Consignors were seeing plenty of interest in the final crop of yearlings by Indian Charlie being offered at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings set for Aug. 5 and 6.
The catalog includes two colts and six fillies from the final crop of Indian Charlie, who died from cancer at age 16 in 2011. The son of In Excess was scheduled to stand the 2012 season for $75,000.
Mark Taylor, of Taylor Made Sales Agency, which will offer a filly by Indian Charlie (hip 20) out of the A.P. Indy filly Calais and from the family of champion fillies Flanders and Surfside, said people realize time is running out to purchase an Indian Charlie.
"I think it does create some interest, especially when the horse if of a certain quality, which I think Indian Charlie is," Taylor said. "I think that people want to have one and this is one of their last opportunities."
Taylor pointed out that Indian Charlie is a nice outcross, and he continued to improve as a stallion. His current juveniles have fared well on the track.
"Indian Charlie was a nice horse that provided a lot of outcross, which is what the breed needs more of," Taylor said. "Plus, he's having a great year. He's going out with a bang, so to speak. It looks like he has a lot of nice looking 2-year-olds out there."
Taylor noted that Indian Charlie did have a full crop in his final season. He said sometimes when a horse has a partial or small final crop it can be difficult to gauge, but he expects another top crop for Indian Charlie, who is the sire of champions Indian Blessing, Fleet Indian, and Uncle Mo as well as Canadian champions Roxy Gap and Indian Apple Is.
Carrie Brogden, of Select Sales which will offer an Indian Charlie filly out of the stakes-placed Lemon Drop Kid mare Kid Majic, noted that Indian Charlie improved throughout his stallion career. She noted that Wertheimer and Frere homebred juvenile filly Enquete provided a recent reminder of Indian Charlie's strengths when she posted a clear victory in a maiden special weight race Aug. 4 at Saratoga Race Course.
Brogden said their Indian Charlie filly (hip 76) has received a lot of looks.
"He's such a proven stallion and these are his best mares," Brogden said. "As he was getting older, he was getting better, and better, and better. So these are his best mares. I bet his last crop will be his best racing crop."
The other Indian Charlie yearlings in the sale include hip 8, a dark bay or brown filly consigned by Gainesway, agent, out of grade III-winner Alpine Garden, by Lemon Drop Kid; hip 55, a bay filly consigned by Woods Edge Farm, agent, who is a half sister to grade I winner The Factor ; hip 72, a dark bay or brown filly consigned by James Herbener Jr., agent, out of grade III winner Jody Slew, by Slew City Slew; hip 92, a bay filly consigned by Lane's End, agent, who is a half sister to grade I winner Dixie Chatter ; hip 105, a bay colt consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent, from the family of champion Vindication; and hip 143, a bay colt consigned by Candyland Farm out of a mare who is a half sister to three graded stakes winners.