Two top fillies are out of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
A full sister to Horse of the Year and dual classic winner Point Given was scratched because she "strained a ligament and wasn't right," said Bayne Welker of Mill Ridge Sales. "It's too bad because she's a nice filly."
The daughter of Thunder Gulch -- Turko's Turn, by Turkoman, was bred by the late Prince Ahmed Salman in the name of The Thoroughbred Corp.
"We hope to get her back in a later sale, maybe January (in 2004 at Keeneland), but it will be up to Dick Mulhall (who manages the affairs of The Thoroughbred Corp.)," Welker said.
Also out is Stirring, a Seeking the Gold filly. She is a half-sister to a daughter of Gone West named Speed Succeeds that brought $1.45 million at Keeneland in September last year and was the most expensive filly sold during the auction. John Sikura Jr. of Hill 'n' Dale Farm, which bred the Seeking the Gold filly, plans to keep her to race.
"She's a beautiful filly, equal to the one last year," Sikura said. "You want to sell horses like this because of cash flow, but you also want to keep the ones out of families like this. Those families getting harder and harder to find at the sales."
A half-sister to stakes winner Handpainted (by A.P. Indy), the filly is out of the stakes winning mare Daijin (by Deputy Minister), who is a full sister to Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Touch Gold. Daijin also is a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year With Approval (by Caro).