Into Mischief Blazing Hot at Keeneland September Yearling Sale

September 16, 2020

Topping day 1, Larry Best’s OXO Equine securing Hip 121 for an even $1 million, then Hip 438 on day 2 for $1.9 million. Day 3 combined sales equaled $6 million.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Leading sire Into Mischief continued to post big prices on day three of the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling Sale as Book 2 opened in Lexington.

The sire of the 2020 Kentucky Derby champion, Authentic, Spendthrift Farm’s star has produced 24 stakes winners including nine graded stakes.

With 385 yearlings in Book 2, Session 3* that entered the sales ring for Wednesday, Into Mischief’s progeny garnered $5,950,000 with a averaging $400,000 for 14 lots.

Top price of $875,000 each were brought by two colts. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent for Watercress Farm (Fred W. Hertrich III), Hip 564 is a bay colt out of Divine Heart by Divine Park.

D. L. O’Byrne wrote the first check for $875,000. West Bloodstock, Agent for Repole Stables & St. Elias Stable also paid $875,000 for their bay colt out of Tiznow mare Mimi’s Tiz. Hip 701 was consigned by Gainesway, Agent XVII.

Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. paid $700,000 for a colt out of the Distorted Humor mare Acting Class. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, Hip 474 is from the family of champion Tempera.

Hip 486, a bay colt out of Elusive Quality mare Alwaan, consigned by Denali Stud, was purchased by D. L. O’Byrne for $450,000

Two fillies sold for $430,000 each. Hip 532 out of Chase Motto by Unbridled’s Song was purchased by Marty and Pam Wygod, consigned by Machmer Hall Sales.

Hip 751 out of Mr. Greeley mare Rau Breck was purchased by Oracle Bloodstock, consigned by Hunter Valley Farm. This is the dam’s third foal having produced a  3-year-old winning filly racing in England by Declaration of War and a 2-year-old colt by Into Mischief that placed in his first start.

A colt out of stakes winning Wildcat Heir mare Jewel of a Cat (Hip 646) and a filly out of Tale of the Cat mare Layreebelle (Hip 665), each sold for $350,000. Repole Stables & St. Elias Stable purchased the colt, consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales. Mike Ryan was the agent for the buyer of the filly, consigned by Machmer Hall Sales. She is out of a graded stakes-winning producer.

Additionally, two fillies and four colts sold for a total of $1.3 million.

Monday’s session of Book 1 yielded incredible results for Into Mischief, with three of his fillies bringing at least $1 million, with 11 lots sold averaging an astounding $750,000.

Topping the day for the Spendthrift stallion was Hip 438, which sold for $1.9 million to Larry Best’s OXO Equine. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, the filly was bred by Dennis Albaugh, who raced the filly’s stakes-winning dam Taylor S., as well as her second dam, Miss Macy Sue. The latter was a Grade 3 winner and also the dam of both Liam’s Map and Not This Time.

Video of Hip 438.

“I like her frame. She looks like a two-turn filly,” Best said of the $1.9 million purchase. “She has a wonderful family. With my collection of Into Mischief fillies, she has to be one of the best in terms of pedigree. I continue to bet a lot on Into Mischief and so far, so good. I feel good about this one.”

“I am so excited,” added Albaugh. “This was a horse we loved a lot. We are very happy. Larry Best got a very nice horse. There is a lot of upside for him on this filly.”

Into Mischief’s first seven-figure horse of the day was Hip 275, bred and consigned by Clearsky Farms and sold to Courtland Farm for $1,025,000.

Video of Hip 275.

“We’ve looked at a few Into Mischiefs, [Sunday] we got outbid on the colt that brought $1 million,” said Courtland farm manager Ernie Retamoza. “We’re a big fan of Into Mischief. We thought she had a lot of substance and a lot of class and she’s the kind of filly we want in our race program. “

The bay filly is out of stakes-placed Mary Rita and her third dam is the immortal Personal Ensign.

Later in the session Hip 405 also brought a top by of $1,025,000 from Bradley Weisbord’s B S W/ agent Liz Crow. From the Machmer Hall consignment, the filly is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Gift Box and was bred by Machmer Hall along with Carrie and Craig Brogden. The filly’s dam Special Me has produced three graded winners and several six-figure yearlings prior to Tuesday’s new high-water mark.

Video of Hip 405.

“We bred [SW & MGISP] Shoplifted (Into Mischief) on that same cross and Intense Holiday (Harlan’s Holiday) on that same cross,” Carrie Brogden told the TDN. “Because Unbridled’s Songs offer him beauty and stretch. Into Mischief gives them the will, the heart, the bone and the bodies. It’s been an incredible match.”

Into Mischief had the top colt during Sunday’s elite first session of the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling sale, with Larry Best’s OXO Equine securing hip No. 121 for an even $1 million.

Into Mischief’s overall numbers for Sunday included nine yearlings sold for an average of $537,222, with every individual bringing at least $350,000.

Gainesway was the consignor of Hip 121, who was bred by Spendthrift Farm. The bay colt is out of Curlina, who was Grade 2 placed and has produced the multiple graded performer Sine Wave.

“The sire is unreal,” Best said after the purchase. “I just put Instagrand into stallion duty because I believe he has the potential to be an elite sire son of Into Mischief. So I’m obviously one of the biggest fans of what Spendthrift has done with Into Mischief, and my luck with Into Mischief has been good, starting with Instagrand. I have a horse named Rowayton who’s a Grade I performer. I’m a big fan of Into Mischief. I think he’s probably one of the best sires ever.”

Earlier in the session, Into Mischief’s Hip 78, a colt consigned by Four Star Sales, agent for Spendthrift, sold to Donato Lanni, bidding on behalf of SF Racing, Starlight Racing and Madaket Stables for $775,000.

Spendthrift purchased Hip 78’s grade stakes-winning dam Bouquet Booth at the 2017 Keeneland November sale. This is the family of Horse of the Year Havre de Grace and multiple Grade 1 winners Riskaverse and Tonalist.

Into Mischief had four horses bring at least $1 million and 11 lots at least $500,000 for Book 1.

*Including RNA and withdrawn.

MbKalinich/Edited Press Release 

Photo: Hip 405, 2020 Keeneland September Yearling Sale – photo by Z. Courtesy of Keeneland Hip 438, which sold for $1.9 million.

Another great piece by Jonathan!

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