Practical Joke Weanlings Lead Way at Saratoga Fall Sale

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Practical Joke | Sarah Andrew

A weanling colt from the first crop of three-time Grade I winner Practical Joke (Into Mischief) led the way bringing $160,000 from Steve Weston at Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton Fall Mixed Sale.

Produced by the Running Stag mare Singing Doe, the New York-bred was consigned by RFHF Bloodstock LLC, agent, as Hip 238. The Feb. 12 foal, bred by by Hidden Lake Farm, 3C Thoroughbreds, West Point Thoroughbreds, et al, is a half-brother to Pain and Misery (Bob and John), SW & MGSP, $554,256.

A weanling New York-bred filly, also by Practical Joke, was the second-highest priced offering on the day, commanding a $150,000 bid from Exclusive Equine Investments. Hip 260, consigned by her breeder The New Hill Farm LLC, is out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Unicorn Kid. She is a half-sister to stakes winners Pure Lemon (Eskendereya) and Crafty Unicorn (Friends Lake).

Offspring of young sires were popular, with seven of the top 10 weanlings sold sired by stallions whose first crops are weanlings or yearlings.

Spa Treatment (Bernardini), in foal to Maclean’s Music, was the highest-priced broodmare to switch hands at the sale, bringing $140,000 from Gabriel Duignan’s Springhouse Farm. The winning Chester and Mary Broman homebred was consigned by Sequel New York as Hip 59. Produced by the stakes winning and Grade I-placed Silver Deputy mare Silver Knockers, she is a half-sister to the stakes winner Manipulated (Malibu Moon).

Overall, 134 horses changed hands for a total of $3,384,700, up slightly from last year’s gross of $3,381,200. The average and median were $25,259 and $15,000, respectively. Six horses sold for six figures or more, while 20 equaled or exceeded the $50,000 mark.

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