A.P. Indy colt tops Day 1 at Keeneland September yearling sale

Colts by A.P. Indy and Street Cry surpassed the million-dollar mark during Sunday night’s opening select session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

The A.P. Indy colt out of Malka (Deputy Minister) is from the immediate family of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver.  He commanded top price of $1.40 million from Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales and will be trained by Neil Drysdale for Californian based owners John Amerman and Robert Evans.  Drysdale also prepared A P Indy.

Malka is a half-sister to the dam Super Saver (Maria’s Mon) who is currently serving his first southern season at Eliza Park.

“He’s an outstanding horse and I’m thrilled that Neil bought him,” Hill ‘n’ Dale owner John Sikura said.  “Neil said he resembles A.P. Indy more than any yearling he’s seen.  Same head, same neck, same way of moving.  If he’s successful, he could be worth any kind of money.”

A Medaglia d’Oro half-brother to Super Saver fetched a sales-topping $1.20 million at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale last month.

San Francisco businessman George Bolton snapped up the colt by Street Cry from G2 winner Forest Music (Unbridled’s Song) for $1.20 million.  “I saw this horse grow up,” Bolton said.  “The mare is proven to be a good runner and she had a great first foal.”

Forest Music made an auspicious beginning to her broodmare career.  Her first foal Maclean’s Music (Distorted Humor) rolled to a seven length victory at Santa Anita in March at his only start so far.

A Street Cry rig out of champion filly Hollywood Wildcat (Kris S.) made $925,000 to the bid of Benjamin Leon’s Besilu Stables.  “He’s by Street Cry and has a heck of a family on the dam side,” Leon said.  “We are rounding up the very best quality and they look like good racehorses.”

Coolmore secured a Bernardini three-quarter brother to G1 winner Sweet Symphony for $875,000.  His dam Brandy Rose is a half-sister to 1994 Horse of the Year Holy Bull who went on to become a successful stallion.  “He’s a good mover and is a nice horse,” Coolmore’s Demi O’Byrne said.  “And I’ve always loved Holy Bull.”

Figures were up across the board compared to last year’s first session . In total, 67 horses grossed $25.26 million.  The average rose 8.6% to $377,015.  The median boosted 40% to $350,000.

“There were a number of good, solid outcomes from Sunday’s session,” Keeneland’s Walt Robertson said.  “The top two buys are domestic, yet several of the top-priced hips sold to international buyers, indicating a depth within in the buying bench.”

The second and final select session of Keeneland September yearling sale is on Monday evening.  The Sale runs through to September 24.