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Five We Liked at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic

The following is a list of fillies we had at the top of our short list for a client at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. 

Hip 486, Fed Biz--Sahara Moon, by Malibu Moon - $130,000

   We bought into the Fed Biz hype after seeing a few of his good-looking yearlings last year at Keeneland September, and in fact recommended another client breed a mare to him this season. His progeny have obviously looked good on track at the 2-year-old sales, and hip 486 moves a lot like some of the pricier ones. Her :10 2/5 breeze was our favorite among those we singled out on pedigree--she was just very forward and efficient with a willing gallop-out. She's got plenty going on on her page, including a now stakes-placed sibling down in Florida. Physically, she's probably the smallest filly we vetted and a bit more precocious-looking than the others, but she's very well put together and balanced.   

Hip 560, Noble Mission (GB)--Taegu, by Halo - $90,000

   The fact that this filly went in :10 2/5 without ever really leveling off and while presumably not on her preferred surface was a big part of why we liked her. She's a May 10 foal and you can definitely see that she's still got room to grow--she's got a solid frame, but hasn't completely filled out yet. Noble Mission has been well enough received at the sales, and he's already got that one nice runner overseas in On a Session. You certainly don't mind seeing Halo in a pedigree, and this filly obviously has a good-looking page. Her dam's on the older side and has been hit-or-miss overall (five winners from 10 to race, including a couple seven-figure yearlings who didn't pan out), but we like that her daughters have been productive, most notably with one having produced Oaks winner Believe You Can. 

Hip 291, Tapizar--Keep It a Secret, by Thunder Gulch - $70,000

   This might've been the best-looking filly on our short list. She was very well-muscled with a good hip and shoulder and just had sort of a presence about her. Tapizar can obviously produce a nice filly, and a full-brother to this one was a $180K weanling and a useful enough horse. We like seeing Regal Classic on the bottom via the second dam, and this horse's second dam was responsible for a MGSW filly by Tapit. Hip 291 wasn't the smoothest breezer (:10 3/5), but she's got a powerful-looking stride with a lot of extension and may still have room for improvement. 

Hip 19, Include--Weekend Connection, by Pulpit - $165,000

   Include certainly isn't the most commercial stallion out there, but he gets runners. They paid decent money for this horse as a yearling ($42K) and were obviously rewarded for it. Hip 19 is a big, rugged filly who you could tell didn't spend the winter down in Florida. She has a nice shoulder and a big, scopey frame. She worked a quarter in a fluid :22 and galloped out like she wanted to go around again. The pedigree's there for two turns, as a half-sister was stakes-placed at two on the grass, and her Dynaformer second dam won the GIII Natalma. This is a classy family that includes the likes of A.P. Indy far down.  

Hip 59, Hard Spun--Afleet Lover, by Northern Afleet - $35,000

   This was the sleeper of the group, and we probably would've picked her up for that price if we didn't have some flashier options still to come. Physically, she's not much to look at--typical of the sire with a distinctly Danzig look. Her dam was stakes-placed and versatile distance wise, and her second dam was a precocious stakes winner on the main track. Hard Spun's progeny are versatile from a surface perspective, but this filly's stride in her :10 4/5 move gave off some turfy vibes and something about it was reminiscent of an expensive Hard Spun colt who sold at OBSMAR. 

Brian DiDonato