Hot Horses Catching Buyers' Eyes in Keeneland's First Session

People are talking favorably about a lot of different horses at the Keeneland September yearling auction. Some say the sale topper might even come in the first session rather than in the second, where it usually is. Following are some of the horses in the first session that were attracting buyers' attention:

Hip No. 19, a Forestry -- Majesty's Crown colt, consigned by Darby Dan Farm.
"He's very well conformed; he's got a beautiful shoulder," said Wayne Sweezey, of Darby Dan. "Everything about this colt is 100%. His X-rays are good all the way from his feet to his shoulders. He's a very handsome horse." A half-brother to champion Smoke Glacken and a full brother to grade II winner Smokey Glacken, this colt sold for $525,000 at last year's Keeneland November breeding stock auction.

Hip No. 20, a Storm Cat -- Manistique colt, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
"He's just an awesome-looking Storm Cat - big, stretchy, and black," said Frank Taylor, of Taylor Made. "And he's got a lot of leg. You've got the scope, and you've got the size, plus you've got the body. He got the best of Storm Cat and Unbridled (grade I winner Manistique's sire). He's got everything you would want."

Hip No. 26, a Vindication -- Mimi's Golden Girl colt, consigned by Reiko and Michael Baum.
She may be by an unproven, first-crop sire, but this filly is from the family of grade I winner Classy Cathy. His half-brother, Noble Causeway, finished second in the Florida Derby (gr. I).

Hip No. 35, a Storm Cat -- Moon Safari colt, consigned by Lane's End, agent.
This colt is getting a lot of attention because of his conformation. He is from the family of grade I winners Scan and Vision. Another close relative is European champion and group I winner Caerleon.

Hip No. 45, a Fusaichi Pegasus   -- No Knocks colt, consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent.
"Ever since he's come to the farm, he's been outstanding, and he hasn't changed," said Case Clay, of Three Chimneys. "He's one of those straightforward, easy-prep horses. He's awesome looking. From a physical standpoint, he's phenomenal." Tracy Farmer purchased this colt for $685,000 at last year's Keeneland November breeding stock sale. He's from the family of champion Pleasant Tap and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Go for Gin.

Hip No. 60, a Storm Cat -- Preach colt, consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent.
This flashy chestnut colt is a half-brother to grade II winner and successful sire Pulpit. "He's correct, and his mind is great, and he's got a great throat," said Dell Hancock, of Claiborne. "He's always been as straightforward as he could be. We'll keep our fingers crossed."

Hip No. 71, a Storm Cat -- Reach for the Moon filly, consigned by Narvick International, agent.
This filly is from the family of Japanese champion Agnes Digital, so should have appeal to buyers from the Far East.

Hip No. 82, an A.P. Indy -- Serena's Song colt, consigned by Denali Stud, agent for The Robert and Beverly Lewis Trust.
"He's very much like his dam," said Craig Bandoroff, of Denali Stud. "The Storm Cats (out of champion Serena's Song) have all been real free movers and big walkers, and he's not. He's never been. People have told me that A.P. Indys tend to be that way, but I don't know. If they (the buyers) live with his walk, he's going to do great. He's a very nice colt."

Hip No. 83, a Vindication -- Serena's Tune colt, consigned by Hill 'n' Sale Sales Agency, agent.
This colt is out of a stakes-winning daughter of champion Serena's Song, who produced England group I winner Sophisticat.

Hip No. 91, a Mr. Greeley -- Silvester Lady colt, consigned by Vinery.
"The Mr. Greeleys have been selling very well this year," said Vinery general manager Ben McElroy. "He's a top-class physical. We bred and raised him, and he's been a top-class individual from day one. He's a big, strong colt. He's out of a Pivotal mare, and I think he's got the best attributes of Mr. Greeley and Pivotal."

Hip No. 98, a Fusaichi Pegasus   -- Squawk colt, consigned by Gainesway, agent.
This colt is from the family of champion Banshee Breeze. "To me, he is the spitting image of his father," said Brian Graves, of Gainesway. "He is long and lean, with a huge walk. He's just a gorgeous horse."

Hip No. 100, an A.P. Indy -- Storm Beauty filly, consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
This filly is from the family of European Horse of the Year Dayjur and North American champion Sky Beauty. "She's a real racy filly with a great eye," said Tom Van Meter, of Eaton Sales. "Her pedigree speaks for itself."

Hip No. 110, a Seeking the Gold -- Take Charge Lady filly, consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
"This is a filly of good quality with great scope," said Tom Van Meter, of Eaton Sales. She's also the first foal out of a grade I winner.

Hip No. 125, a Storm Cat -- Warrior Queen filly, consigned by Eaton Sales.
"She's a half-sister to (grade II winner) A.P. Warrior, and she's a full sister to last year's sale-topping filly that brought $3.8 million," said Tom Van Meter, of Eaton Sales. "She has a lot of quality and a great shoulder. She's just maybe a smidge below last year's model, but a very nice individual."

Hip No. 127, an Unbridled's Song -- Wild Heart Dancing colt named Unbridled's Heart, consigned by Taylor Made.
"He's a big, beautiful, good-looking Unbridled's Song," said Frank Taylor, of Taylor Made. "He's very racy."

Hip No. 129, an Unbridled's Song -- Win Crafty Lady filly, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
"She looks like a runner, and she's gorgeous," said Frank Taylor, of Taylor Made. "Her dam (a graded winner and grade I producer) is a super mare. She's a medium-sized filly, but so balanced. I feel better about her maybe than any filly I've ever sold. I love her."

Hip No. 131, a Storm Cat -- Words of War filly, consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent.
"She has a foundation mare potential; she's a half-sister to (gr. II winner) E Dubai," said Three Chimneys' Case Clay. "She's just one of those special fillies that you have to have for your broodmare band for the future. Physically, she's a lovely horse."

Hip No. 134, a Kingmambo -- Zuri colt, consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent.
This colt is a full brother to grade I winner Voodoo Dancer.

Hip No. 137, an Elusive Quality   -- Al Desima filly, consigned by Vinery.
This elegant-looking filly has been popular with buyers visiting the Vinery consignment. She is from the family of European champion Avonbridge.

Hip No. 152, a Danzig -- Attach colt, consigned by Claiborne Farm.
From the family of graded winners Discover and High Stakes Player, this colt "is long (in the body), has plenty of leg, and he's got a lot of presence," said Claiborne's Dell Hancock.

Hip No. 154, Storm Cat -- Awesome Humor colt, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
"He's a very nice horse," said Frank Taylor, of Taylor Made. "He's balanced and strong. He's by the best stallion in the world, and his broodmare sire is Distorted Humor  , so you've got two hot sires in his pedigree. He's something special."

Hip No. 158, a Mineshaft   -- Better Than Honour colt, consigned by Denali Stud, agent.
This colt is a half-brother to this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Jazil. "They tell me he's bigger than Jazil," said Craig Bandoroff, of Denali Stud. "He's a nice horse. He's a scopey, two-turn type of colt. He has a lot of quality."

Hip No. 173, a Storm Cat -- Country Romance colt, consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
"This is a nice colt, and he's making some nice (buyers') lists," said Tom Van Meter, of Eaton Sales. "He's pretty typical of a Storm Cat; he looks fast." His second dam, Cuddles, was a grade I winner.

Hip No. 180, an Unbridled's Song -- Defer West colt named Song of the West, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
"He's just awesome," said Frank Taylor, of Taylor Made. "He's a half-brother to a graded winner (Forest Music), and he's a gorgeous colt. He's big, strong, and just beautiful. He's got gaskins formed like footballs. They're huge."

Hip No. 192, a Distorted Humor   -- Emotional Outburst colt, consigned by Gainesway, agent.
"He's a well-bred, rugged, free-moving colt," said Brian Graves, of Gainesway. This colt is a half-brother to grade II winner Roar Emotion.

No. 225, a Giant's Causeway   -- Happy Tune colt, consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.
This colt is a half-brother to grade II winner High Cotton and is from the family of champion Storm Song. "He's a big, rangy chestnut that has a lot of white," said Tom Van Meter, of Eaton Sales. Eaton purchased him for $460,000 at last year's Keeneland November breeding stock auction.

Hip No. 203, an A.P. Indy -- Fire the Groom filly, consigned by Denali Stud, agent.
"She has a ton of pedigree (her half-brother is European champion Stravinsky)," said Craig Bandoroff, of Denali Stud. "She has a lot of Blushing Groom (her broodmare sire) in her."

Hip No. 211, an A.P. Indy -- Garden Spot colt, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
"He's got a super pedigree (from the family of Horse of the Year Mineshaft), and he's a really big, strong, nice horse," said Frank Taylor, of Taylor Made."

Hip No. 220, an Unbridled's Song -- Goulash colt, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
"This horse has one eye; he lost it when he was three days old," said Frank Taylor, of Taylor Made. "We've already broken the horse, and I've got video of him loping in the round pen, going both ways. It shows that he handles it well." He's a half-brother to (champion) Ashado.

Hip No. 232, a Vindication -- Hookedonthefeelin filly, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
"She's out of a grade I winner and her dam's first foal (Pussycat Doll) is a grade I winner," said Frank Taylor, of Taylor Made. "She's good-bodied, strong, and athletic-looking."

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