Authentic Filly Leads the Way at The July Sale
The North American yearling sales season kicked off Tuesday with The July Sale, held at Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Kentucky.
A filly from the first crop of Horse of the Year Authentic topped the sale when sold for $475,000 to Alex and JoAnn Lieblong (video). Consigned as Hip 174 by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Spendthrift Farm, the bay filly is a half-sister to two winners out of the winning Rock Hard Ten mare Scent of Summer. That mare is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Paradise Woods and stakes winner Forest Chatter. The immediate family includes champion Street Sense and Grade 1 winners Mona de Momma and Vekoma.
The next horse into the ring, a colt by champion Good Magic, became the sale’s top-priced colt when sold for $370,000 to Boardshorts Stables (video). The chestnut colt by the sire of this year’s Kentucky Derby (G1) winner was consigned as Hip 175 by Blandford Stud (Padraig Campion), agent. Hip 175 is the first foal out of the winning Carpe Diem mare Scolding, a half-sister to graded stakes placed stakes winner Freedom Flyer and to stakes producer Recoupe.
“I thought we had a very solid start to the 2023 yearling marketplace,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “There (was) plenty of money for a lot of horses.”
Rounding out the sale’s top five prices were:
- A colt by Good Magic (Hip 276) out Bola de Cristal (IRE) sold for $330,000 to Wesley Ward from the consignment of Cara Bloodstock, agent for Saintsbury Farms (Jay & Christine Hayden). Out of Galileo mare, the bay colt hails from the immediate family of Group 1 winners Crystal Music, State Crystal, and Zelzal (FR). Hip 276 was bred in Ontario by Saintsbury Farms.
- A colt by Blame (Hip 289) out of Barbara Gordon sold for $310,000 to Kenneth McPeek, agent, from the consignment of Gainesway, agent. The bay colt is the first foal out of a Commissioner mare from the immediate family of champion Basqueian and Grade 1 winner Karelian. Hip 276 was bred in Kentucky by Green Lantern Stables.
- A colt by Not This Time (Hip 312) out of Embur’s Zip sold for $300,000 to Pin Oak Stud from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent for Bridlewood Farm. The chestnut colt is the second foal out of a City Zip daughter of champion Embur’s Song and hails from the immediate family of multiple Grade 1 winner Exaggerator. Hip 312 was bred in Florida by Bridlewood Farm.
“All in all, I thought it was a fair market. I don’t think there were any great surprises,” continued Browning. “I think it was overall encouraging.”
Overall, 206 yearlings changed hands for $20,425,000, good for an average of $99,150. The median was $77,000.
Full results are available online.