Girl Talk Tops Solid Renewal of Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale

The Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale ended Tuesday with gains across the board over last year’s edition and a decreased RNA rate. The sale was bolstered by 24 six-figure offerings, including yearlings, broodmares, and racing/broodmare prospects alike.

Girl Talk (Hip 574), a five-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, topped the session and the sale when sold for $310,000 to Rock Ridge Thoroughbreds as the last hip through the ring late Tuesday afternoon. The stakes placed winning daughter of Grade 2 winner One Caroline was offered as a racing and/or broodmare prospect by Denali Stud, agent for Ramona Bass LLC and Cheyenne Stables LLC.

“You can really sell a good horse right now,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “There’s a lot of demand and the one thing that continues to be encouraging at the upper end of the marketplace is the number of bidders on both the foals and the mares.”

Also selling well on the day was Tricky One (Hip 498), a four-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song. Offered as a broodmare prospect by Gainesway, that filly fetched $275,000 from buyer International Equities Holding. Tricky One is a winning daughter out of the stakes winning Pulpit mare Simplify and a half-sister to stakes winner Simple Surprise.

A Tiznow colt (Hip 419) topped the yearlings on offer when sold for $260,000 to Jack Johnston.  Offered by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services, agent for C & S, Hip 419 is a half-brother to three winners, including two stakes horses, from the immediate family of Grade 1 winning millionaire Star Standard.

A yearling son of Into Mischief (Hip 368) from the immediate family of champion Cozzene also came in over the bicentennial mark, selling for $220,000 to De Meric Stables, agent from the consignment of Stuart Morris, agent.

Browning noted that outstanding conformation came at a “significant premium” during the two-day sale, regardless of whether the horse on offer was a yearling, broodmare, or racing/broodmare prospect.

Overall, 364 horses sold for a gross of $10,436,800, up 9.8% from last year’s total. The average was $28,673, a 5.9% increase from 2017, while the median was up 16.7% to $10,500. The RNA rate fell 2.8% to 22.7%.

Full results are available online.