Keeneland November: Book 1 Broodmares

This is not my entire shortlist (I have to make my rounds next week first) but a few that are extremely interesting and warrant a few viewings.

HIP 131- Urban Ball (IRE), Galileo x Ball Chairman by Secretariat

No, you didn’t misread. This mare’s dam is by the one and only Secretariat. You just do not see him in pedigrees anymore unless you look very far back. I am extremely interested to see how this mare would work when bred to some of the newer sires like American Pharoah and Mendelssohn, the former having an incredible start to stud and the other bred purple. She’s a young mare, only ten, and I think still has her best years ahead of her being by Galileo. Many of his daughters are productive producers late into their lives including his own dam, Urban Sea.

Her first foal was in 2014 by the name of =All for Honour (FR). The gelding was a winner in France, bringing his bankroll just shy of $117,000 total in American currency. Her 2016 stakes performing daughter Merimbula also did her running in France; final bankroll was just short of $106,000. Both of the full-siblings are by Dalakhani (IRE). I do and don’t understand the choice to breed her to Tapit and Malibu Moon. She was an unknown prospect when first bred to American stallions, so sending her to the best was a logical choice but I would argue there were other lines that could’ve been explored first over Tapit and Malibu, who historically produce nutcases that might not make it to the track.

To that extent: Urban Ball was imported to the states and bred to Tapit for two years in a row. Urbana (2017) is still unraced -sold for $400,000 as a weanling- and the 2018 filly is named City Tap; a $200,000 yearling. She had a 2019 colt by Malibu Moon and is being offered in foal to Speightstown. I am rather excited about the 2020 foal. Speightstown holds a great deal of respect in my book, so I’d definitely throw my hat in the ring for this mare if I had the funds.

HIPS 223 & 273- Galileo (IRE) x Look at Me (IRE) Full-Sisters: Dolly Madison (IRE) & Kind of Magic (IRE)

I don’t usually like full siblings enough to buy both, but these mares are exceptions for me; it’s not every day you get two chances at a very good female family and by Galileo, the world’s premier sire.

Dolly Madison is being offered I/F to War Front, and was unraced. The resulting foal will be her first; she’s only four, so you have a lot of potential with her. War Front is internationally renowned, so the 2020 foal (if you wanted to sell it) would probably help recoup some of the dam’s purchase price in the future.

Kind of Magic is being offered I/F to Arrogate and earned about $44,000 before being sent to America from Ireland. She has an unnamed 2018 filly by Curlin who sold for $155,000 as a yearling in September and a filly by Quality Road this year. Kind of Magic is six, a very young mare with a lot of potential. The 2020 foal is going to be very enticing, being by Arrogate with his own fancy female family courtesy of Juddmonte patience and careful cultivation.

This family is black-type up and down the page. The sisters’ dam, Look at Me (IRE), by Danehill Dancer (IRE), won at two and three in Ireland and England. She was Group II and Group III placed.

The second dam, Queen Cleopatra (IRE) (by Kingmambo) was an incredible broodmare and racer. Of 10 foals, six raced and every single one was a winner. She won and placed in Group races through Europe and is a full sister to Henrythenavigator. Her offspring include:

  • Francis of Assisi (IRE) (by Danehill Dancer (IRE)) who was winning and competing in Group events from 2 to 6
  • Look at Me (IRE) – dam mentioned above
  • =Wave (IRE), unraced but produced the fantastic runner Cliffs of Moher (IRE) (colt by Galileo (IRE))

This family produces classy, and if you’re willing to be patient in order to figure out what works best with it, then you’ll be rewarded handsomely, I think.

HIP 91- Sotto Voce, Tapit x Pretty ‘n’ Smart by Beau Genius

This family is a coveted one for any quality breeding program. Pretty ‘n’ Smart, the dam, has produced several classy runners and producers like Cupid, Heart Ashley, Ashley’s Kitty, Indianapolis, and Skipper Tale (dam of Quaver, a stakes placed filly by Blame). Sotto Voce is a very young mare in a family that’s successful in several international programs in countries like Australia, Mexico, and France. Her full brother Cupid will be a good gauge in the coming years in terms of genetic talent, and if he shows any promise, this mare might end up a bargain in the end.

She’s being offered in foal to Triple Crown winning Justify, who also shuttles to Australia.

HIP 89- Snowfire, Tapit x Upperline

This is another grey mare (this list is rife with them) with black type up and down her page. Snowfire is a half-sister to War Secretary, a colt by War Front. He’s an unlisted stakes winner in Ireland, which opens up a very interesting option for breeding with this mare. Her female family has been very good in Japan and all throughout Europe, making her an attractive offer for international buyers with money burning holes in their pockets.

She’s being offered in foal to Violence.

HIP 195- Cheetah, Frankel (GB) x Stormy Sunday

This filly is interesting. While she’s unraced, she is a half-sister to Champion 2YO Hansen and Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint third place finisher, Anonymity. Her sire Frankel (GB) was rated the best in the world, European Horse of the Year, and appears to be taking up the mantel from Galileo as the next super sire. The filly’s female family doesn’t have the heavy black type that others do in this list but she’s worth a shot as a producer on account of Stormy Sunday (the dam) starting to do well with her most recent offspring.