SARATOGA SPRING, NY — When you breed a winner of the Kentucky Derby to a mare that won a Graded Stakes race and earned nearly $800,000 on the racetrack, you want to dream of a great looking baby racehorse.
You want to dream of a yearling that looks like a million dollars — with the taxes already paid. You want to dream of a possible Triple Crown contender. You simply want to dream.
On Tuesday night, dreams did come true. On Tuesday night, Hip 186 — a striking red-headed son of Kentucky Derby winner Orb and the beautiful son of the Grade 3 Stakes winner Flashy American — stood in the middle of the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion here and was the beauty that may someday become a beast on the racetrack.
When the bidding was done, the colt — consigned by the Gainsay Farm sales team, as agent — was sold for $1 million to Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock for the dancing price of $1 million.
The “Millionaire’s Club” was almost joined at the very end of the sale on Tuesday night, when Hip 226 — a beautiful son of another Claiborne Farm stallion, War Front — fell just $5,000 short of the milestone number.
The next-to-last hip in the two day sale — who was consigned by Gainesway Farm, as agent, too — was purchased by Godolphin and the ruling family from Dubai for $995,000. This yearling colt is a full brother to the filly Avenge, who is a multiple Graded Stakes winner of nearly $700,000.
While the Orb and War Front colts made the most noise on Tuesday, they certainly weren’t the only ones to attract the attention, eye and the bids of many would-be suitors. And, as a result, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale was, undoubtedly, a success. Again.
On Tuesday night, alone, Fasig-Tipton sold 81 yearlings for a total of $28,570,000 — which amounted to an average of $352,716 and a median price of $300,000. Only 21 yearlings didn’t meet the reserve price and didn’t sell.
In two days, the sales agency sold a grand total of 156 yearlings for a whopping $52,995,000. That total averages out to $339,712 and a median price of $300,000. A year ago, Fasig-Tipton sold 156 horses for $45,570,000. The average a year ago was $292,115 and the median price was $237,500.
“Gross sales up 16%; average up 16% to $339,000; and median up 26% for a sales record median of $300,000. Very strong trade across the board for both nights,” said Bayne Welker, Fasig-Tipton’s Vice President for Sales.
There were plenty of reasons to smile, all the way around. But the big news on Day 2 was the Orb colt purchased by Radcliffe.
The Orb colt is the first foal out of Flashy American, who won the G3 Sixty Sailes at Hawthorne Race Track in Chicago, in addition to winning the Iowa Distaff, the Locust Grove at Churchill and the Alada Stakes at Saratoga.
It is also the female family of I’m Already Sexy, who registered 10 wins from ages 2 to 5, including the G3 Modest Stakes and the G3 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park and the G3 Eatontown at Monmouth Park.
While the page is not overloaded with black type, there is definitely horses with splash. Much like the buyer.
This is not the first horse sale this year where Radcliffe has made the headlines and a big splash. She did the same thing this past March at the OBS 2YO Sale.
There, at the first session of that sale, Kerri Radcliffe went to $600,000 to secure a daughter of More Than Ready. As reported in The Thoroughbred Daily News at the time, the bay was heading to Europe to join her husband Jeremy Noseda’s yard at Shalfleet in Newmarket.
Noseda has enjoyed success with the WinStar stallion before. He also trained Nemoralia (More Than Ready), who won the G3 Sky Bet City of York Stakes, and was runner-up in the GI Frizette Stakes before finishing third in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
“I love More Than Ready, he’s a great stallion,” said Radcliffe, who was quoted by TDN in March.“She’s a special filly coming from a great consignor.”
Radcliffe was also an active buyer at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale, signing the sales slip for an $800,000 Scat Daddy filly and a $750,000 Uncle Mo filly. She later added a $625,000 colt (Hip 153) by Super Saver from Nick de Meric’s consignment at OBS March.
“The Scat Daddy filly is going to Europe with Jeremy as well,” Radcliffe revealed. “The Uncle Mo is going to Bob Baffert.”