(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.
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|