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Monday, February 28, 2005

Select 2 Year Olds at Calder

- A filly by Arch worked a furlong on the turf in 9 4/5 seconds, breaking the 10 second barrier at the second under tack show for Tuesday's Fasig Tipton select 2 year old in training sale at Calder. The times were faster in general than the first set of breezes, which were conducted into stiff head winds. A filly by Songandaprayer had the fastest time on dirt, and the first year sire by Unbridled’s Song has the most entries, nine, of any other freshmen sire here. A good sale is anticipated, with some top buyers present, though not Fusao Sekiguchi, who paid $4.5 million for Fusaichi Samurai at this sale last year.

Some nice pedigrees, of course, far too many to detail here, but here are some that caught my eye. You need Acrobat Reader to download the PDF files of the catalog pages. I’ve included the breeze times from the two shows in parenthesis; a dash means he/she didn’t participate in that session.

Hip 7 is a Boundary (Danzig) colt (10.3, -) whose second dam is champion mare Waya, one of my all-time favorite race mares, a powerful late closer and conquerer of males in the G1 Man O'War amongst her many graded stakes wins, and with much black type in her siblings and descendants.

Hip 9 - Seeking the Gold colt (11, 10.3), a half to three winners; second dam is Weekend Surprise, the dam of A.P. Indy and Summer Squall.

Hip 53 - Seeking the Gold colt (10.3, -), out of multiple graded stakes winner Capote Belle, her second foal.

Hip 55 - Storm Boot half brother (11.1, 11.1) to Medaglia D’Oro.

Hip 68, an A.P. Indy colt (-, 11.1) out of a graded stakes winner whose third dam is Sweet Tooth, the dam of Alydar.

Hip 99, an Aptitude (A.P. Indy) (11, 22.4) half-brother to multiple graded stakes winner and current sire Richter Scale.

Hip 112, a Thunder Gulch colt (11.1, 10.1), a half to MGSW Roar Emotion.

Hip 183, a colt (22, -) who’s one of five entries by Freud, the first year NY-based full-brother to Giant's Causeway who is causing a bit of a splash early in the sales season. Hip 183's third dam is Priceless Fame, a half to Bold Forbes, and producer of sire Saratoga Six.

Hip 223, a Forestry filly (11.2, 11.2), from the family of sire Southern Halo and $2.8 million earner General Challenge.

Hip 235, a Dixieland Band colt (11, 11); his second dam is the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Affirmed Success.

Hip 242 is a Fusaichi Pegasus colt with relatively pokey breezes (23.3, 23.2), but he's a half to MGSW North East Bound.

Hip 269, a Songandaprayer filly (11.1, 11)whose second dam is the dam of Preakness and Belmont winner Risen Star.

Hip 280, a filly by first year sire Broken Vow (Unbridled) (11, 22.4) whose second dam produced champion sprinter Artax.

Hip 333, a Silver Charm filly (10.2, -) who's a half-sister to millionaire grade 1 winner Precocity.

Hip 354, a Storm Cat filly (10.3, -) out of a stakes winner and a half to two stakes winners, including Turko’s Turn, the dam of champion colt Point Given.