09/11/2013 5:44PM

Keeneland September: Day Four hips to watch

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Staff writer Joe Nevills discusses six horses to watch at Thursday’s fourth and final Book 1 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, including half-siblings to Havre de Grace and English Channel.

Hip No 664, bay colt, by Galileo—Another Storm, by Gone West, consigned by Blandford Stud, agent.
“He’s by the best stallion in the world. He’s an attractive horse, lovely walker, just a nice horse. Simple.”
Blandford Stud’s Padraig Campion on the colt out of the winning Gone West mare Another Storm, who is the dam of four winners from five to race, including Grade/Group 3 winners Asperity and Angel Terrace and stakes winner Sehoy. The colt’s second dam is champion Storm Song, and his page also includes Grade/Group 2 winners Midsummer Fair and Diamond Omi, Grade 3 winner and sire High Cotton, and Singapore champion Better Life. The son of leading international sire Galileo was bred in Ireland by Paget Bloodstock.

Hip No. 681, dark bay or brown colt, by Tapit—Ava Knowsthecode, by Cryptoclearance, consigned by Valkyre Stud, agent for Oakbrook Farm.
“He’s a beautiful, beautiful colt. The mare has had runner after runner, all group [stakes] horses. Her horse Justin Phillip just won the Alfred Vanderbilt Handicap, so it couldn’t be any better.”
Catherine Parke of Valkyre Stud discusses the half-brother to recent Grade 1 winner Justin Phillip. The six winners from eight foals to start out of the Grade 3-placed winning Cryptoclearance mare Ava Knowsthecode also include Grade 2 winner Keyed Entry, Grade 3 winners Algorithms and Successful Mission, and stakes winner Alex’s Allure. He was bred in Kentucky by Oakbrook Farm.

Hip No. 707, bay filly, by Medaglia d’Oro—Belva, by Theatrical, consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.
“She’ll be one of the top here in the sale, I would think. She’s got everything. She’s a big, quality filly, looks lovely. This filly has a lot of leg. She’s a big filly, so she’s a little different from the rest of the family.”
Pat Costello of Paramount Sales talks about the half-sister to champion turf male and young sire English Channel. Her dam, the unraced Theatrical mare Belva, has produced three winners from six foals to race, also including Grade 2-placed winner Sedgefield. Her second dam is multiple French champion Committed, and her page also includes Grade 1 winner Pharma and Grade 2 winner and sire Hap. She was bred in Kentucky by Keene Ridge Racing and Darley.

Hip No. 723, bay filly, by Medaglia d’Oro—Broadway Ticket, by Distorted Humor, consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent.
“This horse, we bought back out of the [Keeneland November breeding stock] sale in last year. She didn’t come through weaning all that well and has just really blossomed over the summer and I think is really hitting the sale at the right time. [She has] broodmare potential galore, and her dam’s half to a really up-and-coming sire. Medaglia d’Oro’s gotten hot of late and she’s just a good, clean-legged filly.”
Guinness McFadden of Three Chimneys on the third foal out of Broadway Ticket, a half-sister to champion and Darley stallion Street Sense, who will be returning to stand in the U.S. for 2014. Bred in Kentucky by Randy Bloch and partners, the filly is from the family of late sire Mr. Greeley as well stakes winners Elusive Sparkle, Majestic Legend, Binalegend and Smokin’ Legend.

Hip No. 855, dark bay or brown filly, by Tiznow—Easter Bunnette, by Carson City, consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent.
“She’s the athlete to go with [the pedigree]. That’s how you hope that package comes together. She just has a great deal of quality about her, she’s very well balanced and just a quality, athletic filly. You couldn’t ask for more.”
Headley Bell of Mill Ridge Sales describes the half-sister to 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace. Her dam, Easter Bunnette, is a producer of three winners from five foals to race, and her most recent yearling to sell, Bernardini colt Brabbham, brought $1.2 million at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale. The filly’s prominent family members include champion sprinter Plugged Nickle, Grade 1 winners Christiecat and Riskaverse, and Grade/Group 3 winners Key to the Bridge, Say, Cozzy Corner, Tasteyville, and Bouquet Booth. Nancy S. Dillman bred the filly in Kentucky.

Hip No. 874, bay filly, by Super Saver—Expanse, by Distant View, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
“She’s extremely nice. I’ve seen some nice Super Savers all around at the farms, but this filly’s really special. She’s got a big first dam, a lot of pedigree, and she’s an exceptional individual. She’s at the end of Book 1, so it’s going to be interesting to see if Super Saver may save his biggest fireworks for the end of Book 1. She’s as good as any filly we’ve got in the sale, physically.”
Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency on the half-sister to Grade 1 winner Afleet Express and Grade 2-placed stakes winner Reporting For Duty. Stakes-placed winner Expanse is the dam of four winners from as many foals to race. Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, the filly is from the family of Grade 2 winner Eye of the Tiger, Grade 3 winner Fighting Fantasy, and Grade 2-placed stakes winner Wildwood Flower.