American Pharoah Yearlings Dominate 2nd Day at Fasig-Tipton October Sale

(Hip 580, colt by American Pharoah, headlines Tuesday’s action at Fasig-Tipton / Photo Courtesy of Fasig-Tipton)

From the Fasig-Tipton Media Team:

The October Sale continued Tuesday with a strong second session, fueled by a steadily rising average and a robust median, both improvements over the first two sessions of 2017.

A pair of colts from the first crop of Triple Crown winner AMERICAN PHAROAH rose to the top of the sale’s second session. These were led by Hip 580, a $310,000 colt from an exclusive Phipps family which includes Broodmare of the Year and champion PERSONAL ENSIGN and champion STORM FLAG FLYING. The chestnut colt was purchased by Zayat Stables, which campaigned AMERICAN PHAROAH, from the consignment of Woods Edge Farm, agent.

AMERICAN PHAROAH was also responsible for Hip 383, a half-brother to Grade 1 winner MORENO who sold for $300,000 early in the session. The bay colt was purchased by Alistair Roden Bloodstock from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent. Bred in Kentucky by Pursuit of Success LLC, Hip 383 is from the immediate family of Horse of the Year DANCE SMARTLY and Grade 1 winner and two-time Leading Sire SMART STRIKE.

The session’s top filly came from the first crop of track record setting Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) victor LIAM’S MAP. The gray or roan filly was purchased by West Bloodstock, agent for Robert and Lawana Low from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent. The filly, out of a half-sister to champion PROUD SPELL was bred in Kentucky by Baumann Stables, Dr. Aaron Sones, and Dr. Crawford.

“Today certainly had a very good feel to it and there was solid activity from start to finish,” remarked Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “The RNA rate was significantly improved today, both compared to the second day last year and to yesterday. There was certainly plenty of activity in the back walking ring on a lot of horses today.”

During the session, 256 yearlings sold for $9,068,000, good for an average of $35,422. The median was $15,000, while the session RNA rate fell to 17.9%. Compared to the first two sessions of 2017, 479 yearlings sold for $16,585,000, up 11.3% from $14,894,500 for 467 yearlings sold. The running average was $34,624, up 8.6% from a two-day average of $31,894 last year, while the median rose 36.4% from $11,000 last year to $15,000. The collective RNA rate was 22.5%, compared to 26.6% for the first two sessions last year.

Results are available online.

The October Sale continues Wednesday at 10 AM.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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