[The following was written prior to the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2yos in training last week.]
Part of the mystique of the premium sales of 2-year-olds in training is that buyers sometimes see individuals or pedigrees that are rare birds indeed. That occurred last year with the seven-figure colt who went through the ring as hip 83. By leading sire Distorted Humor, the colt is by a stallion who sired Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide in his first crop, and the colt is out of a distinguished racemare who had already produced champion Royal Delta (by Empire Maker).
That is a purely select sale pedigee, and when hip 83 looked the part at the barn, whizzed through a work in head-turning fashion, and cooled out like a champ, the sky was the limit. Al Shaqab Racing purchased the colt for $1 million and named him Khozan.
Now unbeaten in two starts and one of the most impressive performers of the young 2015 season, Khozan has been a poster boy for 2-year-old in training sales and for Fasig-Tipton’s Florida sale in particular. Khozan is the kind of horse that Fasig-Tipton would love to sell by the dozen, if they existed.
That horses are so nice-looking, well-conformed, and talented makes them special, hard to find, and expensive. For that reason, the sales company has to sift through a lot of talent to find a body of youngsters that offer the qualities that buyers at the juvenile sales find exciting. And for those reasons, the sales companies come up with offerings that are not everyday items.
For the 2015 version of the Florida Sale, Fasig-Tipton has young stock by the best sires in the country: Tapit, Malibu Moon, Awesome Again, Distorted Humor, Bernardini, Giant’s Causeway, Unbridled’s Song, and Street Cry. The sales company also has some less-common sires with offerings in their Florida sale.
Chief among the uncommon offerings are 2-year-olds by European super-sire Galileo, the well-regarded English-based sire Dansili, the Australian star stallion Lonhro, and a couple of juvies by War Front, probably the most desirable American-based sire in the eyes of European buyers. The Galileo colt is an Irish-bred who was born March 28 and is out of the Danehill mare Glass Slipper. She is a full sister to the very fast and talented racer Danehill Dancer, who became an important sire for Coolmore in Ireland.
The bay colt has an equally fascinating pedigree. He is linebred to Northern Dancer through Sadler’s Wells and Danzig, and there are six lines of Northern Dancer’s broodmare sire, the great racer and sire Native Dancer, in the first six generations of the pedigree.
This colt is Hip 19, consigned by DeMeric Sales for Golden Legacy, and there is another lot with some similar qualities: Hip 174, consigned by Thomas & Casse for JSM Equine LLC. Hip 174 is a filly bred in France and by the Danehill stallion Dansili out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Epopee. She is a full sister to G2 winner Testosterone, who was also second in the G1 Prix Vermeille. The filly’s pedigree is a reversal of the colt’s, with Danehill/Danzig over Sadler’s Wells, but there is similarity besides. There are four lines of Northern Dancer in the filly’s pedigree, plus a fifth line of Natalma, the dam of Northern Dancer, and two more lines of her sire, Native Dancer.
*Please note: Of the two juveniles mentioned above, the Galileo colt and the Dansili filly were both declared out of the sale and did not go through the ring.
The colt showed well in his breeze, getting a furlong in :10 2/5 with a stride of about 24.5 feet, but the filly did not have a breeze.
For complete results of the Florida sale, please click here.