11/05/2012 9:22PM

Keeneland November sale: Six to watch at opening session


Day 1 of the 11-day Keeneland November breeding stock sale may have fewer horses compared to other sessions in the sale, but the quality of the offerings will be strong.

Young Grade 1-winning mares such as Plum Pretty and Zazu will be prominently featured on Day 1, as well as several prominent producers. Weanling siblings to Grade 1 winners like Ice Box, Furthest Land, and Gabby’s Golden Gal also are scheduled to go through the ring Tuesday.

A total of 23 horses sold for seven figures at last year’s November sale, spurred by the high-profile dispersals of the late Edward P. Evans’s Spring Hill Farm and the late Prince Saud bin Khaled’s Palides Investments N.V. Last year’s sale produced the third-highest price for a racemare or broodmare prospect, when Benjamin Leon’s Besilu Stables went to $8.5 million on recent Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic winner Royal Delta.

Here is what consignors had to say about six horses that are expected to attract a lot of attention at Tuesday’s session.

Hip No. 6, weanling filly, by Speightstown—Flagrant, by Rahy, consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent.

“She’s a nice, good-moving filly. We have some expectations for her. Speightstown’s had a great year. Being half to a Breeders’ Cup winner is always a good selling point. She’s a January baby, and everything’s setting up for her.”

Wesley Purcell, of Claiborne Farm on the half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Furthest Land and Grade 3-placed winner Street Move. It is the family of Grade 1 winner Reluctant Guest and Grade 3 winners Dynever and Dowery.

Hip No. 14, Gloat, 3-year-old filly, by Mr. Greeley—On Parade, by Storm Cat, consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent.

“She just won at Keeneland last month. Several people have come by to look at her. The Phipps bloodline is hard to come by, so people always see those names and want to come out and take a look at them. She is a nice filly.”

Wesley Purcell of Claiborne Farm on the winning Mr. Greeley filly who is being sold as a racing or broodmare prospect. She is a product of the storied Phipps family breeding program, being out of Grade 3-placed winner On Parade, dam of Grade 2 winner and young sire Parading. It is the family of champion Storm Flag Flying, Grade 1 winner My Flag, and 1996 Broodmare of the Year and champion Personal Ensign.

Hip No. 96, Plum Pretty, 4-year-old filly, by Medaglia d’Oro—Liszy, by A.P. Indy, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

“She’s just a mare that’s very typical of what [owner] John Fort buys. He’s got a keen eye, and she’s just a beautiful horse. She ran some speed figures that were unbelievable. She’s a phenomenal racemare. Her win in the Kentucky Oaks, and even in the Sunland Oaks – you don’t see horses win like she did. When she was on her game, she was an elite talent.”

Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency on the 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner, who is being sold as a racing or broodmare prospect. She earned more than $1.68 million and is from the family of Grade 1 winner Secret Hello and Grade 2 winner Silent Account.

Hip No. 149, Zazu, 4-year-old filly, by Tapit—Rhumb Line, by Mr. Greeley, consigned by Lane’s End, agent.

“She’s a real collector’s item. Tapit’s about as hot as any horse at stud right now, and being a big, pretty, young daughter of Tapit and a multiple Grade 1 winner, she really just checks all the boxes for people and she should be popular.”

Bill Farish of Lane’s End on the multiple Grade 1-winning Tapit mare, who is being sold as a broodmare prospect.  A Grade 1 winner at 3 and 4 and an earner of $691,985, Zazu is a half-sister to stakes winner Corinthian’s Jewel and Group 2-placed winner Art Princess.

Hip No. 168, Bohemian Lady, 11-year-old mare, by Carson City—Weekend in Indy, by A.P. Indy, consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent.

“Carson City’s a really underrated broodmare sire that is really starting to gain traction now. Being in foal to Bernardini and being a half-sister to Any Given Saturday, a Grade 1-winning stallion, there’s not much more to want there. We sold a Dynaformer colt out of her the year before last for $725,000, so she’s a known producer.”

Guinness McFadden of Three Chimneys on the Grade 3-winning Carson City mare. Her dam, the winning mare Weekend in Indy, has produced three winners from as many starters, and her second dam, stakes-winning Spectacular Bid mare Whow, was the dam of 12 winners, including Grade 3 winner Second of June.

Hip No. 170, Calais, 5-year-old mare, by A.P. Indy—Flanders, by Seeking the Gold, consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent.

“She’s just gorgeous, taller than most, very, very elegant, very racy, just about regal. She’s an amazing looking mare. I don’t think it can get any better.”

Meg Levy of Bluewater Sales on the daughter of champion Flanders, a producer of eight winners from 11 starters, including champion Surfside and Grade 2 winner Battle Plan. She sells in foal to Distorted Humor and will be followed in the sales ring by her first foal, an Indian Charlie filly.