2018 Keeneland Fall Sales Guide

September 9, 2018

Past the Wire will provide plenty of information during the 2018 Keeneland Fall Sales. With on and off site locations, we will make sure you have everything you need to know about the sale. Our Twitter (@PastTheWire) will have HIP by HIP updates as well as exclusive photos and videos. Follow along as Kaitlin Free keeps you up to date on this fascinating sale.

Below is a comprehensive sales guide for session 1. This guide will explain prospective top sellers, HIPs to watch, and give you a who’s who at this year’s sale.

“Session 1”

In this session of the 2018 Keeneland Fall Sales, siblings of these horses will be sold :

Tom’s Tribute, Inflexibility, Killer Graces, Chocolate Ride, Csaba, Recepta, Toinette, March X Press, Money Multiplier, Intense Holiday, Telekinesis, Isabella Sings, Accelerate, Sweet Loretta, Majestic City, It Tiz Well, Songbird, Mohaymen, New Year’s Day, Ticonderoga, Bar of Gold, Kiss Moon, Sam’s Sister, Kodiak Kowboy, Wilbo, Spellbound, Kid Cruz, Beholder, Mendelssohn, Into Mischief, J Boys Echo, March, American Patriot, Walkwithapurpose, Rachel Alexandra, Storm the Sars, California Chrome, Wavell Avenue, Denman’s Call, Magical Feeling, Dust and Diamonds, Coasted, Thank You Marylou, Midnight Interlude, Cyclogenesis, Renee’s Queen, Dixie Chatter, Rumor, Mine That Bird, Dullahan, Awesome Baby, Papa Clem, Liam’s Map, Not This Time, Carina Mia, Miss Match, Points Offthebench, Wilburn, La Appassionata, Kauai Kate, Winding Way, Fioretti, Wicked Strong, Biofuel, Tu Endi Wei, Birdatthewire, Vino Rosso, Midnight Storm, Engage, Made You Look, and Nickname.

In this session progeny from these top racemares will be sold :

Hard Not to Like, Harmony Lodge, Havre de Grace, Her Smile, Hooh Why, Hungry Island, Jacaranda, Jojo Warrior, Joyful Victory, Justwhistledixie, Kauai Katie, Keertana, Last Full Measure, Laughing Lashes, Leah’s Secret, Light the City, Love and Pride, Malibu Mint, Malibu Pier, Mamma Kimbo, Meadow Breeze, Miss Macy Sue, Miss Shop, Molly Morgan, More Chocolate, Moulin de Mougin, Mushka, My Conquestadory, My Happy Face, My Miss Aurelia, Nereid, and Nicole H.

Prospective Sale Toppers

HIP 8 Filly

(Tapit x Havre de Grace by Saint Liam)

This yearling appears very early in the session and should light the board up immediately. No progeny of Horse of the Year Havre de Grace have been sold at auction yet and breeders are curious. Out of super sire Tapit, this cross will be very popular.

HIP 63 Filly

(American Pharoah x Ivanavinalot by West Acre)

This yearling should be American Pharoah’s top of the session without a doubt. Ivanavinalot was one of the top stakes producers that American Pharoah got in his first book. Should offer both speed and stamina. Half sister to Songbird.

HIP 70 Colt

(Tapit x Justwhistledixie by Dixie Union)

This is a cross that has already been proven at the G1 level and absolutely will sell like it. Justwhistledixie is on her way to becoming a blue hen mare at a young age, already producing two top colts. Half brother to New Year’s Day, full brother to Mohaymen.

HIP 120 Colt

(Medaglia d’Oro x Leslie’s Lady by Tricky Creek)

In my opinion this is yearling will be the top the entire sale. This is a cross everyone has waited for. No stallion is hotter right now than Medaglia d’Oro, and his yearlings should be very hot at Keeneland. Leslie’s Lady is getting up in age and will not have a lot of progeny left at auction. There will be a big fight for this one. Probaby will sell upwards of $3-5 million. Half brother to Beholder, Mendelssohn, and Into Mischief.

HIP 135 Colt

(Tapit x Lotta Kim by Roar)

Not many of Lotta Kim’s progeny have sold at auction so this colt is very special. All of her foals have shown promise and should continue to do so. Tapit crosses very well and makes this colt that much more desirable. Definitely a unique offering. Half brother to Rachel Alexandra.

HIPs to Watch

HIP 5 Filly

(Speightstown x Hard Not to Like by Hard Spun)

This is the first foal out of multiple G1 winner Hard Not to Like. Speightstown adds speed to a cross that already has strength and stamina, creating a perfect combination. Speightstown progeny have also been heating up on the turf. Could have the perfect storm here. This cross rates an A++ on TrueNicks.

HIP 105 Filly

(Galileo x Lady Shakespeare by Theatrical)

This filly is one of the only Galileos offered in the sale and comes from a spectacular female family. Lady Shakespeare is a sister to Grade 1 winner Shakespeare and Breeders’ Cup Champion Perfect Shirl. Lady Shakespeare herself was a Grade 2 winner. Her dam Lady Shirl was also a spectacular turf runner. There is no better sire to breed a top turf family to than Galileo. Even if this filly does not make it to the track, someone is getting a fantastic future broodmare prospect. This cross rates an A++ on TrueNicks.

HIP 211 Colt

(Curlin x Molly Morgan by Ghostzapper)

This yearling was one that we selected as our top pick for the sale. This colt has everything to offer to a prospective buyer. The first foal out of Grade 1 winner Molly Morgan, this yearling has an incredibly strong pedigree from top to bottom. Curlin continues to sire better and better horses every year and this could be one of his most intriguing yearlings. This pedigree is also rock solid with strong structural stamina. This cross rates an A++ on TrueNicks.

HIP 219 Filly

(Cairo Prince x Move Clickly by Cherokee Run)

This yearling had the strongest rated cross based by TrueNicks in Session 1. This particular offers plenty of outcross with potential for lots of speed. This pedigree also contains very little inbreeding. Cairo Prince’s runners have impressed so far on the racetrack at this could be a top yearling for him. Half sister to Fioretti. This cross rates an A++ on TrueNicks.

HIP 231 Filly

(Medaglia d’Oro x My Miss Aurelia by Smart Strike)

This filly is the first foal out of the Champion My Miss Aurelia. A better stallion could not have been chosen for her first breeding and this is a cross to believe in. Medaglia d’Oro brings plenty to the table with My Miss Aurelia, a pedigree that will have both speed and stamina stacked. Probably a yearling that a lot of top buyers also have marked. This cross rates an A++ on TrueNicks.

“Session 2”

In this session of the 2018 Keeneland Fall Sales, siblings of these horses will be sold :

Shackleford, Lady Joanne, Afleeting Lady, Baghdaria, Stephanoatsee, Decked Out, Morrow Cove, King Zachary, Sergei Prokofiev, Pashito the Che, Mopotism, Tres Borrachos, To Honor and Serve, Angela Renee, Elnaawi, Mucho Macho Man, Toasting, Cupid, Heart Ashley, Indianapolis, Hoppertunity, Executiveprivilege, Diamondsandrubies, Gun Runner, Palace, Hear the Ghost, Mani Bhavan, Kitten’s Point, Belle Gallantey, Zazu, Flashback, Royal Obsession, Royal Mo, Tara From the Cape, Frank Conversation, Social Inclusion, Nyquist, Honor Code, Noble Tune, Declarationofpeace, She’s a Tiger, Smiling Tiger, Breaking Lucky, Eishin Apollon, Master of Hounds, Minorette, Eskimo Kisses, Second City, Moonlit Promise, Magnificent Song, Stonetastic, Gift Box, Ageless, Brilliant Speed, Souper Speedy, Ice Box, Justify, The Lieutenant, Pretty N Cool, Mr. Z, Prime Attraction, My Happy Face, Battalion Runner, Oceanwave, and Stopshoppingdebbie.

In this session progeny from these top racemares will be sold :

Oatsee, Plum Pretty, Ponche de Leona, Potesta, Quarter Moon, Quiet Giant, R Heat Lightning, Rose to Gold, Ruthenia, Rutherienne, Sam’s Sister, Schiaparelli, Sealy Hill, Sheza Smoke Show, Shine Again, Sis City, St. John’s River, Stopshoppingdebbie, Streaming, Street Girl, Summer Applause, Sweet Talker, Take Charge Brandi, Taste Like Candy

Prospective Session Toppers

HIP 251 Colt

(Ghostzapper x Oatsee by Unbridled)

Any foal out of this blue hen mare is one you don’t want to miss. Nearly all of her progeny have been stakes winners or stakes placed. Year after year she is bred to different stallions with positive results. This is her first foal by Ghostzapper, who adds a lot of upside to the pedigree. The two cross well with little inbreeding and this yearling looks solid. Half brother to Shackleford, Lady Joanne, Afleeting Lady, Baghdaria, and Stephanoatsee.

HIP 298 Colt

(American Pharoah x Ponche de Leona by Ponche)

This yearling will lure any buyers looking for a nice one by American Pharoah. Ponche de Leona has been a steady broodmare and produced one of the sale toppers a couple years back. That horse went on to be purchased by Coolmore and has been stakes placed so far. Ponche de Leona was one of the headlining top mares of his first book. This cross could definitely be effective for distance and stamina. Half brother to Mucho Macho Man.

HIP 306 Filly

(American Pharoah x Pretty ‘n Smart by Beau Genius)

Here is another yearling out of a great mare for American Pharoah. Pretty ‘n Smart has produced stakes winners at the classic distance and at sprint distances, so she offers a lot of versatility. American Pharoah could also be a versatile horse so this particular filly could have several options moving forward. Coolmore has always been fond of this mare. Half sister to Cupid, Indianapolis, and Heart Ashley.

HIP 327 Colt

(Candy Ride x Quiet Giant by Giant’s Causeway)

This colt’s pedigree speaks for itself. Not often do full siblings live up to the caliber of their brother or sister, but this rock solid family can produce. Not only is this the full brother to Gun Runner, but if you take a look back at the dam’s side you will be amazed. Quiet Giant is a sister to Saint Liam, Funtastic, and Quiet Now – the dam of Lull. With a female family that could not be any better plus a proven cross, someone will be lucky to scoop this one up.

HIP 443 Colt

(Will Take Charge x Stage Magic by Ghostzapper)

This gorgeous and flashy colt is one that will catch anyone’s eye. If you didn’t know anything about racing or pedigree, you would fall in love. But if you look deeper, this colt is extremely special. He is the half brother to Triple Crown Champion Justify, as well as up and coming stakes winner The Lieutenant. Stage Magic is still a young mare that has already proven herself tenfold as a broodmare and only has room to improve. Will Take Charge adds a new dynamic to what she has to offer and balances out a truly ‘classic’ pedigree. Without a doubt this will be his highest priced yearling to date.

HIP’s to Watch

HIP 356 Filly

(Honor Code x Royal Irish Lass by Saint Ballado)

Honor Code yearlings have been absolutely stunning so far and this one should be no different. He has stamped his foals more than any stallion in recent memory. The versatility of this filly’s dam sticks out very much. She has stakes winning or placed progeny on all surfaces, at various distances. Honor Code is a stallion that could produce versatile progeny. He is the sibling to top turf performers. This filly could potentially excel anywhere. Half sister to Royal Mo and Tara From the Cape. This cross rates an A on TrueNicks.

HIP 405 Filly

(War Front x Silk and Scarlet by Sadler’s Wells)

This pedigree has the potent and highly productive inbreeding match of Danzig x Sadler’s Wells that so many desire all over the world. This mare has produced stakes winners on three different continents. War Front is proven all over the world as well, so this filly could be a powerful turf runner. Half sister to Eishin Apollon, Master of Hounds, and Minorette. This cross rates an A on TrueNicks.

HIP 406 Colt

(Empire Maker x Silver Colors by Mr. Greeley)

These yearlings are the first yearlings by Empire Maker since his return to the United States. This particular colt is one to definitely be excited about. A brother to newly minted G1 winner Eskimo Kisses, he has plenty of upside. Empire Maker progeny tend to excel with a strong family which this colt has. His second dam is Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors. The class of Empire Maker should only add to an already classy pedigree, adding loads of stamina. This cross rates a C+ on TrueNicks.

HIP 486 Colt

(Curlin x Take Charge Brandi by Giant’s Causeway)

This colt is the first foal out of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Take Charge Brandi. While she has not proven herself yet, Take Charge Brandi has all of the qualifications to be a successful broodmare. Pairing her with a stallion like Curlin only enhances her chances for success. One notable quality this pedigree has is the highly regarded Mr. Prospector inbreeding. There are many excellent Curlin yearlings in this catalog and certainly this is one of the top ones. This cross rates an A+ on TrueNicks.

HIP 493 Filly

(Curlin x Taste of Heaven by Encosta de Lago)

This filly has one of the most interesting pedigrees in the entire sale. Her dam Taste of Heaven is a daughter of perhaps one of Australia’s greatest broodmares, Shantha’s Choice. Taste of Heaven is a sister to top horses Redoute’s Choice, Manhattan Rain, and Platinum Scissors. How she found her way to Curlin we don’t know. Curlin is a stallion that is popular internationally as well, so this yearling could catch the eye of international buyers. This pedigree could be productive on either dirt or turf. This cross rates an A on TrueNicks.

 

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