Hip #67, colt; Lion Heart - Obligation North by Valley Crossing, worked 1/8 in :10 at the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Hip #67, colt; Lion Heart - Obligation North by Valley Crossing, worked 1/8 in :10 at the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Joseph DiOrio

Woods' Juveniles Shine in F-T Under Tack Show

Lion Heart colt and Malibu Moon filly each work an eighth in :10.

Pinhooker Eddie Woods enjoyed a very good day at Palm Meadows Training Center near Boynton Beach, Fla., March 23. Two horses in his consignment turned in the fastest works at an eighth of a mile during the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

The Fasig-Tipton auction is scheduled for March 26 at Palm Meadows. It will begin at noon (EDT).

A son of Lion Heart, which was in the first of four sets of workers on dirt, covered the distance in :10. Then a daughter of Malibu Moon  equaled that clocking in the second set.

“They’ve been good horses all winter on the track,” said Kentucky bloodstock agent Peter Bradley, who partners with Central Florida-based Woods on sale juveniles, but didn’t own an interest in these particular 2-year-olds.  “What they’ve been doing at home, they did here, so it wasn’t a surprise.”

The Lion Heart colt, which is Hip No. 67 in the Fasig-Tipton sale catalog, is a half brother to the winner Turning South (by Orientate). Their winning dam, Obligation North (by Valley Crossing), is a half sister to grade III winner Weigelia. Kuehne Racing purchased the bay juvenile for $115,000 from Baccari Bloodstock, agent, at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling auction.

The Malibu Moon filly, which is Hip No. 65 in the Fasig-Tipton catalog, is out of the stakes-winning More Than Ready mare More Than Pretty. Grady Equine bought the bay 2-year-old for $90,000 from Warrendale Sales, agent for Spendthrift Farm, at Keeneland last September.

An eighth was, by far, the most popular distance for Fasig-Tipton under tack show breezers. However, their efforts didn’t threaten last year’s fastest for the auction of :9 3/5, which equaled the world record for a juvenile sale. It was the first year that Fasig-Tipton had held its Florida juvenile auction at Palm Meadows.

This year’s clockings also were slower than the :9 4/5 times posted during under tack shows for select juvenile auctions conducted earlier in 2012 by the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company and Barretts.

“There are plenty of good movers and plenty of horses getting hold of the track,” said California-based bloodstock agent Bob Feld. “It (the track) seems like it is playing fair. I kind of like it when they don’t go :9 4/5; it’s just not necessary. Ten (seconds) flat is kind of the standard and if they start breaking :10, you wonder how the track is. I think the track is nice; you don’t hear them rattling down there.”

Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning also expressed satisfaction with the show.

“We had a very consistent track from start to finish and it looked like horses got across the track very, very well,” he said. “You couldn’t hear a sound (from hoofs pounding) at all on the track all day long. It was a very kind, very fair track, and that’s what you hope to have in an under tack show. The conditions were very similar throughout the day. It went like we wanted it to go.”

The weather was mostly sunny and the temperature was in the 70s for much of breeze show before creeping up to 80 degrees near the end. In general, the wind was light.

“Last year there was an unusual set of circumstances and the works overall were as fast as we’ve ever seen in an under tack show,” Browning said. “This year, basically, was more consistent with the historical range that you are going to expect to find. It might make it even easier for people to understand and evaluate the works. I think this group of horses is as talented as last year’s group.

“One thing that we’re seeing in the 2-year-old sales,” he continued, “is that the men and women who are presenting horses for sale are presenting horses that have pedigrees and physical conformation that are designed to win important races at a mile, a mile and an eighth, and hopefully a mile and a quarter rather than win a sprint. As a result, you would expect the times to be not as fast across the board. The two-turn horse, I think, is a trend we are seeing at the 2-year-old sales.”

In Bradley's opinion, conditions were nearly ideal.

“The racetrack is great; you can’t hear the horses make a noise at all,” he said. “But there is certainly a difference between a dirt track and a couple of the synthetic tracks we use (for juvenile auctions); it (the dirt track) separates them a bit more and that’s not all bad. There are some horses going down there in :10 3/5 that are doing it very nicely. The good ones go relatively fast and gallop out well. It looks like if they are in the three or four path off the rail, they’re moving better than if they’re down on the rail.”

Other workout efforts turned in by Fasig-Tipton Florida sale horses included the following:

A Mr. Greeley – Magnificent Melody filly (Hip No. 59) was the fastest of three workers at an eighth on grass, posting a time of :10 1/5. She is consigned by Kings Equine, agent.

An Any Given Saturday – Moravia colt (Hip No. 64) was the faster of two workers at a quarter mile on grass, covering the distance in :21 2/5. He is consigned by Off the Hook, agent.

A Medaglia d'Oro  – Swift and Classy colt (Hip No. 110) was the only worker at a quarter mile on dirt, turning in a time of :22 3/5. He is consigned by Secure Investments.