The essence of this year's Saratoga sale of selected yearlings revolved around what the breed will be missing. The Fasig-Tipton sale's top price was a filly by the late Dynaformer, whose last crop are yearlings. The highest-priced lot in the Tuesday night session was a son of Indian Charlie, another stallion whose last crop are yearlings.
But fillies, like the Dynaformer in particular, are not only the next generation of racehorses but also help to provide the links to make the following generations stronger and faster. In that regard, the daughters of A.P. Indy shone to a degree that is uncommon, even in a sale of yearlings who are the crème de la crème.
The sale-topping filly, Hip 69, was consigned by John Stuart's Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services. She is out of the A.P. Indy mare Indy Pick, already the dam of graded stakes winner Optimizer (by English Channel) and is from the family of champion Lady Pitt that has been cultivated through several generations of prosperity by the Phipps family.
Hip 69 is a filly who shows the color imprint and type of her sire Dynaformer. A son of English Derby winner Roberto, Dynaformer was a good performer in this country who exceeded expectations to such a degree after going to stud at Wafare Farm, that he was transferred to spend the rest of his stud career at Three Chimneys.
Robert Clay of Three Chimneys bought the Dynaformer filly for $1,225,000 on behalf of Borges Torrealba, a billionaire Brazilian who is also a major investor in Three Chimneys.
The Dynaformer is clearly in the sire's general type of scopy, two-turn performers, but the great identifier for her is the elegance and quality she possesses. These are not synonymous with Dynaformer, a hulk of a horse with feet and bone of corresponding size.
The dam is responsible for moving Hip 69 back to the breed norms for size, and Indy Pick also put her own quality and finesse on display with the class of her daughter. Indy Pick is a daughter of G1 winner Fantastic Find (Mr. Prospector), the yearling's second dam who produced G1 Acorn winner Finder's Fee (Storm Cat) and was a half-sister to G1 winners Dancing Spree (Nijinsky) and Furlough (Easy Goer).
Other lots at the top end of the sales ledger also featured daughters of A.P. Indy as the dam. The sale's second-highest price was $1 million for Hip 23, a Distorted Humor filly who is the first foal out of the stakes-winning Cascading, and the sale's high price for a colt (and third-highest price in Monday's session) was $875,000 for a Medaglia d'Oro out of Crystal Current, another daughter of A.P. Indy.
Consigned by Hill ‘n' Dale Sales, Hip 23 sold to Live Oak Plantation, a breeding and racing operation that has an eye for beauty, and the Distorted Humor filly was a fetching February filly. Standing a shade under 15.2 hands, the filly was notably higher behind than at the withers, making most believe that she will continue to add height. The filly, even though a first foal, was very robust, with particular development through the hindquarters, and she has a quick, long walk.
Both Hip 23 and Hip 33 share the strong top so frequently found among the A.P. Indy stock. It is a quality that makes them look like milers, even when A.P. Indy's offspring are notable for being among the most classic runners of their generation, year after year.
Now, however, A.P. Indy's own racers are aging off the track, but his daughters and sons are passing on his legacy of type and shape to the succeeding generation.
Surely one of those with great potential to shine on as an athlete is Hip 33. This son of Medaglia d'Oro was consigned by Bluewater Sales and proved himself a grand specimen of the select yearling tribe during his time at Saratoga. He looked the part and acted it. Thus, he sold for $875,000 to Team Valor.
A strong-topped colt with a beautiful head, this bay possesses the best qualities associated with both his sire and grandsire. The colt is out of A.P. Indy's stakes-winning daughter Crystal Current, a full sister to G1 winner Majestic Warrior, who made quite a splash with his first crop of runners last season.
Their dam is G1 winner Dream Supreme (Seeking the Gold), the top performer by G1 winner Spinning Round (Dixieland Band). This family was developed by George Steinbrenner and family.
Hip 33 was a great-mover, with a great overstride and an impressive hind leg. He has the length through the body and chiseled muscle often associated with A.P. Indy and his best stock. Through their accomplishments, the grand old sire of the Thoroughbred will find his contribution reverberating through the breed as he lives on as an honored pensioner at Lane's End Farm.
Frank Mitchell is author of Racehorse Breeding Theories, as well as the book Great Breeders and Their Methods: The Hancocks. In addition to writing the column “Sires and Dams” in Daily Racing Form for nearly 15 years, he has contributed articles to Thoroughbred Daily News, Thoroughbred Times, Thoroughbred Record, International Thoroughbred, and other major publications. In addition, Frank is a private consultant to breeders on pedigrees, matings, and conformation. He is a hands-on caretaker of his own broodmares and foals in central Kentucky. Check out Frank's lively Bloodstock in the Bluegrass blog.
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