Storm Cat, Mineshaft Yearlings Generating a Buzz at Saratoga

There was a break in the heat wave in Saratoga -- thank goodness -- but the enthusiasm for horses was heating up at Fasig-Tipton's sale grounds. The select yearling auction's two-night run begins Tuesday night. Following are the horses consignors and buyers have been talking about:

Hip No. 66, a Storm Cat -- Go to the Moon colt, consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.
This colt is flashy with a lot of chrome on his hind legs and big blaze on his forehead. He is from the family of champion sprinter Gold Beauty and European Horse of the Year Dayjur.
"He's quality," said Pat Costello of Paramount Sales. I hope he's one of the best here. He looks fast, and he has a great body and great legs on him."
He's the only Storm Cat in the sale following the scratch of Hip No. 8 that was out of Beckys Shirt and a half-brother to Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Cajun Beat.

Hip No. 99, an Elusive Quality   -- Mermaid's Tale colt, consigned by Gainesway, agent.
Eldon Farm Equine purchased this powerful-looking colt as a weanling for $620,000 at the 2005 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. "He was a man among boys, and he still is," said Gainesway's Brian Graves. Even though this colt has a lot of muscle, he's not short coupled. His body has a lot of scope, with a length that suggests he eventually would like two turns. He is from the family of Canadian Horse of the Year A Bit O'Gold and grade III winners Coyote Lakes and Goldseeker Bud.

Hip No. 171, a Mineshaft   -- Unbridled Lassie filly, consigned by Lane's End, agent.
This filly has a Horse of the Year on both sides of her pedigree. Her sire earned North America's top honor in 2003, and she is from the family of another top racing performer in A.P. Indy. Lane's End wanted to showcase Mineshaft's first crop with a horse in Saratoga, and this was the one chosen by the farm, so you know she's no slouch in the physical department.
"She's an exceptional filly," said Lane's End's Bill Farish. "She's beautiful anyway. She is a big and good looking, and from the Weekend Surprise family. She's actually a lot prettier than some of the family."

Hip No. 94, an A.P. Indy -- Macoumba filly, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

"She's a real nice filly," said Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency. "The way she's bred, out of a Mr. Prospector mare, that's the cross. She has more hip than a lot of A.P. Indys, and she's got the scope."

This filly is a full sister to Malibu Moon, the sire of champion Declan's Moon.

You also might want to turn down the corners of your catalogue pages for the following yearlings:


Hip No. 23, a Sky Mesa   -- Cocktail Sauce colt, consigned by Four Star Sales, agent for Glencrest Farm.

Hip No. 26, a Pulpit -- Copelan's Bid Gal filly, consigned by Taylor Sales Agency, agent.

Hip No. 30, a Malibu Moon   -- Crusading Miss Cox colt, consigned by Gainesway, agent.

Hip No. 32, a Sky Mesa   -- Darling My Darling filly, consigned by Gainesway, agent.

Hip No. 35, a Distorted Humor   -- Demi Souer colt, consigned by Lane's End, agent.

Hip No. 38, a More Than Ready   -- Dixie Jewel colt, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

Hip No. 82, an Elusive Quality   -- Lady Aloma colt, consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent.

Hip No. 91, a Silver Deputy -- Looking for a Win filly, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Liberation Farm.

Hip No. 102, a Giant's Causeway   -- Morning Devotion colt, consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.

Hip No. 115, a Forestry -- People's Princess filly, consigned by Lane's End, agent.

Hip No. 118, an Unbridled's Song -- Powder filly, consigned by Gainesway, agent.

Hip No. 122, an Unbridled's Song -- Queen's Lady colt, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

Hip No. 124, a Tale of the Cat   -- Reflect the Music colt, consigned by Gainesway, agent.

Hip No. 133, a Johannesburg -- Saratoga Honey colt, consigned by Four Star Sales, agent.

Hip No. 149, a Mr. Greeley -- Song to Remember colt, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

Hip No. 158, a Mr. Greeley -- Tell Me Now colt, consigned by Gainesway, agent.

Hip No. 178, a Silver Deputy -- Wolfer colt, consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent.

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