This Sunday evening is the first day of the Keeneland September Yearling sale. The first two nights, September 11th and 12th are part of the selected book of yearlings, which have outstanding pedigree and conformation.
Hips 1 – 106 will sell Sunday night, beginning at 7pm. As usual, I’ve spent time looking through the selected book of yearlings and have picked out a few standouts for the first night of the sale. There are a vast number of very interesting pedigrees cataloged for Sunday night, but I’ve selected ten of my favorites to discuss here.
Hip #106 – Street Cry x Quendom (Interprete)
A half to Breeders’ Cup Classic(G1) winner Invasor and by the sire of Zenyatta and Street Sense, this colt appears to be promising. However, it’s worth noting that Quendom has had 5 foals to race, but only Invasor has won.
Hip #43 – Bernardini x Brandy Rose (Dinstincive Pro)
This colt is a half brother to Alabama S.(G1) victress Sweet Symphony, who was by A.P. Indy. Bernardini is a son of A.P. Indy, of course, making this a potentially successful cross. Her dam, Brandy Rose, is a half to Horse of the Year Holy Bull.
Hip #39 – Smart Strike x Belva (Theatrical)
There’s not much to say about this filly outside of the obvious – she’s a full sister to Breeders Cup Turf(G1) winner English Channel. That should be enough, provided she has good conformation as well, to ensure a solid sale price.
Hip #4 – Distorted Humor x Rockcide (Personal Flag)
This colt is a half to multiple G3-winner Rule. His dam, Rockcide, is a half-sister to Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide, who was by Distorted Humor. Crossing Rockcide with the sire of her famous brother should prove a useful cross.
Hip #87 – A.P. Indy x Malka (Deputy Minister)
The dam of this colt by A.P. Indy is a tail-female descendent of the immortal La Troienne, through Dance Number and Get Lucky. Dance Number, a daughter of Northern Dancer, won the 1983 Shuvee Handicap(G2) and Beldame Stakes(G1), and banked over $415k in her 21-race career. She went on to produce full siblings Rhythm, the champion 2yo colt of 1989, Not For Love, and Get Lucky, all by Mr. Prospector.
Get Lucky won the 1992 Affectionately Handicap(G3), and would go on to produce 3 graded stakes winners by A.P. Indy, including Girolamo(G1), Daydreaming(G2), and Accelerator(G3). Her most important contribution, however, may have been as the dam of A.P. Indy sisters She’s a Winner and Supercharger. Supercharger produced Kentucky Derby(G1) winner Super Saver (by Maria’s Mon) and Sam F. Davis(G3) winner Brethren (by Distorted Humor). She’s a Winner produced Kentucky Derby(G1) runner-up and Haskell Invitational(G1) winner Bluegrass Cat (by Storm Cat) and Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders’ Cup Handicap(G2) winner Lord of the Game (by Saint Ballado).
The cross of Malka, a winner at two, to A.P. Indy, who this family has obviously crossed well with, is likely to be very potent and very popular. I expect this colt to be one of the highest priced yearlings at the sale, especially on the first night.