Violence at Hill 'n' Dale Farms

Violence at Hill 'n' Dale Farms

Violence Poised for Saratoga Yearling Price Bump

MarketWatch Analysis

Hill 'n' Dale Farms' freshman sire Violence  appears to be the second-crop yearling sire in the best position for an appreciable gain in progeny value at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.

The 7-year-old son of Medaglia d'Oro  is one of six second-crop yearling sires represented to date in the Saratoga sale, which will be held Aug. 7-8. The others are Darley's Animal Kingdom, Ashford Stud's Declaration of War and Shanghai Bobby, Claiborne Farm's Orb , and WinStar Farm's Paynter .

Among the six sires Violence had the lowest average at the 2016 Saratoga sale, with three yearlings that brought an average of $168,333. For all of 2016, Violence's yearling average of $89,616 (excluding short yearlings) was the second-lowest among the same six stallions.

He was just ahead of Paynter, who had an overall yearling average of $83,854 but a significantly higher average of $263,333 for three sold at the Saratoga sale a year ago. Violence did have the largest number of yearlings sold at auction in 2016 (again, among these six sires), with 69 bringing successful bids. Shanghai Bobby was next-highest by number sold with 63.

Violence's runner up position on the leading freshman sire list, through July 22, will go a long way toward bolstering his yearling value at Saratoga. He has four winners out of 17 starters to date and is one of six freshman sires with a black-type stakes winner.

Buy Sell Hold (out of Melody Lady, by Unbridled's Song) became Violence's first black-type winner in the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes. The filly raced by Kirk and Judy Robison took a shot in the July 21 Schuylerville Stakes (G3) on opening day at Saratoga Race Course, where she was a factor early in the race but faded late to finish fifth. Violence is the only freshman sire to date with two repeat winners and has accumulated $201,012 in progeny earnings.

WinStar Farm's Overanalyze is the current leading freshman sire with $349,027 in earnings. The son of Dixie Union also leads the freshman sire ranks with nine winners. Pschoanalyze bumped stakes-placed Analyze the Odds to be the sire's best runner July 22 with a third place finish in the Sanford Stakes (G3) at Saratoga.

Of the three Violence yearlings cataloged for the Saratoga sale, two have the additional advantage of dams that are graded stakes producers.

Hip 174 is a filly out of black-type stakes winner Delta Sensation, who is the dam of Bay Shore Stakes (G3) winner J J's Lucky Train (Silver Train). The filly is being sold by the Taylor Made Sales Agency for Clearsky Farms.

The second yearling out of a proven producer is Hip 204, a filly named Peace Corps, who is a half sister to grade 1 winner Her Smile (Include ) and stakes winner Moon River (Bluegrass Cat). Peace Corps is being sold by Taylor Made on behalf of the William M. Backer Estate.

The third cataloged Violence yearling is Hip 108, a colt out of the grade 3 placed Witch's Coven. Taylor Made is also selling this chestnut colt that is his dam's second foal.