Saratoga Sale Session 1: Potential Dazzlers
by Deirdre B. Biles
Date Posted: 8/5/2012 5:01:51 PM
Last Updated: 8/6/2012 5:48:38 PM

Hip 41 is a Galileo - Nell Gwyn filly.
Photo: Skip Dickstein

The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale is known for generating some of the Thoroughbred auction business’ biggest fireworks. Following is a list of horses in the Aug. 6 opening session in New York that could dazzle with their prices:

Hip No. 1, a colt by Bernardini  —Heart of Grace, by Exploit. Consigned by Gainesway, agent.
“He’s a big, well-balanced horse,” said Gainesway’s Brian Graves of this bay yearling, which is from the family of grade I winners Very Subtle and High Schemes. “He is a free mover and very athletic. His sire is doing fantastic.”

Hip No. 5, a colt by Distorted Humor  —Indy’s Windy, by A.P. Indy. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
“He’s one of the better Distorted Humors that we’ve seen the last couple of years,” said Taylor Made’s Mark Taylor of this chestnut yearling, which is out of a winning half sister to champion Banshee Breeze (by Unbridled) and stakes winner Unbridled Wind (by Unbridled). “He is from a beautiful family and he’s bred on a great cross. He’s a very, very nice horse. He looks a lot like (Belmont Stakes, gr. I, and Breeders’ Cup Classic, gr. I, winner) Drosselmeyer   (by Distorted Humor), who we sold as a yearling.”

Hip No. 6, a colt by Roman Ruler—It’s True Love, by Yes It's True  . Consigned by Gainesway, agent for Graves et al.
“He’s an outstanding physical specimen,” said Gainesway’s Brian Graves of this dark bay or brown yearling. “He’s an elegant, muscular colt that looks like he would be extremely fast.”

Hip No. 13, a colt by Tapit  —Kokadrie, by Coronado’s Quest. Consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent for CloverLeaf Farms II.
“He’s a half brother to an Eclipse Award winner in Kodiak Kowboy (by Posse  ),” said Matt Lyons of this chestnut yearling. “He’s by the right stallion—Tapit is on fire right now—and his pedigree is live. He’s a very nice horse. He looks more like his dam (than his sire). He’s very strong-bodied, I think, for a Tapit. The mare is by Coronado’s Quest and I’ve had some people say he looks more like that side of the family.”

Hip No. 14, a colt by Colonel John  —La Defense, by Wild Again. Consigned by Four Star Sales, agent for Glencrest Farm.
“He’s very strong and powerful, and he has a lot of presence,” said Four Star’s Kerry Cauthen of this bay yearling, which is a half brother to stakes winner Quelle Surpise (by Slew Gin Fizz) and is a member of his sire’s first crop.

Hip No. 41, a filly by Galileo—Nell Gwyn, by Danehill. Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.
“She’s by the top sire in the world, Galileo, and she’s a lovely example of her sire,” said Paramount’s Pat Costello of this bay yearling, which is out of a stakes-placed winning full sister to European Horse of the Year and multiple classic winner Rock of Gibraltar. “She has a fantastic walk and she’s a lovely, balanced filly.”

Hip No. 42, a filly by Tapit—No Fair, by War Chant. Consigned by Lane’s End, agent.
“She’s a really nice filly with a great walk on her,” said Lane’s End’s Bill Farish of this chestnut yearling. “She’s done really well since she’s been here.”

Hip No. 56, a filly by More Than Ready  —Queen’s Court, by Monarchos  . Consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent.
“She is a very beautiful filly with great stretch and a lot of leg,” said Dromoland’s Gerry Dilger of this gray or roan yearling, which is from the family of champion and Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Street Sense  . “She’s a good mover and has a great presence about her. She’s just a very, very nice individual.”

Hip No. 80, a colt by Street Cry (IRE)—Serenading, by A.P. Indy. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.
“He is a beautiful, athletic horse with a great, stretchable walk,” said Hill ‘n’ Dale’s John Sikura of this bay yearling, which is the first foal out of a Canadian champion. “He is long and angular, but he has balance. He’s a fantastic horse.”

Hip No. 81, a colt by Street Cry (IRE)—Set Play, by Van Nistelrooy. Consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent for CloverLeaf Farms II.
“He’s a beautiful colt that is the second foal out of a grade I winner at 2,” said Woodford’s Matt Lyons of this chestnut yearling. “He’s a very good-bodied colt and very pretty, I think, for a Street Cry. He’s very athletic. He’s a nice horse.”

Hip No. 91, a colt by Empire Maker—Sluice, by Seeking the Gold. Consigned by Denali Stud, agent.
“He fits my description that if you don’t like him, you don’t like horses,” said Denali’s Craig Bandoroff of this bay yearling, which is a full brother to grade I winner Mushka. “He’s a male version of Mushka. He’s big, he’s strong, and he’s correct. He’s everything you want to have.”

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