Last night, Blinkers Off took a look at the broadest pattern among Curlin’s progeny at Keeneland September: Curlin babies out of A.P. Indy mares. Today, attention turns instead to the more immediate question: who are the Curlin babies who will walk through the sales ring this month?
Fourteen yearlings by Curlin were originally entered in the Keeneland September sale. Hip 2669, a bay colt out of Seattle Society (A.P. Indy), was declared out; the other thirteen remain in the sale.
Here is a look at each of those thirteen yearlings, with an eye toward how well the Mr. Prospector sire line (and, specifically, the Smart Strike branch, if it has been tried) has done with each of the dams.
- Hip 605, chestnut filly out of Shag (Dixieland Band): If this breeding looks familiar, that’s because it is: this filly is full to Whirl. Whirl was only eighth in two races last year, and is now retired and in foal to Morning Line. However, the cross of Curlin’s sire line has produced some nice results with Shag. This filly is three-quarters to Strike a Deal, a son of Smart Strike (Curlin’s sire) who won over a million dollars on the track, doing his best work going long on the grass. That same Smart Strike x Shag mating also produced Secret Code, a maiden winner.
- Hip 650, dark bay or brown colt out of Squall Linda (Summer Squall): Keeneland September will be this colt’s second time through the sales ring; he sold for $57,000 at Keeneland November last year. He is the only Curlin baby out of Squall Linda. Though she was not bred to Smart Strike, she has had her best progeny by other Mr. Prospector-line sires. Squall Linda produced the precocious Street Hero (by Street Cry, a grandson of Mr. Prospector), who won the Norfolk Stakes (GI) and finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) in 2008. Squall Linda’s other graded stakes winner was precocious, as well. Premier Pegasus (by Fusaichi Pegasus, a son of Mr. Prospector) won the Hollywood Prevue Stakes (GIII) at two and the San Felipe Stakes (GII) at three.
- Hip 895, bay filly out of Goldfield (Yes It’s True): Goldfield herself was unraced, though she is out of the Grade II placed Folly Dollar. Goldfield only has two foals of racing age. Microburst (Awesome Again) has raced four times this year, with her best showing a second-place finish in maiden special weight company at Pleasanton. Goldfield has a filly named Naylor (Afleet Alex, a Mr. Prospector great-grandson) who is now two. Naylor caused some fireworks at OBS March this year, selling for $370,000 as a two-year-old in training, but has not raced yet.
- Hip 1414, Butternut Bloomers, chestnut filly out of Only If Split (One Way Love): Only If Split raced from ages two through five, with her biggest win coming at age two in the Muskoka Stakes, a restricted stakes going six and a half furlongs on the Woodbine poly. Only If Split has one foal of racing age, who has not started yet. However, Rusty Halo is by another son of Smart Strike — English Channel. She RNA’ed for $70,000 as a weanling at Keeneland November in 2013, and sold at Fasig-Tipton July last year for $50,000. Rusty Halo posted a pair of works at Delaware in July, but has been off the tab since.
- Hip 1574, dark bay or brown filly out of Bambolina (War Chant): Bambolina has produced three foals of racing age so far; two have raced, and both have won. Neither were by a Mr. Prospector line sire. Kitten’s Roar (Kitten’s Joy) has been the classier of the pair, snagging some black type last out when she finished third behind Isabella Sings in the Little Silver Stakes, going 1 1/16 miles on the Monmouth turf. Though Bambolina is not herself an A.P. Indy mare, her dam Dancinandsingin is. Dancinandsingin produced Scherzinger (Tiz Wonderful), a Grade II winner at seven furlongs on the dirt.
- Hip 1820, chestnut colt out of Polly Alexander (Foxhound): Polly Alexander has not produced any world-beaters, but she has been a solid broodmare so far. All five of her runners to see the starter have won, and two of them have been durable, hard-knocking types: Gemma Dell’olmo (Stephen Got Even), a fourteen-time winner in Italy, and A. P. Corsair (A. P. Warrior), a nine-time winner in the United States. She does not have any horses of racing age by Curlin or Smart Strike, though in addition to this yearling, she has a Curlin weanling. Polly Alexander does have two offspring by Mr. Prospector-line stallions. Cacica Dulima (Thewayyouare, a Mr. Prospector grandson) broke her maiden at Santa Anita last year, down the hill, as a 53/1 bomb. Woodman’s Lass (Woodman, a Mr. Prospector son) won a pair of synthetic track sprints in claiming company in California.
- Hip 2061, chestnut filly out of Epitome of a Lady (Poteen): Epitome of a Lady was a precocious California-bred, gaining all three of her wins at age two, including a win in the Harvest Futurity, a six-furlong sprint stakes at Fresno. Her only offspring to run so far, four-year-old filly Jilpung Daese (Roman Ruler, a Mr. Prospector grandson), has won four times at Seoul Racecourse going distances between 1,200 and 1,400 meters (about six furlongs to about seven furlongs). A somewhat distant relative by Curlin, though from the same female family, will debut at Churchill on Friday: Union Jackson, a three-year-old colt out of Hot Dixie Chick. Union Jackson and this filly, hip 2061, share the same third dam (Something Perfect).
- Hip 2093, chestnut colt out of Gotta Rush (Wild Rush): Gotta Rush, a stakes winner at a mile on the Delaware dirt, won first out at two but was a consistent, competitive, though mostly undersides type in 22 starts through the age of four. (For Curlin babies trivia buffs, it was Redaspen who finished second when she won the Polly’s Jet Stakes; Redaspen produced winning Curlin son Calamondin.) Gotta Rush has produced four foals of racing age so far, with three to race and only one to win. Her only winner to date, Gotta Haveitall (Langfuhr), won a maiden claiming race at six furlongs over the Parx dirt. She has not yet produced racing-age offspring by anyone from a Mr. Prospector-line sire. However, Silver Stockings (Gotta Rush’s dam) produced Cintarosa (Grand Slam, a Mr. Prospector grandson), a listed stakes winner.
- Hip 2152, chestnut colt out of Let (A.P. Indy): Based on her breeding, it seems a surprise to see this colt buried in Book 3. Seeing his conformation may tell the tale, but his pedigree is impeccable. Let won the Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap (GII). In the breeding shed, she has produced four winners, including two graded stakes winners. This colt is a three-quarter brother to turf miler/router Centre Court (Smart Strike), winner of the 2013 Jenny Wiley (GI), as well as five other graded stakes on the grass. Let also produced Ravel (Fusaichi Pegasus, a Mr. Prospector son), who won the Sham Stakes (GIII) on the dirt at age three. After Thought, a winning full sister to Ravel, produced 2014 Hatoof Stakes winner Annulment. If this mating between Let and Curlin works out well, something that looks fairly likely on paper, then there may be a bit more fanfare in a few years. Let is currently back in foal to Curlin.
- Hip 2203, chestnut colt out of On a Roll (A.P. Indy): On a Roll won twice at age three, both times going two turns on the dirt. Her female family has been in the news this year; On a Roll is full to Ender’s Sister, who produced both Grade II winner Tiz Shea D (Tiznow) and multiple stakes winner A. P. Indian (Indian Charlie). On a Roll has had two runners to date, one stakes-placed. Free Money (Street Sense, a Mr. Prospector great-grandson) finished third in the Wine Country Stakes at Santa Rosa last year. A full brother to Free Money, Doctor Mounty, sold for $170,000 to Shug McGaughey as agent at this year’s OBS June sale. Doctor Mounty is regularly working at Fair Hill. Though this colt is On a Roll’s first offspring by Curlin, she also has a weanling Curlin filly.
- Hip 2296, Strange N Startlin, bay colt out of Stars Indy Skies (A.P. Indy): Stars Indy Skies was an eight-start maiden, though her progeny has fared a bit better on the whole. Of four to race, three have won. One of her runners comes from a Mr. Prospector sire line, Justanewkidintown (Lemon Drop Kid, a Mr. Prospector grandson). He has a pair of wins on the grass, in a mile maiden special weight as well as a 1 1/16 mile first-level allowance. Among her other progeny, Storm Crossed (Stormy Atlantic) won four times in polytrack and dirt sprints in claiming company, and Star’s Tizzy Fit (Tiznow) won at both route and sprint distances on dirt. She won in both claiming and first-level allowance company, though found her sole stakes try a bridge too far.
- Hip 2861, chestnut colt out of Ella Belle (Elnadim): Ella Belle was quite versatile on the track, having won at both sprints and routes, over both polytrack and slop. Though none of Ella Belle’s racing-age offspring have been by Curlin or even Smart Strike, all four have been by Mr. Prospector-line stallions. Jazil Bell (Jazil, a Mr. Prospector grandson) has won four times: at both route and sprint distances, over both dirt and turf. Elle Street (Street Boss, a great-grandson of Mr. Prospector) has won once in two starts, in a maiden claiming sprint over the Golden Gate Tapeta. As a yearling, Elle Street caused some fireworks, selling for $115,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November sale. Henry Ella (Henrythenavigator, a Mr. Prospector grandson) has been winless in eleven starts so far, but missed by just half a length earlier this month at Indiana Grand. A two-year-old full brother to Elle Street, Baramui Wangja, sold to the Korean Racing Association for $25,000 at Keeneland September last year, but remains so far unraced.
- Hip 3055, chestnut filly out of Seductiva (Lure): Seductiva was a bit of a late bloomer: all four of her career wins came going two turns on turf at age five, suggesting a Curlin baby out of this mare may go long and take a while to develop. So far she has two runners to race. Three-year-old Balfe’s Corner (Desert Party, a Mr. Prospector great-grandson) remains a maiden after seven starts so far. Four-year-old Giacallure (Giacomo) has fared much better. He has three wins to his credit so far, all going two turns over the grass.