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Monday, September 12, 2011

Notable Names at Monday's Keeneland Yearling Sale

A couple notes on Sunday's opening night of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, particularly as related to Foolish Pleasure descendents:
  • Hip #74, a bay Henrythenavigator colt out of I’ll Get Along, is a half-brother to Smarty Jones—but only brought $175,000. Given the relative success of crossing the Foolish Pleasure bloodline with that of Sadler’s Wells, this could be one to watch, though, specifically on turf.
  • Marc Keller was the winning bidder ($200,000) on Hip #80, a Cape Cross filly out of the Rainbow Quest mare Lady’s Quest—not surprisingly, as Keller raced Grand Couturier (now at stud in France) who is a half-brother to Lady’s Quest. Their Sadler’s Wells dam Lady Elgar is out of a Foolish Pleasure mare.
  • Hip #94, a gray half-sister to Stardom Bound, failed to sell at $385,000—her second dam is by Foolish Pleasure’s son Marfa.
Monday’s session features the first offspring of such mares as: G1 Acorn winner Zaftig (Hip #139); G3 Ouija Board Distaff runner-up Tears I Cry (Hip #127); G1-placed Tasha’s Miracle (Hip #126); G1 Test winner Dream Rush (Hip #165); Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint victress Maryfield (Hip #192); and G1 Kentucky Oaks winner Proud Spell (Hip #207). A speedy bunch, to be sure.
Also selling will be siblings of: Desert Party (Hip #110); Dunkirk (Hip #113); Roman Ruler/El Corredor (Hip #116); Gozzip Girl (Hip #128); Nehro (Hip #129); Point Given (Hip #133); Wickedly Perfect (Hip #136); Medaglia d’Oro (Hip #153); Hostess (Hip #155); Christmas Kid (Hip #158); Good Ba Ba (Hip #166); Cash Included (Hip #177); Quality Road (Hip #183); Mine That Bird (Hip #194); Biofuel (Hip #199); and Proud Spell (Hip #201).
You can view the auction online live beginning at 7:00 p.m. from Keeneland’s website here.