(The Sale’s catalogues are lined up and ready for the buyers / Photo by Gene McLean)

The annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale is in the starting gate. On Monday, the race to find some of the best young horses in all the world will begin.

For some, the event may be a sprint. Jump out quickly. Find the right fillies and colts. Spend some cash and head out with a pocketful of new horses and a few less dollars in the webbing.

And, it you figure to play the first few days of the Sale?

May want to bring a satchel or two. It will take it.

For some, the Sale’s Event will be more of an endurance test. A route of ground.

Walking from Barn 1, along Back Gate Drive, all the way up to the racetrack and Barn 31, only to turn and make your way down the hill toward the track kitchen for a quick respite before climbing the hill up to Barn 49.

I think Barn 49 is in Midway, isn’t it?

All the while, you are looking at this horse, and that horse. May even make the same trips a time or two. And, by the end of the journey, it is you that needs to ride the horse. A horse. Any horse. Chaps preferred.

For some, only the hips found in Book 1 or Book 2 will do.

Big pedigrees. Bigger walks. Bigger dollars. Biggest dreams must come true.

For some, we start in Book 6 — where the horses will be found on the grounds and sold on Sept. 21 and 22 — and we work our way back to affordability. That’s two weeks from now. That’s when the auctioneer’s voice is starting to rattle a bit. That’s when the spotters are a little more spotty. That’s when we drive our own trucks, and pull our own trailers, and we load our own horses.

The pedigrees may not be as huge on the catalogue page, and not as jammed full with the “black type.”

But the dreams are just as large.

Believe me.

We will start on Monday, as close to 10 a.m. ET as you can get, and a whole lot closer to “Post Time” than Gulfstream Park ever dreamed about hitting.

We will end on Sunday, Sept. 22.

We will start with Hip #1, a filly by the grand sire Tapit.

We will end with Hip #4644, a filly by Will Take Charge.

There will be a few “outs” along the way. There will be a lot of shouts along the way, too. And, over the span of the sale, there will be thousands of potential buyers all looking for the same thing. All thinking the same thing. All hoping for the same thing.

That they have just purchased the winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby.

After all, if you have the final bid and sign the ticket, you value that horse more than nearly every other horse owner in the entire world.

Each day of the sale, we will take a look at some of the top hips that caught our eye from the catalogue page and have got our attention to watch and review. Nearly every day of the sale, we will be in attendance to roam and view. We may actually look at a few as we get deeper into the event.

It is Sale’s Time.

Let’s the Auction begin.

Our Monday “Shopping Cart”:

Hip Sex Sire Broodmare Sire Consignor Barn # Comments
1 Filly Tapit Falco Gainesway 2 & 5 Dam MGS Winner / All Grass
2 Filly Into Mischief Curlin Blake-Albina 1 Dam G1 Winner / Concord Point FF
7 Filly Tapit Dixie Union Lane’s End 1 & 6 Dam GSP
10 Filly Curlin Grand Slam Lane’s End 1 & 6 Tapit & Madeforlucky FF
11 Colt Medaglia d’Oro Macho Uno Elm Tree 20 Dam G2 Winner in Canada / Chris Evert FF
12 Colt Medaglia d’Oro Quality Road Woodford Thoro 11 Dam SW / Shadow Cast FF
21 Colt Speightstown Perfect Soul Hunter Valley 21 Munnings FF / La Gueriere 3rd Dam
39 Filly Candy Ride Giant’s Causeway Lane’s End 1& 6 Tomisue’s Delight 2nd Dam
41 Colt Into Mischief Tiznow Vinery Sales 24 1/2-Brother to True Timber
42 Colt Curlin Bernardini Gainesway 2 & 5 Rachel Alexandra 2nd Dam
44 Colt American Pharoah Tabasco Cat Eaton Sales 1 1/2-Brother to OM
47 Filly Uncle Mo Forestry Four Star Sales 18 1/2-Sister to GSWers Divine Oath, Divine Oath
49 Colt Karakontie Dixie Union Lane’s End 1 & 6 1/2-Brother to Code of Honor
51 Colt Tapit Concerto Gainesway 2 & 5 1/2-Brother to Battle of Midway
52 Colt Speightstown Broken Vow Bedouin 25 Dam is G1 Winner Rosalind
56 Colt Medaglia d’Oro Invincible Spirit Paramount 19 1/2-Brother to Rubilinda
58 Colt War Front Medaglia d’Oro Claiborne Farm 6 Phipps Family Colt / Imagining, Rhythm FF
61 Colt Pioneerof the Nile Cat Thief Taylor Made 3 & 4 1/2-Brother to Classic Empire
65 Filly Pioneerof the Nile Indian Charlie Gainesway 2 & 5 A.P. Indy FF
67 Colt Empire Maker Smart Strike Gainesway 2 & 5 1/2-Bother to Cambodia
68 Colt Curlin French Deputy Denali Stud 5 1/2-Brother to Visionaire, Tara’s Tango, Madison’s Luna
74 Filly Ghostzapper Seeking the Gold Hill n’ Dale 7 Spend a Buck FF
75 Colt Tapit Forestry Hinkle Farms 18 1/2-Brother to Nyquist
76 Filly Curlin Tapit Denali Stud 5 Honor Code FF
77 Colt Quality Road Seeking the Gold Penn Sales 24 Tonalist FF
85 Colt Tapit Broken Vow Gainesway 2 & 5 Full Brother to SW / Full Brother to2  SP Winners
87 Filly Frosted Hold for Gold Clearsky Farms 12 1/2-Sister to Firing Line / Sharp Azteca FF
96 Colt American Pharoah Mineshaft Hunter Valley 21 1/2-Brother to SW Miss Mo Mentum, Lookin For Eight
98 Filly Exaggerator Bernardini Taylor Made 3 & 4 1/2-Sister to Catholic Boy
105 Colt Speightstown Medaglia d’Oro Mill Ridge 11 Tall of the Cat, Fed Biz FF
106 Colt Pioneerof the Nile Ghostzapper Glennwood Farm 14 1/2-Brother to Justify
110 Filly Curlin Orientate Stonehaven 1 1/2-Brother to Shanghai Bobby
135 Colt Tapit Giant’s Causeway Hill n’ Dale 7 Dam Was Champion Who Won Over $1.69 Million
136 Colt Candy Ride Tapit St. George Sales 20 1/2-Brother to Battalion Runner, Oceanwave, Tiznoble
137 Colt Nyquist Tapit Warrendale 27 Dam GSP / Maximilian, Istidaad FF
138 Colt Medaglia d’Oro Unbridled’s Song Denali Stud 5 Dam G1 Winner / Visionaire FF
152 Colt Nyquist Giant’s Causeway Gainesway 2 & 5 1/2-Brother to GSP Tejana / Brahms FF
153 Colt Tapit Street Cry Lane’s End 1 & 6 Rags to Riches, Jazil, Casino Drive FF
154 Colt Curlin Cee’s Tizzy Burleson Farms 12 1/2-Brother to Oxbow / Tiznow FF
167 Filly Galileo Congrats Four Star Sales 18 G1 Winning Dam Won Over $1.2 Million / 1/2-Sister to GSW
172 Colt Tapit Unbridled’s Song Timber Town 6 Full Brother to Unique Bella
185 Colt Medaglia d’Oro Distorted Humor Lane’s End 1 & 6 Full Brother to G1, Breeders’ Cup Winner New Money Honey
190 Colt Union Rags Forest Wildcast Lane’s End 1 & 6 Full Brother to G1 Winner Paradise Woods