09/08/2005 11:00PM

Half-sister to champion among statebreds at Keeneland


The marathon Keeneland September yearling sale that begins on Monday and continues through Sept. 26 includes 42 California-breds, including a filly who is a half-sister to the 1994 champion older male, The Wicked North.

The sale, which includes more than 5,000 horses, has several California-bred yearlings out of stakes-winning dams, or yearlings that are full or half-siblings to stakes runners.

California-based stallions represented at the sale include In Excess, Old Topper, and Swiss Yodeler. A majority of the California-bred yearlings in the sale are by stallions that stand outside of California. Those yearlings are classified as California-breds because they were foaled in this state, and their dams were bred back to California-based stallions.

There are no California-breds in the first two days of the sale, the Monday and Tuesday sessions, which usually offer the highest-priced horses. The first statebred offered is a Distorted Humor colt (Hip No. 862) who is a half-sister to Ima Bad Habit, a stakes winner at Turf Paradise. He is consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Malibu Valley Farm, and sells on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the half-sister to The Wicked North, by In Excess, sells from the consignment of Fallbrook Farm, agent, as Hip No. 1119. The filly is a half-sister to three other stakes winners - A Lady from Dixie, Wild and Wicked, and Wicked Destiny.

The Taylor Made-Malibu Valley Farm team has two other Distorted Humor colts - Hip No. 1777 and Hip No. 2523. On Sept. 18, they are offering Hip No. 1777, a full-brother to Humorous Lady, the winner of the 2002 Astarita Stakes at Belmont Park. The following day, they offer a full-brother to Crackup, the winner of the California Cup Juvenile in 2002.

In the second week of the sale, there are California-bred yearlings related to two stakes-winning statebred mares - Work the Crowd and Mamselle Bebette.

On Sept. 23, a Cee's Tizzy-Got the Votes filly sells as Hip No. 4068. Got the Votes is a half-sister to Work the Crowd, who won 12 stakes and was the champion statebred 3-year-old filly in 1994 and champion statebred turf horse in 1995.

On Sept. 24, the second horse through the ring in the session, Hip No. 4121, is a Skimming-Mamselle Bebette colt. Skimming was a two-time winner of the Pacific Classic. His oldest foals are yearlings. Mamselle Bebette won three stakes and $427,08.

Last year, 17 California-breds sold at the Keeneland September sale, including a Gulch colt purchased for $425,000. Six of the 17 sold for $100,000 or more.

Sea of Secrets moves to state

Sea of Secrets will join the stallion roster at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif., for 2006, the farm announced earlier this week.

Sea of Secrets, 10, will stand for $3,500. Last year, Sea of Secrets stood for $5,000 at Walmac Farm in Lexington, Ky.

Sea of Secrets has sired four stakes winners, the most recent of which is Thekatcamehome, who won the Prairie Meadows Debutante Stakes on Sept. 3.

Sea of Secrets is by Storm Cat out of the Mr. Prospector mare Love from Mom. Bred and campaigned by Irving and Marjorie Cowan, Sea of Secrets won 4 of 10 starts and $155,757. His biggest win came in the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes over seven furlongs at Santa Anita in 1998.

* Globalize, who stands at Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville, Calif., was represented by his first winner on Sept. 4 when Princess Kinzie won a maiden special weight race for 2-year-old female statebreds at Del Mar.