Speedway Stable Lands $325,000 American Pharoah Filly

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The American Pharoah filly consigned as Hip 451 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale
The American Pharoah filly consigned as Hip 451 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

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Speedway Stable Lands $325,000 American Pharoah Filly

Juvenile was consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent for Midway Gallop

Bloodstock agent Marette Farrell was more than pleased to sign the winning ticket on an American Pharoah  filly (Hip 451) for $325,000 June 30 during the final session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

Purchased on behalf of Speedway Stable, the dark bay or brown daughter of the Ashford Stud stallion had been one of the more popular juveniles at the barn of Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables, who consigned the filly on behalf of Midway Gallop. The filly worked a quarter-mile in :22 during the under tack show.

“I’m very pleased,” said Elser. “She’d gotten a lot of play, and she deserved it.”

Bred in New York by Pine Ridge Stables, the filly is out of Choice Pearl (by Any Given Saturday). Her second dam is stakes winner Horns Gray, dam of Spinaway Stakes (G1) winner Awesome Humor and granddam of Forego Stakes (G1) winner Emcee, group 2 winner Surfer, and stakes winner Spring Party.

Horns Gray is also the granddam of group 3-placed Baffled, the dam of grade 1 winner and leading second-crop sire Constitution  as well as grade 2 winner Boynton and grade 3 winner Jacaranda.

“She’s by American Pharoah, who is an up-and-coming sire, and she’s from a fabulous family—Constitution’s family,” said Farrell. “She’s a big filly, and I think she has a big future in front of her. She just needs a little time, but we’re excited to get her.”

As a buyer shopping the Midlantic market in the midst of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Farrell said she’d been pleased to see competition at every level even if it meant she had to spend a little more.

“It’s really strong here,” said Farrell. “I read all the reports, and I think I’m in a different world because I’m out there trying to buy them and it’s really tough. But I think it’s wonderful for the consignors, and it gets everyone’s heads up.

“It’s been an amazing sale from the top to the bottom. Any good horse at every level all the way down to the lower prices have found people excited to get them and who have had to fight to get them. We’re always hoping to pay a little less but hopefully it will be a good thing down the road.”

Elser, too, said he was pleased with how the market had played across the two-day auction.

“I think there are no real surprises and the top has stayed strong. There is more of a middle here than there has been so I think that is a good sign for everybody.”

Sackatoga Strikes for Tonalist Filly

Sackatoga Stable, on the Triple Crown trail again with GI Belmont S. winner Tiz the Law (Constitution), purchased a filly by Tonalist for $290,000 early in Monday’ sfirst session of the Midlantic sale. The juvenile (hip 27) was consigned by Kirkwood Stables and, like the Belmont winner and Sackatoga’s 2003 GI Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, is a New York-bred. A[Sackatoga operating manager] Jack Knowlton just uses New York-breds. That’s all he does,” said trainer Barclay Tagg. The filly is out of Holiday Apple (Harlan’s Holiday), a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Lady Apple (Curlin). She worked a quarter-mile during last week’s under-tack preview in :22 1/5.

“She’s a very attractive filly,” Tagg said. “I liked everything about her when I went over and watched her here for a couple of days. We didn’t want to spend that much money, but I think she’ll be worth it.”

Asked if Tizthe Law=s exploits made the partnership more likely to bid higher than they might normally do, Tagg smiled and said, “Maybe he gave them a little more money.” Of the Belmont winner, Tagg added, “He’s doing well, very well. He came out of his last race great and we’re very pleased with him.”

Kirkwood Ready for Resumption of Juvenile Auctions

Courtesy of the BloodHorse Kip Elser of Kirkwood Stables at the Midlantic Sale
Kip Elser of Kirkwood Stables at the Midlantic Sale

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South Carolina-based pinhooker looking forward to his first auction of 2020.

South Carolina-based horseman Kip Elser is looking forward to finally having the opportunity to offer horses to the public at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale that gets underway June 29 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

Elser, who operates the Kirkwood Stables sales and training entity, has yet to send any of his juveniles to auction during a sales season disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kirkwood’s business model evolves around buying a select group of yearlings to be sold the following year at The Gulfstream Sale, Fasig-Tipton’s selected 2-year-olds in training sale at Gulfstream Park, and the Midlantic sale.

The April 1 Gulfstream sale was canceled this year, and the Midlantic sale originally scheduled for mid-May was pushed back on the calendar in an unprecedented year.

As a result, the Kirkwood offerings at Midlantic consist of a mix of horses that were originally targeted for the sale and those that were meant to sell in April.

“Eight of them were slated for the Gulfstream sale, and we had quite a few late developers and some eligible for state-bred programs that were always pointed to this sale,” he said. “With the addition of the Gulfstream sale horses, this is about double the size of what we normally have.”

Elser believes it would have been unsafe to try to conduct the Midlantic sale any earlier and that Fasig-Tipton is making all the right moves by providing a clean and safe environment for the auction, as well as setting up mechanisms for buyers to place bids via phone or through its newly established online portal. In addition, Fasig-Tipton has implemented various online means for which buyers and their agents can view videos and repository information of the horses cataloged.

“The company has made a huge effort,” Elser said. “They are working more with phone and online bidding, and we’re doing more with video and other forms of communications. It’s a different world.”

Though he has some concerns about what the market will look like, Elser believes the extra time has been beneficial, along with other positive factors such as the reliability of the Timonium track and the location of the fairgrounds to a critical mass of trainers.

“I’m worried about who wants to buy horses in this situation,” Elser said. “I think there are a lot of positives here. It’s a safe dirt surface. There are more tracks open now than there were two weeks ago. There are quite a few horsemen who can make a day trip coming here to look at horses, bid on horses, and do their work without having to fly here or stay in a hotel.”

Elser said the March and June sales conducted by Ocala Breeders’ Sales could provide a window into what might happen this week.

“The top of the market has shown to be relatively stable in the other sales, and I think we’re going to see a little firming of the middle market,” he said.

While the Kirkwood horses scheduled to sell at Gulfstream would have just galloped in their presale workouts had the South Florida sale taken place, the horses are farther along in their development now and had timed workouts of a quarter-mile during the under tack show that preceded the Midlantic Sale.

“It’s a natural progression,” Elser said of the horses’ progress to date and potential for improvement. “They all worked great. We’re hoping these last three days weren’t their best days. This is not the high point in their careers.”

One Kirkwood horse that should attract a lot of attention is Hip 52, a Tapit  colt that is a full brother to three stakes-placed runners, including grade 3-placed Taxable, and a half brother to another stakes-placed horse.

Hip 52, 2020 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2 Y-O-in Training Sale
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The Tapit colt consigned as Hip 52 at the Midlantic Sale

“He is at the top of the group anywhere he goes,” Elser said of the colt bred in Kentucky by Winchell Thoroughbreds that breezed a quarter-mile in :22 during the under tack show.

“He had a tremendous gallop out, which is what you expect from a horse like that,” Elser said.

The colt, produced from the winning Giant’s Causeway mare Jackpot Joanie, a half sister to 2005 Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Summerly, was originally purchased for $200,000 from Gainesway last year at Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky October Yearlings Sale.

Kirkwood said his consignment is filly-heavy, with two in particular that should stand out.

Hip 451 is a daughter of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah  produced from the Any Given Saturday mare Choice Pearl, a half sister to grade 1 winner Awesome Humor and to the dam of grade 1 winner Emcee and group 2 winner Surfer. The filly bred in New York by Pine Ridge Stables was acquired from Paramount Sales for $75,000 at the Fasig-Tipton yearling sale in October.

The other exciting filly prospect for Kirkwood is Hip 168, a daughter of Hard Spun  bought from Lane’s End, agent, for $40,000 at last year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The filly bred in Kentucky by G. Watts Humphrey Jr., Susan Keller, Victoria Oliver, and G. Watts Humphrey III is from the immediate female family of multiple grade 1 winner Clear Mandate, the dam of grade 1 winner and sire Strong Mandate  and grade 3 winner Newfoundland. Her third dam is grade 1 winner Dream Deal, who is a half sister to Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Creme Fraiche.

SHE’S MY TYPE (FR) 2nd in the LADY SHIPMAN S at Belmont

Earlier this year, SHE’S MY TYPE (FR)(Dunkerque (Fr) won the GINGER BREW S. at Gulfstream for owner Ghislaine Head. She was bred by the Heads at Haras Du Quesnay (FR) and is trained appropriately by Christophe Clement.
Lifetime Record: 5-2-1-1, $112,580

She’s My Type graduated on debut at Gulfstream and added Lasix for this step up to black-type company in the Ginger Brew. Since then she has been on the board in the Sweetest Chant Stakes (Gr. 3) and 3rd in the Sanibel Island S.

Today she chased 3 or 4 wide and came on to garner the place in the Lady Shipman Stakes . They went the 6 furlongs on the turf in 107 and change.


JEFFNJOHN’STHUNDR makes it 2 in a row

JEFFNJOHN’STHUNDR (Union Rags)  broke his maiden at Golden Gate racing 6 furlongs and winning by 2 1/2 lengths after hitting the board on all prior starts. Today he made it 2 in a row circling the field to win a 1x at Golden Gate. The 3 year old  was consigned and sold by Kirkwood at FT Timonium for $170,000 to his current owner Del Secco DCS Racing. He is trained by Jeff Bonde.

YLIKEDIS graduates at Laurel

2nd last out, YLIKEDIS (Street Sense) broke her maiden with panache at Laurel going  1 1/16 on the turf. She tracked on the rail until allowed to angle out and clear the field for the win.  The 3 year old filly was a member of the Gulfstream Gallop contingent. She was purchased for $65,000 and resold for $170,000. She is owned by Kingsport Farm and trained by Kelly Rubley.

Stallion Spotlight: Spendthrift Farm’s Mark Toothaker On Coal Front

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Coal Front wins the Amsterdam Stakes
Kirkwood Stables is proud of our part in preparing this horse for his racing career.

Stallion Spotlight offers stud farm representatives a chance to address breeders and answer questions as they finalize their mating decisions for the 2020 breeding season.

In this edition, Spendthrift Farm stallion sales manager Mark Toothaker talks about Coal Front, a five-time graded/group stakes winner who entered stud this year.

Coal Front
Dk. b. or br. h., 2014, Stay Thirsty x Miner’s Secret, by Mineshaft
Race Record: 13-8-0-1; $1,825,280
Notable Wins: G2 Godolphin Mile, G2 Amsterdam Stakes, G3 Razorback Handicap, G3 Mr. Prospector Stakes, G3 Gallant Bob Stakes, Parx Dirt Mile Stakes
Advertised Fee: $5,000 S&N; $7,500 Share the Upside

1) What is Coal Front’s strongest selling point as a stallion?

Toothaker: He is a stunning physical who won graded stakes all over the globe: Dubai, Gulfstream, Saratoga, Parx, and Oaklawn, against tremendous competition.

2) If I’ve got a mare that needs help from the stallion on a physical characteristic, what Coal Front best contribute to the equation?

Toothaker: Coal Front is very correct and has a great body, he would be the perfect fit for a mare needing some substance, hip, or just needs to be prettied up.

3) What parts of the Stay Thirsty/Bernardini line come through in Coal Front’s physical? What comes through on the bottom side of the page?

Toothaker: Coal Front is very unique in that he’s 3×3 to A.P. Indy, so what you see in him is a medium-sized physical that got the best of that cross. He is a top physical in the fact that he was a $575,000 sales horse, he’s a very good-footed horse, and he was very durable.

4) Coal Front was unraced at two, but won his first three races at age three, including the G2 Amsterdam Stakes. Without his own form to go on, what makes you confident that Coal Front will able to get a 2-year-old runner?

Toothaker: Todd Pletcher had him ready to roll at Saratoga as a 2-year-old, and he had a brilliant work the week before he was scheduled to run but came out of the work with a shin injury. The team felt like they had something special, so didn’t rush him and risk injury, his ability was also present at the 2-year-old sale where he worked fast and sold extremely well.

5) Coal Front won five graded stakes races at five different distances, from six furlongs to a mile and a sixteenth. How does that open up the variety of mares that could be good pairings with him?

Toothaker: Coal Front had speed and could carry it. We feel like he is a very good fit for mares needing some speed influence introduced into the pedigree, as well as mares that had great early form to double down on speed-on-speed.

6) Coal Front won the Godolphin Mile on the Dubai World Cup card, besting top-class runners from around the world. What can a notable international win do to inform a domestic breeder’s decision-making?

Toothaker: We loved the fact he could win on the big stage against a top field in such a dominant fashion, as well as the fact he won without Lasix, which is a plus with so many jurisdictions leaning toward eliminating it in years to come.

7) Coal Front comes to Spendthrift Farm as part of a large, distinguished class of new stallions, also including Omaha BeachMaximus MischiefMitole, and Vino Rosso. What makes Coal Front unique among that group?

Toothaker: Coal Front has such an interesting pedigree, being 3×3 to A.P. Indy to go along with his great looks, we felt like he would be a great fit in our Share the Upside program and would give our breeders a great value, which is so important today.

8) What makes Coal Front a standout in his price bracket?

Toothaker: For $7,500, a breeder can earn a lifetime breeding right in Coal Front, that is on a stands-and-nurse basis. This allows the breeder, once earned, to breed on that season every year, sell the season each year, or if Coal Front hits big, they can sell the entire breeding right. It’s a tremendous opportunity for our breeders to be able to take advantage of this.

To learn more about Coal Front, click here.

MILTONTOWN wins his 2nd allowance in a row

MILTONTOWN (Speightstown) won an allowance race at Will Rogers Downs – his 2nd allowance win at that track  in a row. Racing a mile this time, he had his head in front at the half and out finished his foe by 1 1/4 at the wire in an all out duel.
Lifetime Record: 16-4-0-0, $116,984
O-Rick & Clayton Wiest, R 6 Stable & Norman Tremblay
B-G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & St. George Farm, LLC (KY);
T-Robertino Diodoro
*$25,000 RNA Wlg ’16 KEENOV; $80,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP