Kingman Colt headlining in Baden-Baden
The combination of king man and Gestut Fahrhof reigned over Baden-Baden this week, on the track and in the sales ring which sits across the green road from the course.
As the yearlings came under intense scrutiny from potential buyers on August 31, Fahrhof filly Kingman Havana was imperious in victory within earshot of the breeders barn, her elegant march to success in the Renate und Albrecht Woeste Zukunfts-Rennen (G3).
Trained by Andreas Wohler, she is now set to wear the farm’s iconic yellow and black silks in the Prix Marcel Boussac (G1) at ParisLongchamp next month.
In whose colors the Fahrhof-bred Kingman colt that prompted an international bidding battle between agents Jason Litt and Michael Donohoe at the September 2 BBAG yearling sale will take place remains a mystery despite Solis/Litt taking the hit decisive at €450,000 (US$449,428). ).
Opposing parties were posted on either side of the raised platform from where auctioneers and yearlings hold the attention of the airy ring. Litt’s bidding was quick and unhesitating, raising the stakes almost immediately after each bid from Donohoe, who was more deliberate in his tactics.
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When the hammer fell, a round of applause greeted the sale, and Litt declared himself very happy to have purchased the colt, bred on the same Kingman—Dansili meet Tempus and Marbling, both Group 3 winners this summer.
“It’s my first trip to Baden-Baden and I’m really happy at the moment, we got the one we wanted. We came here to buy what we thought was the best horse in the sale and we think that he is, so I’m pretty happy,” smiled Litt.
The April-born colt is the second foal out of three-time List winner and Group 1-ranked Sarandia for owner/breeder Gestut Fahrhof. Sarandia is a half-sister to Saphir, winner of the Bavarian Classic (G3), and Saint Pellerin, Listed winner and ranked 3rd.
His second dam, Salontasche, is a winning half-sister to Salonblue, whose victories include a Listed success at Baden-Baden. The mare Bluebird is the second mother of this season IDEE 153rd Deutsches Derby (G1) and Grosser Dallmayr-Preis – Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (G1) winner Sammarco .
Kingman’s offspring adapted beautifully to racing in North America with the Grade 1 winner Domestic expenditure and the winner of the Ballston Spa Stakes (G2T) last weekend Technical analysis among its stars in the United States. However, it is quite possible that this colt will stay on this side of the Atlantic, following the instructions of his American owner.
“He’s likely to stay in Europe to train, but that’s yet to be determined,” Litt said. “You come here hoping you can get them, but that doesn’t mean you will and if you plan too much you usually never get them.”
In response to questions about what made Litt so determined to get the only Kingman yearling offered to Baden-Baden on Friday, he replied: “He’s handsome with a good attitude. He has good balance and is athletic. He has ticked all the boxes, which everyone hates to hear but it’s true.”
The decision by Andreas Jacobs and the Gestut Fahrhof team to offer their yearlings for sale only in Baden-Baden this year was certainly the right one, as the farm has proudly risen to the top of the consignors’ charts.
The Night of Thunder colt presented lot 156 at the BBAG yearling sale
In addition to the colt Kingman, Fahrhof also sold a son of thunder night which began a streak of six-figure sales that reinvigorated buyers who had wilted a bit in the afternoon heat.
In the dugout outside was the Godolphin team as they took on the home team, represented by Jurgen Sartori, owner of Prix de Psyche winner Sky Sports Racing (G3) Penja and that is the home team who emerged victorious with trainer Andreas Suborics signing for the €325,000 ($324,587) colt Night of Thunder.
The chestnut, who had more than a hint of his sire about him, is the first foal out of Mulheim Trial winner Diana Realeza, by Maxios, and the family showed their taste for an infusion of Dubai some blood.
Realeza is a three part sister to Ballymacoll Stud Stakes winner from Godolphin, Rumh (by Monsun) and her Group 1-winning offspring—wild illusion and Yibir — are both from Night of Thunder’s father, Dubawi.
Gestut Fahrhof finished Friday night as the top shipper, with three of the day’s most expensive yearlings and total receipts of €1,420,000 ($1,418,195) from the sale of 12 of the 16 horses they have offered. This resulted in an average of €118,333 ($118,183), which was also the best recorded by any sender.
Buyers review the stars
Sea the stars ‘ burgeoning reputation as a broodmare sire has grown further this season with the emergence of the Grand Prix de Paris (G1) winner Onesto and half-siblings My Astra and My Prospero classified in group 1.
She is a daughter of the world champion who became the first yearling to break the €200,000 ($199,746) cap in the first races at BBAG.
The Sea The Stars filly presented in Lot 44 at the BBAG Yearling Sale
Proposed by Haras de l’Hotellerie, the filly comes from the same cross that produced the winner and sire of the Deutsches Derby Sea Moon since she is out of Imagery, a daughter of Monsun who was a Listed winner in Hanover at 3 years old.
At stud Imagery is the dam of Listed Trial winner Diana Ismene, by Tertullian, who is from the family of Sea The Stars, and Instigator, a son of Nayef who won the Listed Derby Trial in Bremen. Imagery is also the dam of last year’s third Deutsches Derby Imi, another by Tertullian.
Ronald Rauscher took home the winning bid at €250,000 ($249,682) on behalf of one of Germany’s most successful owners/breeders.
“It’s for my main partner and client, Dr Christoph Berglar. He shares his horses in training between Andreas Wohler and Waldemar Hickst but I don’t know who will be the lucky one,” commented Rauscher.
Imagery is a full sister to Bavarian Classic (G3) winner Imonso and a half sister to Badener winner Meile (G3) and Gran Criterium International (G1) runner-up Idealist and Listed winner Idolino from the winner’s family of the Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (G1) Intendant .
The breeder of international luminaries such as Protectionist and Novellist was understandably keen to add such a fine filly with an excellent pedigree to his collection of exquisitely bred broodmares.
“She’s a very beautiful filly and he loves Sea The Stars and this big Schlenderhan family. She’s out of a Monsun mare, so it’s very Germanic. I think she’s very sweet, I liked her a lot “, added Rauscher.
Grizetti Galoppo spent €210,000 ($209,733) to buy a Sea The Stars colt donated by Gestut Auenquelle, owner of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) hero last season Torquator Mug .
Half-brother to Sheepshead Bay Stakes (G2T) winner and Henkel-Preis der Diana – German Oaks (G1) third Virginia Joy, he is out of the Grosser Preis von DSW21 – Deutsches St. Leger (G3) winner Virginia Sun by the Recently retired Dean.
Klaus Eulenberger and his team will have plenty to smile about as they look back on the 2022 BBAG Yearling Sale, including record sales of €8,361,500 ($8,350,873), a 24% jump from 2021 and higher than that displayed in 2019, which was the previous high point.
Neither the median nor the average could match that year’s numbers, but they showed impressive growth over last year with the average up 24% to €53,258 ($53,190). while the median exceeded the mean, which illustrated the strength of the trade in Baden-Baden on Friday evening.
The median of €53,752 ($53,683) was up 25% from a year ago while the only slight drop was in the clearance rate which fell from 80% in 2021 to 77% on Friday with 157 of the 204 yearlings offered for sale.