Monomoy Girl lights up Fasig-Tipton’s Night of the Stars at $9.5 million

Organisers reported that 142 lots sold for $80,237,000.


Monomoy Girl sold for $9.5 million but is expected to remain in training

Monomoy Girl sold for $9.5 million but is expected to remain in training
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Fuelled by nearly insatiable demand for top racing and broodmare prospects and a deep buying bench headed by B Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, The November Sale, Fasig-Tipton’s breeding stock sale in Lexington, lived up to its “Night of the Stars” moniker on Sunday.

From 288 catalogued, Fasig-Tipton reported 142 head grossed $80,237,000, with an average price of $565,049 and a $200,000 median. The 69 horses that went unsold represented an RNA rate of 33 per cent.

There were 22 horses sold for $1 million or more, compared with 18 horses sold for seven figures a year ago when 128 horses grossed $68,011,000 for an average price of $531,336 and a $300,000 median. The 40 horses that went unsold represented an RNA rate of 24 per cent.

Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning Jr was blown away by the strength of the sale, noting it was a credit to Fasig-Tipton’s customers who entrust their prized stock to the sale company.

“A remarkable evening,” Browning said. “If someone would have told me or you all six months ago when our world kind of changed, or six weeks ago, six days ago, or yesterday that we were going to sell $80 million of horses tonight and 22 for $1 million or more, they probably would have taken me out of here in a straitjacket and said he is now delusional.

“There’s no magic. The success of this sale was built upon having a tremendous catalogue of quality horses. It was a spectacular catalogue.

“It’s a relationship-based business,” Browning continued. “It’s not just me. If you go through that (Fasig-Tipton) office, on our sales team, every person involved in the organisation has a key factor in recruiting some of these elite horses, and that’s why it works.

“There’s an awful lot of people who work hard on a year-round basis to recruit and to build the relationships with the people because we care about them and we care about their horses.”

Not surprisingly, the star of the show was Monomoy Girl, the champion filly who made a courageous return to the top ranks of competition this year after missing all of 2019 due to colic and a pulled muscle.

She went into the sale ring off an impressive second victory in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland the day before the auction. Consigned as part of the ELiTE consignment, Monomoy Girl was purchased by Spendthrift for $9.5 million.

The price tied two-time champion Songbird for the third-highest paid at the November sale for a filly or mare, exceeded only by the $14 million paid for Better Than Honour and the $10 million price tag for Horse of the Year Havre de Grace.

Overall, Spendthrift spent $25.03 million for 12 horses, averaging $2,085,833.

Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey said the numbers were not surprising, considering those mares were at the top of the market.

“The kind of mares we zero in on at this sale, they aren’t affected as much by market conditions,” Toffey said. “We were pretty sure that for the high-end mares, it would be very competitive.

“The big question is with the lesser mares here and all through the books at Keeneland (November Breeding Stock Sale), what will that be like? With the yearling sales down, who knows what that market will hold. We are as curious to see as anybody.”

Multiple Grade 1 winner Rushing Fall sold for $5.5 million
Multiple Grade 1 winner Rushing Fall sold for $5.5 million


The top price for a weanling was the $600,000 paid by OXO Equine for a colt from the first crop of City of Light consigned by Hunter Valley Farm.

Browning said the market for weanlings was selective as pinhookers who buy to resell the following year had been impacted by the Covid-19 market of 2020.

“I don’t think there is any question that weanling pinhookers that bought in 2019 and sold in the 2020 market had a very difficult year, so I think it stood to reason that there would be a little more restraint overall with the pinhooker group, and some of the high-priced weanlings were sold to end-users,” he said.

“We know the targets get a little bit narrower. I think there was a little more hesitancy on the weanling side of things tonight than there would have been a year ago.”

Sam-Son Farm to Disperse Breeding and Racing Stock

The farm, founded in 1972 by Ernie Samuel, became a renowned racing and breeding operation; some stock on offer at Fasig-Tipton Nov. Sale.

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Sam-Son Farm, one of the most celebrated and successful Thoroughbred operations in North America, announced today that it will be dispersing its breeding and racing stock during the next 12-18 months. Sam-Son is partnering with the Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland organizations to present this rare opportunity for buyers to acquire world-class racing talent and breeding stock from one of the true breed-to-race operations in the business.

Ernie Samuel founded Sam-Son Farm in 1972 and built it into a world-renowned racing and breeding operation. After his death in 2000, his daughter Tammy Samuel-Balaz took over the reins at Sam-Son and led the farm to numerous victories and awards until her own passing in 2008. Today the farm is run by Farm Manager, Dave Whitford, and Racing Manager, Tom Zwiesler, under the leadership of owners, Rick Balaz, (President), Mark Samuel (CEO) and Kim Samuel, who have sustained and built upon the farm’s sterling reputation and legacy of success. After serious consideration and discussion, the owners have unanimously decided to initiate an orderly dispersal and to step back from active participation in the racing and breeding world.

Sam-Son Farm has bred and raced 44 Graded stakes winners in the famed red and gold silks, including 37 Classic winners, and 14 Grade 1 winners. The legendary operation has garnered 84 Sovereign Awards and won four Eclipse Awards, including the 2019 Sovereign Awards for Owner and Breeder of the Year.

The Samuel/Balaz families commented as follows; “We are enormously proud of the quality and longevity of Sam-Son Farm and have enjoyed nurturing and celebrating every stage of the equine cycle from breeding, to raising, to racing, to retirement and often, returning to the breeding shed. Our horses have given generations of our family such fulfillment and excitement over the years and we felt that the time had come, after five decades, to now share that legacy with the world. It was a bittersweet decision but one that we are committed to pursuing with integrity, transparency and respect. Our horses and our amazing, dedicated employees deserve no less.”

Sam-Son has seen its iconic red and gold silks carried by such champions as Dance Smartly, the first Canadian owned and bred horse to win a Breeders’ Cup race and who, in her undefeated 3-year-old season of 1991, became just the second filly in history to win the Canadian Triple Crown. Other champions include Breeders Cup winner Chief Bearhart, Eclipse Award winner Sky Classic; Dancethruthedawn, Quiet Resolve, Rainbow’s for Life, Ruling Angel, Silken Cat, Soaring Free, Wilderness Song and many more. Sam-Son also bred and raced Grade 1 winner and influential sire Smart Strike, a half-brother to Dance Smartly. The son of Champion Sire Mr. Prospector had a magnificent career at stud. A true sire of sires, Smart Strike topped the American General Sire List in 2007 and 2008 and was inducted into the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame in 2008.

Sam-Son’s dispersal program will debut at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton November Sale with two stunning racing/broodmare prospects and two outstanding in-foal mares. This consignment will consist of 2019 Canadian Champion 3-year-old filly Desert Ride; recent Grade 2 winner Rideforthecause; stakes winner and track record holder Desert Isle in foal to American Pharoah and the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) winner Shared Account in foal to Speightstown.

Rideforthecause, a lightly raced daughter of Candy Ride (ARG) out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Danceforthecause notched her 1st Stakes win on September 12th of this year in the GII Canadian Stakes at Woodbine. She represents one of the oldest and by far the most successful family in our program, dating back to none other than foundation broodmare, No Class. This filly’s star is on the rise, making her a magnificent racing and breeding opportunity.

Woodbine Oaks winner Desert Ride dates back to Oleana through five generations, giving her the unique distinction of being a descendant of the oldest family in our program. She is a daughter of the Distorted Humor mare Fun in the Desert who herself is a half-sister to champion Eye of the Leopard. Desert Isle is by leading broodmare sire Bernardini and is also a member of this family. She is a half-sister to Eye of the Leopard, making her a daughter of the Champion Filly and Broodmare Eye of the Sphynx.

Sam-Son will also offer Shared Account, the first Breeders’ Cup winner and dam of a Breeders’ Cup winner to ever be offered at public auction. The accomplished daughter of Pleasantly Perfect captured the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) and is in foal to Speightstown, so she is carrying a full sibling to Sharing, winner of the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). Incidentally, both Pleasantly Perfect and Speightstown were also Breeders’ Cup winners, making this offering a genetic masterpiece that is surely primed and ready to yield future generations of top-class racehorses.

“Sam-Son Farm has been an iconic name in Thoroughbred racing and breeding for nearly half a century. This program has produced numerous Grade 1 winners, Champions and Hall of Fame racehorses. Sam-Son horses have had a profound influence in top pedigrees around the world and will continue to do so for many generations. Although saddened to see them dispersing their Thoroughbred holdings, we are honored to assist them in this process.” stated Boyd Browning, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fasig-Tipton Co.

Sam-Son Farm will present its remaining in-foal mares at the 2021 Keeneland January Horses of all Ages Sale. This consignment currently stands at 21 and will feature a unique audio-video presentation of each individual mare on the morning of Saturday January 9th. This quality group includes Grade 1 producers Danceforthecause and Song of the Lark as well as young stakes winning mares Checkered Past, Dance Again, Deceptive Vision, Mythical Mission, Smartyfly and Southern Ring. Covering sires include American Pharoah, Candy Ride (ARG), Into Mischief, Kitten’s Joy, Speightstown and Street Sense.

“Keeneland and Sam-Son Farm have enjoyed a long, successful relationship,” Keeneland President-Elect and Interim Head of Sales, Shannon Arvin said. “Over the years, a number of Sam-Son horses have raced here, and the farm received the prestigious Keeneland Tray during the 2005 Spring Meet to recognize its graded stakes success – a milestone that only 20 owners have reached in track history. We are privileged that Sam-Son has entrusted Keeneland to offer this distinguished group of mares at the January Sale.”

This announcement represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to invest into some of the most successful and lasting bloodlines in North-America that, until now, had been very difficult to access.

For more information on the consignments and dispersal process, please contact…
Sam-Son Farm (Milton):
Dave Whitford – Mobile (905) 483-4465; email
Sam-Son Farm (Ocala):
Tom Zwiesler – Mobile (352) 817-5900; email
Shannon Arvin – Office (859) 254-3412; email
Boyd Browning – Mobile (859) 312-7806; email




Annual North American Registered Foal Crop
Current through 8/1/2020
Year United
Canada Puerto

1990 40,333 -8.2 3,193 617 44,143 -7.5
1991 38,151 -5.4 3,025 628 41,804 -5.3
1992 35,051 -8.1 2,777 610 38,438 -8.1
1993 33,822 -3.5 2,713 605 37,140 -3.4
1994 32,118 -5.0 2,591 632 35,341 -4.8
1995 31,884 -0.7 2,446 653 34,983 -1.0
1996 32,243 1.1 2,397 726 35,366 1.1
1997 32,119 -0.4 2,284 740 35,143 -0.6
1998 32,947 2.6 2,340 734 36,021 2.5
1999 33,844 2.7 2,435 650 36,929 2.5
2000 34,728 2.6 2,465 562 37,755 2.2
2001 34,721 -0.0 2,590 590 37,901 0.4
2002 32,986 -5.0 2,468 524 35,978 -5.1
2003 33,976 3.0 2,576 515 37,067 3.0
2004 34,800 2.4 2,615 534 37,949 2.4
2005 35,050 0.7 2,788 527 38,365 1.1
2006 34,905 -0.4 2,643 556 38,104 -0.7
2007 34,358 -1.6 2,546 595 37,499 -1.6
2008 32,332 -5.9 2,382 560 35,274 -5.9
2009 29,612 -8.4 2,323 429 32,364 -8.2
2010 25,954 -12.4 2,118 347 28,419 -12.2
2011 22,653 -12.7 1,991 295 24,939 -12.2
2012 21,470 -5.2 1,782 290 23,542 -5.6
2013 21,431 -0.2 1,533 284 23,248 -1.2
2014 21,426 -0.0 1,287 287 23,000 -1.1
2015 21,519 0.4 1,304 217 23,040 0.2
2016 21,101 -1.9 1,326 234 22,661 -1.6
2017 20,620 -2.3 1,359 221 22,200 -2.0
2018 19,705* -4.4 1,375* 220* 21,300* -4.1
2019 19,225* -2.4 1,375* 200* 20,800* -2.3
2020 18,950* -1.4 1,350* 200* 20,500* -1.4
* Estimated figures

North American Foal Crop by Decade

Foal crops are estimated against Reports of Mares Bred, scheduled to be filed by Aug. 1 of each breeding season. Foal registration is to be completed within 12 months of the birth of the foal. However, late registration is available for additional fees, making actual foal crop counts impractical before Dec. 31 of the crop’s 2-year-old year, the time by which the vast majority of the foal crop has been registered.

Source: The Jockey Club

Jockey Club Report of Mares Bred: Ontario Mares Bred Down 3.5%

Estimated 2020 Canadian foal crop virtually unchanged from 2019 and Souper Speedy leads all Canadian stallions by Mares Bred.

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The Jockey Club today released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2020 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through October 18, 2020, The Jockey Club reports that 1,067 stallions covered 27,970 mares in North America during 2020.

The Jockey Club estimates an additional 2,500 to 3,500 mares will be reported as bred during the 2020 breeding season.

RMB statistics for all reported stallions in 2020 are available through the Fact Book section of The Jockey Club’s website at

Kentucky traditionally leads North America in Thoroughbred breeding activity.

During 2020, Kentucky’s 200 reported stallions covered 16,391 mares, or 58.6% of all of the mares reported bred in North America. The number of mares bred to Kentucky stallions decreased 4.3% percent compared with the 17,123 reported at this time last year.

Of the top 10 states and provinces by number of mares reported bred in 2020, stallions in Louisiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico covered more mares in 2020 than in 2019, as reported at this time last year. The following table shows the top 10 states and provinces ranked by number of mares reported bred in 2020:


Leading Canadian Sires by Mares Bred 2020

Souper Speedy – 71 – ON
Reload – 45 – ON
Seattle Serenade – 41 – ON
Silent Name (JPN) – 37 – ON
Danish Dynaformer – 36 – ON
Old Forester – 34 – ON
Cape Canaveral – 29 – AB
Bakken – 28 – BC
Sungold – 28 – BC
Signature Red – 27 – ON


State – Province Fact Books can be found here.

Foal crops

* Estimated figures


Leading Stallions by Mares Bred


Stallion Mares  Bred   State
Uncle Mo – 257 – KY
Into Mischief – 248 – KY
Mendelssohn – 242 – KY
Vino Rosso – 238 – KY
Constitution – 231 – KY
Mitole – 230 – KY
Justify – 222 – KY
Audible – 219 – KY
Omaha Beach – 215 – KY
Munnings – 207 – KY
Palace Malice – 207 – KY
Goldencents – 204 – KY
Maximus Mischief – 196 – KY
Practical Joke – 188 – KY
Tapiture – 186 – KY
Flameaway – 183 – KY
Khozan – 181 – FL


The Jockey Club Updates Rule Book; Noteworthy Changes to Enhance Digital Certificate-Related Activity

The Jockey Club announced on September 18, 2020, that it has updated the Principal Rules and Requirements of The American Stud Book following approval by the board of stewards of The Jockey Club.
While the changes apply to various parts of the rule book, the more noteworthy changes were made to support the Registry’s operations and customers’ interactions with the Registry in connection with the increased use of digital certificates of foal registration, which started with the 2018 foal crop. The glossary of terms was expanded to include Certificate Manager and rules 2, 7, and 21 include new references to Digital Certificates or Certificate Managers.
“The updated rule book accounts for recent modernizations to the Registry that streamline processes and enhance customer convenience,” said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club. “We recommend that owners and breeders consult to find the most current rules in full.”