Golden Missile Colts Work Fast for Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale

Colts from the first crop of Golden Missile   were among the fastest workers Sunday during the second and final under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Florida select juvenile auction. The Golden Missile -- Chasseresse colt tied a son of Smoke Glacken for the fastest eighth of a mile on turf, covering the distance in 10 seconds flat at Calder Race Course. Another Golden Missile   colt, out of the winning Strawberry Road mare Pola, turned in the fastest quarter-mile work on dirt, stopping the clock in :21 2/5.

It was the first time Fasig-Tipton had ever offered the option of working on grass for the Calder auction. The turf alternative was added because "people wanted it," said Fasig-Tipton president Walt Robertson.

The Golden Missile   -- Chasseresse colt is the first foal from his dam, who is a stakes winner. He was bred in Kentucky by Classic Oaks Farm and Donna P. McLaughlin. During the Fasig-Tipton Calder sale's first under tack show, the colt worked a quarter in :22.

The Smoke Glacken colt is out of the winning Time for a Change mare Leeward Sail and is from the family of Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) winners Scintillate and Juliette Marny (who also captured the Irish Guiness Oaks, Ire-I). His consignor, Parrish Farms, purchased him for $67,000 at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale. During the Fasig-Tipton Calder's first under tack show, the colt worked an eighth in :10 3/5.

The Golden Missile   -- Pola colt is from the family of champion and classic winner Real Quiet. The colt's consignor, Maurice Miller, purchased him for $140,000 at last year's Keeneland September yearling sale. In the Fasig-Tipton sale's first under tack show, the colt worked an eighth in :10 3/5.

A Gone West filly was the fastest worker at an eighth on dirt, stopping the clock in :10 1/5. She is out of the stakes-winning Lyphard mare Darling Dame and is from the family of European champion and classic winner Dancing Brave. Her consignor is Cleveland Wheeler, who is acting on the behalf of Carl Bowling's Straightaway Farm. Bowling purchased the filly as a weanling for $135,000 at the 2002 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. She was offered again at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale, where she was listed as having been sold for $200,000 to Chestnut Valley Farm.

The filly worked an eighth in 10 2/5 during the Fasig-Tipton sale's first under tack show, but Bowling thought she could do better because she got off to a slow start, taking "taking four or five strides" before she really got in gear. Prior to coming to Calder, the filly turned in the fastest eighth mile work -- 10.84 seconds--ever recorded at Bowling's training track.

"She's a freak; she does it so easy," Bowling said.

The Fasig-Tipton Calder sale is scheduled for Tuesday, beginning at 11 a.m. (EST).

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