A Friends Lake-- Incredible Me colt in the Leprechaun Racing consignment was generating a lot of buzz in the days leading up to Tuesday's Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. February select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida. Below is more about him and other horses that have been attracting the attention of buyers:
Hip No. 1, a filly by Silver Deputy -- Daisy Dukes, by Ghazi. Consigned by Eisaman Equine, agent.
The sale should get off to a fast start because of this filly. "She's really pretty; she just looks like a racehorse," said Shari Eisaman of Eisaman Equine. "She moves awesome, perfect."
Hip No. 2, Youwantityougotit, a colt by Speightstown -- Deb's Charm, by Silver Charm. Consigned by Casse Sales, agent for Cardinal Hill Farm.
"He's got more of a sprinter's type body, being by Speightstown," said Justin Casse of Casse Sales. "He's got a great hip and a good shoulder. He went (a quarter mile in) :21 1/5 and he galloped out in :33 4/5. His dam is a half-sister to (grade III winner) Tasha's Miracle, who finished third in the Feb. 9 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I)."
Hip. No. 20, a colt by Hold That Tiger-- French Factor, by Gulch. Consigned by W.D. North, agent for Tony Bowling, Bobby Dodd, and North.
"He worked well, and he's sound," said W.D. North. "He's an overachiever, an early bloomer, and he's classy. The best quality about him is Friends Lake that he's ratable even though he has a lot of speed. You can take him in :12 flat, or :24 flat, or :20 4/5. It's all up to the rider. I think he's going to be an incredible racehorse as a 2-year-old. He's as fast anything we've ever had going to a 2-year-old sale."
Hip No. 33, a colt by Friends Lake -- Incredible Me, by Mt. Livermore. Consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent.
This 2-year-old, a half-brother to two stakes winners, one of which is also a stakes producer, could be the best colt ever prepared by Leprechaun Racing for a juvenile auction. "He's that good," said Leprechaun's Mike Mulligan. "He does everything so effortlessly. You can look at him and see that he's got a lot of growing to do. His work and his gallop out were superb. He's the ultimate physical specimen, and everything about him says quality. He's certainly the talk of the sale. He had the ultimate video and the ultimate gallop out, and he's the ultimate presence on the end of the shank. And he's by a horse that wasn't just a sprinter. He looks like he can do it (run) all day."
Hip No. 44, He'sminenotyours, colt by Indian Charlie-- Lady of Lourdes, by Dehere. Consigned by Casse Sales, agent for Cardinal Hill Farm.
"He's a beautiful, very well-balanced colt," said Justin Casse of Casse Sales. "For a May foal, he's got a pretty good mind. I can only see him improving and maturing even more. He shied away from the whip a little bit at the eighth pole (during the first under tack show), but once he gets head down and he starts moving he's an incredibly good mover."
Hip No. 47, China Bowl, a filly by Seattle Fitz-- Light Line, by Line in the Sand. Consigned by Don R. Graham, agent.
"She is a big, 'scopey' filly that covers a lot of ground," Graham said. "She kind of had a reputation coming into the sale. A lot of people had already heard about her working at the farm, so she came in with high expectations. She kind of grabbed a quarter two days before the breeze show, and I don't think worked up to her potential. But she still had a real pretty video, and she's such a pretty mover that she caught a lot of people's attention."
Hip No. 48, a colt by Teton Forest-- Lochlin Slew, by Seattle Slew. Consigned by Don R. Graham, agent.
"He went :10 flat (for an eighth of a mile), and he had such a beautiful video," Graham said. "He moved over the track so well and, I heard, had one of the better gallop outs of the sale. He's out of a Seattle Slew mare, and I love that bloodline on the bottom side. We've had a lot of vet work on him. He's a pretty, pretty horse.
Hip No. 49, a colt by Two Punch -- Lucky Again, by Wild Again. Consigned by Murray Smith, agent.
"He's been perfect; he's never taken a bad step; he's never missed a day," Smith said. "He's a highly intelligent colt; he's easy on himself; and he's a great mover. I couldn't ask for a nicer colt."
Hip No. 69, filly by Spanish Steps -- My Working Gal, by Seattle Slew. Consigned by Nick de Meric, agent.
"She's definitely one of my nicer ones," de Meric said. "She's a filly that's done well all winter, but really kind of blossomed this last month. She's a super mover, and she's got a good mind. She's sound, athletic, and competitive. She's got what you want if you're looking for a 2-year-old. She's one that can come to hand quickly. I have to say I'm excited about the prospects for this young stallion (Spanish Steps). I've got a got a colt by him at home that I like very well, too." De Meric said to also keep an eye on Hip No. 30, a Malibu Moon -- Hot Communicator colt, and Hip No. 145, a Songandaprayer -- Abuela Esther colt. "Both are exceptional individuals," according to the consignor. "My Harlan's Holiday colt (Hip. No. 114, out of the mare Spiral Dancer) is really nice, also, de Meric said.
Hip No. 74, a colt by Repent -- One to Five, by Naevus. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
"He's an average-sized, very smooth colt, and he's very typical of the Repents," Niall Brennan said. "He's a horse that's just going to improve and get better. He's got the frame; he's just got to grow into it a little bit."
Hip No. 78, a filly by City Place -- Pack'n the Sand, by Line in the Sand. Consigned by Hoby and Layna Kight, agents.
"She's lightning fast and beautiful, just like a baby Ruffian," Hoby Kight said. "She's always been fast, ever since the first time I worked her."
Hip No. 86, a colt by Teton Forest-- Princess Sequoia, by Cherokee Run. Consigned by McKathan Bros., agent.
"He's just really well put together, and he moves great," said Kevin McKathan of McKathan Bros. "He's kind of a sexy colt. Physically, he's a specimen of a horse. He's got all the angles. When I bought him, I thought he was the best of them (the Teton Forest offspring), and I still think he is. I've been pretty proud of him." Other standouts in the consignment, according to McKathan, are Hip No. 162, a Yankee Gentleman -- B. W. Chargit colt named Gentleman Jeter, and Hip No. 153, a Touch Gold -- Beguiled colt. "Both of them are very talented horses, and they came through it (the training) in good order," McKathan said. "If someone wants racehorses, they have to buy them. They've really come to the top, and the Touch Gold is a horse that I think will get around two turns."
Hip No. 93, a colt by Indian Charlie-- Rising Tide, by Crafty Prospector. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
"I thought we paid too much for him ($170,000 as a yearling), but now I'm not too sure," said Mike Akers of Dapple Bloodstock, a partner in the colt. "Mr. (David) Greathouse made me pay more than I wanted to. He's so aggressive; he wouldn't let me pull up. I was trying to quit at about $130,000, and Mr. Greathouse kept saying, 'Hit him again.' He's grown into a beautiful horse. He looks like his daddy, and Indian Charlie is as solid as a rock. It's not too shabby when you're coming off a year when he (Indian Charlie) had a champion (Indian Blessing)."
Hip No. 121, The Prince, a colt by Not For Love -- Taft Lil Queen, by Irish Open. Consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent.
"He is a superior physical horse," said Mike Mulligan of Leprechaun Racing. "He got in just the littlest bit in the breeze show, and if he hadn't, he would have gone :10 flat."
Hip No. 130, a filly by Montbrook -- Unlimited Pleasure, by Valid Appeal. Consigned by Ocala Stud.
"She worked (a quarter mile) in :21 2/5; she galloped out really good in :33 3/5; and she went the half in :47 3/5," said Ocala Stud trainer George Burrows. "She's a beautiful filly. She's the one that caught everybody's eye. She's a full sister to (grade III winner) Beacon Shine. She's a little bigger than Beacon Shine."
Hip No. 134, Candy Bride, a filly by Candy Ride-- War Bride, by Lord At War. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
"She's a lovely filly," Niall Brennan said. "I like these Candy Rides. I've got a few of them, and this one is a very sharp-looking filly. She is a dark color, and she has a lot of Lord At War in her. She's very strong, solid filly, very sound. She's a great mover, and she has a great video. I just love her attitude. She's has great energy, always."
Hip No. 159, Glitter City, a filly by City Place -- Bon Caro, by Bon Point. Consigned by Murray Smith, agent.
"I have two City Place 2-year-olds and three City Place yearlings, and I love them," Smith said. "They're very balanced, and they’re good looking. The 2-year-olds train great."
Hip No. 161, Mythical Border, a filly by Johannesburg -- Border Dispute, by Boundary. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
"The only thing I dislike about her is that somebody else is going to own her after the sale," said Wavertree's Ciaran Dunne. She sold for $145,000 as a weanling and $150,000 as a yearling.
Hip No. 146, a colt by Forest Wildcat-- Added Time, by Gilded Time. Consigned by Eisaman Equine, agent.
"He just loves the racetrack here," said Shari Eisaman of Eisaman Equine. "Everything he's doing, he's doing right."
Hip No. 170, a filly by Lion Heart-- Coffee Springs, by Crafty Prospector. Consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent.
"She's a completely balanced physical filly that worked spectacular and galloped out spectacular," said Mike Mulligan of Leprechaun Racing. "She's by a horse that we really believe in. We have two of them (by Lion Heart), one going to Miami (for the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale) and one here."