When a filly from the first crop of Fast Anna had a subpar breeze time leading up to the Ocala Breeders' Sales Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training in April, consignor Julie Davies was disappointed that her performance, like many of the other horses working that day, was hampered by a strong head wind.
Eventually, Davies bought the filly back on a final bid of $47,000 and immediately made plans to take her to the OBS June Sale, the final 2-year-old sale of the season.
That decision paid off June 13 when the filly consigned as Hip 422 was purchased by Clark Shepherd of Shepherd Equine Advisers on behalf of Larry Hirsch for $160,000, affirming Davies' belief that the bay miss was better than she had shown two months earlier.
The filly breezed an eighth-mile in :10 2/5 during the April sale's first under tack show. With no wind in her face this time, she worked the same distance in :10 prior to the June sale.
"We just got unlucky and breezed on the day with the strong head winds in April," Davies said. "Even though she worked well, going :10 2/5 considering the conditions, it still wasn't a fair representation of her ability. Basically, she fell through the cracks and we had enough faith in her not to let her go. Thankfully, her work here showed the talent we knew she had, so it worked out."
"She's just an elegant filly," Shepherd said. "It looks like she's going to be a better older filly. She improved a lot since the last sale, but I think she worked into a head wind. Here, she showed what she could really do."
Shepherd said the filly will be sent to the Highlander Training Center in Texas while it is determined who will train her. "We use four different trainers, so we'll dish her out," the agent said.
The filly's sale price represented a healthy return on investment for Davies, who acquired the filly for $40,000 from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, at last year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
"She was great from the get-go," Davies said. "As soon as we started working her, obviously slowly at the beginning, she had always showed she had some talent and would be quick."
Her aptly named sire, Fast Anna, has been represented by two winners from his first four starters. The bay filly foaled Feb, 2, 2017, is out of the unraced Street Cry mare Invalida. The filly's second dam is the Malibu Moon mare Malibu Prayer, a $618,026 earner whose six wins included the Ruffian Invitational Handicap (G1). Malibu Prayer is a half sister to millionaire multiple graded stakes winner Valid.