This is my look at Session 2 of Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga Select Yearling Sale. Apologies for no preview of Session 1…this one snuck up on me, a little!
As always, I hasten to note that these are based off catalog pages alone, not conformation or vet records; I have not seen these yearlings in person.
Hip 85 – Speightstown x Slewveau (Slew O’Gold)
Dark bay/brown filly consigned by Sweezey & Partners
Speightstown has blossomed into a lovely sire. The former speedball sires many sprinters like himself, but sprints certainly aren’t the limit of his offspring’s talent. Haynesfield and Golden Ticket each won G1s on dirt, and Rose Catherine was a nice filly on the lawn. This filly is half to G1 winner Mayo on the Side (Empire Maker), whose foal French Dip (Speightstown) is a stakes winner. Some of Speightstown’s most successful runners out of Seattle Slew-line mares include G3 winners Sum of the Parts and Island Bound as well as listed stakes winners Lunar Victory and Burban.
Hip 86 – Hard Spun x Solar Echo (Spinning World)
Chestnut colt consigned by Wind Hill Farm, Denali Stud
Lots to like about this colt as I dig into the pedigree. Hard Spun is a hot sire right now, with Wicked Strong taking down the G2 Jim Dandy and thwarting classic winner Tonalist in the process. Both of Wicked Strong’s parents trace back to Northern Dancer, as does this colt’s, whose dam is a G1-placed half-sister to G1 winner Listening (Night Shift). It’s worth noting that Danzig (Hard Spun’s sire) and Night Shift are bred similarly – both are by Northern Dancer and out of mares whose sireline traces back to Sir Gallahad. Also represented in this pedigree are G2 winners Beautiful Noise and Listen Here, and, if you look back under the third dam, you can find that brilliant sprinter gone much too soon, Lost in the Fog, whose sire Lost Soldier is also a son of Danzig.
Hip 94 – Unbridled’s Song x Starinthemeadow (Meadowlake)
Chestnut colt consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency
First of all, it’s worth noting that the Unbridled’s Song x Meadowlake cross has already produced a stakes winner AND a nice sire in Old Fashioned. Additionally, a mare by Hold Your Peace (sire of Meadowlake) produced the Unbridled’s Song son Mission Impazible, who earned more than a million dollars on the track. Starinthemeadow has produced six winners from seven runners, including G1 winner Weemissfrankie (Sunriver). Take a look at the sires this mare’s been sent to – Sunriver, It’s No Joke, Three Wonders, Gimmeawink…all respectable sires, but not up to the caliber of the late Unbridled’s Song. Here’s a picture of this colt, courtesy of Taylor Made’s Facebook page.
Hip 121 – Medaglia d’Oro x Weekend Whim (Distorted Humor)
Bay filly consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency
One glance at her pedigree alone – Distorted Humor, Medaglia d’Oro, A.P. Indy, El Prado, et al. – is enough to leave you breathless. Medaglia fillies sold extremely well at the first session of this year’s sale, and this one should do just as well. She’s out of a full sister to Any Given Saturday, who captured the G1 Haskell Invitational in 2007, defeating horses like Hard Spun and Curlin. Her first foal to race, Coconut Shrimp (Giant’s Causeway), is already a stakes-placed winner. Farther back in this pedigree, you can find graded stakes winners like Second of June and Phone Chatter. Here’s a picture of her, again courtesy of Taylor Made’s Facebook page.
Hip 126 – Kitten’s Joy x Wild Chant (War Chant)
Dark bay/brown filly consigned by Gallagher’s Stud, Denali Stud
If you like turf, this may be the pedigree for you. I always find myself astounded at how well Kittens run on the lawn; they dominate American turf races. And War Chant, of course, was also a good grass runner, winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile, among other races. His highest earner as a broodmare sire is actually bred on this cross – Csaba, a multiple graded stakes winner. Wild Chant is a half-sister to Untapable (Tapit), that’s true, but she’s also a half-sister to Paddy O’Prado, who is by El Prado, sire of Kitten’s Joy. Paddy was a lovely runner on the grass, winning several graded stakes including the G1 Secretariat Stakes. Look back further in this family and you’ll find G1 winners like Olympio, Tapizar, Cuvee, and Pyro. It’s a lovely catalog page.
Hip 130 – Awesome Again x Zambezi Belle (Lord At War)
Bay colt consigned by Bluewater Sales LLC
Awesome Again is an awesome sire. Ghostzapper, Game On Dude, Ginger Punch, Oxbow, Paynter, Awesome Gem…the list goes on and on. This mare, whose five to race are all winners, got a gem in multiple stakes winner Law Enforcement (by Posse, a son of Silver Deputy). Now she goes back to the Deputy Minister line with this colt by one of the best out of that line. Lord At War is a fantastic broodmare sire; among the runners to his credit are Breeders’ Cup Classic winners Invasor and Raven’s Pass. This one might not provide the fireworks in the ring that some others on this list do, but, if he lives up to his pedigree, he should become an honest runner in the future.
Hip 144 – Kitten’s Joy x Blue Holiday (Cure the Blues)
Chestnut colt consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency
Another Kitten’s Joy! (Can’t you tell I love him?) This offering was impossible to pass up, as he is a full brother to G2 winner Holiday for Kitten, as well as a half-brother to track record-setter Notonthesamepage (Catienus). There’s not much going on under the 2nd and 3rd dams, but the fourth dam produced G1 winner Bedside Promise, who also happened to set a track record in his career. Kitten’s Joys sold well on the first day of the sale, and they should do so on the second day as well. Here’s a picture, again courtesy of Taylor Made’s Facebook page.
Hip 147 – Galileo x Cash Run (Seeking the Gold)
Bay filly consigned by VanMeter Sales
This well-bred youngster’s catalog caught my eye almost immediately. Galileos on offer in the United States always pique my interest, and this one especially. Cash Run was a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner who has since gone on to become a winner-producer; her progeny includes Move Your Vision, a full brother to this colt who was a champion imported colt in Slovakia. Cash Run is a half-sister to useful sire Forestry. Being overseas as he is, Galileo sees a lot of Northern Dancer-line mares, but there are some exceptions. Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Red Rocks is out of a Machiavellian (by Mr. Prospector, sire of Seeking the Gold) mare, while last year’s Derby winner Ruler of the World‘s broodmare sire is Kingmambo (also by Mr. Prospector).
Hip 150 – War Front x Charming (Seeking the Gold)
Bay filly consigned by Eaton Sales
This will be a popular entry, for sure. Charming is a half-sister to G1 winners Will Take Charge (Unbridled’s Song) and Take Charge Indy (A.P. Indy) and has already produced the stakes-placed Take Charge Brandi (Giant’s Causeway), one of her first two foals to race. War Front is one of the hottest sires on the market, siring winners on turf, dirt, synthetic, sprinting, routing…you name it. His colts tend to be better than his fillies, but he has sired some useful ladies, including G1 winner Summer Soiree.
Hip 156 – Lemon Drop Kid x Cukee (Langfuhr)
Bay colt consigned by Nursery Place
Here’s a cross of one of my favorite sires, Lemon Drop Kid, with a mare by one of my favorite broodmare sires, Langfuhr. Both Lemon Drop Kid and his sire, Kingmambo, have gotten a lot of good runners out of mares by Danzig and his sons, one of which includes Langfuhr. Among the runners by Lemon Drop Kid out of Danzig mares include Kiss the Kid and Aurelia’s Belle. The dam, Cukee, has produced six winners from seven to race, including G3 winner Humble and Hungry (Limehouse) and Hon. de Leon (English Channel), who recently won a stakes as well. I really like the close-up pedigree on this one and am curious to see how he looks in the sales ring.