Fusaichi Pegasus, Elusive Quality Colts Among Top Prospects at Fasig-Tipton

OK, let's be honest. We don't really know what's going to happen until a horse goes into the sale ring and we see if two or three of the biggest buyers want him badly and hook up. But here's a list of some of the colts and fillies that were generating buzz prior to Monday and Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearing sale:

Hip No. 296. Fusiachi Pegasus -- Regent's Walk colt. Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent
A muscular chestnut colt, his strong, somewhat blocky build reflects the Northern Dancer blood in both his top and bottom lines. He is a half-brother to grade I winner Marquetry and to European group II winner Spain Lane, each by a son of Mr. Prospector, as is this colt.
"He's impeccably bred, and his physical matches his pedigree," said Pat Costello of Paramount. "He has good size, and he's good-looking -- he's all horse. It's been smooth sailing with him from day one."

Hip No. 370. Elusive Quality   -- Cercida colt. Consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent.
This colt is by the hot Elusive Quality, sire of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones. He's also a half-brother to the Canadian stakes-placed runner Skipping Stone.
"The most impressive thing about him is his mind," said Dromoland's Gerry Dilger, who is the yearling's co-breeder. "Every day he is so consistent. Nothing rattles him. Nothing shakes him up. I also like the way he gets off the ground in the paddock and the round pen. In everything we ask him to do, he's an exemplary individual. He's got size, and length, and scope, and he's very well-balanced."

Hip No. 339. Cozzene -- Avie's Fancy colt. Consigned by Seven Fold Farm, agent for Gunsmith Stables.
An attractive iron gray yearling with plenty of size and powerful-looking hips, this colt is a half-brother to grade II winner and Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) runner-up St Averil.
"He's always been a nice individual, and he just gets better every day," said Joe Dodgen of Seven Fold Farm. "He's got no faults. His X rays, scopes -- everything is absolutely perfect. God has created a near perfect animal right there. Man had nothing to do with it; God created a near perfect animal.
"When St Averil was born, I thought he was the best horse I had ever seen. This colt wasn't that good as a baby -- he just wasn't mature-looking like St. Averil was, who came out perfect--but he's grown into what I think is a better horse than St Averil was at this time in the game."

Hip No. 307. Tale of the Cat -- Twirl colt. Consigned by Michael and Julia O'Quinn, agents.
This colt is the only the second foal out of his stakes-placed mare. The Texas-based O'Quinns bought him privately as a pinhooking prospect as a weanling.
"He had a lot of nice qualities about him, and a lot of people had looked at him," Michael O'Quinn said of the colt as a weanling "He was in one of those (growth) stages where he could be real nice or he couldn't do anything, and I just took a gamble. About March (of this year), he just started developing, and I knew he was going to be the right kind of horse. He's quite a man. A poor boy like me doesn't get his hands on one of these very often.
"He's got a lot of height to him, especially for a Tale of the Cat this time of year. You just don't usually have one that's got this much leg on him. They are very few and far between. Most of the time you would like to have a Tale of the Cat as a 2-year-old that's this big."

Hip No. 303. Unbridled's Song -- Troubling filly. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
This filly's dam is a unraced daughter of Storm Cat and a half-sister to grade I winner Dispute.
"She has a beautiful female family, and she's bred on the same cross as Buddha," said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made. "She's just a really good filly. When you breed Unbridled's Song to these Storm Cat mares, you seem to get the perfect combination of scope and strength. She just looks like a runner. She's plenty big, but she's not huge. She's got great balance, and she's correct."

Hip No. 110, Forest Camp -- Cope's Light colt. Consigned by Airdrie Stud's Brereton C. Jones, agent.
Even though he's a May foal, this colt has been a quick developer physically. He is a half-brother to grade III winners Political Attack and Zillah the Hun. His half-siblings also include Miss Jennifer Lynn, third in the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I).
"He looks just like his daddy, and his daddy was just an absolute bonafide star 2-year-old," Brereton Jones said.

Hip No. 399. Unbridled's Song -- Defining Style filly named Greenskeeper. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for ClassicStar.
This filly's dam, a daughter of Out of Place, was an added-money winner.
"She looks really, really fast," said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made. "Her mother was really, really fast. She's probably got a little bit more of her mother in her than her father. But she's a just a gorgeous filly. If somebody wants to win graded stakes at two and get rolling early, she looks like the kind to do it."

We've also heard some positive comments about the following:
Hip No. 180, Fusaichi Pegasus -- La Barberina filly. Consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent.
Hip No. 275. Unbridled's Song -- Solid Eight colt. Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.
Hip No. 236. Point Given   -- Pretty Eyes colt. Consigned by Gainesway, agent.
Hip No. 452. Valid Expectations -- Jive Ruler colt. Consigned by Gainesway, agent.
Hip No. 317. Two Punch -- Wise Baroness colt. Consigned by Marshall W. Silverman, agent.
Hip No. 115. Trippi   -- Dancin Kris colt. Consigned by Marshall W. Silverman, agent.
Hip No. 213. El Corredor   -- Muffies Muffin filly named Lady of Summer. Consigned by Marshall W. Silverman, agent.
Hip No. 426. Not For Love   -- God Given colt. Consigned by Marshall W. Silverman, agent.
Hip No. 254. Gilded Time -- Royal Troupe colt. Consigned by True North Farm, agent.
Hip No. 21. Dixie Union -- Ride the Wind colt. Consigned by Four Star Sales, agent.
Hip No. 472. Gilded Time -- Meli Magic colt. Consigned by Four Star Sales, agent.
Hip No. 478. Out of Place -- Miss Moonwaki filly. Consigned by Four Star Sales, agent.

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