05/15/2008 11:00PM

Juveniles by Maryland leaders earn fast times


Fasig-Tipton Midlantic's biggest sale of the year based on gross and average, the two-day May 2-year-olds in training sale, will kick off on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Timonium sales pavilion in Timonium, Md.

Among the 650 juveniles cataloged are more than 40 Maryland-breds, of which more than half were sired in Maryland.

The sale's under-tack shows were held Wednesday and Thursday under near-perfect weather conditions, and saw close to three dozen Maryland-bred juveniles take to the track. Two of Maryland's dominant sales sires, Two Punch and Not for Love, had offspring work in times just 0.20 of a second off the quickest times turned in on the first day.

Maryland's leading sire for the past five years, Not for Love, has 11 juveniles in the sale, nine foaled in Maryland. A Not for Love filly (Hip No. 23) posted a work of 21.60 for a quarter-mile. Out of the El Gran Senor mare Memories of Madrid from the family of Group 1-winning sprinter Kelly's Landing, the filly was bred by Corbett Farm.

The quickest of Not for Love's 2-year-olds going an eighth of a mile on day one was Hip No. 191, a Maryland-bred colt out of Silverdew, by Silver Deputy. Bred by Dark Hollow Farm, William deBurgh, and George Harris, the colt finished in 10.40. He is a half-brother to Mercantile, a Golden Missile colt who sold for $2 million at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old sale in Florida.

On the second day of works, a New York-bred son of Not for Love (Hip No. 632, out of Legit, by Seattle Slew) posted a time of 10.20, which was 0.40 off the fastest time of the two days.

The forever young Two Punch, whose 19th crop reaches the races this year, is the sire of two Maryland-bred fillies who posted identical times of 10.40 on Wednesday. The first out was Hip No. 24, out of Merriweather (by Opening Verse). Bred by Tom and Chris Bowman, Bowman & Higgins Stable, and Brooke Bowman, she is from the family of Grade 1 winners Rose's Cantina, Montreal Red, and Fancy Naskra.

The other Two Punch filly (Hip No. 270), out of the Capote mare Too Bald Factor, was also bred by Tom and Chris Bowman, in partnership with daughter Rebecca Davis. The filly is from the family of stakes winners Sigrun and Spectacular April.

At Thursday's under-tack show, a filly (Hip No. 447) out of Count Colors (by Chenin Blanc) went an eighth of a mile in 10.20. Bred by Barbara Cross Graham, the gray filly descends from Graham's mare Countess Shorwind, the dam of graded winner Algar, and is from the family of Grade 1 winner Henny Hughes.

At last year's sale, Two Punch led all Maryland sires by gross, and his daughter out of Beautiful Stranger was the top-priced Maryland-sired offering. Selling for $230,000 to SJB Stable and Reata Thoroughbred, the chestnut filly named Reata's Quik Punch became a stakes winner when she took the Wonders Delight Stakes at Penn National on May 8.

Also on Thursday, a Maryland-bred colt by Bernstein (Hip No. 451), zipped a quarter-mile in 21.40, 0.40 behind the fastest time of the day. Produced from Maryland-bred stakes winner Crafty Toast (by Crafty Prospector), the colt was bred by Bohemia Stable. His second and third dams are graded stakes winners Give a Toast and Salud, respectively.

Other Maryland sires with juveniles in the sale are freshman sires Domestic Dispute (six, three foaled in Maryland), Great Notion (one), and Bowman's Band (three, two foaled in Maryland), who got his first career winner on Thursday at Pimlico and whose first two crops were conceived in Maryland; pensioned top Maryland sire Citidancer (one, foaled in Maryland); Lion Hearted, consistently ranked among Maryland's leading sires (five, two foaled in Maryland); Parker's Storm Cat (one); and Rock Slide (one).