McLean’s Shopping Cart: A Look at First 150 Hips in F-T July Yearling Sale

(Rob Murphy & Gene McLean before the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs last November / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Fasig-Tipton will kick start the Summer Sales Market in earnest on Monday, July 8 and Tuesday, July 9. The two-day Sales Event has become one of the hottest things around — in one of the hottest venues in the world: July in Kentucky.

But make no mistake.

The horses will be there.

The buyers will be there.

The cash money will be there.

The action will be right there.

The first day will be dedicated to Horses of Racing Age. A great idea to include these guys and gals, and the day promises to be filled with a lot of live bidding that may, actually, resemble a live horse race. There are now approximately 200 horses entered for this sales-a-thon.

Come take a look. While you may not be able to use a riding crop in the morning out in California, the buyers may be able to use one on their wallets here.

The second day is all about the yearlings. The first major yearling sale of the year. And, the Fasig-Tipton July Selected Yearling Sale is jammed from cover-to-cover with some interesting pedigrees, and intriguing prospects.

Enough so that we must go take a look.

Our Breeding Analyst and my great friend, Rob Murphy, will be traveling to town on Sunday and we both will be on the grounds come Monday to do our looking, investigating, and inspections.

Here’s a list for the “McLean Shopping Cart” based on pedigree and interest alone. Have not seen a one of these prospects, yet. But we will be going to visit. Soon.

In our first installment, we take a look at the first 150 hips. Tomorrow — July 5 — we will pick out our “top hopefuls” from Hip 151 to 300. The final segment — July 6 — we will cover the rest of the catalogue.

Fun to explore. Here’s our first installment. Hope you enjoy, and take a look along with us:

HipSireSexDamBroodmare SireConsignorBarn #Notes
2OutworkFillyQueen JoanneMr. GreeleyWoodford Thoro4Dam SPP / Female Fam of Stevie Wonderboy; Somelikeithotbrown
27Shanghai BobbyColtSarah Her HighnessMilwaukee BrewClarkland Farm3Dam SP/Female Fam of Beholder, Mendelssohn, Into Mischief
64The FactorFillyStormbeforethecalmQuiet AmericanSummerfield32nd Foal/Broodmare Sires in Pedigree/Fl-bred
66Empire MakerColtStreet SavyStreet SenseParamount Sales5Jewel Princess 3rd Dam/Coup de Grace female family
70NyquistFillySweet RelishSmoke GlackenDenali Stud1Dam SW & GSP/Ms. Eloise 3rd Dam
94Quality RoadColtUnforgettableEmpire MakerBridie Harrison1Dam has 4 winners from 5 starters/Academy Award, Statuette FF
96SpeightsterColtUnusual StyleUnusual HeatScott Mallory5Freshman Sire with Potential/1st foal from winning dam
108GhostzapperColtWhisper To MeThunder GulchTaylor Made2Top Sire/SW & GSP Mare/4 to race & all winners/Winning Colors FF
110American PharoahFillyWinnie DixieDixie UnionSummerfield3Female Fam of Tepin, Vyjack, Smoke Glacken
111Not This TimeFillyWithholdTiznowParamount Sales5Freshman Sire/First Foal of Dam/2nd dam GSW
113ViolenceFillyWonder LadyDeputy MinisterBrookdale Sales1Nice Young Stallion/Dam of SW/FF of Pure Clan, Finleysluckycharm
117TiznowFillyAfleet HoneyUncle MoSummerfield32nd foal out of winning Uncle Mo mare/2nd dam SW & GSP
118Uncle MoFillyA Footstep AwayGiant’s CausewayFour Star Sales42nd dam is At the Half/FF of Lu Ravi, Wyatt’s Town, Mshawish
123TapizarColtAllencatStorm CatBluewater Sales8Top Young Stallion/kin to SW & SP winner/FF of English Channel
140BlameColtBedankenGeriDenali Stud1GSW Mare is now 20YO/Top Broodmare Sires/kin to SP winner

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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