10/13/2016 9:36AM

Keeneland November sale hips to watch: Lady Eli leads recent updates

John Bambury
Lady Eli, left, wins the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational. She is entered to sell at the Keeneland November sale.

The Keeneland November breeding stock sale is one of the major fall mixed sales held shortly following the Breeders’ Cup, and it is notable for top mares who head straight from the races to the sale grounds and horses who earn major catalog updates throughout the month of October.The following are Keeneland November hips to watch with recent catalog updates, selected based on their ontrack performance and pedigree. Conformation and veterinarian records were not taken into consideration. The Keeneland sale runs Tuesday, Nov. 8, through Sunday, Nov. 20.

Hip No. 125, Azara (More Than Ready – Life Happened, by Stravinsky), consigned by Three Chimneys, agent

This mare’s family was extremely active over the weekend as champion Tepin, her half-sister, was second in the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland in preparation for a defense of her Breeders’ Cup Mile title. Half-brother Vyjack stamped his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup by winning the Grade 2 City of Hope Mile at Santa Anita. Azara sells in foal to Into Mischief, the sire of Vyjack.

Hip No. 466, Lady Eli (Divine Park – Sacre Coeur, by Saint Ballado), consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, agent

The popular Lady Eli returned to the winner’s circle in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park last weekend. She will look to complete the remarkable story of her return from laminitis in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. In addition to her racing record, Lady Eli is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Bizzy Caroline.

Hip No. 1111, You Bought Her (Graeme Hall – Striking T, by Smart Strike), consigned by Brookdale Sales, as agent for Richard Perkins and Hinsley Racing

A Grade 2-placed multiple stakes winner, this Florida-bred mare romped by 5 1/2 lengths in an optional claimer on opening day at Keeneland, missing the track record by 0.72 seconds and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 91.

Hip 2305, Uptown Twirl (Twirling Candy – Sambuca Classica, by Cat Thief), consigned by Lane’s End, agent

This multiple stakes-winning Twirling Candy filly got a nice update to her page when half-brother Classic Empire captured the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland to stamp himself as one of the favorites for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Hip No. 2347, Conquest Bad Uncle (Uncle Mo – Worstcasescenario, by Forbidden Apple), consigned by Lane’s End, as agent for Conquest Stables

This filly, who won her maiden Oct. 1 at Woodbine, is one of several recent winners who will be sold as part of the complete dispersal of Conquest Stables. Her dam is a graded stakes winner.

Hip No. 2763, Every Moment (Arch – Bedanken, by Geri), consigned by Elm Tree Farm, agent

After finishing second in her first two starts, this filly, whose dam is a graded stakes winner, was a 4 3/4-length maiden special weight winner last Sunday on the Keeneland turf.

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