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Whenever an important auction nears, I go through online catalogues with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of horses up for sale with my monopoly money in hand, because that is all my mom will allow me to spend.  Once the horses have sold, I attempt to follow their progress.


Anticipating the upcoming Keeneland Two Year Old Sale, on April 11th, I began preparing by studying the sale catalogue about a month ago. My goal was to scroll through the one hundred sixty nine auction entries and narrow the field down to twenty.  To accomplish this I chose horses solely on their pedigrees.     


I was anxious to actually view my top twenty picks on April 7th at the under tack show from my computer.  It was reportedly ideal weather and track conditions. It would not be an understatement that this would have been an awesome event to attend in person.  I can only imagine how lovely the Keeneland grounds looked on a beautiful spring day with possible future greats breezing around the track.  I’m marking my calendar…and my Mom’s! 


My true objective was to thin my picks down to ten promising juveniles. After viewing the works and eliminating the outs, I managed to solidify my top ten picks, but because there were so many incredibly bred horses, I created a honorable mention top ten, which I will follow-up with a blog tomorrow.


HIP 54:  The first horse to go to auction from my top selections is hip fifty-four, by Scat Daddy, and out of Russian Broad, by Broad Brush.  This dark bay or brown colt’s dam is a half-sister to Indian Charlie, whose three year old offspring are exceptional this year, Uncle Mo being his top Derby contender.  Fifty-four worked :21.4 for a quarter mile on the PolyTrack.  He handled the turns well, although I think he could cover more ground with his stride. 


HIP 62:  I expect hip sixty-two to sell for the top price.  Being by champion sire, Smart Strike, and out of Sheriff’s Deputy, by Deputy Minister, he is a full brother to two-time Horse of the Year, and Dubai World Cup winner, Curlin. He worked one eighth of a mile in :10.2 strongly, but I would like to see more head movement.


HIP 74:  Hip seventy-four was one of the most impressive of the day.  Her stride resembled that of Uncle Mo’s-large, fluid, and powerful.  She breezed one eighth of a mile in :10.2.  Seventy-four is by Bluegrass Cat, who is from the same family as 2010 Derby winner, Super Saver, and is out of Tizsweet, by Cee’s Tizzy.  Tizsweet is a full sister to two time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, and Horse of the Year, Tiznow. I loved her!


HIP 83:  I was very excited to see hip eighty-three at the auction.  This bay colt with a striking white blaze comes from the same breeding as 20 plus length Dubai World Cup winner, Well Armed (Tiznow-Well Dressed, by Notebook).  Watching him run, I could see a resemblance between him and his champion brother speaking in conformation terms.  When running, eighty-three carried his head high, although his stride was still impressive.  With time, this colt could develop into something special.


HIP 85:  I can see that Uncle Mo gets his tremendous stride from the Indian Charlie line.  The more I watch his offspring run, the more I see that impressive power in the front legs.  Hip eighty-five has that quality, and was by far the most impressive of Indian Charlie’s at the sale, in my opinion.  Her dam, West Secret, by West by West, is a half-sister to multiple Graded Stakes winners.  She herself has won in placed in minor stakes races.  I couldn’t find anything wrong with her work; her stride was powerful, she carried her head correctly, and she ran an eighth of a mile in ten seconds flat, which I believe is remarkable for a filly.


HIP 101:  I found Hard Spun Bells worthy of respect, not only running her one eighth breeze-out in :10.1, but also being a half-sister to Sharp Humor.  By Hard Spun, runner-up in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, this filly is out of Bellona, by 1991 Preakness and Belmont winner, Hansel.  I believe that this mating could produce a quality distance runner, and I will be interested to see how Hard Spun Bells progresses.


HIP 102:  Hip one hundred two is a chestnut colt by Smart Strike, and out of Belva, by Theatrical (IRE).  He is a full-brother to Breeders’ Cup Turf winner, English Channel, and Grade II winner, Sedgefield.  This is a horse to watch, because his dam has clearly proven that she is not the type that produces only one high-class racehorse.  One hundred two ran efficiently, finishing his quarter mile work in :21.2.


HIP 117:  Even with full-brothers to Dubai World Cup winners, this next horse was the horse I was most interested in watching.  Hip one hundred seventeen-a bay colt by Mineshaft, sire of Derby contender, Dialed In; and out of Champagne Sue, by Elusive Quality, the horse that upset Funny Cide’s quest for the Triple Crown.  Champagne Sue is a half-sister to 2010 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner, Shared Account.  Because I am a Native Dancer enthusiast, I have tracked Shared Account’s every move (Sagamore Farm bred and owned) since the beginning of her three year old career.  Champagne Sue is also a half-sister to the dam of Sapphire N’ Silk, and the dam of two other stakes winners.


One hundred seventeen did not disappoint on the track, running one eighth of a mile in ten flat.  He looked solid, his stride was daunting, and I was satisfied to see him perform so well.  In my opinion, he was the most impressive of this bunch.


HIP 136:  Next is hip one thirty-six, by 2007 Kentucky Derby winner, Street Sense; out of Emmous, by Silver Deputy.  This colt worked one eighth of a mile in ten flat without blinkers (all other horses in this article ran with blinkers).  He ate up the ground, reaching out far with his front legs.  Hip one thirty-six is a handsome horse, resembling his sire.


HIP 157:  What sold me on hip one hundred fifty-seven was her dam’s pedigree, and performance on the track.  By Theatrical (IRE), Hishi Amazon raced on a major scale in Japan, earning $6,981,102 on the track, and awards for champion two, and three year old filly, and also older mare.  This filly by Posse worked :10.2 for an eighth of a mile, and although she carried her head high, she was physically imposing. 


I would like to make note of the two sires that produced the most remarkable horses in the auction.  In 2007, they were rivals on the track, and this is the first crop of foals for both of them.  The Hard Spun and Street Sense progeny was just outstanding against all the other sires.  Hard Spun, in particular had so many great horses participating in this auction that make me excited to follow his offspring in the coming months.


Me and my seven meeelllion dollars of monopoly money are ready!!!

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