Horses attracting the attention of shoppers prior to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale in Lexington included a strapping filly from the A. P. Indy line that might remind you of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Rags to Riches and a More Than Ready colt that was described by one of his owners as a "spitting image" of his sire.
Here's our list of hot horses, but we’re not promising they won't cool off before they make it through the sale ring Monday and Tuesday:
430. Chestnut filly, Pulpit -- Probable Storm, by Tabasco Cat, consigned by Nursery Place.
"There's a lot of her," said Nursery Place's John Mayer of the strapping filly. "I think people have got the Rags to Riches mentality with her. She's a big chestnut filly from the A.P. Indy line and that doesn't hurt."
502. Bay filly, Distorted Humor -- Arianna's Passion, by Unbridled's Song, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
"Her full sister brought $475,000 out at Barretts this year, and she's out of a mare that could really run even though she never won a graded stakes," said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales. "The half-sister didn't have quite the hip this filly does. This filly has a huge hip like her sire, and her mother was built that way, too."
456. Dark bay or brown colt, More Than Ready -- Secretly, by Secretariat, consigned by Rhineland Farm, agent.
"He's the spitting image of his father," said Michael Heitzmann, who owns an interest in the colt and is the stallion manager at Vinery, where More Than Ready stands. "He's the same color, and he has the same conformation, but he might have a little better hind leg than his daddy. He even sticks his tongue out like his daddy; he loves to play with his tongue."
450. Bay colt, Malibu Moon -- Royal Veagess, by Rock Royalty, consigned by Clarkland Farm.
"We love the colt; he's always been a pleasure," said Marty Buckner, a member of the Clarkland selling team. "He's a real straightforward horse. He's a homebred, and he was easy to raise. His mare gets dominated by the stallion, and this yearling has a lot of Malibu Moon in him." A half-sister to this colt, grade II winner Skipping Around, produced grade I winner Sugar Shake.
453. Bay colt, Grand Slam -- Sacred Sue, by Holy Bull, consigned by Stoney Lane Farm, agent.
This colt is a half-brother to grade II-placed Miss Mary Apples. Other members of his family are Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner Affirmed and grade I winner Senor Pete.
497. Dark bay or brown colt, Gone West -- Allison P, by Unbridled, consigned by Millennium Farms Kentucky, agent.
This colt is the first foal out of an unraced mare, but she is a half-sister to grade III winner Stem the Tide and to three other stakes winners, one of which is a stakes producer.
549. Chestnut filly, Mr. Greeley -- Distinct, by Out of Place, consigned by Gainesway, agent.
"She's a correct, sound-looking filly, and Mr. Greeley is about as hot as you can get right now," said Gainesway's Neil Howard. This filly is from the family of grade III winner Blair's Cove and Canadian champion Shillelagh Slew.
566. Dark bay or brown colt, Indian Charlie -- Enchanted Kiss, by Afternoon Deelites, consigned by Gainesway, agent.
"He's a very athletic horse with all the right angles as Bill Graves (Fasig-Tipton's director of yearling sales) would say," said Gainesway's Neil Howard. "He's just a really nice horse." The colt is from the family of graded winner Melair.
36. Dark bay or brown colt, Canadian Frontier-- Innateness, by Flying Paster, consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent.
This colt, who is a member of his sire's first crop, is from the family of Irish champion Zoman and grade II winner Adore the Gold. His second dam was a stakes winner and finished second in the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I).
513. Chestnut colt, Hennessy -- Bank On Her, by Rahy, consigned by Gainesway, agent.
"He's a really attractive balanced colt with a very good walk," said Gainesway's Neil Howard of this yearling, which is from the family of champion Numbered Account.
54. Chestnut colt, Domestic Dispute -- Lady Tiara, by Vice Regent, consigned by Marshall Silverman, agent.
"He's a big over the ground horse with a great walk," Silverman said. "He's a gorgeous horse." This colt is a half-brother to stakes-placed Bianchi's Boy.
121. Bay filly, Friend's Lake -- Project Liberty, by Mr. Prospector, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
"She's just exceptional physically; she's really, really nice," said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made. "She's a big filly, who's correct and has a huge gaskin on her. She just looks unbelievable." She's also from the family of grade II winner Half Ours.
171. Bay colt, Congaree -- Symphonic Lady, by Blare of Trumpets, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
"He's just beautiful," said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made. "He's a real 'scopey,' two-turn looking horse. He looks like a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) horse, basically."
272. Bay colt, Peace Rules -- Cocktail, by Relaunch, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
"His half-brother (Winter Knight), who ran a good third at Churchill Downs first time out, brought $250,000 here last year, and I think this is an equally as good a colt," said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made. "
317. Bay colt, Tapit -- Flew by Em, by Air Forbes Won, consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent.
"He's good-sized and he's a nice smooth mover; he just looks like a racehorse," said Dromoland's Gerry Dilger. This colt is half-brother to two stakes winners and to a grade III producer that was stakes-placed while at the track.
361. Bay colt, Indian Charlie -- Lady Doms Tiara, by Conquistador Cielo.
"He's an athletic, correct, big, good-looking horse," said Paramount's Pat Costello of this colt, whose dam is a half-sister to two stakes winners.
383. Chestnut filly, Mr. Greeley -- Maresha, by Judge T C, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
"She looks a lot like her sire; she's a chestnut with a great body," said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made. "She's a really smooth mover."
446. Bay colt, Indian Charlie --Rising Tide, by Crafty Prospector, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
"He has the same cross as Pampered Princess," said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made. "He's an awesome colt, with perfect balance, a great body, and a beautiful head. When he walks, it's so smooth."
458. Bay filly, Malibu Moon -- Selina Kyle, by Storm Cat, consigned by Bill Reightler, agent.
"She's perfectly balanced, and she's pretty from her nose to her tail -- beautiful head, good hip, good shoulder, good size," Reightler said. "She's also got plenty of family."
542. Bay colt, Street Cry -- Dance Cat, by Danzig, consigned by Summerfield, agent.
"He's really balanced and has a nice, big stride," said Summerfield's Barbara Vanlangendonck. "Physically, he's an outstanding colt. " His sire's offspring include Street Sense, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I), and he is from the family of an earlier Kentucky Derby winner, Cannonade. Another yearling in the Summerfield consignment that you might want to watch, according to Vanlangendonck, is Hip No. 217, an Even the Score -- Agiftfromservice filly named Four Gifts.
575. Bay colt, Arch -- Fast Lover, by Not For Love , consigned by Brandywine Farm, agent for Brandywine and Liberation Farm.
Look at this colt's family and you'll see such horses as grade I winner Wild Rush and grade II winner Somethinaboutlaura. His dam was stakes-placed.