September 26th, 2023

Claiborne Sire Stay In Demand at Keeneland September

WAR OF WILL yearlings proved a popular commodity during the first two books of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale and that didn’t change in the later books, led by a $335,000 colt.

Consigned by Indian Creek and bred by William B. Thompson Jr., the Jebel Ali Stables and Michael Costa-purchased colt is out of the stakes winning Shot Gun Pennie. That mare is also the dam of stakes winner and 14-time victor WhatwasIthinking and the Grade 3-placed Guileful. Shot Gun Penny is one of four winners out of the stakes winning Shot Gun Favorite.

Each of the first three dams on the page have produced stakes winners with the four dam a Grade 3 winner herself.

Exit Three produced a $200,000 WAR OF WILL colt purchased by Gary Barber and Pantofel Stables.

Gary Barber also teamed up with Baccari Bloodstock to buy a $185,000 WAR OF WILL filly. In all, WAR OF WILL saw 37 of his yearlings sell at Keeneland with Barber buying 14 of them – six as a partner and eight alone.

Another consigned by Indian Creek, he is a half-brother to Grade 3 winner and multiple graded stakes-placed Untrapped. Also seeing stakes performers under his second dam, the colt’s third dam is Yarn – who produced Grade 1 winner Minardi and Grade 2 winner Tale of the Cat, in addition to stakes winner Spunoutacontrol. Others under Yarn’s name include Grade 1 winners Joking and Johannesburg among the many graded stakes winners.  

A $300,000 colt was the headliner for BLAME during this year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale when Gavin O’Connor went to the price to secure him for John Stewart.

Bred by G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and Vicki Oliver and consigned by Warrendale Sales, the colt is the second out of the winning Distorted Humor mare Focused. That mare is a half-sister to BLAME’s stake winner and Grade 2 placed No Fault Of Mine with the duo out of the Grade 3 winning Single Solution. Single Solution is also a half-sister to the Grade 1 winner Vacare and three other stakes winners.

Focused had a CATHOLIC BOY filly this year.

Rocker O. Ranch purchased a $125,000 MASTERY colt from breeder Hermitage Farm to lead the stallion’s Keeneland offerings during the second week of the sale.

A dual stakes winner herself, Vieja Luna has produced two winners from two to race so far. One of those registered his third win after the catalog was released and increased his earnings to $80,140 before his half-brother sold. Vieja Luna is one of four stakes performers out of her dam with that mare’s six winners also including multiple Grade 3 winner Danuska’s My Girl.

Three of the four dams on this page have produced stakes winners or earned blacktype themselves while the only dam not to do that produced an eight-time winner.

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