The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale in upstate New York is known for its fancily-bred horses with beautiful bodies. They are the kind that can excite the wealthiest shoppers and bring seven-figure prices.
Read about which ones are generating the most buzz in the Aug. 8 opening session:
Hip No. 10, a filly by Bernardini -- Nataliano, by Fappiano. Consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent.
“She’s absolutely a very, very attractive, great-minded filly; I really, really like her,” said Dromoland’s Gerry Dilger of this bay yearling, which is a half sister to grade I winner A. P. Adventure (by A.P. Indy) and added-money winner Platinum (by Mineshaft ). “She has a super walk; she’s a super mover, and very well balanced. I think she’s the whole package.”
Hip No. 13, a colt by Street Boss – Open Window, by Trempolino. Consigned by Woods Edge Farm, agent.
“He’s very like his sire; he’s a very smooth horse,” said Woods Edge’s Peter O’Callaghan of this chestnut yearling, which is a member of his sire’s first crop and is a half brother to stakes winner Midnight Visit (by Henny Hughes). “He’s a New York-bred, which is to his advantage, and he’s out of a nice producing mare. I like the horse and I hope other people like him as much as I do.”
Hip No. 22, a colt by Curlin – Private Status, by Alydar. Consigned by Lane’s End, agent.
“We wanted to bring a nice Curlin up here and he has a nice pedigree and a lot of family; he was a natural, a real standout,” said Lane’s End’s Bill Farish of this chestnut yearling, which is a member of his sire’s first crop, is out of a grade I winner, and is a half brother to grade I winner Secret Status (by A.P. Indy), grade III winner Alumni Hall (by A.P. Indy), and stakes winner Private Gift (by Unbridled).
Hip No. 28, a filly by Bernardini – Remember, by Forest Wildcat. Consigned by Denali Stud, agent.
“She’s a really strong filly, especially for a first foal (out of a mare),” said Denali’s Craig Bandoroff of this bay yearling, whose dam is a half sister to grade I winner Dancing Forever (by Rahy) and is from the family of champion Heavenly Prize. “She has a lot of quality, a great hip, and a great family.”
Hip No. 36, a colt by Midnight Lute – Secret Liaison, by Housebuster. Consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent.
“He’s big, strong horse,” said Three Chimneys Farm president Case Clay of this dark bay or brown yearling, which is out of a grade III winner and is a member of his sire’s first crop. “Physically, it’s difficult to think he wouldn’t be among the top three horses or top five on the sales grounds.”
Hip No. 39, a colt by Medaglia d'Oro – Servalina, by A.P. Indy. Consigned by Gainesway, agent.
This dark bay or brown yearling is from the family of grade I winner Excellent Meeting and grade II winners Doneraile Court, Souvenir Copy, Dance Sequence, and Dazzle.
Hip No. 45, a colt by Tiznow —Stoic, by Forestry. Consigned by VanMeter Sales, agent.
“He is a big, strong, good-looking colt,” said Tom VanMeter of this dark bay or brown yearling, which is a half brother to Peruvian champion Ole Pegasus (by Fusaichi Pegasus ). “He reminds me of (champion and two-time classic winner) Hansel as a yearling; he has the same blaze on his face. He’s free-walking and I can’t imagine he won’t compete for top honors here.”
Hip No. 48, a colt by Tapit – Storminthegarden, by Stormy Atlantic . Consigned by Sweezey & Partners, agent for Whisper Hill Farm.
“He’s a great walker and he’s put together well,” said Wayne Sweezey of this chestnut yearling, whose dam is a half sister to champion Paradise Creek (by Irish River), grade I winners Forbidden Apple (by Pleasant Colony) and Wild Event (by Wild Again), stakes winner I’m Very Irish (by Pleasant Colony), and Paradise River (by Irish River), the dam of English and United Arab Emirates champion David Junior (by Pleasant Tap). “With Tapit as popular as he is right now, this is a real popular horse in our consignment. I think he will do well.”
Hip No. 53, a filly by Bernardini – Sugar Shake, by Awesome Again . Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.
“She’s a top-class physical filly; she looks like a filly you see in a paddock before a major race,” said Hill ‘n’ Dale’s John Sikura of this bay yearling, which is the first foal out of a grade I winner. “She has great quality, is very correct, and is a great mover. She’s a special filly.”
Hip No. 54, a colt by Medaglia d'Oro – Summer Flash, by Belong to Me. Consigned by Denali Stud, agent for Gallagher’s Stud.
“He’s a real nice New York-bred horse,” said Denali’s Craig Bandoroff of this dark bay or brown yearling, whose winning dam is a half sister to champion Stevie Wonderboy (by Stephen Got Even) and English group III winner Theskens’ Theory (by Bernardini ). “Being a New York-bred, I think, is certainly an added bonus in this environment.”
Hip No. 56, Superfection, a colt by Medaglia d'Oro – Supercharger, by A.P. Indy. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
“To me, he’s one of my favorite yearlings I’ve ever seen,” said Taylor Made’s Mark Taylor of this bay yearling, which is a half brother to Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Super Saver (by Maria's Mon) and grade III winner Brethren (by Distorted Humor ). “He’s just a man among boys. He’s got perfect balance, he’s got size, he’s got bone, he’s got correctness, and then he’s just a tremendous mover. He’s out of a mare that’s one of the best in the world and he’s bred on the same cross as the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner this year, Plum Pretty. If you’re trying to win the classic races and make a stallion, he’s the horse you try to buy.”
Hip No. 57, a filly by Tapit – Sweet and Careless, by Hennessy. Consigned by Denali Stud, agent.
“She’s just a real pretty filly,” said Denali’s Craig Bandoroff of this bay yearling that is a full sister to grade I winner Careless Jewel. “She’s very well-balanced and has lot of quality. Tapit is on fire as a stallion.”
Hip No. 61, a filly by A.P. Indy – Tempus Fugit, by Alphabet Soup. Consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent.
“She is a very speedy-looking filly,” said Bluewater’s Meg Levy of this bay yearling, which is the second foal out of a stakes winner and is the only filly by her sire in the sale. “There aren’t many A.P. Indy fillies left and they obviously make great broodmares. She’s the kind of filly that could come out early and be running this time next year at Saratoga. She’s got more muscle tone and more hip than most A.P. Indys.”
Hip No. 63, a filly by Medaglia d'Oro – Truant, by Gone West. Consigned by Denali Stud, agent.
“Her family is one that doesn’t come on the market very often,” said Denali’s Craig Bandoroff of this bay yearling, whose relatives include foreign champions Bosra Sham, Keos, and Hector Protector. “She’s a real strong, rugged-looking filly that is very correct. She’s been popular.”
Hip No. 64, a colt by Tiz Wonderful – Twilights Prayer, by Allen's Prospect. Consigned by James M. Herbener Jr., agent.
This handsome chestnut yearling is out of a stakes winner and is a half brother to the winner Divine Essence (by Lion Heart).
Hip No. 68, a colt by Distorted Humor – Wait a While, by Maria's Mon. Consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent for Arindel Farm.
“His best feature is his walk; he floats across the ground,” said Three Chimneys Farm president Case Clay of this gray or roan yearling, which is the first foal out of a champion.
Hip No. 73, a filly by Medaglia d'Oro – Alta Love, by Gone West. Consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds.
“A Medaglia d’Oro filly, obviously, would be very popular you would hope; his fillies are running very well,” said Woodford Thoroughbreds general manager Matt Lyons of this dark bay or brown yearling whose dam is a half sister to grade I winner Icon Project (by Icon Project), grade II winner Lasting Approval (by With Approval, and La Comete (by Holy Bull), the dam of grade II winner Munnings (by Speightstown) and whose second dam is grade I winner La Gueriere (by Lord At War). “She comes from an exceptional female family and she’s got an absolutely fabulous walk. She seems to be selling herself to people a lot on her walk.”
Hip No. 74, a colt by Street Cry – A. P. Interest, by A.P. Indy. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
“He’s just an exceptional example of what a really good Street Cry looks like,” said Taylor Made’s Mark Taylor of this bay yearling, which is a half brother to grade II winner Gold Spikes (by Seeking the Gold). “He has an awesome head and shoulder, and he’s really a good mover. He has a tremendous family (which includes grade I winners Cash Run, Forestry, Shared Interest, and Sewickley).”
Hip No. 80, a colt by A.P. Indy – Awesome Fleet, by Awesome Again . Consigned by Gainesway, agent.
This dark bay or brown yearling is the only colt by his sire in the sale and is a half brother to champion Afleet Alex and stakes winner Unforgettable Max (both by Northern Afleet ).