Mill Ridge & Nicoma News

Fasig Tipton Sales update!

October 21, 2015

WV Bred Candy Ride Colt Brings $250k for (friend/client) Jim Miller…
Five years ago, Headley Bell’s Mill Ridge Farm began working with Jim Miller, a Maryland-based breeder who wanted to take advantage of neighboring West Virginia’s lucrative program. The partnership has yielded dividends. In addition to turning out state-bred champions in the last two years, Miller and Mill Ridge teamed to sell Tuesday’s co-top-priced lot, a colt by Candy Ride (Arg) who was hammered down to John Oxley for $250,000. Trainer Mark Casse signed the winning slip on Oxley’s behalf. Offered as Hip 584, the colt was produced by Mantekilla (Lemon Drop Kid), a half to
SW Mr. Pee Vee (Eltish) and the Grade I performer Erinsouthernman (Eltish) from the family of Sultry Song and
Mizdirection. He is a half to the multiple stakes winner Harlan’s Destiny (Harlan’s Holiday).  “He was actually a horse for Saratoga, but he got a little blip and we had to skip that sale,” explained Bell. “But he stood out here, and proper horsemen have supported this market. Mark [Casse] has supported us and we really appreciate it. He’s got
great owners and does well.”  Bell added of the final price, “I thought that was right on the button. The reserve wasn’t half of that, so Mark wasn’t competing with the reserve. The horse had 10 or 12 scopes and is a nice horse.”
The transaction marked a nice score for Miller, who acquired the colt’s dam for $70,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November Sale. Miller sold the foal Mantekilla was carrying at the time, the winning Daylight’s Promise (Stormy Atlantic), for $50,000 at this sale in 2012, but opted to buy back the mare’s next for $60,000.  That proved the right call when the filly, Harlan’s Destiny, won four juvenile stakes at Charles Town in 2014. Harlan’s Destiny went on to finish fourth in this season’s GIII Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway.  Miller, who is involved in airport management, maintains a
broodmare band of around eight mares. “He foals them out in West Virginia, and then we get them after a while,” said Bell.  “He’s a smart guy and he’s had some luck. He’s had two 2-year-old champions in West Virgina in the last two years [including Harlan’s Destiny]. He hasn’t been in it for very long, but he’s got it figured out pretty well.”
Miller’s best runner has been Aurelia’s Belle (Lemon Drop Kid), a $170,000 KEESEP auction buy who went on to win the 2014 editions of the Bourbonette and GIII Arlington Oaks.