A 2-year-old colt and 2-year-old filly from the first crop of multiple Grade 2 winner FORTY TALES posted eye-popping times at the Friday and Saturday (April 21 and 22) under tack shows preceding the Ocala Breeders’ Sales (OBS) Company’s April 25-28 sale of 2-year-olds in training in Ocala, Florida. Forty Tales (Tale of the Cat – Forty Love, by Forty Niner), who romped in his juvenile debut at Aqueduct and then captured three graded events as arguably the best 3-year-old sprinter-miler in his crop, has two colts and a filly scheduled to sell at OBS. All three – cataloged as registered New York-breds – had impressive works, especially the two slated to be auctioned on Friday, April 28 – Hip No. 937 and Hip No 1010.
Hip No. 937, a colt consigned by Jose Munoz, Agent, drilled a quarter-mile in 21 1/5 seconds despite being 19 days short of his chronological 2-year-old birthday (May 10) when he posted that work. He just might be the fastest offspring produced from his winning dam, even though she already has a black-type stakes-placed daughter and a $421,220-earning son who was a stalking two-turn winner at Aqueduct.
Hip No. 1010, a filly consigned by Randy Bradshaw, Agent X, zipped a furlong in 10-flat, which was unsurpassed at the Saturday, April 22 under tack show. She has an intriguing pedigree to accompany her obvious speed. Her half-sister – and her dam’s first offspring – beat 10 rivals in a Laurel turf allowance as a 2-year-old and is currently in training at Camden in South Carolina. Her dam, a stakes-placed multiple winner on dirt and on turf, missed by only a neck and a nose to a pair of rivals to whom she was spotting weight while placing in an open listed stakes and also sped a mile and 70 yards in a near-record 1:38.42.
Sons of Tale of the Cat have emerged prominently as stallions, including the sire of a recent Grade 2 winner and leading Kentucky Derby contender plus the sire of an Eclipse Champion (won 2016 TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint) and a classic winner (Queen’s Plate) in his first crop. Forty Tales is the only graded-winning son of Tale of the Cat standing in the Northeast.