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Keeneland September: Hips to watch
The Thoroughbred auction marketplace is an ever-changing world, and this year’s Keeneland September yearling sale provides further evidence.
North America’s largest yearling sale in recent years had started with a day or two of boutique sessions, reserved for the upper crust of the foal crop to be sold in the sale, but the 2013 catalog has four days’ worth of select horses, with 875 yearlings comprising Book 1 – a stark contrast to 132 horses in last year’s first book.
While this means a lot more homework for those looking to buy an elite horse in the select sessions, buyers will find that they have a lot of options. While the numbers increased dramatically from last year, the overall quality still stands up. Further illustrating the strength of the Keeneland September sale, Book 2 features several yearlings with outstanding pedigrees, even after the expanded select sessions.
Following is a selection of yearlings to watch from the first two books of this year’s Keeneland September sale, with the reasons why they stand out from the crowd.
25, colt, by Fastnet Rock—Forever Beautiful, by Giant’s Causeway, Man O War Farm, agent for Reiko and Michael Baum
One of three yearlings in the catalog by leading Australian sire Fastnet Rock, and the first foal out of an unraced half-sister to champion Farda Amiga.
67, colt, by Bernardini—Heat Lightning, by Summer Squall, Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent
A sibling of 10 winners from 11 foals to race. He is a three-quarter-brother to champion Stevie Wonderboy and a full brother to Group 3 winner Theyskens’ Theory.
80, Miss Hollywood, filly, by Malibu Moon—Hollywood Story, by Wild Rush, Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent
Multiple Grade 1 winner Hollywood Story’s first foal was multiple stakes-placed Hoorayforhollywood. A Smart Strike colt out of the dam sold for $650,000 in 2012.
93, filly, by Lookin At Lucky—I’ll Get Along, by Smile, Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent
A half-sister to dual classic-winning champion Smarty Jones and stakes winner Smartys Emperoress. She’s a representative of Lookin’ At Lucky’s first crop of yearlings.
98, colt, by Giant’s Causeway—Imagine, by Sadler’s Wells, Eaton Sales, agent
Out of Epsom Oaks and Irish 1000 Guineas winner Imagine, whose five winners from seven foals to race include Group 1 winner Horatio Nelson, Group 2 winners Viscount Nelson and Kitty Matcham, and Group 1-placed winner Red Rock Canyon.
171, colt, by Sea The Stars—Love Me Only, by Sadler’s Wells, Lane’s End, agent
The second dam is Mariah’s Storm, the dam of Giant’s Causeway and Freud. Out of a mare with a strong European pedigree, and by a sire highly coveted by international buyers last September.
182, colt, by Indian Charlie—Macoumba, by Mr. Prospector, Select Sales, agent for Malibu Farm
A half-brother to top sire Malibu Moon, from the final crop of Indian Charlie. Macoumba’s yearlings have sold for an average of $405,000.
216, colt, by Giant’s Causeway—Mining My Own, by Smart Strike, Pauls Mill, agent
From the mare who produced Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and multiple Grade 1 winner Dullahan. Half-sister by Tapit brought $325,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September sale.
230, filly, by More Than Ready—Miss Seffens, by Dehere, Woods Edge Farm, agent
More Than Real, the winner of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, is a full sister to this filly.
266, colt, by Tapit—My White Corvette, by Tarr Road, Denali Stud, agent
Foals out of Grade 2-placed stakes winner My White Corvette began selling much better following Stardom Bound’s Eclipse Award-winning juvenile campaign in 2008.
285, filly, by Unbridled’s Song—Our Dani, by Homebuilder, Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent
This filly is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner You, who became a multiple stakes-producing dam herself.
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291, filly, by Bernardini—Pacific Spell, by Langfuhr, Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent
Champion Proud Spell is among the progeny of Pacific Spell, who has produced three winners from four foals to race.
292, colt, by Medaglia d’Oro—Parade Queen, by A.P. Indy, Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent
Grade 3 winner Untouched Talent, the dam of Grade 1 winner Bodemeister, is this colt’s most notable sibling. Also among Parade Queen’s four winners from seven foals to race is stakes winner King Gulch.
304, colt, by Distorted Humor—Peppers Pride, by Desert God, Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent
The second foal out of undefeated New Mexico legend Peppers Pride, and the first to go through public auction.
311, filly, by Bernardini—Pilfer, by Deputy Minster, Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Siena Farm
A full-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and new sire To Honor and Serve and half to Grade 3-placed winner Elnaawi. The average price of Pilfer’s two yearlings to sell at auction was $537,500.
334, filly, by Smart Strike—Pure Clan, by Pure Prize, James B. Keogh, agent
The first foal out of multiple Grade 1 winner Pure Clan. Second dam Gather The Clan produced two graded stakes winners and four stakes producers, including Swift Girl, the dam of Grade 1 winner Sky Diva.
340, Midnight Belle, filly, by Bernardini—Queenie Belle, by Bertrando, Eaton Sales, agent
Multiple Grade 2 winner Queenie Belle is the dam of four winners from as many foals to race, chief among them 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic winner Unrivaled Belle.
346, colt, by Tapit—Quendom, by Interprete, Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent
Newly minted Hall of Famer Invasor is a half-brother to this gray or roan colt.
354, colt, by Malibu Moon—Rahrahsixboombah, by Rahy, Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent
This colt will be the dam’s first yearling to go through the ring at public auction since the successful career of multiple Grade 1-winning full sister Life At Ten.
377, colt, by Tapit—Rhumb Line, by Mr. Greeley, Woods Edge Farm, agent
This cross has worked well, producing multiple Grade 1 winner Zazu and Grade 2 winner Flashback.
392, colt, by Blame—Run Sarah Run, by Smart Strike, Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent
From the first crop of sire Blame, this colt is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner and young sire First Dude as well as stakes winner Via Veneto.
394, filly, by Pulpit—Ruthian, by Rahy, Stone Farm, agent
This filly is out of a proven producer of seven winners from as many foals to race, including Grade 1 winner Rutherienne, whose second foal sells as the hip prior.
445, colt, by Smart Strike—Silk And Scarlet, by Sadler’s Wells, Michael C. Byrne, agent
His page displays international excellence; he’s out of an Irish Group 2 winner who is the dam of Japanese Group 1 winner Eishin Apollon and U.A.E. Group 1 winner Master of Hounds.
446, filly, by Tiznow—Silken Cat, by Storm Cat, Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Aaron & Marie Jones
Out of Canadian champion Silken Cat, this filly is a half-sister to champion sprinter and leading sire Speightstown. Silken Cat’s six yearlings to sell at public auction had an average price of $1,166,167.
461, colt, by Indian Charlie—Sluice, by Seeking the Gold, Denali Stud, agent
A half-brother to Grade 1 winner Mushka, whose first foal topped last year’s Keeneland September sale. Sluice’s yearlings have an average sale price of $975,000.
485, colt, by Stormy Atlantic—Speed Succeeds, by Gone West, Gainesway, agent
Dam Speed Succeeds has produced three winners from as many foals to race. Among them are Grade 1 winner and young sire Brilliant Speed and Grade 2-placed stakes winner Souper Speedy.
496, colt, by Galileo—Starlight Dreams, by Black Tie Affair, Woods Edge Farm, agent
By Europe’s hottest sire, out of a producer whose seven winners from seven foals to race include European champion Mastercraftsman, Grade 3 winner Genuine Devotion, and Group 1-placed winner Famous.
499, filly, by Harlan’s Holiday—Steelin’, by Orientate, Stonehaven Steadings
Stakes winner Steelin’ has one other foal to race – last year’s champion 2-year-old male, Shanghai Bobby, who also is by Harlan’s Holiday.
523, colt, by Medaglia d’Oro—Supercharger by A.P. Indy, Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent
From a strong family that starts with dam Supercharger, who produced 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Grade 3 winner Brethren. A full brother sold for $1.2 million at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
532, Sweet Destiny, filly, by Curlin—Sweetest Smile, by Dehere, Dapple Stud, agent for Twin Hopes Farm and Helen T. Andrews
A half-sister to leading handicap division runner Graydar, along with two other graded stakes-placed siblings.
541, filly, by Indian Charlie—Take Charge Lady, by Dehere, Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, agent
A filly from the last crop of Indian Charlie, out of Grade 1 winner and Broodmare of the Year contender Take Charge Lady. She got arguably the biggest catalog update of the sale when her half-brother Will Take Charge won the Travers Stakes, and she is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy.
544, colt, by Malibu Moon—Tap Your Heels, by Unbridled, Dromoland Farm, agent
A three-quarter sibling to Grade 1 winner and leading sire Tapit, by an incredibly hot sire on the track and in the sale ring.
568, colt by Malibu Moon—Tizso, by Cee’s Tizzy, Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent
From the wildly prolific Cee’s Song female family, and a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Paynter as well as Grade 3 winner Tiz West and stakes winner Tizakitty. A half-brother by Street Cry brought $1 million last September.
617, colt, by Dynaformer—Wild Vision, by Wild Again, Gainesway, agent
A member of Dynaformer’s final crop, this colt is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Pyro, Grade 3 winner War Echo, and Grade 3-placed stakes winner Longview Drive.
622, filly, by Giant’s Causeway—Wilshewed, by Carson City, Valkyre Stud, agent for Mr. and Mrs. William Currin
Grade 1 winner Stormello and Grade 2 winner My Best Brother are half-siblings to this filly. A Bernardini colt out of Wilshewed commanded $1.55 million at last year’s September sale.
643, colt, by Medaglia d’Oro—Acoma, by Empire Maker, Gainesway, agent
The first foal out of Grade 1 winner Acoma, who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and standout sire Arch and U.A.E. Horse of the Year Festival of Light.
664, colt, by Galileo—Another Storm, by Gone West, Blandford Stud, agent
Yearlings by Irish sire Galileo will be at a premium, and this one is a half-brother to Grade/Group 3 winners Asperity and Angel Terrace.
681, colt, by Tapit—Ava Knowsthecode, by Cryptoclearance, Valkyre Stud, agent for Oakbrook Farm
This colt could add to the résumé of his Grade 3-placed dam, whose produce includes Grade 1 winner Justin Phillip, Grade 2 winner Keyed Entry, and Grade 3 winners Successful Mission and Algorithms.
703, filly, by Kitten’s Joy—Becky Loves Silver, by Silver Charm, Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent
A half-sister to Peruvian champion and U.S. Grade 1-placed Fly Lexis Fly, this filly is from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Stephanie’s Kitten and stakes winner Ransom the Kitten, both by Kitten’s Joy.
707, filly, by Medaglia d’Oro—Belva, by Theatrical, Paramount Sales, agent
Belva has produced three winners, including champion turf male and sire English Channel and Grade 2-placed Sedgefield.
717, filly, by Street Cry—Blushing Ogygian, by Ogygian, Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent
Multiple Grade 1 winner and young sire Street Boss is a full brother to this filly, and Grade 2-placed winner Habiboo is a half-sister.
738, filly, by Majestic Warrior—Captivating, by Arch, Eaton Sales, agent for William D. Graham
Captivating is the dam of two winners from as many foals to race: 2012 Canadian Horse of the Year Uncaptured and multiple stakes winner Dancing Raven.
842, filly, by Eskendereya—Dream of Summer, by Siberian Summer, Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent
Out of Grade 1 winner Dream of Summer, this filly is bred on a very similar cross to that of Grade 1 winner Creative Cause and is from the first crop of Eskendereya.
855, filly, by Tiznow—Easter Bunnette, by Carson City, Mill Ridge Sales, agent.
A half-sister to 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace. A Bernardini colt out of the dam brought $1.2 million at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.
874, filly, by Super Saver—Expanse, by Distant View, Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent
From the first crop of Kentucky Derby-winning sire Super Saver, this filly is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Afleet Express and Grade 2-placed stakes winner Reporting for Duty.
908, filly, by Tapit—Grand Portege, by Grand Slam, Sweezey and Partners V, agent
A filly from the family of 2011 Broodmare of the Year Oatsee, out of a young branch of the second dam’s female family.
944, filly, by Eskendereya—Jera, by Jeblar, Gainesway, agent
Another yearling from Eskendereya’s first crop. This filly is a half-sibling to Grade 1 winner Jeranimo.
984, filly, by Northern Afleet—Maggy Hawk, by Hawkster, Three Chimneys Sales, agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings
A full sister to dual classic-winning champion and sire Afleet Alex, as well as Grade 2-placed stakes winner Unforgettable Max. Maggy Hawk’s three yearlings to sell at auction averaged $733,333.
1102, colt, by More Than Ready—Secret Heart, by Fort Wood, Denali Stud, agent
Pluck, the winner of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, is a full brother to this colt. His page is full of South African group-stakes black type.
1110, filly, by Midnight Lute—Shebandowana, by Mt. Magazine, Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent
A full sister to this year’s Queen’s Plate winner, Midnight Aria.
1160, colt, by Mizzen Mast—Tortuga Lady, by Thunder Gulch, Dromoland Farm, agent
Tortuga Lady’s six winners from seven foals to race include Princess Arabella, the winner of the 2012 Sunland Park Oaks, and Grade 3-placed stakes winner Dyna’s Lassie. He sold for $120,000 at this year’s Keeneland January sale.
1196, French Passport, filly, by Elusive Quality—Air France, by French Deputy, Pope McLean, agent
Her siblings include Grade 2 winners Smooth Air and Overdriven, both young sires.
1222, colt, by Unbridled’s Song—Baby Zip, by Relaunch, Adena Springs
Out of 2005 Broodmare of the Year Baby Zip, this colt’s siblings include Horse of the Year Ghostzapper and Grade 1 winner City Zip, both sires of note. He also is a half-brother to Grade 3 winner City Wolf and two stakes-producing mares.
1243, colt, by Street Cry—Careless Jewel, by Tapit, Bluewater Sales, agent
The first foal out of Grade 1 winner Careless Jewel.
1322, colt, by Tale of the Cat—Garden Secrets, by Time for a Change, Indian Creek, agent
This colt boasts a strong overall page, from Grade 1-winning three-quarter-sister Forest Secrets and half-brother Grade 3 winner Rumor Has It to extended family members like champion Silverbulletday, Grade 2 winner Shakin it Up, and Grade 3 winner Govenor Charlie.
1340, filly, by Big Brown—Hay Jude, by Wavering Monarch, Romans Racing & Sales, agent
A half-sister to multiple Grade 1-winning turf standout Little Mike and Grade 3-placed multiple stakes winner Little Nick.
1423, filly, by Mizzen Mast—Mrs. Marcos, by Private Account, Paramount Sales, agent
This filly was bred on a cross very much like that of Grade 1-winning sister Zoftig, who went on to produce two Grade 1 winners herself.
1586, filly, by Quality Road—Xtra Heat, by Dixieland Heat, Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent
From the first crop of sire Quality Road and out of champion Xtra Heat, this filly is closely bred to the crosses that produced siblings and Grade 3-placed stakes winners Southwestern Heat and Elusive Heat. Last September, an Elusive Quality colt out of Xtra Heat brought $525,000.
1670, filly, by Henrythenavigator—Christmas in Aiken, by Affirmed, Michael C. Byrne, agent
Multiple Grade 1 winner and successful sire Harlan’s Holiday is this filly’s most notable sibling.
1707, colt, by Canadian Frontier—El Fasto, by El Prado, Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent
A three-quarter sibling to 2012 Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can.