Arrogate Leaves His Mark on Final Session of New York Bred Yearlings

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Track record-setting Travers S. (G1) hero Arrogate left his mark on another Saratoga institution Tuesday when a colt from his final crop sold for a sale-record $700,000 during the final session of Fasig-Tipton’s New York Bred Yearlings sale in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Tom McCrocklin, agent for Champion Equine, went to $700,000 to secure the sale topping colt by the late Arrogate, which was offered as Hip 573 by Eaton Sales, agent for Longford Farm (video). From the final crop of Arrogate, Hip 573  is out of Schuylerville S. (G3) winner Georgie’s Angel (Bellamy Road), making him a full- or half-brother to four winners. The sale topper benefited from a timely update Saturday when his full brother Cave Rock broke his maiden impressively on debut, winning a maiden special weight at Del Mar by six lengths. His graded stakes winning dam is herself a half-sister to graded stakes winner Lawn Ranger, from the immediate family of Grade 2 winner and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) runner up Excaper.

“It was so cool today to see Dan Burke, who’s been a lifelong breeder, raise a horse that brought $700,000,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning of the sale topper. “He had a fabulous update, but he also had a lovely horse. I promise you, he’s on top of the world right now, just like he won a Grade 1 by selling a horse really well. The buyer’s probably thrilled, too.”

Five other yearlings sold for $300,000 or more during the session, including:

  • Hip 529, a colt by Nyquist out of Court Dress, sold for $375,000 to LML Inc. from the consignment of Indian Creek, agent. Bred by Wildwood Farm, the colt is a half-brother to four winners out of an unraced Speightstown half-sister to Dubai World Cup (G1) victor Well Armed. He hails from the immediate family of this year’s Haskell S. (G1) winner Cyberknife and Grade 1 winner American Patriot.
  • Hip 439, a filly by Ghostzapper out of Thin Disguise, sold for $340,000 to Donaldson Bloodstock, agent from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. The filly was bred by Spruce Lane, Stepwise, Robbins, Copper Beech, Lynn, Manlius, and Thorne. Hip 439 is out of the winning Yes It’s True mare Thin Disguise, making her a half-sibling to six winners from as many to race, including graded stakes winner Holiday Disguise, multiple stakes winner Midnight Disguise, and Grade 1 placed Forest Caraway. Dam Thin Disguise is a half-sister to New York-bred millionaire and graded stakes winner Naughty New Yorker.
  • Hip 564, a filly by Tapit out of Flipcup, sold for $325,000 to Spendthrift Farm from the Consignment of Denali Stud, agent. Bred by Tapit Syndicate and Team Penney Racing, the filly is the second foal out of graded stakes winner and multiple stakes winner Flipcup, from the immediate family of Canadian champion filly Wavering Girl and Grade 1 winner Military.
  • Hip 409, a colt by Not This Time out of Sheet Humor, sold for $320,000 to Maverick Racing and Siena Farm from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent. The colt was bred by Mallory and Karen Mort of Gallagher’s Stud. Hip 409 is out of the unraced Distorted Humor mare Sheet Humor, a daughter of graded stakes winner Sheets, and dam of this year’s Bouwerie S. winner and graded stakes placed Sterling Silver (Cupid).
  • Hip 539, a colt by Liam’s Map out of Malibu Rainbow, sold for $300,000 to Arc Bloodstock, agent for Earl I. Mack from the consignment of Denali Stud, agent. Bred by Pepin Breeders, the colt is the first foal out of the winning Malibu Moon mare Malibu Rainbow, from the image family of Grade 1 winners Stormello and Marlin.

“Saratoga is a magical place,” added Browning, reflecting on both The Saratoga Sale and New York Bred Yearlings. “It restores and invigorates the hope, the enthusiasm, and the love that we all have for the game.”

Over the course of the two-day sale, 188 yearlings sold for a sale-record gross of $20,175,000, eclipsing by 9% the previous record gross of $18,566,500 established at last year’s sale. The average was $107,314, up 17% from $91,461 last year and just shy of the record average of $107,512 set in 2018. The median was $74,000, second only to the $76,000 median recorded in 2018, and up 6% from last year’s median of $70,000. The RNA rate was 18%, second only to 1981’s record RNA rate of 17%. The sale topper was the second most-expensive horse ever sold at New York Bred Yearlings, behind only a $775,000 Malibu Moon filly sold in 2019.

Full results are available online.