Into Mischief Exacta Leads First Session of Kentucky October Yearlings

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A pair of yearlings by three-time champion general sire Into Mischief topped the first session of the 2022 Kentucky October Yearlings sale, held Monday, October 24, at the Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Kentucky. The opening session compared favorably to last year’s first session, with significant increases in gross, median, and average. 

A filly by Into Mischief (Hip 336) topped the session when sold for $425,000 to Ben McElroy, agent for Wesley Ward, from the consignment of Mill Ridge Sales, agent (video). The bay filly is the second foal out of the stakes winning Lonhro (AUS) mare Velvet Mood, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Wicked Whisper and Grade 2 winner Point of Honor. Velvet Mood’s first foal is the two-year-old More Than Ready filly Up for It, who was just a neck second on debut in August, her only start to date. Hip 336 was bred in Kentucky by Alpha Delta Stables.

“It was a very good opening session to the 2022 Kentucky October Yearlings sale,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “(There was) very good trade, great diversity amongst the buyers… Looking at 2021, it was a quantum leap from previous year levels and (the market) was able to sustain that.”

Into Mischief was also responsible for the opening session’s top colt (Hip 80), purchased for $400,000 by DJ Stable from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent (video). The bay colt is out of the winning Tribal Rule mare Shysheisnot, already the dam of two foals from as many to race, from the immediate family of champions Arrogate and Meadow Star and multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Belle Gallantey. Hip 80 was bred in Kentucky by Emily and Oliver Bushnell.

Rounding out the session’s top five prices were:

  • A filly by Arrogate (Hip 7), sold for $350,000 to Donato Lanni, agent for John Rogitz, from the consignment of Paul Tackett and Phill Tackett Estate et al. The gray or roan filly is the second foal out of the stakes placed Desert Party mare Saharan, a winning half-sister to Grade 1 winner and multiple graded stakes winner My Conquestadory. Hip 7 was bred in Kentucky by Paul Tackett Revocable Trust and Phil Tackett Estate.
  • A colt by Uncle Mo (Hip 256), sold for $300,000 to Taproot Bloodstock, agent from the consignment of Highgate Sales, agent. The dark bay or brown colt is the first foal out The Nightingale, a Tapit half-sister to Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner and multiple Grade 1 winner Princess of Sylmar. Hip 256 was bred in Kentucky by Cypress Creek Equine.
  • A colt by Arrogate (Hip 371), sold for $275,000 to Pine Racing Stables, Oracle Bloodstock, agent, from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. The gray or roan colt is out of the graded stakes placed Scat Daddy mare Wholelottashakin, already the dam of Grade 2 winner Wholebodemeister (Bodemeister). Hip  371 was bred in Kentucky by Sabana Farm.

“It’s really hard to tell the composition (of the catalogue), which days are best,” added Browning. “There are (nearly) 1600 horses on the grounds. Lots of activity, lots of trainers, lots of pinhookers, lots of end users and… representatives from overseas, particularly from South America. It was nice to see our friends from Korea back in the marketplace as well.”

During Monday’s session, 253 yearlings sold for $12,342,100, up 12% over last year’s opening session gross of $11,016,900. The average was $48,783, up 21% over $40,208 during the 2021 Monday session. The median was $27,000, an increase of 59% over last year’s first session median of $17,000.

Results are available online. The Kentucky October Yearlings sale resumes Tuesday, October 25, at 10 AM.