Pretty City Dancer Leads Early Trade At Fasig-Tipton November Sale For $3.5 Million

The high-dollar energy of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Selected Mixed Sale wasted little time getting going when the broodmares came to the ring on Sunday evening, with Hip 122, the Grade 1 winner Pretty City Dancer, going to Stroud & Coleman Bloodstock, on behalf of the Godolphin operation, for $3.5 million.

The 4-year-old Tapit mare went through the ring pregnant for the first time, carrying a Medaglia d’Oro foal.

Pretty City Dancer won three of 11 starts during her on-track career for earnings of $286,344. Her resume is highlighted by wins in the G1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga, and the listed Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs. She raced for trainer Mark Casse and owner John Oxley, who initially bought the filly for $825,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

“You’re always going to have to pay plenty of money for something you really like, and I think she met the credentials that we liked,” said Anthony Stroud, who signed the ticket on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum’s Thoroughbred interests.

Pretty City Dancer is out of the unraced Carson City mare Pretty City, and she is a half-sister to G1 winner Lear’s Princess. She is from the family of G1 winner My Big Boy and G2 winner Oh So Snobbish.

Medaglia d’Oro stands at Godolphin’s Darley America location in Lexington, Ky., Stroud said the decision on where she would be sent for the 2019 breeding season would be made at a later time.

Taylor Made Sales Agency consigned Pretty City Dancer, as agent.

“I thought it was a really good price, but when you get a Grade 1-winning Tapit, in-foal to that kind of horse, it can bring anything,” said Taylor Made’s Duncan Taylor. “There was a lot of interest. Just looking at the comparables, we thought she would definitely bring $2.5 million, and what she would bring over that…She had everybody looking at her, all the right players.”

Best Buys Big In Weanling Portion

Larry Best of OXO Equine was a looming presence during the weanling portion of the Fasig-Tipton November sale, landing the top three most expensive offerings, led by a $600,000 half-brother to two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome.

Hip 109 is a Pioneerof the Nile colt out of the the winning Not For Love mare Love the Chase, who gained notoriety as the dam of the dual classic winner and multiple-time champion. Love the Chase was set to be offered later in the evening.

The extended page featured champion Cascapedia and G3 winner Tappahannock.

“It’s a bet on a Derby winner,” Best said. “It’s a good pedigree, but because all of this is so early with California Chrome, it’s a risky bet. The fact that the half (by Tapit) as a yearling brought $1.1 million gives you some confidence.”

Best considered the colt the highest-risk prospect of his weanling purchases on Sunday, but the potential reward made it worth taking a

“The horse didn’t show that well,” Best said. “It was a rough showing, but he just looks like a horse that has potential.

Bedouin Bloodstock consigned the colt, as agent.

Earlier in the session, Best bought Hip 28, a Medaglia d’Oro filly out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Special Me, making her a half to G2 winner Stonetastic and G2-placed Gift Box, for $500,000. Select Sales consigned the filly, as agent.

Best also landed Hip 22, a Quality Road colt out of the The Factor mare Skylar’s Pass, for $450,000. Bluewater Sales consigned that one, as agent.

“When you buy into weanlings, it’s an even higher risk, but you’re paying less than you do in the yearling sales,” Best said. “The prices at the yearling sales for the hot sires continue to explode. Last year, I bought two weanlings, and they’ve grown nicely. I’ve got them in my portfolio to race. Because those two worked out so far, I figured I’d come and take a higher-risk gamble on more weanlings and have more shots on goal, long-term. Anyone in horse racing knows you’ve got to be prepared for high risk – and a lot of fun – but you’ve got to be prepared for high risk.”

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Less than 24 hours after the final horses crossed the wire of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup card at Churchill Downs, the Thoroughbred industry’s focus turns down I-64 from Louisville to Lexington for the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Selected Mixed Sale.

This year’s catalog features 250 entries, a significant jump from last year’s 203-horse slate of offerings.

As usual, the Breeders’ Cup provided some key updates for the sale. Chief among them was Hip 153, Drumette, whose daughter Monomoy Girl impressed with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and all but locked down champion 3-year-old female honors. Drumette is offered in-foal to first-book stallion Mastery.

Hip 224, Metmeyer, a half-sister to Monomoy Girl by Drosselmeyer, is also on offer tonight, in foal to Frosted.

Diva Delite, Hip 183, also factored into the Distaff finish as the dam of third-place finisher Midnight Bisou. The broodmare sells in foal to Pioneerof the Nile.

Hip 160, A Raving Beauty, finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Other broodmares of note in the catalog include Hip 218, Love the Chase, the dam of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome (along with Hip 109, her weanling Pioneerof the Nile colt), and Hip 159, Appealing Zophie, the dam of Belmont Stakes winner Tapwrit.

Among the highlight racing and/or broodmare prospect offerings are Hip 168, Caledonia Road, last year’s champion 2-year-old filly; and Hip 200, European champion Lady Aurelia.

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