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November sales: Top 10 hips at Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland
By Joe Nevills
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale will amount to a quick turnaround for many horses in the auction who will be coming in from starts at the Breeders’ Cup or other recent races.
While the list of horses fresh off the track is as strong as ever at this sale, the top prices of the night are likely to come from three horses being sold as broodmare prospects. The mares who produced the Kentucky Derby and Preakness exactas will bookend the evening, and defending Horse of the Year Havre de Grace is positioned in the middle of the catalog.
Here are 10 horses to keep an eye on during Monday’s sale.
Hip No. 15, Arch’s Gal Edith, 10-year-old mare, by Arch − Force Five Gal, by Pleasant Tap, consigned by Brookdale Sales, agent for Harvey Clarke.
The dam of dual classic winner I’ll Have Another will help set the bar early in the sale. The winning Arch mare has produced three winners from as many foals to start and will sell in foal to champion Gio Ponti. Later in the sale, a 2-year-old Tapit filly out of Arch’s Gal Edith, Gloria S (Hip No. 65), will be offered by Coldwater Farm, agent.
Hip No. 22, Bella Dorato, 9-year-old mare, by Goldminers Gold − Witchkin, by Salem, consigned by Romans Racing & Sales, agent.
This mare’s stock has risen in the past year due to the success of her son, Grade 2 winner Trinniberg, by Teuflesberg. Her foals in the sales ring have already experienced that popularity − a full sister to Trinniberg was the top-priced filly at $450,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale in May. At the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale, her daughter by Bandini brought $250,000, the fourth-highest price of the sale.
Hip No. 27, Broadway Ticket, 6-year-old mare, by Distorted Humor − Bedazzle, by Dixieland Band, consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent.
Hip No. 28, a weanling filly, by Medaglia d’Oro − Broadway Ticket, by Distorted Humor, consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent.
Take your pick. Broadway Ticket is a half sister to champion and 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and stakes winner Elusive Sparkle. The young Distorted Humor mare, who is in foal to Tiznow, comes from the family of sire Mr. Greeley and Grade 1 winner Mona de Momma. Her second foal, a filly by Medaglia d’Oro, will immediately follow her through the sales ring.
Hip No. 43, Courting Elaine, 7-year-old mare by Doneraile Court − Lisa Danielle, by Wolf Power (SAF), consigned by Adena Springs, agent.
This winning Doneraile Court mare will seek to carry on the success of her dam, Lisa Danielle, who produced multiple Grade 1 winner Wise Dan, multiple Grade 2 winner Successful Dan, and stakes winner Our Royal Dancer. In the immediate family is Sky Dancing, the 2010 German Broodmare of the Year. Courting Elaine is in foal to Awesome Again.Hip No. 55, Eden’s Moon, 3-year-old filly, by Malibu Moon − Eden’s Causeway, by Giant’s Causeway, consigned by Hill ’ n ’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.
Eden’s Moon, winner of the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes earlier this year, is the latest runner in a female family that has produced numerous Grade 1-caliber horses. She is the first foal to race out of the winning mare Eden’s Causeway, and notable family members include champions Paradise Creek and Theatrical (IRE) and Grade or Group 1 winners Forbidden Apple, Wild Event, and David Junior. Eden’s Moon is being sold as a racing or broodmare prospect.
Hip No. 76, Havre de Grace, 5-year-old mare by Saint Liam − Easter Bunnette, by Carson City, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Fox Hill Farm.
The 2011 Horse of the Year was retired in April with an ankle injury and immediately became a major focus of buyers when owner Rick Porter announced she would go through the auction ring. The $2.58 million-earner is from the only crop of 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam. Havre de Grace is out of winning mare Easter Bunnette, who has produced three winners from four foals to race, and her catalog page is full of stakes winners, including champion Plugged Nickle and Grade 1 winners Riskaverse and Christiecat.
Hip No. 86, In Lingerie, 3-year-old filly, by Empire Maker − Cat Chat, by Storm Cat, consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent.
In Lingerie’s stock could rise dramatically depending on her performance in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Regardless of her finish, her on-track résumé, highlighted by a win in the Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes, along with her potential to continue racing, will make her popular with buyers. Fellow Empire Maker filly Grace Hall, Hip No. 71 in this sale, is in a similar situation leading up to her start in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic.
Hip No. 116, weanling filly, by Indian Charlie − Mini Chat, by Deputy Minister, consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent.
This filly will give buyers an opportunity to purchase a weanling from the late Indian Charlie’s final crop. Out of unraced Deputy Minister mare Mini Chat, the filly is a half sister to Grade 1 winner Dixie Chatter and a full sister to Grade 3-placed stakes winner Rumor. Her second dam is champion Phone Chatter, and family members include Grade 1 winners Any Given Saturday and In Lingerie.
Hip No. 176, Untouched Talent, 8-year-old mare, by Storm Cat − Parade Queen, by A.P. Indy, consigned by Brookdale Sales, agent for Audley Farm Equine.
Untouched Talent’s first foal to race, Bodemeister, was one of the best 3-year-olds of this year, as a Grade 1 winner and dual classic runner-up. Her 2011 foal by Smart Strike was the top-selling filly at this year’s Keeneland September yearling sale, at $1.3 million. Untouched Talent sells in foal to Unbridled’s Song.The Keeneland November breeding stock sale stretches over 11 days, but the two select portions that kick off the sale will produce most of the highest-priced horses.
Among things to watch is the dispersal of owner-breeder Dolphus Morrison, who bred and initially raced 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra before selling her to Stonestreet Stables. Included in his dispersal is a full sister to the champion.
Here are 10 horses who will be in demand at the Keeneland November sale.Hip No. 6, weanling filly, by Speightstown − Flagrant, by Rahy, consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent.
Speightstown is on fire right now, leading all North American sires by domestic earnings and siring the sale topper at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale. On the dam’s side, the filly is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Furthest Land and Grade 3-placed Street Move.
Hip No. 14, Gloat, 3-year-old filly, by Mr. Greeley − On Parade, by Storm Cat, consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent.
From the female family of the great Personal Ensign, this filly’s page is a showcase of the Phipps family’s breeding program. Out of the Grade 3-placed Storm Cat mare On Parade, Gloat is a half sister to Grade 2 winner and stallion Parading and Grade 2-placed Protesting. Her second dam is multiple Grade 1 winner My Flag, who produced champion Storm Flag Flying and was a key component in securing 1996 Broodmare of the Year honors for her dam, Personal Ensign.
Hi p No. 96, Plum Pretty, 4-year-old filly, by Medaglia d’Oro − Liszy, by A.P. Indy, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
The 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner added another top-level score in her 2012 debut, winning the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap, and she earned more than $1.6 million. Taylor Made has been marketing her hard, so a big return should be expected. Her dam, A.P. Indy mare Liszy, sells earlier in the sale as Hip No. 52.
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.
Grade 3 winner Bohemian Lady is out of the winning mare Weekend in Indy, who has produced three winners from as many foals to race, including Grade 1 winner and sire Any Given Saturday. She will sell in foal to Bernardini.
Hip No. 170, Calais, 5-year-old mare, by A.P. Indy − Flanders, by Seeking the Gold, consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent.
The offspring of champion Flanders rarely disappoint on the auction block, and they seem to only increase in value as they move into breeding stock sales. Calais will sell in foal to Distorted Humor. Her first foal, a weanling Indian Charlie filly, sells immediately after she leaves the ring.
Hip No. 200, weanling filly, by Street Cry (IRE) − Gabriellina Giof, by Ashkalani, consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
Street Cry weanlings have traditionally done well at auction, and this one has a pair of graded-stakes-winning siblings to make her especially attractive. Grade 2-placed stakes winner Gabriellina Giof is the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Gabby’s Golden Gal and multiple Grade 2 winner Always a Princess.
Hip No. 217, Immaculate Cat, 4-year-old mare, by Storm Cat − Myhrr, by Mr. Prospector, consigned by Denali Stud, agent.
One won’t find a much better second dam on a catalog page than here, that of multi-continental champion Miesque, producer of world-class sire Kingmambo, French Oaks winner East of the Moon, and Group 3-winning sires Mingun and Miesque’s Son. Immaculate Cat will sell in foal to Kitten’s Joy.
Hip No. 243, Samantha Nicole, yearling filly, by Medaglia d’Oro − Lotta Kim, by Roar, consigned by Gainesway, agent for Dolphus C. Morrison Dispersal.
The centerpiece of the Morrison dispersal is a full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. The champion is the only foal to race out of Grade 2-placed Lotta Kim. Could the highest-priced yearling of 2012 come in a mixed sale?
Hip No. 255, Moonlight Sonata, 12-year-old mare, by Carson City − Wheatly Way, by Wheatly Hall, consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent.
Horses out of Moonlight Sonata have done exceptionally well at auction, including an A.P. Indy filly who brought $1.1 million at this year’s Keeneland September yearling sale, and eventual Grade 2 winner Wilburn, who topped the 2010 Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale at $625,000. She sells in foal to Bernardini.
Hip No. 306, Spinning Wildcat, 3-year-old filly, by Hard Spun − Hollywood Wildcat, by Kris S., property of Lakland Sales.
Hollywood Wildcat has been prolific as a broodmare, producing Grade 1 winner and prominent sire War Chant, one of her five foals to eventually stand at stud. She also has produced Group 2 winner Ivan Denisov ich (IRE), Grade 2-placed stakes winner Double Cat, and Grade 3-placed stakes winner Ministers Wild Cat.