Fasig-Tipton June sale set for Tuesday

Sixty-four numbered hips are expected to go through the ring Tuesday afternoon in Timonium during the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic June two-year-old sale.

The sale, which made its debut last year, is the final two-year-olds in training sale of the year, and it cuts a much lower profile than does the company’s May sale. It kicks off at 2:00 p.m.

Last year’s sale saw 59 horses change hands with an average sale price of $43,068. Another 20 did not find buyers.

The horses on offer breezed Monday, with all but nine working an eighth of a mile. Seven of the remainder breezed a quarter-mile, while two galloped.

The top workers at an eighth were Hip 4 and Hip 61, both of whom traveled the distance in 10 seconds flat.

Hip 4 is a New Jersey-bred colt by Vekoma out of the unplaced Pioneerof the Nile mare Elusively. Vekoma, winner of the 2020 Met Mile (G1) and Carter (G1), is off to a fast start at stud, with a first crop-leading eight winners from 14 starters to date; he’s second among first crop sires in progeny earnings thus far, as well.

Hip 4’s female family includes multiple Grade or Group 1 winners Sharp Cat and Royal Anthem. The former won 15 times in 22 starts while earning over $2 million. The latter earned almost $1.9 million while racing in both England and North America.

Elusively, Hip 4’s dam, is a half-sister to Colonel Sharp, who won nine races, including the Dave’s Friend at Laurel Park and the Maryland Coalition at Timonium, and earned over $376,000. Her lone foal to race, Hidden Vase, by Bucchero, is a winner.

Hip 4 is Virginia certified. He is being consigned by Mason Springs as agent.

Hip 4 is the only New Jersey-bred in the sale, while Hip 61 is one of just two Indiana-breds. She’s a filly by Country House out of the Valid Expectations mare Bud’s Little Edge, and is being consigned by James Layden as agent.

Hip 4 at the Fasig-Tipton June sale. Photo courtesy of Fasig-Tipton.

Country House has not had any runners yet; his eldest are two-year-olds this year. By Lookin At Lucky, he is best remembered for having been elevated to the win in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. After finishing second at 65-1 odds, he was moved up to first when winner Maximum Security was disqualified for impeding rivals in the stretch. That was Country House’s second career win, and he never raced again.

Country House has had just one two-year-old sell this year. That horse, a colt, brought a top bid of $15,000.

Hip 61’s dam, Bud’s Little Edge, was stakes-placed and earned nearly $100,000 on the track. She’s the dam of six other foals but only two to race, though one of those two, Astartobe, won 13 times in her lengthy career.

Of the handful of horses to breeze a quarter, three of them did so in 21 4/5 seconds, the fastest of the lot. Oddly enough, all three are New York-breds, and all three are being consigned by Wes Carter as agent.

Perhaps the most interesting of that trio is Hip 16, a filly by Tiz the Law out of the winning Smart Strike mare Marcy Darcy. Four-time Grade 1 winner Tiz the Law won the Florida Derby, Belmont, and Travers at three and has his first two-year-olds this year. Tiz the Law already has two winners, and at sales, his two-year-olds have averaged $265,000 this year.

Marcy Darcy is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Pauline’s Pearl and the stakes winner Union Jackson. Hip 16’s third dam, Above Perfection, herself a Grade 3 winner, is the dam of Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming.

In addition to the New Jersey-bred mentioned above, there are eight Maryland-breds, three Pennsylvania-breds, and a West Virginia-bred in the sale, prior to outs.