There was the one that got away, but Starlight Racing had what they consider to be a successful fishing trip to the Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale on Monday and Tuesday.
Starlight spent a total of just over $1.2 million on two colts and two fillies.
“Other than the Arch we wanted, all of the ones we got were on our hit list,” said Don Lucarelli of Duanesburg, Starlight co-managing partner with Jack Wolf.
The two bay colts were hip No. 58 ($320,000), a son of Harlan’s Holiday out of the Elusive Quality mare Havenlass, and No. 137 ($350,000), a Lemon Drop Kid out of the Cherokee Run mare Stormy B.
The bay fillies were No. 5 ($275,000), by Tale of the Cat out of the Silver Deputy mare Acadia, and No. 68 ($270,000), a Giant’s Causeway out of the A.P. Indy mare Indy Business.
“All four are very athletic,” Starlight’s bloodstock agent Frank Brothers said. “First and foremost, we were looking for good, athletic horses, and they’re all very well made. The second thing you’re trying to do is get as much pedigree as possible.
“None of them were cheap. We had to pay a bit, but at this point, we’re very happy with them.”
Starlight has had success with progeny of Harlan’s Holiday.
He sired Shanghai Bobby, who won the Eclipse Award for 2-year-old colts after a season in which he won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita and the Hopeful at Saratoga Race Course.
Not only that, but Harlan’s Holiday carries appeal for the ownership group because Wolf campaigned him, before Lucarelli became a partner.
Harlan’s Holiday was the beaten favorite in the 2002 Kentucky Derby and a two-time Grade I winner, in the Blue Grass and Donn Handicap.
“Actually, there was no pressure [from Wolf],” Brothers said with a chuckle. “It was based more on the success of horses like Shanghai Bobby. He’s out of a quality mare and looks like he has speed and could carry it.”
“Frankie thought that was the best Harlan’s Holiday in the sale,” Lucarelli said.
Harlan’s Holiday had six yearlings in the catalogue, of which five sold for an average of $245,000.
Starlight was interested in hip No. 27, a colt by Arch out of Century Park, but were outbid by Live Oak Plantation for $435,000.
Sales numbers overall were very similar to those from 2012.
A total of 108 yearlings were sold for $31,870,000, an average of $295,093.
In 2012, when 107 yearlings were sold, the total was $32,000,000 for an average of $299,065.
The sales topper was a Dynaformer filly who was bought by Borges Torrealba for $1,225,000, followed by a Distorted Humor filly who went for $1,000,000 to Live Oak Plantation.
ANOTHER FROST GIANT
For the second time in two days, a progeny of Frost Giant won a New York Stallion Series stakes.
Frosty Bay came from the back of the pack to take the Statue of Liberty by two lengths, a day
after West Hills Giant won the colt version of the series, the Cab Calloway, by virtue of the disqualification of Orino.
Ridden by Javier Castellano, Frosty Bay won from behind a relatively slow pace up front, as Castellano steered her outside in the stretch to avoid traffic.
“It was slow, but I knew my horse was comfortable in behind horses,” Castellano said. “I saw a couple horses near the lead struggling. Sooner or later I knew it would back up really quick.”
Jockey Archibald Kingsley Jr. was injured in the first race, the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps steeplechase, when he fell off Hunter Forward going over the third fence.
Kingsley, who also trains Hunter Forward, flew over the top of the 7-year-old mare and landed on his head and shoulder.
He was motionless for several minutes and eventually strapped to a stretcher and taken to an ambulance.
In a statement, National Steeplechase Association director of racing Bill Gallo said “We spoke with the jockey advocate [Maryanne Griesche], and she indicated he is alert, conscious and awaiting test results at Saratoga Hospital. He appears to have no injury other than a possible concussion.”
Hunter Forward was able to walk away from the spill.
Take Her Tothe Top won the race, during which the field was waved around the seventh fence because Kingsley was still on the ground.
GOLDEN SOUL WORKS
Kentucky Derby runner-up Golden Soul breezed five furlongs in 1:00.97 on the main track for trainer Dallas Stewart as he continues to prepare for the Aug. 24 Travers.
Since the Derby, Golden Soul was ninth in the Belmont Stakes and last of seven in the Haskell Invitational.
“Actually, he came out of the Haskell great,” Stewart said. “I can’t explain the bad race. Health-wise, he’s fine. We’ve been galloping him steady, giving him his normal routine and he’s handled it fine. He worked great today. He had great energy and came home good, so we’re pointing toward the Travers.”
FOX ON BOARD
FOX Sports and The Jockey Club announced that a multi-year agreement to air prominent graded stakes races starting next year has been reached. The races will be shown on FOX Sports 1, the new network launching on Saturday, Aug. 17.
The package of nationally televised races will consist of up to 10 telecasts per year. Each telecast will include two top stakes races from NYRA’s three tracks, Del Mar, Gulfstream Park, Keeneland, Santa Anita Park and Woodbine.
The new series will premiere on Sunday, Feb. 9, with the Donn Handicap and Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap from Gulfstream Park.
On Monday, Aug. 26, NYRA will host a public forum from 6-7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at which members of NYRA senior management will be among those in attendance.
Topics to be addressed include the new Whitney viewing stand and the Saratoga 150 Celebration. Questions from the public on other topics will also be addressed.
The town hall-style meeting will start with a brief introduction, followed by a moderated, question-and-answer discussion with the panel.
Members of the public wishing to attend must RSVP at nyra.-com/publicforum in advance of the session as space is limited to 125 people.
An agenda will be presented and posted at nyra.com/publicforum in advance of the session.
BC DISTAFF BACK
The Breeders’ Cup has switched the name of the Ladies’ Classic back to the Distaff.
The change was spurred by feedback from fans.