Saratoga Springs, New York — In less than 2 hours from now, Fasig-Tipton will kick off one of the most pleasurable things to look forward to all summer long. It will be the first night — of two — for the iconic sales agency’s Selected Yearling Sale at Saratoga. And, we are are to watch and enjoy.
This year’s sales event is certain to light up the tote board and the summer sky with some of the best young horses to, maybe, ever grace the historic sales ring in this historic summer retreat. There are seven — count ’em — yearlings that are entered in this sale that call their respective moms Grade 1 winners.
The “Significant Seven” are all fillies, and they all pack wonderful pedigrees and the looks to match. Now, the buyers who will jam into the always hot pavilion — with both wallets and egos to match — will have to decide how deep and wide they want to wade to add these potential stars to their respective business portfolios and their bloodstock book.
The action will certainly tune up when the hips leap into the 40s, or about 11/2 hours into the sale tonight:
- There is Hip 44, who is by Medaglia d’Oro, who is a half brother to multiple Grade 1-placed Battle of Midway — who ran third in this year’s Kentucky Derby. His mother is Rigoletta, who won the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes in 2010 as a 2-Year-Old.
- To follow her, at Hip 45, will be a colt by Curlin, from the consignment of Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud. His mother is River’s Prayer, who earned nearly $1 million at the races and captured the 2007 Princess Rooney Handicap.
- Hip 48 is a grey Tapit filly out of Lady of Fifty, who was a multiple Graded Stakes winner. She captured the G1 Clement Hirsch Handicap in 2013 at Del Mar.
- Hip 75 is another Tapit filly, this one out of the G1 winner Sweet Lulu, who won the Test Stakes here at Saratoga in 2013. This one is a half sister to 2016 Kelso Handicap winner Anchor Down and Iron Fist.
- The third Tapit filly to go will be Hip 222, who is out of Last Full Measure. She won the 2013 Madison Stakes, a G1 event held at Keeneland. Her second dam is Lazy Slusan, who won both the G1 Santa Margarita Invitational and the G1 Milady Breeders’ Cup Handicap.
That should whet your appetite, but there are many others in the sale worth watching, and mentioning. And, only time will tell which ones will carry the colors of their new owners and the pages of their past parents to new heights.
My personal favorite pedigree in the sale is Hip 95. This bay filly is the daughter of Ghostzapper and comes out of a family that loves to throw runners. I will be rooting for this one to find a very good home and will be watching when she makes her way to the races, no matter for whom she may toil and toll.
We will be watching, too, Hip 131, a filly by Pioneerof The Nile, consigned by my good friends at Lane’s End Farm. This filly is out of a Smart Strike mare by the name of Asherroony, who had two wins at 3, but was modest on the racetrack.
My good friend, Mike Schnell, and I own a Smart Strike filly, who we hope will make her career debut for trainer Stephen Lyster soon. This filly, Hip 131, certainly looks the part, and I hope she, too, finds a good barn to go to soon.
Here’s a look at her:
Good luck to all the consignors and buyers. It is a game that needs both, and, luck, too.