Fasig-Tipton: Racing age horses to spice up sale

In recent years, the highlight of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic winter mixed sale has been its horses of racing age supplement. That seems likely to continue at this year’s event, which takes place Tuesday, December 6 at the Timonium fairgrounds.

The flashiest of those racing age results came three years ago, when Laddie Liam, then a two-year-old, fetched a winning bid of $450,000 just days after winning the Maryland Juvenile Championship.

Will there be a Laddie Liam this time around? Likely not, but, hey, you never know. There certainly are some familiar names slated to go through the ring.

For example, Hip 281 is Radical Right. A three-year-old First Samurai gelding trained by Dale Capuano for Richard Shultz, Radical Right is a three-time winner, meaning he still has conditions available. Most recently he was a closing second in the City of Laurel Stakes Nov. 26. He is being consigned by Northview Stallion Station, David Wade as agent.

Speaking of the stakes contested at Laurel Park Nov. 26, Hip 286 is Bazinga C, who finished third in the Safely Kept that day. A three-year-old Exaggerator filly, Bazinga C won the New Start Stakes for PA-breds earlier this year at Penn National and has six wins, and nearly $250,000 in earnings, from 14 career outings. She’s a homebred for Joe Besecker, who is selling several horses of racing age. She is also being consigned by Northview.

Then there’s Hip 243. That’s Heldish, a two-year-old Great Notion colt. Trained by Brittany Russell for ItsTheJho LLC, he has been second or third in four consecutive races since winning at first asking July 1. Three of those placings came in stakes company, including a third in the James F. Lewis, III Stakes last out and a runner-up in the Maryland Million Nursery two back. Heldish is in the consignment of Greenmount Farm as agent.

Heldish won at first asking July 1, 2022. Photo by Jim McCue.

If you’re looking for an older type, you could do worse than Hip 239. A five-year-old intact son of Kitten’s Joy, Glynn County is a four-time winner in his career and has placed in several graded events in his career, including a third-place finish in the 2021 Grade 1 Mr. D at Arlington Park. Glynn County will be consigned by Marshall Silverman as agent.

A younger sort showing some promise is Hip 267. A three-year-old Practical Joke gelding, Patient Capital was once a $240,000 yearling. He won at first asking but eventually dropped down to race for – and be claimed at – $25,000. Most recently he won a $50,000 starter allowance at Aqueduct while recording a career-best 86 Beyer speed figure. Silverman is also the consignor of Patient Capital.

One horse originally entered in the sale but scratched over this weekend was Street Lute. A 10-time winner who has earned over $600,000, Street Lute is a four-year-old Street Magician filly who was to be consigned by Bill Reightler.

The sale kicks off December 6 at 11:00 a.m.