From a catalog of 236 horses, 185 people are expected to come through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Sale on October 17 in Saratoga Springs, NY, starting at 10 a.m. ET.
The broodmares, yearlings and weanlings on offer attract a variety of buyers, both end users and those hoping to snag purchases next year.
“This is my favorite sale in the country,” said agent Sean Feld. “It’s a small sale, the weather and foliage in Saratoga are awesome, and it’s so much fun. The New York schedule is one of the best in the country, and because this sale isn’t as crowded than others, you may find value.”
Feld hopes to replicate the successes he has had at this sale in previous years. In 2014 he partnered with Hibiscus Stables to purchase a Dehere mare, My Sparky, in foal to Frost Giant for $5,700. His filly of 2017, Robin Sparkles sold at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale of Preferred New York-Bred Yearlings for $30,000, won nearly $532,000 and won the Caress Stakes (G3T) at Saratoga Racetrack in July.
A year later, Feld and Hibiscus teamed up again to purchase a Distorted Humor mare, Heavenly Humor full of Tall brown for $25,000. The resulting New York-bred colt sold for $10,000 as a yearling at the Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling Sale and $45,000 a year later as a 2-year-old. Purchased by Gatsas Thoroughbreds at the 2018 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company Spring Sale of 2 Years in Training, funny guy earned $638,645 in a career that included multiple stakes wins and a second-place finish in the Vosburgh Stakes (G2).
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Feld added, “We bought three stake-producing mares from this sale for not a lot of money.”
Feld and Hibiscus will look to add to their pool of broodmares on Monday. He also noted that the sale is the first to feature weaned foals, offering a look at the offspring of first-year bulls.
“If you see two or three that you really like in this sale, you can look them up in the future,” Feld said.
Of the proposed first crop weanlings, four are from multiple graduate bet winners Complexity ; four per grade 1 stakes winner Volatile ; and two by the winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) Villa including one bred and presented by Hibiscus.
“We really like our Country House filly,” Feld said. “We’re interested to see what each other looks like.”
The New Hill Farm offers two Violence weaned, two broodmares and 12 other broodmares weaned, including three by a first generation sire honest mischief a graduated stake placed son of in mischief standing at Sequel Stallions in New York.
“Our three are all really nice,” said Lili Kobielski, owner of New Hill. “I’ve seen maybe half a dozen; they’re all beautiful. Honest Mischief is an exciting horse for New York.”
A mix of his own horses and those of clients, Kobielski’s shipment includes the offspring of several New York stallions, including king for a day ; Leofric , who transferred from Rockridge Stud in New York to Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky for the 2022 breeding season; and solomini .
“Our first to come through the ring is Hip 13, a second generation Leofric out of a mare placed on stakes,” she said. “He’s the mare’s first foal, and she’s gorgeous. I can’t fault her.
“King for a Day is interesting for New York. Uncle Mo The sons of couldn’t be warmer, and I’ve seen a few Kings for a Days who are all huge, handsome horses. I think he is a stallion to watch.
“We always breed a mix of Kentucky and New York stallions. New York has an incredible racing program, and the breeder awards for New York horses are fantastic. It is absolutely essential that New York stakeholders support the program and elevate to the New York Bulls.”
Weanlings showing amongst the fall foliage at Fasig-Tipton
After years without a fall auction in Saratoga, Fasig-Tipton reassembled and reinstated that sale a decade ago, just as gaming revenue was beginning to infuse New York’s racing and ranching entities. . The sale’s success, said Fasig-Tipton CEO and President Boyd Browning Jr., is “a direct result of the success, viability and popularity of New York’s racing and breeding programs.
“There’s a lot of activity out there,” Browning said. “I saw several beautiful foals, and the mares have a lot of action.
“It’s nice to see new stallions coming to New York. We have an interesting and attractive group of first generation colts, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that they’ll be well received and successful at the racetrack next door. .”
At last year’s one-day sale, 163 of the 232 horses across the ring were sold for gross figures of $3,657,800, at an average price of $22,440 and a median of 10,000. $. There were 69 horses that did not reach their reserve, representing an RNA rate of 29.7%.
Vinery Sales sold 42 of its 58 horses proposed to be the top gross shipper, recording receipts of $1,094,400 and an average of $26,057.
The most expensive bid, selling for $195,000, was a filly weaned by Catalina Cruiser offside winner Catch the rising star . It was consigned by Sequel New York and purchased by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing. Weaned chicks were the 10 highest prices for the single day of sales, with Pretty smile the most expensive broodmare at $70,000. The smiling tiger mare sold in foal to Vekoma to Goose Wicks of Stuart Morris’ draft for Rocky Top Racing and Highclere.
Reeves Thoroughbred Racing made a total of four purchases, spending $430,000 to be the top buyer in the sale, second only to St. Elias Stable, which also secured four for receipts of $415,000.
As of October 16, 51 horses had been withdrawn from the single day of sales which took place on October 17.