Tuesday night’s opening session of the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training should get off to a fast start in Central Kentucky. Hip No. 7 is a speedy Langfuhr colt whose half-brother, Cool Coal Man, is scheduled to run in Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) Saturday afternoon. Following is more about the fast 2-year-old and some information about some of the other horses in Tuesday’s session that are held in high regard by their consignors:
Hip No. 5, a colt by Indian Charlie– Classic Breeze, by Regal Classic. Consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent.
“He’s my fourth big-gun colt of the year,” said Mike Mulligan of Leprechaun Racing. “He’s a special horse physically, the kind of horse that we’re all looking for. He’s a big, beautiful, balanced horse that’s made the right way. He’s what I call a Ray Charles or a Stevie Wonder horse. Everybody’s going to find him.”
Hip No. 6, a filly by Maria’s Mon -- Cloud’s Ambre, by Two Punch. Consigned by Scanlon Training Center, agent.
“She’s a big, ‘scopey,’ easy-loping filly with a proven pedigree,” David Scanlon said. “She’ll definitely get the classic distance.” A half-sister to this 2-year-old, Unacloud, produced grade I winner Meadow Breeze.
Hip No. 7, a colt by Langfuhr – Coral Sea, by Rubiano. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“He’s a May foal; that’s why we pointed him to this sale,” said Niall Brennan of this colt, whose half-brother, Cool Coal Man, won this year's Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II). “He’s a solid colt; he’s all Danzig (in appearance). We got very lucky with his pedigree.” Also making this colt stand out is his eighth-of-a-mile work in :9 3/5, which equaled the world record for a juvenile auction.
Hip No. 16, a colt by Cozzene – Fluttery Danseur, by Wavering Monarch. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables.
“He’s a big, strong colt that is very impressive on the racetrack,” said Niall Brennan of this chestnut 2-year-old, which is out of a grade II winner. “He looks like a really quality horse.”
Hip No. 35, Inimical, a colt by Hennessy – Mighty Lode, by Lode. Consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, agent.
“He’s a real pretty colt,” said Sequel Bloodstock’s Becky Thomas of this half-brother to grade III winner Mighty Beau. “He looks like a typical Hennessy, but with a little bit more stretch to him. He’s a really good training colt and very athletic.”
Hip No. 40, Jane’s Gal, a filly by Speightstown – North Lake Jane, by Meadowlake. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
Niall Brennan described this filly as “very sound, strong, and solid.” She is from the family of grade II winner Meadow Flight and grade III winner People’s Princess. Brennan said to also keep an eye on Hip No. 70, a filly by Unbridled’s Song – Sweet Nanette, by You and I; Hip No. 67, a colt by Read the Footnotes– Structured, by West by West; and Hip No. 44, Beirhaus, a filly by Saarland – Preservation Hall, by Dixieland Band.
Hip No. 45, a colt by Aldebaran – Propriety, by Storm Cat. Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.
This colt and a Forestry—Broad Dynamite colt (Hip No. 190) each worked a quarter of a mile in :20 2/5, which was the fastest time for the distance for this sale. His family members include champion Soaring Softly and grade I winner Plenty of Grace.
Hip No. 49, a filly by Speightstown – Rhiana, by Runaway Groom. Consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent.
“She’s a big, two-turn-looking filly, and she’s gorgeous on the end of the shank,” said Mike Mulligan of Leprechaun Racing.
Hip No. 58, a filly Sky Mesa – Shouldn’t We All, by Woodman. Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.
“She’s solid, well-made, and a beautiful mover,” Kirkwood’s Kip Elser said. Her second dam, Sharp Dance, was a grade I winner.”
Hip No. 69, a colt by Toccet – Support the Arts, by Taylor’s Falls. Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.
“He’s a very tough, solid colt,” said Kirkwood’s Kip Elser. “I’ve had four or five Toccets, and I like them all.”
Hip No. 71, a filly by Cape Town– Taba Star, by Southern Halo. Consigned by Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent.
“She is a beautiful, beautiful filly,” said Lance Robinson, a partner with Jerry Bailey. “She’s a really good-looking filly, and she has a pedigree that says she should be able to do anything on the racetrack.” Her dam is a half-sister to champion Turkoman.
Hip No. 75, a colt by Street Cry– True Lies, by Skip Trial. Consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent for Vision Sales.
“He’s trained well, and he looks a lot like his sire; he’s kind of big, raw horse,” said John Stephens of Stephens Thoroughbreds.
Hip No. 85, a colt by Smarty Jones – Alaska Queen, by Time for a Change. Consigned by Murray Smith, agent.
“He’s not real big, but he’s bred well; he’s a half-brother to (grade III winner) Fairbanks and (grade II winner) Keats,” Smith said. “He’s a gorgeous mover on the racetrack.”