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Top Pedigrees of 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Racing fans and horsemen will get a glimpse of the future today as the highly anticipated Keeneland September Yearling Sale kicks off. 3,604 yearlings are scheduled to travel through the sales ring in eleven days, between today and Friday, September 21.
 
 
In the weeks leading up to the sale, owners, trainers, bloodstock agents and pedigree consultants from around the world have been pouring over the catalog pedigree pages, scrutinizing conformation, X-Rays and health reports. Millions of dollars will be spent in the hopes of purchasing the next superstar or Kentucky Derby winner.

The likes of Sunday Silence, Real Quiet, Fusaichi Pegasus, Big Brown, Animal Kingdom and I'll Have Another were first seen by the general public at the sales. Grade 1 winners Dullahan, Bodemeister, Paynter, Shackleford, Game On Dude and To Honor And Serve also graced the grounds of Keeneland as tender yearlings.

The September Yearling Sale is an opportunity for fans to live vicariously and get a first look at the offspring and siblings of stakes winners. The auction will be televised by HRTV and can be viewed over the internet at Keeneland's website: http://www.keeneland.com/sales/live-coverage

So why should the average handicapper care about horses they won't see on the track for another year or two? Many astute horse players keep notes. Breeze reports, pace figures, trip notes, pedigree notes, you name it. Before the invention of the computer many handicappers qualify to be on an episode of “Horders.” Keeping track of the yearlings after they go through the sales ring isn't an easy task, but keeping a spreadsheet of well bred, or precocious babies now can pay at the betting windows tomorrow. For instance, Zenyatta's little brother Souper Spectacular (by Giant's Causeway) a 2008 Keeneland Sales yearling, paid $16 when he won his maiden.

This year, the final crops of of legendary sire A.P. Indy, Dixie Union and the last American crop of Empire Maker will pass through the sales ring. Empire Maker was sold to Japan, thus eliminating a much needed source of stamina for U.S. Breeders.

The first offspring of next year's freshmen sires will also be unveiled at the sales. Babies by European Horse of the year Sea the Stars, Travers hero Colonel John, the versatile and hardy Einstein, and Kentucky Derby runner-up Pioneerof The Nile are anticipated to be hot sellers. Other first crop sires represented in the sales are Behindatthebar, Conduit, Cosmonaut, Cowboy Cal, Dunkirk, Forefathers, Fort Prado, Kodiak Kowboy, Old Fashioned, Parading, Pyro, Singing Saint, Talent Search, Thewayyouare, U S Ranger, Visionaire, and Zensational.

Below are some notable yearlings that will garner interest from owners and fans:

A.P. Indy:
Yearlings out of Champion older mare Gourmet Girl; multiple graded stakes winners Miraculous Miss, and Rare Gift; Alcibiades (G-1) heroine and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly runner-up Dream Empress; and a filly (out of Lacadena) from the family of Belmont Stakes heroine Rages To Riches (by A.P. Indy).

Full brother (out of Lady Lochinvar) to multiple graded stakes winner Master Command;

Half brother (out of Coral Sea) to Fountain of Youth (G-2) hero Cool Coal Man;

One who may be more precocious than the typical offspring of A.P. Indy is A.P. Sonata (filly) out of Moonlight Sonata – A.P. Sonata is a ¾ sister to Indiana Derby (G-3) winner Wilburn and a half to Kentucky Jockey Club (G-2) hero Beethoven. Her dam Moonlight Sonata won the Arlington-Washington Lassie.

Bernardini:
Half sister (out of Banshee Winds) to 1998 Champion Filly Banshee Breeze;

Half brother (out of Devils Lake) to Ancient Title (G-1) speedster Gayago;

Half brother (out of Wilshwed) to Hollywood Futurity (G-1) hero Stormello;

Half sister (out of Miss Du Bois) to Grade 1 turf star Film Maker;

Broken Vow:
Half brother (out of Playa Maya) to Two Year Old Champ Uncle Mo;

Candy Ride:
Half sister (out of Cat's Fair) to Santa Anita Oaks (G-1) heroine Crisp.

Distorted Humor:
Offspring out of Grade 1 winners River's Prayer, Mushka and Grade 1 placed Teammate.

Half sister (out of My Miss Storm Cat) to Champion Two Year Old Filly My Miss Aurelia;

Exclusive Quality:
A full brother (out of Champion Filly Xtra Heat) to stakes winner Elusive Heat.

Empire Maker:
Progeny out of Champion Two Year Old Filly Caressing, multiple Grade 1 winners Rutherienne, Downthedustyroad, and Ticker Tape.

Malibu Moon:
¾ sister (out of Lucinda K) to stakes placed Atswhatimtalkinabout and half to graded stakes placed That'swhatimean;

Half sister (out of multiple Grade 1 placed High Heeled Hope) to Test (G-1) runner-up Sweet Hope;

Medaglia d'Oro:
Offspring out of Champion Older Mare Fleet Indian; Kentucky Oaks heroine Secret Status, dam of G-1 placed Dunkirk); G-3 winner Cellars Shiraz; and Rampart (G-2) heroine One Caroline;

Half sister to Frizette (G-1) winner Sky Diva and multiple G-1 placed Quick Little Miss;

Smart Strike:
Progeny of multiple Grade 1 heroines Life Is Sweet, Hollywood Story; multiple Grade 2 winner Rite Moment;

Half sister (out of G-3 winner Untouched Talent) to Derby/Preakness runner-up Bodemeister;

Half brother (out of multiple graded stakes winner Class Kris) to Pacific Classic (G-1) winner Student Council and G-3 winner Gradepoint;

Street Cry:
Yearlings out of Acorn (G-1) runner-up Justwistledixie;

Half brother to Haskel Invitational (G-1) hero and Belmont Stakes runner up Paynter;

Half sister (out of Palangana) to Champion Female Sprinter Informed Decision;

Half sister (out of Miss Preakness winner Storm Beauty) to multiple stakes winner Stormy West, Churchill Debutante (G-3) runner-up Renaissance Lady, and stakes placed Value Stream;

Tapit:
offsing out of multiple Grade 3 winner Winter Garden;

¾ brother (out of Grade 1 placed Resort) to Peter Pan (G-2) hero Sightseeing;

Full sister (out of Don'ttellmichelle) to Iowa Oaks (G-3) heroine Hightap


Tiznow:
Half brother (out of multiple G-1 heroine Memories of Silver) to multiple Grade 1 winner Winter Memories and stakes winner Le Cloche;

Half brother (out of multiple Grade 1 winner Clear Mandate) to Grade 3 winner and Grade 1 runner-up Newfoundland, stakes winner Full Mandate and stakes placed The Mighty Tiger;
 

Unbridled's Song:
Progeny out of Champion Canadian Mare Bear Now;

Half sister (out of Eden's Causeway) to Las Virgenes (G-1) heroine Eden's Moon;

Half sister (out of Our Dani) to multiple Grade 1 winner You;

Half brother (out of Gold Vault) to multiple Grade 1 winner Contested;


Other top prospects include a Giant's Causeway filly out of Grade 1 winner Topliner; Big Brown half brother to multiple G-2 sprinter D'Funnybone; Broken Vow colt out of Graded stakes winner Fantastic Shirl, Henrythenavigator daughter of Champion mare Jewel Princess; Indian Charlie daughter of Grade 1 heroine Stop Traffic, and a colt (out of Another Vegetarian) half brother to Q.E. 2 (G-1) heroine Sweet Talker and G-3 winner Silver Medallion.
 
There's a good chance that one or more of the yearlings mentioned above will evolve into a Classic contender, Breeders' Cup winner or even a Champion. Which yearlings do you look foward to see next year on the track?




 

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JH's broodmare sire Double jay was top broodmare sire for 5 yrs from 1971 to 1982 and was no worse than third for the rest of this period. Stamina came from him. Nodouble, Old Hat, Irish Jay etc. we're quite durable horses .
Distance ability at best....from that Broodmare sire. I have to upload the maiden win of old John at old Jefferson Downs when he was owned by two ladies: Colleen Madere and Dorthea Lingo.
said UP CLOSE, grand sire influence is no more a consideration than my grandmothers......not much
John Henry's broodmare sire was Double Jay. An excellent broodmare sire by any standard. Great grand sire as Princequillo
John Henry was a great INDIVIDUAL with not blue bloods close up.
of the top 250 race horses voted on by racing fans, Sceptor's Way has at least 8
sceptors bolodline consist of Secretariat, Spend A Buck, Buckpasser, Tom Fool, War Admiral, Man of War
Members, owners, trainers, keep your eye's open, I'm gambling on Sceptor's Way, sire- Tinner's Way, dam Spendabuckforroses
Only direct genetic correlation I ever heard just came out in the standardbred. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/sports/scientists-find-gene-could-explain-horses-ability-to-pace.html
all theoretical guessing. I can list dozens of "theoretical" all based upon pheotype that did not mount to a 5000 claimer...Titanic (full sibling to Alysheba), the Bride, North Dancer and Ribot mulitple full sibling that we never heard from again. You NEVER KNOW which recominant gametes did what, and of course NONE of us know, or can prove, what genes produce what traits in the adult horse. Guesswork heaped on luck of the draw akin to a rouleete whelel is what is happening in any breeding.
412, closely related to Street Boss; 423, Chestnut Z niece, by Z's sire.
Only $150,000.
$650,000 prediction.
1/2 sister to Smiling Tiger coming up next. #295
Mushka herself was a sales topper -- going for, yep, $1.6M as a yearling to Zayat Stables (Fasig-Tipton)...
Closer up, Lakeway.
131 Cha ching. Go back--family of Bold Forbes. Gonna be a fast one.
Right now, an A.P. Indy - Moonlight Sonata bay filly sold for 1.1 million.
Live: http://www.keeneland.com/livevideo/sales/videowithcat.php
Really?? A Montjeu/Eliza filly sold for $85K? That's just insane. I haven't been following the sale, but possibly someone who does value stamina purchased her and will race her accordingly...

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