Curlin Colt Brings $1 Million To Top Opening Night Of Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

by | 08.07.2017 | 10:15pm
Hip 45, a Curlin colt who sold for $1 million

The opening session of the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale launched with one seven-figure yearling and improved figures across the board in a Monday evening session.

Total receipts of $24,425,000 were up 15 percent from last year's first session, while the average price of $325,667 was also up 12 percent. The median price of $300,000 increased 25 percent.

The RNA rate of 18 percent was down significantly from last year's first session, when it finished just below 30 percent. Just 17 of the offered horses in this year's first session went unsold.

“We were obviously very pleased with the opening session,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning. “We really saw across the board strong competition for most all the lots. We were very, very encouraged by the RNA rate of about 18 percent tonight, which is pretty spectacular in a select marketplace of this nature. I've got a sneaking suspicion that a decent percentage of those will get sold tomorrow.”

The seven-figure yearling in the first session was Hip 45, a Curlin colt out of Grade 1 winner River's Prayer. The colt was consigned by Denali Stud and purchased by agent Ian Brennan on behalf of Eric Fein, who previously campaigned Syndergaard and Musket Man.

“We liked everything about him,” said Brennan. “[Fein] has stepped it up a bit and is going to try to buy a few nice horses. He's very happy to get this colt.”

Brennan said a final decision had not been made on a trainer for the colt, but Todd Pletcher usually trains for Fein. The yearling will head to Stonestreet to take some time off before entering training.

Craig Bandoroff said the colt had about 200 showings during the weekend.

“Those kind, they've got to come here fit, they've got to be able to stand the pressure and he did. Every day, he just got into it more and more,” said Bandoroff. “Once he knew what his job was, he did his job.”

The Saratoga Sale concludes Tuesday with a session scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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  • Ida Lee

    He’s something alright….absolute perfection….as Curlin babies tend to be….notice his legs with 3 white stockings….like Big Red …. this boy gives me goosebumps….

    • rachel

      You forgot the white coronet (coronary) on his front off side. 😉

      • Ida Lee

        ….wow Rachel….wish I had your eyesight….did not even notice….it looks cool …like this colt needs to look any cooler than he already does …this one is very special…I can feel it ….

    • MyBigRed

      Me too !! Curlin’s foals are always good looking :) Some tend to resemble Smart Strike, but they are handsome or pretty as well.

  • Noelle

    Looking at the sale of this gorgeous Curlin colt, and at how well the sales are going overall, I thought of other headlines today – “Arizona Budget Cuts Could Force End To Live Racing In State” and “Illinois Racing ‘On The Brink Of Destruction’”

    On the Jockey Club’s website, there are charts of North American registered foals in each decade, from the 1890’s (18,902) to the 1930’s (53,386), 1940’s (68,115), 1950’s (99,125) – during these latter 3 decades, horseracing was at the height of its popularity, from what I can gather.

    The 2000’s is the latest chart of North American registered foals on the Jockey Club’s website. 368,247 NA foals registered in the 2000’s. With all these racing hanging on by a thread in some states, many tracks already gone – where are all these foals going to run?

    Doubtless the Curlin colt will be trained by the best and have every opportunity to succeed, but what does American / Canadian racing, declining in popularity as it seems to be, do with an average of 36,000 foals each year? What happens to the ones who don’t do well at the sales or the races? It certainly looks like more horses (by far) are bred than racing can use. I’d be happy to learn that I’m completely wrong!

    • Ida Lee

      Noelle, thank you for such a thought provoking comment …it’s obvious you’ve put a lot of time in researching the topic….this is my nightmare….what happens to the not-so-famous TBs? there are so many …but there is a little bit of hope….an article by Bill Finley regarding the number of mares bred in 2016 showed a healthy reduction….so maybe it’s a small start in “birth” control…

      • Howie Feltersnatch

        Oh yes, tremendously thought-provoking comments from Noelle. So much so that my head is pounding.

      • Noelle

        From your (and Bill Finley’s) pen to God’s ear.

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