Hip 154 is by Old Fashioned out of Cintarosa.

Hip 154 is by Old Fashioned out of Cintarosa.

Skip Dickstein

McPeek Shares Saratoga Sale Short List

Prominent trainer shared the list of horses he believes will bring big prices.

With few hours left before the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, trainer Kenny McPeek shared the short list of horses he believes will bring big prices.

The auction, which attracts prominent horsemen from across the globe, will take place during two sessions Aug. 6-7, each of which starts at 7 p.m. at the Humphrey S. Finney sales pavilion.

McPeek gave a presentation during an Aug. 6 Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association pedigree and conformation seminar in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where he taught attendees about how he narrows down the list of horses he sends to his clients prior to each sale.

McPeek, who occasionally buys horses to race in partnership under his Magdalena Racing banner, purchased the highest priced yearling at the Fasig Tipton Kentucky July sale when he went to $375,000 for a Malibu Moon  colt on behalf of Magic City Thoroughbreds. The colt was consigned by Candyland, agent.

“You never know where a good horse could come from,” said McPeek, who purchased two-time Horse of the Year Curlin  as a yearling for $57,000. McPeek also sold a colt by Bernardini —Lauren’s Tizzy for $500,000 through Taylor Made Sales Agency at last year’s Saratoga yearling sale. The colt was bought by Sheikh Mohammad’s bloodstock agent John Ferguson, who is expected to also be active at this year’s sale.

Here’s a look at McPeek’s short list of horses:

Hip No. 5, a colt by Distorted Humor —Indy’s Windy, by A.P. Indy

Hip No. 10, a colt by Exchange Rate—Kicken Vixen, by Vindication

Hip No. 25, a filly by Flower Alley—Lisieux, by Steady Growth

Hip No. 27, a colt by Mr. Greeley—Lottacosta, by Cat Thief

Hip No. 31, a filly by Successful Appeal —Merrill Gold, by Gold Fever

Hip No. 44, a filly by Street Sense —Ocicat, by Storm Cat

Hip No. 48, a colt by War Pass—Pennant Champion, by Mr. Prospector

Hip No. 56, a filly by More Than Ready —Queen’s Court, by Monarchos

Hip No. 64, a colt by Speightstown —Renda, by Medaglia d'Oro 

Hip No. 65, a colt by Street Sense —Richbabe, by Richman

Hip No. 69, a colt by Bernstein—Roaring Twenties, by Dixieland Band

Hip No. 70, a colt by Bernardini —Rooney’s Princess, by Deputy Minister

Hip No. 76, a filly by Tapit —Sayedah, by Darshaan

Hip No. 85, a filly by Bernardini —Shesabullwinkle, by Hesabull

Hip No. 91 (possible sale topper, according to McPeek), a colt by Empire Maker —Sluice, by Seeking the Gold

Hip No. 103, a filly by Smart Strike—Supposedly, by Polish Numbers

Hip No. 104, a colt by Candy Ride —S W Aly’svalentine, by Malibu Moon 

Hip No. 107, a colt by Street Cry—Sweet Talker, by Stormin Fever (McPeek trained Sweet Talker)

Hip No. 114 (another possible sale topper, McPeek said), a colt by Malibu Moon —Unenchantedevening, by Unbridled's Song

Hip No. 129, a filly by Hard Spun —Alarming Prospect, by Darn That Alarm (McPeek trained grade II-winning half sister French Park)

Hip No. 130, a colt by Tapit —All Deuces Wild, by Rahy

Hip No. 136, a colt by Curlin —A to the Croft, by Menifee

Hip No. 152, a filly by Dynaformer—Caught in the Rain, by Petionville

Hip No. 154, a filly by Old Fashioned—Cintarosa, by Grand Slam

Hip No. 155, a colt by Awesome Again —C J’s Leelee, by Mizzen Mast  (McPeek, who trained C J’s Leelee, called Hip 155 “The prettiest horse in the sale. He’s got a beautiful hip, shoulder, everything. He’s a beauty. He was raised at my farm and I recommended the mating.”

Hip No. 159, a filly by Harlan's Holiday—County Fair, by Mr. Prospector

Hip No. 179, a filly by Scat Daddy—For My Pleasure, by Numerous

Hip No. 183, a filly by Dixie Union—Frozen Treat, by Dynaformer

Hip No. 185, a filly by Curlin —Garden District, by Dixie Union