EVP Jeff Lifson will be sharing his thoughts from the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale as he seeks to acquire a racehorse to run under the black and gold.
Monday, September 19th
We found him. After a long search, Hip 2156 will race under the black and gold silks. A beautiful chestnut son of freshman sire and multiple grade 1 winner Any Given Saturday. l think it was meant to be. It was pouring down rain this morning and Erin Finley and I were out at Taylor Made looking for some prospects after being outbid numerous times last week. We're tough critics when it comes to physical specimens. Erin looked over at me and said, "Whose that?" I said, "I don't know, but we better find out."
Even though it was pouring, he was a cool dude when they brought him out to show us. Flashy, athletic, and racy. I like horses that make a good first impression and had a sneaky good feeling the moment I saw this colt. So we vetted him and everything checked out perfectly. We headed to the back ring with Dale Romans a few hips before he sold and Big D gave us two thumbs up. He then looked at the catalogue and said, "I had his half brother...he won almost $500k." Right then and there I knew we had a good horse. I could only hope he didn't bring too much. In he went. I immediately became engaged in the bidding. It stopped at 50k and we got him. I'm so excited and really, really like this colt. More to come, but here's a picture of him:
Thursday, September 15th
Took a swing on a few yesterday, with no luck. I guess we just have some really nice horses on our list....the same horses that everybody else wants to take home. It's been great looking at hundreds over horses over the past several days. I've learned quite a bit and have identified some true athletes. Really liked a Henny Hughes filly and a Street Boss colt yesterday, but they both sold for a little higher than I needed them too. I'm off to Canada tonight to see Quality Lass kick some butt in the Natalma Stakes tomorrow at Woodbine. Erin is shortlisting for me on Sunday, and I'll be back to Keeneland on Monday to try and add the next runner to the stable. Talk to you then.
Wednesday, September 14th
Well.....tried on a few horses today. I really loved a Henrythenavigator filly late in the sale, and thought we had a good chance to get our hands on her, but she went for well over $200k. Erin liked the last horse through the ring today, but he too went for over $200k. Back to the drawing board. Gave Doc several horses to vet for tomorrow. There is one chestnut colt in particular that I'd love to see in the black and gold. Erin and I will head out with Dale tomorrow morning to see if there any last minute additions to our list of possible purchases. Tomorrow is the day. I feel confident that we'll purchase another WPT runner out of this session. Talk to you tomorrow.
Tuesday Afternoon, September 13th
Terry bought a lovely Tale of the Cat colt in today's session. He is a full brother to Lion Heart, and very, very racy. I like him. As for my buying adventures, we took a swing at three horses today, knowing they were probably going to be a little bit out of my price range. We liked 219, 279, and 450. Three very nice colts, but there are still so many nice horses left in the sale. Erin Finley and Rob Masiello did some short listing for me this afternoon and we have ten horses to get vetted that are slated to sell on Wednesday and Thursday. There are a couple of very nices horses toward the end of the sale over the next few days that are intriguing. We'll head out with Dale Romans tomorrow morning and have him take a look over our short list before heading to the ring tomorrow. I feel confident we'll acquire the next black and gold bearer over the next two days. More to come.
Tuesday Morning, September 13th
Day three of the sale is about an hour away. Last night Terry did some serious damage buying two high six figure fillies, one by 2 time Horse of the Year Curlin and the other by Distorted Humor. My aspirations are more beer budget today...we will start bidding early and have three colts and a filly to swing at today...one out of a mare that has some incredible star power on her father's side of the family...stay tuned!
Monday September 12
Didn’t bring home hip number 74 last night, a son of Henrythenavigator and a half brother to Smarty Jones, an elegant, racy looking dude. Terry Finley, Dale, Erin, and partners Rob Masiello and Sandy Miller sat with me and cheered me on... even the auctioneer team got into it. My old friend Chris Caldwell was on the podium and gave me some good natured ribbing when I stopped at 160 thousand. Many thanks for all the encouraging texts during this adventure. We are back bidding tomorrow.
Sunday September 11
An hour before the sale at Keeneland begins and the sales pavilion is buzzing with electricity. We rechecked our first day horses, went over the vet reports and will be bidding on one colt late in the sale tonight. With his kind of pedigree, its a longshot we get him, but I am pumped to be raising my bidding finger this evening. Its a colt Dale Romans looked at with us this afternoon, Dale thinks he is a runner.
Thursday, September 8
First day of the sale for me and its really quiet. I was here a bit early - most outfits will begin showing later this afternoon or tomorrow morning. I did look over a pretty colt by Henrythenavigator who checks out nicely at first blush, he stays on my list.