A Street Sense colt brought $250,000 just past noon on July 13 to become the early price leader during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale in Lexington. He is a member of his sire’s first crop.
Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm in Florida purchased the bay yearling from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Masaichiro Abe bred the colt in Kentucky.
Pope, who was accompanied by advisers Chris Brothers and Kim Heath, said she was starting a yearling-to-juvenile pinhooking venture.
“He has all the good angles and good bone,” Pope said. “We’re going to aim for a 2-year-old sale and if he can handle it, then we’ll go for that. If not, then we’ll keep him and race him. He looks like he’s got the substance to handle the pressure of a 2-year-old sale and he also has a good brain, so he can mentally handle the pressure.”
Cataloged as Hip No. 52, the colt is the third foal out of the Saint Ballado mare Hishikatsu Ballado, who finished third twice in 13 career races in Japan. His second dam is grade I winner Twice the Vice (by Vice Regent), and his sire captured the 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Of her new pinhooking operation, Pope said: “We’re going to try it this year and see what happens. This is the first time we’ve really gone out to do that. As you know, I’ve mainly been buying fillies, so it’s a little different looking at the colts. We’re hoping the market is a little soft and we can buy some nice quality horses and see where we get with them.”
The plan is to try to resell a small number of horses, “maybe five,” according to Pope. “We’re going to be very selective and, whatever we have, we also will be comfortable racing ourselves.”
Pope praised the quality of the 2010 Fasig-Tipton July sale yearlings.
“We’ve been very pleased with the catalog this year,” she said. “I would say there were absolutely no horses that I went, ‘Ugh, what are they doing in this sale?’ I thought all of them fit in the sale conformationally, and I thought they (Fasig-Tipton officials) did an excellent job (selecting the yearlings)."