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« on: September 22, 2013, 09:59:36 PM »

This was my first time ever going into the Select Auction with high hopes and a large "allowance" I'd given myself to spend. I'm seriously surprised to be done so early and to have gotten almost all of my top picks. I didn't even spend half of my allowance, either!

First and foremost, I'm excited to add a second stallion to the Ivy Creek roster. ICh. V is for Victory will stand beside Witness, since our current plan is to keep our other stud qualified boys (Ducati & Exit Poll) in training for as long as possible. He is currently bronze ranked, but his oldest crop is only 2. He didn't find his feet til 3, and only got better from there. His oldest 2yos seem to be doing better, supporting this theory, so I had to take a gamble (and console myself from retiring D&E too early, ha).

I got one broodmare - Ch. Runaway Angel - a young broodmare IFT Sun King.  She was selected based on her MSWs and FIVE speed records, and I figured she would be overlooked as a create.

Then I brought home three yearlings:

Marigold - a Point Given filly out of a Ch. mare
Stormchaser - a Foolhardy filly out of a Ch. mare (renamed, formerly Clue Bars)
Franco Tijuana - an I'm A Classic colt out of a Ch. silver mare

I wanted a Foolhardy girl (I only had colts), and I'm determined to try to get an I'm A Classic son to studhood someday. Overall, I'm incredibly pleased with my acquisitions (and prices!)
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2013, 01:33:19 AM »

I started with a list of 12 horses, ranging from broodmares to weanlings.

Almost as soon as the bidding started, we realized we weren't going to get one of our top 5 choices, Manifesto (WCh. What's Debatable (S) x On The Run (G)) when the bidding on him opened at a massive $200k and that didn't even meet his Reserve. Early this morning, we gave up on our #1 choice, Fool's Kiss (FFCh. Foolhardy (P) x Ch. Kiss of Indy) when the bidding went over $300k. We have also given up on a couple of others as their prices have gone above what we had "budgeted" for them.

So far, we have successfully bought four horses and are currently high bidder on two others (although with one of them, our maximum bid is less than his Reserve so I guess that we aren't strictly classified as "winning" by the code).

We won 2 unraced 2yo's:-
Classic Fires, by NCh. I'm A Classic (S) out of Fire It Up (B). We have one racehorse by I'm A Classic (who has done very well for us), and wanted to get another. 6 of Classic Fires siblings have raced so far and all have won, so we have high hopes for her. $50,500
Debate With Me, by WCh. What's Debatable (S) out of NCh. Nudge Me (B). We owned his sire for a couple of years until his retirement early last year and wanted to get another of his progeny. $50,000

We also won one broodmare, Townsend Silk, by Ch. Mr. Townsend (B) out of Silk Cat (B). We have one of her siblings already. $25,000

Our last win so far was an Unnamed weanling, by GCh. Major's Flight (S) out of Ch. Serena. She has been named Hidden Cove. $25,000

We are still winning in one more auction, but will have to wait at least 9 1/2 hours to find out whether we win.
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2013, 01:33:44 AM »

I ended up with one, Kick It To Da Curb, by Street Wise (S) out of Lady in Residence (G), so she is half to Von L and She's No Bull, for 125k. I'm going to keep racing her and see if I can add some additional blacktype to her repertoire before she becomes a broodie.  She hasn't raced in two years, so I will try through the end of the year then send her to Drummie if she isn't motivated to run.
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2013, 01:37:32 AM »

The horses I initially went for ended up going too high. I probably would have kept bidding on one girl but felt I could make off better elsewhere. Quite proud with my two steals!

Wulfgar we picked up for 25k. A 3yo son of Simply Heroic, he hasn't raced since May but he ran 2nd in a G3. Hopefully he hasn't lost a step!

Prongs, originally Spotted Bull, is a yearling by Holy Bull out of MSP Ch. Sonata. I really wanted a Holy Bull foal and he caught our eye the most. His dam hit the board 20 of 23 times, with 4 of 5 stakes starts hitting the board. This is her oldest foal, so no way to tell how he'll do, but Holy Bull has had a few stakes winners in his 2yo crop and with the dam having done so well, I have high hopes! Picked up for 25k.
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2013, 02:52:32 AM »

So far i've got 3, waiting for 2 more..


Ch. Notanotherhighlane - GOLD rated broodmare by NCh. Highland Wizard (S) out of Heart of Gold (S). So far, all of her running foals are at least Stakes Placed with the highlight being 2yo Ch. Gonnabeamightyking who is already a MSW winning 3 stakes and earning over $650,000. She is also in foal to Demand The Best
Purchase Price: $125,000

GCh. Daddys Pride - SILVER rated broodmare by ICh. Highland Pride (S) out of Dream Time (S). Honestly surprised to get her for what I did considering she's a MSW millionaire who has 3 foals running, 1 is SP and 1 is a SW. She is in foal to silver rated Dark Continent
Purchase Price: $100,000

Diamond Dust - Yearling filly by ICh. Ring of Fire (S) and out of Ch. Saturnalia (G), this filly has got NICE lines! She is 1/2 to MSW Ch. Clarity of Night. And everyone loves Ring of Fire...
Purchase Price: $70,500

Waiting on bids for Townsend Flame and Kutt and Dry
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2013, 03:19:46 AM »

Kim, thanks for purchasing 3 Crickets. We hope they do well for you. ;-)
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2013, 08:01:38 AM »

No more auctions! Can't believe how much I've spent. But, of course the ponies are worth it. :D
My first choice was stud-qualified Edinburgh, but he went slightly too expensive. Here is what I got instead of him:

NCh. Queen - I saw her just days before the auction has started, and decided to buy her instead of the stallion. Queen needs no introduction - she has great lineage, was a great racehorse herself, and produces great offspring. She's in foal to the retired Chef-de-Race Point Given, one of my favourite studs. So far, she's the 3rd most expensive horse in the auction! ::) Queen is my second Gold ranked broodmare, but the other one I bought when she had no ranking. For $1,000. It's Easy Union. :)

Ch. Shy Shy - I spotted her when I was still unsure if I will get the Queen, she's in foal to Ring of Fire, but her due date is very late so maybe I will not breed her next year. She's created, but ran at stakes level and I like her name. :P

Then I bought two yearlings, also found just before the auction. They are related - the filly has Romeo in her damline, while the colt has him in his sireline.

Serena y Dulce - bay filly with THE star and a sock, by NCh. Conflagration, out of Ch. Heart Breaker. Her name means something like "tranquil and sweet", in Spanish of course.

Raudo y Veloz - liver chestnut colt by NCh. Player, out of Ch. Townsend Glory. Funny that his "hypothetical mating" page doesn't show that he might be a liver chestnut, but the filly's page does. Raudo y veloz means "swift and quick", it's a Spanish expression like "quick as a bunny" or something.

So now I'm broke but happy! ;) And I created an auction which starts on October 1st, please have a look. :D By the way, are we going to include new real-life stallions for next year? Because I would have four to suggest!
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2013, 09:57:45 AM »

Diamond Dust - Yearling filly by ICh. Ring of Fire (S) and out of Ch. Saturnalia (G), this filly has got NICE lines! She is 1/2 to MSW Ch. Clarity of Night. And everyone loves Ring of Fire...
Purchase Price: $70,500

I was going to go for her as well, but was in Belgium with very limited internet over the weekend so she was gone by the time I got home. I hope she does well for you!

No more auctions! Can't believe how much I've spent. But, of course the ponies are worth it. :D
My first choice was stud-qualified Edinburgh, but he went slightly too expensive. Here is what I got instead of him:

I knew I wanted him when Slew O'Scots retired. Plus, I've always loved his name (and location - been there twice).

NCh. Queen - I saw her just days before the auction has started, and decided to buy her instead of the stallion. Queen needs no introduction - she has great lineage, was a great racehorse herself, and produces great offspring. She's in foal to the retired Chef-de-Race Point Given, one of my favourite studs. So far, she's the 3rd most expensive horse in the auction! ::) Queen is my second Gold ranked broodmare, but the other one I bought when she had no ranking. For $1,000. It's Easy Union. :)

Good luck with her! Sorry for driving up her price but she was my #3 pick so I had to try and get her. :) I own so much Highland Rogue bloodlines, though, so figured I didn't need more.

So now I'm broke but happy! ;) And I created an auction which starts on October 1st, please have a look. :D By the way, are we going to include new real-life stallions for next year? Because I would have four to suggest!

Yes, I've been meaning to open that up for suggestions now that breeding season is over. Need to see what (if any) current stallions have retired/will retire in 2014.
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2013, 10:32:15 AM »

I own so much Highland Rogue bloodlines, though, so figured I didn't need more.

I realized that I have a lot of What's It Worth (11 horses, including GCh. Private Party) and only two Highland Rogues - a broodmare and a yearling colt. Now Queen is the 3rd.
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« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2013, 10:57:22 AM »

Ha! I have 60 Rogue (not counting retired/deceased), and 91 Worth. Some of those are probably duplicates as I have a fair amount of Rogue/Worth mixtures.
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« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2013, 01:39:55 PM »

Yeah... Sorry, Shanthi, for driving up the price on Nightshade...but I had to at least try. ;-)
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« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2013, 01:57:53 PM »

Yeah... Sorry, Shanthi, for driving up the price on Nightshade...but I had to at least try. ;-)

No worries. Good luck with Nightcross. :)
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« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2013, 03:50:18 PM »

Very pleased with the new additions to the stable although like Hilda I'll be looking to shift a few of the exisiting horses before the end of the year. I managed to get my three top choices plus two very nice ''afterthoughts''  :D

First choice was MSW, MSP GCh Mississippi, a beautifully bred daughter of Irish River (G) and NCh American Black (G). She is a half-sister to 4 other MSWs and holds three speed records. She's in foal to Starzen for 2018. I bought her eldest foal at this sale last year, a colt by TakeMeToHollywood, so it'll be interesting to see how she fares as a broodmare. Much cheaper than I expected at $302,500.

Second choice was Manifesto, a handsome yearling colt by What's Debatable (S) out of On Thr Run (G) (half-sister to I'm A Classic). His 3/4 brother (by Highland Wizard) was one win away from studification so I'm hoping he might show the same ability. His reserve was however much higher than I'd anticipated at $450,000 - I think he's officially our most expensive purchase.

Also secured my third choice Danzintothetop,a lightly raced 3yo filly by Strider (G) out of MSP Just Danzig (S). She's been switched to jumps by FF but won a stakes race last time out. We have two of her younger half-siblings as well as her dam and various ''cousins'' already and it's a family that's done well so far. She's having a short break at the farm. Cost $125,000.

The remaining two are:

NCh Nudge Me, a created mare who earned over a million on the track. She's not produced anything too spectacular yet but she didn't start racing until she was 4 years old so they might be late developers. In foal to Mr Townsend. She cost $100,000.

Dawnsearlylight, another created mare. She's the Gold ranked dam of WCh Brigade and comes in foal to WCh Drum Major. I think she was a steal at $75,000.

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« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2013, 03:58:19 PM »

First choice was MSW, MSP GCh Mississippi, a beautifully bred daughter of Irish River (G) and NCh American Black (G). She is a half-sister to 4 other MSWs and holds three speed records. She's in foal to Starzen for 2018. I bought her eldest foal at this sale last year, a colt by TakeMeToHollywood, so it'll be interesting to see how she fares as a broodmare. Much cheaper than I expected at $302,500.

Congrats! She was also on my list.

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Second choice was Manifesto, a handsome yearling colt by What's Debatable (S) out of On Thr Run (G) (half-sister to I'm A Classic). His 3/4 brother (by Highland Wizard) was one win away from studification so I'm hoping he might show the same ability. His reserve was however much higher than I'd anticipated at $450,000 - I think he's officially our most expensive purchase.

I'll probably look to tweak the script's calculations with setting reserves - it also set a reserve for 400k on Kutt and Dry which was a bit high (based on 1 MSW almost-millionaire sib and 1 lightly raced non-earning sib).
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« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2013, 04:30:00 PM »

Kim, thanks for purchasing 3 Crickets. We hope they do well for you. ;-)

Haha no problem! Apparently I like your breeding style :)
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