LEXINGTON, Ky.-- Ricky and Wendy Hendriks of Unionville and Kennett Square, Pa. between them bought three horses at Fasig-Tipton's July Selected Horses of Racing Age on July 8.
Wendy bought hip number 557, Supervillain, a 3-year-old by Super Saver out of an Empire Maker mare, bred by D.D. Matz, for $24,000.
Supervillain has started four times, finishing sixth twice and eighth twice, after starting slowly in his races.
"We've had great luck buying horses that broke slowly and then making them into jumpers," said Wendy Hendriks. "I saw Supervillain and loved the way he moved."
"He may run on the flat a couple of times, but the plan is to make him a jumper," said Hendriks.
Wendy and Ricky, in partnership with Ken Kachel, bought hip number 585, Trace, a 4-year-old mare by Ghostzapper out of an Arch mare, for $57,000.
Trace has started 13 times with one win, one second, three thirds and four fourths, having run in allowance races since breaking her maiden in a maiden special weight race at Ellis Park last year in her fourth start.
"I LOVED everything about her," said Hendriks. "I liked her form, I liked her pedigree, her conformation and the vet report. Ricky will train her as a flat horse. She may go to Colonial Downs."
"Ricky bought one to be a jumper," said Hendriks.
Ricky bought hip number 579, Storm Tower, by Candy Ride (Arg) out of a Storm Cat mare.
Storm Tower has started twice in maiden special weight races at Monmouth, finishing third and sixth.
"All three arrived here last night (July 10)," said Hendriks, "Ricky took the two geldings to his farm today. I love going to Kentucky. It's really nice there."
This year, 96 head were sold for $6,548,500 for an average of $68,932 with 41 not sold compared to 100 soldlast year for $9,328,00 for an average of $93,180 with 19 not sold.
PATTI MILLER bought four the next day at Fasig-Tipton's July Selected Yearlings sale.
She bought hip number 42, a Md-bred filly by Anchor Down out of Simmadownnow for $45,000 as agent for Men's Grille Racing, and she bought post sale hip number 112, a colt by Constitution out of Without Thought for $125,000 as agent for Bruce Lunsford.
She bought hip number 179,a chestnut colt by Brody's Cause out of City Gone Wild for $100,000 as agent for Lunsford, and she also bought hip number 247, a chestnut colt by Midshipman out of I Got This for $50,000 that Lunsford signed for.
"I go for the physical look and the cardio," said Miller. "I like early foals out of fast mares, and then it's a matter of matching the horse to a person. Does it always work? No. But does it work often? Yes."
"It was a good sale for physical correctness," said Miller. "There was a lot of effort on the part of Fasig-Tipton to get good individuals. There were a lot of freshman sires, but they still sold well. There were a lot of nice Pa-breds, but I wasn't able to get any of them."
Seven Pa-breds sold for an average of $71,000, with a colt by Competitive Edge selling for $105,000 and a filly by Speightster selling for $120,000.
This year, 202 yearlings sold for $18,621,000 for an average of $92,183 with 98 not sold compared to last year when 196 sold for $19,762,500 for an average of $100,829 with 86 not sold.