Kaitlin Free highlights some horses in the upcoming sale that have caught her eye. It will be interesting to see what they bring, and how they do.
Keeneland 2 Year Olds in Training Sale Preview
The first edition of the April Keeneland 2 Year Olds in Training Sale is set to begin with Monday’s breeze show. Festivities will follow up with the sale itself on Tuesday. Here is an in depth look at some of the top juveniles up for sale.
HIP 128 Unnamed Colt
(Empire Maker x Lady Lumberjack by Forestry)
This colt out of Empire Maker’s first crop since being back stateside has a lot to like. He is quite flashy, and really resembles his sire. This colt has excellent bone and a powerful back end that gives every movement purpose. He is a real ball of muscle and could pack a punch on the track.
Pedigree wise, this guy is should have no problem finding the winner’s circle. He has three siblings to race and all of them are winners. His dam Lady Lumberjack is multiple graded stakes placed and has passed that consistency on to her progeny. Lady Lumberjack was a sprinter herself, and will pass on necessary speed. That speed will balance out the stamina influence from that of Empire Maker, potentially creating a Classic style horse.
HIP 130 Unnamed Filly
(Tapit x My Conquestadory by Artie Schiller)
This filly would be worth any price as a designer broodmare prospect, let alone as a racehorse. Everything about her looks wise exudes class just the same as her pedigree. A well balanced filly, she continues to prove this specific cross is a great one.
This filly is a full sister to Fountain of Youth runner up and Kentucky Derby contender Bourbon War. Her dam My Conquestadory was a G1 winner, taking the Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland. My Conquestadory ran a credible fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf after a troubled trip as one of the top choices. The cross between Tapit and My Conquestadory opens up so many possibilities with both dirt and turf influence. Speed and stamina are both present in this filly as she looks to follow her brother and dam’s success.
HIP 131 Unnamed Colt
(American Pharoah x New Wave by Tale of the Cat)
This colt has been one of the “buzz” horses entered in this sale. He is an absolute picture to look at, a perfectly dappled bay machine. He has everything you could ever want in a prospect physically – muscle, great leg, and presence. Every step this colt takes has purpose.
He also gets the job done pedigree wise. Out of a black type placed winning mare, his lone sibling of racing age is also a winner. His dam comes from a productive family, her dam being top producer Ecology. Ecology produced G1 winner General Quarters and G2 winner A Shin Top. This colt’s dam is a full sister to the latter. Adding American Pharoah as the sire will provide this horse with extra distance and precocity. I expect a high price for this one.
HIP 137 Unnamed Colt
(Ghostzapper x Ruthian by Rahy)
This colt comes in with plenty of look and bloodlines to back it up. A gorgeous dark bay colt, he could be the type you are looking for. He is an efficient and stylish mover that will glide over the track during the breeze show.
By Ghostzapper, this colt has a very “now” pedigree. Ghostzapper has done exceptionally well as of late both as a sire and damsire. He adds extra class and balance to an already loaded female side. His dam Ruthian, is a spectacular broodmare that has withstood the test of time. This colt is a half brother to the excellent Rutherienne and Ruthenia. The family has thirteen to race, and ten of them have visited the winner’s circle. Ruthian is now at age 23 so this is definitely one of her last foals. This can’t miss colt could keep adding to some rich family history.
HIP 155 Unnamed Filly
(American Pharoah x Theycallmeladyluck by Dixie Union)
Several siblings to graded stakes horses will be sold in this sale, but this one will be one of the most popular. This filly features a look about her similar to her half sister Salty. With speed and stamina to run with, this filly already has outstanding class.
American Pharoah progeny have already cleaned up at every sale they have been in – this sale will be all the same. Salty was very popular as a racehorse and was immediately scooped up by Japan for broodmare duties. This filly alone is worth her price as bloodstock. Her dam Theycallmeladyluck is a black type placed horse herself. Three of her foals have raced and two have won, including a G1 for Salty.