Action Could Heat Up Early in Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga Yearling Sale

The bidding could get hot early during the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, which opens Tuesday night in New York. Among the first 25 hip numbers are several horses that have received enthusiastic reviews buyers, consignors, and sale company officials.

The early standouts are No. 13, a Storm Cat -- Jewel Princess filly, consigned by Lane's End; No. 18, an A.P. Indy -- Lady Lochinvar colt, consigned by Eaton Sales; and No. 21, an Unbridled's Song -- La Gueriere colt, consigned by Dromoland/Hartwell.

The Unbridled's Song -- La Gueriere colt was purchased by Gerry Dilger of Dromoland and Robby Lyons of Hartwell for $380,000 at the 2002 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

"He was a smashing colt (as a weanling)," Lyons said. "He's very typical of the Unbridled's Songs, great length with a super hip and very balanced."

Following are some other horses to keep an eye on later in the sale:
TUESDAY NIGHT: No. 46, a Storm Cat -- Mi Lucia filly, consigned by Eaton Sales

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: No. 74, a Fusaichi Pegasus -- Rokeby Rosie colt, consigned by Viking Stud, agent for Mrs. Lynn Schiff; No 94, an Unbridled's Song -- Silken Cat colt, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency; No. 107, an A.P. Indy -- Strawberry Reason colt (a half-brother to champion Vindication), consigned by Taylor Made as agent for Payson Stud; No. 111, a Lemon Drop Kid -- Sunlit Silence colt, consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent for EMO Stables; No. 112, a Forty Niner -- Super Dress colt, consigned by Eaton Sales; No. 136, an Unbridled -- Words of War colt, consigned by Stone Farm and Stonerside Stable.

Said Stone Farm's Arthur B. Hancock III of the Unbridled -- Words of War colt: "He's a very nice colt. He's pure class. In my opinion, he's going to be one heck of a horse. She (Words of War) is the dam of E Dubai, and this horse to me is head and shoulders above E Dubai. He has all the class; he has the walk; he has the mind. He lies down every time after you show him. He has the disposition and the air of a good horse."

THURSDAY NIGHT: No. 147, a Seattle Slew -- Bad Pussycat colt, consigned by Bluewater Sales, and No. 156, a Storm Cat -- Broad Smile colt named Seventyseven Street, consigned by Taylor Made, agent for Classic Star.