Which horses are going to make the buyers show us the money at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training Tuesday? Following are some of the racing prospects that people have been talking about at Calder Race Course:Hip No. 153, a Forestry – Magical Masquerade colt, consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent.
We haven't seen this colt leap tall buildings in a single bound, but it wouldn't be too much of an exaggeration to say that he's faster than a speeding bullet with his :9 4/5 work at an eighth of a mile. "He's freaky," said Florida pinhooker Dean De Renzo. "He's so far ahead of any horse I've ever had." Even rival pinhookers are singing his praises. "When he went :9 4/5, it was a legitimate, smooth move; he was gliding," said Carl Bowling of Straightaway Farm. "Some horses look like they're using every bit they've got, but he was floating. He did it so easy." A $425,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select sale yearling in 2005, the colt has plenty of bone and muscle, but he's also got a lot more length to his body than you would expect for such a fast mover. In other words, he doesn't look like a one-dimensional Quarter Horse type. His second dam is grade II winner Nannerl, who produced grade II winner Magicalmysterycat. De Renzo and his partner, Randy Hartley, also have two other potential stars, based on the barn area buzz: Hip No. 35, a Storm Cat – Brushed Halory colt, and Hip No. 219, an Unbridled's Song – Rhum colt.Hip No. 78, a Tiznow – Evil colt, consigned by Hoby and Layna Kight, agents.
Has any horse ever worked a quarter mile faster for the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale? If so, Fasig-Tipton officials couldn't remember it. Breezing in the rain Sunday, this lean, leggy colt stopped the clock in :20 3/5. His next-stall neighbor in the Kights' Calder barn, Hip No. 233, an El Corredor – Sami's Proud Squaw colt, also has been attracting buyers' attention. The tall, muscular 2-year-old worked the fastest quarter of :21 1/5 in the sale's first under tack show on Feb. 19.Hip No. 204, a Forest Camp – Pretty Reason colt, consigned by Maurice W. Miller III, agent.
"He's gorgeous," Miller said. "He's done everything right. His video was gorgeous; he's handsome; and I just can't say enough about him. My buddy, Olin Gentry, made a great comment about the horse. He said, 'He's got an American body with a European walk.' And that's a good combination. Europeans like to see a big overstep, and an American body has more substance than your typical European horse." Other horses in Miller's consignment with the potential to share some of the spotlight are Hip No. 61, a Buddha – Danzig Darling colt, and Hip No. 145, a Giant's Causeway – Lemon Dove filly.Other horses that have been looking good, based on the comments of consignors and buyers, are:Hip No. 57, a Distorted Humor – Cozzena colt, consigned by Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent.Hip No. 27, a Gone West – Big Bambu colt;Hip No. 256, a Distorted Humor – S.S. Miracle colt, consigned by Bowling & Dodd, agents;Hip No. 208, a Dynaformer – Pulsatilla colt; Hip No. 156, a Millennium Wind – Manila Rose colt named Exhale; Hip No. 52, an Orientate – Contrive colt, consigned by Niall Brennan, agent;Hip No. 131, a Songandaprayer – Jiving Beauty colt, consigned by Albert Davis;Hip No. 194, a Mr. Greeley – Peaks Mill colt, consigned by Nick de Meric, agent;Hip No. 98, an Elusive Quality – Gather the Storm filly, consigned by Don R. Graham, agent;Hip No. 72, a Came Home – Easy Pass colt, consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent;Hip No. 39, a Fusaichi Pegasus – Cedar Knolls colt; Hip No. 198, a Johannesburg – Piedras Negras filly, consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent;Hip No. 137, a Yonaguska – Lady Giselle colt, consigned by Randy Miles, agent for Eldon Farm Equine;Hip No. 248, a Golden Missile – Silverdew colt; Hip No. 284, a Chief Seattle – Thepeoplesprincess colt, consigned by O & H Bloodstock, agent;Hip No. 192, a Stormin Fever – Patriotism colt named Stormin Normandy, consigned by Scanlon Training Center, agent;Hip No. 217, a Maria's Mon – Remarkable Style colt; Hip No. 274, a Songandaprayer – Sweet Proud Polly filly, consigned by Murray Smith, agent;Hip No. 95, a Grand Slam – Frozen Rope colt, consigned by Solitary Oak Farm, agent;Hip No. 195, an Indian Charlie – Pear Shape colt; Hip No. 24, a Distorted Humor – Belle South colt; Hip No. 149, an Include – Lovely Nedra colt, consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.