Johannesburg, A.P. Indy Offspring Looking Good at OBS

There was plenty of good food to be found in the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s barn area Sunday. Dr. Barry Eisaman and his wife, Shari, hosted a feast of barbecue and fried chicken with all the fixings at their Eisaman Equine consignment. At Robert Harris' consignment, they were serving slaw dogs and tea, both sweetened and unsweetened.

But the horses provide the real reason that buyers are here and quite a few were attracting the attention of shoppers, which included representatives of Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed, Egyptian brewing mogul Ahmed Zayat, and wine tycoon Jess Jackson. Following were some of the "talking horses" prior to the auction, which is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in Central Florida:

Hip No. 376, a Johannesburg -- Whenyourshipcomes in colt, consigned by Cloverleaf Farms II and Brent Fernung, agents.
There's a heart-tugging story behind this colt, whose sire was a champion in Europe and this country. When he was about 30 days old, his dam had to be operated on because of a twisted intestine. The surgery was successful, but she developed adhesions and was euthanized 10 days or so later. The colt was too old to put on a nurse mare, according to Fernung, so he was fed milk in a bucket. "He grew up as an orphan, but he never looked like one," Fernung said. "He was always big, and he was always robust. He's been the best horse on the farm probably since the day he was born. We took him to Fasig-Tipton (for the Kentucky July select yearling sale in 2005), but he went through a period where he got long, tall, and skinny. I think people didn't like him a great deal at that time, but I did, so we bought him back for $120,000." Worked a quarter in 10 1/5. His bulging muscles are covered by a shiny bay colt full of dapples. A member of his sire's first crop, he's a half-brother to stakes winner Cleaning House. The Cloverleaf/Fernung consignment also has a Johannesburg -- Flowing Melody filly, Hip No. 18, that has been getting looked at a lot.

Hip No. 205, an A.P Indy -- Poolesta colt, consigned by W.D. North, agent.
"He's made more progress than any horse we've had this year," said Neal Sims, North's business partner. "He just has blossomed since he's been in training, and he's fairly precocious for an A.P. Indy. He really loves to train; he's at his best under tack." Worked a quarter mile in :22. The time didn't rank among the fastest, but "he might have a top five or top 10 video for the whole sale," North said. "He's very level when he moves; he's like his daddy and runs with his head down, and he doesn't bend his knees a whole lot." His dam was a graded winner in this country and was group I-placed in Europe. Her Dynaformer offspring, Dragon Welde, is running well in Japan this year.

Hip No. 28, a Songandaprayer  -- Froze filly, consigned by Eisaman Equine.
Dr. Barry Eisaman and his wife, Shari, target the OBS March auction, so all their best horses are here. One of them is this filly, which shared the honors for the sale's fastest eighth with a :10 clocking. "She's a super, sound, fast filly with a good brain," Shari Eisaman said. "She's a quality horse." She cost only $40,000 at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale when she was small in size, but she's grown a lot since then. Her dam was stakes-placed.

Hip No. 241, a Deputy Commander -- Regrets Only colt, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
"He's a beautiful-looking horse, and his breeze was spectacular," Niall Brennan said. "He's a very attractive, athletic horse that is clean and sound. He's been very popular." He is a full brother to grade III-placed Commander's Affair. Breezed a quarter in :21 3/5. He's a $105,000 graduate of the 2005 Keeneland September yearling auction.

Hip No. 440, a Golden Missile -- Beguiled filly, consigned by Eisaman Equine.
This filly's second dam, Distinctive Sis, was a grade III winner. Other family members include grade I winner Devil His Due. "When we breezed her the first breeze show, she cross fired and didn't have the best video," Eisaman Equine's Shari Eisaman said. "She was on the correct lead in front and the wrong lead behind. I wasn't real happy with her work, so we gambled. The track this past Friday and Saturday was dead, but we decided to send her back and worked her a quarter. She didn't cross fire and ran down there like crazy. She galloped out in :33 2/5 (after working in :21 1/5, among the sale's fastest for the distance). That's what, in my eye, puts her above all our horses." Eisaman Equine purchased her for $37,000 at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling auction.

Hip No. 368, an Indian Charlie -- V Sign filly, consigned by Leprechaun Racing.
A $67,000 graduate of the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select yearling auction, this filly is a half-sister to stakes winner V Formation (by Proud Birdie). Turned in a brisk quarter-mile work of :21 1/5. "She's probably one of the best fillies we've ever presented," said Leprechaun Racing's Mike Mulligan. "She's done everything right. She's the physical filly on the end of the shank that she was on the racetrack. She worked as easy as she could and made one of the best videos that we've ever had a horse make. She moves as well as a filly could move. She glides across the track and does it effortlessly. She's all class."

Hip No. 357, a Songandaprayer  -- Valid Expression colt named Mess'n Around, consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds.
Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo hit the jackpot at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select juvenile sale in February, when they sold The Green Monkey (by Forestry) for the world record Thoroughbred auction price of $16 million. They've got another promising prospect with Mess'n Around, who worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 even though he didn't break off sharply. He is out of a 14-year-old Valid Appeal mare that is a full sister to stakes winner Appealing Sara. "Everything about this horse reminds me of a very good horse we had named De Wildcat (a former OBS March sale topper," De Renzo said. "He has the same way about him, the same movements, the same actions, and about the same physique as well, but this one has a little more white color. He has a big shoulder, a big girth, and a long body. He's very well-balanced." Hartley and De Renzo purchased Mess'n Around for $105,000 at the 2005 OBS August yearling auction.

Hip No. 122, an Officer -- Likely Minister filly, consigned by Eisaman Equine.
"She's big and gorgeous and has a wonderful female family, which is what I really love about her," said Shari Eisaman. "She's also got a level head." She is from the family of graded winner With a Twist, and her second dam finished third in the Forward Gal Stakes (gr. III). Turned in one of the sale's fastest works at a quarter mile, stopping the clock in :21 1/5. A member of her sire's first crop, she's a $30,000 graduate of the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Hip No. 295, an Orientate  --Smellin Salty filly, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
A member of a champion sprinter's first crop, this filly is "an out-and-out runner," Niall Brennan said. "She's a real athlete. She's got that sassiness that all good fillies have; she's real proud of herself. She's a scopey filly that gives you every indication that she'll go a distance of ground." Breezed an eighth in :10 1/5. Cost $90,000 at last year's OBS August yearling auction.

Hip No. 497, a Songandaprayer  -- Daisy Dukes colt named Streme, consigned by Eisaman Equine.
"He's big and beautiful, and he doesn't have a pimple on him," Shari Eisaman said. "We bred him. He's probably the most awesome horse we've ever owned. He looks just like Songandaprayer; he's a clone of his daddy." Streme's :10 eighth ranked among the fastest works for this sale. His dam was a stakes winner.

Hip No. 382, a Halo's Image -- Yasou Kayla filly, consigned by Robert Harris, agent.
"She hasn't done one thing wrong since we've had her," Harris said. "She's made us look very smart. She's a special filly." A $35,000 graduate of the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Texas yearling sale, she worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5.

Hip No. 305, a Texas Glitter -- Starfire Voyage colt named Texas Voyager, consigned by Murray Smith, agent.
"I love to see offspring that look like their sires, and I thought this colt looked more like his sire than any other I'd seen," Smith said. "He's a crackerjack fast horse with a good mind." Worked an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5 and then came back and sizzled a quarter in 21 1/5, among the sale's fastest works at that distance. A $75,000 graduate of the 2005 OBS August yearling auction, Texas Voyager is a half-brother to stakes winner Nancy's Glitter, who is by Texas Glitter's sire, Glitterman.

Hip No. 362, a Belong to Me -- Vassar colt, consigned by Wavetree Stables, agent.
Turned in a dazzling work of :21 for a quarter mile and has a solid pedigree. His second dam was a stakes winner, and other family members include European champions Dolphin Street and Sequoyah, He was a $105,000 buy-back at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Hip No. 101, a Salt Lake -- Lady Manolo colt named A Strong Statement, consigned by Moonshadow Farm, agent for Norman Casse.
This colt made a strong statement with his quarter-mile work of :21 1/5, one of the sale's fastest times for the distance. He is from the family of Breeders' Cup Fillies (gr. I) winner Twilight Ridge.