The Aug. 5 second and final session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction includes the offspring of such successful sires as Storm Cat, Unbridled’s Song, Awesome Again , and A.P. Indy. The following are yearlings consignors and buyers thought could bring a lot of money:
Hip No. 102, a colt by Mr. Greeley– Arcadiana, by Deputy Minister. Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
“He’s a nice, solid horse with a good walk by a worldwide stallion,” said Eaton’s Archie St. George.
Hip No. 103, a colt by Speightstown – Arianna’s Passion, by Unbridled’s Song. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
“Speightstown is off to such a good start (as a sire),” said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made. “You can talk about this horse’s pedigree all you want, but when you come see him physically, he’s just the exact clone of his dad. He’s just very, very good physically.”
Hip No. 104, a filly by Medaglia d’Oro – Atlantic Ocean, by Stormy Atlantic . Consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent.
“She’s out of a great racemare, one of the better racemares in the catalog,” said Bluewater’s Meg Levy, “and Medaglia d’Oro is having great success. She’s absolutely lovely physically. She’s got an awesome walk. Like most of the Medaglias, she really covers the ground.” The Value Plus– Hermione’s Magic filly, Hip No. 169, “is really nice, too,” according to Levy.
Hip No. 107, a filly by Unbridled’s Song – Belle of Perintown, by Dehere. Consigned by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.
“Her mare is a gorgeous, gorgeous mare, and she (the yearling) is outstanding for an Unbridled’s Song filly,” said John Moynihan, an adviser to Stonestreet’s Jess Jackson.
Hip No. 116, a filly by Unbridled’s Song – Bronze Route, by Mud Route. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
“This filly, I think more than any other Unbridled’s Song we’ve ever sold, looks just like her father,” said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made. “She has a really active pedigree. Her mare is a half-sister to (grade I winner) Golden Ballet, who has already produced a real nice Unbridled’s Song filly in (stakes winner) Stage Luck.”
Hip No. 121, a colt by Awesome Again – Caprice Miss, by Golden Missile. Consigned by Hidden Brook, agent for Adena Springs.
“He’s a very attractive kind of horse, a very stretchy colt,” said Hidden Brook’s Sergio de Sousa. “He’s correct, and he presents himself well. Awesome Again has proven over and over again that he can produce the good runners.” Another impressive colt, according to de Sousa, is Hip No. 141, which is by Ghostzapper and out of the grade III-placed General Meeting mare Dash for Money. “He’s a very rangy colt,” de Sousa said. He also likes Hip No. 152, a Macho Uno – Forbidden Kiss filly.
Hip No. 125, a colt by Malibu Moon – Carson’s Vanity, by Carson’s City. Consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent.
“He’s a nice, strong colt, and he’s a good-moving horse as well,” said Dromoland’s Gerry Dilger. “He has a good mind, and he’s doing very, very well up here.”
Hip No. 137, a colt by Smarty Jones – Cozzena, by Cozzene. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
“This colt is the most athletic horse maybe I’ve seen all year at a walk,” said Mark Taylor of Taylor Made. “He has a huge overstride, great balance, and a great body. If anybody wants to see what you want a yearling to walk like, come see this horse.”
Hip No. 146, a colt by Pulpit– Doppio Espresso, by Java Gold. Consigned by Highclere Sales, agent.
“He’s as probably as nice a horse as I’ve ever raised,” said Jeffry Morris of Highclere. “He vets perfect, and he’s a lovely horse. He’s by a stallion that is having a great year, and he’s made right. He’s everything he’s supposed to be.”
Hip No. 158, a colt by Storm Cat – Get Lucky, by Mr. Prospector. Consigned by Gracefield.
“He looks like Storm Cat, and he has an important family,” said Gracefield’s Ben Walden of the dark bay or brown yearling, which is a half-brother to three stakes winners (two of them graded) and the dam of grade I winner Bluegrass Cat. “We came up here because it’s a key Phipps sire-producing family. He’s a very nice horse. This is one of our best bred yearlings, if not the best bred yearling of our crop.”
Hip No. 164, a filly by Maria’s Mon – Graceful Cat, by Forest Wildcat. Consigned by Gainesway, agent.
“She is a racy, athletic filly with a lot of quality,” said Neil Howard of Gainesway. “Maria’s Mon isn’t with us anymore, but he proved he could get quality racehorses, and she looks to be quality.”
Hip No. 172, a colt by Harlan’s Holiday – Hips and Lips, by Montbrook. Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
“He’s a big, stout, well-prepared, correct colt,” said Tom VanMeter of Eaton Sales. “He’s just a nice horse. When he walks out, you know he’s a nice horse.”
Hip No. 174, a colt by Unbridled’s Song – Home Court, by Storm Cat. Consigned by Gainesway, agent for AGS Thoroughbreds.
“He has the Storm Cat/Unbridled’s Song cross that has proven to work,” said Gainesway’s Neil Howard. “He’s a very correct colt with a lot of presence, and he just looks like he’ll be a racehorse.”
Hip No. 183, a filly by Songandaprayer – Irene’s Talkin, by At The Threshold. Consigned by Four Star Sales, agent.
“She is a half-sister to grade I stakes winner Adieu and stakes winner Speak Wisely,” said Four Star’s David Greathouse. “She has a very strong filly family. I just think she’s a flawless individual, just a beautiful filly. She’s as good a filly as I’ve ever raised.”
Hip No. 184, a filly by A.P. Indy – Jewel for a King, by Storm Cat. Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
“She’s a nice, solid, good-walking horse, and she’s correct,” said Eaton’s Archie St. George. “I don’t really have to say much about A.P. Indy, right?”