Striving to be the best has proudly earned WinStar numerous milestones as owner and breeder. But what is perhaps less publicized is our success in the commercial arena, and the number of top racehorses we’ve sold at public auction.
We understand that to acquire new and diverse bloodstock at public auction, we must trade our pedigrees and sell our best to help ensure long-term health for both WinStar Farm and the breeding industry as a whole. To that end, we take pride in selling top prospects every year at the sales.
In 2015, WinStar continues to offer our best, with 98 catalogued yearlings bred and raised at the farm that will be offered at the various major public auctions in North America.
Our numbers in the past few years are a testimonial to our goal. Through August of this year, we are North America’s No. 1 Breeder of Graded Stakes Winners (8), led by Saratoga Grade 1 winners Competitive Edge and Embellish the Lace (Source: Paulick Report's American Graded Stakes Standings).
WinStar is also the No. 1 Breeder of Cumulative Hips for North America Sales from 2012-2015 (sales over $43 million), as well as No. 1 Breeder of 2-Year-Old Hips in North American Sales in 2014-15 (Source: Bloodhorse.com).
Sale horses bred by WinStar have consistently commanded top dollar in 2015, led by the $800,000 top-priced filly at the OBS March 2-year-olds-in-training sale, Constellation - now a TDN Rising Star at Saratoga.
Top auction prices are not the only reflection of our successful breeding program, as we breed to sell in all areas of the market. In fact, we have sold Grade 1 winners – including Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, Travers winner Golden Ticket, Champion filly Spring in the Air, and $3.4-million mare Sharp Lisa – at attainable levels for nearly every buyer in the marketplace. Notable private sales include acclaimed Grade 1 winners Any Given Saturday, Girolamo, and Court Vision.
So whether you are looking to pinhook or buying to race, benefit your program by making sure to 'Look for the Star' the next time you're at the sales.