McLean’s Shopping Cart: A Look at the Final 64 Hips in F-T’s July Yearling Sale

(Former MLB pitcher Rob Murphy, our Breeding Analyst, and Gene McLean at the 2018 Breeders’ Cup)

As we turn the pages of the weary catalogue, we find ourselves drawn to some interesting young stallion prospects and their first yearlings that will make an appearance at public auction.

The Fasig-Tipton July Selected Yearling Sale has always been a top venue for the debut of some of the sport’s top young stallions and their respective progeny. And, this year’s event is no different.

When we examined, a bit more closely, the final 64 hips of this year’s catalogue, we see a couple of offspring from the fantastic KY Derby winner Nyquist — who rolled through his 2YO campaign and all the way through the KY Derby as undefeated.

Here’s the kicker.

Nyquist, a son of the great Uncle Mo, won 8 of 11 races in his brilliant career. He was a Champion. He won the KY Derby and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. And, he is the son of a champion.


He got a very nice book of mares to breed to in his first year at stud duty — including Princess Haya. Take a look at Hip 315. The dam was a Stakes winner, and she has already produced two Stakes-placed winners.

Hip 315 — a filly — is just the tip of the Nyquist spear that could stick a nice spot in the ground in this year’s Yearling marketplace.

Here’s a look at the final 64 Hips in the upcoming Fasig-Tipton July Selected Yearling Sale — to be held on the beautiful grounds of the sale’s company in Lexington, KY. on Tuesday, July 9:

308Union RagsFillyMaybelleneLookin At LuckyClarkland Farm3SW Dam/2nd Foal/Elusive Quality in 3rd Dam
310ViolenceColtMayfieldExploitDromoland Farm43 SP Winners Under 1st Dam/Got Stormy Female Fam
314CurlinColtMichelle d’OroBernardiniBluewater Sales81st Foal/2nd Dam G1 SW/Ruler on Ice Female Fam
315NyquistFillyPrincess HayaStreet CryDaybreak Stables1SW Dam Who Has 2 SP Winners/Top Stallion Prospect
326BlameColtMommoSpeightstownShawhan Place7First Foal/Summer Front Female Family
328SpeightsterFillyMoonshine BertieMalibu MoonPerrone Sales7Top Broodmare Sires/Thunder Bertie 2nd Dam
333NyquistColtMurky WatersStorm CreekStuart Morris41/2 Brother to GSP, SW Red Wine/Fort Prado FF
336ConstitutionFillyMybrokenhomeBroken VowAlliance Sales7Top Broodmare Sires/Pool Winner in 2nd Dam/Safely Kept 4th Dam
347Malibu MoonFillyOne for LondonEskendereyaBlake-Albina Sales42nd Foal/Housebuster Female Family

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

    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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