Flatter Colt Brings $520,000 at Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling Sale

(Sales Topper hits the ring at Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling Sale / Photo Courtesy of Fasig-Tipton)

From the Media Team at Fasig-Tipton:

The July Sale ended with flair Tuesday evening in Lexington, KY with the sales topper coming through the ring just one hip from the end. Inclusive of the late-session fireworks, The July Sale posted gains across the board, with significant increases in gross, average, and median over last year’s sale and the highest average since 2007. The gross and median were the highest since 2015.

A colt by Flatter (Hip 348), the penultimate yearling offered, drew the top bid of the day, hammering down to $520,000 late (video). Named Silvertonguedevil, Hip 348 was purchased by Al Rashid Stable from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent. The bay colt is the third foal out of the Curlin mare No Curfew, already the dam of two winners. No Curfew is a daughter of stakes winner Misty Hour, by Miswaki, making her a half-sister to seven winners, including Grade 2 winner India, who produced Group 1 winner Mozu Ascot, and stakes winner Pilfer, who produced Grade 1 winners To Honor and Serve and Angela Renee.

“Overall, [I’m] very pleased with the results today,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “There was tremendous competition for the quality offerings and, fortunately, we had plenty of quality offerings in the catalogue this year from start to finish.”

The top priced filly on the day was a daughter of Strong Mandate (Hip 231), purchased for $435,000 by Alex and Jo Ann Lieblong from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent (video). The filly, from her Grade 1 winning sire’s second crop, is out of Fly the Flag, a Giant’s Causeway half-sister to champion Storm Flag Flying. This well-bred filly is from the deep Phipps family of that mare, champion Personal Ensign, and Grade 1 winners My Flag, Miner’s Mark, Traditionally, and Mr Speaker.

As the first event on the yearling sales calendar, The July Sale often features top quality offerings by exciting new and young sires, and this year was no different. Buyers flocked to the pavilion to see the first selected offerings of nearly 30 first crop sires, including 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah and multiple Grade 1 winner Constitution, both graduates of Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sales.

The leading first crop sire by average was Palace Malice, by Curlin. Of five yearlings offered by the 2013 Belmont S. (G1) winner, four sold for a total of $750,000, good for an average and median of $187,500. His 2016 stud fee was $20,000. Of Palace Malice yearlings sold, a filly out of Southern Belle (Hip 60) led the group, selling for $275,000 to Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners from the consignment of Select Sales, agent for Machmer Hall.

Among 14 second crop sires with yearlings catalogued, Will Take Charge led the charge with four yearlings sold from four offered grossing $930,000 and averaging $232,500, with a median of $240,000. Of that group, a filly out of La Belle (Hip 291) sold best, bringing $260,000 from Jay Em Ess Stable. Hip 291 was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Will Take Charge’s 2016 stud fee was $30,000.

“There was widespread competition throughout,” Browning noted. “I would characterize it as a very successful start to the 2018 yearling sales season.”

Overall, 196 yearlings changed hands for a total of $19,762,500, up 22.7% from last year when 172 horses sold for $16,107,000. The average rose 7.7% to $100,829 from $93,645, while the median increased 7.1% to $75,000 from $70,000 in 2017. The RNA rate was 30.7%. Full results are available online.

Hip 348, a colt by Flatter topped The July Sale late when sold for $520,000. The bay colt was purchased by Al Rashid Stable from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent.

By Flatter, sire of last year’s Champion Three-Year-Old Colt West Coast, this colt is a half-brother to two winners out of the Curlin mare No Curfew. That mare is out of stakes winner Misty Hour, by Miswaki, making her a half-sister to seven winners, including Grade 2 winner India, dam of G1 winner Mozu Ascot, and stakes winner Pilfer, dam of Grade 1 winners To Honor and Serve and Angela Renee.

Hip 348 was bred in Kentucky by Summer Wind Farm.

Hip 344 c. Take Charge Indy-Nicole’s Dream ($365,000)

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Hip 344 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 344, a colt by Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy sold for $365,000 at The July Sale. The dark bay or brown colt was purchased by Staton Flurry from the consignment of Nardelli Sales, agent.

By the sire of the 2012 Florida Derby (G1) Take Charge Indy, this colt is out of 11-time stakes winner Nicole’s Dream. That mare, who won 24 times over five seasons and earned $826,454 is already the dam of four winners, including stakes winners Phat Man and Estellara.

Hip 344 was bred in Kentucky by Kim Nardelli, Rodney Nardelli, and Take Charge Indy Syndicate.

Hip 312 c. Street Sense-Mahkama ($350,000)

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Hip 312 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 312, a colt by champion Street Sense sold for $350,000 at The July Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Godolphin from the consignment of Michael & Julie O’Quinn, agent.

By Street Sense, sire of last year’s CashCall Futurity (G1) winner McKinzie, this colt is out of the winning Bernardini mare Mahkama. That mare has already produced Yulong Warrior, a stakes winner by Street Cry (IRE), sire of Street Sense. Mahkama is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Summer Raven, dam of no less than three graded stakes winners, including multiple Grade 2 winning millionaire Lewis Bay and graded stakes winners Misconnect and Winslow Homer.

Hip 312 was bred in Pennsylvania by Blackstone Farm.

Hip 291 f. Will Take Charge-La Belle ($260,000)

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Hip 291 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 291, a filly by popular second crop sire Will Take Charge sold for $260,000 at The July Sale. The bay filly was purchased by Jay Em Ess Stable from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

This filly is a half-sister to five winners from as many to race out of the winning Dixie Union mare La Belle, including graded stakes placed stakes winner She’s Offlee Good. La Belle is out of stakes winner Ree Saspri, making her a half sister to multiple stakes winner Follow Me Home and to the dam of stakes winner Southern Dude.

Hip 291 was bred in Kentucky by Forrest Hills Farms.

Hip 273 c. Into Mischief-Indian Gracey ($300,000)

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Hip 273 // Fasig-Tipton Photo

Hip 273, a colt by Into Mischief sold for $300,000 at The July Sale. The bay colt was purchased by Scott and Evan Dilworth LLC from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

By Into Mischief, sire of this year’s Florida Derby (G1) winner Audible, this colt is out of the Grade 1 placed stakes winner Indian Gracey. This is the immediate family of Grade 2 winners Warbling and Mrs McDougal.

Hip 273 was bred in Kentucky by Gary Broad.

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