South Point Sales sold a pair of half-million dollar yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings Showcase.
During the opening session renowned agent Mike Ryan signed the $510,000 ticket for Hip #297, a son of the hot first crop sire Nyquist. That was this highest priced paid for a Nyquist yearling at the sale from the 16 offered.
Perfect Note is a half-sister to last Saturday’s GII Jim Dandy S. victor Mystic Guide. On Sunday, freshman sire Nyquist was represented by his first Grade I winner in Spinaway heroine Vequist and was also responsible for the third-place finisher in that Saratoga staple, Lady Lilly.
Ryan is a big fan of Nyquist and is very familiar with the stallion.
“I am very partial to Nyquist,” Ryan said. “Niall Brennan and myself pinhooked him as a yearling, so obviously I followed him with great interest. I have been a big fan since he went to stud. I have bred multiple mares to him. I knew he was an exceptional colt and he had a great pedigree. The second dam produced the Jim Dandy winner the other day.” He continued, “He looks like a horse that is hopefully going to be a top horse on a Saturday. He looked like he would get two turns and he has a stallion’s pedigree to carry him, so if he is a good horse, there is plenty of residual there. He is a lot like his father.”
The colt was bred in Pennsylvania by Blackstone Farm out of Perfect Note. The commercial Pennsylvania nursery, which is a partnership between Christian and Douglas Black and Mark Weissman.
As for the price, Black said, “It is difficult to put that kind of money on a foal or any horse that you have. He has been special from the beginning. I know a lot of people say that, but he has. He has a great mind set, very easy to be around and he showed it here at the sales too. He has been out over 200 times and he never missed a beat. If you saw him here in the back ring, he has been acting the same as he has the last three or four days.”
Black is also the co-breeder of Hip #473, a filly by top European stallion Kingman, who sold for $500,000 on the second day of the sale. The price represents the highest ever paid for a Kingman yearling in North America.
Mick Ruis partnered up with Black on a mare named Amber Romance (Ire), who Black picked out at Tattersalls March for 200,000 guineas with a Kingman (GB) filly in utero. Ruis liked the resulting filly so much, he decided he had to have her and bought out his partner for $500,000 Thursday.
“I was in partnership with Christian Black,” Ruis explained, adding that the filly would likely be sent to his daughter Shelbe Ruis in California.
“He bought the mare when he went to Europe. I just bought out the partnership and will race her. She is beautiful. We have a Hard Spun weanling also. It is pretty rare that we are able to get this family in the first place.”
Amber Romance is a half-sister to Group 1 winners Free Eagle and Search for a Song and MGSWs Custom Cut and Sapphire.
“We went to Tatts in December,” South Point Sales & Rockbridge Bloodstock’s Mike Recio said. “It was our first venture over there and it was more of a fact-finding mission. But, Christian found two very nice mares and I ended up buying a race filly who has done okay for Richard Baltas.”
He continued, “We hadn’t had a great day of finding things, but then we turned the corner and saw this mare with a great pedigree and so much class. Her feet weren’t great, but we figured we could take care of them and manage her. She came
over here and had a fantastic filly. Mick supported her with Bolt d’Oro. It is a fantastic family and is getting better and better. It was a really good opportunity all the way around.”
-edited from http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com