The Cat mare Krakowviak.
At the close of both days gains were posted across the board, with 196 yearlings selling for $14,206,000 - a rise of 65 per cent on 2012 figures. The average of $77,015 and median of $55,000 also represented increases of 15 and 20 per cent respectively, while the clearance rate jumped from 67 per cent to 78 per cent.
Speaking to TDN after the sale, Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning jr said: "This is the culmination ten to 20 years of work by a lot of people in the state of New York. The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, under Jeff Cannizzo's leadership, have done a tremendous job of representing the industry.
"You can see the enthusiasm that the breeders feel, that the people at the racetrack feel, and it demonstrates the power of cooperation amongst constituents and the results have been frankly extraordinarily impressive and we are thrilled to have been a part of it."