Fasig-Tipton November

Progeny of American-Sourced Mares Set to Shine at Gold Coast

The Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, one of Australia's two premier yearling sales, was to kick off Tuesday (Australian time) in Queensland, with the cream of the crop of those foals born in 2020. Buyers will relish the opportunity to get not only into some of Australia's pre-eminent female families, but also into some American bloodlines that have been sourced by a variety of bloodstock professionals at auction houses in this country. In today's TDN, we look at horses selling in the first two sessions. Horses being offered Thursday and...

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Notable US-Bred & -Sired Runners in Japan: Jan. 9 & 10, 2022

In this continuing series, we take a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners entered for the upcoming weekend at the tracks on the Japan Racing Association circuit, with a focus on pedigree and/or performance in the sales ring. Here are the horses of interest for this Sunday and Monday running at Chukyo and Nakayama Racecourses, with a pair of newly turned 3-year-old fillies taking a step up into Group 3 competition off maiden-breaking victories: Sunday, January 9, 2022 3rd-CKO, ¥9,900,000 ($86k), Maiden, 3yo, 1900m THE KING (JPN) (c, 3,...

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Stars Align at Fasig-Tipton November

by Jessica Martini, Brian DiDonato, and Christie DeBernardis LEXINGTON, KY - The Fasig-Tipton November Sale opened Tuesday afternoon with strong returns for its weanling offerings before exploding with frenetic bidding from an internationally diverse buying bench on a wide selection of superstar mares that ultimately produced a sales record gross of $103,699,000 for 149 head. That figure bested the auction's previous record of $89,473,000 which was set in 2018. The average of $695,966 was the second highest in sale history, falling short only of the 2008 average of $772,297, while...

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Champion Vequist Joins Spendthrift Band

The second Eclipse winner to be offered in the space of eight hips, Vequist (Nyquist--Vero Amore, by Mineshaft) fetched a final bid of $3.4 million from Spendthrift Farm as the Fasig-Tipton November Sale marched towards its conclusion. Consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent, as hip 253, the dark bay filly shipped up to Saratoga off a narrow debut second at Parx and romped to a 9 1/2-length victory in last year's GI Spinaway S. at Saratoga. Beaten by Dayoutoftheoffice in the GI Frizette S., Vequist turned the tables on the biggest...

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Shedaresthedevil Hammers for $5M to Whisper Hill at FTKNOV, Will Remain in Training

Multiple Grade I winner Shedaresthedevil (Daredevil) sparked an intense bidding war Tuesday night at Fasig-Tipton November before eventually hammering for $5 million to Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm. Several of her owners during her racing career will remain part of her ownership, however, and the bay will return to racing in 2022. Selling via Hunter Valley Farm, agent as hip 232, the 4-year-old bay captured a pair of Grade III stakes early in her 3-year-old season before upsetting champion Gamine (Into Mischief) in last September's GI Longines Kentucky Oaks. She...

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West Takes Home Moonshine Memories For $3.4M

'TDN Rising Star' Moonshine Memories (Malibu Moon--Unenchantedevening, by Unbridled's Song), pregnant to Into Mischief, fetched $3.4 million from West Bloodstock at Fasig-Tipton November as the hits just kept on coming rapid fire Tuesday evening. Consigned by Denali Stud as hip 211, the 6-year-old mare is a half-sister to SW & GSP Indian Evening (Indian Charlie) and is out of a half-sister to Horse of the Year Favorite Trick (Phone Trick). Raced by Bridlewood Farm, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor and trained by Simon Callaghan, Moonshine Memories raced...

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Guarana's Dam Magical World Sells For $5.2M at FTKNOV

Some 21 hips after her Grade I-winning daughter Guarana (Ghostzapper) was hammered down for a then sales-topping $4.4 million, Magical World (Distorted Humor--Pleasant Home, by Seeking the Gold) soared past that amount and then some, eventually achieving a final bid of $5.2 million during a white-hot renewal of the Fasig-Tipton 'Night of the Stars' Tuesday in Lexington. Whisper Hill Farm's Mandy Pope signed the winning ticket on the 11-year-old mare, who was consigned by Hill 'n' Dale, agent, to dissolve a partnership with Three Chimneys. Pope indicated that she would...

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Hard Not to Love To Gainesway/Whisper Hill

Hard Not to Love (Hard Spun--Loving Vindication, by Vindication), victorious in the 2019 GI La Brea S. at Santa Anita, was the latest mare to shine at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale Tuesday, selling to a partnership consisting of Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm and Gainesway for $3.2 million. The Ontario-bred, cataloged as hip 184, was consigned to the sale by Lane's End and is a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year Wonder Gadot (Medaglia d'Oro) and SW & GSP Solemn Tribute (Medaglia d'Oro). Her second dam is GSW/GISP Chimichurri...

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Guarana Takes The Lead at FTKNOV

'TDN Rising Star' Guarana (Ghostzapper--Magical World, by Distorted Humor) shot to the top of the heap at Fasig-Tipton November Tuesday evening, hammering for a whopping $4.4 million. Consigned as hip 182 by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency as agent to dissolve a partnership, the 5-year-old was offered in foal to the all-conquering Into Mischief and was hammered down to Hill 'n' Dale. Guarana earned no-brainer 'Rising Star' status with a 14 3/4-length debut stroll through the Keeneland slop and backed up the effort with a six-length defeat of GI Longines...

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Shadai Goes To $2.85M for Dayoutoftheoffice

Dayoutoftheoffice (Into Mischief--Gottahaveadream, by Indian Charlie), winner of the 2020 GI Frizette S. and runner-up in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, fetched a final bid of $2.85 million from Shadai Farm as the fireworks continued at the Newtown Paddocks Tuesday evening. The dark bay filly, cataloged as hip 156, is out of a half-sister to GISW Here Comes Ben, also hails from the female family of Grade I-winning half-brothers Albertus Maximus (Albert the Great) and Daredevil (More Than Ready). Raced by trainer Tim Hamm in partnership with Siena Farm...

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Brave Anna Gets Things Going at FTKNOV

Brave Anna (War Front--Liscanna {Ire}, by Sadler's Wells), winner of the 2016 G1 Cheveley Park S. and a full-sister to GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero and Spendthrift stallion Hit It a Bomb, was knocked down for $3-million to Masahiro Miki as the Fasig-Tipton November 'Night of the Stars' reached its midpoint early Tuesday evening. The bay mare, consigned as hip 146 by Ballysax Bloodstock, agent, and hails from the family of Grafton Street (War Front), runner-up in the GI Summer S. in September and a close fourth in Friday's...

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Ruby Lips, Dam of Lone Rock, Added to Fasig November

After an impressive weekend from two of her progeny, Ruby Lips (Hard Spun--It's a Ruby, by Rubiano), the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Lone Rock (Majestic Warrior) who won the GII Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance S. on the Breeders' Cup undercard in track-record time on Saturday, has been added to the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, according to the sales company. Yesterday's win pushed Lone Rock's earnings over $1 million. She is also the dam of the GI stakes-placed Gerrymander (Into Mischief), who won the Tempted S. at Belmont Friday. She sells...

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