Practical Joke Ashford Arrival

Top Day for Practical Joke at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic

Practical Joke was yet again in high demand during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale with his offerings led by a $490,000 colt – the most expensive colt of the second session.

The second highest priced horse of the day, the April Snow son was purchased from the Niall Brennan Sales consignment by Spendthrift Farm and was one of five six-figure purchases on Tuesday for his sire.

He is the second foal out of Candy Ride mare April Snow, who is a half-sister to dual Grade I winner Harmonious and a full sister to the dam of Grade III winner Into Chocolate and Grade III-placed Secret Keeper. April Snow’s granddam is the Grade II winner and Grade I-placed Jade Flush, who has produced two stakes horses.

Bred by Glen View Oaks, the colt was a $85,000 Keeneland September yearling.

“They do remind me of the Into Mischiefs,” Spendthrift’s Ned Toffey told Thoroughbred Daily News. “He's maybe putting more size on a lot of his. This is a big, strong colt. But they have certainly shown the same ability based on what we're seeing so far. A lot of these are performing really well at the 2-year-old sales, so hopefully that will continue.”

Practical Joke also saw Glenn Bennett and LC Racing purchase his colt out of Abundanceofcaution for $270,000 early in the sale. Offered by Scalon Training and Sales for Excel Bloodstock, the colt is out of a half-sister to Into Mischief’s Grade III winner Strict Compliance and stakes winner Tiree.

Bred by Machmer Hall and Carrie and Craig Brogden, the colt was originally a $150,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase by Excel Bloodstock’s Bruno de Berdt. Others on the colt’s page include dual Grade I winner General Quarters and Grade II winners Unitarian and A Shin Top.

Practical Joke also saw a filly out of Amazing Littlelady bring $165,000 from Randy Morse for Donna Clark and a $140,000 purchase by Dennis O’Neill out of Elusive Royalty among his top offerings.

Practical Joke had 10 go through the ring on Tuesday with a session average of $133,000. In all, the stallion saw 13 of his 15 offerings at this sale average $108,846.

In high demand this juvenile sales season, his average for the 41 sold sits at $190,598 with a median of $150,000. His 2-year-olds have sold for $800,000, $750,000, $500,000, $490,000, ect. in 2021.