A chestnut filly by Gun Runner paced the Maryland-bred offerings at this year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, held at the Humphrey S. Finney sales pavilion on Aug. 7-8 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Bred by Country Life Farm and Starr of Quality LLC, the filly was consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services Inc., and sold for $775,000 to Solis and Litt. She's out of the stakes-winning First Dude mare Starr of Quality, whom Country Life purchased for $72,000 at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in 2020 after a career record of 6-4-7 from 26 starts and earnings of $307,529. This is her second foal; her first, a 2-year-old colt named Fulmineo, sold for $90,000 to Starlight Racing at last year's Saratoga sale and finished third on debut at Delaware Park on July 26.
Two other Maryland-breds sold at this year's sale, both for six figures. A dark bay or brown Maclean's Music colt, consigned by Scott Mallory for breeder Determined Stud, sold for $275,000 to Barry Berkelhammer, agent for Hillwood Stable LLC. He's the first foal out of the unraced Pioneerof the Nile mare Chosen Venture. His second dam, Enchanting Lisa (War Chant), was graded-stakes placed and is a half-sister to two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan (Wiseman's Ferry), along with multiple graded stakes winner and track record-setter Successful Dan (Successful Appeal) and stakes winner and producer Our Royal Dancer (Roy).
A dark bay or brown Violence colt, also bred by Determined Stud and consigned by Scott Mallory, sold for $230,000 to St. Elias Stables. He's the second foal out of Tough Irma (Stormy Atlantic), a stakes-placed mare who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Turbo Compressor and stakes winner and course record-setter Stormy Dixie. Her first foal, a colt named Pacific Quest, has sold three times, all for six figures, the most recent for $250,000 to Bob Hess Jr. at the Ocala Breeder's 2-Year-Old and Horses of Racing Age Sale earlier this year.
In total, the Maryland-breds sold for a combined $1,280,000, for an average of $426,667.
View the complete sales results here.