Bernardini Colt Tops F-T Sale at $1.6 Million
by Esther Marr
Date Posted: 3/25/2013 3:38:15 PM
Last Updated: 3/27/2013 1:04:36 PM

Hip 131, a bay colt by Bernardini, became the new sale topper at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training when he was bought for $1.6 million.
Photo: Fasig-Tipton Photo

A bay colt by Bernardini   became the new sale topper at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training when he was bought for $1.6 million by prominent New York owner Robert LaPenta.

Consigned by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds, agent, as Hip No. 131, he was bred in Kentucky by Masaichiro Abe.

The $1.6 million colt is the first offspring produced by the Forestry mare Hishi Aspen, a $300,000-plus earner in Japan during her race career. Hishi Aspen's other foal is a yearling Corinthian   filly.

During his first trip through the auction ring, the Bernardini colt was acquired for $250,000 by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

He is the second big pinhook of the day for Hartley/De Renzo, which earlier sold a Smart Strike   filly for $700,000 to Nat Rea's Regis Farms.

English group II winner Northern Aspen (by Northern Dancer), is the $1.6 million colt's third dam. His fourth dam, grade I winner, Fall Aspen (by Pretense), was named the 1994 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year.

Among her best offspring are grade/group I victors Northern Aspen, Elle Seule, Hamas, Fort Wood, and Timber Country (1994 U.S. champion 2-year-old male).

Find complete Fasig-Tipton Florida Selected 2YOIT Sale results here.


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