Spring in Kentucky can be stormy and cold, but Keeneland had nearly perfect weather April 7 for the under tack show for its select sale of 2-year-olds in training. With the sun shining in Lexington and the temperature climbing into the 70s, four horses turned in workout times at an eighth of a mile that were under :10.
“It went very well; it was a beautiful day and there was a great crowd,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland’s director of sales. “The consignors did a spectacular job; their horses performed very well, from the very first horse until the end of the day. The times were very consistent and the quality of the horses matched the times. There was a little bit of a crosswind in the middle of the show, I think, but other than that, there was very little wind.”
The quartet of fastest juveniles at an eighth each covered the distance in :9 4/5 over Keeneland's synthetic Polytrack surface. They included two Street Sense offspring – a colt and a filly -- that are members of their sire’s first crop. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent, the colt is out of the Louis Quatorze mare Good Student, who was a group III winner in Argentina and an added-money winner in this country. She also is the dam of the winner Flying Forward (by Fusaichi Pegasus ). The Street Sense filly, produced from the unraced Vindication mare Gwinnett, is consigned by Murray Smith, agent.
The other 2-year-olds that stopped the clock in :9 4/5 were a City Place colt named Midnight Bourbon and a Broken Vow colt. Consigned by Jon Jazdzewski, Midnight Bourbon was produced from the winning Arch mare Bourbon Night. The Broken Vow colt is out of the stakes-winning Tactical Cat mare Fashion Girl. Eddie Woods, agent, is his consignor.
Two colts consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent, posted the quickest times at a quarter mile, each completing his work in :20 4/5.
One, a son of Hat Trick , is a member of his sire’s first crop and is a half brother to the winner Swiss G’s (by Swiss Yodeler). They are out of the winning Dixieland Band mare Chiming Dixie, who is a full sister to grade II and French group III winner Chimes Band, added-money winner and stakes producer Lady Dixie, and grade II producer Dixie Chimes.
The other fast-moving colt, a son of Empire Maker, was produced from the winning Dixieland Band mare Cosmic Wish, who is a half sister to grade III winner Cosmonaut (by Lemon Drop Kid ). Cosmic Wish’s foals include the winners Atomic Force (by Dynaformer) and Kajiwara (by Grand Slam).
“I think you get a better look at the horses when they’re going farther, going a quarter,” Niall Brennan said. “They get a chance to get into a rhythm and it’s better for the buyers to be able to see a horse when it gets into its rhythm. It’s a long straightway here and they (the buyers) get a better visual of the horse.”
“The times (during the under tack show) were very even, very consistent,” Brennan added. “The track is in excellent shape, it seems like, and the weather is beautiful. Thank God, it’s finally sunny in Lexington.”
The Keeneland auction is scheduled for April 11. Selling will begin at 4 p.m. (EDT).