Keeneland Sale: Keep an Eye on These Horses

Keeneland Sale: Keep an Eye on These Horses
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Hip #9, colt, Lemon Drop Kid - Kreisleriana, by Seeking the Gold, was one of 7 horses who worked 1/8 in :9.4 during the under tack show for the Keeneland's sale of 2-year-olds in training.

For such a small sale, this is a large list. But that’s not too surprising.

There were numerous very fast works during the April 5 under tack show for the Keeneland juvenile auction. As a result, buyers probably ended up with quite a few horses they wanted to take a closer look at and consignors were pumped up about the prospects for their 2-year-olds.

Following is a list of horses that horseman said could bring high prices during the sale, which is scheduled for April 9, beginning at 4 p.m. (EDT), in Lexington:

Hip No. 2, a filly by Big Brown   – Julie Truly, by Miner's Mark. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“She’s been popular because she is a very good-looking filly,” said Niall Brennan of this bay juvenile that worked an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5 during the auction’s under tack show and is a member of her sire’s first crop. “She is tall and ‘scopy, and she’s gorgeous physically. She is a lovely mover and very ‘racy.’ She’s one for the future. She’s going to be better the farther they’re going down the road. She’s a smooth mover on the track.”

Hip No. 9, a colt by Lemon Drop Kid  – Kreisleriana, by Seeking the Gold. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“He had an excellent work (going an eighth in the co-fastest time of :9 4/5),” said Niall Brennan of this bay juvenile that is a half brother to the winner Photo Shoot (by Giant’s Causeway) and whose second dam, Kooyonga (by Persian Bold), was a champion in Europe. “He got over the track very well, galloped out very strong, and had a lovely video. He’s a very athletic colt with a proven sire and a good family. He’s still immature, so there is a lot of improvement in him.”

Hip No. 11, Pacific Blue, a colt by Tiznow   – Letgomyecho, by Menifee. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
“He’s got the pedigree to go long and he’s brilliantly fast (working an eighth in the co-fastest time of :9 4/5),” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne of this dark bay or brown juvenile that is out of a grade II winner. “His performance on the track was as good as anybody’s. At the barn, he’s a beautiful horse and we’re pretty excited about him.”

Hip No. 14, a colt by Speightstown  – Ling, by Fusaichi Pegasus  . Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“He worked fast and galloped out fast; he’s a colt that has been popular,” said Niall Brennan of this bay juvenile that worked an eighth in :10 and is a half brother to the winners Dixie’s Flying (by Dixie Union), Courtesy Title (by Saint Liam), and Medieval Cat (by Discreet Cat). “He’s typical for the sire; he’s a real 2-year-old type (that has a good shot to be successful racing this year). He’s got good size for a Speightstown. He’s a really sharp colt.”

Hip No. 21, a filly by Elusive Quality   – Mary Delaney, by Hennessy. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
“She is really a nice filly,” said Woods of this dark bay or brown juvenile that is out of a grade II winner and that worked an eighth in :10 1/5. “She is still a bit immature, but she is a very good filly.”

Hip No. 23, Infinite Vista, a filly by Lemon Drop Kid   – Meadow Vista, by Meadowlake. Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.
“She is by a good sire, is from a good family, and loves her work,” said Kirkwood’s Kip Elser of this chestnut juvenile that is out of a grade III-placed winner and is a half sister to stakes winner Bachata (by Kingmambo), who is grade III-placed. This 2-year-old worked a quarter mile in :21 4/5.

Hip No. 36, a colt by Curlin   – Palace Rumor, by Royal Anthem. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
“He’s only a May foal, but he’s a big horse that is smooth on the track (and able to work an eighth in :10 1/5),” said Niall Brennan of this bay juvenile that is out of a stakes winner and is a half brother to the winner Lady June Bug (by Elusive Quality). “He looks like a really good Smart Strike (who sired first-crop sire Curlin) in my opinion. He does everything right; this could be a very, very nice horse in the making.”

Hip No. 40, a filly by Sky Mesa   – Preemptive Attack, by Smart Strike  . Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
“She has been my favorite since we bought her last summer; she’s a lovely filly,” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne of this chestnut juvenile that is a half sister to the stakes-placed winner Panther Strike (by Black Minnaloushe) and whose second dam, Bold Ruritana (by Bold Ruckus), was a champion in Canada.. “She’s a real energetic filly (able to go an eighth in :10); she loves what she does. She’s one that you look forward to training every morning.”

Hip No. 44, Beyond Belle, a filly by Lemon Drop Kid   – Queenie Belle, by Bertrando. Consigned by de Meric Sales, agent.
“She had an outstanding work (covering an eighth in :10) and gives every indication that she could be as good as her half sister (grade I winner Unrivaled Belle, by Unbridled’s Song),” said Nick de Meric of this dark bay or brown juvenile that is out of a grade II winner.

Hip No. 46, a colt by Giant's Causeway   – Raffishing Look, by Kingmambo. Consigned by de Meric Sales, agent.
“He is a typical representative of that world-class stallion,” said Nick de Meric of this chestnut juvenile whose winning dam is a half sister to grade III and German stakes winner Society Hostess (by Seeking the Gold). “He had an excellent work (completing an eighth in the co-fastest time of :9 4/5) and a very strong gallop out. He is going to be a very tough competitor when he gets to the races. He looks like he’ll be precocious, but he also looks as if he’ll train on.” This 2-year-old's family members include Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner and Irish champion Go and Go, Irish champion Refuse To Bend, German champion Munaaji, and grade I winner Twilight Agenda.

Hip No. 60, a colt by Tiz Wonderful – Shake Off, by A.P. Indy. Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.
“The phrase ‘two-turn horse’ is overused these days, but looking at the horse and the pedigree, top and bottom, he can go as many turns as you want him to go,” said Kirkwood’s Kip Elser of this bay juvenile that is out of a stakes winner and is a half brother to the winners Seismic Speed (by Gone West) and Timing Belt (by Aldebaran). This 2-year-old worked an eighth in :10 2/5.

Hip No. 64, Black Witch, a filly by Majestic Warrior   – South African Baby, byJohannesburg. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
“She’s a sweet filly, she’s a beautiful mover, and she’s very quick (able to go a quarter in :20 3/5),” said Woods of this bay juvenile that is a member of her sire’s first crop and whose dam is a half sister to stakes winner Glok (by Theatrical) and winning grade III producer Zanti (by Strawberry Road). She’s not ‘sprintery’ looking. She’s a stretchy, tall, leggy filly that is going to go farther.”

Hip No. 72, a colt by Street Sense   – Tale of a Lady, by Tale of the Cat  . Consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent.
“He worked really fast (going an eighth in :10), galloped out strong, and is gorgeous on the end of a shank,” said John Stephens of this bay juvenile that is out of a winning half sister to Canadian grade III winner Northern Causeway (by Giant’s Causeway). Other family members include Horse of the Year Ghostzapper and grade I winner City Zip.

Hip No. 101, a filly by Teuflesberg   – Bella Dorato, by Goldminers Gold. Consigned by McKathan Bros., agent.
“She went (an eighth in) :9 4/5 and she galloped out very fast,” said McKathan Bros. farm manager Chris Alexander of this dark bay or brown juvenile that is out of a stakes-placed winner and is a full sister to Trinniberg, who captured the April 7 Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) and the Swale Stakes (gr. III) last month. “She’s real pretty and has a beautiful shoulder and hip on her. She’s very athletic. She’s the kind of horse that they (buyers) are all going to like.”

Hip No. 106, a filly by Mr. Greeley – Bonnie Byerly, by Dayjur. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
“She is a half sister to (grade II winner and United Arab Emirates group III winner) Diabolical (by Artax) and from a deep female family,” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne of this chestnut juvenile whose second dam is grade I winner Plenty of Grace (by Roberto). “Her dam is going to get a lot of opportunities. She has got a Galileo yearling filly, is in foal to Montjeu, and is being bred back to Galileo. From a buyer’s standpoint this is a filly that, in the long-term, is going to be a collector’s item. She also was fabulous on the track (working an eighth in the co-fastest time of :9 4/5) .”

Hip No. 107, a colt by Tapit   – Boston Lady, by Boston Harbor. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
“He’s beautiful, he’s leggy, and he’s elegant,” said Woods of this bay juvenile that is a half brother to the winner Glass Age (by Hennessy) and that worked a quarter in :21. “He’s got an attitude; all the good Tapits have attitudes. He’s just the way he’s supposed to be.”

Hip No. 108, a colt by Elusive Quality  – Brocatelle, by Green Desert. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
“He is from a pretty deep family,” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne of this bay juvenile that is a half brother to two stakes-placed winners, Fusaichi Hokutosei (by Machiavellian) and Ahlaain (by Bernstein). “He’s a really solid horse. He’s square, balanced, and he’s correct coming at you. He’s a great mover on the track (where he worked an eighth in the co-fastest time of :9 4/5). He’s a sound horse that they (buyers) can go right on with.”

Hip No. 110, Aleander, a colt by Smart Strike   – California Sunset, by Deputy Minister. Consigned by Royal Pegasus.
“The horse had a really good breeze (covering an eighth in :10) and his gallop out was really nice,” said John Ortiz, who is working with the Royal Pegasus consignment, of this bay juvenile that is a half brother to the winner All About Alex (by Afleet Alex) and is from the family of grade III winners Hotstufanthensome (by Awesome Again) and Silver Charades (by Broad Brush). “He has a very nice stride. He’s a horse that we think is going to be very successful in the future.”

Hip No. 112, Bella Castani, a filly by Big Brown   – Caroni, by Rubiano. Consigned by Flying Fish, agent.
“She worked (an eighth in) :10 1/5 and she came back to the barn like she had just gone down there and trained on any other day,” said Zack Fisher, who works for his father, Flying Fish principal Art Fisher, of this chestnut juvenile that is a half sister to stakes winner and grade I-placed Beautician (by Dehere). “Big Brown is a new (first crop) sire this year and I love him; I think that one by him (Bella Castani) is pretty special.”


Hip No. 117, a colt by Mr. Greeley – Cellars Shiraz, by Kissin Kris. Consigned by de Meric Sales, agent.
“He’s a big, rugged, strapping colt that is an outstanding mover,” said Nick de Meric of this chestnut juvenile that is out of a grade III winner and is a half brother to the winners Classic Vintage (by El Prado) and Inimitable Romanee (by Maria's Mon). “He is excellent physically. He has been maintenance-free all winter and he has speed to burn (working an eighth in the co-fastest time of :9 4/5). There is no telling how good a colt this could be.”


Hip No. 123, a colt by Majestic Warrior   – Counter Cat, by Hennessy. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.

“I dare anybody to find a better-looking horse on the end of a shank at this sale than him,” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne of this chestnut juvenile that is a half brother to the stakes-placed winner Under Counter (by Stravinsky) and is from the family of grade II winner Pine Tree Lane (by Apalachee). “In my mind, he’s stunning. We’ve been sort of touting the (2-year-old) Majestic Warriors (which are members of their sire’s first crop) pretty hard all season and this would be one of the main reasons why. His performance on the track (an eighth in :10) did everything to back up what we’ve been saying about him.”

Hip No. 133, Douanier, a colt by Lemon Drop Kid   – Dreamlike, by Storm Cat. Consigned by Fedamore Stable.

“Obviously, he’s got a very nice pedigree,” said Fedamore’s  Barry Clohessy of this bay juvenile that worked an eighth in :10 1/5 and is a half brother to grade II winner Woke Up Dreamin (by Holy Bull) and French group III/grade III winner Denomination (by Smart Strike). “Physically, he’s a big, strong horse. He’s very straightforward and very classy. He’s got a great mind. He’s just a pleasure to have around.”


Hip No. 142, a colt by Raven's Pass – Fairy Princess, by Giant's Causeway  . Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.

“This is a colt that we think could be any kind,” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne of this chestnut juvenile that is out of a winning half sister to grade II winner Kumari Continent (by Kris S.) and grade III winner Passion (by Came Home). “Physically and pedigree-wise, he looks like a horse that can go two turns and can take you wherever you want to go. He’s got the speed (able to work an eighth in :10) that makes a horse like him very dangerous. We think he’s a very special kind of horse.”

Hip No. 144, a colt by Speightstown   – Five Star Holding, by Five Star Day. Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.
“He’s fast; it isn’t complicated, he’s fast,” said Kirkwood’s Kip Elser of this dark bay or brown juvenile that worked a quarter in the fastest time of :20 2/5 and is a half brother to the winner Corsa Di Cavalli (by After Market).  His stakes-placed winning dam is a half sister to grade III winner Sindy With an S (by Broken Vow) and stakes winner Indian Winter (by Indian Charlie).

Hip No. 147, a filly by Smart Strike   – Glimmering, by Sadler's Wells. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.

“She has a really deep family,” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne of this bay juvenile whose winning dam is a half sister to foreign champion Oratorio (by Danehill) and added-money winners Fahim (by Green Desert) and Mowaadah (by Alzao). “Without her track performance, she’s probably still worth a lot of money. And then given the fact she goes (an eighth in) :10 flat and does it the way she does it, it makes her a pretty special filly.” This 2-year-old is a half sister to the winner Windy Gap (by Distorted Humor).


Hip No. 148, a filly by Big Brown   – Golden Lips, by Silver Ghost. Consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.

“She is a fast filly (able to work an eighth in :10) even though she is still a bit green and changed her leads a little bit; she is kind of unsure of herself still,” said Woods of this bay juvenile, that is out of a half sister to grade III winners Hotstufanthensome (by Awesome Again) and Silver Charades (by Broad Brush). “She is just a very nice filly (that is a member of her sire’s first crop).”


Hip No. 157, Beautiful Miss, a filly by Tapit  – Instant Coverage, by Storm Cat. Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.

“She is a no brainer; she’s a Tapit filly,” said Niall Brennan of this chestnut juvenile that is a half sister to the winner Kaleidoscope (by Elusive Quality) and is from the family of grade I winner Eternity Star, French group I winner Miswaki, and grade II winner Jump Start. “She worked super (covering an eighth in :10). She is a good, strong filly and very powerful on the track. She has that good Tapit energy, but she has a little more strength about her than a lot of Tapits at this early stage. She’s very clean and sound.”


Hip No. 161, a colt by Any Given Saturday – It’s Personal, by Personal Flag. Consigned by Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent.

“He’s a beautiful dark bay and he’s an outstanding individual,” said John Stephens of this 2-year-old that is out of a grade III winner and is a half brother to three added-money winners, including grade II winner It’s No Joke (by Distorted Humor). “He has a huge stride. He’s a nice, nice horse (that worked eighth in :10 2/5).”

 

 

 

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