Looking for Talent in Book 1 at Keeneland September Sales
Looking for Talent in Book 1 at Keeneland September Sales: The Keeneland September Sales is one of the biggest in the country, with this year cataloging over 4,000 yearlings to be sold. Combing through this catalog was not easy process! I spent countless hours, hovering over a computer, with a pencil and paper, and Microsoft Excel (to organize myself). I have combed out the nicest colts and fillies for you all! I hope these selections catch your eye as much as they did mine!
The 2014 Keeneland September Sale begins Monday, September 8, and will continue until Sunday, September 21. This article covers Book 1 of the sale, which includes Hip numbers 1-762
Hip 13: The colt by hot stallion Tapit has a lot going for him. Not only is he by number one sire of 2014, but also his distaff line is not something any breeder should take lightly. The colt’s dam, Lassie’s Legacy, is half sister to premier stallions Summer Squall and A.P. Indy. With these bloodlines working together, we could be looking at the next super star.
Hip 29: The best thing about this filly by Curlin, is who her family is. Curlin is off to a fantastic start at stud, and already has a classic winner in Palace Malice to brag about. This filly can also brag about who he big sister is. She is half to two time champion Beholder. She can also say she is little sister to on-the-rise sire Into Michief. Look for this filly to hit the track next year!
Hip 31: This colt is by prominent sire, Medaglia d’Oro, who ran second in the 2002 Belmont Stakes and won the Travers Stakes that same year. He is also sire of the great Rachel Alexandra. This colt also has a dam who made a lot of noise when she was racing. Life At Ten was never able to beat the great Zenyatta, but she did run with her a few times. Life at Ten is best known for her Beldame and Ogdenn Phipps wins. This colt should mature nicely and hit the ground running next year.
Hip 149: This Bernardini colt has quite a family. By a classic winner, out of Pilfer, who is a graded stakes producer, the colt has a lot to live up to. He is a full brother to new sire To Honor and Serve. Pilfer herself is half to highly regarded producer India, who produced a Frankel colt this year. This colt has a family to live up to, but look for him to get better as he grows into himself, because he is likely to be a very big horse.
Hip 292: This filly has a family to take her to the moon. The gray filly is by number one sire Tapit, and we all know that family, alone, can take a horse to new heights. Looking at the distaff line, the filly sports the same bloodlines of the great A.P. Indy, Summer Squall, and Weekend in Seattle. This filly will likely hit the track in her two-year-old year, and will likely be able to carry her speed over a route of ground!
Hip 306: Tiznow can sire any kind of horse. We have seen routers, sprinters, turf lovers, and dirt runners. The colt labeled 306 will likely be a favorable to dirt routing races, due to he being a half brother to Kentucky Derby hero, and hot young sire, Super Saver. The dam, Supercharger, is a half sister to sprinter and new sire Girolamo. This colt will likely relish as much distance as he can get, so look out when 2016 Kentucky Derby comes around.
Hip 325: This filly has another “on the rise” pedigrees. By international sire War Front, this filly is going to turn heads, but what will bring the numbers is who both of her parents are. Out of the grade one producer, Take Charge Lady, this filly has some big brothers who have gone big in their careers. Will Take Charge and Take Charge Indy has brought the mare to the front of the scene, and she became Broodmare of the Year thanks to them. Looks for this filly to get better with age, likely late in her three-year-old year.
Hip 331: This gray filly is by a sire who everyone should know about by now. Medaglia d’Oro is famous for his ability to sire very good racing fillies. When you cross him with a mare proven to produce good horses, we find this filly. This filly will likely be a sales topper, due to who her half brother is: Tapit. Look for her to hit the track at two, and mature with age.
Hip 448: This filly is by “on the rise” sire Hard Spun, who has several horses that have brought his name to the forefront of breeder’s minds. Out of the Distorted Humor mare, April Fooler, this filly should have speed and stamina all wrapped up into her tight little package. If we look at her distaff line, we find that April Fooler is half to the grade one producer Lotta Kim, who gave us Rachel Alexandra. This filly has a lot to live up to, but look for her to love dirt and love distance.
Note: Hip number is how horses are categorized in a sale. The numbers determine in which order they will be sold