Don Gato Among Standouts at Keeneland
Date Posted: 4/8/2008 6:07:37 PM
Last Updated: 4/9/2008 12:46:51 PM

Hip 123, Don Gato, a colt by Storm Cat - Here I Go, by Mr. Prospector is one to watch on day 2 of the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Photo: Joe DiOrio

There’s a half-brother to a Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner and a very fast Forestry  colt in the second and final session of the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training Wednesday night in Central Kentucky. Read more about them and some other horses that consignors think are standouts:

Hip No. 99, a filly by Scrimshaw – Christmas Rose, by Private Terms. Consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent.
“She’s a  really pretty, fast-looking, balanced filly,” said Leprechaun Racing’s Mike Mulligan of this 2-year-old, which is a half-sister to stakes winner Christmas Lily. The filly worked an eighth of a mile in :9 4/5.

Hip No. 100, a filly by Unbridled's Song – Classic Threat, by Regal Classic. Consigned by Randy Miles, agent.
“She is very classy, and she’s graceful on the track,” Miles said. “She’s a two-turn horse. She’s a late foal (born April 30) and she’s not mature yet, but she’s showing a lot of promise.”

Hip No. 117, a colt by Unbridled’s Song – Gaviola, by Cozzene. Consigned by Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent.
“He’s going really well (on the track), and he’s by a big-time sire out of a nice (grade I-winning) mare, said Lance Robinson, who is a partner with Jerry Bailey. “He moves really, really good. We like him.”

Hip No. 118, a colt by Canadian Frontier – Glamour Bar, by Risen Star. Consigned by Murray Smith, agent.
“I love him, but he’s got no pedigree,” Smith said. “He’s really nice physically, a big nice horse.” The strong-looking colt worked a quarter mile in :20 4/5.

Hip No. 123, Don Gato, a colt by Storm Cat – Here I Go, by Mr. Prospector. Consigned by Hartley/ De Renzo Thoroughbreds.
“He’s a beautiful colt that’s got a lot of body to him,” Randy Hartley said. “He’s got a lot of leg for a Storm Cat. He’s a half-brother  to (Kentucky Oaks, gr. I winner) Summerly. He’s got a stallion pedigree. If anybody’s looking for a Storm Cat colt with a lot of pedigree, he’s the one. I haven’t done a lot with this colt because he is a late foal (born April 23). He’s still green, but he’s smart.”

Hip No. 131, a colt by Tale of the Cat   – Lady Linda, by Torrential. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
“He’s a very nice horse – very solid and a great mover,” Woods said of this colt from the family of grade II winner Sir Cherokee.

Hip No. 133, a colt by Mizzen Mast   – Little Bold Belle, by Silver Buck. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
“He can run,” said Mike Akers of Dapple Bloodstock, which purchased this colt in partnership with David Greathouse for $75,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling auction. Little Bold Belle also produced grade I winner Unbridled Belle (by Broken Vow  ).

Hip No. 137, a colt by Silver Deputy– Memories of Gold, by Time for a Change. Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.
“He’s out of a (stakes-winning) half-sister to one of my favorite horses of all time, (grade I winner) Memories of Silver,” said Kirkwood’s Kip Elser. “He’s just a very, very nice colt that is a beautiful mover.”

Hip No. 155, a filly by More Than Ready   – Riverboat Miss, by Storm Cat. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
“She’s a cracking filly,” Woods said. “She’s sound and tough. She’s very correct, and she’s just got a lovely way about her.” This chestnut 2-year-old worked an eighth of a mile in :9 4/5. She is from the family of grade I winner River Special.

Hip No. 173, a filly by Johar   – Vassar, by Royal Academy. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
This filly is a half-sister to Coast Guard (by Stormy Atlantic  ), who finished third in the April 5 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and second in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II). Another half-brother, winner Garafine (by Belong to Me), sold for $1.8 million to top the 2006 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Hip No. 182, a colt by Cherokee Run – Are You Home, by El Prado. Consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent for Vision Sales.
“He’s trained like a monster on the racetrack, and people have come back to see him every day,” said John Stephens of Stephens Thoroughbreds. The colt is from the family of grade I winner Take Charge Lady. His dam is a half-sister to added-money winner Madonna Lily.

Hip No. 184, a filly by Speightstown   – Balancing Act, by Spectacular Bid. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
This filly, described by Niall Brennan as “a very sharp sprinter, mile type,” worked an eighth of a mile in :9 4/5. She is a half-sister to grade II winner Eleusis and to another added-money winner, Tip the Scale.

Hip No. 186, a colt by Mineshaft   – Banner Dancer, by Danzig. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
“He’s very quick and from a big family,” said Woods of this colt, whose  relatives include champion Sacahuista and grade I winners Geri and Raging Fever. His dam produced stakes winner Gold Streamer (by Forty Niner) and grade II-placed winner A P. Five Hundred (by A.P. Indy).

Hip No. 188, a colt by Dynaformer – Biscayne Bay, by A.P. Indy. Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.
“He’s just what you would hope for in a good Dynaformer colt,” said Kirkwood’s Kip Elser. “He is more attractive and better balanced as a young horse than most Dynaformers.” His second dam, Flanders, was a champion, and she produced champion Surfside.

Hip No. 190, a colt by Forestry   – Broad Dynamite, by Broad Brush. Consigned by McKathan Brothers, agent.
“He’s a horse that we’ve been waiting for all year, and he’s probably been one of my favorite horses all year because he has everything,” Kevin McKathan said. “He’s a big, kind of two-turn type of horse. I had him in the Fasig-Tipton (Florida sale), but I thought the extra time would be what he needed. I would match with him any horse. Long-term, I think he’s the real deal.” The colt worked a quarter mile in :20 2/5, sharing the Keeneland April sale’s fastest time for that distance with an Aldebaran – Propriety colt.

Hip No. 191, a filly by Cozzene – Brookdale, by Turkoman. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent
“She’s a beauty; she’s a collector’s item,” Niall Brennan said. “The way she handles herself and trains, I think she’s a special filly.” Her winning dam is a half-sister to grade II winner Why Change and to stakes winner Jimmy Z.

 



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