Ready reinforcement for Radcliffe

More Than Ready (USA) sold all 6 of his yearlings catalogued for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale this week at an average over $308,000.

“Buyers are demanding quality and are willing to give significant prices for both colts and fillies,” Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning said after the final select session on Tuesday evening.  “We thought we had good horses, and buyers responded favourably across the board.”

Top-price from the More Than Ready draft was Denali Stud’s colt from Allez Marie (Unbridled’s Song) that made $500,000 to the bid of agent Kerri Radcliffe.  Described by the vendor as a ‘gorgeous’ colt, he is from a USA-bred mare who was Group 3 placed in Brazil.  His second-dam Summerly (Summer Squall) won the 2005 Kentucky Oaks Gr.1.

Radcliffe acquired the colt (pictured) on behalf of an undisclosed American client.  “It’s pretty well known that I love More Than Ready,” she told TDN.  “He’s a strong, big-walking colt and looks like he has a great mind.  I love Saratoga.  Who doesn’t?  And I love buying off Craig Bandoroff at Denali.  He’s fantastic.”

Radcliffe has had success with More Than Ready, most notably Nemoralia, who was Group 1 placed in the 2015 Frizette Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Taylor Made Sales Agency sold the top-priced More Than Ready filly when Taproot Bloodstock paid $400,000 for the first foal of Shapely (Empire Maker).  The dam is a winning daughter of USA stakes winner Karis Makaw (Charismatic).

More Than Ready’s filly from Echo Warrior (Tiznow) was another first foal from Taylor Made.  She was worth $325,000 to agent Mike Ryan on behalf of E5 Racing.  Her second-dam War Echo (Tapit) won the 2009 Silverbulletday Stakes Gr.3.

Taylor Made passed an extraordinary milestone thanks to the Vinery legend on July 7.  When More Than Ready colt Catholic Boy claimed the Belmont Derby, he became the 100th Group 1 winner raised and consigned by Taylor Made.