Updated on 09/15/2011 1:36PM

Free Staters in top yearling sales


The culmination of years of planning, tons of hard work, and a lot of luck gets packed into a precious few moments this week as yearlings go through the sales ring in Kentucky in the first of the major sales.

Keeneland July, the pinnacle of the select sales, offers three Maryland-bred yearlings, each with strong Free State roots. Quality and quantity mark the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale, with no fewer than 16 Maryland-bred yearlings cataloged.

The first of the yearlings offered this year goes at Keeneland when Maryland-bred champion Dixie Flag's first foal, a colt by A.P. Indy, sells the first evening as Hip No. 50. Consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent, this dark bay colt was bred by Mrs. Richard C. duPont.

The colt, who gained added exposure as one of the featured yearlings on this year's Keeneland sales preview telecast on Television Games Network, descends from duPont's top-class producer Thirty Years (his third dam), whose name is behind Best of Luck, Crowned, Personal Hope, Betty Lobelia, and Manlove. One of the most accomplished runners of the family was Dixie Flag, who earned $556,384 during her career, won four graded stakes, and was named state-bred champion 3-year-old filly of 1997.

Three hips later, Alan Kline's gray filly by Unbridled's Song goes through the ring, with Taylor Made Sales Agency as agent. Out of stakes winner D'Youville Nurse, the filly is a three-quarter sister to $272,370-earner Unbridled Hope (by Unbridled), winner of the Grade 3 Ladies Handicap in 1998. A full sister to this year's sales filly sold at Keeneland September in 1999 for $800,000.

Charles and Cynthia McGinnes offer their first Keeneland July yearling, Hip No. 81, in the name of Thornmar farm, with Taylor Made Sales Agency as agent. A colt from the first crop of Gentlemen out of Muffies Muffin, by Lord Gaylord, the youngster is a half-brother to four stakes winners, topped by Wicapi, an eight-time stakes winner of $671,616 who counted two graded races among his 18 victories. Muffies Muffin, herself a stakes winner, is a half-sister to Maryland Million Classic winner Frugal Doc.

At Fasig-Tipton Kentucky, nine of the 16 yearlings offered are out of stakes winners or stakes producers. Hip No. 209, in the consignment of Michael and Julia O'Quinn, agent, is a son of Allen's Prospect out of Celestial Jazz (by Dancing Count), thus a half-brother to last year's Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old colt, Global Gait.

Country Life Farm, Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, Inc., agent, sells Hips Nos. 32 and 218. The first is a Geri colt out of Grade 1 producer Cruella, dam of Diazo. No. 218 is a filly, the only offspring of Country Life's stallion Citidancer in the sale, who is the first foal out of stakes winner Cosmo Topper

Two yearlings by Two Punch are entered, including Hip No. 213, a Maryland-bred filly out of Smarten's stakes-winning daughter Chesire Kitten, bred and owned by Thornmar, with Marshall Silverman as agent.

Two of the three yearlings consigned by Green Willow Farms, agent, were foaled at the farm in Westminster, Md., and both are colts out of stakes-winning mares. Hip No. 20, by Siphon, is out of Cash Twenty; Hip No 263 is a Mr. Greeley out of Given, the dam of stakes winner Simoom.

Polish Numbers is the sire of two yearlings - the first to enter the ring, Hip No. 267, is a full sister to graded winner Potomac Bend (out of the Sir Ivor mare Gravina). Near the end of the sale, Hip No. 425, is a filly out of Allen's Prospect's stakes-placed filly Vaulted.

Another Allen's Prospect offspring is Hip No. 325, a colt out of stakes winner Nothing Sweeter, thus a half-brother to Italian champion Secret Thing.

Other Maryland stallions represented are Rinka Das, who stands at Corbett Farm and is the sire of Hip No. 359, a half-brother to two stakes winners, out of Public Band; and from Northview Stallion Station, Not for Love, sire of Hip No. 178, a son of stakes-placed Alwujet; and Northview's first-crop sire Partner's Hero, whose two yearlings include Hip No. 97, a colt out of Mississippi Lights.

Other Maryland-breds listed are:

o Hip No. 241, a colt by Roy-Earth, by Deputy Minister.

o Hip No. 301, a colt by Prospect Bay-Lupe Valez, by Seattle Slew.

o Hip No. 317, a filly by Salt Lake-Moonlight Waltz, by Miswaki.

o Hip No. 344, a colt by Joyeux Danseur-Pleasant Verdict, by Pleasant Colony.