At $100,000, he was the least expensive Seattle Slew weanling sold at public auction last year. But this year, he's among the horses generating the biggest buzz at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, which starts Wednesday in Lexington. Consigned by Marshall Silverman, the sturdy bay colt is out of Love Quarrel, an 11-year-old stakes-placed daughter of Fit to Fight. He is scheduled to be the third horse to go through the auction ring on Thursday.
"Oh, he's such a good horse," Silverman said. "He looks like a horse is supposed to look."
Ed Turlington, who owns Stoney Lane Farm in Lexington, purchased the colt at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Four other Seattle Slew weanlings sold at that auction, bringing prices ranging from $350,000 to $800,000. In comparison, the colt's price was a bargain.
"At the time, he was a great buy," Silverman said. "He was out in his right front a little bit, but he was still a good, good horse. As he grew up, he just got better and it (the leg) has come around pretty darn good. He's still out a tad, but you'd really be picking to complain. He (Turlington) turned down a very good profit right after he bought him."
Other Fasig-Tipton horses that were receiving a lot of attention as the sale approached included the following:
- A Stormin Fever colt out of the 10-year-old stakes-winning Ecliptical mare Exclusive Rosette. He is consigned by his breeder, former Kentucky governor Brereton Jones of Airdrie Stud.
- A colt from the first crop of Lemon Drop Kid. Bred in Kentucky by G.Watts Humphrey and Louise Humphrey, the colt is the second foal out of the 7-year-old stakes-winning Storm Bird mare April Starlight. He is consigned by William S. Farish's Lane's End, agent.
- A filly from the first crop of Fusaichi Pegasus. Produced from the 23-year-old Peruvian champion and group I winner La Chaposa (by Ups), she is a half-sister to grade I winners Chaposa Springs (by Baldski) and You and I (by Kris S.). William Schettine purchased the strong-looking filly for $410,000 at the Keeneland November sale. She is consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.
- A colt from the first crop of Cat Thief. The colt is out of the 11-year-old winning Deputy Minister mare Langara, who is a half-sister to grade II stakes winner She's Tops (by Capote), the dam of grade I winner Dixie Union (by Dixieland Band. Canadian Club Partners purchased the colt for $170,000 at the Keeneland November sale. He is consigned by John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent.
- An Unbridled's Song colt that is the second foal out of the 9-year-old grade III winner Bursting Forth (by Alwasmi). TCB Venture One bought him for $210,000 at the Keeneland November sale. The colt is consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
- A Carson City colt out of the winning 9-year-old Deputy Minister mare Miss Katie C., who is a half-sister to grade III winner Warm Wayne (by Affirmed) and a full sister to added-money winner Keratoid. Consigned by Lane's End, the colt was bred in Kentucky by Farish and Centennial Farms.
- A colt from the first crop of Golden Missile out of the 7-year-old unraced Forty Niner mare American River, who is a half-sister to grade III winner Firm Pledge (by Affirmed). He is consigned by his breeder, Angus Glen Farm.
- An Unbridled's Song filly out of the 17-year-old Halo mare Nueces Strip, who is a half-sister to grade III winner Devil's Bride (by Caro) and two other stakes winners. Bred by Peter Blum in Kentucky, she is consigned by Gerry Dilger's Dromoland Farm, agent.