Royally-bred Justify Yearlings Available at Keeneland September
Undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify will be represented by an outstanding 90 yearlings cataloged from his first crop at this year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale over the next two weeks, with most coming in Books 1 and 2.
The spotlight is on Justify’s debut crop from the first hip through the ring with his son of I Bet Toni Knows offered as Hip 1 by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services. The colt is a three-quarter brother to multiple graded stakes winner Toinette, who is one of two winners from two to race out of stakes winner I Bet Toni Knows.
Bred by WinStar Farm, J. D. Stuart, P. C. Bance and A R Enterprises, the colt is also a great grandson of stakes winner Wish For Candi, who also produced multiple stakes placed Pete’s Wonder. I Bet Toni Knows’s dam is also the dam of multiple stakes winner Possessed.
Among Justify’s other 16 offerings on Monday is Hip 72 from the Taylor Made Sales consignment. The filly is a half-sister to champion Points Offthebench and Grade III winner Bench Points in addition to stakes winner Molto Allegro. Bred by Town and Country Horse Farms and Frank and Kim Taylor, this one has already seen the ring before when RNAing for six figures at the 2020 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Hip 94’s Grade 1 winning dam Noted and Quoted was thought so highly of carrying this colt that she RNAed for $950,000 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton November Sale.
The colt is the first foal for the Aaron and Marie Jones-owned Noted And Quoted, who is a daughter of the stakes winning Silver Cub. In addition to being a stakes winner and placer, Silver Cub is also a half-sister to stakes winners and producers Silver Heart and Aspenglow.
Bluewater Sales sends out a half-brother to Coolmore America’s own champion, Classic Empire. By Sambuca Classica, who is the dam of six winners from seven to race, Hip 133 saw an update when Classic Empire’s 2-year-old full brother won this summer. Sambuca Classica also has a stakes winner by retired Ashford stallion Fusaichi Pegasus and the stakes winning Uptown Twirl with Classic Empire’s full brother Harvard winning two of his four starts this year.
Out of a Grade I winning granddaughter of bluehen mare Better Than Honour is Hip 170 from the consignment of co-breeder Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales. A half-brother to one winner from two to race, this colt is out of the Grade I winner Streaming, who is a full sister to stakes winner Treasuring and a half-sister to stakes winner Cascading with their dam Teeming producing five stakes performers in all.
Another one of their half-sisters is also the dam of Grade III winner Cezanne and stakes winners Arabian Hope and Counterforce. Justify’s Hip 276 from the Bluewater Sales consignment comes from the same family with that filly out of a daughter of Better Than Honour.
The second-to-last offering for Justify on Monday is Hip 184, a filly out of champion Take Charge Brandi bred by Hill ‘n’ Dale and Three Chimneys and offered by Hill ‘n’ Dale. Take Charge Brandi topped the Keeneland November sale when bringing $3.2 million carrying this filly.
The dam of one runner, Take Charge Brandi is one of three stakes performers out of Charming alongside three-time Grade I winner Omaha Beach and Grade I-placed Courage Under Fire. Charming herself is a daughter of Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady, who produced champion Will Take Charge and Grade I winner Take Charge Indy in addition to American Pharoah’s Grade II winner and Grade I-placed As Time Goes By.
Justify’s final offering of the first session is Justify Doc as Hip 193 from the Taylor Made consignment on behalf of the Estate of Daniel Kessler.
The colt has true international appeal as the three-quarter brother to dual Group I winner Con Te Partiro. Con Te Partiro won the Bolton Landing at Saratoga and the Sandringham Handicap in England before shipping to Australia where she won both of her Group Is. Con Te Partiro was sold for $1.6 million at last year’s Keeneland November Sale to end her career. This colt is also a half-brother to stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-placed Donworth and his dam is the Grade I-placed Temple Street.
The second day of Book 1 has 27 cataloged throughout the session.
One of those is a half-filly to three-time Grade I winner Lord Nelson, with the filly selling as Hip 243 with Clearsky Farms. In all, the filly’s dam African Jade has produced four winners from four to race. African Jade’s dam is champion Miss Linda, who is one of two champions and three group winners for Group 3 winner Miss Peggy. Other successful runners descending from Miss Peggy include Grade I winners Miss Match and Carina Mia.
Clearsky also sends out a half-brother to champion Arrogate as Hip 288 during the second session. Out of the multiple stakes winner Bubbler, the colt is also a half-brother to stakes winner Osare and stakes-placed Diamond Ore. A granddaughter of champion Meadow Star, Bubbler is one of two stakes winners for her Grade 3-placed dam Grechelle alongside stakes winner Unbridled Femme. In addition to champions Arrogate and Meadow Star, the page also includes Grade I winner Belle Gallantey.
Hip 253 from Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales has Triple Crown success on both sides of her pedigree with the filly out of a Grade I-placed full sister to Justify’s Triple Crown winning studmate American Pharoah. American Cleopatra is also a half-sister to Grade I winner Chasing Yesterday and a full sister to Group III-placed St Patrick’s Day. This filly’s granddam Littleprincessemma has six winners from six to race and is out of a stakes winning mare who also produced nine winners.
Woods Edge Farm’s Hip 271 is a half-sister to dual Group I winner Harry Angel and Grade II winner Pierre Lapin. Those two are two of three winners from the five runners out of Beatrix Potter, a half-sister to Group I winner Xtension and to the dam of Group I winner Supremacy in addition to the stakes placed dam of multiple stakes winner Mrs Gallagher.
From the Stonestreet Bred program comes Hip 272 offered by the Gainesway consignment. The filly is a half-sister to four winners out of Bella Jolie, including champion Runhappy. Bella Jolie is one of two stakes producing mares out of Jolie Boutique alongside stakes-placed Merill Gold, the dam of multiple stakes winner Isabelle. Another one of Jolie Boutique’s daughters is the stakes-placed Itsabeautifulthing. In all there are 14 stakes performers listed on this filly’s page.
Out of Grade III winner Diva Delite is Hip 340, a half-brother to champion Midnight Bisou and stakes-placed Stage Left. Each of the three dams on this colt’s page are stakes performers, stakes producers or in the case of both his first and second dams both. Diva Delite is out of the multiple stakes-placed Tour Hostess, who is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Bay Street Gal.
From the same breeders that produced Justify comes Hip 387, a Justify half-sister to Justify’s Grade I winning stablemate Mo Town. Both Justify and Mo Town were offered by Glennwood Farm, who also offers this filly. Her winning dam Grazie Mille is out of the Grade III winner and multiple Grade I-placed Molto Vita, who also produced stakes winners Jaguar Paw and Venetian Mask in addition to stakes-placed Panthera Onca. The filly is one of two Justify yearlings offered by Glennwood alongside Hip 200 out of multiple graded stakes winner Tiger Moth.
A supplemental entry on the second day of Book 1 is Hip 399B, a half-sister to four-time Grade 1 winner Knicks Go and three other winners out of the multiple stakes winner Kosmo’s Buddy. Consigned by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services, the filly’s stakes winning third dam is a half-sister to Grade I winner Countus In with all three of the dams on this page winning or placing in stakes.
Justify’s first crop has been well received at all the weanling and yearling sales over the last year with his first yearlings bringing up to $1,815,520 and his first weanlings bringing up to $745,639.