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Zenyatta: her three-parts brother, by Street Cry out of Grade 1 winner Balance, is catalogued as lot 147 in the Keeneland September Sale

  PICTURE: EquiSport photos/Alex Evers 

Close relation to Zenyatta on offer at Keeneland

THE reduction in American foal crop has taken its toll on this year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale, set for September 11 -24.

Although still a mammoth affair that stretches over 13 sessions, this year's sale comprises six books of 4,319 yearlings, down 538 from 2010. As in 2010, the auction will open with a select 211-strong Book 1 staged over two evening sessions. However, Book 2 has been reduced by a session to three days and 935 yearlings, and is followed by a dark day on Friday September 16. Selling resumes with Book 3 on Saturday September 17.

A smatteringof European sires are represented throughout the sale led by Galileo, the sire of two yearlings including a daughter of Grade 1 heroine Adoration, Pivotal, Danehill Dancer, Cape Cross, Hurricane Run and Raven's Pass.

The last-named, who won the Breeders' Cup Classic for John Gosden, is represented by 11 yearlings including a half-brother to Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Carry On Katie while his Santa Anita victim, Curlin, is represented by 63.

Stand-outs on paper include a brother to Dubai World Cup hero Well Armed (22); a Street Cry half-sister to Russian Rhythm (35); a Bernardini colt out of champion Flanders (61); a Lemon Drop Kid half-brother to Theyskens'theory (71); a Henrythenavigator half-brother to Smarty Jones (74); an Unbridled's Song half-sister to Roman Ruler and El Corredor (116); a Giant's Causeway half-brother to Sleepytime and Ali-Royal (143); and a Medaglia d'Oro half-sister to Stravinsky (168).

Last year's sale was topped by a son of A P Indy out of Zenyatta's Grade 1-winning half-sister Balance who was sold to Besilu Stables for $4.2 million. His half-brother by Street Cry - and therefore a three-parts brother to Zenyatta - is catalogued as lot 147.

 

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