In Episode 4 of Book Six, we head to Indiana to look at a filly from Elusive Bluff's first crop since moving to the Crossroads of America. Though the sale is a mixed sale, we continue with the fall theme of yearlings. This episode focuses on Hip 6: a filly named Explosive Justice, by Elusive... Continue Reading →
Episode 3 pays a visit to the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Sale, coming up October 7. The sale is a mixed sale -- but it's yearling season, and I zoom in on Hip 33, a yearling filly by new Ohio sire Cryptolight out of the Shakespeare mare Be True. Cryptolight is a rarity in... Continue Reading →
Book Six continues with Episode 2, which turns focus to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Yearling Sale. We start with a look at hip 19, a filly by Real Solution out of the Perfect Soul mare Winsome Woman. Then, we discuss hip 162, a colt by Super Ninety Nine out of the Touch Gold mare Fleet and Fancy.
Keeneland September, hip 3848: featuring two strains of Maplejinsky!
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... Continue Reading →
This is the second in a three-part series looking at the Illinois-bred yearlings in Book 4 and Book 5 of Keeneland September. It covers four in all: one in Book 4, and three in Book 5. A previous piece looked at the Illinois-breds catalogued in Book 2 and Book 3. A forthcoming third piece will... Continue Reading →
It's that time again: the biggest yearling sale of the year, Keeneland September. This year's catalogue features fifteen Illinois-breds. Blinkers Off will look at all of them, in a three-part series. Here, we look at the yearlings in Book 2 and Book 3, five in total. (There are no Illinois-breds in Book 1). A future... Continue Reading →
When writing (or tweeting) about Illinois-breds in the auction ring, it jumps out enough when an Illinois-bred horse commands five figures. Six figures, for a horse bred here, is eye-popping. It happens -- recent examples include My Option and Magnetic Miss -- but not often. Seven? Until yesterday, that had not happened since Sassy Pants... Continue Reading →
The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages sale happens this week. As of Saturday, January 9, there are nine horses sired by Curlin who remain in the sale, as well as one broodmare covered by Curlin. Here, we preview each of the horses connected to Curlin who are still slated to go through the ring... Continue Reading →
Book 6 of Keeneland September runs on Friday and Saturday of this week, and marks the end of the sale. This book also contains the last four Illinois-bred yearlings in the sale. Buried here in Book 6 is another one of the five yearlings highlighted here among 2014's Illinois-bred foals to watch out for: the... Continue Reading →
Last night, Blinkers Off began to tackle the Illinois-breds in the later books of Keeneland September, with a look at Book 4. Today, attention turns to the six Illinois-breds who remain in Book 5 of Keeneland September. There were eight originally entered, but two have been declared out. Hip 3442, a Fort Prado colt out... Continue Reading →
Throughout this week we delve deeper into the books of the Keeneland September sale. For followers of Illinois breeding and racing, this is where it gets fun. Though the three Illinois-bred yearlings in Book 1 were bred well, none of them came from families deeply entrenched in Illinois. For most of the yearlings in the... Continue Reading →
This year's catalogue at Keeneland September features 21 Illinois-bred yearlings, only one of whom has been declared out so far. Out of those, three are assigned to Book 1, tantamount to the select portion of the sale. Previews of the other Illinois-breds in books four, five, and six are forthcoming. The yearlings in those books... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
Keeneland September gets underway on Monday, and with it comes another early glimpse at Curlin’s fifth crop. Fourteen yearlings by Curlin were originally entered in the sale. As of today, only one has been declared out: Hip 2669, a colt out of Seattle Society (A.P. Indy). Even with this hip out of the sale, A.P.... Continue Reading →