01/07/2013 12:12AM

Keeneland January sale: Seven to watch at opening session

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Grade 2 winner Potesta will be offered as a broodmare prospect on the first day of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale

Hip No. 71, Lil Precious, 6-year-old mare, by Forestry – Zahwah by Rahy, consigned by Select Sales, agent.

“She’s out of a stakes-placed mare who’s been quite a producer. Spring Venture is just getting good now and has her whole future ahead of her. Forestry is emerging as a great broodmare sire, and Flatter is booked full at $20,000. She’s due in January with her first foal, and she’s fancy. She’s sweet and calm with no vices or problems, just a very uncomplicated mare with a beautiful family.”

Carrie Brogden of Select Sales on the daughter of Grade 3-placed winner Zahwah, dam of three winners from as many to race, including Grade 2 winner Spring Venture and stakes-placed winner Swift Artist. Lil Precious sells in foal to Flatter.

Hip No. 134, Potesta, 4-year-old filly, by Macho Uno – Katzen, by Furiously, consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent.

“I think we start with she’s just drop dead gorgeous. She’s a big, pretty mare, correct, and was extremely talented on the racetrack. She beat Eden’s Moon in her graded stakes victory. She set a track record her last time out, and she just had a really promising career cut short early.”

Guinness McFadden of Three Chimneys on the winner of the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks in 2012, who was retired in September after suffering a condylar fracture during a workout. She is out of stakes winning Furiously mare Katzen, who has produced three winners from as many to start, including Peruvian Group 1-placed Kabu.

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.

“We had her in the same barn all fall as Havre de Grace and Plum Pretty. They were sort of like the supermodels. She’s a gorgeous mare. John Fort bought her and he doesn’t buy anything but pretty. I think she’s arguably the most talented horse of her generation. She was one of those horses that never got a [graded stakes win] on her page, but everybody that saw her knew that she was very elite talent. She’s a fun horse to sell. Her reputation is so big that it kind of transcends what’s actually on the catalog page, and it’s a very good family, so I think she’s going to be really popular.”

Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency describes the winner of the 2012 Sunland Park Oaks, who was among the leading Kentucky Oaks contenders before she was retired in April with a ligament injury. She is a half-sister to Grade 3-placed stakes winner Dyna’s Lassie and sells in foal to Tapit.

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

“She’s a lovely mare, she has great balance. She’s by a fashionable sire right now in Scat Daddy, who’s obviously doing very well, and she’s a [half-] sister to Plum Pretty. She’s been well received here at the sale and we’re hoping for some good results. She’s just a lovely, simple mare, very uncomplicated and very straightforward with a lovely pedigree.”

Stuart Morris of Dapple Stud describes the Pennsylvania-bred broodmare prospect out of Liszy, dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Plum Pretty, who brought $4.2-million at the 2012 Keeneland November sale. She is from the family of Grade 1 winner Secret Hello, Grade 2 winner Silent Account, and Grade 3 winners Hadif and Conveyance.

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

“She’s a beautiful mare from a great family. She’s young and in foal to a horse that had the Derby winner last year [Flower Alley]. She’s got the whole package. She’s a very, very attractive mare, beautiful balance. When people see her, everybody is just taken by her. Her half-sisters are all producing, so if she follows in their footsteps, she’s going to be worth even more money a few years from now.”

Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency on the mare out of successful producer Felicita. She is a half-sister to Take Charge Lady, who was a multiple Grade 1 winner on the racetrack, sold as a broodmare for $4.2-million, and produced Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy. Desert Rose Drive, who sold for $900,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale, will go through the ring in foal to Flower Alley.

Hip No. 354, a yearling colt, by Distorted Humor – Endless Journey, by A.P. Indy, consigned by Cara Bloodstock, agent.

“We had him in the November sale, and he got a small cut that required a couple sutures, no big deal. He came up to this sale in great order. Plenty of the right people are looking at him, and he’s a registered Canadian-bred, so he’s got that program to aim at as well. It’s a young mare, so it would be good on her record to showcase a nice colt for her first foal. We’re hoping he’ll do himself some good, and his mare some good.”

Bernard McCormack of Cara Bloodstock on the first foal out of the A.P. Indy mare Endless Journey, a full sister to Grade 2 winner and sire Jump Start. He is from the family of Group 1 winner and prominent sire Miswaki.

Hip No. 385, Battle Hardened, by Giant’s Causeway – Jen’s Fashion, by Northern Fashion, consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent.

“He’s racing-sound and ready to go back into training for whoever buys him. He had two average runs in his last two runs, but he’s definitely sound for racing. He was a Kentucky Derby prospect last year, and just little minor things held him back, but we’re confident that he’s back.”

Adrian Regan of Hunter Valley Farm on the winner of the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes on last year’s Kentucky Derby trail. Selling as a racing or stallion prospect, Battle Hardened is out of the stakes-winning Northern Fashion mare Jen’s Fashion, who has produced even winners from eight to race, including 2004 Stephen Foster Handicap winner Colonial Colony and stakes-placed Pleasant Point.