Keeneland Day One: Top 10 Hips to Watch

#3 Speightstown-Balado’s Halo (Saint Ballado), c
Consignor: Taylor Made Sales Agency
Comments: Dam is a stakes placed full sister to champion Ashado and graded stakes winners Sunriver and Saint Stephen. “He’s physically a really imposing colt who is very athletic,” said Mark Taylor. “He’s a really, really top horse.”

#32 Gone West-Clever But Costly (Clever Trick), c
Consignor: Three Chimneys Sales
Comments: Half-brother to grade I winner Traitor, grade II winner Sun King, and grade III winner Ocean Drive. First dam includes graded stakes winner Peeping Tom and Hurricane Bertie. “He’s just a beautiful specimen,” said Case Clay of Three Chimneys Farm. “He does not look like a May foal.”

#44 A.P. Indy-Denebola (Storm Cat), c
Consignor: Lane’s End
Comments: Produced from a French group I winner. French group I-winning second dam also produced grade/group III winners Loving Kindness and Snake Mountain. “He is the spitting image of A.P. Indy,” said Bill Farish of Lane’s End Farm. “He’s well-made, with a great hip. A very racy colt.”

#66 A.P. Indy-Fire the Groom (Blushing Groom), c
Consignor: Denali Stud
Comments: Produced from grade I stakes winner and half-brother to champion European sprinter Stravinsky. “He’s a serious horse,” said Craig Bandoroff of Denali Stud. “He has pretty much flawless conformation and a lot of quality. He’s got the pedigree. He’s a nice horse and should do well.”

#104 Empire Maker-Keeper Hill (Deputy Minister), c
Consignor: Mill Ridge Sales
Comments: Dam is the three-time grade I winner Keeper Hill, whose victories included the Kentucky Oaks. “He is a very good-sized colt,” said Bayne Welker of Mille Ridge. “He has a great mind. He probably won’t be a precocious 2-year-old, but looks like he would make a nice 3-year-old who likes two-turns.”

#113 Storm Cat-Lead Story (Editor’s Note), c
Consignor: Lane’s End
Comments: Produced from a multiple grade II winner whose female family includes grade I winners Unbridled Elaine, Glitter Woman, and Political Force. “He’s got a lovely walk to him,” said Bill Farish. “He is one of the top Storm Cats.”

#149 Giant’s Causeway-Pent (Mr. Prospector), c
Consignor: Eaton Sales
Comments: Half-brother to stakes winner Pentagonal; second dam is stakes winner and stakes producer Bound, a half-sister to Nureyev. “He is potentially a breakout horse,” said Tom VanMeter of Eaton Sales. “He is a really smooth, nice horse.”

#183 Vindication-Serena’s Tune (Mr. Prospector), c
Consignor: Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency
Comments: Half-brother to stakes winner and produced from stakes winner. Second dam is champion Serena’s Song. “It’s a great female family,” said Hill ‘n’ Dale’s John Sikura. “He has the best physical traits of his sire and dam.”

#220 Storm Cat-Trail Robbery (Alydar) f
Consignor: Eaton Sales
Comments: Half-sister to grade I winner Pohave; second dam is champion Track Robbery, the granddam of Cat Thief. “She’s got a lot of Alydar to her,” said Eaton Sales’ Tom VanMeter. “She’s a tall, scopey, balanced filly.”

#234 A.P. Indy-Wife for Life (Dynaformer) f
Consignor: Three Chimneys Sales
Comments: Half-sister to millionaire, multiple grade I winner Hollywood Story. “She’s a gorgeous filly and the catalog page screams pedigree,” said Case Clay of Three Chimneys Sales.


Photos by Marc Manning and Anne M. Eberhardt