Honest Mischief Sets Hot Pace With Debut Yearlings At Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sale

It took less than 40 hips into the abbreviated first session of the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearling Sale for Honest Mischief to make a statement among the New York stallion ranks.

On Sunday night, Honest Mischief became the first New York stallion to sell multiple six-figure yearlings from his debut crop at the New York-Bred sale since Dublin had three in 2014.

Early in the evening, Shepherd Equine Advisors, as agent for International Equine, signed the $100,000 ticket for Hip 314, a filly from the family of Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike. Shortly after that transaction, Tom McCrocklin, as agent, landed Hip 340, a colt out of the Malibu Moon mare Miss Malibu Style, for $120,000.

“Everyone has really been excited about the first crop of Honest Mischiefs, not just the buyers and the breeders, but also the consignors that have the ability to sell his progeny,” said Carlos Manresa, Sequel’s director of operations. “Going around the consignments, looking at each of the Honest Mischiefs in the sale, we were really excited with what we saw. We had several in the consignment that already sold really well, and we know they’re going to go on to do great things. It’s very encouraging to see that other people see what we see in him, as well.”

Honest Mischief is out of the Grade 1-winning Seattle Slew mare Honest Lady, whose other foals of note include Grade 1 winner and sire First Defence, and stakes winners Phantom Rose and Honest Quality. His second dam is 2002 Broodmare of the Year Toussaud, putting him in the family of Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, Grade 1 winner Chester House, and Grade 2 winner Decarchy.

The crowd for Sunday evening’s session of the New York-Bred sale featured a healthy mix of end-user owners, trainers, and pinhookers, and Manresa said the Honest Mischiefs were called out by many of them.

With that degree of popularity, meeting or surpassing Dublin’s trio of six-figure yearlings appears to be an attainable goal as the auction enters its final session.

“The Honest Mischiefs have been looked at by everyone at the sale, across the board,” he said. “They were part of all of our shows, from local breeders that were happy to see him come to our farm in New York to Hall of Fame trainers that were bringing them all out to see what the new crop was going to look like.

“Chad Brown was, of course, really happy to see them, as he trained Honest Mischief,” Manresa continued. “He was really happy to see what we had, and I think he found a lot of similarities between his progeny and Honest Mischief himself.”

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