Keeneland Session 1: Potential Standouts

Keeneland Session 1: Potential Standouts
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
The video board announces the work of Hip 22 at the Keeneland 2-year-old sale.

Following is a list of colts and fillies that their consignors believe could impress buyers shopping during the April 6 first session of the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training in Lexington:

 

Hip No. 3, a Rock Hard Ten – Secret Ballad filly, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.

“She’ll be the first one in the ring even though she’s Hip No. 3 because the first two horses scratched,” Niall Brennan said. “She’s a lovely filly. Somebody looked at her today (April 5) and said she looked like a Munnings print just because she’s that pretty.”

 

Hip No. 9, a Medaglia d’Oro – Tee Off colt, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.

“Obviously, Medaglia d’Oro is a very popular sire, and this horse has a lovely physical,” said Niall Brennan of this bay juvenile, whose dam is a half-sister to grade I winner Tactile, grade II producer Queen of Spirit, and grade III producer Reina Terra. “He’s a very smooth colt, a two-turn horse.”

 

Hip No. 11, an Unbridled’s Song – Thiscatsforcaryl filly, consigned by Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent.

“She had a really, really pretty breeze on the racetrack (going an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5),” said Lance Robinson, who is a partner with Jerry Bailey in pinhooking ventures. This juvenile is a half-sister to stakes winner Be Like Mike.


Hip No. 12, Isn’t She Gorgeous, a Yes It’s True – Till Tomorrow filly, consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.

“She’s a real smooth filly with good action,” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne of this 2-year-old, which worked a quarter mile in :21 2/5. Her dam is a half-sister to grade I winner Spectacular Tide and stakes winner Check Ride and a full sister to grade III winner Heckle.

 

Hip No. 18, an Offlee Wild – A Loose Kisser colt, consigned by All in Sales, agent.

“He’s stretchy, two-turn kind of horse; I think he’ll go forever but yet has that :21 1/5 speed (at a quarter mile),” said All in Sales’ Tony Bowling. “He just gets into a big way of going and keeps on going. He’s a real sound horse and real easy on himself.”


Hip No. 22, Vallenzeri, an A.P. Indy – Azeri colt, consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.

“He’s a star; he really is. Nothing fazes him,” said Eddie Woods of this colt which set a world record Thoroughbred auction record when he was a $7.7 million buy-back at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale. He worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5. He’s also sired by a Horse of the Year and out of a Horse of the Year.

Hip No. 23, a Songandaprayer – Beach Bunny colt, consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.

“He’s been a good horse from the day he came to Florida from Maryland,” said Wavertee’s Ciaran Dunne of this colt, which was the sale’s fastest worker at an eighth of a mile, covering the distance in :9 4/5. “We expected him to be a standout on the racetrack and he delivered like he always has. He’s just a big Baby Huey that has a wonderful attitude.”

 

Hip No. 31, a Roman Ruler – Chip colt, consigned by Blazing Meadows Farm, agent.

“He worked (a quarter mile) in :21 2/5,” said Blazing Meadows’ Tim Hamm of this juvenile, who is a half-brother to the dam of  grade III winner Z Humor.  “He’s a big, strapping, beautiful physical specimen.”

 

Hip No.  37, a Forestry – Country Melody filly, consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.

“She’s the whole package,” Eddie Woods said. “She’s got a beautiful pedigree (her dam is a half-sister to grade I winner Bob and John) and she’s big, correct, very, very attractive individual. Woods said to also keep an eye on Hip No. 76, a Speightstown – Makin a Statement colt, and Hip No. 41, a Vindication – Dossier colt, because “they are big, long-striding two-turn horses.”

 

Hip No. 47, a Touch Gold – Field of Glory filly, consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent for Paragon Farm.

“She’s very racy,” John Stephens said. “She’s pretty at the end of the shank and had a nice work (going an eighth of a mile in :10). She had an excellent video and galloped out super. She looked just super going across the racetrack.”


 
Hip No. 49, a Pleasantly Perfect – Fordyce filly, consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.

“She worked (a quarter mile) in :21 1/5, and she’s a half-sister to (Beaumont Stakes, gr. II, winner) Victory U. S. A.,” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne. “She’s an Oaks type of filly, a big, long, free-flowing filly that looks like she’s made to be a 3-year-old. We were pleased with what she showed (during the under tack show April 2) because we don’t think that (being a precocious juvenile) is what she’s all about.”

 

Hip No. 52, a Cherokee Run – Get It Straight filly, consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.

“She is a beautifully balanced, good-moving filly that has the advantage of being a Canadian bred,” said Kirkwood’s Kip Elser of this juvenile, which worked a quarter mile in :21 2/5. “With the way that program (in Canada) is going now, I would certainly hope that raises the interest level in her.”

 

Hip No. 61, an Unbridled’s Song – In the Storm colt, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.

“He’s a full brother to (grade III winner) Noonmark,” said Niall Brennan of this 2-year-old, which breezed a quarter mile in :21 2/5. “He’s all Unbridled’s Song, and he worked super. He’s a lovely horse.”

 

Hip No. 62, a Street Cry – Isn’t It Fun colt, consigned by Scanlon Training Center, agent.

“He’s by the right sire, and he’s a nice, pretty horse,” Daivd Scanlon said. He’s a good mover that gets over the ground easy.” This juvenile worked a quarter mile in :21 4/5.

 

Hip No. 65, a Forestry – Juke colt, consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.

“He’s really matured recently and is doing very well,” said Kirkwood’s Kip Elser of this colt, which was the sale’s fastest quarter-mile worker, covering the distance in :20 4/5. “His half-sister, Haka, was second to Stardom Bound at Santa Anita (in the Las Virgenes Stakes, gr. I).”


Hip No. 89, a Forest Wildcat – Mostbeautifulsound colt, consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.

“He’s a big, tall elegant colt with the smoothest way of going possible – an exceptional colt,” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne of this 2-year-old, which breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5.


Hip No. 94, a Kitten’s Joy – On Broadway colt, consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.

“He probably made as good a video as there is in here (while working an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5),” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne. “He’s a real athletic horse. He looks like he’ll be a grass horse and go two turns. He’s a lovely, lovely colt.”

 

Hip No. 102, Come Home Quick, a Limehouse – Ransomed Bride filly, consigned by Blazing Meadows Farm, agent.

“She had, by some accounts the fastest half-mile gallop out of the sale, :46 1/5; she worked (a quarter mile) in :21 1/5,” said Blazing Meadows’ Tim Hamm. “She’s done just phenomenal here. She’s a very fast horse.”

 

 

 

 

 

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