It was a successful 2-year-old sale for both the established FLATTER and up-and-coming star MASTERY at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale on Wednesday.
FLATTER sent two through the ring to register an average and median of $350,000, led by a $400,000 filly out of Song Sung True. Purchased by Cheyenne Stables and Gailladria Racing from the Hartley de Renzo Thoroughbreds consignment, the filly had also been a $220,000 purchase at last fall’s Fasig-Tipton Showcase.
Selling as Hip 24, she is a granddaughter of stakes-placed A Story Of Revenge, who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner I Want Revenge and stakes-placed I Want Glory. The family also includes Grade I winner In The Dark and Grade III winner Starry Boy.
Out of an Unbridled’s Song mare, the filly is bred on the same cross as FLATTER’s Grade 2 winner Flatlined, Grade 3-placed Stainless, and stakes-placed Singapore Trader.
FLATTER’s second offering was signed for by trainer Christophe Clement for $300,000. Offered by Niall Brennan, the filly out of Ire is a full sister to a three-time winner and a half-sister to ALGORITHM’s stakes-placed Enrage. Their Grade 3-placed dam Ire is also a half-sister to FLATTER’s stakes winner and Grade III-placed Fashion Faux Pas – making that one a three-quarter sister to this filly – and two other stakes horses.
Born in February, the filly’s fourth dam is the top broodmare Wild Applause, whose runners included Grade I winner Eastern Echo, Grade II winner and successful broodmare Yell, and Grade II winner Roar among others with IRONICUS also hailing from the family.
One of FLATTER’s daughters was responsible for one of the top sellers when his multiple stakes winner Needmore Flattery saw her second foal – a colt named Needmore Guns – sell for the second highest price of the sale at $1.7 million.
One of a handful of freshmen sires at the sale, MASTERY saw successful bloodstock agent Dennis O’Neill pay $225,000 for his colt out of Veronique.
Consigned by James Layden, the colt is a half-brother to stakes winner and promising sprinter Nashville and a three-quarter brother to the winning Market Cap. This was the second big seller for MASTERY and Veronique after the colt’s year-younger full sister sold for $400,000 at the Keeneland November Sale over the winter.
Veronique is a half-sister to stakes winner Almond Roca, Grade 3-placed Calistoga, and stakes-placed Achira with the quartet out of a full sister to Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Giacomo and dual Grade 1 winner Tiago, among four stakes horses out of stakes winning Set Them Free.
MASTERY’s first crop hits the track this year with his 2-year-olds selling for $225,000, $130,00, ect. after averaging $129,971 as yearlings last fall.