No young stallion has a more electric presence than champion Frankel, unbeaten in his racing career of 14 races over three seasons in England. Now, the first-crop of racers by Frankel is raising the pulses of breeders and racing fans with the performances of his fleet sons and daughters, which include nine winners to date and stakes winner Fair Eva amongst them.
As a result, the presence of a pair of Frankel yearlings at the famed Saratoga select yearling sale will guarantee Fasig-Tipton will receive elevated attention from fans and especially from committed owners looking to capture an outstanding prospect by an exciting new sire.
The first session of the Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale at Saratoga includes Hip 65, a bay daughter of Frankel out of the multiple graded stakes winner J’Ray, a broodmare by the high-class Mr. Prospector son Distant View. Winner of the G2 Canadian Stakes, J’ray scored three victories at the G3 level, the Matchmaker Stakes, Bayou Handicap, and My Charmer Handicap.
An earner of $745,089, J’Ray was among the very best performers sired by Distant View, a handsome and talented son of Mr. Prospector that Juddmonte bred and raced successfully, then stood at their farm in Lexington, Ky.
The dam of four foals of racing age, J’Ray has already produced the stakes winner General Jack (by Giant’s Causeway), who has earned more than a quarter-million, and two other winners.
The second Frankel yearling is Hip 148, which comes in the sale’s second session, and is a dark bay colt out of champion 2-year-old filly She Be Wild (Offlee Wild). In her first season of racing, She Be Wild won the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and G3 Arlington-Washington Lassie, and she also was second in the G1 Alcibiades Stakes on her way to an Eclipse Award for her division.
While the second-crop yearlings by Frankel will have a distinctive appeal to buyers, there are two yearlings by Frankel’s sire Galileo also scheduled to sell at the Saratoga select sale.
The first of these is Hip 20, a bay colt who was bred in Ireland out of the War Front mare Emerald Gold. The dam’s best effort on the racetrack was a third in the G1 Del Mar Debutante, and this colt is her first foal.
Emerald Gold is one of two stakes-placed performers out of the Seeking the Gold mare Dina Gold, a half-sister to stakes winner Rileys Monarch. This is the family of G1 Ashland Stakes winner Willa on the Move (Assert) and Travers winner Will’s Way (Easy Goer).
The second Galileo yearling will come in the second session of the sale and is Hip 104, a chestnut filly bred in Ireland out of the Stravinsky mare Mystical Echo. The dam is a full sister to G2 stakes winner Chinese Dragon and stakes-placed Special Interest. Their dam is Fabulous Fairy, a daughter of Alydar and 1,000 Guineas winner Fairy Footsteps (Mill Reef).
Galileo has sired more than 200 stakes winners, and breeders always give his stock special and well-deserved attention.