California-based bloodstock agent Bob Feld said "wasn't surprised at all" when Keeneland's synthetic Polytrack surface was lightning fast April 5. Seven horses zipped an eighth of a mile in :9 4/5 during the under tack show for the Central Kentucky company’s sale of 2-year-olds in training.
“When it rains and when it’s cold, a synthetic surface does speed up and tighten up,” Feld explained. “I figured coming in here today there would be faster times than expected.”
The track was damp from nighttime and morning showers in the Lexington area. When the under tack show began, it was cloudy and the temperature was in the 40s. By mid-afternoon, the temperature had risen into the mid-50s and the sun was out.
“I think the track looks great; this is about as good as I’ve ever seen it,” said trainer Mark Casse. “One of the reasons these horses are training really well and working so good is because there are a lot of talented horses. There are a lot of good pedigrees in the sale’s catalog.
A Lemon Drop Kid – Kreisleriana colt, which was the day’s ninth worker, was the first 2-year-old to turn in a :9 4/5 effort. Cataloged as Hip No. 9, he is consigned to the auction by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.
Juveniles that equaled that clocking included a Tiznow –Letgomyecho colt named Pacific Blue (Hip No. 11), consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent; a Giant's Causeway –Raffishing Look colt (Hip No 46), consigned by de Meric Sales, agent; and a Teuflesberg –Bella Dorato filly (Hip No. 101), consigned by McKathan Bros.
The others were a Mr. Greeley–Bonnie Byerly filly (Hip No. 106), consigned by Wavertree, agent; an Elusive Quality–Brocatelle colt (Hip No. 108), consigned by Wavertree, agent; and a Mr. Greeley–Cellars Shiraz colt (Hip No. 117), consigned by de Meric Sales, agent.
A Speightstown colt was the quickest worker at a quarter mile, covering the distance in :20 2/5. Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent, the dark bay or brown juvenile is a half-brother to the winners Corsa Di Cavalli (by After Market) and Dixie Cross (by Bandini). They are out of the winning Five Star Day mare Five Star Holding, who finished second in the 2005 Three Chimneys Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs. She is a half sister to grade III winner Sindy With an S (by Broken Vow ) and added-money winner Indian Winter (by Indian Charlie).
“I thought the under tack show went very well,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales. “The track played fair all day long and the horses worked very well.”
The Keeneland juvenile sale is scheduled for April 9. It will begin at 4 p.m. (EDT).
There are 161 2-year-olds in the auction's catalog.