Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga select yearling sale kicks off its two-night run Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. EDT in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Following is a selection of noteworthy yearlings from the opening session's catalog.
Hip No. 23—Select Sales agency's half brother to stakes winner and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Twinspired. This Giant's Causeway filly is out of the El Prado mare Historical Drive.
Hip No. 32—A Tiznow filly out of a half sister to Quality Road. Consigned by the Mill Ridge Sales agency, this filly hails from the family of champion and millionaire Ajina. She is out of the Tale of the Cat mare Kobla Cat.
Hip No. 44—This is the auction's only horse by the sought-after stallion Galileo. Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, this filly is out of the Danehill stakes winner Luas Line, who won the Garden City Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. IT) and was third in the 2005 Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I). This filly is a full sister to group III-placed Impulsive Moment, who recently added to his purse earnings a listed stakes win in England.
Hip No. 47—A colt by first-crop sire Trappe Shot, this yearling is a half brother to stakes-placed Pull Dancer, a son of Trappe Shot's grandsire, Pulpit. Dam Mayhavebeentheone (by Arch) also is a half sister to Wiseman's Ferry. Nursery Place is the seller.
Hip No. 49—One of the dwindling number of yearlings by Unbridled's Song, Grousemont Farm's daughter of Miss Abita (by Dixie Union) is very similarly bred to 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner-up Eight Belles, who also was by the late Unbridled's Song. This filly's dam is a three-quarters sister to Eight Belle's dam, Away. Eaton Sales is the consignor.
Hip No. 63—This Malibu Moon filly is a half sister to 2011 Travers (gr. I) runner-up Rattlesnake Bridge. Another half brother, Inflation Target, improved his record with a fifth win recently, bringing his earnings to $162,161 since the catalog was printed. James Herbener, agent, offers the bay filly on behalf of her breeders, Bill Graves and Dennis Lynch.
Hip No. 68—From the first crop of 2010 juvenile champion Uncle Mo, this filly is a half sister to grade I winner Awesome Humor, now a stakes-producing mare. Another half sister, Surf Club, is the dam of grade I winner Emcee and grade I-placed Surfer. VanMeter Sales consigns.
Hip No. 69—Merriebelle Stable's Tapit filly out of the winning Tiznow mare Rote brought a hefty $550,000 as a Keeneland November weanling last year, making her the Saratoga sale's most notable pinhook. Her dam is a half sister to grade I winner Magnificent Song, dual group-placed Great Barrier Reef, and group-placed Park Avenue. Her consignor is Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, which topped last year's sale with $1,225,000 Lady Zuzu (Dynaformer).
Hip No. 74—The Woodford Thoroughbred agency's Distorted Humor colt is out of Sadler's Secretary, a full sister to Canadian champion and U.S. course record-setting grade I winner Perfect Soul. She's also a half sister to Irish classic-placed Dance Secretary and grade III-placed Dimontina.
Hip No. 75—The only War Front on offer Monday night is this daughter of grade II winner and 2003 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) second Santa Catarina. That Unbridled mare also has produced the winner Asbeautifulasyou, whose 2010 Distorted Humor colt Little Distorted was stakes-placed last season. Taylor Made Sales agency is the consignor.
Hip No. 80—Warrendale Sales agency's filly from the first crop of Gio Ponti is a three-quarters sister to recently retired 2013 champion juvenile filly She's a Tiger and to multiple grade I-winning millionaire Smiling Tiger. Her dam is the stakes-winning Cahill Road mare Shandra Smiles.
Hip No. 81—At a time when Tapits are hot, Bluewater Sales agency brings this daughter of 2009 champion juvenile filly She Be Wild. This gray or roan filly is the second for her dam, whose first foal, now 2, has not yet started. That filly, Shebealittlewild, is a full sister to Hip No. 81.