F-T Kentucky Select Sale: Horses to Watch

F-T Kentucky Select Sale: Horses to Watch
Photo: Joe DiOrio
Fasig-Tipton July Sale.

Here is a list – and not a short one – of the horses that consignors and buyers think might bring expensive prices during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale. The auction, which is the first major event in the yearling selling season, will be held July 12 in Lexington. It will begin at 10 a.m. (EDT).

Following are the yearlings that could generate significant action:

Hip No. 8, a filly by Into Mischief   – Kid Majic, by Lemon Drop Kid  . Consigned by Gainesway, agent for Graves et al.
“She’s early in the sale, but maybe the early bird gets the worm,” said Gainesway’s Michael Hernon of this bay yearling, which is a half sister to grade I winner J P’s Gusto (by Successful Appeal  ) and is a member of her sire’s first crop. “She is a very good-bodied, strong, correct filly with a great hip and a great hind leg. She has the champion filly Proud Spell close up in her pedigree. She is a very exciting prospect.”

Hip No. 12, Success Factor, a colt by Congrats   – Lady Jazz, by Kentucky Jazz. Consigned by Select Sales, agent.
“He’s by a hot sire and is a beautiful individual,” said Select Sales’ Andrew Cary of this bay yearling, which is from the family of champions Groovy and Boston Harbor. “I think he’s the ideal July sale horse; he’s the physical on the end of the shank that everybody wants.”

Hip No. 23, a filly by Midnight Lute   – Ma Kitty, by Meadowlake. Consigned by Trackside Farm, agent for Tenlane Farm.
“She’s by a fast first-crop sire and she looks very fast,” said Trackside’s Tom Evans of this bay yearling, whose winning stakes-placed dam is a half sister to grade II winner Sagasious (by Quest for Fame) and another added-money winner, Miss Dominique (by Private Account).

Hip No. 27, Island Love Song, a filly by Dehere – Marialua, by Maria's Mon. Consigned by Dapple Stud, agent for Twin Hopes Farm and Helen T. Andrews.
“She has as good a body and top line as any filly in the sale,” said Dapple’s Mike Akers of this dark bay or brown yearling. “She’s by a proven sire that has international appeal. She has a deep family that goes back to (Triple Crown winner and two-time Horse of the Year) Affirmed.”

Hip No. 41, a colt by Malibu Moon   – Moonlight Cruise, by Silver Deputy. Consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent for Lazy Lane Farms.
“They (prospective buyers) love his pedigree,” said Warrendale’s Kitty Taylor of this bay yearling, whose winning, stakes-placed dam is a half sister to English group III winner Admiral’s Cruise (byA.P. Indy). “He’s got a great walk and a lot of energy. He’s very correct. He’s the kind of horse that end users like.”

Hip No. 58, a colt by Tale of the Cat   – Ocean Air, by Pleasant Colony. Consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent.
“He’s a super nice leggier example of his sire and has a two-turn look,” said Bluewater’s Meg Levy of this bay yearling. “He has the great muscle tone of a Tale of the Cat. He’s very correct and a great walker. He’s about as good as they get physically.”

Hip No. 71, a colt by Medaglia d'Oro   – Prop, by Unbridled's Song. Consigned by Gainesway Farm, agent for Graves et al.
“This colt has a strong resemblance to his sire,” said Gainesway’s Michael Hernon of this dark bay or brown yearling. “He is very well made, has great balance, and is a good mover. He’s bred on the proven cross of Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector.”

Hip No. 77, a colt by Tiz Wonderful – Rainbow Girl, by Conquistador Cielo. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
“This colt, to me, really looks like a Tiznow   (the sire of Tiz Wonderful) should,” said Taylor Made’s Mark Taylor of this dark bay or brown yearling. “He’s a big, gorgeous, two-turn-type horse. He’s got a great walk; he unhinges his shoulder and he’s got a big over-stride. He has a lot of class. He’s a great representative for a first-year sire.”

Hip No. 80, a colt by Pulpit – Referendum, by Unbridled. Consigned by Dapple Stud, agent for Clover Hill Farm.
“There are a lot of graded wins on his (sale catalog) page; there aren’t too many horses in here with a pedigree like his,” said Dapple’s Mike Akers of this bay yearling, whose dam is a half sister to grade I winner and grade I producer Jersey Girl (by Belong to Me). “He stands out a bit and he’s been well-received by a lot of professional horsemen.”

Hip No. 84, a colt by Stormy Atlantic   – Rich City Girl, by Carson City. Consigned by Elm Tree Farm, agent.
“He’s a very, very racy-looking horse,” said Elm Tree’s Jody Huckabay of this bay yearling that is from the family of Horse of the Year Lady’s Secret.

Hip No. 98, a colt by Medaglia d'Oro   – September Dolly, by A.P. Indy. Consigned by Red Gables Stud, agent.
This bay yearling is from the family of grade I winner A.P. Adventure and grade II winner Super Mario.

Hip No. 99, a colt by Tapit   – Shadow of Storm, by Storm Cat. Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
“He’s the only Tapit colt in the sale and is the first foal out of a young mare that is from the family of (grade II and Irish group III) winner Della Francesca and (gr. I) winner Sky Mesa  ; it’s one of the really great families in the European and American stud books,” said Eaton’s Reiley McDonald of this dark bay or brown yearling. “He is actually a replica of Storm Cat, and he has a great way of moving.”

Hip No. 103, a colt by Harlan's Holiday – Shiny Band, by Dixieland Band. Consigned by Gainesway, agent.
“Harlan’s Holiday is having a great year in 2011 and this colt is out a New York grade III-winning mare,” said Gainesway’s Michael Hernon of this gray or roan yearling. “A similar cross produced Harlan’s Holiday’s 2011 stakes winner Twinspired (who finished second in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, gr. I).

Hip No. 122, a filly by Hard Spun  – S. S. Miracle, by Seattle Slew. Consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent.
“Hard Spun is sticking out right now because he just had that group II winner in England, so people are coming to see his yearlings. They really get excited when they see her because she’s got such a great body,” said Meg Levy of this dark bay or brown yearling, which is a half sister to stakes winner Spin Master (by Distorted Humor  ). “She has a lot of leg and a super walk. She’s just a really sexy filly.”

Hip No. 149, a colt by Exchange Rate   – Truly Quiet, by Real Quiet. Consigned by Dapple Stud, agent for Alastar Thoroughbred Co.
“He’s from a running family,” said Dapple’s Mike Akers of this dark bay or brown yearling, whose winning stakes-placed dam is a half sister to grade III winner Truly a Judge (by Judge T C).

Hip No. 165, a colt by Lemon Drop Kid   – Wow Me Free, by Menifee. Consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent.
“He’s the first foal out of a grade III-winning mare and he’s by a proven sire,” said Warrendale’s Kitty Taylor of this chestnut yearling.

Hip No. 168, a colt by Harlan's Holiday – Acrosstheborder, by Include  . Consigned by Crossroads Sales Agency, agent.
“He’s a big physical colt with great presence,” said Crossroads’ Greg Burchell of this bay yearling. “He has a wonderful constitution. He is by a productive stallion right now. His mother put some size on him. He has a beautiful walk and a lovely body.”

Hip No. 170, a colt by Latent Heat – Ada Ruckus, by Bold Ruckus. Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
“I saw him on the farm for the first time in May and he’s one of only three yearlings I’ve given an A-plus to this year (for conformation),” said Reiley McDonald of this dark bay or brown yearling, which is a half brother to Canadian added-money winner Quite a Ruckus (by Richter Scale). “He is a May foal, but he looks like a January foal. He’s big with a lot of scope and great length. He has a huge shoulder and a huge hip. He has a lovely, flowing way of moving.”

Hip No. 173, a filly by Medaglia d'Oro   – Alarming Prospect, by Darn That Alarm. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
“This filly is basically what people come to expect with Medaglia d’Oro,” said Taylor Made’s Mark Taylor of this gray or roan yearling, which is a half sister to Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) winner French Park (by Ecton Park). “She’s a big, athletic individual with scope and she’s got pedigree. She’s got the whole package. The thought behind putting her in this sale was to showcase her. She’s the only Medaglia d’Oro filly in the sale so it worked out well for us.”

Hip No. 175, Bad Hombre, a colt by Sky Mesa   – A Little Evil, by Deputy Minister. Consigned by Lane’s End, agent.
“He’s a nice, big, sound-looking, forward-looking yearling,” said Lane’s End’s Mike Cline of this bay yearling, whose dam is a half sister to Horse of the Year Favorite Trick (by Phone Trick) and added-money winner Cold n Calculating (by It's Freezing). "He’s correct and he has plenty of bone.”

Hip No. 176, a colt by Unbridled's Song – A Little Gem, by Yonaguska. Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
“He’s the only Unbridled’s Song colt in the sale, and he’s got great balance and a lovely way of moving through his front end as well as through his hind end,” said Eaton’s Reiley McDonald of this gray or roan yearling, which is out of an added-money winner. “He’s very correct and he is the first foal out of a mare that could run and was a very talented 2-year-old.”

Hip No. 179, a colt by Yes It's True   – Ambition Unbridled, by Unbridled's Song. Consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent for Cloverleaf Farms II.
“He’s a beautiful physical horse and he has a 2-year-old half brother (Maan, by Malibu Moon  ) that won the first time out at Churchill Downs impressively,” said Woodford’s Matt Lyons of this gray or roan yearling, which is out of a stakes winner. “He has a terrific walk, he vets perfectly clean, and he’s very popular.”

Hip No. 211, a filly by Brother Derek – Casanova Striker, by Smart Strike  . Consigned by Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent for Indian Creek.
“She is from the first crop of a stallion that we couldn’t be higher on,” said Airdrie’s Bret Jones of this dark bay or brown yearling, which is a half sister to added-money winner Silver Time (by Indian Charlie). “She’s a lovely, balanced filly and a great mover. She’s really the total package.”

Hip No. 212, a filly by Tiz Wonderful – Charmster, by Unbridled's Song. Consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.
“She has an impressive physical, so they (prospective buyers) are looking past the fact she has two blank dams,” said Warrendale’s Kitty Taylor of this gray or roan yearling from the  family of grade I winner Classy Cathy. “They’re looking at that body and they like it.”

Hip No. 213, a colt by Stormy Atlantic   – Chasethegold, by Touch Gold  . Consigned by Trackside Farm, agent for Tenlane Farm.
“He’s a very athletic, well-made horse and has a very strong family behind him,” said Trackside’s Tom Evans of this bay yearling, whose relatives include grade I winners Albertus Maximus   and Race the Wild Wind and French champion King Charlemagne.

Hip No. 223, a colt by Midnight Lute   – Clever Monique, by Clever Trick. Consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds.
“He’s a horse with a big pedigree; he’s a half brother to a Kentucky stallion and grade I winner (Yes It’s True),” said Woodford’s Matt Lyons of this dark bay or brown yearling. “He’s from his sire’s first crop and he has a great physical and a terrific walk.”

Hip No. 228, a colt by Majestic Warrior   – Counter Cat, by Hennessy. Consigned by Elm Tree Farm, agent.
“He’s a beautiful horse,” said Elm Tree’s Jody Huckabay of this chestnut yearling, which is a member of his sire’s first crop and is from the family of grade II winner Pine Tree Lane (by Apalachee).

Hip No. 231, a filly by Malibu Moon   – Dance Darling, by Devil's Bag. Consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent.
“She’s a good-sized filly with a great walk,” said Dromoland’s Gerry Dilger of this chestnut yearling. “She’s very athletic. Everything about her is straightforward. There have been no hiccups.”

Hip No. 233, Tancred, a colt by Majestic Warrior  – Darling Monique, by El Corredor  . Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.
“He’s a big, strong horse that is a great representative of his sire’s first crop,” said Paramount’s Pat Costello of this bay yearling. “The real good judges on the grounds seem to like him. He has loads of bone and there is a lot of El Corredor in him.”

Hip No. 250, a filly by Tapit  – Easily, by Vicar. Consigned by Gainesway, agent.
“She is really a super filly by the leading general sire,” said Gainesway’s Michael Hernon of this chestnut filly, which is from the family of grade II winners Softly and Sara Louise and grade III winners Til Forbid, Scoop, Just Louise, Hold Old Blue, Coragil Cat, and City Attraction. “She’s a beautiful filly to look at. She has size, scope, and presence, and she’s correct.”

Hip No. 262, a colt by Lemon Drop Kid   – Field of Dreams, by Meadowlake. Consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent.
“He is a very nice horse with good balance and good bone; he’s a nice-moving horse,” said Dromoland’s Gerry Dilger of this bay yearling, which is a half brother to added-money winner Pro Pink (by Touch Gold  ).

Hip No. 271, a colt by Tale of the Cat   – Forty Love, by Forty Niner. Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.
“He’s a lovely, balanced horse that is typical of Tale of the Cat,” said Paramount’s Pat Costello of this bay yearling, which is a half brother to Canadian added-money winner Bear Character (by Dixie Union).  “He’s very athletic and has all the body parts. The poor horse has been out of his stall just about the whole time he’s been here; people are liking him.”

Hip No. 283, Afterdon, a colt by Any Given Saturday – Guidebook, by Notebook. Consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent.
“He’s a big, strong, two-turn-looking horse,” said Three Chimneys sales director Guinness McFadden of this bay yearling. “He resembles his sire very much.”

Hip No. 295, a filly by Stormy Atlantic   – Humble Clerk, by Humble Eleven. Consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent.
“She just looks like a real runner,” said Bluewater’s Meg Levy of this bay yearling, which is out of a grade III winner. “She has a great walk and she’s very correct. She moves just like an accordion and covers the ground.”

Hip No. 303, a filly by Big Brown   – Irish Smoke, by Smoke Glacken. Consigned by Select Sales, agent.
“She is from the first crop of Big Brown and she is the first foal out of a grade I winner,” said Select Sales’ Andrew Cary of this gray or roan yearling. “She’s a lovely individual – a beautiful, attractive filly that looks a lot like her mother. She’s very professional and athletic.”

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