Keeneland September Sale Preview: Session 3

Session 3 of the sale (while still part of Book 1) starts some of the more interesting pedigrees for me, as many of these yearlings come with a racing family, but won’t require you to go into debt for the rest of your life to afford them like some of their earlier counterparts. This session begins on Wednesday, September 12th and the bidding will begin with HIP 496 at 11:00 AM. 

HIP 499’s distant family member Zenyatta, a HOF runner who is yet to find broodmare success like her sisters.

HIP 499– chestnut colt by Lea out of Terrific Treasure; the second and third dams are where all the racing action is for this guy, as Treasure Trail (2nd dam) is the producer of the multiple stakes winner/performer Long Island Sound and Vertigineux will need no introduction for some of you as she is the dam of the legendary Hall of Fame mare, Zenyatta and her accomplished half-sister Balance. This Lea colt’s dam Terrific Treasure is by Street Cry (IRE), the sire of the aforementioned Zenyatta, and she is a young mare with only one other registered foal.

Lea was a hard-trying, fan-favorite in many circuits that he raced in and there was a lot of excitement around his retirement. Seemingly able to run on any surface (much like the super gelding Wise Dan) he won the Gr. I Donn H., Gr. III Commonwealth Turf S., Gr. I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, and the Gr. I Stephen Foster while finishing second in the gr. I Ricoh Woodbine Mile and third in the Gr. I Dubai World Cup. Lea’s pedigree contains both dirt and turf sire giants Galileo and Giant’s Causeway, which strengthens HIP 499’s chances of running on either surface, since the dam’s family were largely dirt superstar racers and producers. I think the key with this female family is the sire, since what surface the offspring can run on seems largely determined by the male part of the pedigree. This will be an interesting horse to follow going forward.

Paynter stands at Winstar Farm for $12,500

HIP 513– bay filly by Awesome Again out of Tizso; this filly is coming into a very productive racing and breeding family. The dam is a half to Tiznow, and has produced seven winners including the full-brother Paynter. He’s best known for his grit and determination to fight off a gang of usually fatal illnesses including laminitis and colitis before returning back to racing. Paynter finished second to Union Ragins in the Gr. I Belmont S. before he got sick and was a brilliantly fast, highly-regarded colt that proved his fighting spirit didn’t end when he got off the track. Other siblings include Tizwest, a Gr. III winner of the Cinema H. at the now demolished Hollywood Park (R.I.P.) and two other female black-type earners. Half-sister Tizsotrue, while unraced, has produced Tizso Wicked (who has earned her black-type in Australia) and gelding Classy Dancer, who enjoyed a hardy five year campaign with eight wins. Awesome Again is a proven source of talent with 64 black-type earners and 607 winners including three champions: Ginger Punch, Ghostzapper (now a great sire in his own right), and Game On Dude (retired to Old Friends).

HIP 526– bay colt by War Front out of Treasure Trail; this colt is a full-sibling to Long Island Sound, who found decent success both in North America and Europe. He is a late January foal, so he’ll be well on his way to displaying what characteristics he got from his parents (if any) and I’m interested to see how he compares to his older brother -who I actually really liked as a racer- in conformation. He is related to HIP 499 above in that he is out of Zenyatta’s half sister Treasure Trail, so that Vertigineux influence is much closer here. I liked the idea of this family being tried on turf from the start of his famous aunt’s career, so I’m very happy to see War Front being introduced to this family.

HIP 579– bay colt by Malibu Moon out of Whichwaydidshego; you don’t see Storm Cat close up in a pedigree anymore, so when you do get a mare by him that’s also a black-type producer, you hang on to her tooth and nail. The dam has produced three black-typer runners with earnings of over $210,000 a piece; all New York breds with NY success as most of their biggest wins coming from Aqueduct or Belmont Park. The 2YO of the dam’s offspring is a filly by Will Take Charge named She Will Rock and she’s placed in two starts this year. Further down, the pedigree gets a bit more sparkly as we find Spunoutacontrol, a half-sister to Tale of the Cat that has had her own breeding success story: she’s the dam of exciting sire Fed Biz (by Giant’s Causeway), who has foals on the ground that are drawing sterling praise from respected breeding operations. The 2nd dam’s best filly Spun Silk (by A.P. Indy) is the dam of Joking, who had a five year career with 10 victories to his credit. The NY-bred race series is very rewarding to those who take advantage of it, so this would be a good colt to take in that direction as well as some of the Spring Classics across the country if he shows enough talent for them.

HIP 596– chestnut colt by Tapit out of Winter Memories; another dam that was a racing favorite of mine, I’m curious to see how he fares on both surfaces. Winter Memories primarily ran on the turf, though Memories of Silver has produced racers on both courses as well, and Tapit is primarily known for his dirt prowess. I believe that this is another one of those female families were the sire determines the surface preference and the dam provides the talent. There is enough black-type on the bottom of this page to overlook Winter Memories being a young dam and it also helps that this family has had prior success with Tapit as the sire (Bellavais).

HIP 654– bay filly by American Pharoah out of Arch’s Gal Edith; this is a half-sister to I’ll Have Another, the Triple Crown trail sweetheart from 2012. The second dam didn’t do a whole lot but the third dam does peak some interest as she is responsible for four black-type earners and the granddam of U Belong To Me, a Louisiana sprint specialist. I like the distance influences in the pedigree (Empire Maker and Arch) and I think I’ll learn a lot more about this filly once I see her walk and stand in person.

Uncle Mo at Coolmore America last fall

HIP 737-dark bay or brown colt by Uncle Mo out of Cambiocorsa; this pedigree is a little better know in California, but this page comes loaded with black-type winners and producers. The dam has produced five black-type winners so far from eight of racing age, with her daughter Vionnet producing Roaring Lion, who is experiencing fabulous success in England with a bankroll already tallying at over $1.1 million.

Cambiocorsa is also a full-sister to the ever popular California Flag, who won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and competed at the highest levels of the sport for five years before retiring in 2012. A late March colt by Uncle Mo is quite intriguing. This is another one that I will need to see in person before I decide what I would price him at once the auction starts.

This is it for Session 3! Sorry for the break in posts, but I was so busy the last few days that I just didn’t have the time I wanted to write or post. I was also a bit under the weather, but something tells me that the seasons are changing over because I haven’t been that “I feel like a train ran over me” in a long time. Stay healthy you guys, and I’ll post Session 4 tomorrow!

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