Friday, July 31, 2009

Going out on a Limb...

Thought I would step out on the proverbial limb and name some horses I saw at the recent Fasig-Tipton sale that I believe will become racehorses. Of course if you ask the sellers, consignors and sales personal they’ll all turn into racehorses (Stakes winners at that). But the reality is a little different. Too be clear this is not an endorsement against any horse I do not list, as I saw only a percentage of them, this is simply me putting what little reputation I do have out by declaring in writing some of the horses I think will be runners.

In no particular order:

Hip: 169

Bay Colt out of Bernardini / Lyphard’s Delta, a late foal, foaled the 6th of May probably attributed to his slightly smaller stature. But other than that he certainly looked the part of a race horse, sharp eye, smooth (and I mean smooth) mover, nice knees, I would be surprised if this horse doesn’t win some big races, apparently others had the same thought as he sold for $350,000.

Hip: 313

Chestnut Colt out of Posse / Cash Flow, this is Cash Flow’s first foal, her dam Capestele a Black Type mare, has had 15 foals with 14 to race all of them have been winners. He was very well balanced, a good mover with perfect knees, and a big chest; in fact his chest may have been too big as his front hooves when he walked were a little too far apart as they came down. One last very distinguishing note about him his attitude, this horse had a “TUDE,” during the entire showing he was working hard trying to bite his handler while looking at me as if to say “what the hell do you want, get out of here.” I asked the handler if he was difficult to handle, he turned his head to look away and no, no, he’s nice, over by the barn however my wife heard another handler mumble, “nasty that’s what HE is.” I think if the right trainer could get him to focus that nasty attitude toward the track he’d be a nice allowance horse (or even more) that could win his share of races. Apparently no one else agreed with me on this one as his reserve was not met.

Hip: 128

Bay Colt out of A.P. Warrior / Girl Gone Crazy, this is a big good looking Colt. His body is perfectly put together, very nice mover, very smooth, very balanced, he possesses what my friend Bob Feld described as a “Racy Look” this horse looks like he can run. Wouldn’t surprise me to see this horse in some higher level stakes races in a year or two, he sold for $85,000 to Divine Assetts.

Hip: 395

Dark Bay/Brown Colt out of Medaglia D'oro / Honeycomb Gus, a January foal he’s had plenty of time to grow, and he has. He’s a bull of a horse, perfect balance, perfect legs, huge barrel chest, long thick neck, sharp eye. He’s named Standing O and for good reason, he deserves a standing ovation just by the way he looks. I can see him winning stakes races and going on to a successful stud career. Apparently others had a similar assessment as he sold for $250,000.

Four examples of horses I saw and liked, I’m walking out on that limb of the public eye and am looking forward to seeing what these horses can do. As such I invite any comments and questions regarding these horses and any others at the sale.


Bill Yates said...

I thought I would go a little farther out on that limb and state I liked a filly sold at the Keeneland September sale last year. Now named Groovitude she’s out of Dixie Union and Angel Gift and was purchased for 240K. Good looking girl nice balance, smooth mover and attitude to spare; I watched her being walked through the first two rings when she moved to the third and I at first didn’t follow she made a point of looking over at me and throwing her head in a “fine be that way” gesture. Looking forward to seeing her on the track this summer / fall.

Bill Yates said...

UPDATE: Groovitude is in training at Payson Park Training Center on Dec 17,09 she breezed three furlongs in 37 flat.