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Diamonds in the Rough - 2013 Update

Keeneland Sale 615 X 400
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Before the start of the Keeneland Yearling Sale of 2013, I reviewed 14 colts and fillies with nice pedigrees whose cost shouldn't break the bank in the Diamonds in the Rough article. With this year's ultimate yearling sale concluded, let's take a look at how they did in the ring.

Just to show how tough it can be to sell or purchase a yearling, of the 14, two were RNA (Reserve Not Attained), and half of the selections didn't make it to the sales ring. Perhaps they'll show up in later sales or at the two year old auctions.

Yearlings can be difficult to follow until they re-surface either at a two year old in training sale or on the racetrack. If you have connections to any of these babies, I'd appreciate it if you could email me occasionally informing me of their progress.


Hip #1255 Colt (Lookin At Lucky – Chief Secretary, by Deputy Minister)
Sale price: $40K
Consignor: Lane's End, Agent for Kinsman Farm
Buyer: Bach Stables, LLC

Chimichurri fillyHip #2470 Filly (Eskendereya – Chimichurri, by Elusive Quality)
Sale price: $60K
Consignor: Warrendale Sales, Agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC
Buyer: Chase Stables

Hip #2531 Colt (Harlan's Holiday – Floating Island, by A.P. Indy)
Sale price: $16K
Consignor: Hill n' Dale Sales Agency, Agent
Buyer: E. C. Silvers, Agent

Miss Hellie coltHip #2638 Colt (Arch – Miss Hellie, by A.P. Indy)
Sale price: $67K
Consignor: Gainsway, Agent XXIV
Buyer: Barsuk Racing

Koko pop coltHip #2970 Colt (Curlin – Koko Pop, by A.P. Indy)
Sale price: $47K
Consignor: Warrendale Sales, Agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC
Buyer: M.A.B. Agency

 Hip #3336 Filly (Langfuhr – Hula Skirt, by Dixie Union)
Sale price: $22K
Consignor: Lane's End, Agent
Buyer: Bob Cappelletti, Agent

Valuable Partner fillyHip #1176 Filly (Discreet Cat – Valuable Partner, by Mr. Prospector) named Stay Beautiful.
Sale price: RNA ($50K)
Consignor: Taylor Made
Sold to a private buyer for $45K

Saintcerely fillyHip #3077 Filly (Old Fashioned – Saintcerely, by Saint Ballado)
Sale price: RNA ($29K)
Consignor: Catalyst Bloodstock, LLC, Agent V
Sold to a private buyer for $20K

Hip #3736 Filly (English Channel - Rhineland, by Mr. Prospector)
Consignor: Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, Inc. (J. Stuart).
Owned by Calumet Farms, this filly was held out of the Keeneland sale and entered in the Fasig Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearlings Sale, October 21- 23.

Hip #3855 Colt (Candy Ride – Cajun Flash, by Bertrando)
Consignor: Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, Inc. (J. Stuart).
Owned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, this colt will instead go into the Fasig Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearlings Sale, October 21- 23.

Hip #3407 Colt (Smart Strike – Parris Hill, by A.P. Indy)
Consignor: Denali Stud

Hip #3439 Colt (Super Saver – Renda, by Medaglia D'Oro)
Consignor: Woods Edge Farm (Perter O'Callaghan)

Hip #3453 Filly (Distorted Humor – Saskawea, by Stormy Atlantic)
Consignor: Baccari Bloodstock

Hip #3809 Filly (Colonel John - Wind River, by Storm Cat)
Consignor: James B. Keogh (Grovendale)


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Laurie, I have not been one to anticipate yearling sales in the past, but your article drew some interest. I was disappointed in the early retirement of Majesticperfection. He had beaten the eventual BC Sprint Champ, Big Drama, with ease, prior to his retirement due to injury. He was bought by Airdrie Stables, and, I think, this might be his first crop. Did you, by chance, spot any offspring of his at this sale?
That just shows how tough it is to actually get the horse you want with all the outs and RNAs. It will be fun to follow your picks to see how they run. I look forward to seeing you again at BC13!
I, too, would like to follow Nos. 2970 & 3077. Also, #446 (Tiznow - Silken Cat) .

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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   


For more than a decade, I've passionately studied pedigree, how it applies to handicapping and breeding theories. In 2010, I joined Horse Racing Nation as their Pedigree Analyst, focusing on juvenile stakes winners, Triple Crown contenders and first crop sires from a handicapping perspective.   


In 2011, I accepted the role of South Florida Coordinator and Advisory Board Member for the national non-profit Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association (ThoroFan). Working closely with Gulfstream Park management and other race fans, we created a ThoroFan Chapter at Gulfstream Race Track. Our main project is assisting Thoroughbred rescue and re-training groups.


I continue to maintain my website Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds and blog of the same name. As a pedigree consultant, I specialize in assisting small to mid-size breeding/training operations with broodmare breeding reports, sales catalog analysis and recommendations on claims and private sales. 10 - 20% of all proceeds are donated to Thoroughbred rescue and retraining groups.
I welcome your questions regarding pedigree, handicapping and breeding. If you would like me to cover a specific topic please contact me at lross@horseracingnation.com.

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