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Fasig-Tipton July sale: Horses of racing age to watch
Standouts from the catalog for the inaugural Fasig-Tipton July horses of racing age sale, to be held immediately following the conclusion of the yearling section of the sale at the Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Ky.:
Hip No. 312, Fusaichiswonderful, 3-year-old chestnut filly, by Fusaichi Pegasus—Cry Baby, by Dance Brightly, consigned by Brookdale Sales, agent.
“She’s an easy, turn-key project. She just ran third in a Grade 3 last weekend [the Victory Ride Stakes at Belmont Park], she came right off the racetrack straight to the farm last week, and now she’s here. We know she’s sound, we know she’s capable, we know she’s honest. She ran a great second in the Eight Belles on [Kentucky] Oaks day, and if you watch the race, she was stuck the whole way around. The rider was up in the irons the whole way around trying to get free, and she almost got there, so she’s very talented.”
- Joe Seitz of Brookdale Sales discusses the Puerto Rican Group 1 winner, out of Dance Brightly mare Cry Baby. Her page also includes Grade 3 winner Crazy Moon. Fusaichiswonderful was a leading juvenile in Puerto Rico last year, going undefeated in five starts, highlighted by the Group 1 Accion de Gracias. She continued to compete at a high level when brought stateside, winning the Primal Force Stakes at Gulfstream Park, and finishing in the money in a pair of Grade 3 races. Her career record stands at six wins from nine starts for earnings of $212,397.
Hip No. 317, Kingston Jamaica, 3-year-old colt, by Galileo—Aleagueoftheirown, by Danehill Dancer, consigned by Kingswood Farm, agent.
“I think Kingston Jamaica has a great pedigree. He’s by the best stallion in the world. He’s a nice type horse and he’s got very good form, so I imagine he’ll be a pretty interesting horse.”
- Roderick Wachman of Kingswood Farm on the Group 3-placed son of world-class Irish stallion Galileo. He is the second foal out of stakes-placed winning Danehill Dancer mare Aleagueofherown, and the first one to race and win. His notable family members also include English Group 1 winner Golden Opinion, Grade 1 winners Arbees Boy and Samitar, Group 2 winner Optimistic Lass, and Group 3 winner Nijoom Dubai. Kingston Jamaica raced five times in Ireland, breaking his maiden in his second start. He followed that effort with a third place finish by a neck in the Group 3 Korean Racing Authority Tyros Stakes. In total, the colt has won one of five career starts, only missing the board once, for earnings of $27,098.
Hip No. 370, Spring Along, 2-year-old bay filly, by Spring At Last—Connate, by Honor Grades, consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.
“She was very impressive in her maiden, and I’m very excited about her. Physically, she’s an average size, but a lot of quality, very fast-looking. Plus, her performance on the track was outstanding. She just walked away from them, basically. She’s a quality filly, and I think down the road, she’s going to make someone an exciting prospect.”
- Pat Costello of Paramount Sales describes the impressive maiden winner, who won her June 30 debut at Parx Racing by a classy 6 ¾ lengths and earned a 78 Beyer. She is out of stakes-winning Honor Grades mare Connate, and is one of four winners from as many foals to race out of the dam, including stakes-placed winner Hamiltonian. Her notable family members also include New Zealand Group 1 winner Zayyad.
Hip No. 372, Flashpoint, 5-year-old gray or roan horse, by Pomeroy—Two Punch Lil, by Two Punch, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
“I’d be hard-pressed to find a horse that has more raw talent than Flashpoint in this sale. He’s run a 104 Beyer, he’s run a 102 Beyer, he’s run a 99 Beyer Speed Figure in 2013. This horse had elite talent and is still very productive as a 5-year-old this year. He’s ready to go, having just run at Churchill at the end of June. He’s ready to come back and make another start for his new owner at any time…He’s one of the horses in this sale that has some residual value as a stallion when his racing days are over.”
- Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency on the Grade 2 winner, out of stakes-winning Two Punch mare Two Punch Lil. He is one of five winners from seven foals to race out of the dam, including Japanese stakes winner Uncle Lee Sam, and his page also includes Grade 3 winners Feline Story and Notacatbutallama. Flashpoint was among the leading sprinters of his sophomore class in 2011, winning the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes and the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes. In March, he won the Sam Houston Sprint Cup Stakes. He has won five of 15 races for earnings of $361,722.
Hip No. 380, Eastwood, 3-year-old chestnut colt, by Speightstown—Fifth Avenue Ball, by Deputy Minister, consigned by Baccari Bloodstock, agent.
“I think what makes him a standout horse is how impressive his speed rating numbers have been, whether it’s a Beyer or a Ragozin, and especially the space between the two races. He’s just one of those horses who’s coming to hand naturally. He’s progressing the right way, with his works and his races. He’s got a lot of class and I think, being by Speightstown, time is only going to help him.”
- Chris Baccari of Baccari Bloodstock discusses the undefeated son of Speightstown, who has won his first two races, both at Belmont Park. He earned a 93 Beyer in his most recent effort, a six furlong allowance, which he won by a neck. Eastwood is the first foal out of Deputy Minister mare Fifth Avenue Ball, and he is from the family of Grade 2 winners Irish Warrior and Profit Option, as well as Grade 1-placed stakes winner Shop Till You Drop. His two wins have given him lifetime earnings of $85,200.
Hip No. 385, Starship Truffles, 4-year-old bay filly, by Ghostzapper—Bobbie Use, by Not For Love, consigned by Hidden Brook, agent.
“She’s just a lovely mare. She’s got a great shoulder on her and a great eye about her. She’s a package, and she’s just now getting good. I think you have broodmare value there. Ghostzsapper has gotten really hot now, as well. The way her form is going right now, she’s positioned to be in all the big races the rest of the year for female sprinters. ”
- Dan Hall of Hidden Brook Farm on the newly-minted Grade 1 winner, earning her signature victory in the Princess Rooney Handicap at Calder Race Course. Out of stakes-winning Not For Love mare Bobbie Use, Starship Truffles is one two winners from three foals to race out of her dam. Her immediate family includes Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, Grade 1 winner Emma’s Encore, Grade 2 winner During, Grade 3 winners La Reine Elaine, Green Alligator, Annie Cake, and Wild Emotions, and Puerto Rican champion Frontier Tour. The Princess Rooney improved her lifetime to 14 wins in 24 starts for earnings of $433,035.