The promising Maryland-bred colt Hello Hot Rod, recent winner of the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes, was the highest-priced racing prospect to sell at Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky Winter Mixed sale, taking place Feb. 8-9 in Lexington, Ky.
The most expensive Maryland-bred, at $335,000, Hello Hot Rod was consigned by ELiTE Sales and purchased by George Sharp. Finishing second by a neck in his career debut at his home base of Laurel Park in October, the son of Mosler wheeled around a few weeks later to break his maiden by four and a quarter lengths at seven furlongs. Stepping up to allowance company in December, Hello Hot Rod took to the mile-long distance easily as he won by two and a quarter lengths.
Shipping up to Aqueduct late January for his 3-year-old debut, the colt made his stakes debut in the Jimmy Winkfield, winning by a head over fellow Maryland-bred Return the Ring as he hit the wire for the seven-furlong test in 1:26.30. A few days later, Hello Hot Rod was added as a late supplement to the February sale.
Bred by Hillwood Stables out of the Tiznow mare Hello Now, Hello Hot Rod is the younger half-brother of multiple stakes winner Hello Beautiful (Golden Lad). Hello Now has produced four foals, with two winners from three starters, and she is expecting a full-sibling to Hello Beautiful this year.
Hello Hot Rod was one of seven Maryland-breds to go through the ring, with five selling for a total of $475,000. The group averaged $95,000, with a median of $50,000.