A half-brother to Sept. 3 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) winner Majestic Warrior is among the horses withdrawn from the Keeneland September yearling sale that begins Sept. 10 and continues through Sept. 25.
Like Majestic Warrior, the scratched yearling was bred in Kentucky by George Steinbrenner’s Kinsman Stud. A son of El Prado, the yearling, already named Evolutionist, was consigned by Lane’s End, agent. Produced from the multiple grade I-winning millionaire, Dream Supreme (by Seeking the Gold), the yearling is also a half-brother to stakes winner Crystal Current and to A. P. Dream, a filly who was bought back by Kinsman for $2,395,000 at the 2006 Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale. Majestic Warrior, Crystal Current, and A.P. Dream were sired by A.P. Indy.
Jim Scott, Kinsman Stud farm manager, said the Steinbrenner family decided to keep the yearling after seeing the Hopeful win. “I wanted to sell because I thought he would never be worth more than he is now,” Scott said. “But we had a meeting and I was outvoted.”
Scott said the colt would eventually be trained by Bill Mott, who also conditions Majestic Warrior.
The El Prado colt is not the only well-connected yearling among the early scratches from the sale. Among those scratched from the first two days of the sale are:
Hip 230--Filly by Distorted Humor -Weekend in Indy (A.P. Indy), consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Full sister to Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Any Given Saturday and half-sister to graded stakes winner Bohemian Lady.
Hip 339--Don Gato, colt by Storm Cat-Here I Go (Mr. Prospector), consigned by Eaton Sales. Half-brother to Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Summerly.
Hip 354—Colt by Hennessy-Kopenhagen (Dynaformer). Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Haras Santa Maria de Araras S.A. Colt is a half-brother to multiple grade II winner Strong Contender.
Hip 400—Filly by Gone West-Naskra Colors (Star de Naskra). Consigned by Three Chimneys Sales. Half-sister to millionaire, multiple graded stakes winner Sir Shackleton.
Hip 415—Colt by A.P. Indy-Quiet Dance (Quiet American ). Consigned by Lane’s End. Colt is half-brother to Horse of the Year and champion older horse Saint Liam.
Hip 428—Colt by Touch Gold -Santaria (Star de Naskra). Consigned by Three Chimneys Sales. Full brother to Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) winner Medallist and half-brother to grade II-placed Air Commander.
Hip 452—Filly by Giant’s Causeway-Spain (Thunder Gulch ). Consigned by Dromoland Farm. Filly is out of Spain, the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) and La Brea Stakes (gr. I) winner who earned $3,540,542.
Hip 502-Filly by Gone West-Zuri (Danzig). Consigned by Dromolad Farm. Filly is half-sister to Voodoo Dancer, the $1.4-million earner whose 11 victories in 21 starts included the Diana Handicap (gr. I).
For a complete list of horses withdrawn from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale visit the Keeneland web site.