Over the last two weeks, the biggest yearling sale of the year happened: Keeneland September. 38 Curlin babies were entered in the sale, providing a preliminary glimpse at Curlin’s fourth crop. These yearlings were mostly new genetic combinations, though several are full siblings to Curlin babies Of those 38 in the sale, three were declared out, and three were RNA. Of the 32 who sold, the mean sale price was $132,125, and the median was $67,500. The stark difference between the mean and the median was mainly a function of the $1,100,000 filly out of Leslie’s Lady, dam of Beholder. The mean sale price for the other 31 Curlin babies who sold is $100,903.
Typically sales results go in the regular Curlin babies updates, but this is such a massive sale with so many yearlings that it deserved to be split off. Here are all the Curlin babies who were in the book at Keeneland September, organized by session number and hip, as well as their sales information and any interesting pedigree notes.
- Hip 29: unnamed filly out of Leslie’s Lady, by Tricky Creek – This filly was one of the most anticipated yearlings at the sale, and she did not disappoint. Bred by Clarkland Farm, she is half to several prominent horses: two-time champion Beholder (Henny Hughes), prominent sire Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday), and the unraced mare Daisy Mason (Orientate) who produced Harry’s Holiday. This filly ended up going for $1,100,000 to Bridlewood Farm, second most of anyone who met their reserve on the first day of the sale. She already has a full brother in training, the three-year-old colt Head Quarters. Head Quarters, owned by Juddmonte Farm and trained by Bob Baffert, has not yet raced. However, he has a steady worktab at Los Alamitos.
- Hip 178: unnamed colt out of Queens Full, by Indian Charlie – This colt reached $115,000 in the bidding. However, that did not meet consignor Greenfield Farm’s reserve, so he was a buy-back. He was particularly interesting because of his dam, Queens Full. Queens Full is also the dam of a stakes-winning four-year-old by Tapit named Goin to the Window. Astute readers of this week in Curlin babies (or astute followers of racing in the Pacific Northwest) may recognize her as one of Stopshoppingdebbie’s stablemates, who won her first race since 2012 on September 21, in an allowance optional claiming race at Emerald, in which she finally did not have to face Stopshoppingdebbie for the first time since her juvenile year. Who knows where this colt will actually go? Still, there is a little part of me who hopes she ends up racing at Emerald.
- Hip 532, unnamed filly out of Classy Katherine, by Old Forester – This filly had been entered in the sale as hip 532. However, she was declared out. This yearling is the first registered foal from her dam, Classy Katherine. Classy Katherine is half to Big Red Mike (Tenpins), a gelding who won the 2010 Queen’s Plate as well as the 2010 Sovereign Award for champion Canadian three-year-old male.
- Hip 673, unnamed filly out of Glitter Dancer, by Langfuhr – This filly, bred in West Virginia at Buckstud, was sold for $120,000 to Jerry and Ann Moss. The filly is half to one winner, a four-year-old gelding named Sailaway who won a maiden claimer at Charles Town. Sailaway is her only half-sibling to race so far. Her dam, Glitter Dancer, is half to multiple graded stakes winner Deputy Glitters (Deputy Commander). Deputy Glitters won both the Tampa Bay Derby (GIII) and the Ohio Derby (GII) in 2006.
- Hip 806: unnamed filly out of Missile Bay, by Yes It’s True – This filly, bred in Kentucky and consigned by an agent for Stonestreet, had been entered in the sale but was declared out. All four of her half siblings to race have been winners. Her half-sister Killaday (Indian Charlie), three years old this year, broke her maiden at first asking at Aqueduct and then finished second in an allowance behind Our Amazing Rose. However, she has been off the map since then.
- Hip 876: unnamed colt out of Royal Tigress, by Storm Cat – This colt, bred in Kentucky and consigned by an agent for Dixiana Farm, sold for $230,000 to Donegal Racing. He is a full brother to two-time stakes winner Ol Donyo, who won the Zaftig Stakes at age 3, and then on September 20 scored in the Musical Romance Stakes at age 4. This also makes him a half-brother to Legend (Tiznow), a promising three-year-old ridgling of this year who was second behind Kid Cruz in the Easy Goer Stakes, though has been away with an injury since then.
- Hip 930: unnamed colt out of Stormy Frolic, by Summer Squall – This colt, consigned by Taylor Made Sales as agent, sold for $220,000 to Steven W. Young, agent. He is half to three winners out of four horses to race, including multiple stakes winner Frolic’s Revenge (Vindication). Frolic’s Revenge won five stakes races at Calder over both dirt and turf, including the Lindsay Frolic stakes: named after her second dam. He is also half to Frolic to the Wire (Roman Ruler), a two-year-old this year who broke her maiden at Gulfstream this summer, and finished eighth in the Pocahontas Stakes (GII) as a longshot.
- Hip 975: unnamed colt out of Wicked Charm, by Ghostzapper – This colt, consigned by Claiborne Farm as agent, sold for $27,000 to Ron Fleischmann, agent. He is half to only one horse of racing age, a two-year-old Speightstown filly named Abracadabra, who has worked at Fair Hill but not raced yet. Her dam, Wicked Charm, is half to both the multiple graded stakes winning English Channel and multiple stakes-placed Sedgefield, both by Smart Strike. Hopefully, given that Curlin is by Smart Strike, something in these pedigrees will cross well, and this colt will outrun his sale price.
- Hip 1078: unnamed colt out of Daily Special, by Dayjur – This colt, bred by William S. Farish, Jr. and consigned by Lane’s End as agent, was an RNA at $280,000. He is a full brother to Daily Cast, an unraced four-year-old Curlin filly. He also has four three-quarter siblings by Smart Strike, the most accomplished of whom is 2005 Personal Ensign Stakes winner Shadow Cast. Daily Special herself was bred by W. S. Farish, so this breeding is Lane’s End, through and through. It remains to be seen whether he will sell privately, or race as a homebred.
- Hip 1109: unnamed colt out of Ema Bovary (CHI), by Edgy Diplomat – This colt, bred in Kentucky by Northwest Farms and consigned by Greenfield Farm as agent, was an RNA at $55,000. Of three half-siblings to race, the most accomplished is Seeking Ema, who twice placed in stakes at Emerald Downs. He has one three-quarter brother by Smart Strike, a three-year-old filly named Vailima who is as yet unraced. His dam, Ema Bovary, is a two-time graded stakes winner in six-furlong dirt sprints.
- Hip 1337: unnamed colt out of Special Ballad, by Saint Ballado – This colt, bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet, had been entered in the sale, but was declared out. Special Ballad herself was a bit of a hard knocker, finally breaking her maiden at Suffolk Downs in her 22nd start. She raced once more after that, and then retired to the broodmare pasture. The most accomplished of her progeny to date is Acaffella (Mr. Greeley), who broke his maiden at age two in a stakes at Golden Gate. These days at age six, he is running in the claiming ranks, and won his last start at Canterbury on September 13.
- Hip 1342: unnamed colt out of Spread, by Coronado’s Quest – This colt, bred in Kentucky and consigned by Mineola Farm as agent, sold for $27,000 to Bruno deBerdt, agent. All four of Spread’s foals to race have won, with the most accomplished of the group to date being School’s Out. He won the Hall of Fame Stakes at Columbus in 2012, at age three, and still races on the Prairie Meadows – Columbus – Fonner circuit. His dam is a half sister to the multiple stakes winner Network, and his third dam is Fara’s Team: herself the winner of the Test and the Prioress in 1988, and the dam of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Concern.
- Hip 1426: unnamed colt out of Bella Jolie, by Broken Vow – This colt, bred in Kentucky and consigned by Ashview Farm as agent, sold to Michael J. Bruder for $60,000. His dam Bella Jolie has only produced one foal of racing age, a colt named Runhappy (Super Saver), who has yet to race or record a work. Bella Jolie herself raced nine times, winning a maiden claiming race and a $5,000 N2L over the Delaware Park dirt in 2010. Of her half-siblings to race, the most accomplished is Millennium Storm: winner of the 2002 Mecke Stakes on the Calder grass, and second in the 2003 Tropical Park Derby (GIII) there.
- Hip 1473: unnamed colt out of Dawn Raid, by Vindication – This colt, bred in Kentucky and consigned by Warrendale Sales as agent, was purchased by Big Chief Racing for $110,000. Big Chief Racing is best known as the owner of Ive Struck A Nerve, the 135/1 shot who won the Risen Star Stakes (GII) last year. He is half to two horses who have raced, both of whom have won, though neither have earned black type. Dawn Raid is half to Embur’s Song (Unbridled’s Song, by Embur Sunshine), a multiple graded stakes winner who was also the Sovereign Award winner for Canadian champion older mare in 2011.
- Hip 1512: unnamed colt out of Fantasy Lake, by Salt Lake – This colt, bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet and consigned by James M. Herbener, Jr. as their agent, sold for $140,000 to Jake Ballis. Fantasy Lake, his dam, won the 1998 Sovereign Award for Canadian champion two-year-old filly. She was a multiple stakes winner at Woodbine, and placed third in the Schuylerville Stakes (GII) at Saratoga in 1998. Two of this colt’s half-siblings have earned black type: South Bay Cove (Fusaichi Pegasus) won the Shady Well and the Ontario Debutante at Woodbine in 2004, and Hello Maggie May (Lemon Drop Kid) won the Ruling Angel Stakes in 2008 and the Belle Geste Stakes in 2009, also both at Woodbine. All of those stakes wins were at sprint distances, though they ran the gamut of dirt, polytrack, and grass.
- Hip 1609: unnamed colt out of Magnetic Miss, by Artax – This colt, bred in Kentucky by Gunpowder Farms and consigned by Allied Bloodstock as their agent, sold for $80,000 to Vladimir Kazakov. Magnetic Miss was a multiple stakes winner bred in Illinois. This Curlin colt is her second to last foal; she delivered a filly by K One King this year, but unfortunately died due to foaling complications. The colt’s only half-sibling to date is Casey Roo, a three-year-old First Samurai filly with a maiden win to her name. His dam is half to two other Illinois-breds, both geldings, who are stakes winners: Royal Express (Royal Academy) and Hydro Power (Aptitude).
- Hip 1691: unnamed filly out of Renowned Cat, by Storm Cat – This filly, bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet and consigned by Taylor Made Sales, sold for $8,000 to Adam Kitchingman. Renowned Cat was herself unraced, though she is half to the Strawberry Road mare Escena, who won the 1998 Eclipse award for champion older mare. Two of Renowned Cat’s progeny have raced, and Oh Carole (Unbridled’s Song) placed second in the U Can Do It Handicap at Calder last year, at six furlongs on dirt.
- Hip 1764, unnamed colt out of Tasha’s Delight, by Afternoon Deelites – This colt, bred in Kentucky and consigned by Lane’s End, sold for $130,000 to Kenneth McPeek, as agent. His dam Tasha’s Delight had some precocity; she won at first asking, and came in third in the Natalma Stakes (GIII) at age two, third out. He as a three-quarter brother Seeyasi, but he is five years old and unraced. Of his three half-siblings to race, two have won: Wilkinson (Lemon Drop Kid) won graded stakes on both grass and dirt, and the three-year-old Away Game (Lemon Drop Kid) won two nine-furlong dirt allowances at the Spa this summer.
- Hip 1823, unnamed colt out of Awe That, by Boundary – This colt, bred in Kentucky by W. S. Farish and consigned by Lane’s End, sold for $375,000 to J. W. S. through David Ingordo as agent. Awe That only raced until February of her two-year-old year, but was stakes-placed once at two. She has produced six runners and four winners, the most accomplished of whom is Bel Air Beauty (Smart Strike). Bel Air Beauty broke her maiden with a win in the Alcibiades (GII) in 2006, and also won the Valley View (GIII) in 2007. His half-brother Dynafortwo (Dynaformer) is stakes placed, finishing second in the Shady Character Stakes (a turf mile at Belmont) at age three.
- Hip 1842: unnamed filly out of Bread ‘n Water, by Giant’s Causeway – This filly, bred in Kentucky and consigned by Allied Bloodstock as agent, sold for $55,000 to Team Work Racing. His dam only raced twice and never won. However, his second dam is Bare Necessities: a three-time graded stakes winner who won the Sixty Sails Handicap (GIII) at Hawthorne in 2003, and was a close second in the same race in 2004. Bread ‘n Water has only produced one other foal: a Super Saver colt named Rag’s Boy. He has yet to race, but is slated to debut at Remington on September 25.
- Hip 1862: Walk Out, out of Cheryl’s Sister, by Dixieland Band – This colt, bred in Kentucky by Cardinal Farm and consigned by Havens Bloodstock Agency, sold for $50,000 to Calumet Farm. Cheryl’s Sister was a four-time winner, and did most of her running in allowances at Thistledown between 1999 and 2001. Five of his half-siblings have raced; four have won. None have earned black type, but hard-knocking claimer Dixie Banner (Gulch) won six times between the ages of two and eight, and did most of his racing at Arlington and Hawthorne.
- Hip 1952, unnamed filly out of Harve de Grace, by Boston Harbor – This filly, bred in Kentucky by Lee McMillin and Ed Rudley and consigned by Amende Place, sold for $50,000 to Chad Summers as agent. Harve de Grace only ran six times, winning twice at Philadelphia Park. This filly is not the first Curlin baby out of Harve de Grace: she is a full sister to Inspired by Grace, a three-year-old filly who has won twice in turf dashes this year. Her most accomplished half-sibling to date is the multiple graded stakes winner Concord Point (Tapit), winner of both the Iowa Derby and the West Virginia Derby in 2010. Concord Point now stands as a stallion at Hill ‘n Dale in Kentucky, and his son My Point Exactly won the Sunday Silence Stakes at Louisiana Downs earlier this month.
- Hip 1980, unnamed filly out of Keiko, by First Samurai – This filly, bred in Kentucky and consigned by Summerfield as agent for Stonestreet, sold for $55,000 to Ike and Dawn Thrash. Keiko only raced four times, all at three, with a maiden win over the Saratoga slop. She was one of four foals to win out of five to race out of her dam, Beebe Lake. Beebe Lake herself won a stakes at Calder, and her most accomplished progeny to date is Roses for Romney, who finished third behind Discreet Marq in the Eventail Stakes last year.
- Hip 2032, unnamed colt out of Moon Berry, by Burooj – This colt, bred in Kentucky and consigned by Taylor Made Sales, was sold for $12,000 to K.O.I.D., the bloodstock division of the Korean Racing Authority. Moon Berry, bred in Brazil, was a Group III winner in Brazil (2005 Grande Premio Derby Paranaense), and Grade III placed in the United States (3rd in the 2007 Bewitch Stakes). None of her two half-siblings to race yet have won, though three-year-old filly Three Way Ticket (Awesome Again) has raced four times this year and hit the board twice at Ellis. She has a two-year-old full sister named Grace Curlin, but she has yet to hit the worktab or race.
- Hip 2132, unnamed colt out of Spring Unbridled, by Unbridled’s Song – This colt, bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet and consigned by Warrendale Sales, sold for $180,000 to Albert Fried, Jr. Fried is best known for campaigning Affirmed Success, a sprinter/miler type who won graded stakes between the ages of four and nine. Spring Unbridled was unraced, and has to date produced two runners but no winners. Spring Unbridled is half to Kid Mambo (Lemon Drop Kid), a stakes winner in Macau and Group III placed in England.
- Hip 2176, unnamed colt out of Vickey Jane, by Royal Academy – This colt, bred in Kentucky and consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, sold for $52,000 to IVA. Vickey Jane was unraced, but has produced three winners out of four to race. The most accomplished of her progeny to date is Yankee Bravo (Yankee Gentleman), who twice won California-bred stakes and finished third in the 2008 Louisiana Derby. The non-winner is two-year-old Alltheleavesrbrown (Big Brown), a Mike Stidham trainee who has raced three times at Arlington this meet and always hit the board, but has not won yet.
- Hip 2179, unnamed colt out of War Tigress, by War Chant – This colt, bred in Kentucky and consigned by Taylor Made Sales as agent for Waymore LLC, sold for $160,000 to Dale Romans as agent. He is the first registered foal out of War Tigress, winner of the 2008 Caressing Handicap at Churchill at age 2. War Tigress is half to current three-year-old Tiger Bourbon, who was twice a winner at two, and second in a September 6 allowance at Kentucky Downs. There appears to be significant precocity down the female line, making it interesting to see how this colt by a later-developing sire like Curlin will proceed.
- Hip 2180, unnamed filly out of Watchfull, by Notebook – This filly, bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet and consigned by James M. Herbener, Jr. as their agent, sold for $170,000 to Ben McElroy as agent. Watchfull herself was a two-time stakes winner at Calder, and was graded stakes placed at both Calder and Churchill. She did her best work sprinting on dirt. Nine of her foals have raced, and all but a 2014 two-year-old named Reed’s Bridge (Eskendereya), who has only raced once so far, have won. Her most accomplished offspring is 2005 Jamaica Handicap (GIII) winner Watchmon (Maria’s Mon), a slop specialist.
- Hip 2251, unnamed filly by Cherryblossommiss, by Langfuhr – This filly, bred in Kentucky and consigned by Warrendale Sales as agent, sold for $70,000 to Virginia Lazenby. Cherryblossommiss won three times at ages four and five, and placed in a one-mile stakes on the Sunland dirt. She has produced one foal, an as-yet-unnamed and unraced More Than Ready filly. Cherryblossommiss’s full brother Imperialism was a three-time Grade II winner in Southern California, and finished third in the 2004 Kentucky Derby. Imperialism currently stands stud in Florida. Cherryblossommiss has another full brother named Fuhrious Warrior who is two years old this year and training at Saratoga, but has not yet raced.
- Hip 2252, unnamed filly by Chispiski, by Appealing Skier – This filly, bred in Kentucky and consigned by Brookdale Sales as agent, sold for $60,000 to Eisaman Equine. Chispiski raced mainly at Calder, and captured the 2002 Chaposa Springs Handicap at seven furlongs on the dirt there, as well as winning multiple ungraded stakes. Five of her progeny have raced to date, and four have won. The most accomplished of her progeny to date is the 2008 horse Chipshot, a stakes winner at Monmouth and twice graded stakes placed. He did his best work in dirt sprints, and was a horse for the course at Monmouth.
- Hip 2257: unnamed colt out of Classic Threat, by Regal Classic – This colt, bred in New York and consigned by Lane’s End as agent, sold for $40,000 to Pedro Pacheco. Classic Threat only raced six times, but won four of those starts, including six-furlong juvenile stakes races at both Woodbine and Fort Erie. Nine of her offspring have raced, and eight have won. Half-siblings to this colt include Speed Is Life (Scipon), a current three-year-old who won two Minnesota-bred stakes at Canterbury this year, as well as Quiet Dare (Quiet American), who won the 2002 Sunny’s Halo Stakes at Woodbine as a juvenile.
- Hip 2455: unnamed colt out of Plenty, by Boundary – This colt, bred in Kentucky and consigned by Claiborne Farm as agent, sold for $65,000 to Eisaman Equine. Plenty herself won at ages three and four, and placed third in the Martha Washington Breeders’ Cup Handicap (GIII) at Pimlico at age three: the only graded event she ever attempted. She has produced three winners, including Plethora (First Samurai), who won the Red Smith Handicap at a mile over the Northlands dirt in 2012., as well as the multiple stakes placed Congo (Johannesburg).
- Hip 2619: unnamed colt out of Belleski, by Polish Numbers – This colt, bred in New York and consigned by Gainesway Farm as agent, sold for $85,000 to Vaqueros and Friends Racing. Belleski twice won the Senator Ken Maddy Handicap (GIII) at Santa Anita while racing in the colours of Jerry and Ann Moss. Three of her progeny have raced; none have yet won, but two are currently in training. One of these includes Guggenheim, the yearling colt’s three-quarter brother. In his last outing he finished second in a maiden special weight at Belmont behind a little horse named The Big Beast, who won the King’s Bishop (GI) later in the summer.
- Hip 2655, unnamed filly out of Chantel D, by Holy Bull – This filly, bred in Kentucky and consigned by Denali Stud, sold for $190,000 to Alex Solis II and Jason Litt. Chantel D, a winner once in thirteen starts, has produced five runners who have all won. She is not the first Curlin baby that Chantel D has producted. The yearling filly is a full sister to Honeymoon Honey, a colt who has won twice in eleven starts in Sweden. One of those races was at 1600 metres, and the other win was at 1,950 metres. There are no black type winners pas the progeny of her third dam, but two of her half-siblings by Mr. Nugget are stakes placed: N J Esq and Lovely Liana.
- Hip 2694, unnamed colt by Dixie Unioness, by Dixie Union – This colt, bred in Kentucky and consigned by Ashview Farm, sold for $240,000 to Ben Glass as agent. Dixie Unioness raced from ages three through five, winning three times, and placing in the Czaria Stakes at Sunland Park in 2011. This colt is the first registered foal out of Dixie Unioness. This colt’s third dam is the stakes-place Spend a Buck mare Skybox, who has produced three black-type winners so far. These include Stopshoppingmaria, second in the 2011 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and winner of the Ladies Turf Sprint stakes at Gulfstream in 2013.
- Hip 3296, unnamed filly out of Royal Bean, by Royal Academy – This filly, bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet and consigned by Taylor Made, sold for $17,000 to Black Stone Farm. Dam Royal Bean won twice in eleven starts, and placed third in the Regret Stakes (GIII) at Churchill in 2005. Royal Bean has produced three runners; two have won, and Call Me Crazy (Lemon Drop Kid) is winless in two starts to day, but still only two years old this year. His half-brother Gospel Lesson (Pulpit) has been a reliable hard knocker: he has nine wins and ten seconds in 41 starts.
- Hip 3308: Super Destroyer, out of Satin Sash, by Silver Deputy – This colt, bred in Louisiana by Relentless Racing and consigned by Select Sales, sold for $38,000 to Jaime Mejia and Thoroughbred Champion Training Center. Satin Sash never won in six starts; her best placing was third, in a maiden special weight at a mile and a sixteenth over the Fort Erie dirt. Her only foal to race so far is Stormy Viper (Stormy Atlantic), a three-year-old colt who broke his maiden at Arlington on May 2 of this year, in his ninth start. This colt’s dam is half to Leonnatus Anteas (Stormy Atlantic), the 2006 Sovereign Award winner for Canadian champion two-year-old colt, and winner of the Durham Cup Stakes (GIII) at Woodbine at age three.
- Hip 3932, unnamed filly out of Orange Crush, by Distorted Humor – This filly, bred in Kentucky and consigned by Legacy Bloodstock, sold for $12,000 to Archie Gang, LLC. Orange Crush broke her maiden by winning the Meafara Stakes at six furlongs over the Hawthorne dirt in 2007, and also won an allowance at Mountaineer at the same distance. Orange Crush is herself half to Resistivity (Student Council), who was third behind Onlyforyou and Aurelia’s Belle in this year’s Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream. So far only one of Orange Crush’s progeny has raced: Obelix (Candy Ride), a three-year-old who broke his maiden at Fair Grounds over the winter at a mile and seventy yards over dirt.