July 20th, 2021

Claiborne Sires Strongly Represented at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga

The second North American yearling sale of the season sees Claiborne stallions show off some of their blueblooded representatives at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale on August 9th and 10th.

In addition to getting in on the spectacular second crop from MASTERY, buyers will have chances to buy full siblings to proven runners by Claiborne stallions, led by graded stakes winners by BLAME and WAR FRONT.

BLAME sees Darby Dan Farm send out a full brother to his Grade 3 winner Daisy as Hip 134. Out of the winning Flower Alley mare Lovely Stay, the colt’s granddam is Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed Ratings. Ratings has seen multiple daughters produce stakes winners with her Grade 3 winner Recording the dam of Grade 2 winner Smart Bid, stakes winners Representing and Deal Making, and two other stakes performers.

The colt is bred by Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard and is a registered Pennsylvania-bred.

Daisy winning the Tempted Stakes (G3)

FLATTER is having another successful year on the track and in the sales ring he sees Hip 26 from Denali Stud carrying that momentum to the commercial market.

The Pin Oak Stud-bred Hip 26 is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Overheard among his multiple stakes winning dam’s six winners from six to race. That mare, Whisper To Me, is one of two stakes performers for her Diesis dam Word to the Wise. Also the dam of stakes-placed Let’s Forget It, Word to the Wise is also the granddam of Grade 3 winner Antipodas.

Hip 26’s third dam is the winning mare Whisper Who Dares, a half-sister to great racemare and broodmare Chris Evert. Whisper Who Dares is also the dam of Grade 1 winner and stakes producer Confessional, stakes winner Gossip, and more.


Claiborne Farm young gun MASTERY is off to a good start at stud with a winner and two other placers and on August 9, his two Saratoga offerings go in the ring back-to-back.

Gainesway sends out the first of the pair as Hip 86 out of stakes winner Emmy Darling. That MASTERY colt is a half-brother to stakes-placed Gin Riki among Emmy Darling’s two winners from three to race. Emmy Darling is one of two stakes performers for her own stakes-placed dam alongside listed placed Malandrina, who is also the dam of stakes winner Jose Manuel. Another one of Emmy Darling’s half-sisters is the dam of multiple stakes winner Sir Wellington.

Hip 86’s fourth dam is Canadian champion Legarto, whose daughters have produced multiple stakes performers, including multiple stakes winner Camela Carson.

Bridie Harrison consigns Hip 87 on behalf of Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds.

A MASTERY son of Malibu Moon mare Engaged, the colt is named Couple and is a grandson of stakes winner Elope. Couple is also the half-brother to two winners from two to race and sees 15 stakes-placed runners named on his page. Among those are Clark Handicap (G1) winner Leofric, plus Grade 1 winners Telling and Well Chosen.

Similar crosses have produced Grade 1 winners Game Winner and Ollies’ Candy.


The sire of 27 seven-figure yearlings, WAR FRONT looks to add to that total with four yearlings cataloged to go through the ring.

His first offering comes 36 hips into the sale when Eaton Sales sends out a well-bred half-brother to stakes winner Mark of Approval as Hip 36. Also Grade 1-placed, Mark Of Approval is one of four stakes horses for Agreeable Miss. Those other three are all by WAR FRONT as well, led by stakes winner Alkaraama with stakes placed King Neptune and Faydhan rounding out the four. Agreeable Miss has six winners from six to run with four of those by WAR FRONT.

Agreeable Miss is out of Grade 2 winner Sweet And Ready, who also produced two stakes placed runners as well.

Sam-Son Farm sends out a filly hailing from their legendary Eye of the Sphynx line as Hip 77.

The February-born filly is the second foal out of multiple graded stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Deceptive Vision, who is an A.P. Indy daughter of the aforementioned Eye of the Sphynx. Deceptive Vision is a full sister to Canadian champion Eye of the Leopard and multiple stakes winner and graded stakes placed Hotep and a three-quarter sister to stakes winner Desert Isle. Eye of the Sphynx is also the granddam of champion Desert Ride.

WAR FRONT’s Hip 117 is a half-brother to top turf runner United, the winner of multiple Grade 2 races over the past few years. Offered by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services, the colt is also a half-brother to Grade 3 winner Harlan Punch and a full brother to stakes winner Tensas Punch and Group 3-placed Royal Navy Ship.

Producing stakes winners is the name of the game for the colt’s family with his dam Indy Punch a half-sister to stakes winner Galloping Gal, who is also the dam of Grade 1 winner Liaison. Stakes placed half-sister Khalila is also the dam of stakes winner Miracle and the granddam of Grade 3 winner Zaajel with another half-sister the dam of stakes winner Taurina.

WAR FRONT’s final offering goes through the ring late in the sale as Hip 184 for Bedouin Bloodstock.

The filly out of Sassifaction is a full sister to multiple Grade 2 winner and Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) third Cambodia among the three winners out of her dam. Sassifaction is a daughter of stakes winner Lonely Fact, who is also the dam of three-time champion Overarching. That Arch daughter is also the dam of Grade 1 winner Lady of the House. Lonely Fact also produced Grade 3 winner Temeraine, stakes winners Dead Red and Alone At Last and the dam of BLAME’s Grade 1 winner Abscond. Another of Lonely Fact’s half-sisters is also the granddam of Grade 1 winner Varda.

Cambodia winning the Grade II, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap,

The 100th Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale kicks off at 6:30pm on Monday August 9 and continues the following day at the same time.

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