Keeneland April Sale: Hot Horses
by Deirdre B. Biles
Date Posted: 4/4/2010 5:39:48 PM
Last Updated: 4/5/2010 8:16:54 AM

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Easter Sunday (April 4) was a holiday for many people, but buyers and consignors were hard at work at Keeneland getting ready for the sale of 2-year-olds in training. Following is a list of horses they said could bring big prices during the auction, which is scheduled for April 5 in Lexington:

Hip No. 3, a colt by Birdstone   – Elle Nicole, by El Corredor  . Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
“The horse breezed super,” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne of this dark bay or brown juvenile, which worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5. “He’s a very immature horse that looks like he has a huge future; his best days are ahead of him.”

Hip No. 4, a colt by Awesome Again   – Ellie’s Moment, by Kris S. Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.
“He’s very, very light on his feet and he moves great,” said Kirkwood’s Kip Elser of this dark bay or brown juvenile that worked a quarter mile in :21 and is from the family of grade I winner Brian's Time. “He is out of a (stakes-winning) mare that could really, really run.”

Hip No. 9, a filly by Speightstown   – Evangelizer, by Saint Ballado. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
“She’s a very fast filly,” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne of this chestnut juvenile, which worked an eighth of a mile in :10 and shared the fastest time for the distance with five other horses. “She’s a very good Speightstown in terms of size and substance, and she’s got some real pedigree (with her family members including Canadian champion Knights Templar and grade II winner Eaton's Gift).”

Hip No. 21, a colt by Tapit   – Gal On the Go, by Irgun. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
“He’s a very nice horse that just didn’t work as good as he should have,” said Woods of this gray or roan juvenile, which is a half brother to grade III winner Social Queen. “I just know he’s a better horse than what the time (:21 4/5 for a quarter mile) said. He’s a big, elegant colt.”

Hip No. 34, a filly by A.P. Indy – Ile de France, by Storm Cat. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“You can see so much of her daddy in her; she’s a big, strong filly,” said Niall Brennan of this dark bay or brown juvenile, which is out of a half-sister to champion and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Bernardini  . “She worked super (covering an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5). She’s not bred to be a quick filly, but she just has so much class, and she has a huge stride on her. She covered the ground effortlessly.”

Hip No. 35, a colt by Street Cry – I’m in Celebration, by Copelan. Consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, agent.
“He’s a June foal that performed way over his age and had a really pretty breeze (covering an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5),” said Sequel’s Becky Thomas of this dark bay or brown half brother to two stakes winners and a grade III producer. “He’s a big, long-striding colt that is mentally way beyond his chronological age. He’s very well-balanced and is one of the prettiest Street Crys I’ve ever seen.”

Hip No. 40, a filly by Tiznow   – Keep Smilin, by Geri. Consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent.
“Everybody’s really raving about how she moved over the track,” said Dean De Renzo of this bay juvenile, which worked an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5. “She loped over it like she was just getting started and then she galloped out very well. She wanted to go more than an eighth of a mile, of course, because that’s how she’s bred. She’s bred to run two turns.”

Hip No. 44, a filly by Smart Strike   – Lady Canna, by Unbridled. Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent for Michael and Reiko Baum.
“She’s a big, beautiful filly with still a lot of growing and maturing to do,” said Kirkwood’s Kip Elser of this dark bay or brown juvenile, which worked a quarter mile in :21 1/5. “She goes great, and she’s from a great family (whose members include champion Pleasant Stage).”

Hip No. 46, a colt by War Front   – La Pascua, by Caerleon. Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.
“The War Fronts have been very exciting, and this colt has matured into a nice horse,” said Kirkwood’s Kip Elser of this dark bay or brown half brother to stakes winner Pascal that worked a quarter mile in :21 1/5.

Hip No. 52, a colt by Rockport Harbor – Limestone Landing, by Red Ryder. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
“He ran off at the five sixteenths pole, and he (the rider) stood up on him (and had him) in a stranglehold for an eighth of mile, so he (the colt) was a little flat for the eighth (:10 3/5).,” said Woods of this dark bay or brown juvenile, which is a half brother to stakes winner Itsallinthechase. “They got him in :21 4/5 for the quarter, and that’s very impressive when he (the rider) didn’t let him (the colt) run (for an eighth). He was going to put up a very salty eighth of a mile. He’s a very good horse.”

Hip No. 55, a colt by Malibu Moon  – Lucinda K, by Red Ransom. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
“He is a big, two turn, long-striding horse,” said Woods of this dark bay or brown juvenile, which is a half-brother to added-money winner Thatswhatimean. “He loves the Polytrack (working a quarter mile in :21 3/5), and he loves a route of ground.”

Hip No. 58, a filly by Smarty Jones  – Magical Flash, by Miswaki. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
“We put the wrong saddle towel on her, but the way she performed on the racetrack (working an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5) left no one in any doubt as to who she is,” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne of this chestnut juvenile, which is a half sister to grade III winner Take the Ribbon and two other added-money winners. “I guess when they say you can’t hide a good one, it really is true. Everybody has found her. She’s a lovely filly.”

Hip No. 62, a filly by Tapit   – Malia, by Regal Classic. Consigned by Scanlon Training Center, agent.
This chestnut juvenile worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 and is from the family of grade I winner Twilight Agenda.

Hip No. 72, a filly by Medaglia d'Oro  – Miss Popularity, by Storm Bird. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“She’s a May foal, and she’s young looking and young in her mind, but she’s got a lot of class,” said Niall Brennan of this bay juvenile, which is a half sister to grade II winner Get Funky. “She’s going to improve a ton because she’s still such a baby.”

Hip No. 73, Wilburn, a colt by Bernardini   – Moonlight Sonata, by Carson City. Consigned by William M. “Bill” Helmbrecht, agent.
“He’s just under 17 hands, and he moves like a big cat,” said Bill Helmbrecht of this bay juvenile, which worked three furlongs in :33 4/5 and is a half brother to grade II winner Beethoven. “He does all the things good horses do.”

Hip No. 80, a colt by Offlee Wild  – Norene’s Nemesis, by King Emperor. Consigned by McKathan Bros., agent.
“He’s really fast,” said McKathan Bros. sales coordinator Chris Alexander of this dark bay or brown half brother to grade III winner Lakota Brave. “He’s not a big horse, but he’s got a big way of going. He looked real pretty on the racetrack (when he worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5).”

Hip No. 84, a filly by Forest Wildcat – Orate, by A.P. Indy. Consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent.
“She’s fantastic; we’ve been touting her at the farm since she was broken,” said Dean De Renzo of this bay juvenile, which is the first foal out of a winning full sister to grade II winner and successful sire Pulpit. “She goes like she’s an old horse, a 4-year-old. The ones that train so good, so smart, and so steady always catch your attention. We breezed her at home with no clock and she just cruised down there. I said, ‘Man, this is really a nice one.’ She comes here and breezes :10 flat (for an eighth of a mile) in the co-fastest work for the sale and she went out (galloped out) in :34 flat.”

Hip No. 86, a colt by Tiznow   – Papa Sids Girl, by Souvenir Copy. Consigned by SGV Thoroughbreds, agent.
“He’s just a really, really neat horse,” said SGV’s Steve Venosa of this dark bay or brown juvenile, which worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5. “He has a great mind and is very classy. He does everything right. He’s trained solid since the day we broke him. He’s come up here and continued to really impress us every day we put him on the racetrack.”

Hip No. 88, Our Perfect Ten, a filly by Medaglia d'Oro   -- Peridot, by Gilded Time. Consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent.

A $370,000 sale yearling, this dark bay or brown juvenile is a half-sister to two winners and she is out of an unraced full sister to grade II winner Elaborate.

Hip No. 93, a colt by Roman Ruler   – Pretty Flame, by Mt. Livermore. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
“He’s very typical of the stallion, not real big but very well-balanced,” said Woods of this dark bay or brown juvenile, which worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 and is a half brother to grade III winner Clamorosa. “He’s out of an older mare that has produced a lot of good horses.”

Hip 102, a colt by Seeking the Gold – Remember Love, by A.P. Indy. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
“This is one of the last opportunities to buy a Seeking the Gold, and he is a beautiful colt from a really good family,” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne of this bay juvenile, whose relatives include European champion Balanchine. The colt worked an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5.

Hip No. 103, Splendid, a filly by Tapit   – Rewarding, by Storm Bird. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“She’s a little different for a Tapit,” said Niall Brennan of this half sister to added-money winner Genorosity. “A lot of Tapits are gray, and they’re refined, athletic-looking horses. This filly (which worked an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5) is bay, and she’s got a lot of strength about her and substance.”

Hip No. 110, a colt by Storm Cat – Shadow Cast, by Smart Strike  . Consigned by Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent.
“He’s a great individual that worked satisfactorily on the track (covering an eighth of a mile in :10 3/5),” said Jerry Bailey of this chestnut juvenile, which is out of a grade I winner.

Hip No. 117, a filly by Johannesburg – Spain, by Thunder Gulch  . Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
“She’s a wonderful filly with an outrageous pedigree,” said Woods of this dark bay or brown juvenile that is out of a grade I winner and $3.5 million earner and is a half-sister to Irish group III winner Plan  . “She was a late foal and she’s very immature still, but she stepped up and worked like she was supposed to (covering an eighth of a mile in :10, sharing the fastest time of the distance with five other horses).

Hip No. 120, a colt by Bernstein – Spies in My Midst, by Elusive Quality  . Consigned by McKathan Bros., agent.
“He’s big and strong,” said McKathan Bros. sales coordinator Chris Alexander of this bay juvenile. “He’s out of an Elusive Qalility mare, and he looks more like Elusive Quality than Bernstein. He’s very mature-looking, and he’s got a very good way of going. He breezed (an eighth of a mile) in :10 flat (sharing the fastest time for the distance with five other horses), and he came back good.”

Hip No. 123, a colt by Indian Charlie – The Church Lady, by Valid Wager. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
“He had the co-fastest work (of :10 at an eighth of a mile),” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne of this bay juvenile, which is a half-brother to stakes winner Sheyenne Girl. “He’s looks absolutely phenomenal. He’s a tremendous represenatative of his sire.”

Hip No. 124, Knockout, a colt by Smart Strike   – Topsom, by Red Ransom. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“In my opinion he’s a very good Smart Strike,” Niall Brennan said. “Smart Strikes tend to be a little plain, but he’s got a lot of quality about him. He’s got good size, and he’s a very correct colt with a lovely way of going. He’s not a now horse, a sprinting type; he’s a horse of the future.”

Hip No. 128, a colt by Lion Heart – Turtle Creek, by Sky Classic  . Consigned by Scanlon Training Center, agent.
This chestnut juvenile worked an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5 and is from the family of stakes winners Ayanka, Arcata, Hercomesthebride, Acharmer, Rosy Spectre, Vidid Gold, Strawberry Morn, and Strawberrydaiquiri.
 



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