July 13, 2015

Two fillies by last year’s leading first-crop sire QUALITY ROAD brought $300,000 each to be the co-second-highest-priced fillies at the Fasig-Tipton July Sale in Lexington July 9, while a daughter of freshman THE FACTOR made $250,000.

The appeal for the fillies was obvious: they were outstanding physicals with plenty of page behind them.

First up was Hip 91, the first foal from the Bernardini mare Out for Revenge from the immediate family of Tale of the Cat, champion Minardi, et al. Jake Ballis’s Ghost Bloodstock signed the winning slip for the filly, who was bred by Southern Equine.

“I loved her physical and she’s a gorgeous filly,” Ballis told the Thoroughbred Daily News. “I thought she had one of the better walks in the sale. She’s very leggy and athletic-looking; those are the main reasons I was attracted to her.”

He added, “I loved QUALITY ROAD as a runner. I know Wesley [Ward] has had some luck with him [with G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hootenanny]. I’m just looking for the best athletes.”

The next QUALITY ROAD filly to hit the $300,000 mark was Hip 130, a daughter of a half-sister to the G2SW Desert Party who was knocked down to Starlight Racing’s Frankie Brothers. The filly was bred by Hunter Valley Farm, Steve Sinatra, Sean Finn and David Smith.

A colt out of the stakes-placed DIXIE UNION Inventive capped the day for QUALITY ROAD when selling to Bradley Thoroughbreds for $140,000.

THE FACTOR was one of the most commercial first-crop sires at last year’s weanling sales, and his first yearlings got off the mark in a big way at July when Hip 108, a filly out of Ramblin Rose, sold for $250,000. That was the top-priced filly by a freshman sire at the sale and the second-highest first-crop yearling.

Gainesway purchased the half to the recent impressive 2yo winner Mayor Mac (DISCREETLY MINE). Both were produced by a half-sister to the popular Grade 1 winner Buddy Gil.

Another yearling by THE FACTOR, a LANE’S END SALES-consigned colt from Twilite Rendezvous, brought $155,000 to the bid of the savvy 2yo pinhooker Willie North, while another smart Florida horseman, J.J. Crupi, paid $150,000 for a filly by THE FACTOR from a Speightstown half to Champion Spring in the Air.

UNION RAGS was last year’s leading freshman sire of weanlings by average and median, and a daughter of the G1 Belmont winner from the A.P. INDY mare Miss Cort’n sold for $160,000 to Susan Naylor Moulton.

Danny Pate later went to $135,000 to secure a filly by UNION RAGS who was produced by SW South Bay Cove, and who is a half to MGSW and the G1 2000 Guineas runner-up Free Judgement.

DISCREETLY MINE continues to heat up, with the aforementioned Mayor Mac as his latest standout winner. A colt by MINESHAFT’s brilliant G1 King’s Bishop winner sold to CG Partners for $125,000. The colt was consigned by Lane’s End Farm on behalf of Dixiana Farms.

Congrats to the connections of these exciting prospects!

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