Classic Empire Conformation

$400,000 Colt Leads Classic Empire’s Fasig-Tipton Tuesday Offerings

Classic Empire’s successful first session at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training sale carried over to the second when his $400,000 colt out of Hit The Limit was the fourth most expensive of Tuesday’s session.

Purchased by Solis/Litt from Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, the colt is the third foal out of Uncle Mo mare Hit The Limit. That mare is a half-sister to the dam of Grade III winner Royal Approval with the colt’s granddam, Touch Here, a half-sister to Grade I Kentucky Oaks winner Summerly. Summerly herself is the dam of multiple stakes performers and producers.

Touch Here’s Grade III-placed dam Here I Go also sees multiple daughters and granddaughters producing stakes horses.

Bred by Glenn Sorgenstein and Rosecrest Farm, this was the juvenile’s third time through the ring after selling for $120,000 as a weanling and $160,000 as a yearling.

“He's been my favorite horse all winter and if he had gotten the workout right, who knows,” Hartley told Thoroughbred Daily News. “He is just a beautiful horse, classy and so smart. He just got here and all of the commotion didn't bother him. He's just a cool horse.”

He was joined on Tuesday by a $155,000 filly out of Blazing Whip purchased by Shepherd Equine Advisers as agent for Larry Hirsch.

Offered by Crane Thoroughbred Services, the filly is out of a half-sister to multiple stakes winners Song Of Navarone and Celluloid Hero. She was bred by Moreau Bloodstock Int’l and White Bloodstock.

Also the sire of a $550,000 filly and $250,000 colt at this sale, Classic Empire saw his 10 sold average $173,000. It’s just the latest good news for Classic Empire, who also registered his first winner earlier this month.