Don't Leave Me tops at Fasig-Tipton

Sells for US$650,000 to Woodford Thoroughbreds during The Pin Oak Stud Sale

Don't Leave Me. Image: Fasig-Tipton.
Don't Leave Me. Image: Fasig-Tipton.

A selection of Pin Oak's remaining broodmares, weanlings, and race fillies were offered without reserve by Denali Stud as agent on Sunday evening at Fasig-Tiptons Newtown Paddocks in Lexington.  

The sale topper came in the form of Don't Leave Me (Lemon Drop Kid) (Hip 18), a nine-year-old Graded stakes winning daughter of Lemon Drop Kid (Kingmamo) who was bought by Woodford Thoroughbreds, in foal to Authentic (Into Mischief), for US$650,000 (video). Don't Leave Me is out of Grade 1 winner See How She Runs (Maria's Mon), and has produced two foals to date, including I'm So Sorry (Uncle Mo), who is placed in one start this year at two, and a weanling filly by Medaglia d'Oro (El Pardo) (Hip 19). The latter preceded her dam into the ring, and was purchased by Rigney Racing for US$370,000, the top price paid for a weanling during the sale. 

"We started showing Saturday morning," said Denali Stud's Craig Bandoroff. "They were here at quarter to eight, and her 23 horses showed 1,056 times... we were hoping that the community would appreciate the quality of the offerings and the quality of Ms. Abercrombie and Clifford's lifetime work, and they did. It was gratifying." 

Point System (Hip 5), a seven-year-old stakes winner by Pin Oak's own Broken Vow (Unbridled), sold for US$420,000 to Shepherd Equine Advisors, agent from Larry Hirsch. The second highest price of the evening, Point System was offered in foal to Eclipse Champion Improbable (City Zip). To date, Point System is represented by a yearling colt by Candy Ride (Ride The Rails). 

Late in the session, Eaton Sales took home multiple Grade One placed stakes winner Gold Medal Dancer (Medaglia d'Oro) (Hip 23) for US$400,000 (video). The 11-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro is represented by Dance Recital (War Front), a winner this year at four, as well as an unstarted two-year-old in Dance Routine (Into Mischief), and a weanling colt by Candy Ride. 

"This has been her baby for 60+ years," added longtime Pin Oak Stud farm manager Clifford Barry of Abercrombie. "It's kind of nice to coming in tonight and showcase... There are mares here today she's got three, four generations of. Very, very proud of her." 

Of three racing and/or broodmare prospects on offer, Fascination (Hip 20) took the top spot, selling for US$185,000 to Harbut Bloodstock. A daughter of two-time and current Leading Sire Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday), Fascination placed third in her debut this year at three. Her dam, Whimiscality (Maria's Mon) (Hip 10), in foal to Collected, sold earlier in the session to BBA Ireland for US$200,000. 

All told, 23 horses sold for US$3,999,000, at an average of US$173,870 and a median of US$130,000. 

Full results are available here

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