The filly’s name is Wait No More, but we will have to wait a little bit longer to find out who bought her.
Todd Pletcher trained her Eclipse Award-winning mother, Wait a While, and on Tuesday, he signed the purchase slip for $1,575,000 to top the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearlings Sale.
The elegant gray/roan filly is by Medaglia d’Oro, and the dam was the 2006 champion 3-year-old filly for Arindel Farm in Florida, which bred Wait No More.
Asked who he was representing, Pletcher said, “I’d rather not say tonight,” but he was clearly pleased to secure the daughter of such an important horse in his career.
“Yeah, we overstretched it a little bit, but, obviously, we know the mare really well, and she’s one of the best I’ve ever had,” Pletcher said.
Hip No. 117 is the second foal from Wait a While; the other is an unraced 2-year-old.
Of Wait a While’s 12 career victories, 10 came in graded stakes.
She earned over $2 million in her career and began her career at Saratoga Race Course in 2005, finishing fifth in a maiden race.
Wait a While would go on to win the Lake Placid once and the Ballston Spa twice at Saratoga, but was seventh to Forever Together in the Grade I Diana in 2008.
She was fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf in 2006, was scratched the morning of the race with a knee injury in 2007 and finished her career with a 10th in 2008.
Her daughter was one of three yearlings to top $1 million at the sale. The other two were bought on Monday.
Another yearling nearly made it to $1 million Tuesday. Hip No. 102, a bay filly by Dynaformer out of Super Freaky, was bought for $900,000 by David Ingordo on behalf of Waratah Thoroughbreds, an Australia-based stable.
“It’s a beautiful filly,” Pletcher said. “She reminded us a lot of Wait a While, and we’re really happy to get her. I think she’s one that, regardless of what she does on the racetrack, she’s worth a lot of money.”
Cumulative gross sales were $32 million, a 3 percent decrease for the two days of last year’s sale.
The average sale price was down 6 percent, to $299,065.
The sale rebounded on the second night after a relatively lackluster first night.
“We made a furious comeback on the second night,” Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning said. “It seemed like they were bidding much more confidentally and aggressively.”
Starlight Racing managing partners Don Lucarelli of Duanesburg and Jack Wolf of Saratoga Springs picked up three yearlings on Tuesday to go with two on Monday for a total of $1,130,000.
On Tuesday, their agent, Franki Brothers, signed a Giant’s Causeway ($375,000) and a pair by More Than Ready, who was trained by Starlight’s regular trainer, Pletcher.
The bay Giant’s Causeway colt is the first foal out of Empire West, a daughter of Empire Maker.
Starlight bought hip 110, a chestnut filly out of The Legend Grows, for $175,000, and hip No. 158, a gray/roan colt out of Cloud Rise, for $155,000.
“More Than Ready is a top-class sire,” Brothers said. “They just run. They run short, they run long, they run on the turf, the main track, and he’s just a solid sire. They don’t necessarily bring a lot of money. But you get a lot of bang for your buck, we’ve had luck with them and I like them.”
On Monday, Starlight bought two yearlings, an English Channel colt out of Heavenly Ransom for $175,00, and a Harlan’s Holiday filly out of Miss Patsy for $250,000.
The filly, by the Kentucky Derby favorite that Wolf owned, had the added appeal of having been born on the birthday (Jan. 30) of Wolf’s wife, Laurie.
Ray Bryan of Saratoga Springs said he expects to buy a share in the next Donegal Racing LLC package, which will include hip No. 111 purchased by managing partner Jerry Crawford for $375,000 on Tuesday.
The gray or roan colt is by Unbridled’s Song out of the Storm Cat mare Tom’s Cat, and Donegal is looking at him as an eventual Kentucky Derby prospect.
Bryan said the price was well within what Donegal was willing to bid, and he believes that the reserve was dropped from $500,000 to under $300,000 once the sales came up soft on Monday.
“[Trainer] Dale [Romans] had it rated as the second-best horse in the sale [in that price range], and Jerry and the rest of his team had it as the top-rated horse tonight,” Bryan said. “They dropped the reserve, and Jerry said this is a horse we have to have.
“And Unbridled’s Song will be very interesting. They’re known for being precocious. Because of the way they changed the Derby format, it doesn’t matter if they’re precocious or not because the graded earnings don’t matter anymore. They tend to be delicate, too, but the thought is we can be very patient with this horse, since the graded earnings don’t matter.”
Despite two purchases that topped $1 million on Monday, the numbers overall were down from the first night of last year’s sale.
Ferguson purchased a Street Cry colt, the first foal out of 2009 Canadian champion Serenading, for $1.2 million for Sheikh Mohammed, who did not attend the second night.
Stonestreet Stable and George Bolton bought an Empire Maker colt out of Sluice for $1.1 million.
The average price ($261,346) compared to last year’s first day was down from $329,694 in 2011.