Terranova Lands Constitution Colt For $340,000 At Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearling Sale

Constitution has gotten off to an electric start with his first crop of juveniles, and that positive momentum carried into the auction ring on Sunday when trainer John Terranova, acting as agent, bought a colt by the WinStar Farm resident for $340,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearlings Sale.

The bay colt is out of the winning Arch mare Akris Queen, whose first foal to race is a winner. Bred in New York by Newtown Anner Stud, the extended family includes European champion Hold That Tiger, Belmont Stakes winner Editor’s Note, and G3 winners Indescribable and Micromanage.

“We looked at him and thought he was the best horse in the sale,” Terranova said. “Obviously, Constitution, we’ve seen him getting off to a hot start as a 2-year-old. He’s had some versatile runners we’ve seen on the track already, but he fit all the parts.”

It was a return to familiar territory for Terranova, who conditioned Akris Queen for Newtown Anner Stud. She broke her maiden going a mile and a sixteenth on the turf at Suffolk Downs, then tested the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct before spending the balance of her career in allowance competition in the northeast and Kentucky.

“She’s got a big pedigree, and was a nice, sound filly,” the trainer said. “It’s nice to see her throwing a good-looking colt like that.”

Constitution, an 8-year-old son of Tapit, is currently North America’s leading freshman sire by earnings, with $537,387 from 17 starters and seven winners. He already has a pair of graded stakes winners to his credit in Amalfi Sunrise, winner of the G2 Sorrento Stakes, and By Your Side, winner of the G3 Sanford Stakes.

Hanzly Albina of consignor Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services said the burst of sire power helped boost interest on a colt that already brought plenty to the table in terms of page and physical.

“He couldn’t get in his stall,” Albina said. “People were lined up to see him, the vets were coming all day long, but he was still very cool and did his thing. He had a lot of class about him, and I think that shined through. People were coming over and over again and seeing the same horse. That’s hard to do when you’re walking for 10 hours a day. I’m glad he’s ending up in very good hands, and we know John’s going to do really well with him.”

Business has been historically good for Saratoga’s two major yearling sales over the past few years, but the one growing by the biggest leaps and bounds has been the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearlings Sale.

The North American industry’s biggest state-bred auction has repeatedly raised the bar in terms of both monetary returns and all-time high-priced offerings over the past few renewals, and judging by the high level of the catalog pages, and the high level of traffic on the grounds, this year’s sale is in a good position to meet or exceed those standards.

Tonight’s session is a somewhat abbreviated one, with 119 of the 330 cataloged entries on offer this evening. The rest will go through the ring on Monday, with a noon start time.

For the purpose of bar-setting, last year’s two-day auction finished with 172 horses sold for record revenues of $18,492,000, up 14 percent from the previous high mark set in 2017 of $16,214,000 from 182 horses sold. The average sale price hit an all-time high of $107,512, rising 21 percent from a record $89,088 set in 2017, while the median finished at a record $76,000.

Here are some hips to watch during this evening’s session…

Hip 305, Chestnut filly by Palace Malice x Tartan Lady, by Malibu Moon, consigned by South Point Sales Agency, agent.

The dam is a half-sister to G2 winner Queenie Belle, who is herself the dam of G1 winner Unrivaled Belle and the granddam of champion Unique Bella.

Hip 309, Dark bay or brown colt by Freud x Tiffany Twisted, by Thunder Gulch, consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent.

Multiple stakes winner Twisted Tom is a half-brother to this colt.

Hip 318, Bay colt by Goldencents x Turducken, by Maria’s Mon, consigned by Seth Gregory Bloodstock, agent.

Two-time Panamanian champion Uxia P. is a half-sister to this colt, from the family of Canadian champion Are You Kidding Me.

Hip 323, Chestnut filly by Stormy Atlantic x Vision in Red, by Mr. Greeley, consigned by Summerfield, agent.

The first foal to race out of Vision in Red is stakes-placed Dalliance.

Hip 330, Bay colt by Will Take Charge x Whichwaydidshego, by Storm Cat, consigned by Sequel New York, agent for Chester & Mary Broman.

The dam’s five winners from seven runners include stakes winners Haul Anchor, Mark My Way, and Hard to Stay Notgo.

Hip 335, Chestnut colt by Nyquist x Yanquee Reign, by Yankee Victor, consigned by Fort Christopher’s Thoroughbreds, agent for Kingsport Farm.

From the first crop of champion Nyquist, this colt is a half-brother to G1 winner Melatonin.

Hip 341, Chestnut colt by Malibu Moon x Akilina, by Langfuhr, consigned by Winter Quarter Farm, agent for Oak Bluff Stable.

Akilina’s runners include Japanese G1-placed stakes winner Rieno Tesoro and U.S. G2-placed stakes winner Governor Malibu. The latter is a full-brother to this colt.

Hip 365, Chestnut colt by Speightster x Blitz and Glamour, by Awesome Again, consigned by St George Sales, agent.

The first foal out of a full sister to champion sprinter Judy the Beauty.

Hip 369, Bay colt by Frosted x Boston Lady by Boston Harbor, consigned by Fort Christopher’s Thoroughbreds, agent for Kingsport Farm.

A half-brother to G1-placed stallion Normandy Invasion, as well as winner Princess Ash, who is the dam of G2 winner Quip.

Hip 373, Bay colt by Central Banker x Bullish Sentiment, by Stormy Atlantic, consigned by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds.

The first foal to race out of Bullish Sentiment is the multiple stakes winner Sassy Agnes, also by Central Banker.

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