Uncle Mo Filly Tops Outstanding First Session of New York Bred Yearlings
The New York Bred Yearlings sale returned to action Sunday night at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, New York after a pandemic-related hiatus in 2020. The opening session of the two-day sale saw across-the-board increases over the 2019 edition, the sale's most recent renewal.
A daughter of Uncle Mo topped the session when sold for $495,000 to Dream Maker Racing (video). The bay filly was offered as Hip 341 by Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency, agent, and was bred in New York by Mia Gallo, Mary Kopley, Michael Newton, and Elizabeth Weese. The session topper is out of the winning Distorted Humor mare Averymerrymoment, whose first six foals to race are all winners, including stakes placed Satisfy (Candy Ride-ARG) and Dream Maker Racing's winning three-year-old of this year Big Bobby (Shanghai Bobby).
"It was an outstanding opening night for the 2021 New York Bred sale," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. "It was a really strong marketplace and a diverse group of buyers that participated."
The second-highest price was paid for a first-crop filly by champion Accelerate, purchased for $335,000 by David Ingordo (video). The bay filly was offered as Hip 385 by St George Sales, agent, and was bred in New York by EKQ Stables Corp. Hip 385 is out of the winning Bernardini mare Delay of Game, whose first foal Spa Ready (Street Sense) was a maiden winner at two last year at Belmont. The filly hails from the immediate family of champion Johannesburg and millionaire Stanford.
Rounding out the session's top five were:
- Hip 314, a filly by first-crop sire Army Mule out of Whispering Angel, sold for $300,000 to Maverick Racing & Siena Farm from the consignment of Summerfield, agent. The filly was bred in New York by Windylea Farm and is a half-sister to Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Wells Bayou (Lookin At Lucky)
- Hip 330, a colt by current leading sire Into Mischief out of stakes winner Akilina, sold for $300,000 to Breeze Easy LLC, Tom McGreevy, agent from the consignment of Winter Quarter Farm. The colt was bred in New York by Oak Bluff Stables and is a half-brother to Grade 1 placed stakes winner Rieno Tesoro (Speightstown) and multiple Grade 2 placed stakes winner Governor Malibu (Malibu Moon)
- Hip 364, a filly by Liam's Map out of stakes winner Catcha Rising Star, sold for $260,000 to Joseph Migliore, agent from the consignment of Mill Ridge Sales, agent. The filly was bred in New York by Robert Chasanoff and hails from the immediate family of Grade 2 winners Ten Below and Fortnightly.
"It was a really encouraging start," Browning added. "We're looking forward to picking up the momentum [tomorrow]."
Over the course of the evening, 62 yearlings sold for a $6,497,500, up 8.8% from the first session of 2019 (the last time this sale was held), when 66 yearlings sold for $5,972,500. The average for Sunday's session was $104,798, up 15.8% from $90,492 in 2019. The median was $80,000, up 6.7% from $75,000 in 2019.
The New York Bred Yearlings sale continues Monday at 12PM. First session results are available online.