Keeneland has great racing during it's two meets a year, but the real action happens behind the grandstands, in the auction ring. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE
Keeneland's September Yearling Sale begins September 10th and runs through September 21st. In total, there are 3,604 yearlings set for auction. Halves to Paynter, Bodemeister, and Rags to Riches, a quarter to AP Indy and Summer Squall, dams that fill entire pages with their progeny, and a couple other interesting ones have all caught my eye.
Couple notes first:
- The first two books more or less make up the "Select" portion of the sale. Fasig-Tipton names their first night the "Select" Keeneland does not. But for all intents and purposes that's how it works.
- Anything out of AP Indy's female family makes it into the first two books. And rightfully so. You see Weekend Surprise on the page, guaranteed to go early.
- Excited for the 50 Empire Makers in the sale especially after the good showing they had at Saratoga
- Lots of talk that the Henrythenavigators look really good
- There are a bunch of colts I wish were fillies instead (but I forgot to annotate which on my notes)
- 44 Smart Strikes, 49 Unbridled's Songs, and 49 Giant's Causeways in Books 1 and 2
- 26 of 27 offered Dynaformers are in Books 1 and 2.
- I'm interested to see how Sea The Stars' first crop looks
My hips to watch after the jump.Historical results for the last 5 years of the September Sale:
Good showing last year. The high being down shouldn't be that big of a deal as the perfect storm has to occur for any horse to hit $1,000,000 let alone move all the way up to 2, 3, or 4 million.
Here's my list of horses that intrigued me (certainly not a list of any consequence, just the ones that caught my eye as I skimmed through the catalog):
|3||Street Cry (IRE)||On a Cloud||Silver Hawk||2nd dam is huge producer|
|5||Unbridled's Song||Our Dani||Homebuilder||Dam of You (won $2,101,353, producer)|
|10||Broken Vow||Playa Maya||Arch||1/2 to Uncle Mo|
|30||Dixie Union||Strawberry Sense||A.P. Indy||2nd dam 5x stakes foals|
|32||Tiznow||Supercharger||A.P. Indy||1/2 to Super Saver|
|36||Smart Strike||Tabarin||El Prado (IRE)||1/4 to Sir Cherokee|
|39||Smart Strike||Teeming||Storm Cat||1/2 to Rags to Riches|
|41||Street Cry (IRE)||Tizso||Cee's Tizzy||1/2 to Paynter, 1/4 to Tiznow|
|45||Smart Strike||Untouched Talent||Storm Cat||1/2 to Bodemeister|
|48||Medaglia d'Oro||Welcome Surprise||Seeking the Gold||1/4 to AP Indy/Summer Squall|
|73||Tiznow||Cool Storm||Storm Cat||dam is full to Bluegrass Cat|
|85||Montjeu (IRE)||Eliza||Mt. Livermore||Dam fills whole page with progeny|
|100||Smart Strike||Hollywood Story||Wild Rush||dam won 1.17 million|
|106||Henrythenavigator||Jewel Princess||Key to the Mint||dam won 1.9 million|
|111||A.P. Indy||Lady Lochinvar||Lord At War (ARG)||loaded family of Master Command - hips 117 and 192 are from Lady Lochinvar's family as well|
|120||Unbridled's Song||Maggy Hawk||Hawkster||1/2 to Afleet Alex|
|131||Distorted Humor||Mushka||Empire Maker||love Mushka|
|132||Distorted Humor||My Miss Storm Cat||Sea of Secrets||1/2 to My Miss Aurelia|
|145||Lemon Drop Kid||Oh Pine||Pine Bluff||female family of Havre de Grace|
|151||Elusive Quality||Our Rite of Spring||Stravinsky||1/4 to Hard Spun|
|179||Istan||Pocho's Dream Girl||Fortunate Prospect||1/2 to Mark Valeski|
|184||Distorted Humor||Possibility||A.P. Indy||2nd dam is Personal Ensign|
|206||Tapit||Pure Symmetry||Storm Cat||2nd dam is Serena's Song|
|219||Malibu Moon||Quiet Weekend||Quiet American||Clever semi-inbreed to AP Indy - Sire line and female family|
|234||Flower Alley||Refinement||Seattle Slew||Full to Lilacs and Lace|
|246||Distorted Humor||Rockcide||Personal Flag||1/2 to Rule; 1/4 to Funny Cide|
|273||Henrythenavigator||Satin Sunrise||Mr. Leader||1/2 to Lionheart|
|303||Wildcat Heir||Shopping||Private Account||1/2 to Miss Shop; Trappe Shot|
|379||Distorted Humor||Swift Temper||Giant's Causeway||dam won 1.3 million|
|383||Pulpit||Take D' Tour||Tour d'Or||dam won 1.1 million|
|385||Unbridled's Song||Tale of a Lady||Tale of the Cat||family of Ghostzapper and City Zip|
|409||Giant's Causeway||Ticket to Seattle||Capote||1/4 to Tizway|
|413||Awesome Again||Tizamazing||Cee's Tizzy||dam is full to Tiznow|
|423||Street Cry (IRE)||Treasure Trail||Pulpit||1/4 to Zenyatta|
|427||English Channel||Treysta||Belong to Me||1/4 to Hard Spun|
|432||Tiznow||Turko's Turn||Turkoman||1/2 to Point Given|
My DVR will be set to record the entirety of the sale, since it will be on HRTV.
You can view all of the entries to the September sale here at Keeneland.com.
I will not be at the sale this year, I'm hoping to make November for a few days though.