Reaching for Roses: The Beginning of the Journey

September 22, 2011

Having Dreams is What Makes Life Tolerable

Well the day is almost here. Skype arrived at Barn 40 at Keeneland on Wednesday afternoon, she will be shown to prospective buyers today (Thursday) and will sell on Friday morning as Hip 3694. Jennie Rees, the turf writer for the Courier-Journal in Louisville, wrote a lovely piece on Skype today. You can read it by clicking on the following link – To clarify…the words “college kid” should probably be replaced with “recent college grad.” But oh well…I could still pass for a freshman and I guess I could still be considered a college kid considering I’ve only been out in the real world for four months.

Anyway you can find a lot of good information at the link and read a few of my thoughts on the sale. You can even see the advertisement I made for Skype and have been distributing to prospective buyers.

Now…I will get a little more personal and try to tell you about my feelings going into the sale that you won’t find in Jennie’s article.

The purpose of this blog was to give readers a look into my life in the horse industry and my experiences as a first time owner/breeder. I have done my best to get as personal as possible and my hope was that readers could enjoy this fabulous ride with me. A lot of times I have a pretty good idea about what I’m going to see when I click the “New Post” button on my blog; however, today the words just won’t come to me.


Because I couldn’t describe to someone how I am feeling right now if I tried. I’ve never felt so many emotions at one time. I’m nervous, excited, anxious, proud, happy and sad all at once. Since February of 2010, all I’ve talked about has been Sky and Skype and then the next February it became Sky, Skype and Faith. On Friday afternoon, I won’t be Skype’s owner anymore and when people ask me the names of my horses, I’m going to reply with “Sky and Faith.” No more Skype. It’s just a weird thing to think about.

Now some of you might be thinking, “Come on, kid. She’s a sales horse and you knew you were going to sell her at some point from the day you bought her.” Well, that’s true. I knew this day would come eventually. But parents also know they’re kids will someday leave home, but that day still comes with a whirlwind of emotions. Because things simply aren’t going to be the same.

Speaking of kids…I think I now know how my mom and dad felt about me when I would compete in sports. Sometimes I would think, “My parents probably wish I was bigger, stronger and faster. They would probably rather have that kid or that kid. I’m not as good as those other players.” Now I realize that none of that mattered. They were proud of me because I was their kid. They didn’t want anyone else. And whether I went 5-5 or 0-5, they were still going to love me. That’s how I feel going into this sale with Skype. I don’t have 500 horses like some people…I don’t have 50 horses…I have three and because of that I have grown extra attached to each of them. Sure it would be nice if Skype was by Bernardini instead of Even the Score or if Sky had won a Grade I race. But that’s not how things are and I’m fine with that. I love Skype and I couldn’t be more proud of her or more happy that I had the privilege of being her owner these last couple years.

People who consistently read this blog are not reading anything new. But maybe this is your first time to my blog and you’re just now understanding how much these horses mean to me. Maybe some of you are thinking…”Wow, he sure cares a lot about a horse in Book 6.”

Damn right I do.

And I hope people realize that every horse in the Keeneland sale means a lot to someone somewhere. Sure the amount of press that horses get decreases as the sale continues and some people don’t even pay attention to the Keeneland sale after the first few books. But the horses in Book 6 matter just as much as those in Book 1. While they do not carry equal monetary values, horses in Book 6 are cared for just as much and have affected just as many lives. For example, in less than two years, Skype has impacted the lives of Sam Penn (breeder), Frank Mitchell and his family who boarded her at their farm in Salvisa, Ky, Tom Evans and his team at Trackside Farm, my entire family and numerous friends that have come to see her throughout her life. And things have only just begun. Imagine how many people will be affected by Skype in her lifetime.

Skype has touched a lot of hearts and will continue to do so; however, I would be surprised if she will ever steal anyone’s heart like she has stolen mine. Skype will get a new owner on Friday, but she’ll always be my girl and will always have a place in my heart. I am excited to see where her life takes her and I can’t wait to update the blog on her first published workout and her first career win (and hopefully many wins).

So go get ’em, Skype! You’ll do great at the sale. Strut your stuff and if a few people likes you 1/100th as much as I do then you could be the session topper. And finally, I hope you know that “Whatever road you may be on, know you’re never too far gone; my love is there wherever you may be; Just remember, that you’ll always be my baby.”


July 24, 2011

Pictures of Faith, Sky’s First Foal with a Bullet, Skype at Trackside Farm

On Saturday I had the chance to visit Sky and Faith for the first time since the beginning of May. Faith was just about three months old at the time and it was amazing to see how much she has grown. It won’t be very long till she’s weaned from Sky, which is just crazy to think about because I feel like just yesterday I posted about Skype being weaned.

Here are a few pictures of Faith and Sky that I took yesterday. Faith is about 5 1/2 months old here.

For those of you that have forgotten what Faith looked like when she was first born, here is a picture of her and Sky that was taken when she was only a week old.

Shortly after returning from the farm on Saturday, I received some very good news. Sky Above, who is a 2-year-old colt by Artie Schiller and the first foal out of Sky, breezed four furlongs in 48 seconds flat on the all-weather training surface at Fair Hill on Saturday morning. It was the fastest of 20 workers on the all-weather surface that morning. The next fastest work was :48.40. Sky Above has a steady work tab and hopefully he will make his career debut very soon. It would be excellent to see him take a maiden special somewhere before Skype sells in the Keeneland September sale. Actually, “excellent” is probably not strong enough of a word. Perhaps “game changer” would be a more appropriate phrase.

Speaking of Skype…I recently received an update from Tom Evans of Trackside Farm and she is doing very well. Skype was moved to Trackside Farm in Versailles in the middle of June to be prepped for the September sale. Trackside Farm will also consign Skype. Mr. Evans said he is happy with the way she is developing. Hopefully she will keep getting bigger and stronger and she will have all the looks of a racehorse in September. As always, all there is to do is be patient and keep my fingers crossed.

That’s all for now. Hope everyone had a great weekend and has a fantastic week.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Australian poet, Pam Brown, that I read the other day.

“A horse is the projection of people’s dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.”

January 12, 2011

Why you won’t find Skype at Keeneland January

In less than a month I will have been a Thoroughbred owner for one year. In my short time as an owner/breeder I have found out that things don’t always work out as planned and, in fact, they rarely do. When I originally bought Sky and Skype I had planned to enter Skype in the Keeneland November Sale as a weanling. However, I was advised by many of my friends in the industry that I should wait for the Keeneland January Sale. The November sale was too big for a weanling by a non-commerical stallion and out of a non-stakes performing mare with a blank first dam. It made sense and I took their advice.

So my plans changed and I set my sights on Keeneland January.

I was fortunate enough to work the entire Keeneland September Yearling Sale for Bluewater Sales. It was an amazing experience and I’ve never learned more in a two-week period of time. It was while working this sale that I realized just how rough the market is right now. I watched hundreds of horses go through the ring for one or two thousand dollars and then would look down at my catalogue and have to pick my jaw up from the floor. Horses with fantastic pedigrees were going for nothing. What was wrong with them? Was the scope grade not perfect? Did the vet find something in the x-rays? It could have been a million things. I discovered that a horse that doesn’t have all the pieces of the puzzle will bring little to no money at auction. It has to be by the right stallion, out of the right female family, have winning siblings, look the part of a potential athlete, and have a perfect vet report. Just one missing piece and it all comes tumbling down. To say it was scary for me to watch horses go through the ring on the final days of the sale would be an understatement. Larger breeders and pinhookers can make up for several horses selling for close to nothing by hitting big with a couple of others. Unfortunately, like so many other breeders, I don’t have that many shots. In fact in my case, I have just one.

After the September sale I began to question my decision to put Skype into the Keeneland January sale. I had several consignors come out to look at her and their opinions varied on what Skype would bring at the January sale. The optimistic consignors told me that if she had a clean vet report that she could bring the stud fee (Even the Score stood for $15,000 at the time he was bred to Sky). In order to put Skype through the ring at the January sale, it would cost me close to $4,000 (entry fee, minimum consignment fee, transportation to the sale, x-rays, board at the sales grounds, and sales prep). So, if Skype vetted cleanly, looked good at the sale, and had a few people on her, then she had the potential to bring around $15,000. If she went for $15,000 then I would be paying over 25% of her sales price to put her through the ring! And what if she didn’t bring $15,000? What if enough people didn’t get a look at her or someone found something on the x-rays? What then? Would she even bring the $4,000 to cover the expenses? It’s possible that she wouldn’t and I would lose money and lose my horse. I decided that I couldn’t take this risk. Like I wrote earlier, I just have one shot and so I have to make it count.

Plans changed again.

I decided to not enter Skype in either the Keeneland January or Fasig-Tipton February sales. The risk-reward of putting her in a public auction just didn’t add up. Instead, I will be looking to sell Skype privately. This will save me money on commission and entry fees and will allow me to protect my interests a lot more than I would have been able to at a public auction. I have some ideas about how to market Skype and I already have a few people interested in her. I am hopeful that there will be more to come and I believe there will be. Skype has good size and scope and has the potential to develop into an attractive racing prospect. If I can find someone who believes in her one-tenth as much as I do, then I’ll find a buyer.

So that is the plan for now, but I don’t know what curveball this game will throw me next. Maybe this time the plans will work out and maybe I’ll be writing another post in the future about another plan. I have heard the quote, “If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plan.” I do not know the original origin of this quote, but I wouldn’t be surprised in the least to find out this person owned Thoroughbreds. I know God has a plan for me…I’m just hopeful that plan includes selling Skype for six figures ;-).

September 20, 2010

Updates from the Library

Tomorrow I have a test in Plant and Animal Biology that will determine 33% of my grade in the class. I haven’t had much time to study because I’ve spent so much time at the Keeneland yearling sale, so now I’m at UK’s library and studying for the next several hours.

Right now I am taking a quick break from studying to give a couple of updates.

On September 6th I posted a story about a horse that I groomed for a class at UK when he was a yearling. “Charlie,” now named Usain Again, won his 3rd race on the 6th and improved his record to 3 wins from 3 starts. The full story can be read at Well Charlie had his 4th career race on Thursday and he ran a very respectable 2nd to a horse that got loose on the lead. He is already entered in another race and will make start number five in the fifth race at Calder on Friday. This will be the first time that Charlie will test his talents outside of the claiming ranks. Good luck to Charlie and all of the connections on Friday. Go get win #4!

Also, a quick update on my time with Bluewater during the September sale. It has been an amazing experience. I have been doing a little bit of everything; including, turning in information to the repository, running cards, entering reserves, putting in updates, dealing with our clients, and working with potential buyers. Bluewater Sales has currently sold 28 yearlings for a gross of $3,245,500. The sales topper for the consignment sold on the opening night of the sale. Hip 73, a colt by Smart Strike out of Minister’s Mom, by Deputy Minister, sold to Ben Glass, agent for $475,000.

Well back to studying for me. I will post again this week with pictures from the sale. Until then, everyone have a great week!

September 6, 2010

My Boy Charlie

When I came to the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2007 as an Equine Management major, I loved horse racing, was a decent handicapper, and had read many books about Thoroughbred breeding and training theories; however, my hands-on horse handling experience was almost non-existent. I did not get a chance to work with the horses my first semester, but finally got my chance in the spring when I enrolled in “Horse Handling 101.”

The class took place at UK’s Maine Chance Farm and it’s purpose was to take someone with little or no horse handling experience (like myself) and make them comfortable working with horses. The class was required to be taken by all Equine Management majors and I remember hearing the moans and groans from several students in the class as our instructor gave a lecture on the proper way to groom a horse. “Why am I taking this class? I’ve been grooming horses since I was eight,” they would say. In fact, just to fit in, I recall myself throwing out a quiet, “This is so stupid,” to a few classmates. I tried to act like I already knew how to properly groom a horse, bathe a horse, and walk a horse, but in reality, I knew none of it.

It was during the third week of class that our instructor gave us our semester-long assignment. Each student would be assigned one horse for the semester. The student would be responsible for grooming the horse regularly and training the horse to perform specific tasks. The horses being used for the class were a variety of ages and sexes, but I happened to get assigned a yearling colt. “A yearling colt?!?!?” I remember thinking. I even went to my instructor and asked if she made a mistake, reminding her that I had no horse handling experience. She smiled and said, “You’ll be fine, Travers. He’s a sweetheart.”

I was skeptical, but the instructor was not joking. He was a sweetheart. A yearling colt by Seattle Fitz (ARG), he was out of an Assault Landing mare named Charlmar, and so we nicknamed him “Charlie.” Over the next few months, I spent a lot of time with Charlie. We bonded because we were both new to everything. I was training him, but he was also training me. The relationship continued to grow throughout the semester and, in my mind, he became my horse. On the final class of the semester we had a final exam to evaluate the progress of our horses. Charlie performed beautifully and together we got an A in the class.

The day of our final exam would be the last time I would see Charlie for a few months. The school year was over and I went home to Louisville for the summer. Upon returning to Lexington the following August, one of the first things I did was go see my boy. It was like we’d never left each other and I remember talking to him in his stall for close to an hour that day. Also on that day I found out that the plans for Charlie were finalized. He would be sold in the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale in a couple of months.

I visited Charlie at the farm frequently over the next couple of months and then October came and it was time for the sale. I went to Fasig-Tipton on the day Charlie was to be sold and, upon walking up to the Maine Chance consignment barn, the farm manager smiled and said, “He’s in the third stall on the right.” He knew why I was there. I quickly walked over to his stall and went inside to see him. He was really shined up and it was amazing that he was the same horse that I started with in the previous January. We were in the back of his stall together for a half-hour or so, and then I kissed him on the nose good-bye and headed to the stall door. I reached for the door and then felt a strong push on my back. He was pushing his nose up against my back, just like he would do everyday when I left his stall at the farm. Well at that point, the tears started to fall. Charlie was my horse, he was my first horse, and I was surprised at how difficult it was to let him go. I talked to him for a few more minutes and then finally had to leave his stall.

Charlie would sell a few hours later for $5,200 to Jose Pinchin, making him the highest priced yearling offered by Maine Chance for the sale. It was just under one year later that Charlie (now named Usain Again) would make his debut at Calder in a one-mile $16,000 maiden claimer on the dirt. He was in seventh place at the eighth-pole, but flew home late to get up and win by a half-length. I watched the race with my family at home and we were all screaming for Charlie as he crossed the wire first. The race can be viewed on YouTube by clicking here.

Charlie would make his second start on November 7th and would improve his record to two-for-two! His second race can also be viewed on YouTube here.

Charlie would then be put on the shelf for a while. After his second win, I did not see a published workout for him in several months. I was very concerned that something had happened to him, but thankfully a few months ago I received a DRF Watch alert that Charlie had put in a three furlong workout. He had been working once every few weeks for the last couple of months and today Charlie made his third lifetime start.

He raced in the second race at Calder today and would go off the $1.80 to 1 favorite in a $6,250 claimer over a mile and a sixteenth. He took them gate to wire and now has a lifetime record of 3 wins from 3 starts! He also got claimed today by Fred G. Warren for Breakin Wind Farm. I’m sure that he will return in another claiming race and that this will not be the last time he is claimed. I do know that he may have many more owners over his lifetime and right now he is the property of Breakin Wind Farm, but in my mind, he will always be mine. He will always be my boy, Charlie.

August 5, 2010

Review of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

On Monday morning I had some time to kill before the races and so I walked over to the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds. The guys over at Fasig-Tipton really had the place polished up and it shined like a new penny. My initial reaction was, “Wow! This place is gorgeous.” The renovations definitely had my eyes wide open.

I observed the newly remodeled pavilion and sales grounds for a few minutes and then moved onto the horses. At this point, I felt like I was at any other sale. There were beautiful horses everywhere, busy consignors, interested buyers, and even some tourists. One horse specifically caught my eye and it was hip #101. I was on my way to say hi to the owner of Bluewater Sales, Meg Levy, when this horse stopped me in my tracks. A beautiful bay son of A.P. Indy, this was the first foal out of champion sprinter Maryfield. I eventually made my way over to Meg, who consigned hip 101, and commented on how amazing the horse looked. She responded by saying, “Yeah, he’s a really nice colt and has the potential to be the sales topper.” Well, she wasn’t kidding because hip 101 would go on to be the sales topper; selling for $1,200,000 on Tuesday night.

After speaking with Meg, I walked over to Sam-Son Farm’s consignment and requested to see hip #69 out of her stall. I wanted to take a closer look at this particular daughter of Smart Strike for one reason: her third dam. This filly’s third dam is Loudrangle and Loudrangle is the 4th dam of my mare, Sky. When they brought her out of the stall, I immediately got a great first impression of her. She was very pretty, had a great walk, and was very correct. On Monday night she sold to Glen Hill Farm for $300,000, so apparently I wasn’t the only one that liked her a lot.

Speaking of Monday night, let’s fast forward to Monday at around 6:30 PM. I had just arrived back at the sales grounds after a day at the track and could feel the excitement. I walked around for an hour and finally the sale began at about 7:30. The sale started off with a bang with hip #4 selling for $775,000. Shortly after, hip #7 went through the ring and sold for $325,000. The significance of this hip was that I worked with the horse all summer. I spent time with this son of Rock Hard Ten six days a week for twelve weeks. I’m very proud to say that I had a part in prepping him for the sale and I’m happy that he sold so well. Congratulations to all of his connections and to his new owners, Shadwell.

I went back to the barn area and said goodbye to hip #7 and then I headed back to my spot on the rail by the show ring. By this time, the sale was really booming and it was like nothing I’ve ever seen. I felt like I was at a big party, definitely not at a horse sale. Everyone in sight was drinking and socializing and it seemed that many were totally unaware that a major Thoroughbred yearling auction was taking place. Also, as I looked around at the people with my dad, we started to feel out-of-place. Neither of us were very dressed up and everyone else seemed to be dressed like they were headed for the red carpet. It was weird because I did happen to have a tie on, and before I arrived at the sale I figured that I would be overdressed. If I were at a Keeneland sale, or a different Fasig-Tipton sale, I probably would have been slightly overdressed. This was not the case because I apparently missed the “Dress like you’re going to meet the Queen” memo.

Regardless of feeling slightly underdressed, I still had an amazing time because I was with my family and I was around the horses. I was hoping to form a solid opinion about the sale having a party feel to it, but I still have mixed feelings. It seemed to me that the horses were not the main focus of the sale, and rather socializing and looking good were more important to most. I did not like that. However, the sale did have an incredible amount of energy and a buzz to it that I’ve never experienced before at a horse sale and how could I be upset about that? It was definitely a very fun event and I think that’s great for the sport. We need to be displaying the fun, excitement, and energy of Thoroughbred racing and sales at every opportunity. We never know when a potential owner, breeder, buyer, or fan is going to see a snapshot of our sport, and so we have to produce as many good pictures as possible.

July 15, 2010

Review of the FT July Yearling Sale

Let’s take a look at what happened with my hips to watch for the Fasig-Tipton July sale. 

#17: Sold for $60,000 to Ken McPeek, agent

#39: Sold for $100,000 to Dogwood Stable

#43: Sold for $30,000 to April Mayberry (Private Sale)

#59: Sold for $45,000 to Tim Kegal, agent (Private Sale)

#68: RNA (final bid – $149,000)

#69: Sold for $190,000 to John Ferguson

#77: RNA (final bid – $65,000)

#82: Sold for $140,000 to Jay Em Ess Stable

#83: RNA (final bid – $28,000)

#85: Sold for $95,000 to Cory Wagner

#106: Sold for $95,000 to Elkstone Group LLC

#119: Out

#127: Sold for $170,000 to Jun H. Park, agent

#146: Sold for $150,000 to Cheyenne Stables LLC

#176: RNA (final bid – $105,000)

#191: Sold for $100,000 to Glen Hill Farm

#199: RNA (final bid – $49,000)

#205: Sold for $80,000 to Cecil Seaman, agent

#226: Sold for $70,000 to Pike Racing, agent

#232: Sold for $100,000 to Mark Edwards / M R Capital

#234: RNA (final bid – $10,000)

#243: Sold for $90,000 to Cory Wagner

#245: Sold for $350,000 to Deborah A. Easter, agent

#282: Out

#307: Sold for $225,000 to Tim Kegal, agent

#315: Sold for $50,000 to Off the Hook LLC

#347: RNA (final bid – $47,000)

#354: Sold for $25,000 to Raut LLC

#383: Sold for $190,000 to John P. Fort

#397: Out

#405: Out

I gave 31 hips to watch at the sale and, of those 31, there were 4 outs and 7 horses did not meet their reserve. The 20 hips from my list that sold went for a total of $2,355,000 and an average of $117,750. The average for the whole sale was $75,780 with 243 horses selling for a total of $18,414,500.

July 12, 2010

My first trip back to Fasig since buying Sky and Skype

Today was my day off from work and so I thought, “What better way to spend my day off than to head out to Fasig-Tipton and look at some yearlings?” I couldn’t really think of anything better and so that is what I did.

Upon arriving at Fasig, I gave a call to my friend Frank Mitchell because I knew he would be on the grounds. Frank works for a company called DataTrack and was at the sale looking at horses for DataTrack clients. I met up with him a few minutes later and he graciously let me walk around with him for the afternoon. I love walking around a sale with Frank, not only because I get to learn a lot, but I also get to meet a lot of people. Frank knows everyone and it is rare to walk ten feet without hearing, “Hey Frank! How are you?” After speaking to a friend in the industry for a few moments, he is always kind enough to introduce me. Thanks to Frank, I’ve had the opportunity to meet several movers and shakers in the industry.

Frank and I walked around Fasig for a few hours and then parted ways. Before leaving the sales grounds I decided to take a stroll down memory lane. First I went to the barn that Sky and Skype were in during the February sale; Barn 1C. I closed my eyes for a moment and let myself slip back to that freezing day in February when I saw my girls for the first time.

I hung around the barn for a few minutes and then walked over to the pavilion and into the sales ring. I crept up to the seats where my dad and I were sitting when Hip 260 came through the ring. I looked down at the seats and remembered sitting there as I signed for my first horses. It is all so fresh in my memory that it’s not like it happened yesterday; it’s like it happened an hour ago. Just standing there for a few moments reminiscing was the best part of my day. Remembering the day I became a horse owner always brings a smile to my face.

July 9, 2010

FT July Yearling Sale Preview; Conclusion

Well I’ve finally made it through the catalogue. Here are my hips to watch for the final part of the FT July Sale.

Hips 326-407

#347: Yes It’s True – Selu, by Cherokee Run.
This colt is out of a mare who has produced one foal to race and one winner. The 2nd dam, Steel Maiden, is a stakes winner and producer of a Black-Eyed Susan (G2) winner. The 3rd dam is a half-sister to champion Ruffian and sires Icecapade and Buckfinder. She is also the dam of graded-stakes winners Private Terms, Blue Ensign, and Light Spirits and granddam of Travers Stakes winner Coronado’s Quest.

#354: Harlan’s Holiday – Silver Chance, by Silver Buck.
Here is a son by Harlan’s Holiday, who has produced 11 black-type winners. The dam of this colt, Silver Chance, is a full-sister to champion Silver Charm.

#383: Rahy – Tell Seattle, by A.P. Indy.
This son of Rahy is out of an A.P. Indy mare that has produced 3 winners, including a stakes winner. The 2nd dam, Won’t She Tell, is a half-sister to Triple Crown winner Affirmed and the producer of 3 stakes winners.

#397: Elusive Quality – Veiled Threat, by You and I
Hip 397 is a son of leading sire Elusive Quality. The dam has produced 2 winners from 3 foals to race and the 2nd dam, who is a half-sister to G1 winner Versailles Treaty, produced graded-stakes winners Out of Place and Lead Kindly Light and is the granddam of G1 winner Gold Fever.

#405: Pulpit – Wild Crazy Lady, by Touch Gold.
I think that people are going to wait around for this filly to go through the ring. This daughter of Pulpit has some great bloodlines. Her second dam produced 2 graded stakes winners and is the granddam of several winners, including multiple G1 winner Behrens. This filly also comes from the same family that produced graded-stakes winners Cowboy Cal and Commentator.

That’s the end of my hips to watch for the final part of the sale. I’ll now give all of my hips to watch for the Fasig-Tipton July Yearling Sale.

17, 39, 43, 59, 68, 69, 77, 82, 83, 85, 106, 119, 127, 146, 176, 191, 199, 205, 226, 232, 234, 243, 245, 282, 307, 315, 347, 354, 383, 397, 405.

July 8, 2010

FT July Yearling Sale Preview; Part 5

Well we are through 250 hips and there are just about 150 to go. I am going to break up the final part of the sale into two posts. Today I will write about hips 251 to 325 and then tomorrow I will give my hips to watch for the last part of the sale. For those of you that have found these posts interesting, please let me know. If you are one that hasn’t enjoyed reading these last few posts also let me know, but have no fear because my FT July Preview ends tomorrow.

Hips 251 – 325

#282: Tale of the Cat – Majestic Trail, by Kris S.
This one has the potential to be a runner. Although he is out of a mare that has yet to produce a winner, this colt has some really nice blood. Tale of the Cat has sired over 60 stakes winners and this colt’s 2nd dam produced 2 stakes winners, including G2 winner Supremo. Hip 282’s 3rd dam is G1 winner Andover Way; dam of the mighty sire Dynaformer and granddam of Offlee Wild.

#307: Unbridled’s Song – Misty Rosette, by Stormin Fever.
Here is a colt by one of the top sires in the country, out of a graded-stakes winning dam. The dam is a full-sister to a G2 winner and this is her first foal.

#315: Songandaprayer – Nothing Special, by Tejabo.
This is a half-brother to recent G2 winner Haynesfield, out of a dam that has produced 6 runners and 5 winners. The 3rd dam, Cool Mood, is the granddam of G1 winners With Approval and Touch of Gold and great-granddam of champion Serenading and G1 winner Healthy Addiction.

Be back tomorrow with a look at the final part of the sale and an overview of all my hips to watch.

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