Three horses bred in the mid-Atlantic region sold at last night’s first session of Fasig-Tipton’s two-day Saratoga Sale of selected yearlings.
Two of those horses were bred in Virginia, and one was bred in Pennsylvania. Combined, they fetched an average price of $176,667 — well below the $285,422 average for the session as a whole.
A pair of Tapit fillies fetched more than $1 million to lead the sale.
Of the three Midlantic horses, the leader was Hip 53, a Blame filly out of the stake-placed Came Home mare My Mammy bred in Virginia. My Mammy is a half-sister to a pair of graded/group winners, Grade 1 Bluegrass champ Bandini and Group 3 (Eng.) winner Discourse. My Mammy’s only other foal has not raced. Hip 53 was purchased by George Bolton for $285,000 and consigned by Knockgriffin Farm as agent for Smitten Farm.
The other Virginia-bred to sell, Hip 39, brought $100,000 from Cheyenne Stables, LLC, which purchased the bay filly from Warrendale Sales as agent for Lazy Lane Farm. She’s a daughter of Bellamy Road and the first foal out of the winning Alphe mare Lemon Crusta. Lemon Crusta is a half-sister to hard-hitting regional stakes performer Delaware River, who won 19 races in his career and more than $700,000.
The session’s lone Pennsylvania-bred, Hip 19, fetched a winning bid of $145,000 from GMB Racing, which purchased the colt from Taylor Made Sales Agency. He’s by top sire More than Ready out of the Broad Brush mare Goodbye Stranger, all three of whose foals thus far have won. Hip 19 is a full brother to the stakes-placed Consulado.
Six more Midlantic-breds are slated to pass through the ring this evening. Those include three Pennsylvania-breds (including Hip 106) and one horse bred in each of three other states: Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.