Fasig-Tipton Saratoga

Sunday's Racing Insights: F-T Saratoga Co-Topper Debuts at Belmont

5th-BEL, $90K, Msw, 3yo/up, 1 1/16mT, 2:43 p.m. ET CONQUER THE WORLD (Curlin), the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga $1.5-million co-topper, gets his career going on the lawn here. He is the first foal out of Wapi (Chi) (Scat Daddy), the 2016 champion 3-year-old filly in her native country. She brought $1.05 million from co-breeders Don Alberto Corp. and Three Chimneys Farm carrying Conquer the World at the 2017 KEENOV sale. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Conquer the World, drawn on the rail, is owned in partnership by Let's Go Stable, Aquis Farm,...

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Lynn Hancock Builds Upon Family Success at Saratoga

   Lynn Hancock breezed through the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds early Tuesday morning last week, heading for Barn 1 wearing a baseball cap and a smile. After a long stretch of days running a successful consignment at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale, Stone Farm's Director of Racing and Sales had enjoyed a night of celebration when her consignment sold the highest-priced yearling of the auction's first session. "I didn't want to get out of bed this morning, but the horses needed fed," she said with a grin, nodding toward the...

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Taking Stock: Postcard from the Spa

The contrast between NYRA's Saratoga and the Churchill Downs, Inc.-owned Arlington couldn't be greater. While the latter died an ignominious death over the weekend, punctuated by Arlington president Tony Petrillo outrageously booting deadline photographers and writers, including this publication's Alan Carasso, from the press box 90 minutes after the completion of the race formerly known as the Gl Arlington Million, Saratoga--or the Spa, as it's known--is flourishing under solid management. The upstate New York track has been welcoming fans at full capacity since it opened for the season after the...

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Into Mischief Colt on Top at Saratoga

A colt by leading sire Into Mischief sparked a spirited bidding war Tuesday night at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga, with Coolmore's MV Magnier eventually coming out on top with a winning bid of $2.6 million. Hip 168 was consigned by Gainesway, Agent XIX and is the second foal out of Paola Queen (Flatter), winner of the 2016 GI Test S. at the Spa. Don Alberto Corp. paid $1.7 million for Paola Queen at the 2017 Keeneland November sale.

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Lively Bidding As Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Returns

By Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis The 100th anniversary of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale, delayed a year due to the global pandemic, kicked off with a lively session of trade at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion Monday evening. "It was a very solid opening session of the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. "It was certainly a very healthy market. It was very similar and reminiscent of the 2019 marketplace. Overall, we are off to a very good start." A colt by Uncle Mo brought...

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Uncle Mo Son of Dame Dorothy Brings Big Money from Lows

Agent Jacob West, acting on behalf of Robert and Lawana Low, saw off all challengers to take home an Uncle Mo colt out of GISW Dame Dorothy (Bernardini)--a half to the Lows' GSW 'TDN Rising Star' Spice is Nice (Curlin)--during Monday evening's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. When the dust had settled, the price tag was $1.6 million. The May 2 colt was consigned by Stone Farm as hip 73 on behalf of breeder Bobby Flay. Flay also bred and still co-campaigns the 2019 Saratoga sale co-topper and GSW First Captain (Curlin).

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Tapit Filly on Top Midway Through Fasig Session

A Tapit filly from the deep female family of A.P. Indy, et al. gave the million-dollar mark a scare midway through the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale Monday night when she brought $990,000 from West Point Thoroughbreds, Scarlet Oak Racing and John Ballantyne. Consigned by Denali Stud, Agent VIII as hip 61 on behalf of WinStar Farm and Winchell Thoroughbreds, the Mar. 28 foal is half to unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' Carribean Caper (Speightstown). West Point and partners bought the $1.5-million co-topping First Captain (Curlin) here two years ago. The 'Rising Star'...

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City of Light Ready to Shine in Saratoga with First Yearlings

First-crop yearling sire City of Light (Quality Road - Paris Notion, by Dehere) was a physical standout long before he joined the Lane's End stallion roster. In 2015, the son of Quality Road bred by Ann Marie Farm topped the sixth session of the Keeneland September Sale by a landslide when he sold for $710,000 to Mark Reid of Walnut Green. It was the largest ticket price for a Keeneland Book 3 horse since 2007. Allaire Ryan recalls watching City of Light develop at Lane's End Farm in the days...

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Champions Talk RSVP Deadline July 9

Champions Talk, a fundraiser for the NY Race Track Chaplaincy, is scheduled to be held July 19 at 3 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion in Saratoga Springs. The RSVP deadline has been extended to July 9. A limited number of seats are available for the round-table discussion featuring five champion jockeys--Chris McCarron, Jorge Velasquez, Richard Migliore, Laffite Pincay Jr. and Angel Cordero Jr. The event, which will be followed by a cocktail reception, will be moderated by Tom Durkin. Each attendee will receive a free limited edition autographed bobblehead of...

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Saturday Insights: Expensive OBS March Grads Square Off

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 2nd-SA, $61K, Msw, 2yo, f, 5f, post time: 4:35 p.m. ET A pair of stablemates acquired about three hours apart at this year's OBS March Sale face off Saturday at Santa Anita. EDA (Munnings), bred by one of the sire's most fervent supporters Nate McCauley, was knocked down for $240K as a Keeneland September yearling last fall and was snapped up by Susan and Charles Chu's Baoma Corp. for $550K in Ocala after breezing an eighth of a mile in :10 flat. The Apr. 5...

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Seven-Figure Tapit Colt Soars to Rising Stardom at Santa Anita
Seven-Figure Tapit Colt Soars to Rising Stardom at Santa Anita

Hronis Racing, Siena Farm, Summer Wind Equine, West Point Thoroughbreds and Woodford Racing's Flightline (Tapit) turned in one of the more impressive debut performances in recent memory Saturday at Santa Anita to stamp himself as a no brainer 'TDN Rising Star'. Pounded down to 4-5 favoritism into the face of two Bob Baffert firsters, a $650,000 Simon Callaghan trainee and a MyRacehorse runner, the John Sadler pupil and $1-million Fasig-Tipton Saratoga grad broke perhaps a half-step slowly but quickly rushed up through horses to set a pressured pace from the...

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Kateri Proving a 'Souper' Purchase for Newtown Anner

In his early days in the Thoroughbred business, Hanzly Albina served the Foustok family's Buckram Oak Farm as assistant farm manager and later managed Four Roses Thoroughbreds for the same operation. "As a young person in the business, you don't get to do a lot, but you get to study a lot," Albina recollects. The horseman is now applying that and other knowledge he's acquired over the years as an advisor to Maurice and Samantha Regan's Newtown Anner Stud, the breeders of 'TDN Rising Star' and GII Rachel Alexandra S....

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