Session 3 of the sale (while still part of Book 1) starts some of the more interesting pedigrees for me, as many of these yearlings come with a racing family, but won’t require you to go into debt for the rest of your life to afford them like some of their earlier counterparts. This session begins on Wednesday, September 12th and the bidding will begin with HIP 496 at 11:00 AM.
Buyers will be attending in force this coming Tuesday as the first yearling sale of the 2018 auction season will be held on the Fasig-Tipton company grounds. Cataloged for the seasonal debut are the first foals of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah, and other exciting new sires like Palace, Bayern, Palace Malice, and Tapiture; all of whom represented the best of their generation in their respective categories.
While there will be the inevitable “outs”, there are well over 300 yearlings to see this year and many are coming with very nice female families below their sires’ famous names.
Into Mischief has found himself at the top of the dirt rankings by number of black type winners, mid-way through 2018 and he doesn’t look like he’s about to slow down now. This ever-improving sire is part of the family to be associated with as a son of Leslie’s Lady, making the great mare Beholder and top sophomore runner Mendelssohn, his half-siblings.
It took him some time to get here, but with his younger half brother showing incredible versatility on any surface, breeders are flocking to the horse that is being boldly proclaimed as the “Heir to the Storm Cat line”.
In the grand scheme of things, Flatter was not the first stallion to enter his breeding career with an average racing record and he was not the last. Not the worst by any means, he raced at 3 and 4, with a final earnings count of $148,815 when he retired. His full-brother Congrats, born a year later, had done a bit better for himself and just missed becoming a millionaire when he entered the young halls of Winstar Farm as a stallion in 2008. Flatter had gotten a four year jump on his brother at that point, but both were welcomed into the breeding world with zeal.