Practical Joke Colt Tops Record-Breaking Final Session of NY Bred Yearlings
The second session of the Fasig-Tipton NY Bred Yearlings sale, held Monday at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, New York, established a new sale record for gross with more than $20,000,000 in sales for the second consecutive year.
A colt by Practical Joke (Hip 628) topped the session when sold for $380,000 to Tom McCrocklin, agent, from the consignment of Nardelli Sales, agent (video). The price equaled that paid for the Sunday session topper. The session- and co-sale topper is out of the graded stakes winning Awesome Again mare Golden Mystery, whose first foal to race is multiple stakes winner Apalachee Bay (Malibu Moon). Hip 628 was bred by Donald Michael McCormick.
“We concluded another very successful NY Bred Yearlings sale today,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “(It) continued the strength and moment that we witnessed in recent years at this sale and also the strength that we saw throughout the selected sale last week.”
A colt by Authentic (Hip 407) set the bar early in the session when sold for $360,000 to MyRacehorse & RT Racing from the consignment of Winter Quarter Farm, agent (video). The dark bay or brown colt is out of the winning Street Sense mare Savvy Sassy, who has already produced two stakes-placed winners from three to race. Savvy Sassy is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Southdale and to the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Plainsman. Hip 407 was bred by Oak Bluff Stables & Christophe Clement.
Rounding out the session’s top five prices were:
- Hip 463, a filly by Munnings out of To the Moon Alice, sold for $340,000 to Preferred Equine, agent, from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent. The dark bay or brown filly is out of a winner-producing Malibu Moon half-sister to Grade 2 winner Unchained Melody. Hip 463 was bred by Old Tavern Farm.
- Hip 619, a filly by Munnings out of multiple stakes winner Freudie Anne, sold for $325,000 to Niall Brennan, agent for JR International Holdings, from the consignment of Hunter Valley Farm, agent. The bay filly is a full sister to a winner in Eddie the Great, from the immediate family of Grade 1 winner I Ain’t Bluffing. Hip 619 was bred by Fergus Galvin, Marc Detampel, Jayne Johnson, & Adrian Wallace.
- Hip 618, a Bernardini filly out stakes winner Fresco, sold for $320,000 to C. Clement from the consignment of Winter Quarter Farm, agent. The bay filly is the first foal out of a full sister to recent United Nations S. (G1) winner and millionaire Therapist, from the immediate family of Horse of the Year Dubai Millennium, Broodmare of the Year Fall Aspen, and champions Timber Country and Bianconi. Hip 618 was bred by Oak Bluff Stable.
“There were lots of really outstanding horses on the grounds,” added Browning. “It was a very good market, a very good sale, and (we’re) very pleased with the results.”
Overall, 217 yearlings changed for a sale record gross of $20,806,000, up 3.1% from the previous record set last year when 188 sold for $20,175,000. The average was $95,880 and the median $75,000, good for third- and second-highest in sale history, respectively.
Full results are available online.