Shadwell goes to $750,000 for NY-bred Into Mischief yearling in Keeneland’s Book 2 opener

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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By Sarah Mace

Led by an Into Mischief colt purchased by Shadwell Estate Company for $750,000, the first New York-breds to come under the hammer at Keeneland’s marquee September yearling sale were extremely well-received. All four Empire State-breds offered in the opening session of Book 2 found new homes, and the quartet brought an average price of $358,750.

Keeneland Sales revised the format of the first two books of its iconic September yearling auction this year to put a focus on top-tier horses for the entire opening week before the traditional “dark day” on the first Friday of the auction.

Monday’s Book 1 consisted of a single session with 167 offerings, which were variously described as “super-select,” “elite” and “ultra-exclusive.” (In 2016 Book 1 spanned three days with 607 horses offered.) Keenland’s second book this year, which includes the first 17 New York-breds in the sale, is comprised of three high-volume sessions, billed as containing “top-quality” or “upper market” yearlings

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The New York-bred star of Tuesday’s Book 2 opener, and co-top-selling New York-bred yearling of 2017 (along with a Curlin filly bought by Juddmonte Farm at the Saratoga select yearling sale in August), was Hip 342, a bay colt by Into Mischief out of Indian Rush. Bred by Pine Ridge Stables. and offered by Paramount Sales, the April 7 colt was purchased by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate Company for $750,000.

“He … was a colt that passed all the tests,” said Pat Costello of Paramount. “He had a big walk and they just loved him on the grounds here. He was very busy and he just passed all the tests.”

The colt’s dam Indian Rush is a Kentucky-bred stakes-placed turf runner by Indian Charlie who earned just shy of $100,000 and produced a stakes winner with her first foal, Harlan’s Honor.

Indian Rush is also the dam of up-and-coming New York-bred juvenile March X Press (Shangai Bobby), a Todd Pletcher-trainee who broke her maiden on debut at Saratoga this summer and, two weeks later, took Saratoga’s open Bolton Landing Stakes. Indian Rush, purchased for $80,000 by Morris Bloodstock Services at age six at the 2012 Keeneland January sale, foaled a Tiznow colt this year and was bred to Honor Code in the spring.

The other New York-bred standout on Tuesday was Hip 387, a $400,000 chestnut colt by Giant’s Causeway who was bred by Chester and Mary Broman out of their homebred graded stakes winner Khancord Kid. Consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, the colt was purchased by Buyer International Equities Holding, Inc.

Khancord Kid (Lemon Drop Kid) captured the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes on turf at Gulfstream Park turf in 2010. Chester Broman purchased her dam Confidently, an unraced daughter of Storm Cat, at Keeneland’s 2000 January sale of horses of all ages for $1 million. Khancord Kid’s first foal is Bar of Gold, winner of the Empire Distaff, Critical Eye and Yaddo Stakes and runner-up in the 2015 Grade 1 Test Stakes. She has six additional graded stakes-placings and has earned $918,500 to date.

The Keeneland September yearling sale will span 12 sessions in all. Following the one-day hiatus on Friday, September 15, the sale will run in continuous sessions through September 23. All of 101 New York-bred yearlings are catalogued.

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