Keeneland September Book 1: International Pedigrees

As the biggest yearling sale in America, the Keeneland September sale, approaches, we are going to look at some of the most internationally relevant pedigrees from the sale -- starting with Book 1.

Hip 28: Lonhro x Wild Idle, by Seeking the Gold
By Australian Horse of the Year Lonhro, this colt's second dam is champion two-year-old filly and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Storm Song. He is also from the family of Another Storm, who is the dam of seven foals, five of them winners including G3 Prix Paul de Moussac victor Asperity; Sehoy, a winner of the Listed Skanska Faltrittklubbens Jubileumsloping on dirt in Sweden; and G3 Curragh Cup winner Order of St George. Additional close relations include G2 Sankei Sports Sho Flora Stakes winner Midsummer Fair, as well as Better Life: a popular Smarty Jones mare who was a multiple champion in Singapore and won such races as the Kranji Mile and Singapore Derby -- both local G1s but internationally categorized as listed stakes.
*Bred on a similar cross to Listed Carmichael Stakes winner Euryale

Hip 38: Fastnet Rock x Wonder of Wonders, by Kingmambo
A top class stallion in Australia, G1 Lightning Stakes winner Fastnet Rock is represented by a few yearlings in this first book of the sale, although it'd be tough to find many more as well-bred than this colt. Out of Wonder of Wonders, a dual Oaks placegetter on both sides of the Irish Sea, this yearling hails from the family of Oaks runner-up All Too Beautiful, who also happens to be a sister to multiple G1 winner and top-class sire Galileo. This, of course, means the family of incredible broodmare Urban Sea, as well as her other progeny: G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner and Horse of the Year Sea The Stars and G1 Irish Derby runner-up Born To Sea among other Group level horses found in this female family. If that wasn't enough class already, Victory Song -- a Figge trainee who won the Listed Premio Coppa D'Oro Di Milano at San Siro in Italy -- is also a fairly close relation.
*Bred on the same cross as Group 1 Australian Cup winner Super Cool.

Hip 58: Lonhro x Alittlebitearly, by Thunder Gulch
G1 Australian Cup winner Lonhro has been one of the more interesting shuttlers to arrive in America and this colt only adds to the intrigue, being a half-brother to Breeders' Cup Classic winner Bayern. Bayern's sire Offlee Wild was sold to stand in Turkey last year, and although we don't yet know how his progeny will rate, there are plenty of notable influences on the female side of this pedigree. This colt's second dam is Aquilegia, a G2 winning sister to champion two-year-old filly Althea -- also the dam of G3 July Stakes winner and G1 Nunthorpe runner-up Bertolini. In addition to his successes in England, Bertolini was also G1-placed in France and he twice placed in the Dubai Golden Shaheen. Prior to his death in 2013, he sired Dutch Horse of the Year Dancing Flyer and G1 New Zealand Breeders' Stakes winner Juice, in addition to being the damsire of Japanese Triple Crown winner Gentildonna via his daughter Donna Blini, who herself was a G1 winner in England. Also in this family is G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up He's Had Enough.
*Bred on a similar cross as Listed Carmichael Stakes winner Euryale

Hip 203: The Factor x Dancing Trieste, by Old Trieste
One of the more exciting young stallions shuttling between America and Australia The Factor is the sire of this grey filly, a three-quarters sibling to West Virginia Horse of the Year and G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf runner-up Giovanni Boldini, to whom she's very similarly bred. Giovanni Boldini was a winner in Ireland and has since been named champion miler in Scandinavia. Her second dam was a G1-placed daughter of top-class Argentinian sire Southern Halo, who also happened to be a sister to Argentinian champion two-year-old filly La Galerie and Gouache, the dam of champion Argentinian older mare Guerinka, who in turn threw Japanese G2 winner Eishin Osman. Peru's champion three-year-old filly Arte Pop is also closely related to this filly.
*Bred on a similar cross as G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes runner-up Due Diligence.

Hip 227: Bernardini x Divalarious, by Distorted Humor
By American champion three-year-old Bernardini, this colt has the potent classy influence of A.P. Indy on top of his pedigree. On the female side, however, there's no lack of class as his dam placed in the Listed Riskaverse Stakes at Saratoga and his second dam Alidiva -- a half sister to multiple G1 winner in France and dual purpose sire Croco Rouge -- was champion broodmare in both Ireland and Italy. Among her best progeny was multiple Italian G1 winner Taipan, an earner of over $1 million. In addition to his wins in Italy, Taipan was a G2 winner in France, a G1 winner in Germany, third in the G2 Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland, and third in the G2 Hong Kong Vase. Alidiva also threw G1 Sussex Stakes winner Ali-Royal and G1 One Thousand Guineas winner Sleepytime. Additional close relations include G3 winner Somewhat (now known as It's Somewhat in Australia).
*Bred on a similar cross as G2 Cherry Hinton Stakes winner Gamilati

Hip 288: Medaglia d'Oro x Funny Feeling, by Distorted Humor
A useful sire in Australia, Medaglia d'Oro makes this colt a Down Under special being that the dam is a Listed stakes winning sister to Jimmy Creed, who himself is in Australia this breeding season for the first time. While this pedigree also includes the likes of multiple G1 winner Pussycat Doll and Hookedonthefeelin,the dam of G1 winner Midnight Lucky, it's the Australian breeding element which makes this yearling especially intriguing.
*Bred on the same cross to G2 Fleur de Lis Handicap winner Funny Proposition

Hip 437: Redoute's Choice x Mantilla, by Gone West
Out of a sister to Juddmonte Farm's G2-placed Trekking, the pedigree of this daughter of three-time leading sire in Australia Redoute's Choice oozes class. Not only was her second dam  Didina a Listed winner in England and a G2 winner in America, but she is a half-sister to Listed winner in France Espionage. Among her second dam’s other progeny are English stakes winner Tantina, who in turn was the dam of Cityscape -- a Group level winner in France, Dubai, and Ireland in addition to G1 placings in Italy, Hong Kong, and Canada. Cityscape is a half-sibling to Canadian G2 winner Bated Breath. Also appearing among this yearling's close family is Crying Lightning: a daughter of Holy Roman Emperor who won in both England and Dubai.
*Bred on a similar cross as G2 New York Stakes winner Waltzing Matilda

Hip 485: Bernardini x Night Lagoon, by Lagunas
A strong German family backs up this Bernardini colt as his dam Night Lagoon won the G3 Preis der Winterkonigin and was German broodmare of the year in 2013. Her six winners from as many horses to race includes one standout: Novellist, who was a G1 winner in England, France, Italy, and Germany with the highlight of his career coming in the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. In addition to his most famous sibling, this yearling is also a half to G3 German winner Nuntius and is closely related to G1 German Derby runner Up Night Tango.
*Bred on a similar cross as American multiple G1 winner Alpha

Hip 513: Invincible Spirit x Plaza, by Chester House
By G1 Sprint Cup winner and top-class stallion of two-year-olds Invincible Spirit, this colt out of a French-winning Chester House mare has a G1 Prix de Diane-winning second dam via Juddmonte's Jolypha, who also won the G1 Prix Vermeille before racing in America. Jolypha is a sister to English champion three-year-old and G1 2000 Guineas winner Dancing Brave; but, that's not the end of the classy influences in this female family. Jolypha's daughter Autumn Lily is the dam of both the G3-placed Perennial and more notably Redwood, a Group level winner in England and Canada in addition to Group level placings in France, Dubai, and Hong Kong.
*Bred on a similar cross as G1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Vorda.

Hip 564: Giant's Causeway x Ring of Music, by Sadler's Wells
G1 Irish Champion Stakes winner Giant's Causeway sires this colt who is by an unraced half-sister to both globetrotting G1 winner Singspiel and the influential Rahy, who sired the champions Serena's Song, Dreaming of Anna, Fantastic Light, and Noverre. Glorious Song, who was not only a star broodmare but a champion in both the United States and Canada during her racing career, headlines this colt's strong female family. Close relations include Campanologist, a multiple G1 winner in Germany who also won Group level races in England and Italy in addition to being Group level placed in Ireland and Turkey, G2 Matriarch Stakes winner Well Rounded, local Japanese G2 winner on dirt White Fugue, and G1 Durban Golden Horseshoe winner One Fine Day.
*Bred on the same cross as G1 Mile Championship winner Eishin Apollon

Hip 571: Frankel x Rose of Summer, by El Prado
By undefeated European champion Frankel, this grey colt is a half-sibling to both G1 Hollywood Starlet winner Laragh, who has a Deep Impact yearling and has since been covered by Orfevre, and multiple graded stakes winner Summer Front. Additional close relations include G1 Hollywood Futurity winner Siphonic and multiple graded stakes winner Dixie Dot Com.
*Bred on a similar cross to Listed August Stakes winner Opera Gal

Hip 686: Giant's Causeway x Supreme Goddess, by Theatrical
Champion sire Giant's Causeway has another on this list in the form of a colt out of Supreme Goddess, an unplaced daughter of Irish champion older horse Theatrical. Her Japanese foals haven't had much success on the track, but there is plenty of class in this pedigree via the likes of G1 NHK Mile Cup placegetter L'Ile D'Aval and Japanese stakes winner Volsheb. The third dam of this colt is also the influential Wind in Her Hair, who was not only a G1 winner in Germany, but the dam of Japanese champion and Triple Crown winner Deep Impact. Others who are fairly closely related to this yearling include G2 Springs Stakes winner Black Tide, the sire of G2 winners Kitasan Black and Tagano Espresso, and the late Jeremy, who sired G2 Robert Papin winner Kool Kompany and classy hurdler Our Conor.
*Bred on the same cross as G3 Tokyo City Handicap winner Niagara Causeway

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