Keeneland Session 2: Potential Standouts
Following is a list of colts and fillies that their consignors believe could impress buyers shopping during the April 7 second session of the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training in Lexington:
Hip No. 117, a Forestry – Stirring filly, consigned by Scanlon Training Center, agent.
“She had a :10 flat work (at an eighth of a mile), and she’s a really nice filly,” said David Scanlon of this chestnut juvenile, which is from the family of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Touch Gold and Canadian Horse of the Year With Approval.
Hip No. 128, a Medaglia d’Oro – York Woods colt, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“He’s a lovely colt,” said Niall Brennan of this 2-year-old, which is a half-brother to grade II winner Middlesex Drive. “He’s medium-sized and a little bit immature, but he’s a very racy colt.”
Hip No. 145, a Silver Deputy – Castlemania filly, consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent.
“She’s a nice filly with a big pedigree,” said John Stephens of this half-sister to stakes winners Coastal Fortress and Battlements. “She worked well (going an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5) and galloped out good.”
Hip No. 150, a Songandaprayer – Cloud Break filly, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables.
“She’s a half-sister to (champion sprinter) Lost in the Fog, and she looks like Unbridled’s Song (the sire of Songandaprayer),” Niall Brennan said. “She’s a beautiful, big, gray filly – a tall, ‘scopey’ filly. She looks like a two-turn filly, but she has a lot of speed. She worked very fast (going an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5), but only because she’s got a big stride.”
“She’s a really pretty, sweet running filly,” said Leprechaun’s Britt Mulligan of this half-sister to graded III winner Clearly a Queen. “She had a very, very pretty breeze (going an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5).”
“He’s a monster in every way,” said Niall Brennan of this half-brother to grade I winner Marylebone. “Physically, he’s a beautiful looking horse, and he’s got tremendous presence. He’s a big horse on the shank, and he’s a big horse on the track. He’s by the right sire. He’s got all the tools.”
Hip No. 167, an A.P. Indy – Fashion Star colt, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“He’s a half-brother to (grade I winner) Eddington,” Niall Brennan said. “He’s got a stallion’s pedigree. He had a lovely breeze on the racetrack (going a quarter mile in :21 3/5). He’s a very good physical specimen; he’s a very sound horse; and he’s by the right sire. He’s a two-turn horse.”
Hip No. 168, a Rock Hard Ten – Fiddlin Devon colt, consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent.
“He’s a May foal that’s just now really coming together,” said Leprechaun’s Britt Mulligan of this dark bay or brown juvenile, whose dam is a half-sister to grade I winners Chaposa Springs and You and I. “He’s been very well received.”
Hip No. 174, a Saint Liam – Golf Girl colt, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“He’s from the first crop of a very good horse, and he looks like his daddy bit,” said Niall Brennan of this half-brother to stakes winner Stoneway. “He’s a big, ‘growthy’ colt. As a yearling, in the fall, he looked like Steve Urkel; he was a gangly teenager. But now he’s really grown into a man and he’s going to be a hell of a colt. He’s two-turn horse, and he trains like a monster.”
Hip No. 181, a Leroidesanimaux – Java Drums colt, consigned by Scanlon Training Center, agent.
“He’s by an up-and-coming young sire, and he moves really good on the racetrack,” said David Scanlong of his half-brother to stakes winner Johnny Dollar. “He had a really good work -- :10 flat. He’s a horse that should run all day, but he also had a very quick work.”
Hip No. 196, an Aldebaran – Offtheoldblock filly, consigned by Leprechaun Racing, agent.
“She’s a very solid filly that is a half-sister to (grade III winner) Z Humor,” said Leprerchaun’s Britt Mulligan of this chestnut juvenile that worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5. “She’s very straightforward.”
Hip No. 197, a Forest Wildcat – Open Window filly, consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.
“She is an absolute sweetheart,” said Kirkwood’s Kip Elser. “She goes to the track, does her job, comes back, eats, and sleeps. She’s just a push-button kind of filly, a very nice filly.”
Hip No. 200, a Street Cry – Pay Bird filly, consigned by Blazing Meadows Farm, agent.
“She’s more of route filly, but breezed well (going a quarter mile in :22),” said Blazing Meadows’ Tim Hamm of this half-sister to Peruvian Horse of the Year Black Coffey and stakes producer Catawba. “She has a great family.”
Hip No. 203, a Smart Strike – Private Feeling colt, consigned by Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent.
“He worked really fast, and had a really good gallop out,” said Lance Robinson, who a partner with Jerry Bailey in pinhooking ventures. “He went :10 flat (for an eighth of a mile) and for a Smart Strike, that’s probably pretty fast.” This bay 2-year-old is from the family of champion Wait a While and grade I winner Sharp Belle.
Hip No. 205, a Value Plus – Raw Gold filly, consigned by Blazing Meadows Farm, agent.
“She worked (a quarter mile) in :21 2/5 even though she jumped a shadow at the wire, where the mirror is, and you can see it in her video,” said Blazing Meadows’ Tim Hamm. “She’s just a classy, classy filly. She’s got a great body and a good mind. She’s real fast and precocious.”
Hip No. 206, a Tale of the Cat – Regala Di Trieste colt, consigned by Leprechaun Racing.
“He’s the complete package,” said Leprechaun’s Britt Mulligan. “He’s a big, strong, nice colt, and he has the pedigree to go along with it. He worked well (going an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5) and galloped out well the other day.” This chestnut 2-year-old’s dam is a half-sister to Pioneerof the Nile, winner of the April 4 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Hip No. 213, a Dixie Union – Silent Stream colt, consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent.
“He’s a big, strong, athletic colt that worked good (going an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5), but was still a little green doing it,” John Stephens said. “There’s lots of improvement for him ahead.”
“He’s a very athletic-looking horse, and he’s out of a Storm Cat mare,” said John Stephens of this colt, which worked an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5 and is from the family of Minstrealla, a champion overseas.
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