Fasig-Tipton has its largest catalogue ever for the Kentucky select yearling sale that begins Monday in Lexington. But when picky buyers finish whittling down their lists, there probably won't be a lot of horses that will bring the really big bucks.
Following are some of the yearlings that were generating interest among buyers the weekend before the two-day auction's start. They're divided by the breeding experience of their sires.
343. Colt by Forestry
– Arctic Alley, by Arctic Turn. Consigned by Brandywine Farm. This colt is a half-brother to grade II winner Da Devil. "He's got an unbelievable stride; he just covers the ground," said Pam Robinson of Brandywine. "He shows himself well, has a sensible head, and he loves work."
351. True Freedom, colt by Yes It's True
– Banker's Bet, by Majestic Light. Consigned by Beth Bayer, agent. This colt is a half-brother to stakes winners Personal Bankers and Third Day. "He has a big overstep, a big walk," Bayer said. "He's a forward type of colt. Yes It's True does a very nice job of stamping his horses; they're all precocious and racy."
373. Colt by Tale of the Cat
– Capote's Katarina, by Capote. Consigned by Marshall W. Silverman, agent. "He's well-balanced, and for a Tale of the Cat, he's a little bigger than usual," Silverman said. "He's got the bone, and he's a good-walking horse. He's got all the right parts."
393. MacArthur Causeway, colt, by Giant's Causeway
– City College, by Carson City. Consigned by Idle Hour Farm, agent for Marion G. Montanari. A strong-looking chestnut by one of the world's hottest sires, this colt stands nearly 16 hands. "When he was born he had class; we knew he was 'it,' " said David Hager of Idle Hour. "He's always been special, and he knows it."
497. Colt by Tale of the Cat
– Laday, by Lyphard. Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent for Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds. This colt is a half-brother to grade II winner Big Sur and another added-money winner, Day Jewels. "He's got a big shoulder and a big hip on him; he's a very nice horse," said Pat Costello of Paramount.
522. Colt by Forestry
– Magical Masquerade, by Unbridled. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Padua Stables. "He's just a gorgeous colt," said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made. "He's got great balance and great muscle. He's very typical of the really good Forestrys that I've seen. He's got a lot of eye appeal and is very pretty." This colt's second dam, Nannerl was a grade II winner, and she produced grade II winner Magicalmysterycat (by Forestry's sire Storm Cat). Another prominent family member is grade I winner Fact Finder.
565. Colt by A.P. Indy
– Plaintiff, by Seeking the Gold. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Royally bred, this colt is from the family of grade I winners Dispute, Adjudicating, and Time for a Change. He also looks like he'll be precocious, according to Mark Taylor of Taylor Made. "Most of the horses in this sale, they've got to win a ton of stuff to be a big-time stallion prospect," he said. "This horse, if he goes on and fulfills his potential and wins one graded stakes, he's a stud." Other Taylor Made yearlings to keep an eye on include hip no. 557, an Unbridled's Song – Rhum colt, and hip No. 412, a Distorted Humor – Dancing Pratella colt.
581. Colt by Pulpit
– Queen Evelyn, by Hennessy. Consigned by Susan M. Forrester, agent. This colt is from the family of graded winner and sire Belong to Me. "He's a very athletic horse, with a nice hip and a nice shoulder" Forrester said. "He's got a good mind on him, and he's held up well out here. He's had a lot of action."
673. Filly by Gone West
– Troubling, by Storm Cat. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. This filly is from the family of grade I winners Dispute, Adjudicating, and Time for a Change. "She is one of the best-bred fillies in the sale," said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made. "It's a great family, and there's a lot of young females in this family that are still producing and are being bred to the A.P. Indys and Storm Cats of the world. She's the same cross as Speightstown: Gone West over Storm Cat. To me she is the female version of (grade I winner) Speightstown: stout with a great body and precocious looking."
SIRES WITH SECOND YEARLING CROPS
49. Colt by Ecton Park
– Cerita, by Magesterial. Consigned by Robert E. Courtney/Crestfield Farm, agent. This colt is from the family of graded winners Hold Old Blue, Scoop, and Softly, and Til Forbid,
172. Colt by El Corredor
– Meadow Bryte, by Meadowlake. Consigned by Rosilyn Polan. The consignor purchased Meadow Bryte while she was carrying this handsome colt for $51,000 at the 2003 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. "I went higher than I should have on her, but I got lucky because she had a live foal. she had a colt, and he's big and pretty," Polan said. Other El Corredor yearlings on the sale grounds that have been attracting attention include hip no. 157, a filly out of Lip Code, consigned by Gainesway, agent; hip no. 23, a colt out of Alarming Prospect, consigned by Denali Stud, agent;
SIRES WITH FIRST YEARLING CROPS
50. Orientation Hall, colt by Orientate
– Chatham Hall, by Green Dancer. Consigned by Ashleigh Stud, agent. This colt's sire was a champion sprinter, and his family produced grade I winner Pattern Step.
63. Colt by Snow Ridge
– Crusading Miss Cox, by Crusader Sword. Consigned by Beth Bayer, agent. "He's a well-balanced racehorse-type colt," Bayer said. "He's basically the man. He's knows he's the man, and he is really kind of neat to be around." If you're a fan of Snow Ridge, you might also want to keep an eye on hip No. 99, his daughter out of Flirting Miss. The filly is consigned by Gainesway, agent.
164. Filly by Include
– Lucy Sims, by Northjet. Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent. A half-sister to stakes winner Tiffany Diamond, this filly is "physically really nice," said Pat Costello of Paramount. "The Includes, in general, are big and 'scopey;' they look like two-turn horses."
298. Colt by Include
– Tornado Cat, by Storm Cat. Consigned by Brandywine Farm. "He's an absolutely gorgeous specimen," said Pam Robinson of Brandywine. "He's absolutely come into his own."
413. Colt by Buddha
– Danzig Darling, by Danzig. Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent. This colt is out of a stakes-winning dam and he's a half-brother to two stakes winners. "We're very excited about him; he's the real deal," said Pat Costello of Paramount. "He's got family, and he's a big, strong horse."