Tuesday's second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale in Upstate New York could get off to a fast start. The first horse in the ring, Hip No. 109, is a Storm Cat colt out of the 7-year-old Mr. Prospector mare Spun Gold. His consignor is Eaton Sales, acting on behalf of the colt's breeder Overbrook Farm. Storm Cat stands at Overbrook in Central Kentucky.
"He's a really nice colt that could compete to be the sale topper," said Eaton's Tom VanMeter of the yearling. "He's perfectly balanced with a good walk. He's just a top, top colt.
Eaton's consignment on Tuesday also includes two daughters of Storm Cat, one out of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus ' full sister Blissful (Hip No. 160) and another out of grade I winner Flat Fleet Feet (Hip No. 211).
Other horses that might stir up some bidding excitement include the following:
Hip No. 117, a dark bay or brown colt by Storm Cat -- Sweet Alabama, by Kris S. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
"He has the same cross a Sweet Catomine," said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency. "He's a good combination of Kris S. and Storm Cat. He's got the Storm Cat body, but he's got the stretch and the leg of Kris S. He's just a really, really good mover, a great walker. And he's correct for the sire, especially. He's a very special Storm Cat." Other Taylor Made yearling that could bring big money, according to Mark Taylor's brother, Duncan, include Hip No. 119, an Elusive Quality -- Taj Aire filly; Hip No. 174, a Mineshaft -- Celtic Melody filly named Celtic Songbird; and Hip No. 209, a Forest Wildcat-- Fashion Editor filly named Forest Fashion. Mark Taylor advised also keeping an eye on Hip No, 166, a Distorted Humor -- Buckeye Search colt.
Hip No. 132, a chestnut colt by Awesome Again -- Victory U. S. A., by Victory Gallop. Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
"He's a really nice colt,' said Eaton Sales' Tom VanMeter, who bred the yearling. "He's 'spot on' just like his mother (in appearance), who is a conformation clinic. He may be the best horse I've ever raised." The colt's dam was a grade II winner that finished second and third in grade I events.
Hip No. 142, a chestnut colt by Mr. Greeley -- Win My Heart, by King of Kings. Consigned by Gainesway, agent.
"He's a lovely colt," said Neil Howard of Gainesway. "He's a very athletic individual, and he's by Mr. Greeley, who is everything as a sire. He's big and strong, with a great walk. He has everything you would want in a racehorse." The colt is from the family of grade I winner Raging Fever. Other horses in the Gainesway consignment attracting the attention of buyers, according to Howard, include Hip No. 148, a Smarty Jones -- Alaska Queen colt that is a half-brother to graded winners Keats and Fairbanks; Hip No. 156, a Tapit -- Bathsheba colt; Hip No. 173, a Dynaformer-- Caught in the Rain filly; and Hip No. 202, a Tale of the Cat -- Doppio Espresso filly.
Hip No. 146, Wilderness Music, a gray or roan colt by Unbridled's Song-- Adormicol, by Gone West. Consigned by Viking Stud, agent for Twin Hopes Farm (Helen T. Andrews).
"He's a very big colt for his age even though he's a late foal (born in April)," said Joe Littrell of Viking Stud. "He's very correct, and he's really just an athletic-looking colt that's going to be very pretty as he matures." The colt's second dam, Adorable Micol, was a stakes winner in France and a graded winner in this country. She produced grade III winner Adcat and another stakes winner, Adorydar.
Hip No. 153, a bay filly by Seeking the Gold-- Autumn Slew, by Slew o' Gold. Consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent.
"She has an unbelievable walk; it's huge, and she just glides," said Case Clay of Three Chimneys Sales. "She's very athletic, and she's classy. Another filly acted up and almost kicked her, but she didn't even bat an eye. She has a lot of composure."
Hip No. 159, a bay filly by Elusive Quality -- Biogio's Rose, by Polish Numbers. Consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent.
This filly's sire also sired the wildly popular champion and two-time classic winner Smarty Jones, whose first yearlings are being sold this year at Saratoga and elsewhere. Her dam was a grade III winner, and grade I winner My Gallant is also in her family.
Hip No. 185, a dark bay or brown filly by A.P. Indy-- Cologny, by Go for Gin. Consigned by Viking Stud, agent for Mrs. Lynn Schiff.
"She's very balanced, and she has good size for a first foal," said Joe Littrell of Viking Stud. "She's out of a stakes-winning mare in New York, and I think placing her here will really help. Overall, she's a very correct A.P. Indy filly."
Hip No. 189, a dark bay or brown colt by Unbridled's Song -- Court Reception, by A.P. Indy. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. "He's just awesome," said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency. "He reminds me of Songandaprayer . He's one of those more stout type of Unbridled's Songs. He (Unbridled's Song) seems to get them (offspring) in two models, and this colt is one of the Songandaprayer body types. He's the same cross as (grade II winner) Ruby's Reception (by Rubiano, who is by Unbridled's Song's grandsire Fappiano), which has already worked well with this mare. He's a gorgeous horse."