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Fasig-Tipton February: Hips to watch
By Joe Nevills
Because of the concentrated quality of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale’s supplemental catalog, consisting largely of horses from Eugene Melnyk’s Winding Oaks Farm, the list of horses to watch will be divided among the offerings in the regular catalog and the supplemental entries.
Hip No. 5, Red Piano, 12-year-old mare, by Red Ransom—Spinet, by Nureyev, Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, Agent.
“She’s the dam of Pianist, who got a 94 Beyer the other day [in a Feb. 7 optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park]. She’s carrying a colt. Pianist looks like she could be a really nice filly this year. This was her first run back and she won easy with a fast time.”
Adrian Regan of Hunter Valley Farm discusses the dam of stakes-winner Pianist, one of two winners out of the mare from three to race. Red Piano will go through the ring in foal to Exchange Rate, and she is from the family of Irish classic winner Prince of Birds, Italian Group 1 winner Sudan, and Grade 2 winner Special Happening.
Hip No. 40, Speightful Lady, 6-year-old mare, by Speightstown—England’s Rose, by Nureyev, property of Bayne Welker, Christina Welker and D.C. Goff, Four Star Sales, Agent.
“She’s a really nice mare. She’s awfully big for a Speightstown mare, got a lot of leg underneath her. She had just a tremendous amount of talent, broke her maiden at Saratoga her first time out. She’s the only mare in foal to Uncle Mo at the sale, so I think she’ll do well.”
Kerry Cauthen of Four Star Sales on the daughter of Grade 3-winning Nureyev mare England’s Rose, who has produced four winners from seven to race, including Saudi Arabian champion Sun Sprinkles. Offered carrying her first foal, by champion Uncle Mo, Speightful Lady is from the family of Grade or Group 1 winners Navarone and State City.
Hip No. 43, Starship Surprise, 5-year-old mare, by Forestry—Jessi Take Charge, by War Chant, consigned by Paramount Sales, Agent.
“She’s a lovely filly from a great family. Take Charge Indy was third in the Donn [Handicap], and that was a lovely update. Individually, she’s very nice herself. I expect her to do really nicely.”
Pat Costello of Paramount Sales describes the broodmare prospect out of the War Chant mare Jessi Take Charge, who has produced two winners from as many to race, including Grade 2-placed winner Northern Giant. Her second dam is Felicita, dam of multiple Grade 1 winner and producer Take Charge Lady, whose family has been active at recent sales and on the racetrack.
Hip No. 82, Yadira, 6-year-old mare, by Pulpit—Heavenly Cat, by Tabasco Cat, consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, Agent.
“She foaled in early January, and had a really nice Kitten’s Joy filly. She herself is a really nice type, pretty racy-looking and athletic, and the foal looks like she does—nice balance, pretty correct, and walks really well for a newborn foal. She’s pretty nice.”
Guinness McFadden of Three Chimneys Sales on the winning daughter of the Tabasco Cat mare Heavenly Cat, a producer of five winners from six to race, including Grade 3 winners Heavenly Ransom and Dilemma and Grade 2-placed multiple stakes winner and sire Capitano. She is from the family of Grade 1 winner and key producer Sabin, Grade 1 winner Love Theway Youare, and Grade 2 winner and sire Saint Anddan.
Hip No. 202, Jack’s Flame, 5-year-old mare, by Pulpit—Known Romance, by Known Fact, Consigned by James B. Keogh (Grovendale), Agent.
“Jack’s Flame is from a very strong old Ned Evans female family, [her third dam is] International Move, and there have been a lot of tremendous sale horses out of that pedigree. She’s a half-sister to a horse that won [$922,500], who won the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby and he was Grade 1 placed. Her half-sisters are getting bred very, very well.”
James Keogh describes the daughter of Known Fact mare Known Romance, who is the dam of five winners from eight to race. The broodmare prospect is a half-sister to multiple Grade 2 winner High Limit, and lists Grade 1 winners Dance Teacher and Cat Moves among her notable family members.
Hip No. 297 Satyana, 4-year-old filly, by Street Cry—Lovely Regina, by Deputy Minister, Consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent.
“Obviously, her pedigree is going to stand out at any sale, much less a smaller sale like this one. She’s physically attractive from a really good family. She’s a broodmare prospect, so you could breed her to whoever you like.”
Guinness McFadden of Three Chimneys Sales on the filly out of the Deputy Minister mare Lovely Regina, dam of multiple Grade 3 winner Thiskyhasnolimit and sire Kennedy. Her second dam is 2006 Broodmare of the Year Cara Rafaela, dam of champion and leading sire Bernardini. Her other notable family members include multiple Grade 1 winner Love and Pride and Grade 3 winner Abaginone.
Hip No. 299, Sealy Hill, 9-year-old mare, by Point Given—Boston Twist, by Boston Harbor, Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent.
“Of course, she was an awesome racemare, a champion grass mare, in foal to Distorted Humor. Her first foal by Distorted Humor [named Hillaby] should run next week at Gulfstream. [Trainer] Mark Casse likes that one a lot. They think it’s a stakes-caliber horse. This is a young, good-looking mare that’s got everything in front of her.”
Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency on the 2007 Canadian Horse of the Year, who sells in foal to Distorted Humor as part of the Winding Oaks offering. She is out of stakes winner Boston Twist, by Boston Harbor, who is the dam of one winner from two to race. Sealy Hill won Canada’s Triple Tiara during her 3-year-old championship season in 2007, and also secured Canada’s champion turf female and sophomore filly honors. She also performed well in the U.S., winning the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks in 2007 and finishing second by three-quarters of a length to Forever Together in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.
Hip No. 312, Christie Village, 8-year-old mare, by Deputy Minister—Felicita, by Rubiano, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent.
“She's an absolutely gorgeous individual. Her first filly, by Speightstown, we sold in October [for $110,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale]. She's got a Marchfield yearling—the yearling is absolutely a stunning individual. And she's back in foal to Congrats. She's got a big future as a broodmare."
Phil Hronec, general manager of Winding Oaks Farm, discusses the daughter of the Rubiano mare Felicita, dam of four winners from eight to start, including multiple Grade 1 winner Take Charge Lady, dam of Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy and Kentucky Derby contender Will Take Charge. Christie Village’s half-sister, Desert Rose Drive, by A.P. Indy, sold for $450,000 at this year’s Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
Hip No. 320, Indian Vale, 11-year-old mare, by A.P. Indy—Marley Vale, by Forty Niner, Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
"Her year, she was rated at the top of her class as a 3-year-old filly. She's a Grade 2 winner. She's only had a few foals, and they're promising."
Phil Hronec, general manager of Winding Oaks Farm, describes the mare out of Grade 1-winner Marley Vale, by Forty Niner, who has produced three winners from five to race. A Grade 2 winner, Indian Vale herself is the dam of the winning Distorted Humor colt Golden Ridge.
Hip No. 329, Vaulcluse, 8-year-old mare, by A.P. Indy—Betty’s Pet, by Dehere, Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent.
"[She's] probably a sleeper in here. This filly was fantastic. She raced three times and won all three, including a stakes race, and was favored for the Florida Oaks. She got sick prior, about a week before the race. ... We were actually lucky to save her. Her 3-year-old has had a couple of minor injuries, but her 2-year-old by Flower Alley is probably the best 2-year-old that I have in training now. She's a young mare, a young A.P. Indy mare. She won all three of her starts; she's a beautiful specimen. The people that have come to see her really, really like her. She's a mare that, three or four years from now, would have been one of our top mares."
Phil Hronec, general manager of Winding Oaks Farm, on the stakes-winning daughter of the winning Dehere mare Betty’s Pet, who has produced two winners from as many to race. She is from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Coup de Fusil, French Group 1 winner and sire Elusive City, and Grade 3 winner Millions. Vaulcluse sells in foal to More Than Ready.
Hip No. 335, Dance Thewayyouare, 4-year-old filly, by Mineshaft—Diversa, by Tabasco Cat, Property of Sport Thoroughbreds LLC, Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent.
“She’s a young filly. Her sister [Love Theway Youare] brought $1,450,000 in the [Fasig-Tipton] November sale. Dirty Swagg, her half-brother by Street Hero, should be running in the Santa Anita Derby. This is a good-looking Mineshaft filly, ready to be bred. She’s a good one to jump in on.”
Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency on the broodmare prospect out of the multiple stakes-winning Tabasco Cat mare Diversa, dam of six winners from seven to race. She is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Love Theway You Are and current Triple Crown Trail horse Dirty Swagg. Her notable family members include Grade 1 winner and key producer Sabin, Grade 2 winners Street Sounds and Saint Anddan, and Grade 3 winner Luftikus.
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—Additional reporting by Nicole Russo