09/01/2011 12:17PM

Keeneland September: 50 hips to watch

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This will be the second year under Keeneland’s new format, with a super-select Book 1 selling Sunday and Monday nights, Sept. 11 and 12. In total, 211 hips are offered in the first 2 sessions, although there will undoubtedly be a few lots withdrawn before the sale. Of the 4,319 yearlings cataloged in the sale over 13 days, these are the crème de la crème, as determined by the Keeneland selection committee and the consignors. 

Below are the 50 catalog pages that seemed most noteworthy. Since the sires represent the ultra elite, the emphasis here is on the dam’s side of the pedigree.  Some of these are out of fantastic racemares.  Some are siblings to current top runners or great runners of recent memory.  Some of these represent a family or cross that has particular appeal. 

If the market stays as strong as the yearling sales in July and August, this could be a lot of fun.

(Hip number, sex, sire – dam and dam’s sire, consignor)

5, colt, Dixie Union – Run Sarah Run by Smart Strike, Gainesway, agent. 
His half-brother, First Dude, won this year’s Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup and placed in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes last year. 

15, colt, Unbridled’s Song – Sweet Life by Kris S., Lane’s End, agent. 
He is a half-brother to champion Sweet Catomine and her Breeders’ Cup-winning sister Life Is Sweet, as well as the 2011 stakes winner Calimonco. 

22, colt, Tiznow – Well Dressed by Notebook, Taylor Made Sales, agent. 
He is a full brother to Grade 1 Dubai World Cup winner Well Armed and a half-brother to Grade 3 winner Witty. 

32, colt, Giant’s Causeway – A. P. Dream by A.P. Indy, Lane’s End, agent. 
He is out of a winning full sister to Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes winner Majestic Warrior, among others, from a strong Kinsman Stud family. 

35, filly, Street Cry (IRE) – Balistroika by ­Nijinsky II, Eaton Sales, agent. 
When there’s nothing on the page but the first dam, you know broodmare potential is strong. She is a half-sister to a 1000 Guineas winner, and the second dam produced three Grade 1 winners.

39, filly, Smart Strike – Belva by Theatrical (IRE), Paramount Sales, agent. 
She is a full sister to champion turf male English Channel, and the second dam, Committed, was a classy sprinter in Europe.

43, colt, Bernardini – Brandy Rose by Distinctive Pro, Bluewater Sales, agent. 
He is a half-brother to three stakes winners, including Grade 1 winner Sweet Symphony, by Bernardini’s sire A.P. Indy; and his dam is a half-sister to champion Holy Bull.

55, filly, Street Sense – Delta Princess by A.P. Indy, Lane’s End, agent. 
This is a half-sister to recent Grade 1 Alabama Stakes winner Royal Delta, from three generations of the very highest class racemares.

58, colt, Tale of the Cat – Ecology by Unbridled’s Song, Paramount Sales, agent. 
He is a half-brother to versatile Grade 1 winner General Quarters, whose sire, Sky Mesa, has remarkable pedigree links to Tale of the Cat. 

61, colt, Bernardini – Flanders by Seeking the Gold, Eaton Sales, agent. 
From a great Overbrook family, he is a half-brother to champion Surfside and Grade 2 winner Battle Plan, out of champion and Breeders’ Cup winner Flanders.

62, filly, Distorted Humor – Fleet Indian by Indian Charlie, Lane’s End, agent. 
Her dam is a champion, and her half-brother Storm ’N Indian was the highest priced yearling of 2009, at $2,050,000. 

64, colt, Curlin – Friendly Michelle by Artax, Lane’s End, agent. 
He is out of a Grade 1 winner, from the immediate family of Grade 2 winner Kathmanblu.

68, colt, Medaglia d’Oro – Grand Prayer by Grand Slam, Lane’s End, agent. 
He is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Malibu Prayer, out of a stakes winner, from a prolific stakes-producing family.

71, colt, Lemon Drop Kid – Heat Lightning by Summer Squall, Bluegrass Thor. Services, agent. 
This is a half-brother to champion Stevie Wonderboy and Grade 2 winner Theyskens’ Theory, and bred on the same formula of inbreeding to Weekend Surprise found in both of those runners.

72, colt, Street Cry (IRE) – Hollywood Wildcat by Kris S. , Taylor Made Sales, agent. 
This is a half-brother to four stakes winners, including Breeders’ Cup winner War Chant, out of champion Hollywood Wildcat. He is also bred on the same Street Cry/Kris S. nick that produced Zenyatta. 

87, colt, A.P. Indy – Malka by Deputy Minister, Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, agent. 
The dam is a winning half-sister to the dams of Super Saver and Bluegrass Cat, to name a few under the second dam.  Last year’s A.P. Indy filly brought $625,000 at Saratoga.

91, colt, Raven’s Pass – Mini Chat by Deputy Minister, Bluewater Sales, agent. 
This is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Dixie Chatter, and the second dam is champion Phone Chatter.

94, filly, Unbridled’s Song – My White Corvette by Tarr Road, Denali Stud, agent.  
She is a half-sister to champion Stardom Bound (sold for $5,700,000).  She is bred on a similar cross, since Unbridled appears in both Unbridled’s Song and Stardom Bound’s sire, Tapit.

98, filly, Unbridled’s Song – Our Seattle Star by Seattle Slew, Taylor Made Sales, agent. 
This is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and millionaire Seattle Smooth, from the same Fappiano male line as Seattle Smooth’s sire, Quiet American.

103, colt, Arch – Pretty City by Carson City, Lane’s End, agent. 
She is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Lear’s Princess and bred on the same cross, being by a Roberto-line sire.

106, colt, Street Cry (IRE) – Quendom (ARG) by Interprete, Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, agent.
He is a half-brother to Horse of the Year Invasor (ARG). A Distorted Humor half-brother brought $900,000 last year at Saratoga.

112, filly, A.P. Indy – Sapphire ‘n Silk by ­Pleasant Tap, Lane’s End, agent. 
This is a full sister to Grade 2 winner Shaniko, from a live family, out of a Grade 2 winner, with Breeders’ Cup winner Shared Account under the second dam.

113, colt, Unbridled’s Song – Secret Status by A.P. Indy, Lane’s End, agent. 
He is out of a Grade 1 winner and is a full brother to Grade 1-placed Dunkirk, who brought $3,700,000 at this sale in 2007. 

116, filly, Unbridled’s Song – Silvery Swan by Silver Deputy, Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, agent. 
As a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Roman Ruler and El Corredor, and Grade 3 winner Silver Tornado, she has huge upside if only as a broodmare prospect.

123, filly, Giant’s Causeway – Take D’ Tour by Tour d’Or, Forever Spring Farm, agent. 
With an upwardly mobile pedigree, she is out of Grade 1 winner and millionaire Take D’ Tour. The second dam is light but was a half-sister to top producer Vincesca.

128, filly, Medaglia d’Oro – Temperence Gift by Kingmambo, Denali Stud, agent. 
She is by one of the best filly sires in the business and is a half-sister to the Grade 1-winning filly Gozzip Girl, from the family of Breeders’ Cup winner Brocco.

133, filly, Distorted Humor – Turko’s Turn by Turkoman, Woodford Thoroughbreds. 
She is a half-sister to the 2001 Horse of the Year, Point Given, and her full sister brought $875,000 at Saratoga last year.

134, filly, Smart Strike – Tuscoga by Theatrical (IRE), Stone Farm. 
This is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Dublino and bred on the same Smart Strike/Theatrical cross that produced champion English Channel.

136, filly, Candy Ride (ARG) – Wickedly Wise by Tactical Cat, Lane’s End, agent. 
She is a half-sister to Grade 1-winning filly Wickedly Perfect and Grade 2-placed filly Ash Zee. She is bred on Candy Ride’s good nick with Storm Cat-line mares.

139, filly, A.P. Indy – Zaftig by Gone West, Hill ’n’ Dale Sales, agent. 
This is the first foal out of Grade 1 winner Zaftig, whose dam, Zoftig, was also a Grade 1 winner. She is bred on an extension of the highly successful A.P. Indy/Mr. Prospector nick.

143, colt, Giant’s Causeway – Alidiva (IRE) by Chief Singer, Taylor Made Sales, agent. 
He is a half-brother to three Grade 1 winners and highweights Sleepytime (1000 Guineas), Ali-Royal, and Taipan. He also is a full brother to Grade 2 winner Oonagh Maccool.

147, colt, Street Cry (IRE) – Balance by Thunder Gulch, Mill Ridge Sales.  
He is the half-brother to last year’s $4,200,000 sales topper, out of a Grade 1-winning half-sister to Zenyatta, and by the sire of Zenyatta.

153, filly, Street Sense – Cappucino Bay by Bailjumper, Taylor Made Sales, agent. 
She is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and top young sire Medaglia d’Oro. 

158, colt, Lemon Drop Kid – Christmas Gift by Green Desert, Lane’s End, agent. 
A full brother to Grade 1 winner Christmas Kid, from the immediate family of proven sire Grand Slam.

165, filly, A.P. Indy – Dream Rush by Wild Rush, Gainesway, agent. 
This is the first foal out of multiple Grade 1 winner Dream Rush. Wild Rush’s dam has several links to A.P. Indy, making this mating interesting.

166, colt, Unbridled’s Song – Elle Meme by Zilzal, Taylor Made Sales, agent. 
He is a half-brother to champion and Group 1 winner Good Ba Ba, from the family of Kingmambo and Miesque.

168, filly, Medaglia d’Oro – Fire the Groom by Blushing Groom (FR), Denali Stud, agent.
She is a half-sister to European champion sprinter Stravinsky, out of a Grade 1 winner from the prolific Native Street family.

170, filly, Unbridled’s Song – Folklore by Tiznow, Taylor Made Sales, agent.  
This is the second foal out of champion Folklore. The pedigree has interesting doubles to Fappiano and the mare Incantation.

177, colt, Street Cry (IRE) – Henderson Band by Chimes Band, Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent. 
He is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Cash Included and is bred on a similar Street Cry/Dixieland Band cross as Street Sense.

180, colt, Tiznow – Horns Gray by Pass the Tab, VanMeter Sales, agent. 
He is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Awesome Humor from a mare who has consistently out-bred her pedigree. 

183, colt, Elusive Quality – Kobla by Strawberry Road (AUS), Lane’s End, agent. 
This is a full brother to Grade 1 winner Quality Road (who was a $110,000 RNA), and his dam is a full sister to champion Ajina.

186, filly, Distorted Humor – Lady Lochinvar by Lord At War (ARG), Elm Tree Farm, agent. 
She is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Master Command and Grade 3 winner Aurora Lights, out of a sister to Grade 1 winner/producer La Guerriere from a great family. 

190, filly, Street Cry (IRE) – Love and Happiness by Septieme Ciel, Van Meter Sales, agent. 
She is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and millionaire Happy Ticket, and the second dam is a sister to Grade 1 winner Kilijaro (IRE). 

191, colt, Unbridled’s Song – Madcap Escapade by Hennessy, Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, agent. 
He is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Mi Sueno, out of Grade 1 winner Madcap Escapade, whose foals have sold for $1.7 million, $1 million, and $900,000.

192, colt, Unbridled’s Song – Maryfield by Elusive Quality, Bluewater Sales, agent. 
He is a son of champion female sprinter and Breeders’ Cup winner Maryfield. 

194, filly, Tapit – Mining My Own by Smart Strike, Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, agent. 
She is by a great young filly sire and is a half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. 

199, filly, Flashy Bull – Ms. Cornstalk by Indian Charlie, Brereton C. Jones/Aidrie Stud, agent. 
The only Flashy Bull in the select sessions, this is a half-sister to a Canadian Horse of the Year, Biofuel, and 2011 stakes winner Tu Endie Wei. 

201, colt, Unbridled’s Song – Pacific Spell by Langfuhr, Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent. 
A half-brother to champion Proud Spell, out of a half-sister to the dam of Grade 1 winner J P’s Gusto.

207, filly, Indian Charlie – Proud Spell by Proud Citizen, Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent. 
She is the first foal out of champion Proud Spell, from the immediate family of Grade 1 winner J P’s Gusto.

210, colt, Giant’s Causeway – Questress by Seeking the Gold, Gainesway, agent.  
He is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Pomeroy, now an up-and-coming young sire in Florida.