A Productive Spring & the Approaching Yearling Sales

The summer is absolutely flying by!  Hard to believe that the Saratoga race meet is a month from its start, horses ship in to Newtown Pike next Thursday for the Fasig-Tipton Summer Yearling Sale and the Fourth of July is next week.  The recently concluded two-year-old sale season was a robust market and I was able to attend the four major sales (Fasig-Tipton’s Florida Sale, OBS March, OBS April and Fasig-Tipton Midlantic) as a participant.  I clocked horses at the Gulfstream Park and OBS March venues and assisted Al Goldberg to purchase three nice colts for Colts Neck Stables there and two more for them at OBS March.  At the OBS April and Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sales I worked the backside of the track during the breeze shows to observe the equipment the horses wore during a breeze (tongue ties, figure-8’s, special bits, etc.), their behavior coming on and off the track and to listen for horses making a noise (an indication of airway issues) during the breeze shows.  Our efforts were rewarded with the purchase of a dozen very nice animals for Gary’s clients and a fancy Blame colt for Treadway Racing.  Hope springs eternal that these animals will bear out our lofty opinions of them and show that they can put it all together on the racetrack and become the stars of tomorrow.

Hip# Horse Name Sire Sex Dam Price Purchaser Trainer
Keeneland September 2016
134 Glitz Pioneerof the Nile F Wear Red $175,000 Raydelz Stable Michael Matz
171 Penalty Blame C Amazing Shoes $390,000 Adele Dilschneider Bill Mott
1824 unnamed Blame F Satyana $75,000 Lucky Seven Stables Brad Cox
641 Storm Peak Scat Daddy C Spa Break $165,000 Lucky Seven Stables Brad Cox
FT Florida Sale 2017
4 Tattered Union Rags C Wee Highland Lass $225,000 Colts Neck Stable Alan Goldberg
20 No Mo Promises Uncle Mo C As Promised $250,000 Colts Neck Stable Alan Goldberg
22 Share the Ride Candy Ride (ARG) C Belle of the Hall $175,000 Colts Neck Stable Alan Goldberg
OBS March 2017
45 Stunning Baby Awesome Again C My Baby Baby $100,000 Colts Neck Stable Alan Goldberg
197 Under a Spell Tale of the Cat C Smitten $275,000 Colts Neck Stable Alan Goldberg
OBS April 2017 – Gary Young Thoroughbreds, Agent
584 unnamed Medaglia d’Oro C Indian Vale $850,000 Eclipse Thoroughbreds Todd Pletcher
505 Mazel Congrats F Grand Finesse $300,000 Eclipse Thoroughbreds Todd Pletcher
309 Colonel Cash Colonel John C Cute Cash $150,000 Michael House Ignacio Carreas
899 Tatters to Riches Union Rags C Poco Mas $1,000,000 Red Baron Barn Jeff Mullins
968 Cellar Door Awesome Again F Rivertown Belle $525,000 Cannon Thoroughbreds Jeff Mullins
1196 Kram Colonel John F Triple o’Five $85,000 G. Chris Coleman  
Fasig Tipton Midlantic 2017
195 unnamed Blame C Unbridled Empire $375,000 Treadway Racing Todd Pletcher
144 unnamed Freud F St. Mary’s Citi $60,000 Michael Dubb Chad Brown
104 Sutro Violence F Shouldn’t We All $160,000 Cannon Thoroughbreds Michael McCarthy

You can learn a lot hanging around the two-year-old sales, and I had a productive spring in that regard.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I was totally impressed by the progeny of first year stallions VIOLENCE and ORB and that trend continued in the April and May sales, however, I would be remiss if I left out POINT OF ENTRY and FLAT OUT from this list.  They continued to have horses that showed up on our short lists.  These stallions could certainly make it if their two-year-olds at the sales are any indication.  Others that have already proven themselves —but who reiterated the reason they are making it— are INTO MISCHIEF, CANDY RIDE (ARG), MORE THAN READY and UNION RAGS.  These horses just get quality and that quality shows up when good horsemen start training them.  They go fast and they look very good doing it. 

As we approach the yearling sales and the two-year-old sales are in our “rear view mirror”. I can’t help but wish I had some money organized to buy some yearlings to take to the two-year-old sales next year.  I believe the two-year-old buying bench, while very picky, is very strong and deep.  I think the OBS March, OBS April and the Fasig-Tipton Timonium Sales attract buyers in large numbers that are looking for horses in every category and price range.  Horses that perform well at those sales, look good doing it on their video, and pass the vet will sell very well at all levels, and some sell REALLY well.  The guys that are doing this for a living (pinhooking yearlings to two-year-old sales) are extremely good at it.  Finding something they don’t see is next to impossible, but I think there are ways to exploit their lack of discipline when it comes to pedigree scrutiny.   Sometimes it seems they get so intoxicated by the positive physical attributes of a good one that they ignore a very important aspect of the pedigree – the dam of the horse.  I found myself looking at horses to buy that had performed well in their breezes and looked good at the barn inspection, but were out of mares that had way too many chances to get a runner and came up empty. Yet, others that performed well were by a broodmare sire that was so obscure you just couldn’t go for it.  It seems that if you are diligent about making sure there are reasons to stay on a horse because of its pedigree rather than glaring reasons to get off of one you can do better.  Don’t get me wrong, the hardest part is finding the physical that works and being lucky enough to make it through the training regimen that gets the horse to peak at the optimum time on the track. But, being a little more careful on the pedigree can really pay off in spades. 

The upcoming sale at Fasig-Tipton will be a good one.  The pinhookers will be there with money in their pockets that they absolutely have to spend.  Their goal will be to buy nicer horses since the top of the market continues to rumble along and they will attempt to stay away from the lower end where buyers are harder and harder to find.  They will give us the first glimpse of the freshman class of new sires and one or two of them will emerge as “talking horses”.  If the weanling sales from last year are any indication, WILL TAKE CHARGE, NOBLE MISSION, CAIRO PRINCE, VERRAZANO and FED BIZ will be the ones getting most of the spotlight, while the herd from Spendthrift will include the first sons of Into Mischief, GOLDEN CENTS and CAN THE MAN (who?).  See you on the bricks!