Here is a list of horses that consignors and buyers thought had the potential to bring high prices during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction in New York Aug. 10:
Hip No. 3, a colt by Smart Strike – Sails Unfurled, by Capote. Consigned by Sam-Son Farm.
“He’s a nice, well-balanced colt that seems to enjoy the sale,” said Sam-Son’s Tom Zwiesler. “He’s not backing up on us; he’s moving forward.”
Hip No. 11, a filly by Seeking the Gold – Seattle Envoy, by Deputy Minister. Consigned by Sam-Son Farm.
“She’s a classic filly; look at the body on her; she’s a race filly,” said Sam-Son representative Alexandra de Meric of the chestnut yearling, whose unraced dam is a full sister to Canadian champion Hello Seattle and a half-sister to stakes winner Sail From Seattle. “She’s a solid type physically and she’s got the (catalog) page to back it up.”
Hip No. 22, a colt by Bernardini – Silvery Swan, by Silver Deputy. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.
“He’s a very well-muscled, fast-looking horse,” said Hill ‘n’ Dale’s John Sikura. “He’s out of mare that is very unique in her achievements. She’s had two grade I winners (El Corredor and Roman Ruler) that are sires, one proven and one proving himself. He’s also by an appealing young sire.”
Hip No. 27, a colt by Smart Strike – Southern Swing, by Dixieland Band. Consigned by Gainesway, agent for Mr. and Mrs. C.W. McNeely III.
“He’s all class; he’s a great moving horse,” said Gainesway’s Michael Hernon of the bay yearling, which is a half-brother to stakes winner Mr. Pee Vee. “He’s a very smooth, easygoing horse that is a real athlete. He’s got great motion and pedigree to go with it.”
Hip No. 28, a colt by A.P. Indy – Splendid Blended, by Unbridled’s Song. Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
“He is a great first foal out of a grade I-winning mare,” said Eaton’s Archie St. George. “He has a nice walk; he’s got big overstride; and he uses himself well. He’s probably one of our better colts.”
Hip No. 34, a colt by Bernardini – Storm Beauty, by Storm Cat. Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
“He has a great walk, and he stands up with a lot of presence,” said Eaton’s Archie St. George of the bay yearling, which is a half-brother to stakes winner Stormy West and is from the family of champion Gold Beauty and European Horse of the Year Dayjur. “He has a great mind and body; there’s not a lot wrong with him.”
Hip No. 38, a colt by Henny Hughes – Tash Dash, by Coronado’s Quest. Consigned by Gainesway, agent.
“He’s very leggy, and he looks like a two-turn horse and has two-turn horse’s pedigree, so he could be one that breaks out,” said Gainesway’s Brian Graves of the chestnut yearling, whose second dam is grade I winner Life At the Top.
Hip No. 39, a filly by Bernardini – Teeming, by Storm Cat. Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
“She’s a beautifully balanced filly with a lot of quality, and she has a great walk,” said Eaton’s Archie St. George of the bay yearling, which is from the family of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners Rags to Riches and Jazil and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Blush With Pride. “She is a very good physical horse with a great pedigree.”
Hip No. 45, a colt by Tiznow – Trepidation, by Seeking the Gold. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
“What I love is he’s from an old Phipps family that has just come back in full bloom; his dam has had two graded/group stakes horses (Irish group III winner Maoineach and stakes winner and grade II-placed Tiz Now Tiz Then,” said Taylor Made’s Mark Taylor. “This colt is just beautiful. He’s kind of a blood bay with black points on him. Tiznow just continues to roll as a stallion; every time you turn around he’s got a new grade I winner. He’s one of the best yearlings we’ve got up here and one of the best horses I’ve seen all year, period.”
Hip No. 48, a colt by Kingmambo – Vadahilla, by Danehill. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
“This horse is just exceptional; he’s got so much class, and he’s really intelligent,” said Taylor Made’s Mark Taylor. “He’s got a nice, square hip; he’s very well balanced; and he’s got a brilliant walk. He’s got a big huge square jaw on him and big nostrils. You can tell he’s just made to run.”
Hip No. 60, a colt by Distorted Humor – Word of Mouth, by Saint Ballado. Consigned by Denali Stud, agent for the Robert & Beverly Lewis Trust.
“He’s a nice colt with a lot of leg; he’s got some scope and range,” said Denali’s Craig Bandoroff. “He has a lot of quality, and he’s from a real strong family.”
Hip No. 67, a filly by Seeking the Gold – Anita Madden, by Arch. Consigned by Pauls Mill.
“She’s an elegant filly that has broodmare potential,” said Pauls Mills’ Ben Walden of the dark bay or brown yearling, whose unraced dam is a half-sister to grade II winner Santa Catarina.
Hip No. 69, a colt by Unbridled's Song – Arabis, by Deputy Minister. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Aaron and Marie Jones.
“We raised this colt on our farm, and he has always been one of our very favorite horses,” said Taylor Made’s Mark Taylor. “From the moment he landed, he has had class, good bone, and good feet, and he’s been correct. He looks like a big, sound, classic horse. He looks like a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) horse.”
Hip No. 85, a filly by Smart Strike – Burnish, by Menifee. Consigned by Stone Farm.
“She’s a very nice filly,” said Stone Farm’s Arthur B. Hancock III. “She’s very correct and very athletic, and she’s from a great family. She looks the part, walks great, acts good, and scopes and X-rays 100%. She seems to be the full package. She’s very popular.”
Hip No. 88, a filly by Medaglia d'Oro – Cat Dancer, by Storm Cat. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
“We all know what Medaglia d’Oro has done; he’s one of the hottest sires in the country,” said Taylor Made’s Mark Taylor of the dark bay or brown yearling, whose winning dam is a full sister to grade II winner Magic Storm. “This filly is just a great example of what he can get you. She’s got a long, beautiful neck, a sloping shoulder, and great balance. When you see her walk, she’s so light on her feet; it’s like poetry in motion. She’s one of the best fillies I’ve seen all year, regardless of pedigree or sale or anything else. She’s just a really exceptional horse.”
Hip No. 94, a colt by Johannesburg – Charlotte Corday, by Kris. Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
“He’s very smooth and has a beautiful walk,” said Eaton’s Archie St. George. “He’s a great physical horse, and he’s correct. He’s making a lot of short lists. He’s been popular.”
Hip No. 99, a filly by Smart Strike – Code Book, by Giant’s Causeway. Consigned by Lane’s End, agent.
“She is probably as good a Smart Strike filly as we’ve ever had,” said Lane’s End’s Bill Farish of the chestnut yearling, whose second dam is grade I winner Secret Status. “She’s a really, really nice filly. She’s got great scope and substance to her and she’s really well balanced.”
Hip No. 118, a colt by Awesome Again – Ellensburg, by Personal Flag. Consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent for Whitechurch Farm.
“His pedigree is light, but he’s an incredible horse physically,” said Warrendale’s Kitty Taylor. “He’s so correct and so imposing. He just radiates look at me.”