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Fasig-Tipton July sale: Yearlings to watch
By Joe Nevills
Yearlings to watch at the Fasig-Tipton July sale, to be held Monday at the Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Ky.
Hip No. 40, Bright Blue, black colt, by Midnight Lute—Lady Gallapiat, by Gallapiat, consigned by St George Sales, agent.
“Midnight Lute’s done very well this year, with a good filly and good colts. He’s a tall, scopey, very athletic colt, and has a lot of quality. He’s a smart colt. What I was told is he looks exactly like his sire did as a yearling.”
- Archie St. George of St George Sales on the colt, whose registered black color is somewhat rare. He is out of winning Gallapiat mare Lady Gallapiat, who is the dam of three winners from four foals to race, including stakes winner Lady Giacomo. Bred in Texas by Virginia Jago Elder and Stoneview Farm, Bright Blue’s notable family members include champion Meadow Star and Grade 2-placed stakes winner African Violet.
Hip No. 72, chestnut colt, by Tapit—Mother Russia, by Mayakovsky, consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent.
“He’s by the right sire. This colt is very physically forward, so we decided if we’d bring him here, he’d stand out a little bit. He’s a very mature horse, a big striding horse. He covers a lot of ground. We really liked him out of the [Keeneland] November sale. He was probably the most confident baby we looked at the whole time. He was having fun showing himself out there. We noticed he had this natural vitality to him.”
- John A. “Sandy” Stuart of Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services on the first foal out of multiple stakes-winning Mayakovsky mare Mother Russia. His notable family members also include South African champion Tytola, and Grade/Group 3 winners Clamorosa and Tolanda. Bred in Kentucky by Crossed Sabres Farm, the colt was purchased as a weanling by the consignor, as agent, for $130,000 at last year’s Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Hip No. 103, chestnut filly, by Pulpit—Referendum, by Unbridled, consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent.
“We’re very hopeful with her. She’s well-made. She’s well-balanced, with a very strong hip. She’s got a good quality about her, a good, athletic walk, presence, and a pedigree to go with it.”
- Headley Bell of Mill Ridge Sales on the filly out of Unbridled mare Referendum, who has produced two foals to race. Referendum is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Jersey Girl, who is the dam of Grade 1 winner Jersey Town; as well as Australian Group 3 winner St Petersburg. Her family also includes notable sire Valid Expectations, Grade 1 winner and sire Purge, Grade 2 winner Copelan’s Bid Gal, and Grade 3 winners Little Sister and Sacristy. She was bred in Kentucky by Lynn Schiff.
Hip No. 188, bay filly, by Malibu Moon—Chapena, by Fusaichi Pegasus, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
“She’s an athletic filly, she’s got a good walk, well-balanced, and I think she’s one of the better-bred fillies in the sale. “
- Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency describes the filly out of Fusaichi Pegasus mare Chapena, who has produced two winners from four foals to race, including stakes winner Who Is Camille. Her second dam is Preuvian champion sprinter La Chaposa, who is the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Chaposa Springs, Grade 1 winner and sire You and I, and Peruvian Pride, who is the dam of Peruvian champion Palestino. The filly, bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift Farm, is also from the family of Group 1 winner Pup, Group 2 winner Mendip, and Group 3 winner Mayorazgo.
Hip No. 203, dark bay or brown filly, by Warrior’s Reward—Betty’s Baroness, by Smarty Jones, consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent.
“She’s a super mover, well grown, just doing everything right on the grounds. She’s a tall, rangy filly with good leg, nice shoulder, a good length to her and a long hip.”
- Gerry Dilger of Dromoland Farm on the second foal out of Smarty Jones mare Betty’s Baroness, who is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Excellent Meeting, stakes winners Crowning Meeting and Crown of Crimson, and multiple stakes producer Crown of Jewels. The filly’s page also includes European champion Hooray, Grade 1 winner Early Pioneer, Grade/Group 2 winners Doneraile Court, Souvenir Copy, Dance Sequence, Dazzle, and Grade 3 winner Darby Fair. She was sold as a weanling for $67,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November sale, and was bred in Kentucky by the partnership of Pope McLean, Pope McLean Jr., Marc McLean, and Bill Schiffman.
Hip No. 240, Seeking Paradise, bay filly, by Blame—Eden’s Storm, by Stormy Atlantic, consigned by Dapple Stud, agent.
“She’s just a lovely filly. We raised her at the farm, and she’s always been nice and athletic, just a simple horse to be around. She loves her work and is handling the pressure out here pretty well so far. She comes from a good, old Appleton family and a very good, quality pedigree that keeps kicking out good runners for a long time, and hopefully she’s going to be the next one…You could argue she might have the best broodmare pedigree in the catalog, as well.”
- Stuart Morris of Dapple Stud discusses the only entry in the July sale by champion and freshman sire Blame. She is the second foal out of winning Stormy Atlantic mare Eden’s Storm, and her immediate family includes champions Theatrical and Paradise Creek, Grade/Group 1 winners David Junior, Forbidden Apple, Wild Event, Taiki Blizzard and Eden’s Moon; and Grade 3-placed stakes winner I’m Very Irish. Bred in Kentucky by Helen Andrews and Twin Hopes Farm, Seeking Paradise was a $95,000 purchase as a weanling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale.