BY BROCK SHERIDAN
A trio of Florida-breds are among the 191 scheduled to sell Monday during the prestigious first session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The 80th annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale will be conducted during 12 sessions that will run through Saturday, Sept. 23 with a total of 4,198 racing prospects catalogued.
The Monday session starts at 1 p.m. EDT.
“The September Sale is a can’t-miss event for horsemen because it presents a critical mass of yearlings of unmatched quality at every price level,” Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy said. “For that reason, it’s the world’s leading yearling sale, the one that has the focus of the industry on a global level.”
The first Florida-bred scheduled to sell Monday is Hip 25, a dark bay or brown colt by No Nay Never out of At Ease (GB), by Oasis Dream from the consignment of Four Star Sales as agent for Alfonso and Nora Figliolia’s Westbury Stables located in Reddick, Fla.
At Ease is out of the multiple graded stakes-winner Jostle, who counts among her victories the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks and Grade 1 Alabama in 2020. Jostle has also produced Grade 3-placed, stakes-winner Adirondack King; stakes-winner Nobrag Justfact; graded stakes-placed, stakes-producer Fire Assay and stakes-producers Jostlin West and Jost d’Oro.
Denali Stud as an agent for Leslie and John Malone’s Bridlewood Farm located in Ocala is selling Hip 103, a bay colt by dominant sire Tapit. The colt is a half-brother to two-time champion and two-time Breeders’ Cup-winner Monomoy Girl and Grade 2 Risen Star-winner Mr. Monmoy. The colt is out of the Henny Hughes mare Drumette, who in addition to her strong credentials as a producer, is a half-sister to Grade 3-winner Drum Major.
Bridlewood Farm is also selling through the Gainesway consignment, Hip 140, a colt from the first crop by Horse of the Year, Grade 1 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve and Grade 1 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic-winner Authentic. The bay colt is out of the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades-winner Gomo, by Uncle Mo, a half-sister to stakes-producer Gentle Caroline.