Dean DeRenzo

With $3M Into Mischief Topper, Keeneland September Sizzles from Start to Finish Tuesday

by Jessica Martini & Christina Bossinakis LEXINGTON, KY - With the very first horse through the ring bringing $1.3 million, the second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale was off to the races Tuesday and the action didn't slow down throughout the day as the second-to-last offering brought $1.25 million. In between, 13 other yearlings sold for seven figures, including a colt by Into Mischief who brought top price of $3 million from the partnership of Chuck Sonson, West Point Thoroughbreds and Woodford. With eight million-dollar yearlings Monday, the...

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$4-Million Curlin–Beholder Colt Leads 'Magical Night' In Saratoga

by Jessica Martini & Christina Bossinakis SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale of Selected Yearlings, which looked to have a tough task to live up to its record-smashing 2022 renewal, proved more than equal to that task and, when a fast and frenetic session concluded Tuesday night, the auction had once again set high-water marks for gross and average and tied its record median. "We have experienced some magical nights in Saratoga in the past and you've heard me talk about the Saratoga magic, but we ain't seen...

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Arrogate, Catalina Cruiser Juveniles Earn Bullets in Timonium Thursday

TIMONIUM, MD - A filly by Arrogate (hip 552) and a colt by Catalina Cruiser (hip 568) set the fastest furlong and quarter-mile times, respectively, during the final session of the under-tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Thursday. Both juveniles were stabled in Barn A, with the filly consigned by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds and the colt in the L.G. consignment of longtime Hartley/DeRenzo employee Luis Garcia. Hip 552 became the sixth juvenile of the under-tack show to work a furlong in...

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Steady Results as $1.3-Million Into Mischief Colt Stars at OBS Finale

by Jessica Martini & Christina Bossinakis OCALA, FL - The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training completed its four-day run Friday with a  new record gross and average and a record-tying median in an auction which closely mirrored the 2022 renewal which set high-water marks for all of those metrics. Through four sessions, 698 horses grossed $90,805,000. A year ago, 705 horses grossed a record $90,723,000. The 2023 average of $129,907 was up fractionally from $128,685. The median remained unchanged at $65,000. "It was a great...

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Into Mischief Colt Brings $1.3M at OBS Friday

A colt by Into Mischief became the third seven-figure juvenile of the week when selling for $1.3 million early in Friday's final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. Randy Hartley and Dean DeRenzo signed for the colt, who was consigned by Wavertree Stables, on behalf of a new partnership of owners led by Miami music mogul Rich Mendez. Hip 967 is out of Singing Kitty (Minister WIld Cat) and  worked a furlong last week in a co-fastest :9 3/5. He was purchased by...

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$1.45-Million Arrogate Colt Leads The Way At OBS Spring Opener

by Jessica Martini & Christina Bossinakis OCALA, FL - The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training opened Tuesday with a session that produced figures nearly identical to the auction's 2022 opening session. "It was a good start to the sale," said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. "A lot of horses sold very well. And I'd like to think the strength will continue through the next three days. I feel pretty good about that. There are a lot of good horses left to sell." During Tuesday's...

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$1.2-Million Justify Colt Stars at Strong OBS March Opener

by Jessica Martini & Christina Bossinakis OCALA, FL - The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale opened its three-day run Monday with a session which gained strength throughout the day, ultimately ending with increases in both average and median over the first session of last year's two-day auction. During Monday's session, 131 horses sold for $20,192,500 for an average of $154,141--up 10.1% from a year ago--and a median of $90,000--up 16.1% from 2022. Without the inclusion of post-sales transactions, the buy-back rate was 32.1%, up from 18.6%...

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Justify Colt Brings Seven Figures at OBS

A colt by Triple Crown winner Justify (hip 215) brought a final bid of $1.2 million from WinStar Farm's Elliott Walden to jump to the head of the class during Monday's first session of the OBS March sale. The dark bay colt is out of graded-placed Zinzay (Smart Strike) and is a half-brother to Grade I-placed Moon Over Miami (Malibu Moon). He was consigned by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds. Randy Hartley and Dean DeRenzo purchased the colt for $250,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale. The consignment was also responsible for a...

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