Wednesday, April 21, 2010

OBS April Day 3: Hips 613-916 go through the ring

Welcome to Day 3 of the Fugue's analysis of the 2010 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring auction of 2-year-olds in training, brought to you by Unemployment -- "Did I hear you say that you wished there were more hours in the day? Try Unemployment!" -- and by Chick-fil-A, breakfast of champions and armchair horse-buyers when the kitchen is out of both oatmeal and milk.

The third day of the OBS April sale is the first day of Book 2 in the catalog, and begins with a minor flurry of non-activity, as five of the first 16 Hip numbers are already declared out of the sale. First through the ring will be a Bluegrass cat filly out of stakes-winning mare Unbridled Lady, who worked 21.2 in last week's under tack show. I'd take a pass on that one because, despite both parents' obvious talent, Bluegrass Cat is a completely unproven freshman sire and while the mare has produced 100 percent starters from five older foals, only two have won and neither for more than $63K.

As I did for Monday's and Tuesday's sessions (and the Adena Springs-only sale on Sunday evening), here are my selections from the horses going through the ring today, endeavoring to stay ahead of the auctioneer.

OBSAPR, Day 3, Hips 613-916

Hip 620: Bay filly by Concorde's Tune-Uppa Hughie, by Secret Prince. The recommendations today start with an interesting Florida-bred filly whose dam has a curious race and produce record. Uppa Hughie earned $117,130 from 30 starts despite only winning once; 11 runner-up finishes must have helped. And while she's produced two stakes winners from only five older foals, including a very nice filly, OUR TUNE, by this sire just one other horse from the remaining four has won a race. This is the fifth foal, in fact, out of Uppa Hughie, by Concorde's Tune. What a Prince broke his maiden last year from five starts at 2, has gone 3-for-3 show-finishes at 3, and has earned $34,540. But, Music Tune and Secret Tune each placed just once from a combined 11 starts. So the one that sways me here is the one not by Concorde's Tune, a horse named SECRET FLAG. The catalog tells you he won five times at 2 and 3 in "N.A./U.S." for $41,703, and was second in the Clasico Bandit Bomber, a Puerto Rican stakes race. The rest of his record is summarized without all the stakes performances (which I'm having trouble digging up on short-notice, too) after he was sent to the Dominican Republic. There, Secret Flag won 32 times from ages 4 to 7, reportedly many of them in stakes races (and, some catalogs say, G1-placed), earning the titles of champion miler, champion stayer and champion older horse. ... So, this filly worked a pretty fair 21.4 quarter and seemed to look the part. I really doubt she'll be priced at anything approaching "expensive," and if she's more like the three winners than the two placers, you've got a legit race filly on your hands.

(Updated 10:27 a.m.)

Hip 629: Bay filly by Toccet-Valid Silk, by Valid Appeal. The dam was a winner at 3 and 4, earning $45,400, but her credentials are mostly in the breeding shed, where she has produced five winners from seven older foals (six to race), including ROCKY RIVER (Concorde's Tune), who won four times at 2 and 3 including an Arlington Park stakes race, for $127,220. Her daughter, Valid Pro, was a modest winner who also has produced a Concorde's Tune stakes winner in 2009 juvenile RED NATION (three wins already, $61K). Concorde's Tune has done great work with this female family, also getting $192K Churchill/Oaklawn stakes winner RAZOR, a half-brother to this mare (second dam here Silk Stocks, by Medieval Man, was a Hialeah stakes winner herself), and also getting $271K Calder stakes winner SILK CONCORDE and a full sibling Concorde's Appeal ($130K) out of Valid Silk's Calder record-equalling full sister, Silk Appeal. The dam here is also half to G2-placed Silk Broker (Pentelicus), who won five times from ages 2 to 5. The dam here also has half-sister by Take Me Out, named Valid Invitation, who has produced stakes-placed Sweet Enticement (Drewman). ... Filly for sale worked 21.2 and looked decent. Concorde's Tune seems the magic sire for this female family, if there ever could be such a thing, but Toccet is getting some racehorses and this FL-bred looks like one of them.

(Updated 10:40 a.m.)

Hip 630: Vanity Light, bay filly by Congrats-Vanline, by Pass the Line. Dam won nine times and has produced two very durable Michigan-bred stakes horses by Demaloot Demashoot; DEMAGOGUERY (15 wins from 2 to 7, a sackful of statebred stakes races, $377,952) and Armored Truck (12 wins from 2 to 5, $119K). Her broodmare career then shifted to Florida, which is a big step up in competition from Michigan. This filly is also among the 58 registered foals from the first crop of Congrats, so we don't know what kind of racehorse he's going to get. Filly only worked 10.4, which isn't really fleet, but didn't look bad. Her dam ran out a long time, her brothers have run a long time and her dam has produced four older foals, all of which raced and three are winners. So, chances are she'll show up and compete. But I'd want the price to stay low due to the freshman sire, mediocre breeze and uncertainty over whether she and subsequent siblings can compete among FL-breds like their older sibs ran among MI-breds.

(Updated 10:53 a.m.)

Hip 632: Chestnut filly by Whywhywhy-Vermilion Sea, by Boundary. Hard to deny this Illinois-bred girl's speeding-bullet 32.4 through three furlongs. Have to think that'll really drive up the price. Doesn't hurt that her dam was stakes-placed in Canada (though modestly, for $39K) and has alrady produced a Prairie Meadows, Fairmount and Hawthorne stakes-placer in Big Lou (f. by Malibu Moon). Dam has a Yonaguska colt who won last year at 3 for $43K and a Eurosilver gelding who was placed as a juvenile in 2009 for $9,408. Second dam Silver Beauty (Kleiglight) was an Argentine-bred stakes winner and G1-placer who made her way to the States and produced six winners. Not a lot of blacktype here, but the dam earned a little, a half-sibling has already earned a little, and the other older half-sib looks like he'll at least be a winner. And oh, that speed that might just crush among IL-breds.

(Updated 10:59 a.m.)

Hip 634: Vital Victory, chestnut filly by Bwana Charlie-Victory Chime, by Polish Numbers. Sophomore sire got 14 winners from 28 starters so far, though only one stakes-placer. This filly worked 10.2 and is out of a Grade 3-winning and G2-placed dam who has already produced a Buddha stakes winner in GLORIFICATION among five winners from six of racing age. Second dam Topacio was champion older mare ... in Uruguay. At least that's better than being the best ice hockey player in all of Ecuador. Not thrilled with the sire, but the filly worked OK and her dam drops winners. Hope this Florida-bred is cheap.

(Updated 11:05 a.m.)

Hip 643: Chestnut filly by Songandaprayer-Wage a Penny, by Valid Wager. Dam was a 2-year-old stakes winner on grass at Colonial Downs and stakes-placed at Monmouth. She's produced two of racing age and one of those has become a stakes winner in 2010, VOW TO WAGER (c. by Broken Vow), who took the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway and has earned $74K. Second foal of racing age, a colt by Strong Hope, placed last year at 3 for a little under $10K. Second dam Lucky Penny (Golden Act) was a minor winner, but produced 10 winners, including an additional blacktype full sibling of this filly's dam in G3-placed Lucky Appeal ($102K) and nice winners Grass Venture ($1.09 million in Japan, where they race for buckets of money), Valid Penny ($227K in Japan), Penny Wager ($109K), and Book of Pennies (eight wins, $104K). Second dam also was a half-sister to G1 winner CRUSADER SWORD and to French-raced stakes winner COPPER BUTTERFLY, and two a pair of other stakes-placers. The Songandaprayers haven't been selling for much, even when they look like racehorses, as this KY-bred filly did with a 10.1 breeze.

(Updated 11:14 a.m.)

Hip 671: Bay colt by Speightstown-Willie's Luv, by Williamstown. The Seattle Slew line makes for pretty good broodmare sires and this Williamstown mare could run, too, winning the Pennsylvania Oaks-L and the Santo Lalomia H.-R at Monmouth twice, for $218,287. She's a blacktype-producer from one foal as her Street Cry filly FREEDOM STAR has won five times so far including the Azeri Breeders' Cup S.-G3 at Oaklawn and the Harry L. Henson H.-L at Sunland Park, and was third in the El Encino S.-G2 for $259,260. Second dam Dixie Fever (Dixieland Brass) won three times and was Meadowlands stakes-placed, and produced six runners and five winners from seven foals, including another stakes-placer in Proud and Free (Fly So Free), who has earned $145K, and Cosmic Dance (by the modest sire Rock and Roll) has earned $204,140 from just two wins and 11 seconds in 26 starts. This is the female family of IT'S FREEZING ($331K), AMERICAN FREEDOM (15 wins, G3, $645K), FREEDOM'S HONOR ($325K) and others. Colt who was a $22,000 RNA as a yearling worked 10.2 for an eighth and I think looked like a lot of horse. And he's a FL-bred, too.

(Updated 11:37 a.m.)

Hip 673: Bay filly by Omega Code-Windjammin Lady, by Helmsman. Seems I'm recommending several Omega Codes from this sale, but the fleet G3 winner and NTR-setter has gotten some early winners, including stakes horses on dirt and turf, and is presenting some racy-looking foals with quick times. This is one of them, and while I wondered from the under-tack video whether she might be a little bit light-boned, there was no doubt she was hauling hindquarters -- 20.4 through a quarter. Her dam won three times at 2 and 3 for $104,690 albeit no blacktype, and has produced from her first foal a multiple winner by Aptitude, gelding Never Go Back ($46K). Second dam here is eight-win Laurel stakes winner Loudoun Top (Feel the Power) who produced only four foals, but all were winners and pretty good ones, including Woodbine stakes-placed La Petite Justice (f. by Lit de Justice, $135K), Blockade Runner ($120K) and Executive Jimmy ($66K). Stallion was banished to Oklahoma, where I think they might be lucky to have him. This is one of his Florida-bred and I think she's likely to win early.

(Updated 11:45 a.m.)

Hip 696: Hold Still, bay filly by Include-Zitlaly, by Emancipator. Filly's 10.3 breeze was only fair, but the female family wins. Her dam by unraced sire Emancipator won six times from ages 2 to 6 and was stakes-placed twice among IL-breds for $212,327. This is her first foal of racing age. Second dam Stalwartly Miss (Stalwart) won twice at 3 for $34K and only produced three foals, all of whom won, including restricted stakes-winner LA JOYERIA (Dove Hunt), who earned $199,981, and Double Miss (Double Niner), who won thrice and earned $78K. Third dam Rapid Raja (Darby Creek Road) won three times at 2 and 4 and was a minor stakes winner of $71K. She was a half-sister to NATIVE RAJA (Cowdin S.-G2) and Naroctive (24 wins) and herself produced two stakes-placers in Sky High Dancer and Sky High Wonder, and several other winners. I wish this filly was an IL-bred, where her immediate family has had its most success, but we'll have to live with KY-bred status.

(Updated 12:12 p.m.)

Hip 702: Gray or roan colt by Hook and Ladder-Absolutely Lovely, by Silver Ghost. This fellow breezed a fairly brisk 21.3 and is a full brother to LOOKIN AT HER (New York Stallion Great White Way S.-R at age 2, $160,213) and One White Sock (placed from four starts at 3, 2010). Second dam Miroswava (In Fijar) was a winner at 2 and 3 in France and won the Group 3 Prix Vanteaux. She produced PACIFIC FLEET (Afleet), a dual-G3 winner of $260K, and SIBERIAN MIRAGE (Siberian Express), a seven-win Calder stakes winner of $244K. Don't really know what he'll bring -- he was fast, but I wasn't thrilled with his action on the under-tack video -- but you could do worse than a NY-bred by Hook and Ladder who is already full to blacktype.

(Updated 12:22 p.m.)

Hip 707: Chestnut filly by Best of the Bests-Adinatha, by With Approval. Have to admit, in her almost-slow 10.4 breeze this Ontario-bred filly looked sort of narrow and slight to me. But she has a really long stride and she comes from almost nothing but winners. Dam won at 3 and 4 for $47,320 and has produced a 100 percent 2-year-old Canadian winners from this sales filly's older half-siblings: Secret Skills (f. by Aptitude), winner at 2 and 3 from 13 starts for $72,303 (U.S. dollars), and Federal Court (g. by Doneraile Court) who won once and placed once from eight starts at 2 last year for $21,691. Second dam Nateja (Diesis) was unraced but got three winners from three total foals, including DYNAMOUS (f. by Dynaformer), a Santa Anita stakes winner, and Connywithay (Binalong) who won 13 times for $156K. Third dam Galunpe was an Irish-bred who won two G2 races and two G3s in France and North America and was many times graded-placed including five times in Grade- or Group 1 races. She produced 10-win G2-placer EXPRESSIONIST (Wild Again, $457K). ... Have to think this filly has some growing-up to do and will be a grass horse (her sire won the Prix d'Ispahan-G1 and has gotten an Italian champion in Stella Di Quattro). But she probably won't cost a lot and Woodbine's huge purses -- and synthetic main track which might work for a turf horse -- can really help her earn her keep over the course of time.

(Updated 12:37 p.m.)

Hip 716: Boy Toy Cowboy, bay colt by Pure Prize-Aisle Seeya, by Gulch. Dam was a modest winner of $41K but has produced 100 percent winners from six foals of racing age, including So Long Johny from this same sireline (f. by Cat Thief) who has won 10 times, placed at age 7 this year, and earned $178K, plus a full sister to this colt in Luna in D Skies, who had two wins at 3 for $51K. Sire has a knack for upgrading his mares (solid 1.80 AEI vs. 1.34 CI), and this colt strapping colt sped through an eighth in 10-flat, yet looked like he was just cruising. Second dam was the G3-winning Super Concorde mare Window Seat, who produced five winners including G2-placed C. C.'s RETURN (Conquistador Cielo). Third dam was 10-win G2 and treble-G3 winner Sandy Blue (Windy Sands), who is in the tail-female line of more than a dozen stakes horses including POSSIBLY PERFECT (G1, champion grass mare, $1.377 million), EDDINGTON (G1, $1.216 million), MAGNETISM (G2), MAKHLAB (G3), etc. ... A KY-bred, which means there's really no such thing as weak statebred company for him to find if he ever needs it, but he looks like winner.

(Updated 12:48 p.m.)

Hip 718: Chestnut colt by Sweetsouthernsaint-Aleutian Gold, by Prospector's Gamble. I've paid little heed to the SSS-sired foals in this sale, but this one made me stop and look. It wasn't just the pretty fair 21.3 quarter, but the fact that he's out of an undeniable producer, who has eight winners from 10 of racing age, including a full brother to this one, gelding Seniors Pride, who has three victories and was recently G3-placed in the Execlsior Breeders Cup S. for $97K. Others from her produce include: RIVER POWER (g. by Alaskan Frost), eight victories, 1st New Jersey Futurity-R, $280K; Mutual Fund (f. by Notebook), six wins from 2 to 5, $209K; Social Security (f. by Notebook), eight wins from 2 to 6, $206K; Aleutian Frost (g. by Alaskan Frost), nine wins from 2 to 6, $131K; Market Research (f. by Notebook), three wins, $79K; and Antick Gold (g. by Mecke), three wins at 4 and placed at 5 this year, $61K. Dam a half-sister to 21-win and Birmingham stakes-victor JELLIED MADRILENE (Unreal Zeal), and she and two other sisters of this mare are stakes-producers, including the dam of VALID'S VALID ($233K). Really don't think he'll bring a ton, but history says he's likely a winner.

(Updated at 12:58 p.m.)

Hip 719: Dark bay or brown filly by Rock Hard Ten-Alienated, by Gone West. Filly breezed 21-flat for a quarter and made it look easy. Dam was a minor stakes-winner of $87K who has produced a winner from her first foal, Agent of Change (Cherokee Run), who broke maiden in two starts at 2 last year in Ireland. Second dam, the Storm Bird mare Extraterrestrial, produced EXHAUST NOTE (A.P. Indy), a stakes winner in Japan of $510K, and three other stakes-pacers, two in Japan, including Machikane Isaribi (Gone West), Allwise (Mr. Greeley) and Fidrych (Grand Slam). Third dam was Canadian champion grass horse and handicap mare Victorian Queen (Victoria Park) who won a dozen times, including three graded stakes. She produced JUDGE ANGELUCCI (10 wins, Californian S.-G1, etc., $1.582 million), WAR (Blue Grass S.-G1, etc., $377K) and PEACE (John Henry H.-G1, Cinema H.-G2, etc., $361K). Lotsa blacktype on the page including the first dam, a rapid breeze, and a pretty salty sophomore sire should add up to a big price, but this Kentucky-bred is probably worth it.

(Updated 1:08 p.m.)

Hip 726: Bay filly by Concerto-Almost Aprom Queen, by Montbrook. Dam was just a modest winner at 3 of $24,090, but has already produced a stakes-placed full sibling to this one in gelding Evening Concerto (3rd OBS Sprint S.-R, $36,190) and was half to 10-win G3-placed SEA OF GREEN ($651K) and six-race winner LADY GIN ($227K), who is also a stakes-producer. Half-sister of the dam Potluck Dinner is a dual stakes-producer, as well, of GASTON A. (Gene's Big Sky S. at CRC, $60K) and I'mroyallymecke'd ($178K). Pretty much a racehorse family, and this FL-bred breezed in racehorse time, 21-flat for a quarter.

(Updated 1:19 p.m.)

Hip 728: Dark bay or brown colt by West Acre-Always Belle, by Always a Classic. Here I go recommending a colt by an unraced sire out of an unraced dam. But West Acre with this female family simply works, and this strong-looking FL-bred's 10-flat eighth shows it might have again. West Acre has sired two winners from this mare, including stakes-placed Forty Nine Acres ($53K). From her half-sister, Beaty Sark, he sired $647K G2 heroine IVANAVINALOT. And, from Beaty Sark's daughter, Judy's Turn to Fly, he's sired stakes-winning WEST COAST FLIER ($310K and active). This female family, despite unraced second dam Torsion Belle (by Torsion) has produced plenty of stakes horses. The second dam foaled CRAFTY DUDE ($180K) and THAT LADY (nine wins, $131K), plus stakes-placers Juno Pentagon ($1.239 million in Japan) and Crafty Belle (13 wins, $195K). Female family also includes SHANANIE'S BEAT (12 wins, $242K), FRIEL'S FOR REAL (G3, $647K), RYAN'S FOR REAL (G3, $333K) and many others.

(Updated 1:28 p.m. as he enters the ring)

Hip 740: Christmas Angel, bay filly by Cetewayo-Andy's Bonus, by Conquistador Cielo. Bet this Pennsylvania-bred filly surprises you. Bet this $1,000 yearling RNA is pretty cheap today, despite a 22-flat quarter in which she looked all legs, with a lot of room to grow. Bet she wins. Bet she earns plenty with those fat PA-bred purses. And I bet she has a pretty good chance to be a producer when she retires. Cetawayo was a G1-millionaire and distance turf horse whose get aren't selling for much and just haven't run yet; only 50 foals from three crops and just seven starters and two winners. Sad. But this filly's dam has produced 100 percent runners and seven winners from nine prior foals, including Easter Bonus (f. by Lil's Lad) who is stakes-placed at Philly Park for $124K, and Broker's Bonus (f. by Storm Broker) who has nine wins from 2 to 6 and $124K. And this filly's second dam was the Key to the Mint stakes winner Christmas Bonus, dam of G3 heroine CHRISTMAS GIFT, $405K stakes winner BRIGHT CANDLES and $229K stakes winner BONUS MONEY; granddam of Ashland S.-G1 winner CHRISTMAS KID (a turf/poly horse), GRAND SLAM (G1, $971K, major sire), LEESTOWN ($322K, sire), DOUBLE DOWN VINMAN ($313K) and many other blacktype-winners and -placers. You might never buy so much blacktype under a second dam for so little money. And this filly should do OK -- especially at 3, 4 and 5, on turf and the synthetic at new Presque Isle Downs.

(Updated 1:42 p.m.)

Hip 743: Dark bay or brown colt by Montbrook-Another Treasure, by Tasso. Hard to pass up a Montbrook at a 2-year-old sale, especially one that worked 21.3, looked darned good doing it, and has a full sister who has won six times for $189K. Dam has produced just four winners from seven of racing age, which is not the percentage I'd like, but one is G3-placed Pampered Sir (Concerto, $180K). The others are much more modest. Second dam Delicate Treasure (Soy Numero Uno) was a minor winner and stakes-placed, but a full sister to CODY JONES, who won 18 times and was twice G2-placed in Italy. She was a half-sister to RUHLMANN (Mr. Leader, $1.8 million, Santa Anita H.-G1, Mervyn Leroy H.-G1, etc.) and stakes-placer Chieftain's Ridge, she produced minor stakes-placer Lee Azucar, and her winning daughter Notice produced the Sweetsouthernsaint stakes winner ALEXANDERSRUN ($253K). Pretty much a racehorse family and this FL-bred worked in racehorse time.

(Updated 1:50 p.m.)

Hip 766: Bernardus, dark bay or brown colt by Pleasantly Perfect-Aunt Dot, by Capote. One of a couple of Pleasantly Perfects who only galloped in the under-tack show, this one with company, I took a pass on the first, Hip 674, though he also looked pretty decent and had some family. When I saw this one, I muttered "holy ..." and so I'm gonna give him a chance, with caveats. When this female family is good, it's very, very good. When it's bad, it's rotten. His dam was unplaced from one start, which suggests unsoundness. She's produced three registered foals of racing age, all have raced, and for them, so far, so pretty good: Cassoulet (c. by Distorted Humor) has won four times and is stakes-placed at Philly Park for $170K; Aunt Dot Dot (f. by Gulch) won six of 49 for $213,915 and set a track record at Turfway; and, Global Gala (f. by Distorted Humor) placed from two starts at 3 last year for $7,415, but hasn't run at 4. Second dam Ann Alleged (by Alleged) was G3-placed for $130K and was a full sister to Euro-raced G2 winner BEYTON ($290K). But she produced darned-near nothing. Third dam Ann Stuart (Lyphard) produced seven winners and is the granddam of U.K. G1 millionaire EXCELLENT ART. Fourth dam Miss Carmie (T. V. Lark) gave us CCA Oaks-G1 and Acorn S.-G1 winner and 3-year-old champion CHRIS EVERT, and stakes-winner ALL RAINBOWS, dam of Kentucky Derby heroine and champ 3-year-old filly WINNING COLORS. ... Family is sometimes as hit (for home runs) and miss as can be. ... This KY-bred didn't breeze, but he looked amazing. Let's see what he brings.

(Updated 2:11 p.m.)

Hip 770: Lucky's Revenge, bay colt by Smart Strike-Avenging Tomisue, by Belong to Me. Full sister STRIKING TOMISUE won five times from 2 to 5, including a Tampa stakes race, for $195K. Full sis Wisconsin Girl wasn't as flashy, but won twice at 3 for $57K. Unraced dam's other winner from four racing-age foals was a cheapie, Thomas the Great (Quiet American), who scored this year at 4 and still has only earned $8,210. Second dam is the stakes-winning A.P. Indy daughter Tomisue's Indy, who only bore one other foal, Parading Tomisue (Parade Ground), a modest winner at 3 of $43K. Third dam, Chimes of Freedom (Private Account) was a big-hitter, highweight filly at 3 on the European Handicap with wins in the Coronation S.-G1, Child S.-G2 and Cherry Hinton S.-G3 on her lifetime resume. She was a half-sister to G1 winner DENON and to IMPERFECT CIRCLE, full sister to G1-placed Piquetnol and Privately Held, and produced ALDEBARAN (Metropolitan H.-G1, Forego H.-G1, San Carlos H.-G1, etc., $1.739 million, champion sprinter), GOOD JOURNEY (Atto Mile S.-G1, etc., $1.733 million), and SEA OF SHOWERS (Jenny Wiley S.-G3, etc., $161K). KY-bred colt only worked 10.4 and there's not a ton of "recency" on the page, but the blacktype full sister and all those good ones under the third dam convinces me to give him a chance, as it will others.

(Updated 2:21 p.m.)

Hip 779: Bay filly by Trippi-Backtothebooks, by Notebook. Giving a lot of nods to Trippi during this sale, and here's another, a FL-bred filly who breezed a quick 21.1. Dam was a winner at 2 and 4 for $62K and has thrown three winners from four of racing age, though none of them for much. She's a half-sister, though, to 11-victory multiple-G3 winner SHARP APPEAL (World Appeal), out of the Sharpen Up mare My Sharp Lady, so there's turf performance here as you go back. Dam does have a half-sister of 14 wins and $224K named Montstar (Montbrook). Third dam Brave Lady (Herbager) was stakes-placed and produced stakes winner, 15-race victor and accomplished hurdler POPULAR HERO (Nijinsky II). Fourth dam is Schuylerville Stakes-winner Bold Princess (Bold Ruler), full sister to WHAT A PLEASURE, BOLD QUEEN and Great Era, and half to dual-champion MISTY MORN, FULL FLIGHT, MISTY FLIGHT, GRAY PHANTOM, MISTY DAY and SIGNORE. Yeah, that's pretty hefty distant family.

(Updated 2:39 p.m.)

Hip 784: Bay filly by Quiet American-Bangled, by Alysheba. Let's see if we can steal Florida-bred slow-breezer (11-flat) who comes from some good family. Her dam was unraced and is a 50 percent producer of winners from 10 prior foals -- five winners, though all raced. The sluggish breeze doesn't convince that this filly will break the deadlock in favor of the winners, but she actually looked pretty smooth in going and of course has lots of room to improve. On the plus side, this sales filly's half-sister ANKLET (Wild Again) won the Florida Oaks-G3, placed in the Ashland S.-G1 and won eight times from 2 to 5 for $468K, and is already a minor stakes-producer of the Kingmambo filly River Bride (in France). Sales filly also half to SPANGLED (Kris S.), 1st Criterium de Lyon, and to stakes-placed Awe That (Boundary), who has produced Alcibiades S.-G2 and Valley View S.-G3 winner BEL AIR BEAUTY (Smart Strike). Second dam Green Greek (Green Ticket) was only placed at 2, but produced seven winners including serious blacktype: GRECIAN FLIGHT (f. by Cormorant, 21 wins, Acorn S.-G1, Black-Eyed Susan S.-G2, etc., $1.32 million, dam of FRENCH VINTAGE, etc.); GRECIAN COMEDY (f. by Fast Hilarious), 16 wins, Petrify H., Belle de Nuit S.-, etc., stakes-producer); EVZONE (c. by Peace Corps), 16 wins, Choice H.-L, American H.-L and NTR 8.5f in 1:41 1/5, Dave Hart S., etc., $328K). I suspect this girl will act on synthetic tracks or maybe even turf, get a route of ground, improve considerably at 3, and if she runs out much at all, could be a broodmare prospect. ... Will the slow breeze sell her cheap, or the blacktype sell her dear?

(Updated 2:53 p.m.)

Hip 788: Bay colt by Omega Code-Basque N the Storm, by Mystery Storm. Fleet G3 winner Omega Code makes me stop and look again with this 10.1-breezing FL-bred who is full to 2-year-old stakes winner CODE RUNNER and a cheaper 2-year-old winner in My Secret Code. Half-sister Wish Me Success (Successful Appeal) won at 2 and 3 for $90K. Dam won eight times at 2 and 3 for $149K. Second dam Basque Song (Bounding Basque) won 11 times from 2 to 6 for $143K and thew six winners from nine foals, including $322K-earning Expected Song (Valid Expectations) and 11-race winner Miss Storm Song, who was a full sister to this filly's dam. Second dam also half to Del Mar stakes winner MAISON MAESTRO. Let's hope he's as good as Code Runner and that one of these figures out how to run past age 3.

(Updated 3 p.m.)

Hip 801: Bay filly by Wildcat Heir-Betty's Courage, by Montbrook. Not glad that the mare was unraced, but she's produced an $85K multiple-winner from two of racing age. This one ran a 10-flat eighth, showing the speed and precocity for which her sophomore sire is already known. Second dam was the stakes-placed Copelan mare Grand Betty, who produced POSITIVE ENERGY (Rubiano, G3-placed, NTR Monmouth, about 8f in 1:36), Betty's Star (Pentelicus, $168K, dam of CHEROKEE JEWEL, $190K), and Limited Entry (Carson City, SP at Belmont, $61K). Third dam was the His Majesty mare Lady Noble, a winner and half-sister to G3 winner LOW TOLERANCE, and producer of Spinaway S.-G1 winner FAMILY ENTERPRIZE and another stakes-placer in Commandperformance. Have to think this FL-bred won't be too cheap, but with Wildcat Heir's 2-year-olds averaging nearly $74,000 (off just an $8K current stud fee) maybe she'll at least be somewhat less than that, and hopefully prove to be worth it.

(Updated 3:10 p.m.)

Hip 807: Gray or roan colt by Wildcat Heir-Blue Kat, by Blue Ensign. Here we go again with Wildcat Heir, but he just keeps giving us fast-breezers, this one in 10.1. I actually thought this one looked a little bit ugly in overall build from his under-tack video, and yet he ran pretty quickly without looking like he was working very hard. But we've all heard that "pretty is as pretty does." Page exceptionally light on blacktype, which suggests maybe we can get this one cheaper than most Wildcat Heirs, who are selling high (and winning). Dam was unraced (not a good thing) but has produced four winners from six of racing age, including: stakes-placed Precocious Kat (Prococity), a nine-race winner of $217K; Mylilmoneymaker (Outflanker) who has won 13 races for $186K; Johnato (Stuka), eight wins and $106K; and Fabulous Wully (Fabulous Frolic), six wins and $58K. So, the sire gets 2-year-old winners, the dam has managed to produce, including soundness, despite not running herself, and so this one has a pretty fair shot.

(Updated 3:21 p.m.)

Hip 810: Bay filly by Albert the Great-Blushing Native, by Blushing John. Unraced dam is a full sister to G2 winner and stakes-producer BLUSHING HEIRESS ($356K). To her credit, the dam here has produced six winners from seven of racing age, including stakes-placed Rizzi filly Blushing Marlan and $157K-earning Precise End filly Quixotic Lassie, and this filly breezed 10.2 and looked pretty doing it. Second dam is the G2-winning Our Native mare Native Fancy, who also produced G3-winner REALLY FANCY (In Reality), who in turn is the dam or granddam of five stakes horses including G1 winner SEVENTH STREET (Street Cry). Albert the Great's 2-year-olds have been selling for peanuts the last couple of years (what few have even been offered) but he's still getting 72 percent runners and 51 percent winners for $52K average earnings, although precious few stakes winners -- only five total for 2 percent of all foals. NY-bred status helps this girl earn her keep in restricted company if necessary. Likely a tremendous bargain.

(Updated 3:33 p.m.)

Hip 812: Gray or roan filly by Suave-Boggs Eyes, by Miesque's Son. I just about took a pass on this one because of the freshman stallion (though he's from the line of A.P. Indy, sire of sires), but she sold herself by the ease with which she turned in a fleet 33 3/5 breeze for three furlongs. Dam was a minor Arlington stakes winner of $92K and has produced three winners from four of racing age, including Meadowlands stakes-placed Behavioral Finance (Touch Gold), a $147K earner, and a full brother to that one who has won at 3 and 4 for $30K. Second dam Cool Comfort (Honest Moment) won 10 times, four in stakes company, for $189K, and produced G3-placed, 15-race winner TORCH (Risen Star), who in turn dropped three stakes horses of her own, including 20-race winner MORINE'S VICTORY (Victory Gallop). NY-bred status is a big advantage for this girl.

(Updated 3:40 p.m. as she enters the ring)

Hip 814: Silver Jo, dark bay or brown filly by Silver Train-Bolsa, by Mr. Prospector. I've been ignoring most of the get by Silver Train in this sale, not because he wasn't a good racehorse, because he was (G1 millionaire from a sire-of-sires line in A.P. Indy). But because you never know what a freshman sire will do and the female family of many of his foals seemed pretty modest. This girl is a placed daughter of Mr. Prospector who has produced four (modest) winners from as many to race, and her second dam, Mochila (In Reality), was a nine-victory stakes winner of $294K, three times G1-placed, and a half-sister to champion grass horse and top sire COZZENE, as well as MOVIN' MONEY and IVY ROAD. Dam is also a three-quarters sister to Ballerina S.-G1 winner SERAPE (Fappiano), who procued multiple G3-winner and NTR-setter BATIQUE (Storm Cat). Female family of Singapore G3 winner SUE'S GOOD NEWS and G2-placed EASYFROMTHEGITGO.

(Updated 3:46 as the hammer falls on her at a modest $13K, I believe)

Hip 816: Doasisay Notasisay, chestnut colt by Delaware Township-Bonjove, by Caracolero. Delaware Township, an incredible-looker, gets a chance with a mare who foaled G2 winner SCRATCH PAD by Delaware Township's sire, Notebook. A nice 21.2 breeze reinforces the appeal. Dam has six winners from eight of racing age. Florida-bred will sell pretty inexpensively.

(Updated at 3:50 p.m., hammer just fell at $19K)

Hip 839: Bay filly by Sweetsouthernsaint-Call Me Dancer, by Gate Dancer. Day 3 brings two by SSS, who does get some racehorses but his get this year haven't impressed me enough on the dam's side. This one is from a modest-winning Gate Dancer mare who is half to a foreign stakes winner, but who has produced four winners of her own including Oaklawn stakes winner DANCE CALLER (Concorde's Tune, $124K) and foreign stakes-placer Gin's Dancer (Slew Gin Fizz). Filly breezed 22.1 and went well in doing it. Second dam produced eight winners including one of 15 races, third dam is Del Mar Oaks winner House of Cards (Promised Land) who produced 16-win G3 victor JACKSBORO, stakes-placed Jimmy's Trick, and unraced filly Execution, who almost corners the market on blacktype for this page with no fewer than 15 stakes winners under her name (as dam or granddam), including: POSSIBLE MATE (G2); FAIRY GARDEN (G2); DREAM EMPRESS (G1); PRENUP (G1); GUIDED TOUR (G2); CAT'S AT HOME (G2); HONOR THE HERO (G3); and GIANT WRECKER (G3). ... I wonder what this Florida-bred will bring, as the sire is hardly money in the bank at the sales.

(Updated at 4:12 p.m., finally back ahead of the sale)

Hip 849: Pulgarcito, bay colt by Greatness-Cat Attack, by Storm Cat. Sire who never was a stakes performer keeps making me take note of his progeny, probably because savvy handlers have given him good mares. This colt ran a speedy 10-flat eighth and looks to follow in the fast footsteps of his G3-winning dam, stakes-winning half-sister PICK OF THE PACK (Lil's Lad, $107K), her stakes-placed full sister Power Pack ($76K) and pretty good non-blacktype winners by Lil's Lad (Cat's Lad, $160K), Greatness himself (Great Attack, two wins in three starts last year at 2, $51K, but unraced at 3) and 2-year-old Gulch winner Cool Cat ($51K). Second dam, French-bred Harp Strings (Luthier) also produced stakes-placed Gentle Persuasion (Bustino), who was the dam of G3-placed SHARP PROD, among others. Another likely FL-bred winner by this over-achieving sire.

(Updated 4:20 p.m.)

Hip 871: Dark bay or brown filly by Silver Deputy-Christmas Rose, by Private Terms. Fleet filly from the second-last crop of Silver Deputy was co-fastest of the under-tack session with a 9 4/5 eighth. Hopefully that speed is an indication that she's one of the good ones from a hit-and-miss female family that gets about 50 percent winners. Dam didn't run for anything much and of six foals of racing age has only three winners. But one of them is CHRISTMAS LILY (Marquetry), a four-race winner and Sam Houston Distaff titleist for $116,148. She so personified the hit-and-miss status of the family that she won four of 10 and never hit the board otherwise. Second dam Christmas Gold (Slew o' Gold) was a fairly modest winner and produced 14 foals, seven winners. But those included six notables: GOLD TRIPPI (g. by Trippi), seven wins, stakes winner at Saratoga, $373,261; CHRISTMAS LIGHTS (f. by Citidancer), nine wins, stakes winner at Assiniboia Downs in Canada, $172,041; Gold Ballad (c. by Saint Ballado), seven wins, SP at Calder, $141,292; Golden Concorde (g. by Concorde's Tune), four wins, stakes-placed three times at Calder, $131,406; Grey Goose Kid (g. Concorde's Tune), five wins from 60 starts to age 7, $213,480; and Santa's Gold (g. by Trippi), two wins from 30 starts, but $152,519. ... Have to hope this KY-bred filly is in the successful 50 percent.

(Updated 4:38 p.m.)

Hip 876: Chestnut filly by Posse-Clarksburg Queen, by Sea of Secrets. I want to own this filly, or at least to name her; her new owner can ask me what. I also want to know why the racing gods dictated that she be foaled in Wyoming ... Filly absolutely blew through a quarter in 21.1. Dam is a twice-Belmont Park stakes-placer with three wins at 2 and 3 for $152,966. This is her first foal. Second dam produced four winners, including sophomore Dahlgren Chapel (c. by Chapel Royal), who is a winner at 2 and 3, thrice stakes-placed, for $173,383. Third dam was the English-foaled, modest-winning Secretariat mare Eternally Hopeful, a full sister to G3-placed Girl Friday. She produced six winners, some in Japan, none of incredible note. But this Wyoming-bred filly is fast, looked to have a decent way of going, is out of blacktype who is half to good blacktype, and if nothing else might make a sweet barrel horse in back in Cheyenne if she can't run races.

(Updated 4:49 p.m.)

Hip 895: Gray or roan filly by Stormy Atlantic-Coquettish, by Not For Love. A 10.1 breeze and a stakes winning dam who is already a stakes producer will probably drive up the price on this one. Dam won three times at 2 and 3 for $192,503, including the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship S.-R. Her first two foals of racing age are Taking a Chance (f. by Stephen Got Even), a 2-year-old winner last year and stakes-placed on turf in the Tippett at Colonial Downs, and Roguish (c. by Arch), a winner at 3 last year for $13,940. Second dam Chemise (Secret Hello) didn't run for much, but produced seven winners from nine foals, including MISS LOMBARDI (Unbridled Jet), who won eight times including the Maryland Million Ladies S.-R for $301,670, and DRESS GREY (Lion Hearted), who won three times in six starts at 2 and 3 including a restricted Laurel stakes for $86,600. Wish this one was also a Maryland-bred like her dam and the dam's siblings, but she's carrying a Kentucky tag.

(Updated 5:07 p.m., my last recommendation of the day)

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