09/26/2014 10:48AM

Marks: Lexington Select Sale Preview

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Derick Giwner
Whom Shall I Fear, who starts in Saturday's first race at the Red Mile, topped the Lexington Sale in 2013 with a $475,000 price tag.

Attempting to predict the ebbs and flows of a major sale, like the upcoming Lexington Selected at the Fasig Tipton pavilion on September 30 through October 4, without actually viewing the individual yearlings beforehand can be a haphazard proposition at best.  

Previously pedigree alone could offer a reasonable barometer of how a yearling might sell, but in this day and age, where conformation and appearance often supersede the pedigree data printed on the catalog page, it’s imperative to know how the individual looks, stands and travels.

The traveling part is often revealed on the videos that all major farms and consignors use as selling tools, but to totally zero in on conformation, it’s best to have that individual standing where one can visually examine from all sides.

Consequently, the successful horsemen tend to travel vast distances to see these individuals up close in their natural habitats at the farms prior to reexamining at the actual sales venue.

Personally I’ve seen several at Deo Volente Farms who should sell very well based on conformation and pedigree, they being HIP #56  Charlies Man  (Art Major-World Of Her Own), #68 Mikhail Deo (Kadabra-Yalta Hanover, and # 71Timber (Art Major-Bjs  Canouan).

From the above, Charlies Man is rather uniquely bred being by Art Major from Worldy Beauty’s daughter World Of Her Own, as Art Major and Wordly Beauty are virtually brother and sister in blood as their dams are full sisters. Thus he becomes a 3x4 line bred to foundation mare Rodine Hanover.

Mikhail Deois is a powerful looking Kadabra brother to this year’s early sensation Perfect Alliance, who reeled off a bevy of successive victories and for a while seemed the best older trotting mare in training.

Timber is by Art Major, the sire of this year’s leading freshman pacing filly JKs She’salady, from an already productive fast-record full sister to the great Rocknroll Hanover.

I’ve yet to see them, but on paper there are two exceptional pacing fillies by leading sire Somebeachsomewhere.

One, #42 Ivy League, is the first foal of the brilliant See You At Peelers and if she looks the part, which I’ve heard she does, she will be well sought after.

The other, #35 Endless Summer, is a Somebeachsomewhere filly from Artistic Vision and thus a half-sister to Rock N Roll Heaven and Clear Vision, those two responsible for over $4.7 million in earnings. If she looks the part, her hammer price could approach or exceed what the “Peelers” filly might bring.

Then there’s Hip # 61 Pick Up The Tab, a Cantab Hall sales topper candidate if his looks match the pedigree. This is a full brother to Uncle Peter and only the second foal of his Enjoy Lavec dam. It should be noted that the Cantab Hall-Enjoy Lavec cross is also responsible for this year’s leading 3-year-old trotter Father Patrick.

Mention Father Patrick and one immediately thinks of his stablemate and rival Trixton.  Hip #69 The Perfect Lindy is another potential sales topper on paper. The Perfect Lindy is a brown colt by New York’s perennial leading sire Credit Winner, and is the first foal of Highscore Kemp, a 1:51 4/5-winning three quarter sister to Hambletonian champion Trixton by Muscles Yankee from Emilie Cas El. Credit Winner’s tend to fit the mold of what’s considered the modern good looking trotting colt and I’ve heard his video is impressive. This colt could bring lots of loot.

Then there’s Ustinov Bi at #98, the last in the sale’s opening night selected session.  Being a Donato Hanover brother to Crys Dream and Brigham Dream, he’ll keep the buyers around till the end should he look the part.

The outstanding young sire Muscle Hill will have no shortage of attractive candidates and two in particular could be #24 Make Someone Happy and #65 Ufo Hanover.

HIP #24 Make Someone Happy is the first Muscle Hill from the outstanding Maritas Victory, she a sister to Passionate Glide, Mr. Vic and Mr Cantab.  This is a family that has stood the test of time and again if this colt looks the part, he’ll have no shortage of suitors.

HIP #65 Ufo Hanover Is a gray Muscle Hill colt that has been touted as a “looker” with a terrific video and there’s certainly enough family there to make the major buyers pay attention.

There’s another Kadabra colt in addition to the brother to Perfect Alliance who could be well sought after. This is # 67 Primero Soprano, the first foal of the $1.2 million-winning Windsong Soprano. Primero Soprano will have his share of lookers.

And let’s not overlook Hunterton’s HIP # 80 Earn Your Wings, a Credit Winner sister to this year’s sensational 2-year old Mission Brief from Southwind Serene.  This young lady will certainly attract some attention.

While the Lexington Select Sale tends to place what they consider their best prospects on the opening night, many times attractive candidates can be found on the succeeding nights.

Hip # 124 Miss Wells (Bettors Delight-Emily Car) could bring any kind of number if she looks the part, being the first foal of Emily Car, an Art major from the great Cabrini Hanover.

Then there’s Hip # 131 Warrawee Ruthless, a Sportswriter brother to Warrawee Needy who will get plenty of attention given his sire’s sensational first crop showing this year.

While Dragon Again colts tend not to be sales topper candidates, hip # 158 Fernando Hanover will have the Pennsylvania buyers chirping rather loudly. He’s the first foal of Galleria’s fast Western Hanover daughter Fashion Ecstasy, and I’ve heard he does indeed look the part. Fernando might not top the sale but he may be his sire’s most attractive prospect and will indeed sell very well.

Among the more intriguing prospects will be Hip # 647 Dr. Green, the Jailhouse Jessie first foal of the $600,000-plus winning Vulcanize by Muscles Yankee from My Starlet’s best, My Starchip. It’s an awesome family and the Indiana-based Jailhouse Jessie is well known as the sire of Buck I St Pat.  The fact that this colt sells near the end of the sale does not bode well for what he might look like considering how sales companies tend to overload the premium stock on the first couple of nights. However, I’d suspect this colt will get looked at by all the major trotting buyers, though sight unseen it’s impossible to project how he might sell.

There is considerable optimism for this upcoming Lexington Select Sale, especially since the first two yearlings sales in Canada and Morrisville were up slightly. Since last year’s Lexington sale was its best in a few years, the mere maintaining of what seems to be an uptrend should have the consignors smiling.

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