10/01/2015 3:09PM

Marks: Lexington Selected Sale offers plethora of opening night prospects

Derick Giwner
Trotting colt Prince De Vie (HIP 5) was the co-sale topper on day one of the 2014 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.

Based on the positive results from the Goshen Sale at Mark Ford’s training center, the Pre Jug sale in Ohio, The Morrisville Sale and the Canadian Yearling Sale at Flamboro Downs, it’s hard not to be optimistic about the upcoming Lexington Selected Sale at the Fasig Tipton pavilion in Lexington.

The catalog, especially the opening night session, is loaded with powerful pedigrees and if the individuals match up, there will be more than one sale-topper candidate.

Thus far into the selling season, it’s obvious that those yearlings sired by the leading stallions in the casino fueled Sire Stakes programs will have more than their share of lookers. But for one major exception, the sales topper will likely be by a stallion resident of Pennsylvania, New York or the province of Ontario.

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That exception to the rule, assuming he looks the part, would be Hip # 21 Federal Hill, the first Muscle Hill from Gala Dream and thus a Muscle Hill brother to Father Patrick and Pastor Steven. In that the prime objective of any trotter is to win the Hambletonian, the fact that New Jersey-eligible Federal Hill is not part of a premier Sires Stakes program does not figure to hurt him all that much.

It is increasingly obvious that Muscle Hill has taken the trotting world by storm in the stud barn, much the same as he did on the racetrack. With just three crops of racing age, none of which have the benefit of a casino-fueled sires stakes program, Muscle Hill is among the leaders in all categories with 3-year-old daughter Mission Brief and 2-year-old son Southwind Frank the acknowledged leaders in their respective divisions.

Of course his video and physical appearance will weigh heavily on buyers opinions, but on paper Federal Hill is likely to attract big numbers.

Another Muscle Hill they will all be looking at is Hip # 107 Notable, from the half-million dollar winning Impressive Kemp, she a Credit Winner from Emilie Cas El and thus a half-sister to Hambletonian champion Trixton. Notable then becomes a three-quarter brother in blood to Trixton, arguably Muscle Hill’s apex son to date. The dam has one other foal named Natural Kemp, a modest performer from one of Muscles Yankee’s later crops. The fact that Notable is by Muscle Hill will not be lost on the heavy hitters.

There’s also Hip# 37 Signal Hill, the Muscle Hill from Special Appeal, the Cantab Hall sister to Glidemaster and this year’s good Muscle Hill colt, Canepa Hanover. So, Signal Hill is a three-quarter brother to Canepa Hanover.

Another who will be scrutinized is Hip # 31 Live For Greatness, the Cantab Hall first foal of Forever Graceful, she a full sister to successful sires Muscle Massive and Muscle Mass. Those stallions are from the productive Graceful Touch, one of two foals from Continental Victory’s contemporary Act Of Grace. Forever Graceful was injured in training at 2 which could pose a question or two, but given the black type on the page, her son could be of sale topper caliber if he looks the part. Interestingly, he has four white feet which some trainers aren’t fond of, but they didn’t hurt his uncle, the world champion Muscle Mass.

On the pacing side, a sale topper candidate could be a filly, Hip # 24 Beach Showoff, the first foal from Put On A Show by Somebeachsomewhere. Actually, SBSW has other outstanding prospects from major mares including Hip #3 Geometry, his daughter from See You At Peelers, Hip # 25 Blue Beach, the full sister to Somwherovrarainbow from Rainbow Blue, and Hip# 33, the sister to I Luv The Nitelife from Lisjune.  How they look will determine their ultimate appeal to the buyers, but on paper any of these could bring lots of money.

Speaking of Somebeachsomewhere, Hip # 46 Close To The Beach, his half-brother by Well Said, will have his share of lookers, especially since his Pennsylvania based sire finally has that big horse in Metro winner Control The Moment.  In addition, Well Said is also the sire of Little Brown Jug runner-up Lost For Words, which will not be lost on potential bidders. Here too, the individual will outweigh the paper on the catalog page.

An interesting filly will be Hip # 29 Decadence, by Donato Hanover from Self Indulgent. What’s fascinating here is that this is only the second foal from the Self Possessed daughter of the well remembered Bit O Candy. Self Indulgent’s first foal Dulce Ducci, himself a $200,000 yearling and foal of 2007, is still racing. It’ll be interesting to see the reaction to sister Decadence given the seven year gap between Self Indulgent’s two foals.

Another in the interesting reaction vein will be Hip # 41 Operation Overlord, a Somebeachsomwhere colt from the mega winner My Little Dragon. Thus far she’s had three foals none of which have set the world on fire, but we’re noticing that mares of that caliber often need a few foals before getting a top one. In addition, this colt is the first of My Little Dragon’s produce to appear in a sale, which will not be lost on discerning buyers. Along those lines, Hip # 225 Sunshinesomewhere is a Somebeachsomewhere colt from Rich N Elegant’s daughter B J’s Canuan. She is a full sister to Rocknroll Hanover and this is her first colt. As the catalog page indicates, Rocknroll Hanover is not the only top colt on the page.  

Last year’s opening night at the Lexington Selected sale at Fasig Tipton was reminiscent of the glory days back in 1980’s. With the strength of this opening night catalog, it won’t be a shock in this year follows suit. 

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