Friday, June 27, 2014

My Upcoming Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Highlights

Saratoga Sale (August 4-5, 2014):

Hip 12: Tiznow x Garden District, by Dixie Union
Two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner and Hall of Famer Tiznow may have been a late maturing three-year-old, but from September of his three-year-old season on he was about as good as it gets, having completed an illustrious two year career that included four G1 victories and him having never finished outside the top three in 12 graded stakes starts. Despite an unfamiliar pedigree, Tiznow has established himself as one of the top sires in the country with the likes of Dubai World Cup winner Well Armed, Travers winner Colonel John, and Belmont Stakes winner Da' Tara accounting for just a few of his successful, graded stakes winning progeny. Progeny of Tiznow are typically better over time and he seems to produce hardy offspring who do their best running when routing. This yearling is out of Garden District, a daughter Dixie Union, who himself was a MGSW and sire of 2012 Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags, won the G3 Debutante over Rachel Alexandra as a two-year-old. She's the dam of two foals (one being an unraced 2yo by Blame) and the other (by Curlin) broke her maiden by a large margin in what was her seventh start. The second dam of this yearling is Brisquette, a runner-up in the G3 Las Flores by only a neck, who has produced four winners including G3 winner Medal Count, who most recently finished third in the Belmont S. 


Hip 40: Giant's Causeway x Lemon Kiss, by Lemon Drop Kid
A winner at Royal Ascot and European Horse of the Year, Giant's Causeway only ran once in America in which he finished only a neck short of Breeders' Cup Classic glory in what was the first of Tiznow's back-to-back Classic triumphs. Three times a champion sire, most recently in 2012, he's sired English and French Classic winners, as well as, a Queen's Plate winner in Mike Fox. He's currently represented by G1 Man o'War winner Imagining, G3 winner Winning Cause, and Pablo Del Monte, who most recently finished third in the G1 Blue Grass S. The dam of this yearling is stakes winner Lemon Kiss, a full sister to MGSW Kiss the Kid who's one to race just so happens to be G1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap winner Lochte. The second dam is Black Tie Kiss, a half sister to 1991 Breeders' Cup Classic winner and HOTY Black Tie Affair

Runners bred on this/similar cross include G1 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship Stakes winner Red Giant (Giant's Causeway/Kingmambo), Group 1 Coronation Winner Maids Causeway (Giant's Causeway/Kingmambo), and G3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes winner Winning Cause (Giant's Causeway/Kingmambo).


Hip 64: Drosselmeyer x Queen of Empire, by Empire Maker
New sire Drosselmeyer, a winner of both the Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic, looks to continue the successes in the breeding shed of his father Distorted Humor, who sired winners of all three Triple Crown races. Drosselmeyer was so much a late bloomer that he was still eligible for a non winners of two allowance race when he took home the Belmont and the biggest win of his career came in his final start, stamping himself as only the second horse (after A.P. Indy) to win both the Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic. A daughter of Empire Maker, Queen of Empire has two progeny (one is a current two-year-old), one of which is King Cyrus, who won his debut at Saratoga by eleven lengths. He has since finished second in the black-type Smooth Air Stakes and fifth in the G3 Illinois Derby. The second dam is an unraced Seeking the Gold mare, but the third dam is Dispute, who was a multiple G1 winner (including the Kentucky Oaks). A full sister to MGS and G1 Champagne winner Adjudicating, Dispute is the third dam of Iowa Derby winner Tiz Now Tiz Then

Runners who were bred on this/similar cross include Nonna's Boy (Distorted Humor/Empire Maker), who recently was an impressive debut winner; G3 winner Unbridled Humor (Distorted Humor/Unbridled), and multiple stakes winner Distorted Reality (Distorted Humor/Unbridled).


Hip 68: Uncle Mo x Horns Gray, by Pass The Tab
Although 2010 Champion two-year-old colt Uncle Mo is an interesting young sire in his own right, particularly concerning his own precocity, it's the female family of this yearling that is of great interest to me, personally. Dam Horn's Gray was a multiple stakes winning daughter of MGSW Pass The Tab. Among her progeny were MGSW Awesome Humor and Surf Club -- the dam of G1 Forego winner Emcee, Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge runner-up Surfer, and Baffled, who is the dam of G1 Florida Derby winner Constitution. Unraced second dam Cox's Angel is a half sister to G1 winner All Fired Up.


Hip 80: Gio Ponti x Shandra Smiles, by Cahill Road
Here's another young sire in three time Eclipse Champion Gio Ponti, a son of Tale of the Cat who has seven G1 victories to his name, as well as, having finished in the top two in 14 of his 19 G1 starts. The dam of this yearling is a proven one in Shandra Smiles, a stakes winning sprinter whose four winners from seven foals include multiple G1 winner Smiling Tiger and G1 winner She's a Tiger, with whom this yearling is fairly closely related.


Hip 121: Medaglia d'Oro x Weekend Whim, by Distorted Humor
A late developer, Medaglia d'Oro finished second in the Belmont Stakes before winning both the Jim Dandy and the Travers. As a four-year-old, he won three straight GS (Strub, Oaklawn H., Whitney). He was twice the runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Classic. As a sire, he's consistently produced quality runners, highlighted by HOTY Rachel Alexandra, but more recently, he's been represented by MGSW Coffee Clique, G1 winner Lochte, Group 2 Zabeel Mile winner Mshawish, and highly regarded three-year-old Belle D'or. This yearling is out of Weekend Whim, an unraced full sister to MGSW Any Given Saturday. Her one to race was Coconut Shrimp, a winner who was twice a runner up in listed stakes. The second dam is winning A.P. Indy mare Weekend In Indy, who aside from the aforementioned Any Given Saturday was also the dam of G3 winner Bohemian Lady. It's also worth noting the third dam, multiple stakes winner Whow was a very successful broodmare, having produced fourteen winners from fifteen foals, including G3 winner Second of June.

Runners bred on this cross include Funny Proposition (Medaglia d'Oro/Distorted Humor), who in 2013 defeated Royal Delta in the G2 Fleur de Lis H. 


Hip 150: War Front x Charming, by Seeking The Gold 
Few sires have been hotter in the sales ring and on the track than War Front, who has sired G1 winners Declaration of War, The Factor, Data Link, and War Command, and who's recent American runners include G2 winner Departing, MGSW Pontchatrain, and Kentucky Derby runner Lines of Battle. The dam of this yearling is Charming, who won on debut at Keeneland and finished second to MGSW Music Note in her second start before taking bad step in her third start and never racing again. Charming's one progeny to race is Siete C, who has recently won three straight at Gulfstream Park. The second dam of this yearling is Take Charge Lady, who is one of the top race and broodmares of recent times. Not only was she a multiple G1 winner in her own racing career, but she is also the dam of MGS winners Take Charge Indy and Will Take Charge

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