01/04/2013 4:02PM

Keeneland January sale offers high-profile yearlings and broodmares

Barbara D. Livingston
The mare Salty Strike won seven stakes during her racing career and is up for sale at Keeneland.

The Keeneland January horses of all ages sale features a mix of recently retired fillies and mares off the track, proven broodmares, and just-turned yearlings, as well as horses in training who are ready to run in 2013.

The sale also features the dispersal of Fares Farm, which begins during the second session. The breeding program that produced two-time Horse of the Year Curlin will offer several members from the champion’s family among the 80 horses in its dispersal, which is being handled by Lane’s End, agent.

“The way our market is at the moment, it’s the old adage that quality sells and there’s plenty of money for quality,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales. “That, I think, will carry forward.”

Here are a few of the horses to keep an eye on during this year’s Keeneland January sale.

Hip No. 74, yearling filly, by Lookin At Lucky-Liszy, by A.P. Indy, consigned by Charlton (Rick and Dixie Abbott), agent.

Hip No. 75, 2-year-old filly, by Ghostzapper-Liszy, by A.P. Indy, consigned by Charlton (Rick and Dixie Abbott), agent.

Hip No. 316, Cayman Style, 4-year-old filly, by Scat Daddy-Liszy, by A.P. Indy, consigned by Dapple Stud, agent.

Three daughters of A.P. Indy mare Liszy, dam of 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty, are cataloged in the sale. The broodmare’s stock is high following the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, where Plum Pretty sold for $4.2 million. Liszy was bought back for $500,000 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The unraced Cayman Style sells as a broodmare prospect.

Hip No. 135, Princess Arabella, 4-year-old mare, by Any Given Saturday-Tortuga Lady, by Thunder Gulch, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

Princess Arabella established herself as a player on the 2012 Kentucky Oaks trail after winning her first three starts, capped off by an eight-length win in the Sunland Park Oaks. She was retired shortly after that start with a tendon injury, however, and bred to Tapit, to whom she sells in foal. Princess Arabella is a half-sister to Grade 3-placed stakes winner Dyna’s Lassie and from the family of 2001 Kentucky Derby runner-up Invisible Ink.

Hip No. 339, Desert Rose Drive, 7-year-old mare, by A.P. Indy-Felicita, by Rubiano, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

The produce of Felicita have done exceptionally well, highlighted by Take Charge Lady, a Grade 1 winner, a $4.2-million purchase as a broodmare, and the producer of Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy. Desert Rose Drive sold for $900,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale. Desert Rose Drive sells in foal to fast-rising sire Flower Alley.

Hip No. 429, Keertana, 7-year-old mare, by Johar-Motokiks, by Storm Cat, consigned by Four Star Sales, agent for Brownwood Farm.

Multiple Grade 3-winning turf specialist Keertana won 11 of 29 starts in five seasons, including six stakes, and earned $1,031,938. She also finished third in a blanket finish in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. She will sell carrying her first foal, by Arch. Her half-sister, Grade 3 winner Snow Top Mountain, sells later in the day as Hip No. 584, in foal to Blame.

Hip No. 553, Salty Strike, 5-year-old mare, by Smart Strike-Lake Huron, by Salt Lake, consigned by Lane’s End, agent.

A multiple Grade 3 winner, Salty Strike last raced in November when winning her seventh stakes, the Dream Supreme Stakes at Churchill Downs. She is one of six winners out of Lake Huron. Salty Strike has won 9 of 20 starts for earnings of $485,266 and will sell as a racing or broodmare prospect.

Hip No. 570, yearling filly, by Distorted Humor-Sherriff’s Deputy, by Deputy Minister, consigned by Lane’s End, agent for the complete dispersal of Fares Farm.

A half-sister to two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and the final foal out of Sherriff’s Deputy, who died in 2012, she will be the first yearling out of Sherriff’s Deputy to sell at public auction since Curlin brought $57,000 at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Hip No. 634, Venetian Sonata, 4-year-old filly, by Bernardini-Moonlight Sonata, by Carson City, consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent.

By a popular commercial sire and out of a popular commercial broodmare, Venetian Sonata is a three-quarter sister to A. P. Sonata, who brought $1.1 million at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale. She is a full sister to Grade 2 winner Wilburn, who topped the 2010 Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale at $625,000. Moonlight Sonata sold for $750,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November sale.

Hip No. 735, Deputy Saint, 6-year-old mare, by Saint Liam-Sherriff’s Deputy, by Deputy Minister, consigned by Lane’s End, agent for the complete dispersal of Fares Farm.

Another high-profile offering from the Fares Farm dispersal and a half-sister to Curlin, Deputy Saint is an especially rare vintage, not only as a broodmare out of the deceased Sherriff’s Deputy but as a member of the only crop from sire Saint Liam. She sells in foal to Lemon Drop Kid, and her first foal, a Speightstown filly, will follow her into the sales ring as the next hip number.