There were a lot of fast works before Tuesday's Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. February select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida, and buyers have said there are a lot of good-looking horses. For those reasons, it's been hard to sort out which juveniles will sell the best, but here's a list of horses that buyers and consignors have mentioned the most when asked which ones they like:
Hip No. 42, Smoke'n Coal, a Smoke Glacken -- Cherokyfrolicflash colt, consigned by Peacock Ridge, agent.
This colt didn't turn in the fastest work, covering a quarter mile in :22 1/5, but he's been popular with buyers. He's a full brother to grade II winner Smok'n Frolic, who earned more than $1.5 million. "He's a nice horse," said Becky Boyd of Peacock Ridge. "He's got a beautiful walk; he's well-balanced; and he's intelligent."
Hip No. 36, a Tale of the Cat -- Capitol View colt, consigned by Welcome Gate Farm.
This colt's dam was a stakes winner, and he is from the family of grade I winner Play Fellow. A $160,000 graduate of the 2006 Keeneland September yearling auction, he worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5. "He's shows a lot of class," said Brian Kalmar of Welcome Gate. "He's a very intelligent horse and easy on himself. Even though he comes from the Storm Cat line, he's very collected and has a real nice disposition."
Hip No. 45, a Yes It's True -- Cocktail colt, consigned by Hoby and Layna Kight, agents.
This colt was the sale's co-fastest quarter-mile worker, stopping the clock in :20 on Feb. 4. A full brother to added-money winner True Tails, he is a $250,000 graduate of last year's Fasig-Tipton July select yearling auction. "He's honest; all of his ability is very natural; and he's a pleasant horse to train," Layna Kight said. Hip No. 65, a Lightnin N Thunder--Far Sighted Sal colt in the Kights' consignment, also worked a quarter in :21 as did a Forest Wildcat -- Texas Robbery filly, consigned by Paul Sharp, agent.
Hip No. 47, Include a Favor, an Include -- Curried Favor colt, consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.This colt is a half-brother to stakes winner Spicy Fact. Worked twice, covering an eighth of a mile in :10 4/5 the first time and in :10 3/5 the second. Joseph Brocklebank purchased the colt for $60,000 at the 2006 OBS August yearling sale.
Hip No. 71, a Hook and Ladder-- Gaye's Blossom filly, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
A $47,000 graduate of the OBS August yearling auction last year, this filly worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5. Other horses in the Brennan consignment that are catching buyers' eyes are Hip No. 15, a Repent -- Amidst colt, and Hip No. 122, a Pure Prize -- My Teddies colt.
Hip No. 126, a Dixie Union-- Ocean Air colt, consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent.
"He's got to have one of the top videos of the sale," said Mike Mulligan of Leprechaun Racing. "He's got the physical ability, and he just made a very pretty video. He galloped out very, very well. He was very smooth and effortless. It was the sort of move that I think that everybody is looking for right now. He's a very popular horse." His time for an eighth of a mile was :10 1/5. The colt is $180,000 graduate of the 2006 Keeneland September yearling auction. Mulligan said that Hip No. 73, a Posse-- Gilded Thunderbird filly also was being well-received.
Hip No. 28, a Successful Appeal -- Bitty Girl colt, consigned by O & H Bloodstock, agent.
"He's a very attractive colt, very athletic," said Terry Oliver of O & H. "He's a perfect individual. He's got a lot of hip and a lot of scope to him. He's actually, in my mind, a little prettier than some of the other Successful Appeals." A $150,000 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale, this colt worked a quarter in : 10 1/5. Oliver said Hip No. 72, a Carson City -- Gayla filly, also should sell well.
Hip No. 152, aSongandaprayer -- Ra Hydee filly, consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent
"She's real long (in the body), and that's something we really liked about her," said consignor Dean De R.enzo. "She's also game. Worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5. This filly was a $120,000 purchase at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale.180
Hip No. 180, a Trippi -- Touch the Future colt, consigned by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds, agent.
This colt worked a quarter-mile in :21 1/5, sharing the fastest time for the distance with a Carson City -- Jenna S. colt during the auction's second and final under tack show Sunday. "He's a big boy that we bought as a weanling and raised up from a baby," Dean De Renzo said. "He's been pretty popular so far. That was a big breeze for him, and he just fired. The reason why we brought him back a quarter was the rider got off after the first breeze in :10 3/5 (for an eighth of a mile), and she said, 'He just exploded after the wire.' When we went a quarter, he really performed, so he needed a few steps."
Hip No. 169, Weather Watcher, a Stormy Atlantic -- Starinthemeadow filly, consigned by Casse Sales, agent for Cardinal Hill Farm.
A $72,000 purchase at 2006 OBS August yearling sale, this filly worked a quarter mile in :21 2/5. "She's a very athletic filly, and has never missed a day of training," said Justin Casse of Casse Sales. "She has a beautiful way of moving; she has no wasted action."
Hip No. 49, a Siphon -- Daggett colt, consigned by W.D. North Thorougbreds, agent.
This strong-looking colt worked a quarter mile in 21 2/5. Sold for only $45,000 at last year's OBS August yearling sale, he is from the family of champion Smarty Jones, winner of both the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). "He's a big, stout horse with a lot speed, but he looks like he may not be limited to being a sprinter," W.D. North said.
Hip No. 139, a Buddha-- Polish Devil colt, consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
This strapping colt, which worked an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5 looks a lot like Unbridled's Song, the sire of Buddha. "I think he's a really good horse," said Wavertree's Ciaran Dunne. "He's an absolute picture. On the racetrack, he's a monster. Hip No. 3, a Hennessy-- Zia Philomena colt, also worked in :10 2/5, and a number of buyers have checked him out at the barn.
Hip No. 60, a Stormy Atlantic -- Elise colt, consigned by Nick de Meric, agent.
"Besides the fact that he's fast, he's a great, big, husky-looking colt with a massive amount of bone," de Meric said. "He's just a rugged physical specimen. He looks like a horse that would shoulder his way through a pack of horses and never look to right or left. He's just as uncomplicated as a horse can be. He's a very straightforward guy." A $60,000 OBS August sale yearling in 2006, the colt worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5." Hip No. 192, a Halo's Image-- Wonder's Touche filly got almost as many lookers as the Storm Atlantic colt. "She is very elegant and feminine," de Meric said. She turned in a brisk work, covering an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5.
Hip No. 156, a Golden Missile -- Roger's Sue colt, consigned by Ocala Stud Farms.
This colt worked a quarter mile in :21 3/5. He is the first foal out of an unraced mare, but he's from the family of grade I winner Seaside Attraction.