09/10/2017 7:55AM

Giwner: 2017 Goshen Yearling Sale Preview

Cameo Hills Farm
Captain Miraculous could be a sales topper as the first son of Captaintreacherous to sell.

The yearling sales season will get underway for 2017 when 112 potential racing prospects are expected to be hammered down at the Mark Ford Training Center during the Goshen Yearling Sale.

Many of the major consignors will be offering multiple yearlings in the Sunday, September 10 sale led by Hanover Shoe Farms and Winbak Farm with 33 and 32 slated to sell, respectively.

After pouring over the roster of horses up for bids, I’ve uncovered seven yearlings that stood out with “black type” all over the page. These are horses which have displayed past success or have a clear family history of on-track achievement.

You won’t have to wait long to find a well-bred colt. HIP 4 JACK N JULES is the first foal from Injeanous Style, whose maternal line features Art Account and the great Delinquent Account. Art Account has produced three $250,000-plus foals including 1:47 3/5 winner Bigtown Hero while Delinquent Account, herself a Dan Patch Award winner, gave us $1.4 million earner and World Champion Artiscape. Jack N Jules is also part of the first crop from $3.4 million winner Sweet Lou, 2014 Pacer of the Year.

Jack N Jules was raised at on consigned by Concord Stud Farm for listed breeders Christina Takter, John Fielding and Jim Fielding.

He’s a nice colt; not huge; medium-sized. He has a big gait and is put together very well. If you look at the video, you’ll see he shows a lot of speed,” said Concord Proprietor David Meirs III on Jack N Jules. “I think he’d be well accepted in any sale.”

HIP 15 LOYALTY HANOVER is just the second foal from the unraced Locl Talnt Hanover and the first filly. Her previous mating with Explosive Matter produced just a modest winner in Larson Hanover, but breeder Hanover Shoe Farms tried a different route with this gal, electing to use RC Royalty as the sire. Looking down Locl Talnt Hanover’s maternal line we find millionaire Looking Hanover from her second dam Lady Bar and multiple six-figure earners like B Cor Pete from her third dam B Cor Tamara.

“She is probably the best overall package yearling we have in the sale,” said Farm Manager Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky. “She is by a well-bred popular sire, is great looking and moves very well.”

Breeder Steve Jones sends the So Surreal-sired HIP 18 ZEKEFROMCABINCREEK to the sale as part of the Cameo Hills Farm consignment. The first colt and fifth foal from $233,909 earner Love The Game is a half-brother to three $100,000 winners. Digging deeper into Zekefromcabincreek’s lineage we find plenty of $200,000-plus earners including $540,539 earner Have A Good Life, a son of 2nd dam Good As Goalie.

“He’s an outstanding individual and moves well in the field,” said Jones about Zekefromcabincreek, who is one of three in the sale from sire So Surreal for Jones, all with a basketball-referenced name, with this guy honoring Hall of Famer Jerry West.

“I feel like he is doing well,” said Jones about So Surreal. “He has a son Keystone Tenacious (5-1-3-1 as a 2-year-old) that Paul Kelley has who was second in 1:50 recently. That’s probably the best one I’ve seen so far, but he has several nice 2-year-olds and I think he has a chance to be a very solid New York Sire Stakes type of sire.”

HIP 35 CAPTAIN MIRACULOUS has sales-topper potential on paper. From the first crop of two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous and the only foal by that sire in this sale, this colt is also from a mare (Please Me Please) that earned $756,238. Mom has sent out four horses to earn more than $300,000 including multiple sub-1:50 performers. Steve Jones, who bred this guy at Cameo Hills Farm, is excited to sell the first “Captain” yearling of 2017.

“That’s why we put him in the sale. I thought he would be a bit of a standout in there. We sold a So Surreal brother to him at this sale last year that brought $39,000, so we just thought it was a good spot for him,” said Jones about why he chose Captain Miraculous for Goshen. “He’s a big rugged colt with good conformation. He is similar to his mother in that he is big and good-looking.”

Another first crop sire in Heston Blue Chip is represented in HIP 43 ANGEL BLUE. An earner of over $1.7 million and a Breeders Crown winner, Heston Blue Chip has nine foals in the Goshen Sale, all consigned by Winbak Farms. Angel Blue is a filly by $226,277 earner Sams Angel and could be her first to race as 2015 foal Angel Scape (Artiscape) has yet to appear on the track. The maternal line of Angel Blue features multiple six-figure earners including Newbegining ($614,557) and Art’s Conquest ($880,576).

“She’s a nice filly; not really big but put together well,” said Winbak yearling manager James Ladwig, who is happy with the first crop of Heston Blue Chip. “I like him. All of his yearlings are pretty correct. They seem to take the line of their mother. If their mom wasn’t really big, they won’t be really big. But if mom has some size, they have some size.”

You may need extra ink when attempting to circle all of the solid performers from the family of HIP 57 TODMAN HANOVER. The colt by Western ideal from Hanover Shoe Farms is out of Tap Hanover, whose claim to fame off the track is Tivoli Hanover ($857,414). It is with Todman Hanover’s second dam where we find six winners of at least $200,000 including a trio which broke the $500,000 barrier.

“He’s medium-sized and fairly correct. He seems to be a nice colt with a good attitude,” said Dr. Jablonsky.

Once again we see the combination of Steve Jones and Cameo Hills Farm with a standout yearling. HIP 62 WILT THE STILT is the first foal of So Surreal from prolific producer Under Your Spell, who has six $100,000 earners to her credit, topped by Load Your Dice at $853,290. Three of the six also have marks under 1:50.

“He was a late foal. He is medium sized and correct. If I could fault him at all, he is a little plain in the head, but he is another one of my So Surreal colts that I like. I think he’ll sell well,” said Jones.

Honorable Mention

HIP 14 LOVING shows some black type on her page and while mom Lithograph has only seen modest success in the breeding shed, this is her first foal by top sire Credit Winner. Cameo Hills Farm consigns this filly for Doug Ackerman Stables.

Blue Chip Farms goes back to the well with HIP 84 QWERTY BLUE CHIP, a colt by Art Major from Bet Your Life. While the last attempt with that pairing (a filly) has yet to make the races, the previous (2010) resulted in $712,657-earning gelding Ronny Bugatti.

HIP 96 WELL STATED is just the second foal from Clara and her first by Well Said. With a family tree on the maternal side that includes Lislea Phia ($542,450) and Lislea Bella ($234,996), the Winbak colt seems worth a look.

HIP 105 SPECIAL AGENT is also a second foal and from a mare that earned $860,933 during her career. Filly’s second dam produced I’m Just Special ($789,299) and Special T Rocks ($643,585). She was bred by 4 For 3 Stable and is from the Blue Chip Farms contingent.

Additional Tidbits

Winbak’s Ladwig threw out a couple of names worth keeping an eye on at Goshen. HIP 79 CRAZY EVERY TIME and HIP 83 BET THE CHIPS are both “nice looking and correct” according to Ladwig. “They are both well-muscled and kind of what you’d want in a yearling.”

Steve Jones was quite candid about the yearlings he sends to the sales. “We cull our broodmare band pretty hard every year so most of the ones that we have to sell are going to be well-bred horses,” said Jones. “You have to have something to sell that the buyer wants. To be standing there with a foal out of a mare that is 0 for 5 and you’re trying to tell someone that this is the “one”, people just don’t want to hear it. I’m trying to give them what they want. That seems to work much better for me.”

When asked for additional standouts in the sale, Dr. Jablonsky was quick to bring up a potential sleeper that deserves attention. HIP 72 APP HANOVER is a colt by Russell Hanover out of Allamerican Apex. “He’s a gorgeous looking colt,” said Dr. Jablonsky. “If he was by a more commercial sire, he would bring a lot of money. If someone wants to take a shot, he could be anything.”