Based on the works over Polytrack, Keeneland has the fastest horses EVER for its April sale of 2-year-olds in training Tuesday in Central Kentucky. But time isn't the only factor for buyers trying to find their next top runner. They also look at conformation and pedigree along with the results of veterinary exams. Following are some of the juveniles that were attracting the attention of shoppers:
Hip No. 86, a Mineshaft -- Stylish Talent filly, consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds.
This filly breezed an eighth of a mile in :9 3/5, equaling the juvenile auction workout record for the distance. "She's awesome," said Randy Hartley. "And she's been awesome since I broke her. I told Bill Farish (of Lane's End Farm, where Mineshaft stands) and them about her 30 days after I broke her and told them that they needed to buy this filly. I think she's one of the best Mineshaft 2-year-olds out there. She's got that catty, 'I'm it' kind of walk. She's really big, and she looks like a colt." She is a $400,000 graduate of the 2006 Keeneland September yearling auction.
Hip No. 52, a Grand Slam-- Quimper colt, consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent for Vision Sales.
This colt is a half-brother to Canadian graded winner Fifth Overture and to other added-money winners Gold From the West and Lake Music. Another half-brother, 3-year-old Pemaquid Light, broke his maiden in his first career start on April 14 at Gulfstream Park. Worked an eighth in :9 4/5. "He's a big, 'scopey,' two-turn horse," Stephens said. Vision Sales bought him for $150,000 at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Hip No. 58, a Hussonet -- Reina Victoriosa colt, consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
A $165,000 Keeneland September sale yearling in 2006, this colt worked an eighth of a mile in :10. He is a half-brother to two stakes winners. "He's got a great pedigree," said Wavertree's Ciaran Dunne. "His dam is a full sister to the dam of (Horse of the Year) Invasor. He's a really attractive colt that is now starting to mature into what he's supposed to be. He had a great (workout) video." Also keep your eye on Wavertree's tall, powerfully looking Include -- City Hideaway filly named City At Peace (Hip No. 157).
Hip No.98, an Unbridled's Song -- Touch Love filly, consigned by Randy Miles, agent.
Produced from a grade II stakes winner, this filly worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5. "She's a very, very talented filly," Randy Miles said. "She doesn't look like a typical Unbridled's Song. People say she's the spitting image of her mother. She's super, super fast, and she's classy." She was a $190,000 buy-back at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Hip No. 102, a Yankee Gentleman -- Truly Something colt, consigned by Murray Smith, agent.
This colt shares the :20 1/5 record for the fastest quarter mile in juvenile auction history with a Lemon Drop Kid -- High Heeled Hope filly. "I saw this colt at the (2005) Fasig-Tipton November mixed sale and fell in love with him," said Murray Smith, who paid $165,000 to take him home to Florida. "He was balanced, and he had some stretch to him. He also had a gorgeous head. He has been a lovely horse to train. He has made me shake my head on more than one occasion. Every time I worked him and look down at my watch, I was shocked. He doesn't look like he is going fast. He has continued to amaze me."
Hip No. 107, an Empire Maker-- Venusberg colt, consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.
This colt breezed a quarter mile in :21 3/5. "He's a beautiful mover, and he has a wonderful attitude," said Kirkwood's Kip Elser. "He is a big, 'growthy' colt that is going to be at his best this fall or next year." Thoro-Bred Stables bought him for $170,000 at last year's Keeneland September yearling auction.
Hip No. 166, a Danzig -- Crystal Downs colt, consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
A member of the late Danzig's final crop, this colt is from the family of European champion Mubtaker. He breezed an eighth in :10 1/5. "He's by a great sire, and this is your last chance to buy one," Eddie Woods said. "He's beautiful; he's a fantastic mover; and he's very sound. Mentally, he's gentleman." He was bought back for $300,000 at last year's Keeneland September yearling auction.
Hip No. 180, a Pulpit -- Double Sixes filly, consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent for Vision Sales.
A half-sister to added-money winners Misty Sixes and Broadway View, this filly breezed an eighth in :9 4/5. "She worked super and has looked great on the racetrack," Stephens said. "People are just flocking to see her. I don't think there is anybody who hasn't not looked at her. She has a very racy body, and people will expect things from her early. She has a real good female family, so she's got the pedigree people on her as well."
Hip No. 212, a Lemon Drop Kid -- High Heeled Hope filly, consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.
This filly breezed a quarter mile in :20 1/5 and shares the juvenile auction workout record for that distance with a Yankee Gentleman -- Truly Something colt. "She particularly loves this track, and the great part is that it doesn't have to be just an aberration anymore," said Kirkwood's Kip Elser. "Polytrack specialists are going to be able to make a living year around with California and with Keeneland-Arlington-Turfway. You will have two major circuits where these horses can excel." She is a $75,000 graduate of the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Other horses that will be interesting to watch include three offspring by super sire Storm Cat: Hip Nos. 64, 112, and 113, and the late addition to the catalog, One Hot Wish, who set a world record for 4 1/2 furlongs of 48.87 while winning at Keeneland last week. In addition, there's Hip No. 124, a Kingmambo-- Amonita colt, which sold for $1.25 million as a yearling.