05/15/2009 12:00AM

Colt turns quick profit at Barretts


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Vision Racing and Sales turned a big profit - and fast - on May 11 when it sold Hip No.o40 for a sale-topping $300,000 at the Barretts May juvenile sale in Pomona, Calif.

Vision Racing, a partnership managed jointly by Brandon and Diannah Perry in Kentucky and John and Jill Stephens in Florida, paid $110,000 for the Tiznow colt at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March 2-year-old sale. But instead of keeping him to race as they initially planned, the Vision team pinhooked him two months later.

The colt's buyers at Barretts were Gary and Wendy Broad.

"Our racing partnerships and sales, it's about making the money and trying to find an opportunity to do that," Brandon Perry said.

Opportunity knocked quickly after the Stephenses signed for the dark bay colt at OBS.

"Kim Lloyd, the sales director at Barretts, was at the March sale, and he liked the Tiznow colt there," Perry said. "He came to us after the sale and asked if we'd be interested in taking him to Barretts."

It costs about $4,000 to fly a horse from Florida to California, but there were a few good reasons for Vision to take Lloyd up on it. As Lloyd reminded them, a week before the OBS sale another Tiznow colt had topped the California company's March select juvenile sale, when Stonestreet Stables bought him for $650,000.

Another factor also was in their favor. Their Tiznow colt's half-brother, a Congaree colt named Jeranimo, had finished third behind Triple Crown contender Pioneerof the Nile in California's Grade 2 San Felipe. The race result came too late to make it into the OBS catalog but would be prominent on the colt's page at Barretts.

"So we thought, 'Let's give it a whirl,' " Perry said. "Within about 45 days, he had physically matured, and that was good for everybody.

"At the end of the day, we knew we had a nice horse, so whether we sold him or didn't sell him, we still had the horse to race. All the right people were on him, and in a little bit different market he could have brought a whole lot more than that. But we're very fortunate he brought what he brought."

2-year-olds work for F-T Midlantic

The final set of horses took to the track Thursday at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's second and final under-tack show for its May 2-year-old sale.

Seven juveniles posted eighth-mile works in the day's fastest time of 10.40 seconds. They were Hip No. 277, a Wildcat Heir-Exclusive Emotion; Hip No. 296, a Songandaprayer-French Line colt; Hip No. 303, a Seeking the Gold-Frenchglen filly; Hip No. 318, a More Than Ready-Grand Gala colt; Hip No. 323, a Salt Lake-Harbor Princess filly; Hip No. 446, a Wildcat Heir-One to Five filly; and Hip No. 469, a Johannesburg-Princess Lanique filly.

Two horses achieved the quickest quarter-mile time of 21.80 seconds: Hip No. 325, a Read the Footnotes-Heart's Goldengirl colt, and Hip No. 357, a Johannesburg-Kitty Car son colt.

Hip No. 388, a Ghostzapper-Madame Pietra filly, breezed three-eighths in 33.80 seconds, the day's best time for the distance.

Splash of Vanilla, a rare registered palomino Thoroughbred, worked an eighth in 11.20 seconds. She sells as Hip No. 391 in Nick de Meric's consignment.

The auction takes place Monday and Tuesday with sessions starting at 10 a.m.

Record sale-topper Mackie dies

Mackie, who still holds the Keeneland January sale record after selling for $5 million in 2000, has died at age 16.

Michael Banahan, director of farm operations at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Lexington, confirmed that the Summer Squall mare was euthanized due to foaling complications on March 18. Her foal, by Darley stallion Any Given Saturday, also died.

Mackie sold twice in her broodmare career for seven-figure prices. The first time was when Roger Baines's Britton House Stud purchased her at Keeneland's 2000 January all-ages sale carrying the Mr. Prospector filly Beaucette.

In 2006, Mackie went through the auction ring again, at Tattersalls in Newmarket, England. She brought about $3.25 million from Darley while carrying the Unbridled's Song colt Cold Smoke, now 2.

Mackie also is the dam of English Grade 2 winner Mr. Mellon, by Red Ransom; Group 3 winner Danebury Hill, by Danehill; and Seeking the Best, a Seeking the Gold colt who sold as a yearling to Kazuko Yoshida for $1 million in 2002 and was a Japanese Grade 3 winner.

Mackie was a daughter of 1993 Broodmare of the Year Glowing Tribute and a half-sister to 1993 Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero and two-time Grade 1 winner Hero's Honor.

Final Seeking the Gold foal

A filly out of the unraced Forestry mare Adventure Pass appears to be the final foal by Seeking the Gold. The filly was born 10:30 a.m. May 12 at Hill 'n' Dale Canada near Toronto, the farm's Glenn Sikura said. Sikura said Claiborne staff told him they are expecting no other Seeking the Gold foals.

Claiborne Farm stallion Seeking the Gold retired last fall at 23 after showing signs of age-related infertility. He had "a handful" of mares in foal by November, Claiborne representatives said at the time. Hill 'n' Dale Kentucky bred the 110-pound bay filly.

In other Hill 'n' Dale foaling news, two-time champion filly Silverbulletday produced her sixth foal, a dark bay or brown Elusive Quality filly, on May 2 at the farm in Lexington. Plans call for the 13-year-old Silver Deputy mare to be bred back to 2007 sprint champion Midnight Lute.