The 2021 Keeneland September Sale in Lexington, Kentucky was one of the most competitive to date, with gross sales of US$352 million (A$482m) across the two weeks. Despite this, Boomer Bloodstock secured several successful purchases for clients.
One such client is Southern California-based trainer Dan Blacker. A long-time friend of Boomer’s having completed the Godolphin Flying Start Program together, and in 2018 purchased G1 winner Hit The Road from this sale for $160,000.
This year, four purchases were made together for his Dan’s ownership group Radley Equine.
Hip 586 – Colt by Street Sense x Urban Hill (GB)
This colt was purchased for $200,000 from Taylor Made Sales Agency and was bred by Fred W. Hertrich III, the same breeder as Hit The Road. The colt is out of a young, well related, Galileo mare from a deep European family. He was one of Boomer’s favourite physicals in the sale – a powerfully made, well-balanced type and being an early May foal made him even more exciting. He is the second foal from Urban Hill with her only other foal, a two year old, showing talent this season.
Hip 971 – Colt by Empire Maker x Bernardinis Arrow
This colt was purchased for $100,000 from the draft of Paramount Sales. By the sire of 13 G1 winners and the first foal out of a Bernardini mare who is a half-sister to three Stakes horses and closely related to the Champion, Catch The Ring. This colt is an immature type with a beautiful frame with potential to develop into a lovely three-year-old and was fantastic value.
Hip 984 – Colt by Arrogate x Burning Arch
This colt was purchased for $60,000 from his breeder Hinkle Farms. He’s from the second crop of the Champion racehorse Arrogate and from the family of G1 winners Point of Entry and Pine Island. This colt has an outstanding physical with a massive hip and is from one of the best-producing farms in North America. Boomer thought he was outstanding value.
Hip 1021 – Colt by Liam’s Map x Court Of Love
By the very promising up-and-coming sire Liam’s Map, this colt was purchased for $200,000 from Paramount Sales and is a big, powerful two-turn physical that looks best suited to the dirt. He was a standout type with solid female lines of Lemon Drop Kid, Empire Maker & Rahy on his dam’s side. This is the type of colt you hope to see on the Derby trail in 2023.
Boomer Bloodstock was fortunate enough to make this one purchase on behalf of the Hong Kong Jockey Club
Boomer Bloodstock purchases yearlings for the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) in the Southern Hemisphere although was fortunate to represent the Club this year at Keeneland with the purchase of one colt. The HKJC have not bought at Keeneland since 2012, so hopefully this colt will be the first of many more to come.
Hip 1087 – Colt by Medaglia D’Oro x Habiboo
This big, strong colt is very typical of the best ones by his sire and was purchased for $200,000 from Brookdale Sales. This colt has plenty of presence and quality and will continue to develop into an ideal sprinter/miler type for Hong Kong. He is out of a G2-placed Unbridled Song mare and is a half-brother to two G3 winners Bellera and Life Imitates Art with his second dam a half-sister to the successful sire, Street Boss. This colt will now head to England to be prepared for the HKJC International Sale.
Another purchase was made later in the sale in Book 4 for a new client, with the horse heading to California to be trained by Phil D’Amato.
Hip 2554 – Filly by Macho Uno x That’s Why
This filly was fantastic value, purchased for $37,000 from the draft of Cross Keys Sales. She’s a big, imposing filly by the proven sire Macho Uno, and an impeccable type that caught Boomer’s eye late in the Sale.
Boomer Bloodstock also worked closely with Fabricio Buffolo of Buffolo Bloodstock, to purchase a separate six yearlings throughout the sale, for a total spend of $2.055m.
Overall, Boomer Bloodstock is delighted with the purchases that were made. The American market once again provided not only an abundance of options, but plenty of value as well. Boomer Bloodstock will be attending the Fasig-Tipton California Yearling Sale, Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale and the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, where there will be close to 3000 broodmares on offer.