Melnyk Mares to be Offered at Fasig-Tipton

Melnyk Mares to be Offered at Fasig-Tipton
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Three-time Canadian champion Sealy Hill is among the broodmares to be offered.

Twenty-eight selected offerings from Eugene Melnyk's Winding Oaks Farm have been added to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale.

The Melnyk horses will be part of a supplemental catalog of 39 horses that will be offered at the conclusion of the regular portion of the sale Feb. 11 in Lexington. Taylor Made Sales Agency will act as agent and consignor of the Melnyk offerings.

Among the broodmares to be offered are grade I winner Pool Land, in foal to Smart Strike  ; three-time Canadian champion and graded stakes winner Sealy Hill, in foal to Distorted Humor  ; and graded stakes winner Gemswick Park, in foal to Tiznow  .

Also included are five mares in foal to the Melnyk-raced champion Speightstown  , who sired 20 stakes winners in 2012 and finished the year ranked third on the general sire list. There are also three mares in foal to Melnyk's grade I winner Flower Alley, the sire of 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner and champion 3-year-old male I'll Have Another  . Also among the Melynk offerings are mares in foal to prominent sires Candy Ride  , Congrats  , Harlan's Holiday, and More Than Ready  .

Roxy Gap, a three-time graded stakes winner in 2012, headlines Melnyk's racing/broodmare prospects on offer. The daughter of Indian Charlie has lifetime earnings of more than $860,000, and is a 2012 Sovereign Award finalist in the older female, turf female, and female sprinter categories.

Winding Oaks general manager Phil Hronec explained that this bloodstock reduction is part of their strategic plan.

"We have had great success with our homebred program over the years," said Hronec in a release. "Moving forward we have decided to shift more toward buying to race instead of breeding to race. It is bittersweet to part with these mares but we are excited about our new direction."

The Melnyk offerings can now be found online at www.fasigtipton.com. Printed versions of the supplemental catalog will be available from Fasig-Tipton by Monday, Jan. 28.

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