09/09/2013 7:20AM

Keeneland September: Blame, Quality Road among first-crop sires

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Justin N. Lane
2010 Breeders' Cup Classic hero Blame (inside) is among the sires represented by their first yearlings at Keeneland Septemnber.

A solid group of first-crop sires will be represented by yearlings at the Keeneland September sale, featuring several stallions that have a good chance to carve out productive careers based on their racing accomplishments, pedigrees, and opportunity at stud thus far.

Two North American stallions enter Keeneland September already boasting six-figure averages through the opening two months of the yearling auction season: champion Blame and multiple Grade 1 winner Quality Road.

Blame ($179,698 average for 10 sold through Aug. 27), the 2010 champion older male, has 38 yearlings (out of a total of 41 cataloged in the sale) in Books 1 and 2. Quality Road ($106,000 average for 13 sold), who set track records in two of his four Grade 1 victories, has 43 (out of a total of 59 in the sale) in the first two books. The other stallion with a six-figure average is European champion Makfi, who has just one yearling cataloged at Keeneland.

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Blame, Quality Road, and Makfi are three of the four Keeneland first-crop sires who posted six-figure averages for weanlings sold in 2012. The fourth, two-time champion Lookin At Lucky, has had nine yearlings sold in 2013 for an average of $56,000, but there will be ample opportunity for that average to increase during Keeneland’s dozen sessions, as the sire has 52 cataloged, with 37 in Books 1 and 2.

Other first-crop sires who have had success at the early yearling sales include 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver ($73,875 yearling average, a first-crop-leading 61 cataloged at Keeneland), Grade/Group 2 winner Desert Party ($79,425 average, including the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July topper; 21 cataloged), Wood Memorial winner Eskendereya ($70,500 average, 60 cataloged), and Carter Handicap winner Warrior’s Reward ($73,159 average, 50 cataloged).

Stallion 2013 location No. cataloged  2012 no. wnlg sold 2012 wnlg avg 2013 no. yrlg sold 2013 yrlg avg
Afleet Express Gainesway (Ky.) 9 5 $28,400 7 $19,700
Blame Claiborne Farm (Ky.) 41 14 128,718 10 179,698
Concord Point Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms (Ky.) 14 7 19,643 7 49,791
Desert Party Sequel Stallions New York (N.Y.) 21 10 36,000 20 79,425
Discreetly Mine Lane’s End (Ky.) 37 14 26,071 14 56,214
Elusive Warning Madera Thoroughbreds (Calif.) 1 0 0 1 3,500
Eskendereya Taylor Made Stallions (Ky.) 60 7 71,286 6 70,500
Grasshopper Lane’s End Texas (Texas) 1 0 0 5 13,600
Harlem Rocker Pensioned 1 0 0 3 13,567
Hold Me Back  WinStar Farm (Ky.) 17 9 13,278 18 36,706
Justenuffhumor McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds (N.Y.) 3 4 12,875 2 15,000
Kantharos Ocala Stud Farm (Fla.) 1 4 21,625 25 41,300
Lantana Mob Lake Shore Farm (Ind.) 4 0 0 1 45,000
Line of David Spendthrift Farm (Ky.) 13 10 17,150 12 32,642
Lookin At Lucky Ashford Stud (Ky.) 52 10 114,000 9 56,000
Majesticperfection Airdrie Stud (Ky.) 39 16 55,000 13 51,462
Makfi Tweenhills Farm (Eng) 1 17 119,722 12 143,542
Marchfield Moutonshoek Stud (SAf) 2 0 0 1 15,000
Mast Track Adena Springs Canada (Ont.) 2 2 3,250 0 0
Midshipman Darley (Ky.) 23 6 39,167 18 40,194
Munnings Ashford Stud (Ky.) 37 18 34,694 28 45,686
Musket Man Elite Thoroughbreds (La.) 1 0 0 2 13,000
Neko Bay Haras Puerta de Hierro (Chile) 4 0 0 4 13,800
Not Bourbon Norse Ridge Farms (Ont.) 3 0 0 7 1,906
Plan Adena Springs Canada (Ont.) 3 1 1,000 0 0
Quality Road Lane’s End (Ky.) 59 14 122,857 13 106,000
Sing Baby Sing Lane’s End Texas (Texas) 1 0 0 0 0
Summer Bird Shizunai Stallion Station (Japan) 26 10 27,950 15 35,133
Super Saver WinStar Farm (Ky.) 61 22 61,000 20 73,875
Tale of Ekati Darby Dan Farm (Ky.) 21 8 36,125 16 48,906
Temple City Spendthrift Farm (Ky.) 18 8 12,525 16 27,894
Tizdejavu Crestwood Farm (Ky.) 12 7 10,857 5 13,240
Warrior’s Reward Spendthrift Farm (Ky.) 50 21 34,667 17 73,159

Note: Number of yearlings sold and yearling average through Aug. 27