(American Pharoah colt fetches $1.25 million at Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling Showcase on Thursday / Photo Courtesy of Fasig-Tipton)
From the Fasig-Tipton Media Team:
The Selected Yearlings Showcase concluded its two-day run in Lexington, KY on Thursday with another solid session of sales, led by a seven-figure colt from the third crop of last year’s champion first-crop sire American Pharoah.
Speedway Stables purchased the session-topper for $1,250,000 from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent. Offered as Hip 400, the American Pharoah colt is out of the stakes winning Victory Gallop mare Swingit, whose first five starters are all winners, including multiple Grade 1 placed millionaire Neolithic (Harlan’s Holiday). This colt is also a half-sibling to Travel Column (Frosted), who broke her maiden impressively on debut at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks day. The session topper hails from the immediate family of champions Housemaster and Carnuaba. Hip 400 was bred in Kentucky by Mr. & Mrs. Bayne Welker Jr.
The second highest price on the day was $800,000 paid for Hip 501, a colt by Into Mischief, last year’s champion sire, current leading sire, and sire of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Authentic. That colt was purchased by Donato Lanni, agent for SF/Starlight/Madaket from the consignment of Indian Creek, agent. Hip 501 is the first foal out of Blind Copy, a full sister to juvenile stakes winner Lucky Folie, from the immediate family of Grade 1 winners Golden Pheasant and Henley’s Joy. Hip 501 was bred in Kentucky by Fifth Avenue Bloodstock.
The sale’s top priced filly came during the first session, when Hip 232, a filly by Quality Road out of Irish One Thousand Guineas (G1) winner Marvellous (IRE) sold to Robbie Medina, agent for Joseph Allen, for $1,500,000. The top filly was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent (‘Marvellous’ Quality Road Filly Tops First Session of Selected Yearlings Showcase).
“One of the greatest compliments you can have is when someone entrusts you with something of value,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning on the success of the sale despite the uncertainty brought to the industry by the Coronavirus-19 pandemic. “Our commitment to those men and women was that we were going to do everything we possibly could to create the most viable marketplace under the circumstances… I think we did that.”
Overall, 348 yearlings changed hands for $61,765,000. The average was $177,486 and the median was $120,000.
Results are available online.