Fast Times Abound at Florida Under Tack Show
by Michael Compton
Date Posted: 3/21/2014 6:55:40 PM
Last Updated: 3/26/2014 3:27:08 PM

Hip No. 7, a Macho Uno filly, is one of 7 juveniles, who worked eighth of a mile in :9 4/5.
Photo: FASIG-TIPTON PHOTO

Brisk breeze times were the order of the day at the under tack preview for Fasig-Tipton's Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training March 21 at Adena Springs South, near Williston, Fla.

On a sun-splashed day with clear skies and a slight tailwind, the well-attended preview featured seven juveniles turning in co-bullet eighth of a mile breezes in :9 4/5 over Adena Springs' conventional dirt training track.

Hip No. 4 is a colt by Super Saver  Rateeba, by Sky Mesa  , consigned by Eddie Woods, agent. Bred in Kentucky by Dixiana Farms, the bay colt from the family of grade I stakes winner and millionaire Dixie Union and multiple graded stakes winner Zavata was purchased by W.D. North for $65,000 out of the Lane's End consignment at last year's Fasig-Tipton October sale.

Woods also consigns Hip No. 14, a gray or roan Desert Party   colt produced from the winning Olympio mare Satinet. A half brother to multiple stakes winner Britt's Jules and Probation Ready, the colt was bred in Kentucky by Chris and Kirt Cahill and was purchased by Bradley Thoroughbreds for $180,000 as part of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at last year's Keeneland September sale.

Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables sent out three of the seven fastest workers at an eighth of a mile, as well as the co-fastest juvenile at a quarter of a mile.

Hip No. 7 is a Macho Uno   filly out of the Dixie Union mare Rumari bred in Kentucky by T/C Stable. The gray or roan filly was consigned by Hidden Brook to the 2013 Keeneland September sale where she sold to Red Wings for $57,000.

Hip No. 75, a bay filly by Smart Strike  Clay's Rocket, by American Chance, is the most expensive pinhook in the sale. Bought by John Greathouse for $775,000 from Denali Stud, agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings at last year's Keeneland September sale, the filly is a half sister to multiple stakes winner Laurie's Rocket, an earner of $512,598, and stakes winner Greeley's Rocket.

Rounding out Wavertree's trio of co-bullet workers for a furlong was Hip No. 144, a Majesticperfection   colt out of the unraced Indian Charlie mare Ms. Cornstalk. The colt was bred in Kentucky by Brereton C. Jones and sold by his breeder at the Keeneland September sale for $285,000 to Castleton Lyons.

Wavertree was also represented by Hip No. 25, a Mineshaft   colt who worked a co-fastest quarter mile in :21. Produced from the winning Unbridled's Song mare Songfest, the colt was bred in Kentucky by Glencrest Farm and Kempton Bloodstock. He failed to meet his reserve at last year's Keeneland September sale and was a $130,000 buy back. 

"We feel we have a really good group of horses," said Ciaran Dunne. "They have trained that way all year. They are a proper bunch of horses, and today they performed like nice horses. Hopefully, they sell like nice horses on Monday."

Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent, consigns Hip No. 83, a colt by Distorted Humor   out of the multiple graded stakes winner Delta Princess, by A. P. Indy. The colt is a half brother to three-time Eclipse champion and back-to-back winner of the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr.I) Royal Delta, an earner of more than $4.8 million.

The colt was bred in Kentucky by Adena Springs and sold to Hartley/De Renzo for $350,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton August sale at Saratoga.

"He wasn't at his best when we bought him," said Randy Hartley. "He had some cuts and scrapes and he was small. I must have called Dean (De Renzo) 40 times about him when I first saw him at Saratoga. I really wanted to buy him. He's grown up a lot, and he must be close to 16 hands now. I knew he was special the first day I put tack on him. He's just an awesome horse with a stallion's pedigree. To me, he's the best bred 2-year-old this year."

Hip No. 100 is a colt by Congrats   consigned by Jimbo and Torrie Gladwell's Top Line Sales, agent. Bred in Kentucky by Edwin and Melissa Anthony, the colt is produced from the winning Forestry mare First At Summer and sold to Thoroughbred Management for $75,000 out of Royal Oak Farm's consignment at the Keeneland September sale.

"We were really happy with his breeze," said Jimbo Gladwell. "He was on the faster side of all our horses at the farm, and we're happy he showed up like he did."

Hip No. 153, a Flatter   colt out of the Siphon (BRZ) mare Pine Hill, worked a co-fastest quarter mile in :21. Consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent, the dark bay or brown colt was bred in New York by New Light Stable and was bought for $65,000 by Woodford Thoroughbreds out of the Select Sales consignment at last year's Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August sale.

A total of 157 head had been cataloged for this year's auction of select juveniles, which is slated for Monday, March 24 at noon at Adena Springs South. With 32 outs as of press time, 125 horses are set to go through the ring.

Held in recent years at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, the sale has been relocated to Adena Springs South to accommodate horses in the auction due to the situation in South Florida with Calder and Gulfstream running simultaneously.

The track surface at Adena Springs was well received by consignors.

"Hats off to Mark Roberts (of Adena Springs) and his crew," said Dunne. "They've done a wonderful job, and have been very accommodating. The weather didn't cooperate with them early in the week, but they kept telling us, 'it'll be fine.' And obviously it was.

"The track was consistent from the first to the last horse, and we should know because we had the first horse out there and the last one," Dunne added. "The track seemed great. Of course, the proof is in how the horses come out of the breezes. It's a completely different surface than Palm Meadows. Palm Meadows can be hard on babies. It has a really long stretch and it is hard for babies to look down there and go that far, and it's usually into a headwind. By and large, it looks like we were lucky today. We had a tailwind for most of the day, and it looks like the horses have come back good."

Hartley echoed Dunne's thoughts. "I think the breeze show went well," he said. "Fasig-Tipton did a great job and put together a strong catalog to get the right buyers here. The track seemed to handle everything great. It's not as laboring on the horses as Palm Meadows. They all look like they came back great. And at the end of the day, it's nice to be home."



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