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Keeneland April sale: Hips to watch
By Joe Nevills
Hip No. 12, dark bay or brown filly, by Smart Strike – You, by You and I, consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
“She’s a big, coarse filly by a horse that can get you a coarse one, and her mother was very coarse, so she looks just like her. A lot of the guys that knew the mother are kind of happy with her. She’s a beautiful mover. She’s got the look of a filly that’s going to go a mile and a quarter. If she runs around one turn in her life, it’ll be at Belmont when they run that maiden at a mile and a sixteenth.”
Consignor Eddie Woods on the filly out of the multiple Grade 1-winning You and I mare You, who has produced three winners from four to race, including Grade 2 winner You and I Forever, stakes winner Causeway’s Kin, Saudi Arabian champion It’s So You. She completed a two-furlong breeze in :21.80 seconds, and was bought back at last year’s Keeneland September sale, with a final bid of $190,000.
Hip No. 13, J. Quirk, gray or roan filly, by Unbridled’s Song – You’re Beautiful, by Storm Cat, consigned by de Meric Sales, agent.
“She’s a lovely Unbridled’s Song filly from a young Storm Cat mare with a tremendous family behind her, and she proved what she is on the racetrack. She stacks up very well in the barn and I think she’s got a very bright future.”
Consignor Nick de Meric on the filly out of the winning Storm Cat mare You’re Beautiful, who is the dam of two winners from as many to race. Her second dam is Cee’s Song, dam of two-time Horse of the Year Tiznow and Grade 2 winners Budroyale and Tizdubai, as well as Tizso, dam of Grade 1 winner Paynter, and Tizamazing, dam of Grade 3 winner and current Kentucky Derby trail horse Oxbow. J. Quirk breezed one furlong in 10 seconds flat during the pre-sale under-tack show, and sold as a yearling for $150,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September sale.
Hip No. 51, bay filly, by Unbridled’s Song – Eden’s Causeway, by Giant’s Causeway, consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
“She’s a special filly. It’s a very, very deep family, and she’s a sister to a Grade 1 winner, and there’s Grade 1 winner after Grade 1 winner in the second dam. The mare is being bred to Frankel. For the end-users, there’s going to be some upside going forward. She was scintillating on the racetrack. She worked in 10 [seconds] flat and galloped out like a good horse, she stands on the end of a shank like a queen, and we feel very lucky to have her.”
Ciaran Dunne of Wavertree Stables describes the filly out of the winning Giant’s Causeway mare Eden’s Causeway, who is the dam of Grade 1 winner Eden’s Moon. A $245,000 buyback at last year’s Keeneland September sale, the filly’s page includes champions Theatrical and Paradise Creek, as well as Grade/Group 1 winners Forbidden Apple, Wild Event and David Junior. She breezed one furlong in 10 seconds flat.
Hip No. 59, chestnut colt, by Stormy Atlantic – Forest Lady, by Woodman, consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
“He’s a fabulous individual. He was a high-priced yearling, and when he walks out here and stands up at the end of a shank, you go ‘Well, that’s why.’ He had a great breeze and made a wonderful video. He’s a New York-bred, to boot.”
Ciaran Dunne on the colt out of the Woodman mare Forest Lady, who is the dam of four winners from five to race. His global pedigree includes European champion Bosra Sham, Grade and Group 1 winner Ciro, French classic winners Hector Protector and Shanghai, and multiple Japanese Group 2 winner Trailblazer. He was a $225,000 weanling purchase at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, and he breezed one furlong in :10.20 seconds.
Hip No. 62, bay filly, by A.P. Indy – Gourmet Girl, by Cee’s Tizzy, consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
“She’s a well-bred filly. She’s not perfect, but she’s proven pretty popular. The fact that she’s an A.P. Indy is bringing people to the barn. We’ll see what happens.”
Eddie Woods on the filly from the highly coveted final crop of pensioned sire A.P. Indy. She is out of champion Gourmet Girl and is a half-sister to stakes-placed winner Luxury Class. A $60,000 purchase at last year’s Keeneland September sale, the filly’s notable family members include multiple Group 3 winner Kebir, Grade 1-placed winner Northern Mischief, and Group 3-placed winner Marfach. She breezed one furlong in :10.40 seconds during the under-tack show.
Hip No. 78, Dixie Blossom, bay filly, by Dixie Union – Lemon Blossom, by Lemon Drop Kid, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“She was a beautiful mover on the racetrack. She didn’t look like a Quarter Horse. She had reach, and she looked like a filly that would stretch out. She’s out of a Lemon Drop Kid mare, so there’s no limit to how far this filly should be able to run.”
Niall Brennan describes the on-track performance of the only horse at this year’s Keeneland April sale to breeze a furlong under ten seconds, as she covered the eighth of a mile in :9.80. Dixie Blossom is out of the winning Lemon Drop Kid mare Lemon Blossom, who has produced one winner from two to race. A $100,000 purchase at last year’s Keeneland September sale, Dixie Blossom is from the family of Canadian champion Hero’s Love, Grade 3-placed stakes winner Love Kiss, and Grade 3-placed winner Zapparition.
Hip No. 79, bay colt, by Street Sense – Lightfoot Lane, by Phone Trick, consigned by Murray Smith, agent.
“He’s the kind of horse that any trainer would love to have in his barn. He’s straightforward, and he’s the kind of horse that just does everything right. He’s a proud horse and he likes what he does. He’s got a real sense of quality about him, and I like that in a horse.”
Consignor Murray Smith on the colt out of the winning Phone Trick mare Lightfoot Lane, whose first four foals to race have all been winners, including multiple stakes winner Shopton Lane and stakes-placed winner Light Up the Lane. Further down the page is Grade 2 winner Skipshot and Grade 3 winner Skip Code. The colt completed one furlong in :10.60 seconds during the under-tack show and was a $30,000 purchase at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
“Pound for pound, he’s probably as good a horse as there is in the sale. He’s by Distorted Humor, who is one of the preeminent stallions in America, and it’s a family of stallions. His breeze, gallop-out, action, video, all of the above, had people chasing him back to the barn. When he walks out on the end of a shank, he’s what they want.”
Ciaran Dunne on the first foal out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Meerkat Miss. His second dam, Grade 2-placed stakes winner Beware of the Cat, is the dam of Irish champion Hold That Tiger and Belmont Stakes winner Editor’s Note, both sires, as well as stakes-winner Catnip, who has become a stakes-producing dam and granddam. The colt breezed one furlong in :10 seconds flat during the under-tack show.
I guess all of these will be going to Pletcher
Great article! Check out my top hips here: http://pastthegrandstand.blogspot.com/2013/04/part-one-2013-keeneland-april-two-year.html