Eighty-five horses went through the ring during The Florida Sale held by Fasig-Tipton. Forty-seven sold for a total of $13,370,000 with an average of $284,468 and a $180,000 median. Nine of the top ten stallions in the 2013 North American General Sire list and the top three Freshman Sires of last year were represented. Two colts sold for seven figures and four other juveniles sold for $500,000 or greater.
Of the top dozen sellers, I consider these two juveniles the best from the sale. Their attributes were well-balanced through their pedigrees, breeze-outs, and conformation. The filly, Hip No. 41, has a slight advantage over the colt, Hip No. 66. I was more attracted to the colt’s pedigree, but the filly’s breeze-out was somewhat stronger, making her my first choice.
Hip No. 41 presents an attractive pedigree for the sales industry, for she is sired by Malibu Moon and out of the Touch Gold mare, Touch Here. While the influence of Mr. Prospector is slightly more prominent than preferred, this filly has worthy bloodlines. Her dam was Graded Stakes placed, and she transferred this talent into the breeding shed. Touch Here produced the Kentucky Oaks victress, Summerly.
In her breeze, she displayed a long-reaching stride, maintaining a level topline and did not unnecessarily waste energy. She completed the one furlong sprint in a quick 10.0. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, she was sold for $450,000 to 3-CH, acting as an agent.
A son of the promising sire, Eskendereya, Hip No. 66 garnered a $500,000 winning bid from agent Mark Casse. Out of the Afleet mare, Call Me Fleet, this colt also presents excess Mr. Prospector blood, but redeems himself with an incredible dam line. Call Me Fleet was the dam of a Stakes winner and the grand-dam of the multi-Graded Stakes winner/GI-placed, A.P. Warrior and other stakes winners in North America, Ireland, and Australia. Hip No. 66’s second dam is actually a half-sister to the two-time champion Northernette and the legendary Storm Bird.
The influences of the compact Northern Dancer blood was apparent in his conformation, but at the start of his breeze, it seemed as if it took him longer to gather his speed. Nonetheless, he exhibited an aerodynamic stride, and also kept his topline quite level.