07/24/2008 11:00PM

Blue Sky Princess colt a hot commodity


Seven Maryland-breds, one of them by the state's leading sire Not for Love, are undergoing final preparations for the Saratoga select yearling sale to be conducted by Fasig-Tipton on Aug. 4 and 5 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The 2007 Maryland broodmare of the year, Blue Sky Princess (by Conquistador Cielo), is represented by a colt - already named Bishop's Head - from the single crop of 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam.

Blue Sky Princess has been a gold mine for longtime Maryland breeders Frank and Virginia Wright, and this chestnut colt sparkles as brightly as any.

A multiple stakes winner and graded-placed earner of $253,015 bred by the Wrights, Blue Sky Princess produced as her first foal stakes winner Inner Harbour (by Capote), a winner of $350,936 now at stud in West Virginia.

Last year, Blue Sky Princess was represented by her best performer to date, the Awesome Again daughter Tessa Blue, who won or placed in five stakes, including a victory in the Grade 3 Indiana Oaks. Tessa Blue has earned $531,600 in her career.

The Wrights have sold five of Blue Sky Princess's offspring at auction as yearlings for a combined $1.04 million. Tessa Blue brought $215,000 at the Saratoga sale in 2005.

With Maryland-based bloodstock agent Bill Reightler as agent, Blue Sky Princess's Forestry filly and Malibu Moon colt were the top-selling Maryland-bred offerings, respectively, at the 2006 and 2007 editions of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale at Timonium, Md.

Reightler brings the Blue Sky Princess colt to Saratoga as Hip No. 113.

Charles and Cynthia McGinnes, for decades ranked among Maryland's most successful commercial producers and honored as the state's leading breeders in 2004, will send three homebreds to Saratoga under the banner of Thornmar, with Marshall Silverman as agent.

Their first through the ring will be Hip No. 74, a Not for Love filly out of stakes winner Taft Lil Queen (by Irish Open).

A half-sister to El Viento (by El Corredor), who was champion imported colt in Puerto Rico as well as co-champion Maryland-bred 2-year-old male, in 2005, the filly is from the family of Grade 1 winners Spun Sugar and Daaher.

The McGinneses' other two offerings, a Cherokee Run colt named Casino Road (Hip No. 148) and a Silver Deputy filly (Hip No. 157), are closely related. Both have as their granddam the McGinneses' foundation producer Pleasure Point (by Honest Pleasure).

Pleasure Point, a half-sister to the dam of champion Miesque's Approval, produced three stakes horses, including stakes winners Forry Cow How ($432,275) and Original Gray.

Casino Road is the first foal from Pleasure Point's unraced daughter Doublethepleasure (by Two Punch).

The Silver Deputy filly is out of proven producer Georgia K. (by Horatius), dam of multiple stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Aggadan ($860,306) and stakes winner Love You Madly ($160,985).

The first Maryland-bred through the ring (as Hip No. 3) will be a Tiznow filly, Tiz a Babe, bred in partnership by Jerry and Laurie Calhoun's Summer Wind Bloodstock, Wilbur Everett, and Joan Everett, and consigned on their behalf by Highclere Sales, agent.

From the family of champion Saratoga Dew, the filly is out of the winning Polish Numbers mare Many Smiles, who is a half-sister to stakes winners Saratoga Cure and Smile My Lord.

The legacy of the late Allaire duPont, the famed Maryland breeder who died in January 2006, lives on at Saratoga with a Songandaprayer filly (Hip No. 56) out of graded winner Shiny Band ($391,384).

Shiny Band (by Dixieland Band) is a half-sister to duPont's final Grade 1 star, millionaire Shine Again (by Wild Again), the 2003 Maryland-bred horse of the year.

The last, but almost certainly not the least illustrious, Maryland-bred to sell at Saratoga this year is a Tale of the Cat filly (Hip No. 180) bred by Howard and Sondra Bender and consigned by them through Eaton Sales, agent.

The filly's full sister brought $700,000 at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Florida February sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Maryland's leading breeder for three consecutive seasons from 2002 through 2003, the Benders have bred three generations of this filly's family.