Indiana Breeders Send Best To Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Eighteen Indiana-bred yearlings will grace the sales ring at the 2022 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, starting with the fifth session on Sept. 17.

Watching the culmination of more than two years’ worth of research, planning, preparation and care walk through the Keeneland Sales Pavilion is one of the ultimate goals for the small breeder, next to winning a stakes race, of course.

Perennial top breeders Deann Baer and Greg Baer, DVM, offer three quality-bred yearlings through this sale. The fifth session will see Hip 1454, a bay filly by Breeders’ Cup champion Mitole and out of the Street Sense mare, Ice Women. Ice Women has produced two runners so far, with Corningstone (Kantharos) recently placing second in the black-type Back Home Again Stakes at Horseshoe Indianapolis. The filly sells with Taylor Made Sales.

Stallions Enticed and Connect are represented by yearlings consigned by breeder St. Simon Place through sales agent Machmer Hall Sales. Hip 1470 is the Enticed colt out of Kitty Quality (by Quality Road). Enticed, a son of leading sire Medaglia d’Oro, is a multiple graded stakes winner whose first foals are yearlings of 2022.

Hip 2009 is a Connect colt out of the Congrats mare, Siege Gun, selling during the seventh session. Connect first foals are 3-year-olds this year and have already seen Grade 1 winner Rattle N Roll and Grade 3 winner Hidden Connection.

Two Indiana-sired yearlings will hit the ring. Sired by two of the most exciting young Indiana stallions, these two fillies will be a great introduction to the Indiana program with the ability to enter Indiana-sired and Indiana-bred races at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

Hip 3718 by Charles Fipke’s Forever d’Oro and our of the Flatter mare, Cajolery, is consigned by Hunter Valley Farm and will hit the ring during session 11.

Hip 3853 by Charming Kitten and out of the Country Day mare, Miss Maren, is consigned by Hunter Valley Farm and will hit the ring during session 11. Charming Kitten, by the late great Kitten’s Joy, will begin his third season standing at stallion and has been an exciting addition to Indiana due to the versatility Kitten’s Joy babies can run.

Purchasing a yearling registered with the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Program means money in your pocket when you race at Horseshoe Indianapolis. With hundreds of opportunities to race for thousands of dollars, Indiana-bred and Indiana-sired horses pay back not only the breeder but owners benefit from racing in restricted black type stakes races with purses paying $100,000-$200,000.