Blue Chip Front and Center at Fasig Tipton Santa Anita
California thoroughbred racing has been under fire as a result of the inconsistent track condition at Santa Anita. As a result, a lot of negative publicity has been generated while a spotlight is cast on the track and the problems with their racing surface. That all changes June 5th when Fasig-Tipton features their first two year old in training sale held at Santa Anita Park.
Over the past two weeks, prominent two year old racing prospects from a variety of top sires have been seen burning up the track in anticipation of one of the last two racing sales of the two year old season. No consignment or group of horses will be more front and center than Blue Chip Thoroughbreds. The new operation, in existence for just over five months, will be selling 12 horses with two different consignors. Adrian Gonzalez and his Checkmate Thoroughbreds feature nine of the horses including a standout prospect by American Pharaoh, a superstar colt out of Flatter, an ultra fast filly by Creative Cause, a fabulous looking Cal-bred colt by Fed Biz, and a gorgeous Palace filly. Q Bar J, owned by Quincy and Jenn Adams, traveled out from Florida to consign a potential sale topper in a Liam’s Map colt, an Animal Kingdom colt who needs a little more time to develop, and possibly the fastest horse in the sale, a NY-bred colt out of first-time sire Golden Ticket.
A word about our consignors: Adrian Gonzalez of Checkmate Thoroughbreds is one of the best in the game. He is a fantastic horseman who is the top pinhooker in California. Don’t hesitate to ask him questions about any of our horses he is handling.
Fasig-Tipton has done a bang up job promoting the sale, so expect to see some fireworks in the ring. Enthusiasm should be high as Santa Anita’s famed walking ring becomes the host for top racing prospects. Here is a closer look at the horses.
Hip No. 7 — This Hard Spun filly is a little small physically, but don’t let that fool you. She can really run. She is out of a family of small fillies including Al’s Gal, who won more than a half a million dollars.
Hip No. 20 — A Birdstone filly out of a Salt Lake mare, you know she is going to be fast. Balanced and athletic, this filly has a chance to explode on the scene. She has been working very well at Santa Anita including a quarter mile move two weeks ago that was eye-popping in how easy she did it.
Hip No. 37 — This Flatter colt is exceptional in every way. We expect big things out of him as his scope, athleticism, and body scream potential superstar. He was purchased as a pinhook out of the Fasig-Tipton Miami sale.
Hip No. 52 — A colt by English Channel, we think this horse has superior talent. If we owned him to race, we would give him just a little more time and target him for the grass. Make no mistake about it, this guy is an athlete and a half.
Hip No. 76 — This bad boy has a chance to be the Star of the Show. A colt by Liam’s Map, he is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner and sire Morning Line. Everything about him screams sire including athleticism, pedigree, and body. Expect a lot of buzz when he hits the sale ring.
Hip No. 88 — There is only one way to describe this guy — really fast. Balanced, correct, this American Pharoah colt has a chance to be special. We bought him out of the OBS sale with this sale as the target. We are expecting him to shine in the ring on June 5th.
Hip No. 95 — A filly by Elusive Quality, she will definitely need more time before she is race ready. We just broke her in February. The first foal out of a Hard Spun mare, this filly has the body and shape of a top-quality racehorse.
Hip No. 107 — This is as nice of a Cal-bred colt as you are going to find on the market. Athletic, smart, with a body to die for, this guy is from a Songandaprayer mare, so he will be fast, fast, fast. Also, this pedigree is sneaky amazing, with a million dollar Grades Stakes winner in the second Dam and multiple Graded Stakes winners in the third Dam.
Hip No. 110 — There is one word to describe this horse — GORGEOUS. A beautiful filly out of first-crop sire Palace, you will love everything about this horse. She is a leggy, two-turn, Kentucky Oaks type of filly with as nice a body as you will find on any filly. I don’t expect her to go down there in 10.0, but when she goes two turns, Watch Out.
Hip No. 140 — This is a colt by first-time sire Golden Ticket. A NY-bred, this guy is freaky fast and freaky talented. I doubt very seriously if there is a horse in this sale who has more talent and is faster. If anyone in this sale is going to go 9.4 or 10.0, it’s this guy.
Hip No. 143 — This filly by Creative Cause will be a must-buy horse for anyone looking for Cal-breds. She is smart, super-talented, and fast. You will not be able to find anything about her you don’t like. Expecting really big things out of her.
Hip No. 153 — A colt by Animal Kingdom, I love this guy. We broke him in February, so he is behind everyone else, but his talent has shined through. He has all the tools — great mover, fabulous body, and plenty of pedigree. He is probably three months from racing, but he is the kind of colt we love in our barn, so looking forward to seeing him on the track.