‘Big’ Filly Leads the Way at California Fall Yearlings & Horses of Racing Age

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The Fasig-Tipton California Fall Yearlings & Horses of Racing age sale was conducted Tuesday at Fairplex in Pomona, California. The sale marked the fourth edition of California Fall Yearlings and the first offering of a horses of racing age supplement.

A filly by Mr. Big (Hip 228) topped the main catalogue when sold for $250,000 to Todd Tomazic from the consignment of Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent. The bay filly is out of the winning City Zip mare Misszippityslewda, making her a full sister to a pair of winners, including multiple stakes winning filly Big Sweep. The immediate family includes champions Groovy and Boston Harbor. Hip 228 was bred in California by George Krikorian.

The second highest priced yearling was a filly from the second crop of Good Magic (Hip 241) sold for $200,000 to Jay Em Ess Stable from the consignment of Critter Creek Farm, agent. By the sire of this year’s Sorrento S. (G2) winner Vegas Magic, Hip 241 is out of the winning Tribal Rule mare Nine Point Nine. The dark bay or brown filly hails from the immediate family of champions Ron the Greek and A Capela and Grade 1 winner Graydar. The filly was bred in California by Stormy Hull & Good Magic Syndicate.

Jay Em Ess Stable went back to Critter Creek a short time later, securing a filly by Stanford (Hip 252) for $200,000. Out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Open Mic, the chestnut filly is a half-sister to stakes placed winner No Cover Charge (Kafwain) and a full sister to Opening Buzz, a two-time winner in three starts this year at three. Hip 252 is from the immediate family of European champion Rainbow View. She was bred in California by Lynn, Michael & William Baker & Stormy Hull.

Hockey Dad (Hip 335), a four-year-old multiple graded stakes placed winner by Nyquist, topped the Horses of Racing Age supplement when sold for $175,000 to Rockingham Ranch, Sweetwater Trading, agent from the consignment of Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent.  A three-time winner, Hockey Dad finished second in the Del Mar Derby (G2) and the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) last year at three, with earnings of $209,700 to date.

Encode (Hip 328), a three-year-old colt by Empire Maker, sold for $130,000 as the addendum’s second highest price. Don Cox purchased the colt from the consignment of McCarthy Bloodstock, agent. Encode broke his maiden impressively at Los Alamitos on September 22, covering six furlongs on the dirt in 1:09.65. He has earned $35,200 to date.

Overall, 205 horses changed hands for $6,257,100, for an average of $30,522. The median was $17,000. Fourteen horses sold for $100,000 or more, including 11 yearlings and three horses of racing age.

Full results are available online.