Catalina Cruiser Filly Tops Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

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The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Sale, canceled last year due to the pandemic, returned to the Humphrey S. Pavilion Monday with a weanling filly from the first crop of multiple graded stakes winner Catalina Cruiser (Union Rags) (hip 215) bringing top price of $195,000. The filly, bred by Robert Chasanoff's Gentry Stable and consigned by Sequel New York, was purchased by Dean and Patti Reeves, in partnership with Steven Rocco.

“That's as balanced and as solid a looking filly as I've seen in a long time,” Dean Reeves said of the weanling. “She seems to be pretty special. We can just imagine what she'll look like as a 2-year-old when we get her back up here to New York to run.”

The sale-topper is out of stakes winner Catcha Rising Star (Red Giant), who was purchased by Chasanoff for $85,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November sale.

The Reeveses also purchased the weanling's half-sister by Liam's Map for $260,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred Yearling Sale in August.

“We really like that mare,” Reeves said. “We are excited to have this family, we think it's going to be a pretty solid family.”

Catcha Rising Star, in foal to Honest Mischief, also sold Monday. She was acquired by Thorndale Farm for $53,000.

The Reeveses will be heading to the Breeders' Cup with another graduate of the Saratoga Fall Sale. The couple purchased Dakota Gold (Freud) for $83,000 at the auction's 2019 renewal. The juvenile is now two-for-two and punched his ticket to championship weekend with a win in the Nownownow S. at Monmouth Park Sept. 26.

“I think it's a great value sale and I think when you look at it, the really superlative horses stand out,” Reeves said. “I have found that that translates into a nice runner and you get a really great bang for your buck. We are up here in the summers and we like racing in the New York program and having these runners. Then sometimes you get one like Dakota Gold that steps outside of the New York-bred program that shows he's got some talent and here we are with him in the Breeders' Cup.”

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing purchased four weanlings at the Fall sale Monday. In addition to the sale topper, the operation also acquired a colt by Freud (hip 256) for $100,000, a colt by Malibu Moon (hip 159) for $95,000 and a filly by Mucho Macho Man (hip 92) for $40,000.

“I have to give a lot of credit to Jimmy Gladwell who helped me look at these horses,” Reeves said. “He's got a great eye. He's been up here helping Patti and me look at the horses and talked about what we need in the stable to try to be competitive in the next couple of years.”

The weanling purchases weren't the only successes for the Reeveses in upstate New York Monday. The couple was represented by Senbei (Candy Ride {Arg}), impressive winner of the New York Breeders' Futurity at Finger Lakes.

“I love him,” Reeves, who watched the race between bidding in the upstairs lounge in the sales pavilion, said of the two-time stakes winning juvenile. “He's just a really competitive young horse.”

The sale-topper was one of seven weanlings to bring six figures at the Fall sale. Vinnie Viola's St Elias Stables purchased three of those seven lots, led by a colt by Kantharos (hip 199) who sold for $120,000 and a pair of colts by the operation's GI Breeders' Cup Classic winner Vino Rosso (hip 292 and hip 214) who each sold for $100,000. St Elias also purchased a filly by Connect (hip 185) for $95,000.

The 5-year-old Nice Smile (Smiling Tiger), in foal to multiple Grade I winner Vekoma, was the auction's top-priced mare when selling for $70,000 to Goose Wickes.

In all, 163 head sold for $3,657,800 for an average of $22,440 and a median of $10,000. With 69 horses reported not sold, the buy-back rate was 29.7%.

“As usual, it's a competitive market for those horses who are pretty good standouts,” Reeves said of the market in Saratoga Monday.

During the 2019 Fall sale, 134 lots grossed $3,384,700 for an average of $25,259 and a median of $15,000. The buy-back rate was 38% and six horses sold for six figures.

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