05/17/2007 11:00PM

Two Punch filly among the fastest


Two dozen Maryland-bred juveniles have put in their works and will go through the ring for the two-day Fasig-Tipton Midlantic preferred 2-year-olds in training sale, which begins at 11 a.m. on Monday

The sale, held in Timonium, Md., has yielded the likes of Showing Up, the nation's top 3-year-old turf horse last year, who appears on the front cover of this year's catalog, as well as Smokey Stover, a multiple graded stakes winner sprinting this year. (Both horses are at the top of their division in the Racing Form's "Watchmaker Watch.")

Two graduates from last year's sale were entered in Pimlico's most prestigious races: Graded stakes winner Xchanger was set to line up for Saturday's Preakness, and Grade 1 winner Baroness Thatcher was the morning-line favorite for the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on Friday.

Domenico Zannino, one of Xchanger's co-owners, signed the sales slip last year after bidding $40,000 for Xchanger, a son of Exchange Rate, and Zayat Stables took home Baroness Thatcher, a daughter of Johannesburg, for $130,000.

The highest-priced filly of last year's sale was a Maryland-bred daughter of leading Maryland sire Two Punch, also purchased by Zayat Stables, for $380,000.

Posting the fastest work this year is another Maryland-bred daughter of Two Punch, Hip No. 447, who equaled the fastest eighth-mile at the under-tack shows, zipping around the Timonium racetrack in 10.20 seconds. Out of the stakes-placed mare Wumps (by Oh Say), Hip No. 447 is consigned by Cary Frommer, agent. Bred by Preston I. Moffett and Stephanie Moffett Litz, she is from the family of Grade 1 winner Sham Say (also by Oh Say).

Of the 24 Maryland-breds to be offered at the sale, 19 worked an eighth of a mile at the under-tack show, with nine posting times within .40 of a second of the fastest clocking.

A filly by first-year sire Rock Slide came out on Wednesday morning, May 16, and went in 10.40. Named Rocky's Delite, the gray or roan filly is out of Im No Cynic, by Two Punch. Bred by Mark O'Donnell and Veronica O'Donnell, she is Hip No. 49 from the Wavertree Stables Inc. (Ciaran Dunne) consignment.

Recording the same time was a Not for Love filly out of $568,982-earner Proud Owner (by Proud Truth). Bred by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman and Richard W. Small, Hip No. 232, consigned by Sally Cluff (Chapter II Stable), Cary Frommer, agent, is the third foal out of Proud Owner, a six-time stakes winner and graded-stakes-placed. The family includes Maryland Million Sprint winner Ironton, a son of Not for Love.

In There Somewhere, a colt by Lion Hearted, also went an eighth-mile in 10.40 seconds. Produced by Merriweather, a half-sister by Opening Verse to stakes winner Undercover, Hip No. 133 was bred by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman and Brooke Bowman and sells with Cary Frommer, agent.

The bullet for three-eighths on Wednesday was turned in by Hip No. 216, a daughter of El Corredor and Grade 3 Delaware Handicap winner Power Play (by Fast Play). Bred by Nancy M. Leonard Living Trust and consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent, the filly, a half-sister to stakes winner Vegas Play and stakes-placed Skipper's Mate, was caught in 35.80 seconds.

A Two Punch colt, Hip No. 277, went the same distance the next day in 34.40 seconds. He is out of stakes-placed Salina Cookie, by Seattle Dancer, and was bred by Bowman and Higgins Stable and consigned by Paul Sharp, agent.

The fastest of the Maryland-breds going a quarter-mile was Hip No. 391, who finished in 21.80, .60 of a second off the bullet for the day. Named D. Double You, the bay colt by Lion Hearted-Tonal, by Fly So Free, was bred by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman and Rebecca Davis and consigned by O & H Bloodstock (Terry Oliver and Bo Hunt), agent.