11/07/2012 10:19AM

Six to watch at Keeneland’s second session


While the first session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale showcased several high-priced, off-the-track racing and breeding prospects, the stars of the auction’s second day figure to be proven producers, high-profile weanlings, and a yearling that could top any price set at the recent yearling sales.

That horse is Samantha Nicole, a full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, who will sell fairly early in the proceedings Wednesday morning. The filly is the headline offering from the dispersal of successful owner-breeder Dolphus Morrison.

Wednesday’s session will be the finale for the first of six books of the Keeneland sale. The auction is scheduled to run through Nov. 16, with selling beginning at 10 a.m. each day.

Here is what the consignors had to say about six horses projected to make a splash in the auction ring during the second session.

Hip No. 217, Immaculate Cat, 4-year-old mare, by Storm Cat—Myhrr, by Mr. Prospector, consigned by Denali Stud, agent.

“She’s a young mare with her whole life in front of her, really well bred. Her mother’s still in production, in foal to Tiznow, and she has a Medaglia d’Oro at her side. In this market, she’s the kind of mare people are looking for, hopefully.”

Craig Bandoroff of Denali Stud on Myhrr, who has produced three winners. Her granddam is multi-continental champion Miesque, dam of world-class sire and Group 1 winner Kingmambo, Group 1 winner East of the Moon, and Grade 3 winners Mingun and Miesque’s Son. Immaculate Cat sells 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.

She’s got a ton of pedigree. She’s obviously a full sister to a wonderful champion, Horse of the Year, brilliant, brilliant filly who will get every opportunity at stud. This filly is a collector’s item. She’s attractive, she walks well, and it’s a very special, unique opportunity to get a full sister to a Horse of the Year.”

Michael Hernon of Gainesway on the full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. She is out of Grade 2-placed stakes winner Lotta Kim, whose only foal to race is Rachel Alexandra. She will sell without reserve.

Hip No. 255, Moonlight Sonata, 12-year-old mare, by Carson City—Wheatly Way, by Wheatly Hall, consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent.

“It’s quite something, because she sold over $2 million worth of offspring in just the last few years, so she’s a special kind of mare to have, with some age on her, in foal to a good horse. She’s a proven product by a proven sire in Carson City. I don’t think there are too many mares in the sale that are quite like her, really.”

Headley Bell of Mill Ridge Sales on the Grade 3-winning Carson City mare, who has produced four winners from five starters, including Grade 2 winners Wilburn and Beethoven. Her A.P. Indy filly brought $1.1 million at this year’s Keeneland September yearling sale, and Wilburn topped the 2010 Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale at $625,000. Moonlight Sonata sells in foal to Bernardini.

Hip No. 280, weanling colt, by War Front—Questress, by Seeking the Gold, consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.

“He’s got arguably the best colt pedigree in the catalog. War Front is as good a sire as there is in the United States right now. He’s having success in Europe as well. This colt is a half-brother to Pomeroy, and he’s just an outstanding physical. He looks like a real racehorse.”

Reiley MacDonald of Eaton Sales on the bay colt out of Questress, dam of five winners from six starters. The colt’s siblings include multiple Grade 1 winner and sire Pomeroy and Gold Vault, dam of Grade 1 winner Contested.

Hip No. 306, Spinning Wildcat, 3-year-old filly, by Hard Spun—Hollywood Wildcat, by Kris S., property of Lakland Sales.

“She’s got the pedigree that would fit well with the foreign people that are here. She’s a beautiful mare. You couldn’t want a better pedigree. She’s won, she’s able to run, we gave her some time off to let her mature, and she’s done that. She’s in there to sell. Hard Spun couldn’t be doing any better, so I think this is the right time to put her on the market.”

Lewis Lakin of Lakland Sales on the filly out of champion Hollywood Wildcat, who has produced eight winners from 11 starters, including Grade 1 winner War Chant and Group 2 winner Ivan Denisovich. She will sell as a racing or broodmare prospect.

Hip No. 343, weanling filly, by Tapit—Winning Call, by Deputy Minister, consigned by Gainesway, agent.

“She’s a daughter of Tapit, her brother was a dominant winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita and had won two previous graded stakes there. This filly is balanced, she’s correct, she walks well, and it’s a very quality pedigree. She’s a special filly and she really has an air about her. She thinks she’s special, she acts the part, and she’s got good residual value, being a full to a Breeders’ Cup winner and a likely young stallion prospect.”

Michael Hernon of Gainesway on the full sister to Tapizar, who provided a big catalog update with his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. She is out Winning Call, who has produced five winners, and it is the family of Grade 1 winners Pyro, Cuvee, Olympio, and Paddy O’Prado.