Trade continues to show more bustle during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale, especially in the yearling segment, with the latest pop coming from a Tiznow colt who sold to a pinhook partnership for $260,000.
The bay colt is out of the winning Tapit mare See Rock City, whose three winners from four runners includes Korean champion Dynamic Dash, Grade 3-placed One More, and stakes-placed Big Red Rocket. His extended family includes Korean champion Ottug Ottugi, Austrian champion L'Etat C'est Moi, Grade 1 winner Star Standard, and Grade 3 winner Danthebluegrassman.
Fredericka Caldwell and Mitchel Skolnick bred the colt in Kentucky. Caldwell also bred See Rock City.
The colt sold on Tuesday became the second-most expensive auction graduate out of See Rock City, finishing behind the Summer Bird colt Big Red Rocket, who traded for $500,000 at the 2015 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring 2-year-olds in training sale.
Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services consigned the colt, as agent.
Glenn Brock of Brook Ledge Transportaion signed the ticket as agent for the buyer, and offered these thoughts...
"It's for a group of pinhookers who would like to remain anonymous. He's going to go to Ocala on Brook Ledge.
"I think he was a little more expensive than they expected, but we were sure willing."
Will he be pinhooked as a yearling or 2-year-old?
"That'll remain to be seen. I just don't know. It'll be their decision. They do all facets, yearlings, 2-year-olds, and they race."
Consignor Ron Blake had this to say after the fall of the hammer...
"He's a beautiful colt. He's got a great walk, very easy to handle. It looks like he could be anything. [The colt's breeders are] going to breed the mare back to Tiznow, as well. She's already had two stakes horses, and she's a pretty good mare.
"The Caldwells are mainly in the Standardbred business. They've won the Hambletonian Oaks four times. They own two Thoroughbred mares, and they'd just as soon not fool with the yearlings later in the year if they don't have to, so if they can bring a horse over here that stands out and can bring the money, they're happy to move on.
"We had two in here to sell for them. We RNA'd the City Zip [colt for $140,000], but we loved the horse, so we'll sell him later in the year, and we think he'll do really well."