Brisk Activity Expected at F-T Midlantic Sale

Two-day auction offers 425 race-ready juveniles at Timonium May 20-21.

One day after a Preakness Stakes (gr. I) victory by Oxbow  across town at Pimlico Race Course, the barn area at the Maryland State Fairgrounds at Timonium was flush with activity on the eve of Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale May 20-21.

With a total of 425 head in the catalog, and two days of breeze shows in the books, the sale offers buyers of 2-year-olds one of their last opportunities of the season to acquire race-ready juveniles at public auction.

"Prospective buyers and sellers feel pretty positive about what they're seeing," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning Jr. on an overcast Maryland afternoon. "We had two great breeze shows, there is a lot of traffic in the barns, and I feel pretty good. The market has been strong, and I'm hopeful it's going to be a good couple of days for everyone."

Hip No. 230, a Grand Slam colt consigned by Raul Reyes' King's Equine, breezed a furlong in :10, the fastest clocking at the distance of the under-tack shows. The Kentucky-bred chestnut is the first foal out of the winning High Yield mare D'High Speed.

Velvet Panther, the colt's second dam, won 31 times, earned $648,599 and was the champion imported handicap mare twice in Puerto Rico. She is the dam of D'Wildcat Speed, a 16-time winner and Horse of the Year in Puerto Rico by Forest Wildcat, and the stakes-placed runners D'court's Speed, by Doneraile Court, and D'broken Speed, by Broken Vow .

"He has really developed into a beautiful horse," said Reyes of the Grand Slam colt. "I was familiar with his family when I bought him as a yearling. All of the horses that look the part in the family can really run. They win a lot of races and earn a lot of money. This one should be no exception."

Reyes made headlines earlier this season selling the $1.8 million sale topper, a Smart Strike colt, to Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stables at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March select 2-year-old sale. It was the first million-dollar horse sold at the OBS March sale since 2006, and the price equaled a sale record.

"We've had a great year," Reyes said. "Everything has gone our way, that's for sure. I'm looking forward to this sale. Buyers are still looking for nice horses, and we've had good traffic at the barn."

King's Equine, agent, led all consignors at last year's Midlantic auction, selling 10 head for $1,544,000, including the $575,000 sale-topping Scat Daddy colt.

Hip No. 77, a son of Posse from the consignment of James Layden Sr., recorded the quickest quarter-mile time of :21 2/5 at the breeze shows. Produced from the unraced Storm Bird mare Storm Struck, the New York-bred colt is a half brother to graded stakes-placed Paragon Queen, who finished second in the 2004 Debutante Stakes (gr.III) at Churchill Downs.

"He's been very forward," said Layden. "He's a nice colt, and he worked really well. He loves what he's doing, and is cut out to be a racehorse. He acts like a good one. I liked his conformation as a yearling. He just looked as if he would develop into a nice horse, and he has."

Breezing the fastest three-eighths in :33 3/5 was Hip No. 358, a New York-bred filly by Freud . Consigned by Pike Racing, agent, the bay filly is out of the four-time winner Mighty Good, by Good and Tough. The filly is from the family of hard-knocking Florida-based stakes winners Mop Squeezer and Callmethesqueeze.

A total of 312 juveniles changed hands at last year's auction, accounting for gross sales of $16,721,000 compared to 343 head sold for $16,211,100 in 2011. Last year's sale average rose 13.4% to $53,953 from $47,263 the previous year. The median price last year was $28,000, and 102 head were listed as not sold.

The sale has produced its share of graded stakes winners. Gracing the front cover of this year's catalog is Vyjack (consigned by Pike Racing, agent), winner of the Jerome Handicap (gr. II) and Gotham Stakes (gr. III) and an earner of $542,200.

Additional recent graded stakes-winning graduates include Lady of Shamrock, winner of the 2012 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) and American Oaks (gr. IT), and most recently the Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT); Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) winner Mizdirection; Eden's Moon, victorious in the 2012 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I), and Poseidon's Warrior , winner of last year's Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I).

"The barns have been busy," said David Scanlon of Scanlon Training Center who consigned Lady of Shamrock to the 2011 sale. "The great thing about this sale is the activity around the Preakness Stakes and the days after the breeze show allows buyers plenty of time to do their homework."

The auction gets underway at 10 a.m. on both days. The sale can be viewed live at