Anne M. Eberhardt

F-T Day Two: Yearlings to Watch

Offspring of Medaglia d'Oro, Distorted Humor, and Tiznow stand out.

Following is a list of horses that buyers and consignors considered to be among the top prospects during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale July 21 in Lexington:

Hip No. 250, a filly by Medaglia d’Oro – Ting a Folie, by Careafolie, consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent for Whitechurch Farm.
“She’s well-balanced and has a big walk,” said Warrendale’s Kitty Taylor of the bay yearling, whose dam was a group II winner in Argentina and is a  full sister to Argentine group I winner Campesino.

Hip No. 256, a filly by Indian Charlie – Turtle Beach, by Out of Place, consigned by Highclere Sales, agent.
“She was accepted for Saratoga, but I brought her here trying to position myself at the top of the sale,” said Highclere’s Jeffry Morris. “We’ll see whether I outsmarted myself or not. She’s spectacular physically, and she’s dead correct. She has everything. She’s as nice a looking horse as I’ve ever raised.”

Hip No. 266, a colt by Distorted Humor – Wichwaydidshego, by Storm Cat, consigned by Mill Ridge Farm, agent.
“He’s a very, very good athlete, he’s very well made,” said Mill Ridge’s Headley Bell of the bay yearling, which has the stallions Johannesburg (a champion in this country and overseas), Minardi (a champion overseas), Pulpit, and Tale of the Cat among his family members. “He’s a proper horse that I think will stand out in this market. He has lovely balance, and he has presence. Think of Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods and how they carry themselves.”

Hip No. 275, colt by Tiznow – Zadkiel, by Saint Ballado, consigned by Dixiana.
“He’s a horse that was bought in November (for $150,000 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale), and he just had a great winter,” said Dixiana general manager Terry Arnold. “He never went backwards. He just improved all along.”

Hip No. 283, a colt by Holy Bull – Antequera, by Green Dancer, consigned by Indian Creek, agent.
“He has a hellacious walk,” said Indian Creek’s Shack Parrish. “He really strides out well. He is well-muscled. He seems to have developed a following.” Parrish said his other standouts are Hip No. 137, a War Front – Greyciousness colt (in the July sale’s first session), Hip No. 271, a Lion Heart – Winning Bidder colt, and Hip No. 369, a Tapit – Flewsy filly named Joe Sent Me.

Hip No. 298, a filly by El Prado – Blue Sky High, by Unbridled, consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent.
“She has a lovely walk – an aggressive, strong, good, long -striding walk,” said Sandy Stuart, director of sales for Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services. “She’s a very balanced filly. She also has very strong bloodlines, and she’s an Ontario-bred, which gives her a nice angle to earn some money.”

Hip No. 305, a ridgling by Awesome Again – Calico Flower, by Bertraindo, consigned by Adena Springs.
“He is very sire typical,” said Adena Springs Kentucky general manager Eric Hamelback. “He’s got a tremendous stride, and he’s good in front.”

Hip No. 316, a colt by Dynaformer – Changing World, by Spinning World, consigned by The Acorn, agent for White Oaks.
“He’s very athletic; he has a good attitude; and he’s from a nice graded stakes-winning family,” said The Acorn’s Lyn Rainbow of the dark bay or brown yearling. 

Hip No. 344, a filly by Touch Gold – Diamant Lady, by Mr. Greeley, consigned by Adena Springs.
“She is a picture of athleticism,” said Adena Springs Kentucky general manager Eric Hamelback. “She has a very strong shoulder and a nice walk. She seems to put the package together.”

Hip No. 363, a colt by Thunder Gulch – Family Enterprize, by Tri Jet, consigned by Adena Springs.
“He’s the picture of a classic individual,” said Adena Springs Kentucky general manager Eric Hamelback. “He’s got tremendous scope and a tremendous walk. He just seems to put all the pieces together he needs to be a nice racehorse.” The bay colt’s dam is a grade I winner, and he is a half-brother to stakes winner Silver Bird.

Hip No. 374, a colt by Giant’s Causeway – Getaway Girl, by Silver Deputy, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
The chestnut yearling is from the family of Horse of the Year Ghostzapper and grade I winner City Zip.

Hip No. 386, a colt by Candy Ride – Grove City, by Pleasant Tap, consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent.
The chestnut yearling is a half-brother to stakes winner City Number (by Polish Numbers) and is from the family of grade III winners Aegean, I’m a Thriller, I Rejoice, and Millencolin,

Hip No. 395, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro – Honeycomb Gus, by Is It True, consigned by Gainesway, agent.
“Medaglia d’Oro has turned out to be a good sire; everything of his that goes to the racetrack seems to be able to run a little bit,” said Gainesway’s Neil Howard. “This colt is correct and has a lot of presence. He is a good representative of his sire, and he should do well in the sale.”

Hip No. 432, a filly by Harlan’s Holiday – Marfa’s Squall, by Marfa, consigned by Gainesway, agent.
“Harlan’s Holiday has got that good race filly on the West Coast, Necessary Evil,” said Gainesway’s Neil Howard. “This filly is correct and has a lot a presence. She’s a very good moving filly; she looks to be fast and looks to be early. She has all the qualities you would look for in a filly plus the pedigree to go along with it.” The bay yearling is a half-sister to stakes winner Western Prize (by Pure Prize).

Hip No. 442, a colt by Tapit – Miss Pine Top Az, by Wolf Power, consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent for Whitechurch Farm.
“He’s just gorgeous,” said Warrendale’s Kitty Taylor. “He’s a big chestnut with a nice walk. I had him as a weanling for a client, so I’ve known him for quite a while.” His family members include grade I winners Ogygian and Honour and Glory.

Hip No. 471, a filly by Medaglia d’Oro – Peridot, by Gilded Time, consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent for Bert Welker.
“She looks like a colt; she’s big, strong, and very correct, and she has a lot of length to her hip,” said Warrendale’s Kitty Taylor. “She carries herself well; people are liking her.”

Hip No. 491, a filly by Proud Citizen – Rimini Road, by Dynaformer,  consigned by Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent.
“She’s a fabulous filly in the way she’s put together and the way she moves,” Jones said. “She’s got this fabulous stride to her. She floats. And she’s got a fabulous shoulder and girth. You don’t even have to give her a heart scan. I guarantee you that she’s got a fabulous heart.” Jones said to also keep an eye on Hip No. 72, a Badge of Silver – Bells for Marlin colt, and Hip No. 173, a War Front – Mazel Tov filly (that are both in the July sale’s first session).