Amazing Hearted, a Lion Hearted colt, brought $240,000 as the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training got under way May 17 in Timonium, Md. Donato Lanni signed the sale ticket for the dark bay or brown juvenile in the name of Boom Boom Boom Stable, calling him "the best horse" in the auction.
Lanni, who is the bloodstock services director for Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms near Lexington, helped Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert find Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Lookin At Lucky at the 2009 Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training. Baffert’s longtime client Mike Pegram purchased the son of Smart Strike for $475,000, and he races for Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman.
Lanni said Amazing Hearted would be owned by a partnership and trained by Baffert, but declined to reveal the names of the partnership's members. Pegram, Watson, Weitman, and Baffert visited the sale grounds May 16, the day after the Preakness.
The colt, who is a half-brother to the winner Short Dancer (by Not For Love), is out of the winnng Dehere mare Amazing Lady. She is a half-sister to grade III winner Algar (by Horatius).
Amazing Hearted, who was cataloged as Hip No. 19 in the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale catalog, worked a quarter mile in :21 3/5 during the auction’s under tack show, tying with two other horses for the fastest time for the distance.
Wes Carter, agent, who consigned Amazing Hearted, purchased him for $35,000 from Litz Bloodstock Services, agent, at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale.