Constitution Colt Snares $340,000 To Top NY-Bred Yearling Sale

(Hip 342 brings $340,000 to top first day of Fasig-Tipton’s NY-bred Yearling Sale on Sunday / Photo Courtesy of Fasig-Tipton)

From the Fasig-Tipton Media Team:

A colt from the first crop of current leading Freshman Sire Constitution proved most popular during the first session of the New York Bred Yearlings sale held Sunday night in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Offered as Hip 342, the session-topping Constitution colt sold for $340,000 to John Terranova, agent from the consignment of Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services, agent (video). The bay colt, a half-brother to two winners out of the Arch mare Akris Moon, is from the immediate family of European champion Hold That Tiger and Grade 1 winning millionaire Editor’s Note. Hip 342 was bred by Newtownanner Stud.

“The strength of the New York bred market was on display tonight,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “We’ve seen remarkable growth in the New York bred market for several years. It’s the greatest program in the world.”

The session’s top filly came in the form of Hip 380, a daughter from the first crop of Eclipse champion Runhappy consigned by Gainesway, agent (video). Oracle Bloodstock, agent for Reeves Racing/R.A. Hills, et al went to $300,000 to secure the filly. Hip 380 is the second foal out of the stakes placed Curlin mare Charismata, from the immediate family of Grade 1 winner General Quarters.

“It was a pretty consistent marketplace tonight,” concluded Browning, adding that due to the change of format between 2018 and 2019, statistical comparison to last year’s first session could offer only limited insights.

“We’ve got a lot of outstanding horses tomorrow,” he added.

Overall, 66 yearlings sold for $5,972,500, good for an average of $90,492. The median held steady compared to last year’s first session at $75,000.

Session 1 results are available online.

The New York Bred Yearlings sale resumes tomorrow at 12 PM.

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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