Cupid Head Shot

Cupid Ready to Strike with Fasig-Tipton Yearlings

An exceptional yearling himself when bringing $900,000, Grade I winner Cupid sees his first yearlings shine at this week’s Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling Showcase.

Buyers will have 13 chances to buy yearlings by Cupid at the Fasig-Tipton complex in Lexington, Ky., starting with the New York-bred Hip 51 out of Sheet Humor.

The Denali Stud-consigned filly is a half-sister to recent winner Helene Jacqueline, one of two to race out of her dam. That mare is a daughter of Grade III winner Sheets with the stakes success continuing with Sheet Humor’s granddam, stakes placed One Hot Minute.

Cupid’s second shot is Hip 59 from the Paramount Sales consignment during the New York-bred section. The first foal out of the Quality Road mare Snow, the colt’s dam is a half-sister to stakes winner and Grade I placed Quindici Man and Grade II placed Spurrier. The dark bay has plenty of family throughout his page with his pedigree including Grade I winners Wild Rush, Hayil, and Shalaa.

Hip 105 from St George Sales is the second foal out of a daughter of stakes winning Bedside Manner. Bedside Manner herself is also the dam of Grade II winner Skyway, stakes winner and Grade I placed Ava K., and Miss Blarney Stone – the dam of two stakes runners.

War Horse Place sends out Hip 205, a colt out of Lily’s Spark. That mare is already the dam of Competitive Edge’s three-time winner Pretty Edgy from her first foal to race. A daughter of stakes winning Sparklin Lil, Lily’s Spark is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Prayer For Relief and stakes winner Twin Sparks.


Sparklin Lil is one of four stakes horses for her own dam with two of her non-stakes siblings the dams of stakes winners. This filly is bred on the Tapit son x Mineshaft daughter cross that has produced three winners from three to race with the A.P. Indy 4 x 3 cross producing 35 winners, including graded stakes winner Project Whiskey and last weekend’s Grade II Jim Dandy third Jesus’ Team.

Michael and Julia O’Quinn have consigned Hip 251 out of stakes winning Miss Lederhosen. The dam of two winners from two to race, Miss Lederhosen is a half-sister to stakes placed Breathethefire and out of a half-sister to Grade III winner Phantom On Tour and two other stakes winners. Tapit sons bred to Valid Expectations daughters has produced two stakes runners from four winners.

Among Cupid’s last offerings is Lot 464 from Denali Stud, a half-brother to the brilliant 2-year-old Flying Aletha. Trained by Wesley Ward, the filly was recently second in the Colleen Stakes and has two top two finishes in four starts. The colt’s second dam is stakes winner and Grade II placed Afleet Deceit, who is also a half-sister to stakes placed Bella Traviata. This family also includes successful broodmare Pilfer and Canadian champion Rahy’s Attorney among others.

Cupid’s last offering is Hip 563 from Summerfield. The colt is the first foal out of multiple stakes winner Defining Hope, whose dam On The Point has two winners from two of racing age. That mare’s second runner Uphold won after the catalogue came out. The family has proven to be tough with Strong Hope and her brother having four wins between them and their dam’s half-sister the owner of seven victories with four dam I’m So Agreeable producing six winners of 23 races between them.

Other Cupid yearlings on offer include Perrone Sales’ Hip 65 from a half-sister to Manuka Honey; Hip 67 out of a daughter of Listed placed Conradley; Warrendale Sales’ Hip 204 from the family of Pioneerof The Nile; St George’s Hip 263 out of a granddaughter of stakes winner and producer Ladyago; and Hip 535 from Eaton Sales, a granddaughter of Grade III winner Meter Maid.