Keeneland September Yearling Sale Begins Monday: A Glance At Some Top Hips & Our “Shopping Cart”

(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”:

HipSexSireBroodmare SireConsignorBarn #Comments
1FillyTapitFalcoGainesway2 & 5Dam MGS Winner / All Grass
2FillyInto MischiefCurlinBlake-Albina1Dam G1 Winner / Concord Point FF
7FillyTapitDixie UnionLane’s End1 & 6Dam GSP
10FillyCurlinGrand SlamLane’s End1 & 6Tapit & Madeforlucky FF
11ColtMedaglia d’OroMacho UnoElm Tree20Dam G2 Winner in Canada / Chris Evert FF
12ColtMedaglia d’OroQuality RoadWoodford Thoro11Dam SW / Shadow Cast FF
21ColtSpeightstownPerfect SoulHunter Valley21Munnings FF / La Gueriere 3rd Dam
39FillyCandy RideGiant’s CausewayLane’s End1& 6Tomisue’s Delight 2nd Dam
41ColtInto MischiefTiznowVinery Sales241/2-Brother to True Timber
42ColtCurlinBernardiniGainesway2 & 5Rachel Alexandra 2nd Dam
44ColtAmerican PharoahTabasco CatEaton Sales11/2-Brother to OM
47FillyUncle MoForestryFour Star Sales181/2-Sister to GSWers Divine Oath, Divine Oath
49ColtKarakontieDixie UnionLane’s End1 & 61/2-Brother to Code of Honor
51ColtTapitConcertoGainesway2 & 51/2-Brother to Battle of Midway
52ColtSpeightstownBroken VowBedouin25Dam is G1 Winner Rosalind
56ColtMedaglia d’OroInvincible SpiritParamount191/2-Brother to Rubilinda
58ColtWar FrontMedaglia d’OroClaiborne Farm6Phipps Family Colt / Imagining, Rhythm FF
61ColtPioneerof the NileCat ThiefTaylor Made3 & 41/2-Brother to Classic Empire
65FillyPioneerof the NileIndian CharlieGainesway2 & 5A.P. Indy FF
67ColtEmpire MakerSmart StrikeGainesway2 & 51/2-Bother to Cambodia
68ColtCurlinFrench DeputyDenali Stud51/2-Brother to Visionaire, Tara’s Tango, Madison’s Luna
74FillyGhostzapperSeeking the GoldHill n’ Dale7Spend a Buck FF
75ColtTapitForestryHinkle Farms181/2-Brother to Nyquist
76FillyCurlinTapitDenali Stud5Honor Code FF
77ColtQuality RoadSeeking the GoldPenn Sales24Tonalist FF
85ColtTapitBroken VowGainesway2 & 5Full Brother to SW / Full Brother to2  SP Winners
87FillyFrostedHold for GoldClearsky Farms121/2-Sister to Firing Line / Sharp Azteca FF
96ColtAmerican PharoahMineshaftHunter Valley211/2-Brother to SW Miss Mo Mentum, Lookin For Eight
98FillyExaggeratorBernardiniTaylor Made3 & 41/2-Sister to Catholic Boy
105ColtSpeightstownMedaglia d’OroMill Ridge11Tall of the Cat, Fed Biz FF
106ColtPioneerof the NileGhostzapperGlennwood Farm141/2-Brother to Justify
110FillyCurlinOrientateStonehaven11/2-Brother to Shanghai Bobby
135ColtTapitGiant’s CausewayHill n’ Dale7Dam Was Champion Who Won Over $1.69 Million
136ColtCandy RideTapitSt. George Sales201/2-Brother to Battalion Runner, Oceanwave, Tiznoble
137ColtNyquistTapitWarrendale27Dam GSP / Maximilian, Istidaad FF
138ColtMedaglia d’OroUnbridled’s SongDenali Stud5Dam G1 Winner / Visionaire FF
152ColtNyquistGiant’s CausewayGainesway2 & 51/2-Brother to GSP Tejana / Brahms FF
153ColtTapitStreet CryLane’s End1 & 6Rags to Riches, Jazil, Casino Drive FF
154ColtCurlinCee’s TizzyBurleson Farms121/2-Brother to Oxbow / Tiznow FF
167FillyGalileoCongratsFour Star Sales18G1 Winning Dam Won Over $1.2 Million / 1/2-Sister to GSW
172ColtTapitUnbridled’s SongTimber Town6Full Brother to Unique Bella
185ColtMedaglia d’OroDistorted HumorLane’s End1 & 6Full Brother to G1, Breeders’ Cup Winner New Money Honey
190ColtUnion RagsForest WildcastLane’s End1 & 6Full Brother to G1 Winner Paradise Woods

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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