By Michael Compton
Spendthrift Farm stallion Malibu Moon , sire of leading Florida Derby (gr.I) contender Orb , was represented by two of the seven co-bullet workers who sped an eighth of a mile in 10 seconds flat during Fasig-Tipton's under tack show March 22 at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla.
A total of 136 head have been cataloged for this year's auction of select 2-year-olds in training, which is set for Monday, March 25 at noon at Palm Meadows.
Hip No. 16 is a Virginia-bred filly by Malibu Moon out of the multiple stakes-winning Valid Appeal mare Miz United States, an earner of nearly $300,000. Consigned by de Meric Sales, agent, she is a half sister to graded stakes winner Ameribelle. Nick de Meric purchased the bay filly for $160,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale out of the consignment of St. George Sales.
Classic Bloodstock (Danzel Brendemuehl), agent, consigns Hip No. 43, a Kentucky-bred colt by Malibu Moon—Right Place, by Petionville. From the family of 2004 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr.II) and Golden Rod Stakes (gr.II) winner Runway Model, he was acquired by Brendemuehl and Chip McEwen in the name of Wounded Warrior Stable for $175,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton October Sale out of the Lane's End consignment.
"I loved him the moment I saw him," Brendemuehl said of the colt. "He had stitches in a shoulder and in his legs when we bought him. He must have gotten loose and hurt himself. If he hadn't had those injuries I probably wouldn't have been able to afford him.
"I have a great affinity for the Malibu Moons," she added. "He's my 'Moon.' He's doing awesome. I loved the way he breezed and galloped out. And when he breezed he was running into a 9 or 10 mph headwind. From what I heard from the grandstand, he had one of the three best gallop-outs of the preview. He gets over the ground very well. He doesn't look like he's moving that fast, but there's just no stopping him. I expect great things from him."
Brendemuehl related that she tried to buy the colt's dam, Right Place, as recently as a few days ago but was turned down. "I was trying to get her before the sale," she said. "Oh well, we tried."
McEwen, from Fort Meyers, Fla., started Wounded Warrior Stable to support the Wounded Warrior Project and other organizations that assist veterans and their families. The stable donates 10% of its horses' purse earnings to the project.
Hip No. 77, a colt by Indian Charlie out of the Deputy Minister mare Trusty Lady, also worked in :10. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent, he is from the female family of multiple graded stakes winners Klassy Kim and Kool Arrival. Next Turn Stables bought the colt at the 2012 Keeneland September sale for $130,000 from the consignment of VanMeter Sales.
Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne), agent, consigns Hip No. 102, another of the co-bullet workers. The gray/roan colt is by Exchange Rate out of the Dixie Union mare Bubbly Baily. From the family of multiple graded stakes winner Disco Rico, the colt was acquired for $125,000 by Atlantic Equine Investments from the consignment of Four Star Sales at last year's Fasig-Tipton October Sale.
"We have always thought highly of him," said Dunne. "He is a really exciting colt. Ten flat is tough but we weren't surprised. We bought two Exchange Rates last year—we sold the one in California (at Barretts for $250,000) and we have this one. He's pretty cool.
"Conditions were trying today," Dunne added. "We had significant wind and it picked up as the preview went on. Of course when you have wind it makes it tough and it sucks the moisture out of the track as well. I think we're seeing more buyers getting away from having to see a horse work in :9 4/5. They are looking deeper into the catalog. I believe :10 4/5 horses in this sale will make a lot of short lists."
Wavertree also consigns Hip No. 103, a Lemon Drop Kid colt who went in :10. Purchased by Red Wings Enterprises out of the Stone Farm consignment at last year's Keeneland September for $100,000, he is produced from the graded stakes-placed Menifee mare Burnish.
"He's a beautiful horse," said Dunne. "The colt is another top prospect in our consignment. We knew he was quick, but we weren't expecting :10 flat."
Hip No. 124, an A.P. Indy filly out of the multiple stakes-winning Mr. Greeley mare Foxy Danseur, rounded out the fastest workers at a furlong. Consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent, the Kentucky-bred filly was purchased by Mayberry Farm for $300,000 from her breeder, Clearsky Farms, at last year's Keeneland September sale.
"She's been great since day one," said John Stephens. "She's trained super here at Palm Meadows. I'm glad she showed up today. She has a lot of class about her. She's also a fantastic physical. She looks like a colt."
Hip No. 73, a colt by first crop sire Old Fashioned, breezed the fastest quarter, stopping the clock in :21 2/5. Consigned by Crupi's New Castle Farm, he is a half brother to stakes winner Safe Trip and is from the family of graded stakes winner Willa on the Move. Crupi's New Castle Farm went to $100,000 for the colt at the Fasig-Tipton July sale out of the Allied Bloodstock consignment.
Three juveniles breezed over the turf with Hip No. 113, a Curlin filly selling as the property of Secure Investments, and Hip No. 117, an Empire Maker filly consigned by Classic Bloodstock, turning in the fastest eighth of :10 3/5.
The preview was delayed during the last set of the day as Hip No. 24, a Street Sense colt consigned by Secure Investments, pulled up after his breeze and had to be vanned off the track.
"All around it was a very good under tack show," said Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton's president. "We saw a lot of quality horses. They showed well and had encouraging breeze times with good gallop outs. All of the feedback I have received has been great, very positive."