Illinois-breds at Keeneland September: book 6

Six Illinois-breds were originally catalogued in book 6 of the Keeneland September sale.  Four of them have so far been declared out, but this piece still takes a look at all six.  Since it is not uncommon for these horses to turn up in another sale, it makes sense to have this material there for reference just in case they do come back through the ring.

Two Illinois-breds are still expected to go through the ring for Book 6: hip 4290 and hip 4314.  Both are scheduled to be auctioned on Sunday.

Hip 4007, bay colt by Colonel John out of Cute Cash (Exchange Rate) – this colt has been declared out

This colt is the second registered foal out of unraced Cute Cash.  The first, the Kentucky-bred Cute Cape (Cape Blanco), is a two-year-old who has neither raced nor gone through a public auction ring so far.  Second dam Cute Cognac started just five times, but won three times and never finished out of the exacta.  Those wins included the 2007 Office Miss S. at Belmont, a turf mile for NY-bred sophomore fillies.  She has been through the auction ring three times, most recently as a $150,000 buy at Keeneland November 2012.  She was in foal to Kitten’s Joy at the time; that foal, now a gelding named Tiger Paw, broke his maiden in a turf mile at Arlington this summer.

Cute Cognac was half to Gratiaen (Cure the Blues), a NY-bred stakes winner going nine furlongs on dirt, as well as half to the dam of French GIII winner (and GI placed) Oiseau de Feu.  That stakes win came at a turf mile.  In short, though dirt or turf remains to be seen, two turns should be this colt’s forte.

Hip 4281, bay filly by Big Brown out of Bluestem Meadow (Meadowlake) – this filly has been declared out

This Big Brown filly is out of Bluestem Meadow, who along with full sister Bonita Meadow has produced (or produced the dams of) so many of the Asiel Stable horses over recent years.  Bluestem Meadow’s best foal to date has been Caruso (Cape Canaveral), a durable gelding who was a multiple Illinois-bred stakes winner at sprint distances.  However, she also produced some more recent fillies who have made their mark: Partay (Desert Party) was second in both the Shakopee Juvenile Stakes (versus males) as well as the Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante last year at two, and Prairie Vista (Pollard’s vision) was stakes-placed against Illinois-breds at age two in a sprint, as well as at age three in a route.   On pedigree, it looks like this colt will want a route of ground — probably on dirt, though that remains to be seen.

From a sales perspective, this Big Brown filly would have been the first Bluestem Meadow baby to go through a sales ring, had she not been declared out.  However, several from full sister Bonita Meadow’s tree have gone to the sales and had some interest.  Awesome Addback (Awesome Again), a son of Bonita Meadow, was a $50K weanling, a $50K yearling, and a $210K two-year-old in training at Barretts March 2014.  Curlin Moon (Curlin), a daughter of Bonita Meadow’s daughter Meadow Moonlite, was a $30K weanling at Keeneland November 2012, and races in Russia.  Signal Path (Eskendereya), another Meadow Moonlight daughter, was a $20K short yearling at Keeneland January last year and then sold for $55K at Fasig-Tipton October.

Hip 4290, chestnut colt by Regal Ransom out of Carolina Moondance (Malibu Moon)

This colt is the second foal out of Carolina Moondance, a mare who won once in fifteen starts, in a maiden claiming route at Colonial Downs.  His Kentucky-bred two-year-old half-brother Gold Braid (Warrior’s Reward) has raced twice so far.  He graduated at first asking in a dirt sprint at Laurel, and finished fourth behind Tip Tap Tapizar in the Sapling at Monmouth.  Gold Braid has been through a sales ring four times: he was a $20K weanling at Keeneland November 2014, a $40K yearling at Fasig-Tipton July last year, an $82,000 RNA at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic yearling sale last october, and finally a $16K two-year-old in training purchase at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic in May of this year. It would be no surprise to see this colt end up wanting to go a route of ground, though the first-out sprint win by Gold Braid is a positive suggestion that he could be raced into form going short.

Dam Carolina Moondance also went through a sales ring as a yearling twice; she was a $27K short yearling at Fasig-Tipton February 2009, and sold for $25K at Keeneland September that same year.  Carolina Moondance is a full sister to Sagamoon, winner of the 2007 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct.  She continued to be competitive going two turns over dirt and turf in allowances and smaller stakes going into her four-year-old year.  Sagamoon sold for $75K at Fasig-Tipton November 2008, and has since produced four racing-age foals.  One, Closure (Super Saver), has won so far.

Hip 4314, dark bay or brown colt by Haynesfield out of Dart (Farma Way)

His best half-sibling has been Capt. Bullet Bob (Mutakkdim), a hard-knocking Illinois-bred who won a pair of Illinois-bred dirt sprint stakes. Explosive Dart (Wagon Limit) and Bullet Bob (Good Reward) also did their best sprinting on the main track.  Golden Dart (Pure Prize) has garnered both of his victories so far in turf routes; he runs again at Arlington on Saturday.  Ms Lora (Kafwain) also scored her only career victory going two turns on grass.  Going further up the pedigree, second dam Star of Wicklow produced graded stakes-quality turf routers Man from Wicklow (Turkoman) and Wild Heart Dancing (Farma Way).  Wild Heart Dancing is full to Dart, and in a local connection, Wild Heart Dancing, finished third in the 2000 Modesty H. (GIII) at Arlington.  Being by Haynesfield with this underneath, he could turn out any sort.

One other foal out of Dart has gone through the sales ring.  Explosive Dart (Wagon Limit) sold for $4K as a yearling at Keeneland September 2009.  Explosive Dart proceeded to win twice and hit the board another nine times in 28 starts.  Dart herself went through a sales ring twice: she was a $37K yearling at Fasig-Tipton July 2001, and then sold for $35K at Keeneland November 2004 while in foal to Kafwain.  Most of Dart’s half-siblings went through a sales ring at least once, including a few who gained six-figure interest as yearlings.  Zawaaya (Exploit) sold for $150K as a yearling at Keeneland September 2003, and Wickedly Spicey (Speightstown) was a $200K yearling at Fasig-Tipton August 2007.  Starwick (Forest Wildcat) was a $275K RNA at Keeneland September 2005.  Christmas Jones was a $160K RNA yearling at Keeneland September 2004, though she sold for $200K as a two-year-old the next year.

Hip 4320, Artistic Diva, bay filly by Munnings out of Diva N Disguise (Mizzen Mast) – this filly has been declared out

This filly is from another Asiel Stable family, but not the one akin to hip 4281 or hip 4361.  Instead, this is the family of multiple stakes-winning Illinois-bred Diva’s Diamond (Crafty Shaw), second behind Untapable in the Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap last year.  Diva N Disguise is an unraced half-sister to Diva’s Diamond.  The other runner out of Diamond Diva, Tar Heel Thrill (Monashee Mountain), was a winner sprinting on both dirt and polytrack.  Diva N Disguise has two foals of racing age.  Three-year-old Prairie Phantom (Smokin Glock) is unplaced in six starts across his two- and three-year-old years.  Two-year-old Sea Diva (Midshipman) is unraced.  It would be no surprise to see this one prefer the main track.  Being by Munnings, sprint prowess would be no surprise, and Diva’s Diamond seems a bit of an anomaly compared to her relatives, in that she likes to go longer.

Going up a generation, the runners-to-winners ratio remains solid.  This filly’s third dam Bonita Elizabeth produced four starters, all winners.  Those include a pair of stakes winners, Classic Appeal (Classic Account) and Daisy Junebug (Air Forbes Won).   All four did their best sprinting on dirt, though Classic Appeal and Daisy Junebug each got their pictures taken once at a mile as well.  However, this has not been much of a sales family.  These horses have started their careers being campaigned as Asiel homebreds.  Anderson County (Kyle’s Our Man), a daughter of Bonita Elizabeth, was sold for $4K at Keeneland January 2008 while in foal to Domestic Dispute.

Hip 4361, Amour, bay filly by Run Away and Hide out of Heart Thief (Runaway Groom) – this filly has been declared out

This filly is from the same extended family of hip 4281, tracing back up to Orrefor.  Orrefor produced both Bluestem Meadow and Bonita Meadow, the major mares of the Asiel Stable breeding operation — Bonita Meadow is Heart Thief’s third dam.  So, similar observations remain relevant here as with Hip 4281: many in this family have been campaigned as homebreds, but as outlined above, several from Bonita Meadow’s stem of the family have met with some sales success.

Looking specifically at Heart Thief, she was a durable sort.  Racing from ages four through seven, she was competitive in allowance and allowance-optional company through her career.  She did her best sprinting on dirt and polytrack.  Her three-year-old, Caferina (War Chant), broke her maiden in a dirt sprint at Fairmount this summer.  Her two-year-old, Romancin N Dancin (Eskendereya), has been unplaced in two starts at Arlington this summer.  Heart Thief is half to the productive dam Drumlin (Arch), who produced an Illinois-bred sprint stakes winner in Devil’s Halo (Not For Love).  Drumlin is also responsible for both the second-place and third-place finishers in last year’s Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity.  Drumlin produced third-place finisher Market Rad (After Market), and also produced Vintage Beauty (Olmodavor), the dam of second-place finisher Navy Seabee (Midshipman).

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